Some Books I've Liked
- Broken, by Karin Fossum
- Juliet, by Anne Fortier
- Swimming Naked, by Stacy Sims
- Here Kitty Kitty, by Jardine Libaire
- The Wife's Tale, by Lori Lasens
- Day After Night, by Anita Diamant
- I Still Dream About You, by Fannie Flagg
- Faces in the Fire, by T.L. Hines
- Late Fauna of Early North America: The Art of Scott Musgrove
- Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson
- Nirmala's Edible Diary, by Nirmala Narine
- Top Secret Recipes Unlocked, by Todd Wilbur
- B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style, by Barbara Smith
- The Spice Kitchen, by Sara Engram
- Every Patient Tells a Story, by Lisa Sanders
- The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman
- Audrey's Door, by Sarah Langan
- Stardust, by Joseph Kanon
- The Devil's Queen, by Jeanne Kalogridis
- The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams
- The Last Child, by John Hart
- Ethics of Emerging Technologies, by Thomas F. Budinger
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
- Nobody Move, by Denis Johnson
- Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley
- Don't Cry, by Mary Gaitskill
- Bad Traffic, by Simon Lewis
- Leisure Seeker, by Michael Zadoorian
- What I Saw and How I Lied, by Jordan Cray
Thank you for stopping by my book review page. My name is Vesta Irene, but I guess you already know that, because you’re here. And if you’re here, maybe you know a little bit about me, about my wedding and portrait photography, but there is more to me than that, like the fact that I’m a book person. I am a person who will read just about anything. Novels mostly, they accompany me always, especially paperbacks, because they go swimmingly well with the three “Bs”, bed, breakfast and bath.
When I was a little girl I used to read the back of the cereal box while I was eating my Wheeties or Cherrios, now I’ve generally got a paperback book going. A swashbuckling hero or an evil villan just seem to ease the pain of a light and healthy breakfast. There may not be any bacon on my plate, but there’s usually plenty of meat in the mystery in the book in front of it.
I buy a lot of books in the thrifts, Goodwill and the Salvation Army, because I take long baths with men like Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben, but sometimes there are women in the tub with me like Martha Grimes or Lisa Scottaline. Heck, sometimes Nora Roberts even jumps in when the water’s hot enough. Thrift shop books are such good friends and you don’t care so much when they wet.
And as for bed, who doesn’t like to read themselves to sleep with a good mystery or thriller. They make for such exciting dreams.
Stories, they’re good for everybody, good stories are.
But novels aren’t all I read. I like to delve into tech books, especially anything that has to do with photography, but I read techie software books too and I pour over cookbooks, because though photography is my lover, cooking is my mistress.
Sometimes I like to jot down a bit about what I’ve read, you know, a book review. I do book reviews on Amazon. I got started doing it to help promote Ken’s first book, RAGGED MAN, and I found that I liked it and now that I’ve got my own website, I’m including my book reviews here. Not all of them, I’m not going to go to the trouble of putting all three hundred or so of my reviews on this site, that would take a long time and besides, many of my earlier reviews are short and maybe a bit amateurish. Actually maybe all my reviews are amateurish, but still, they’re mine and you can read them by clicking on the links on the left.
That’s about it as far as how I got started writing book reviews and why I like to read. I hope, if you read any of my reviews, that I can entice you to try out a book you haven’t been thinking about reading, because reading, especially fiction, is good for the imagination and what’s good for the imagination is good for the soul.
Thank you for reading,
PS. If you can’t find anything here you might want to read, please check back here on occasion, because I will be adding a couple book reviews every week, so who knows, you might get lucky and find that book that will take you away to an imaginary adventure that just might make your day or week or even a whole month if you really savor the book.