I spend so much time looking for new books to read. I am always tempted to go to the obvious recent bestsellers and lists and whatnot in order to hopefully find something everyone wants to read. In other words I am always on the hunt for the next new book.
every once in a while…
a book finds me.
The Ball Player…
This book found me.
And since I was personally guaranteed by its author of “passion galore”...
how could I not read it?
So here’s the thing…
Just when you think you are reading what seems like an auto biography of a professional athlete you soon discover that what you are really reading is a beautifully written, heartfelt story about love.
In its purest and simplest form.
It begins with the love of Baseball, continues with real friendship and the seedy underbelly of sports and ends with the possibility of
true love and forgiveness.
What drives a man to the extreme? What drives a man to do the unthinkable (in his own eyes) in order to play for a little longer?
What do you do when you are “Born to Play Baseball” and the pursuit of that dream nearly kills you and yet you still cannot give it up?
How do you find a new dream?
That’s the dilemma that this ball player faces. Along with the loss of his best friend and biggest competitor. He realizes that all his life he was driven by the competition of his lifelong friend and now that friend is gone and he feels entirely responsible and somewhat lost without that motivation.
I was promised “passion galore” and it truly does have passion. Maybe not the obvious “Fifty Shades of Grey” type passion but the deep down, sometimes awkward but definitely genuine passion that is often dismissed or skimmed over by male writers.
It was real and fragile and in its simplicity, that much more moving.
This story is honest and so exposed.
I loved it.
Mr. Snellgrove is
a beautiful writer with something deep that needs to be said.
I hope there is more…
thank you for liking my seemingly meaningless picture on instagram and helping this book find me...
A Discovery of Witchesintroduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782. Drawn to one another despite longstanding taboos, and in pursuit of Diana’s spellbound powers, the two embark upon a time-walking journey.
Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The mission is to locate a witch to tutor Diana and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into heart of the 1,500 year old vampire’s shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew Clairmont, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana’s search for the key to understanding her legacy.
Shadow of Night brings us a rich and splendid tapestry of alchemy, magic, and history, taking us through the loop of time to deliver a deepening love story, a tale of blood, passion, and the knotted strands of the past.
I really loved this book. I really loved Matthew in this one. Instead of being so English and proper, like he was in the first book, he was dark and haunted and even cruel at times. I loved his rogue and tormented struggle between right and wrong and what his true purpose was. I loved his father and I can't wait to see what the big Scot Gallowglass' role will be in the next book. He was my favorite. I thought the first book was great but I think this one was better. Cannot wait for the Third Book!
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches!
"In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale.
This is about REAL WITCHES.
REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch."
Witches, as our hero learns, hate children.
With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother,
our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.
a book review by ireland and beau...
what was your favorite part?
ireland: when the boy is in the treehouse and the witch comes and asks him to come down.
he remembers that his grandma told him that witches are bald and wear wigs and wear gloves to hide their ugly fingernails and have pointy noses and he recognises that this is a witch so he stays in the treehouse until the witch leaves and then he goes home and tells his grandma.
beau: when they are in the hotel and the witches,
who hate children, turn him into a mouse. he goes to find his grandma,
who is a witch hunter and she knows its him.
she tells him to go put a potion into the soup that the witches are going to eat for dinner and when he sneaks into the kitchen the chef sees him and CUTS OFF HIS TAIL!!! COOL!
would you recommend this to other people?
ireland: yes. it's a good book
beau: it's not the best book in the world but i liked it okay.
how would you rate it out 5 stars?
ireland: 4 stars
beau: 3 stars
apparently the was also a movie made of the book starring anjelica huston
click on the arrow below to watch the original movie trailer...