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This book is the best book I have read in at least a year.

Maybe five years.

I don’t know.

It’s really stinkin’ good.

I love to read.

Love. It.

There are few things that I love to do more.

Especially when a good book of fiction pulls you in from the beginning.

And when the characters are so real you feel like you truly know them.

Freedom is the story of a modern American family. You will either find yourself or someone you know in at least one of the characters.

The story of Patty and Walter Berglund will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I felt and experienced their hopes, disappointments, dissatisfaction, unrest, compromises, and triumphs with them.

As you walk through the family issues that are so relevant today (unhappy teenagers, keeping up with the Joneses, longing for more, complacency in a marriage, and joy in small wonders) with the Berglunds, you will root for them to find peace and their own freedom.

I’m not good at writing book reviews. So, if you are interested in what some smart people had to say about the story, you can click here or here.

Or, you can take my word for it, and just read this masterpiece. It will change you.

“This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.”
-Jonathan Franzen (Freedom)

Oh, I own my copy so let me know if you want to borrow it.

I’ll let ya.

Happy reading book nerds!



In honor of the beach, which I am off to early Saturday morning, I give you my version of a book review.

The beach is my favorite place to read. Last time I was soaking up the rays with my feet in the sand, I started and finished this gem.

This book was weird.

But good.

And captivating.

But definitely weird.

The story is about a girl named Rose who one day discovers that she can taste the emotions of the person that prepared her food. She discovers this “gift” when her mom makes her a birthday cake, and all that Rose can taste is hollowness and loneliness and emptiness and pain.

The fact that Rose is cursed or gifted with the ability to taste emotion influences every aspect of her life as she comes of age. The story also follows Rose’s strange loner brother Joseph. His life and pursuits are a mystery throughout the book.

So, there is some mystery and intrigue tied into the story.

I liked it.

Until it got a little sci-fi. Then, I liked it a little less.

However, it is rare to come across a story that is so perfectly unique. I have never in my life read anything like this book, so major bonus points to the author Aimee Bender for developing and sharing such a unique heroine and distinctive story.

In a world where everyone is doing and re-doing the same ideas (for example, me here on this blog), Aimee Bender stretched her brain to a place of complete and utter exclusivity with her story.

And for that reason, I recommend you dive into The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Happy Reading Nerds!


So, Brad and I took a trip to the Outer Banks to watch our friends get married.

Here they are on their big day:

Pretty, non?

Well, on the loooooooooooooong drive there and back (with two dogs in the back- I nearly lost my sanity) we listened to The Help.

The Help

Have you read it?


Because by the time we got around to listening/reading this, seriously everyone I know had told me how I NEEDED to read this book.

This book is special.

The characters feel like friends, and the story is engaging and fascinating and scary and lovely all at once.

This is the authors FIRST NOVEL. What an introductory literary work. I’m impressed, and Kathryn Stockett is wicked talented.

The story centers around three women living in Mississippi in 1962. Skeeter is a 22 year old, white, new college graduate. Aibileen is a wise black maid that is raising her seventeenth white child. And Minny is a sassy and fun and sometimes trouble making maid that happens to be Aibileen’s best friend.

These three women’s lives intersect as they begin to work on a dangerous project together that has the potential to expose dark and dirty secrets that may just lead to long lasting positive change. Or it could ruin lives- including their own.

That is all I will say about the story. If you are one of the 3 people left on the planet who have not read this book, do it.

Do it now.

Oh, and you might as well borrow it from a friend or purchase it for yourself because every library I went to had over 30 people on the waiting list for this one.

Yes, it is THAT good.

Happy reading nerds!


Ashamedly, I just read this book for the FIRST time. If you have never read it or you haven’t read it since someone forced you to in high school. Pick it up. Read it now. You will not regret it.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”~Harper Lee,To Kill a Mockingbird, spoken by the character Atticus

Here is Gregory Peck portraying Atticus Finch in the movie adaptation. Isn’t he a dream? Sigh.

“The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.  As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”  ~Harper Lee,To Kill a Mockingbird, spoken by the character Atticus

Please. Please read this book.



Books. Oh how I love thee. I do not think there is much better in life than getting completely lost in a story. I have been tearing through books this summer. The biggest surprise hit for me has been this book, The Pillars of the Earth.

I know I’m about 20 years behind in discovering this gem, but when it came out in 1989 I was far too concerned about getting the perfect tight roll on my jeans. I could not be concerned with a 900+ page book about building a cathedral in the 1800s. I know it sounds boring, but I assure you… It. Is. Not.

Ken Follett is fictional master.  Every chapter has me flipping pages as fast as I can to find out what happens to Tom Builder, Prior Philip, and Aliena. There is violence, love, fear, hope, and triumph in every chapter. I haven’t quite finished it, and I’m dreading the end of the story because I will miss my character friends. Does that make me a crazy person?

If you are like me and have somehow missed this book, pick it up. You will not regret it. I promise.

Over and out-

Book Nerd

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