The Novel Way Reviews – Page 2 – The Novel Way

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

Don’t You Cry

Posted 06/13/16 2:14 AM by Mo

51C-qS47EAL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Traditional book reviews are not my favorite thing.  It always makes me a little crazy when I’m looking through Goodreads, only to find the same summary written and rewritten in catchy ways to try and inform the reader of whether to read the book or not.

I can read a book cover.  I don’t need information about what’s inside the book, and for God’s sake, please leave out any spoiler alerts.  I don’t want to know how it ends… until I get to that spot myself, thank you very much.

What I do want is to know how you felt reading it.  Did you laugh, cry (or hopefully both!), or were you unable to put it down?  Did you struggle to get through or give up for something better?  These are the things I want from a review.

And so that is what I will give you, Dear Reader.

No summaries.

No spoilers.

Just thoughts.  Random thoughts, obviously, but thoughts just the same.

Which brings me to this weeks read, Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica.  I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t finish it.  About a third of the way through, I texted my friend Linda to see if it was worth finishing.  (It’s nice to have a friend who has the same taste in books.)  “It does get better.” was the text I got back.

So, I did finish it, although I may or may not have skimmed quite a bit of it in the middle.  It bothered me because I was such a fan of The Good Girl, and while I liked this story in the end, it was a challenge to get there.  But by the time I got to the last fifty pages, I couldn’t put it down.

Mary knows how to weave a story, a mystery, that I will never know how to do.  Days after reading this, I’m still thinking about the characters and the story woven through the pages.

Should you read it, yes.  Don’t compare it to anything… just relax and enjoy the process.

Actually, use that advice for life too.  Don’t compare… just relax and enjoy the process 🙂

And #prayfororlando #loveALWAYSwins

Happy reading, and have a great week.




Summer Reading Kickoff!

Posted 05/26/16 9:44 PM by Mo

New! New website.  New look.  New projects. I have been wanting to start a new website for so long now, and finally – with the long holiday weekend – I am digging in.  Everyone I follow says that WordPress is the way to go, so here I am, learning new things.  I only spent a […]

Humble and Kind

Posted 01/28/16 2:10 PM by Mo Parisian

I won’t sit here and go on and on about how this song moves me to tears every time I hear it.  I don’t have to tell you how beautifully the video is done.   The proof is right here, in his words, melody, and vision. I hope you love it as much as I […]

For the Love

Posted 08/31/15 11:32 PM by Mo Parisian

Every now and again a writer comes along and makes everything you’re going through completely normal and almost (gulp) alright. Every good thing.  Check. Every bad thing.  Check. Every embarrassing thing.  Check. Everything you wouldn’t tell your best friend.  Check! Reading this book is kinda like sitting down and talking with your best friend.  The […]

Friday Reads

Posted 06/27/14 11:33 PM by Mo Parisian

Well… did you read something this week? Did you love it?  Or hate it?  Or not really care if you finished it? I read Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen last weekend, and even though I finished it in only a couple days, it wasn’t my favorite book of hers.  Don’t get me wrong… it’s a […]

Summer Reads

Posted 06/20/14 1:18 AM by Mo Parisian

This Saturday marks the official FIRST DAY of Summer, and what goes better with Summer than books? Nothing.It’s like peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Beer and pretzels. Wine and … well, anything. And let me tell you, I just finished another book that totally threw me at the end.  Beautifully written, and unlike […]

Nowhere But Home

Posted 09/29/13 12:04 PM by Mo Parisian

This has been one of those years of reading that a decade from now I’ll think, wow, what a great year for books.  From Me Before You to The Lost Husband, and everything in between, I have been inspired in so many ways, but mostly as a writer. Now I’ll add Nowhere But Home by […]

The Life List

Posted 07/21/13 1:49 PM by Mo Parisian

July 18th marked the 10 year anniversary of my mother’s death, and to honor her memory, I went shopping…. at Target.  Where else would I go?  Jacobson’s isn’t around anymore. And even though I had told myself I wouldn’t buy any books this summer and only read what I had, I bought a book.  A […]

Summer Reading

Posted 06/11/13 12:08 AM by Mo Parisian

The absolute BEST part about summer isn’t the warm weather, grilling out, or even the frozen margaritas (well, maybe not)… it’s about the reading.  More than anything it’s about having more time to read. The homework is done, exams taken, and now they are trying to figure out every which way to not be B […]

6-Word Wednesday

Posted 03/13/13 1:38 PM by Mo Parisian

Eventually, the darkness fades into light. I now know why I haven’t written a book in seven years.  It takes a commitment of epic proportions, and while I always knew this, I was just in a different place seven years ago.  I had more time, less stress, and fewer worries.  Writing was just a hobby […]