Friday, December 18, 2015

Hot Books of the Month

I have just so many favorite books that it is impossible to keep you up to date with my personal latest favorite.

But "What are your favorite books?"

Tell me in the comments below and see if your favorite book this month is on the amazon best seller book list.

Go to   Books of the Month to see what others are buying.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Non Fiction Books

It has been a while now since I posted a list of my favorite non fiction books.

So here is my latest list.

My Favorite Non Fiction Books

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

It is a while now since I laughed out loud to a book, but this book thoroughly entertained me and had me crying with laughter at times.

Alan Carlson is one hundred years old when he climbs out of the window of his old peoples home, to avoid the fuss of a birthday party. This new adventure takes him across Sweden and even across the globe.

In his one hundred years, Carlson has met  almost every important figure in Twentieth Century history. From Franco to Einstein, well Einstein's less brilliant brother Carlson crosses the Himalayas, is transported to a Soviet Gulag and even has dinner with and American President or two.

Jonasson weaves a story that will hold you to the very end of this book. Some have compared the story to the movie "Forest Gump" but Alan Carlson is no Forest Gump. This story brings together a host of loveable characters, an old thief, a hot dog seller, a group of not so master criminals, a policeman two German Shepherds and an elephant together with the old man himself.

It is a stunning read, I loved it.

Buy: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedHERE


Friday, February 21, 2014

The Monuments Men - Robert M. Edsel

The Monuments Men

The story of "The Monuments Men" has recently been portrayed in true Hollywood fashion in the movie of the same name, starring George Clooney.

The movie for the most part was based upon this book, and though the movie told the basic story, this book tells a much more frustrating and tortuous tale of a group of nine Allied soldiers, American and British who worked their way across Western Europe with the Allied Armies from June 1944 until just after the end of World War Two .

Their goal was simply to find tens of thousands of major art works created over the centuries of civilisation in the West and to return those items to their legal owners, private collectors, museums and churches, Most of the works of art had been stolen and transported to Germany by a systematic plan to rob the major cultural icons from their owners to fill the private homes of Nazi leaders and the cream of the collection to be housed in an enormous museum built for Adolf Hitler in his home city of Lintz, Austria.

For those who have seen the movie, the story is very different than the Hollywood portrayal. The book paints the task as more dangerous and arduous than the Hollywood movie.

The monuments men faced struggles with military authority, the sheer scale of the problem, nine men to search Europe and in the end the turmoil of occupation by Soviet forces in regions holding the most important treasures.

At the beginning of the book Edsel plods slowly through the back story of the Allied realization of the importance of such a group of men. But after the men reach the shores of Normandy the story begins to flow.

Along the way they meet several characters each of whom plays a major part in solving the puzzle. Possibly the most important being Rose Valon, a member of staff at the Louvre Museum, Paris. She had secretly catalogued every art theft from the museums and private collections that passed through her office. Narrowly escaping the wrath of the retreating Germans she faced a mob of howling "patriots: who stormed her office demanding revenge on the "Nazi collaborator."

Read  the book. It tells a fascinating story of intrigue and courage.

Book available here: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

You can buy The Monuments Men  on DVD or [Blu-ray   here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Used Bookstore

We have recently been working hard to set up a new second-hand book store.

The bookstore is served by amazon market place and all items are available until sold.  The stock is continually changing as we ship books to's fulfillment centers several times per month.

The book store contains a range of books at value prices. We carry items that range from novels and other fiction to college textbooks.

We use the fulfillment by amazon service for most books, this means that if you are an Amazon Prime member you can receive FREE Two Day shipping on most of our books. If you are not an Amazon Prime member, but your total shopping cart spend on any part of the website, not just our store is valued at $25 or more you qualify for Amazon's Supersaver shipping.

Take a look at our storefront.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Suspect by Robert Crais

I have read several books written by Robert Crais in the past, most of those were Elvis Cole novels and found them really enjoyable.

Suspect is available from 

Suspect is, I think unique, in the world of thriller/Mystery novels in that one of the main characters is a German Shepherd dog named Maggie.

Maggie was trained as a patrol and explosives detection dog and served with her Marine handler in Afghanistan until one fateful day her company of Marines are attacked by Afghan insurgants and her handler is killed and Maggie so badly wounded that she is sent back to the U.S. to join the Los Angeles Police Department K9 unit.

There she meets Scott, a serving LAPD officer who is recovering from the trauma of being shot and seeing his human partner murdered on a otherwise quiet nights patrol.

Maggie and Scott then become a new partnership. Scott helps Maggie to recover from her fear of loud noises and Maggie helps Scott uncover the truth behind the murder of his partner.

Crais writes great characters, from the moment I started reading  this book I cared what happened to the characters. The character of Maggie is particularly well written, Crais has learned about how dogs think, what motivates them and how they interact with their human handlers. I owned German Shepherds for thirty years, I love the breed and Crais certainly describes many of the facets of the breed which I came to love. Maggie is as real a dog as it is possible to bring into literature and she is also a heroic character in the book.

This is a taught and dynamic thriller that I could not put down from start to finish.

Suspect is available from the My Favorite Books store.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was my local library's favorite book of 2012.

This is my video review of this funny and enjoyable book.