Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp

Author: Ben Behunin

Description: (amazon.com)
Jake, a soon to be college graduate stumbles upon an ad in an art magazine. The town of Niederbipp is looking for a new potter to replace, Isaac, the seventh potter in a long string of potters reaching back to 1717. For the past 8 years, Jake has dreamed of being a village potter. He applies for the job, despite his plans for the summer and to his surprise, is awarded the Pottery, an apartment and a vast collection of old pots.  With the help of his new friend Amy, Jake begins to piece together the secrets of life Isaac lived by and shared with all who knew him.

This is a fun read. You really get to know the town’s quiet little charm and spunk; as well as the eclectic mix of people that live there. Seriously once you read it you’ll be wishing the town of Niederbipp truly existed, so you could visit the charming town and people who live there.  It is the first of three books in the series. It is fantastic and leaves you wanting to read the other two. I truly loved Jake and wanted everything to work out for him, he is a real and likable character. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the book, it is a really quick and easy read.

A little more background info on the author, Ben Behunin, he is a Utah native and a real life potter, so he knows what he’s talking about with all the pottery in the book. He actually opens his home sudio twice a year for people to come and view/purchase his pottery creations. Quite the experience, he is very talented.  

Rating: Five out of Five stars

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review Tuesday

Minding Mama by: Marilyn Arnold

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Description: (target.com)
A road trip across America is no easy feat, and even tougher when one of the guests is no longer present? so to speak.

This book is hilarious! Constantly had me laughing out loud. A very easy and light read. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review Tuesday

The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fiction

Description: (amazon.com)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will…

The game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

I did enjoy this book. Granted it was a little strange, and long, I am glad I stuck with it and read the whole thing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars