books are breath


A life without books is a very hollow existence indeed. Nothing else has the power to make me laugh out loud, cry like a baby, or scream in rage like reading a book can. I am open to all genres and am willing to give almost anything a try, even if it's outside my normal scope. My faves are thrillers/suspense but I am also into paranormal, drama, chick lit and YA. This is my first blog, so forgive my ignorance and if you see something I can improve, do tell. :) 

my poetry

I've been writing poetry since I was a teenager, most of it very dark and morbid. My adolescence was fraught with the kind of sordid mess that comes with having an alcoholic/addict mother and no father. I never told anyone about the things that went on and even those that knew about my mother's addiction still had no idea of the depth of depravity. The only way I could get the sadness and rage out was through poetry. Alright so that's some background for you. Here's a poem I wrote. I call it Darkness of the Day.


Feather by feather I am constantly plucking

But there's no swan underneath, just the same old ugly duckling

There are lies on my tongue and jagged scars on my heart

I wonder how it can be over when it didn't even start

There's no more light at the end of the tunnel

They shut it off because I couldn't pay

Now I just stumble blindly through the dark

So I can live to die another day

The bearded lady??

Something just occurred to me. My username here, books are breath, could work for either sex and my profile picture has both. Now if anyone clicked on my blog page the background is sparkly pink and they would see that I've read all the Nicholas Sparks books. Still, you may not be sure which one I am....... Lol. I love being a woman! <3

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

I absolutely loved it. I'm so glad I finally broke down and read it. I have not read any of JK Rowling's work outside of the Harry Potter series because I didn't want to chance hating it and breaking the spell or ruining the magic of Harry Potter for me. (See what I did there? Ha ha!) So it took a couple days for me to get drawn into the story but when I did, I was hooked. It's a very smart and sometimes cheeky detective story and I thought I knew whodunnit but I was wrong! The conclusion thrilled me and I loved the way it was all tied together. I'm very much looking forward to reading the second book in the Cormoran Strike series. I'm requesting it from the library now.

Great expectations???

Although I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, I didn't read The Cuckoo's Calling, even after I found out the author was really JK Rowling. None of my bookish friends had read it and I figured I'd get to it eventually. Now that there's a sequel that's getting rave reviews, I've been compelled to read it. I just picked it up from the library. Here's hoping I love it..............

Review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

Good love story, which I already knew going in. Sparks is a master at the feel good romance. I enjoyed the historical aspect in this one and actually loved the convergence of the two couples in the book. 

Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box - Josh Malerman

This one took me a bit longer than a book of it's length should have simply because I was savoring it. It's the best kind of scary book, the kind that makes your imagination run wild and the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I could've devoured this creepy book in one sitting because it was so good but I stretched it out as long as I could. A must read for horror/suspense fans!!

Review: The One and Only by Emily Giffin

So this is definitely not her best. It was just meh. Completely mediocre and that was not my expectation going in. I have loved all her other books and become connected with the characters. Shea, the main character in this, acted like a dumbass practically the whole time and I couldn't even bring myself to cheer her on. Anyway, I would have to say that this book about a star struck football groupie with Daddy issues is not worth your time.

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My only requirements! :)

I'm going to see Maleficent in 3D at the theater this afternoon. I'm not a huge fan of 3D but I figured I'd give this one a try. I'm eager to view this classic story from the villains point of view!

Review: The Collector by Nora Roberts

I'll keep this one brief, unlike the book. I liked it, I normally do with her books. I felt this one dragged on longer than the suspense kept me going. The romance was a bit clich├ęd but still pleasant. In summary, not a bad book but not phenomenal either.

pffft.....abandoned~~~ The book of you by Claire Kendal

The Book of You: A Novel - Claire Kendal

I really hate to give up reading a book. I used to slog through no matter how boring or slow a book was. In my later years I have abandoned that practice. There are just too many potentially wonderful books out there for me to waste time on one that just doesn't do it for me. 

Review: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

This was one I really looked forward to, because I loved the Southern Vampire series with Sookie Stack house. I've never seen True Blood but it's hugely successful I gather and it's based on those books so........I digress. Lol! Anyway, the very beginning of the book was iffy but once I got rolling, it was a very interesting story! I became very fond of several characters and in certain parts, I literally laughed out loud. I am excited for the next installment!!!!

Review: NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson

NYPD Red 2 (NYPD Red,# 2) - James Patterson, Marshall Karp

I will keep this one short and sweet. I am still a JP fan. I will always love the Alex Cross books. I still avidly read the Women's Murder Club books. I will not be wasting my time with any of these others because the writing has definitely suffered in the last several years. The attempts at humor in this one were horrible and actually made me cringe a couple times. No suspense, no thrills or chills. Just a cheesy pseudo mystery. 

Review: Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missing You - Harlan Coben

I'm a big fan of Harlan Cohen. I love the Myron Bolitar books and in recent years have even enjoyed the Mickey Bolitar books, even if they are geared toward younger readers. This latest Coben book wasn't as good as some of the others but it wasn't terrible either. I kinda felt like some of the writing was juvenile and the style was not fluid and slick, which I have come to expect from his earlier books. I got frustrated with Kat, the main character, several times. It just felt to me like the suspense was contrived and I guessed most of the plot twists before they were revealed. I still liked the book but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

Review: To All the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

This was such a light and breezy read. There were some naysayers on Goodreads, so I was slightly concerned that I was wasting valuable reading time. It turned out to be a fun and fast little story that made me smile. The only thing that kinda irked me was Lara Jean's inability to admit things to herself and the fact that she was incapable of going after what she wanted. Overall the book was cute and sweet. I liked it :)

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