I must admit, I am definitely an avid reader! Reading has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was a young child, I cherished my Disney collection, had a weak spot for "Martine" and just couldn't get enough of those "Where's Waldo?". Growing up, I took immense pleasure in a variety of books, from Archie to the Babysitters Club, and anything in between! As I grew older, I started cultivating an interest for books with suspense, intrigue and drama. Not to mention the autobiographies as well. To me, a great book is one that will draw me in and know how to captivate me entirely... once I start reading it, I just can't stop myself! I must be honest, I have come across a certain number of books that lacked that special ingredient to make me dive into it... but, more often than not, my reader instinct is able to tell me, just by reading the summary or the first few pages, if the book is worth the read or not.

So, with all of that in mind, I suddenly had an idea! Why not share my reading experiences!? Why not start some sort of book club... a place where my readers can consult my personal suggestions on novels I have read and relished. And so I transformed myself into a librarian and decided to bring you this page, the "Library" page! Where you will find all my personal book suggestions with a short synopsis. I might also throw in there my personal comment about the book. But mind you, if there are no comments, it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, it just means that I have read the book too long ago to make an informative comment! But, have no worries, all the books in this library have been read and S.O.S. Mom approved! Oh, and if you have any recommendations yourself, please join in! Would love to have you share them!


The Whisperer, by Donato Carrisi
I brought this book on my trip to Greece two years ago and I must say, I was torn between visiting the beautiful country I was in and this captivating book. It has the flavours of "Criminal Minds", mixed with some "CSI" and some "Law & Order"... an amazing thriller with a storyline that constantly keeps you on your toes. A real gem! 

SYNOPSIS: Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls' bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found. Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They're confident they've got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers. Vasquez and Gavila begin to wonder if they've been brought in to take the fall in a near-hopeless case. Is it all coincidence? Or is a copycat criminal at work? Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, Gavila and Vasquez find that their lives are increasingly in each other's hands.

Legal Tender, by Lisa Scottoline
This book was just wonderful to read... it was witty, suspenseful, dramatic and edgy. The author has a fun and very distinctive way of writing that makes this book stand out from the rest and makes it hard to put down! 

SYNOPSIS: Bennie Rosato is a maverick lawyer, and business at her law firm has never been better. Then, without warning, a savage murder tears the firm apart. All evidence points to Bennie, who has motive aplenty and an unconfirmable alibi. Her world turns upside-down as the lawyer becomes the client, and the law is now after her. When another killing takes place, Bennie runs for her life, a fugitive armed only with her wits and courage. She is determined to find the real killer -- or die trying.

Bossypants, by Tina Fey
What a hilarious book!!! I knew Tina Fey was a funny character from watching her movies and TV appearances, but this book just cracked me up! It is refreshing, humorous, and candid. If you are looking for a great entertaining and take-your-mind-off-of-things type of book, this is the one.

SYNOPSIS: Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty onSaturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Chasing The Dime, by Michael Connelly
I just love Michael Connelly... he has never disappointed me with any of his books. And this novel was no exception... suspenseful and intriguing from start to finish. Great plot, characters were believable, no lags in the storyline, and no questions left unanswered in the development... 10 on 10! 

SYNOPSIS: The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been "chasing the dime"--doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. A world where his success and expertise mean nothing...and where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight of his life.

The Poet, by Michael Connelly
I read this book a few years back but it is engraved in my mind. If I had any book recommendation to make to anyone, it would be this one hands down. 

SYNOPSIS: When reporter Jack McEvoy learns his twin brother, a police detective, has committed suicide, he starts to notice some "hoaky" details. Those details soon lead him to discover that Sean's death was only made to look like a suicide - in reality it was murder, part of a nation-wide serial spree by a Poe-quoting killer. Jack sets off to find his brother's killer and the story of a lifetime.

City Of Bones, by Michael Connelly
SYNOPSIS: On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills--and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.

Call Me Russell, by Russell Peters
Okay... this one my boyfriend got for Christmas two years ago, when the book had just come out. He had put it down on his gift exchange wish list, but I have to admit, I secretly pushed him to put it on there because I wanted to read it so bad! I love, love, love this guy! And his book was just a pure reflection of who he is and what we got to know him as... Russell!!! 

SYNOPSIS: Up-close, personal, and yes, funny — this is the must-have celebrity memoir of the year. This candid, first-person memoir chronicles Russell's life from his humble beginnings in suburbia as a scrawny, brown, bullied kid with ADD all the way to his remarkable rise as one of the world's top-earning comics. This is a shockingly honest book filled with poignant memories of his family, his life and his career. Call Me Russell is a deeply inspirational story for aspiring artists of any culture about having hope, working hard and dreaming big.

A Stolen Life; A Memoir, by Jaycee Dugard
What a poignant book. Who hadn't heard of Jaycee's story, really!?! This book was an eye-opener... this woman's strength and courage is beyond words. A very inspiring book.

SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell
Being a huge Sex and the City fan, I absolutely had to read the books! What I loved about this one is how it brings you to Carrie's teenager years, how she grew up and how she ended up in New York City. The book takes you trough it all magnificently and with great detail. A must for all you fans out there! 

SYNOPSIS: Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Summer And The City; A Carrie Diaries Novel, by Candace Bushnell
Another terrific novel from Candace Bushnell! A lot of drama, tons of surprise, some funny moments, and a book any girl can really relate to. It has all the elements to make you jump into the book and feel part of the story. 

SYNOPSIS: Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream. This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her— to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

Loves Music, Loves To Dance, by Mary Higgins Clark
As you can see from this book list, I am a big Mary Higgins Clark fan... and for good reason! Her books are elegantly written, subtle, and genius. This novel was one of my first detective fiction books and I loved it... so much that I read it 3 times! 

SYNOPSIS: New York's trendy magazines are a source of peril when a killer enacts a bizarre dance of death, using the personal ads to lure his victims... After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers; Erin is a promising jewelry designer, Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun... until Erin disappears. Erin's body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier... on one foot is her own shoe, on the other, a high-heeled dancing slipper. Soon after, startling communiques from the killer reveal that Erin is not the first victim of this "dancing shoe murderer." And, if the killer has his way, she won't be his last. Next on his death list is Darcy. 

You Belong To Me, by Mary Higgins Clark
SYNOPSIS: When psychologist Dr. Susan Chandler uses her call-in radio show to explore the issue of lonesome women who disappear and are later found to have been victims of seductive killers, she has no way of knowing she is exposing herself -- and those closest to her -- to the very horror she is warning others against. After a listener calls in offering information about the mysterious disappearance from a luxury ocean liner of wealthy investment advisor Regina Clausen, the caller meets with a terrible accident. Or so say the police. As Susan begins to investigate, she quickly finds herself in a race against time -- and an assassin who targets not only vulnerable women, but anyone who might offer clues to his identity. Inching closer to the truth, Susan makes shocking dual discoveries: that the killer may be an important figure in her own life, and that she herself is marked for murder.

Where Are The Children, by Mary Higgins Clark
SYNOPSIS: Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten. She knows that the nightmare is beginning again....

Weep No More My Lady, by Mary Higgins Clark
SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth Lange has arrived at Cypress Point Spa in Pebble Beach, California, weary of heart and soul. Still grieving for her beloved sister, a famous actress who plunged to her death from her Manhattan penthouse, Elizabeth is determined to unearth the truth about how Leila died. Dashing multimillionaire Ted Winters stands accused of her murder, but Elizabeth has doubts. Along the windswept cliffs of the Monterey coast, in luxurious bungalows, between gourmet meals and beachfront walks, uneasiness stalks Elizabeth while she begins opening doors to the past. As glimpses of the dark truth about Leila's life and death -- and about Elizabeth herself -- start to crash against her mind, an ominous wave from an unexpected source threatens to engulf her entirely.

All Around The Town, by Mary Higgins Clark
SYNOPSIS: When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills. Only when the unbearable memories of those lost years are released can the truth of the crime come out -- and only then can the final sadistic plan of her abductor, whose obsession is stronger than ever, be revealed.

Still Life, by Louise Penny
The author is from Quebec Canada and her books are internationally acclaimed. The plot of this book is clever and carefully constructed. Louise Penny delivered perfectly on this one! 

SYNOPSIS: The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he
watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets…

Fragments; Poems, Intimates Notes, Letters, by Marilyn Monroe

SYNOPSIS: Marilyn Monroe’ s image is so universal that we can’ t help but believe that we know all there is to know of her. Every word and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy. Her serious gifts as an actor were sometimes eclipsed by her notoriety, and the way the camera fell helplessly in love with her. But what of the other Marilyn? Beyond the headlines, and the too-familiar stories of heartbreak and desolation was a woman far more curious, searching and hopeful than the one the world got to know. Even as Hollywood studios tried to mold and suppress her, Marilyn never lost her insight, her passion, and her humour. To confront the mounting difficulties of her life, she wrote. Now, for the first time, we can meet this private Marilyn and get to know her in a way we never have before. Fragments is an unprecedented collection of written artifacts; notes to herself, letters, even poems in Marilyn’ s own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos. These bits of text, jotted in notebooks, typed on paper or written on hotel letterhead reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. They show a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also playful, funny and impossibly charming. The easy grace and deceptive lightness that made her performances so memorable emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so heartbreaking. 

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