Book Reviews!

This post is inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

These reviews are taken from my goodreads profile. I hope you will follow me on there!


I read this book as a part of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

This book centers on two characters, Anna Karenina, who gives up her marriage and son to live life with another man, and Konstantin Levin, who is searching for the meaning of life. Levin is supposed to represent Tolstoy in the book. The plot reads like a soap opera set in Russia in the late 1870’s. The only things that I would say grew tiresome for me is Levin’s life as a farmer and the workings of Russian politics, all of which I skimmed!


In the 1950s at Johns Hopkins Hospital, an African American woman’s cells were taken without her knowledge. Her cells became legendary because they were the first cells grown in culture, still being grown today and have helped develop the polio vaccine, brought scientists closer to finding cures for cancer, and gene mapping. Yet little was known about the woman behind the “HeLa cells” before Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating book. The writer delves into the lives of Henrietta Lacks and her family and explores issues such as patient consent and experimentation on African Americans. Definitely recommended!


23 year old Bobby Callahan hires private investigator Kinsey Milhone because he believes someone is trying to kill him after a car accident left him with impaired memory. Kinsey tries to fill in the gaps before someone tries again. I read these books years ago but have forgotten how good they were. This is a great story with plenty of suspense and I look forward to going through the rest of the alphabet!

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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11 Responses to Book Reviews!

  1. carol says:

    C is for Corpse sounds like a good read. I do like a story with suspense. Have fun reading this summer.

    • mamasick says:

      You may want to start with A is for Alibi, Carol, because they go in order. I am working my way through the whole alphabet!

  2. May says:

    I immediately visited Goodreads to add you as a friend. I had not heard about The Immortal Life of Henreitta Lacks. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
    May´s last blog post ..Our Lock and Key

  3. Morgan says:

    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” sounds super interesting. She didn’t even know she would be helping so many people.

    • mamasick says:

      I believe she died not knowing about her fantastic cells, and it took her family decades before they found out the whole story.

  4. kelley says:

    I read War and Peace–I couldn’t bring myself to read another Tolstoy. the other two sound interesting.

  5. Courtney says:

    I saw on Facebook the other day that “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is being turned into a movie with Oprah as part of the cast. I loved the book, and hopefully the movie will be just as good!

  6. Kat says:

    I remember reading Anna Karenina back when it was the Oprah Book of the Month. What a LONG read! It even came with a giant bookmark that had a list of all the character names and I still had a hard time following. Great picks this month!
    Kat´s last blog post ..Dads Level Up With Nerf Blasters!

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