Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

— feeling amazing
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery

This series was one of my childhood favorites, and lately, I've seen it making the blogging rounds and had a need to reread it.
I'm so glad I did!
I flew through it, yet, I savored it. It took me back to my own adolescence when my love for Green Gables first came about. I love it as much today as I did 30+ years ago.
Anne Shirley is always on the hunt for kindred spirits and yet, anyone who reads this book instantly becomes one. You look her quirky, imaginative ways. You love the unconditional love that Marilla and Matthew give her. You cry when someone important passes away in the story... at least, I do every time I read it.
You really get pulled right into Avonlea!
For those who have read it, can empathize. Those who haven't read the book... what are you waiting for? It's epic!!! And to think it was written in 1908. It doesn't feel like it though.
Yup, I'll always love this book.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/12/anne-of-green-gables-by-lucy-maud.html

If Ponies Rode Men by James Elliot

— feeling alien
If Ponies Rode Men - James Elliott
Being a Hamiltonian, and seeing Robert Land's name all across my hometown, I always wondered who he was. Now I know.
He was an American Loyalist spy, and for some reason he decided to make Hamilton his home after the revolution.
Not without much strife, trials and heartache. He lost children. His family that survived was not with him for so much of his life. His story is sad. 
As a Canadian, it's weird to say my hometown is started by an American who was considered a traitor. But the British roots in me are quite okay with it all again.
Still, I now know where my city started. 
The writing is slightly boring and fell flat for me, but I appreciate the research that went into this book.
Readers will enjoy it's non-fiction with fiction.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/11/if-ponies-rode-men-by-james-elliott-46.html

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse

— feeling amazing
Amy, My Daughter - Mitch Winehouse

What a powerful read, and at the end, I'm in tears.
As a parent, I couldn't imagine having to bury your child. Adult or not. It is something I know I wouldn't ever get over, so my heart cries for her dad.
This book is from Mitch's point-of-view, and being her dad and best friend, he knew more than anyone.
I remember watching it all unfold in the media, them calling her 'Wino'. Seeing her dad's view really opened my eyes to her situation. She wasn't lost, or even a druggie, though at one point she had to kick drugs. She was a drunk. A fatal drunk. She wanted to be sober, but was caught in a cycle.
Such a sad way to go. Yet, if you look at that '27 club', weren't they all drunks and super talented?!
If you're a fan, read this. You will gain so much respect for her and her dad. More than you already have. If you're not a fan, read it. You probably have some misconceptions about her like I did. Thank the media for that....

 

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling

What an ending!
I love how you get to the end and it gives you a glimpse into the future. All those questions you have raised, get some closure and you are left to imagine what it's like from there-on-out. I like that. Most books leave you wondering.
Plus the story all comes together. Yeah it leaves the future open for more, but the 7 book tale truly comes to an end.
I also don't hate Snape anymore. I want to but I can't, not now....
Yup, even though they are decent size books, or you think you know the story from seeing the films, you need to read them. I'm so glad I did, and yeah, I'll probably read The Cursed Child and the Fantastic Beasts books.
Now to watch the film and pray they do my favorite part in the book justice. Since they've omitted the house elves from the other films, I won't hold my breath. Just know Dobby is still my favorite character.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/11/harry-potter-and-deathly-hallows-44.html

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

This was such a great read, and a sad one too.
I cried near the very end. Such an incredible loss, to the story, to the series.
Yet I find myself again wondering if this is one of my favorites. The twists and turns in this one, as well as Dumbledore finally letting Harry further into the knowledge he has, is what keeps you turning page after page.
I just hope the movie does this one justice. I'm not going to hold my breath though, the book is always better.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/10/harry-potter-and-half-blood-prince-by.html

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

This has got to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest book I have ever read.
It's gigantic.
You would think it would be daunting but actually, while it took me forever and a day to complete, it flowed so well that I always had a hard time putting it down. Life just got in the way for me, not the book.
This one had me more sad at times. It had moments that you didn't want to happen and they still did. I'm left with a 'Poor Potter' feeling. It sucks. Yet I want more.
The one thing I will tell you about the story is that this is the book where Harry finally understands who he is and matures some. So many of his questions, even ones he didn't know he had were answered. It brought a lot of everything together.
Still it's not over, so I must continue.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/10/harry-potter-and-order-of-phoenix-by-jk.html

Shadow Of The Fox by Julie Kagawa

— feeling booklikes
Shadow of The Fox - Julie Kagawa
I'm a fan, having read 16 books of Julie Kagawa's. I have high hopes.
It was good but not great.
I feel like my lack of knowledge with Japanese culture and folklore may have contributed to me not loving it. I literally had zero knowledge.
At the beginning of the story I was even slightly confused, and wondered if it might be a bad read. I'm glad I kept going and am glad I did. At the end of the story I was left wanting to read book 2, Soul of the Sword. I was pulled into this story about a kitsune on a quest, who meets a samurai and other characters. 
I also k=now want to know more about Japanese culture in general.
I just want to say to Julie Kagawa fans; don't go into this read expecting too much if you also have a lack of knowledge in that culture, (actually; or not). Fans often have their hopes too high and compare it to their favorite series, which is unfair when it's so different. Have an open mind like I did, and you will end up enjoying it.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/shadow-of-fox-by-julie-kagawa-41.html

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

— feeling evil grin
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
My favorite so far!
I loved the story in this one. The intensity of a villain like Sirius Black on the loose, mixed with a dose of Lord Voldemort, and the excitement was page-turning! Plus I felt more adventure in this one with the tournament Harry had to participate in.
It was sad to see death in this one, but it is imminent after all so I shouldn't have been surprised. And yet I was.
This book is by far the biggest of the series too. It was easy to read, but still took some time to get through. I don't mind though, it was so worth it.
Get onto reading this series if you haven't already. Seriously.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-goblet-of-fire-40.html

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

— feeling amazing
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

A real page turner!
I have loved this series. The first two books were not only an introduction of sorts into the witch and wizard world of Hogwart's, but a collection of small adventures.
This book is all that and more. It has a dark note. It takes the reader to the scariest depths of Hogwart's. 
At this point, this book is my favorite. I can't wait to read on!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-prisoner-of-azkaban-by.html
— feeling amazing
Reading the series, this is a great find!!

Hmmm...might go with Halloween BINGO

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
— feeling frankenstein

 

Source: http://stillcracking.com/harry-potter-shooter-recipes-are-magical

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

— feeling big smile
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Brilliant!
I felt like this book exactly what I would hope from it. Another year at school and another year of adventures. As these kids learn magic, they learn how to mature and grow as human beings as well. Near the very end of the book, Dumbledore teaches Harry the most valuable lesson of the whole school year. It was well worth reading to get to.
Why do I hate the Malfoy's so much? They take villainy a little too far. Ugh.
The stand-out character was definitely Dumbledore's phoenix! Just sayin'. I love that bird!
Can't wait to watch the film! I've seen it years ago, but want a refresher now. And onto book 3 we go!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-chamber-of-secrets-by.html
Reblogged from roxannerhoads:

* Free Book Friday August 24 Truth and Solace *
Love at Solace Lake Book Three by Jana Richards

Truth and Solace
Love at Solace Lake
Book 3
Jana Richards

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

— feeling amazing
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

My first time reading the series, and what do I think?!
Fantastic and magical!
Even better than the film too! This story, the first in the Harry Potter series, is everything I had hoped for and more! There were moments in the story that were more vivid and descriptive than the film brought to life. It was what I didn't even know I needed.
A quick read too. From easy story telling, to this magical world and even more magical characters, you are at the end before you know it.
I'm heading right into the next book too. I just can't wait. 

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/harry-potter-and-philosophers-stone-37.html

The Roxy by Andrew Czezowski & Susan Carrington

— feeling grin

A book for punk lovers, like me!
Most of my favorite bands got their start at The Roxy. It was a night club in the late 70's that didn't last very long, but in that time it was magic!
Bands like The Clash, The Lurkers, Siouxie and the Banshees, all played in this club. For me, learning more about the owners, Susan and Andrew was fascinating. I also loved the detailed timeline of the club. Most of this stuff I had no idea about.
If you love punk like I do, get this book. You will be hooked from cover to cover!

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/08/the-roxy-by-andrew-czezowski-susan.html

Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant

— feeling grin
Going Through the Change - Samantha Bryant
So much fun, and a story I easily relate to.
Okay, so I am peri-menopausal. I'm saddened that I am not harboring some new-found powers thanks to the change. These ladies in this story made menopause kind of fun. Just think for one second here, if you got one power during menopause, what would you choose? This book is a creative look at menopause with a twist. Instead of just raging hormones, what if we turned into a man? Or instead of hot spells, you could wield a ball of fire? Cool, right?! 
So this was a quick read, and I'm glad there is more to the series. I need to know what happened to the villain that got away!!
Women, get a copy. Especially if you are over forty! You'll have a blast reading it!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/going-through-change-by-samantha-bryant.html

Free Fall by Brad Thor

— feeling booklikes
Free Fall: A Prelude to Hidden Order - Brad Thor

What an exciting little read!
It was my first time reading a book from Brad Thor, and I loved the subject matter. Who wouldn't enjoy an espionage thriller with Somali pirates? I know I did, and it also made me want to read more from the author. I even may start this series right, since this novella is #11.5 in the series, but I didn't know that when I sat to read it. I don't think it mattered anyway. I don't feel like I missed out on anything previously so it's all good.

 

 

Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2018/07/free-fall-by-brad-thor-34.html