Today I'm featuring 3 reviews from each uniquely written books and each unique bloggers.
I'm reviewing them in the order I read them, not in the order I liked them, because frankly, I liked them all.
The First One is The Appalachian Trail by Jack Darnell. Jack writes a delightful blog called Shipslog and chronicles day to day things he and his wife, Sherry, might be doing or things he has opinions about, etc., and always leaves a few pictures of cars he likes at the bottom of his blog entry.
The Appalachian Trail is a fictional account of two retired people taking on hiking the Appalachian Trail. Based on the true story of Jack and Sherry's experience with hiking the trail after Sherry had suggested it in the twlight of their lives. This fictional couple stopped about 300 miles short and the mileage Sherry and Jack actually did when they hiked the trail. It was a very cute book, enjoyable story with a couple of twists, and while it didn't inspire me to want to hike the trail, it at least gave me a little insight into preparations needed to be made and how plans were made to hike the trail which is over 2100 miles. Definitely a good read.
The second is A Change of Mind by Nick Wilford. Nick blogs over at Scattergun Scribblings. I "met" him a few years back on the A/Z Challenge. He lives over in Scotland and isn't doing too much blogging these days.
A Change of Mind is a book of six stories. A Change of Mind is the longest of the stories, A Hole in One the shortest of the stories. All were very interesting to read and made you think long after you had completed reading the story. A Change of Mind is about a young man that needs a bit more confidence and self esteem in himself and finds a way to make that happen. The ending was not what I was expecting, but again, it gave me some things to think about, would I want to go through what he did to try to change something about myself? Again, another good read.
The third book is Murder Has a Price by Pat Hatt who writes a charming blog It's Rhyme Time where he writes about anything and everything and usually always in rhyme. There are two things I think about Pat. He dreams in rhyme and he never sleeps because he usually has his blog posts (he posts daily) written 6 months in advance and I believe if I'm not mistaken that he already has next year's A/Z written. He also plays a "game" on his blog with bloggers trying to be the first person to comment on his blog. It took me a bit to figure out the strategy (and I won't give it away) but I've been known to be first (but only on those pesky nights of insomnia (that's the only clue I'm giving).
His book, Murder Has a Price, was a very interesting plot. Detective Hollerin is trying to figure out who the true murderer was of Tori and Kurt Price, Andrew Price having been framed for the murders. There is a lot of action and violence in the book, lots of people seem to lose their lives, and Detective Hollerin seems to get out of situations you don't think he'll be able to. There were two twists in the book, the first one I caught minutes before it was displayed in the book, the other one completely caught me by surprise. Again, a very good read.
I would recommend each of these 3 books. Jack's book is lighthearted but adventurous. Nick's leaves you with things to ponder. Pat's is a murder mystery that stuns you at the end.