World Book Night U.S. 2013

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World Book Night is amazing. Anyone that loves books should check out the website to see how you can participate next year. By “spreading the love of reading from person to person” this organization encourages reading in an up close and personal way.

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This year I gave out Lisa Scottline’s Look Again.  ( I reviewed it yesterday, so check out that post if you are unfamiliar with it. One of the first people I gave a copy to, flipped it open and her eyes teared up. She said, “Oh my God – this almost happened to me! My daughter’s birth mother had her for a supervised visit and took off with her. With the help of the police, they found her within 3 hours.”

I was speechless. She went on to say she couldn’t wait to read it.

The next person I gave it to doesn’t usually read this genre, but was excited to branch out and give it a try.

I gave a copy to our security guard, even thought the book seemed more for women readers to me. Later was pleasantly surprised to go by his desk and have him tell me he started reading it and really liked it (great writing transcends age, gender and ethnicity). I snapped a quick pic of him enjoying it.

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A HUGE thank you to all of the authors, publishers, pick up locations and book givers. I cannot tell you how good it feels to hand out brand new books and see the surprise and delight on the face of the recipients.

Happy Reading!

World Book Night U.S. 2013

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wbnamericaTomorrow is World Book Night U.S. 2013. If you’ve never heard about World Book Night U.S. please go to their website and check them out.

Last year I was a book giver, and it was an awesome experience. I gave out copies of My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult at the Heartland Blood Bank in Aurora while giving blood. It was so much fun to see how surprised people were when I handed them a book.

I am honored this year to be a giver again, this year the book I am giving will be Look Again by Lisa Scottolini.  Look Again_World Book Night

Thanks to everyone involved with this wonderfully fun event.

Book Review: Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

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Look Again_World Book NightLook Again

Lisa Scottoline

St Martin’s  Griffin, New York

ISBN-978-0-312-38 72-4

377 pages

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Reviewed by Laura Hartman

Journalist Ellen Gleeson loves her adopted son, Will, with all of her heart and soul. They found each other when he was an infant. Will, hospitalized with a serious heart condition, was abandoned by his mother. Ellen saw him while researching a story, fell in love with the tiny tot and became his mother through a legal adoption. Now Will has grown into a happy, healthy preschooler.

The end of this perfect life started with a mass mailing “Have you seen this child?” postcard. Could the little boy be Will? If the missing boy was Will, could Ellen ignore his parents’ pleas for his safe return?

The journalist in her has to investigate the possibility that something was horribly wrong with the adoption. The deeper she searches the more bad things turn up, including dead bodies.

Is she willing to risk everything, including losing her son to find the truth?

Scottoline is one of my favorite authors. This book in particular so good I read it fast, and then was unhappy to have it end. Anyone who has a child or loves a child is pulled into the heart wrenching fear Ellen is experiencing. If you’ve never read one of Scottoline’s books, start here – you’ll become an instant fan of this seasoned author.

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