February & March Reads

I was hoping to get this posted at the end of March, but my overnight stay in the hospital got in the way. I’m okay now, after a bunch of blood work, three EKG’s, a CT Scan, numerous X-rays and a Stress Test the doctors couldn’t determine what was causing the severe pain I was having in my neck, shoulders, arms and numbness in my hands. Since my heart is healthy (I knew the elliptical had to be good for me), I have no blood clots, my vertebra was normal… except for the small amount of calcium deposit on my neck, the doctor suspects it may be neurological. I have an appointment set up to see my family doctor in the next few weeks… we’ll see how it goes! Okay enough about me…

I’ve decide to start listing the books I’ve read here… starting this year for 2009, at the end of each month I’ll post what I read for that month. I’m not going to post book reviews, maybe one or two sentences about what I thought of the book. I will also provide the books description that I grab from Good Reads or from Amazon.

At the beginning of this year I’ve challenged myself to read outside my usual genre, true crime. My year in reading started out with the Twilight Series, reading through all four books twice in January. February came along and I was back to reading true crime books once again. Okay, I had to read them since my mom gave them to me! My February reads were Mortal Danger by Ann Rule and An Invisible Man by Stephanie A. Stanley.

This month I only read two books as well. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink and Persuasion by Jane Austen. I really enjoyed The Reader, definitely a grabber... I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fairly short book (224 pgs) and I had it finished in an afternoon. Onto Persuasion… that was different. This is the first Jane Austen book that I read and I think I’m going to wait a bit before I read another one. It took me forever to get into this book (at the time it seemed like forever), by the fifth chapter I started to enjoy it because it is a beautiful story and I’m happy I finished it.

Mortal Danger by Ann Rule
Featured here is the case of a Southern California family man who appeared to be the picture of healthy living with his expertise in naturopathic healing. Luring a beautiful flight attendant into a passionate affair, he swept her away to a secluded home on the Oregon coast where his jealous rages escalated, ultimately leading to a brutal sex attack in which she believed she would die. How this brave victim survived, never knowing her tormentor's whereabouts, and how he resurfaced, forcing a tragic end for all involved, makes this one of Ann Rule's most compelling narratives… more

An Invisible Man by Stephanie A. Stanley
In the summer of 2002, a serial killer prowled the streets of Baton Rouge, preying on the city's best and brightest women. The authorities had a profile of their suspect. They were wrong. This is the shocking true story of the investigation that went awry--and the good old-fashioned police work that solved the case.

The Reader – By Bernhard Schlink

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Persuasion - Jane Austen
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi


  1. I wish you the best in finding what is wrong. My husband started having numbness in his arm and then in his leg---went to family dr and specialists--after many tests, could not find out what was wrong. He had a stroke a year ago and still was having problems with the numbness. Finally, started going to a chiropractor 6 weeks ago and the numbness is almost gone and also the dizziness he had been having.

  2. JOVI! Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to read about what you've been going through but also relieved that everything looks "good" so far. But what is causing the pain. You take care. I'm thinking of you.

    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog. I mean I've always been a fan of your artwork and now new directions with books, music, and ofcourse motorcycles. It is always fun to come here and learn something new or discover what topic your latest post will be.

  3. I sure hope you can get some answers soon. Sometimes not knowing is worse than anything. Take care!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Twilight series too. Just started reading it again, in fact! :0)

  4. Oh my goodness Jovi! I hope all will be ok! It's always so nerve wracking until you know exactly why! I'm thinking of you girl!

  5. I know how that kind of pain feels. I suffered through the most excruciating neck, shoulder , and chest pain a few years ago when they diagnoses osteoarthritis in my neck. It took weeks of physical therapy before the pain abated. Hope they find something to help you soon.

  6. Thanks for the reads info. I've been wanting to pick up the book, The Reader. I think I will after reading your post. Hope you're okay.

  7. Jovi,
    Try the book "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". This is a book that you will keep forever. It's about two boys during the Holocaust. One is the son of a Nazi Officer and the other is a jewish boy. I can't say enough about this book, but it is heartwrenching.
    Another good boy - nonfiction is "Desert Flower". It's about female mutilation and the lives of women in Somalia. Another one that will stay with you forever.

  8. Thank you Jackie, I'll add those two books to my to read list.

  9. Jovi, We've been missing you and your stamping creations at the Stamp-Shack. I hope you'll stop by again soon. Thanks for the book tips. I've just read an oldie but a goodie- John Grisham's "The last Juror"

  10. Thanks so much for the nice comments on my life drama!! I LOVE the new blog!!!

  11. Jovi,
    First, I hope you get some answers medically ... I've been down that road a bit, and it can be such a pain (physically, financially, etc) to get to the bottom of things.
    I really enjoyed your book reviews! I, too, read Persuasion fairly recently and found it hard to get into also. I blame it on our much easier-to-read books nowadays. I'm like you: I did stick with it and was glad in the end. The Reader sounds like a book I'd love - I'm going to read it. What did you think about Twilight? I've heard all the hype but haven't read them yet. Since you read them all in a month, I'm assuming you liked them!