The Storyteller – a review


Jodi Picoult is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Storyteller is the third book of her’s that I’ve read this year. And each one has sucked me into the lives of it’s characters. I don’t want to leave them.

In The Storyteller, Sage Singer and Josef Weber meet at grief counseling. She is mourning the death of her mother. He is mourning the loss of his wife. Sage is in her 20’s. Josef is in his 90’s. But in spite of their age differences, they quickly become friends.

Sage works as a baker, mostly so she hide from the world, so her new found friendship with Josef brings a lot of joy to her life. That is until, Josef confides in her his terrible secret. Josef was a Nazi in World War II. And as the daughter of a Jewish Family, he wants Sage to forgive him and help him end his life.

We follow along as Sage deals with the moral dillema that Josef has presented her with. And The Storyteller raises so many questions – If she kills him, is it really mercy? Or will that make her as evil as he is? Can someone who has done something so evil really change who they are?

We also see Sage reconnect with her grandmother, Minka, a survivor of Auschwitz. Minka has many stories of her own to tell, and these were some of my favorite parts of the book. They were also some of the hardest to read.

The ending surprised me. Which is another reason I love Jodi Picoult’s books. I never know what to expect.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Storyteller and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, thought-provoking read.

Have you read The Storyteller? What are your thoughts? Are you a Jodi Picoult fan? Which book of her’s should I read next?

Five plot lines I want to go away


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The strong female character being raped.
Why is that when we have a strong badass woman, she almost always gets raped? Take Michonne from The Walking Dead. Completely awesome and badass. Raped by the Governor. Why is this an acceptable story line for women? Please don’t give me that it’s realistic. Violence against women in real life and literature needs to stop.

2. Mistaken identity stories
I don’t know why, but I have never been able to enjoy mistaken identity stories. Even when I was a little girl, they made me really anxious. I love all Dean Koontz novels except Mr. Murder because of the mistaken identity plot. I gave it away after finishing it, because I knew I would never read it again.

3. Manic Pixie Dream Girl
I’m over the quirky, whimsical girl whose only purpose it to serve the male character’s plot line. Do women like this even exist in real life? I don’t know any. All the women I know are actual human beings with their own stories to tell. Paper Towns came very close to dispelling the myth of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in realizing that Margo Roth Spiegelman was in fact just a girl.

4. All fantasy heroes being orphans.
There’s nothing really wrong with this, but it’s been done a lot. One of the things I loved about The Mara Dyer Trilogy was that she had a family who worried about her and supported her. I would like to see more stories like this.

5. Single girls who only think about finding a man
How about some stories of single women just living their lives and having adventures without worrying about finding a man! That would be amazing! It happens is real life. I was that girl for years. But I can’t think of any heroes of singleness that I’ve read about. Ever.

So, what are some plot lines that you are over? Let me know in the comments! And be sure and visit the other bloggers in the Top Ten Tuesday link up!

What I’m Into – September 2015 Edition


This is the What I’m Into link up at Leigh Kramer’s blog.


Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick: This is a quick and easy read, but it stayed with me for days after finishing it.

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige: This is the sequel to Dorothy Must Die which follows Amy Gumm’s adventures in Oz. I enjoyed it more than the first book because there was less Dorothy to deal with. She was hard for me to accept as evil.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: I’m still working on this one. Jodi Picoult is so good. When I’m reading one of her books, all I can do is think about her characters and what is going to happen next.


Farscape: Cap and I have made it through season two and just started season three. I love all the characters. Yes, even Rigel. It is amazing!

Once Upon A Time: Season four is now on Netflix. I’m only a few episodes in but I’m loving every minute of it.


Burning House by Cam: This song is beautiful and haunting. Her voice is amazing! I can listen to it over and over.


The Nectar Collective: There is a ton of great information on this blog! Plus, several free workbooks to download.

Not Another Dumb Blonde: I found CJ through Top Ten Tuesday. She had great taste in books and I enjoy her reviews.


My favorite picture of Buffy:wpid-img_20150916_171928.jpg


I’m ready for boots, skinny jeans, and cardigans! I usually wear tall boots, but this year I’m thinking about investing in a pair of ankle boots, like in the picture above. I love that look!

On my blog

I blogged everyday in September! I’m so proud of myself for sticking to my goal and making it the whole month.

Here are a few of my favorite posts from September:

So, what were you into in September? What were some of your favorite books, TV shows, songs, blogs? Let me know in the comments?