Book Reviews!

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

Prompt 2. Book review!

Here are a few books I’ve read recently that I really liked. I keep track on goodreads and I hope you will follow me there!


Retired English man Harold Fry lives a quiet and unassuming life until he gets a letter from a former coworker and friend that says she is dying of cancer and wishes to say goodbye. Off to send a return letter to Queenie he finds he can’t stop walking and decides to walk the 600 mile trip to the hospice, believing that Queenie will live as long as he walks. I really loved this book. It’s interesting to be inside Harold’s head as he thinks about his relationship with his wife and estranged son, as well as Harold’s encounters with the people he meets along the way. This is one book not to miss!


I read this book as a part of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Rory Gilmore of “The Gilmore Girls” read and spoke about over 300 books during the series’s seven season run.

Frankie McCourt was born in depression era Brooklyn, son of Irish immigrants who think they might be better off back in Ireland. Frankie grows up in a slum with his brothers, very poor and hungry and with an alcoholic father and a long suffering mother. Frank McCourt paints a grim picture and although the book is a bit of a depressing read, you will find some humor in it, particularly if you are Irish Catholic!


Have you ever tried a cozy mystery? Cozy mysteries are those that are a series of books written about the main character and supporting players. They’re fun to read because they lack the typical harsh violence of other mysteries or suspense novels and they are easy to get into because after you’ve read a few, the characters seem like old friends.

Needlecraft store owner Betsy Devonshire gets involved in antique cars and one of the drivers is murdered. An amateur sleuth who is getting a reputation, Betsy is asked by some of the victim’s family to find out who killed him. I love the Needlecraft cozy mystery series, there is always a good story to them. If you wish to try the series, I would recommend starting out with the first one which is “Crewel World”.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve been reading lately that I’ve liked. What have you been reading?

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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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10 Responses to Book Reviews!

  1. stef says:

    I have only read the Harold Fry book….I really didn’t like it at all. But I am glad that there are people who did. Haven’t read any of the others, but am always looking for good books to read. I too am on Goodreads.

    • mamasick says:

      I’d love to follow you on goodreads, Stef, if you would like to give me your profile or url. Although it might be dangerous for me because I have too many books to read as it is!

  2. Mimi says:

    That first book really sounds interesting. Probably not a book I’d typically read, but it piqued my interest. I’ve never read Angela’s Ashes, but I remember it being a movie a while ago. I’d never known that Rory had referenced so many books, nor that there was a reading challenge based on it. That’s a LOT of books. lol I’ve never been much of a cozy mystery reader. I wrote my post on only 1 book review. =)
    Mimi´s last blog post ..A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

    • mamasick says:

      Yes, Mimi, the Harold Fry book is really special. “Angela’s Ashes” was depressing but I was glad I read it, and as for cozy mysteries, if I didn’t discipline myself that would be all I read! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. May says:

    The first book is one I need to find. I can so relate to that magical thinking that a person can engage in when not yet ready to accept that someone you love is dying. Harold is already speaking to me!
    I found Angela’s Ashes too heavy for my liking. I stuck through it though, but kind of like Frank had to live this, all I have to do is read it. Sigh.
    The final one reminds me of the way that I got hooked on Murder She Wrote on Netflix. Watched a couple episodes “ironically” and then kept watching. Even though someone was killed every week, it lacks the violence found in so much “entertainment” (not to mention actual news) today.

    • mamasick says:

      Yes, I tried to do a review that was varied in hopes that people could enjoy at least one of the books. Enjoy Harold Fry, May!

  4. Those Cozy Mysteries sound interesting. Besides not being violent, are they also clean in language & relationships?

  5. Kat says:

    I loved Angela’s Ashes!! Beautiful storytelling. 🙂

  6. This page seems like the other comment I found earlier

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