Gwen's books

A Thousand Cuts
4 of 5 stars
An interesting way to look at a school shooting. The shooter becomes the victim through the investigation. The inspector is going through a similar situation. All about bullying and the terrible consequences.
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
5 of 5 stars
I loved this book as much as 84 charing cross road. I wished I had this with me in London when we visited. Wonderful descriptions.

What a wonderful book. The story of a young man (18) who has Asberger's Syndrome. He has always attended a special school, but his father, who owns a law firm, wants his son to experience the "real world" by working in the firm's mail room for the summer.  Marcelo grows so much during the summer.  There is love, mystery, religion, understanding in this book.  You grow in your understanding as Marcelo grows in his.  I highly recommend it. 

I just finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgkins Burnett. I had seen the movie and the musical, but I had never read the book. It is perfect for spring reading. As the children noticed the plants starting to push through the soil, the plants outside in Hutchinson were doing the same. As the sun starting shining and buds sprang onto the tree limbs, the same was happening here. As the children grew and started to blossom, so did the people in Hutchinson as they started to enjoy the spring weather and explore outside.  If you haven't read The Secret Garden, it is a joyful book and perfect for springtime.


Our latest Book Club assignment was to read a book about a President.  Since I'm not a big non-fiction reader, I started looking for something in the fiction area.  A suggestion was, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.  That is definitely not my cup of tea, but I'll try anything, so...  Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the book. I couldn't get into the vampire part of it, but it was well written and interesting.  Starting with Abe Lincoln's childhood, his father borrowed money from a man who turned out to be a vampire.  Because his father couldn't pay the money back, the vampire killed his mother, Nancy Hanks. Abe vowed to kill all the vampires in America. Sharpening his axe and whittling wooden stakes, he sets out to do them in.  Henry, a vampire himself, offers to help Abe hone his skills. Abe sees vampires buying slaves in the slave market to drink their blood. Later, a vampire kills Ann Rutledge. Vampires support the South during the Civil War because they don't want slavery (and their blood supply) to end. After Lincoln is elected, they bite Tad on the neck and end his life.  John Wilkes Booth is, of course, a vampire. After Lincoln's death, Henry makes Lincoln a vampire so that he has eternal life. "Some men are just too interesting to die." A fun read with an interesting twist.