It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the fourth edition of the Book Review Carnival. I sincerely hope that everyone enjoys this edition as much as I have, it was a joy to compile. Keep in mind, the next edition of the Book Review Carnival will be hosted at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! on November 23rd, 2008.

If you have a book review you would like to submit to the carnival, don’t be shy, submit it today!

Children’s Books:

Tanya Turek reviewed The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley at Children’s Books: What, When & How to Read Them. This is a new series of books filled with fairy tale characters that both kids and adults will love!

Erin of iRead Fiction has begun to read and analyze The Tale Of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Be sure to check back regularly for updates on this book.


Heather J. of Age 30+ … A Lifetime of Books reviewed The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff which is a combination of two stories. The first – and larger – story is that of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Mormon prophet Brigham Young, in the late 1800s. The second story is that of Jordon Scott, a former member of a modern day polygamist cult, whose father was supposedly killed by his own 19th wife, Jordan’s mother.

Heather J. also submitted a review of Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island. In the midst of the American Civil War several Northerners are trapped in a Southern-held city. They manage to escape the city via hot air balloon only to crash land on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean.

NathanKP at Inkweaver Review reviewed Letters from a Slave Boy – The Story of Joseph Jacobs by Mary E. Lyons which is A historical fiction novel about a young slave boy’s search for freedom.

NathanKP also reviewed The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer, which is a unique time travel science fiction adventure.

Keira reviews Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds at Love Romance Passion. Do you love Jane Austen? Wish she’d made a really long version of Pride and Prejudice? Abigail Reynolds rewrites the classic favorite in a modern setting with woes and trials that echo the hardships of the original couple and yet transport you into a setting all their own.

*lynne* of Life After Work reviewed Alex Bledsoe’s The Sword-Edged Blonde … don’t be put off by the awkward title and weird artwork! The Sword-Edged Blonde is a fun fantasy-meets-whodunnit novel featuring a Sam Spade-like private investigator. Check it out!

Alyce reviewed Divine Justice by David Baldacci at At Home With Books. Oliver Stone is running from the law after killing two very important men and unintentionally ends up hiding in a small town that is less innocent than it appears. The longer he stays in the town of Divine, the more entangled he becomes in the lethal conflicts between the various town members, and the dangerous secrets they are concealing.

Michael at Bent Bindings reviewed The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, an epic that spans several generations of characters, and covers large areas of the world. All of which is packed into a book that, according to Michael, could strain your arms while trying to hold it. πŸ˜‰

switch2life reviewed The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat which, at first glance, sounds like a good book. However, it would appear that the book might be cut from a too-similar mold.

Ruth Schaller of Books Books and more Books! reviews Dark Hunger by Sara Reinke, which is the second book in this series. If you love vampires then this may be the series for you! I know I’ll be checking it out. πŸ˜‰

Charli has reviewed Christine Freehan’s Mind Game, the second book in the Ghost Walkers Series, at Bloody Kisses.

B_G of B_G talkies read and reviewed A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Books are personal, very much so, and they deserve to be talked of in a
similar vein.


GrrlScientist reviewed The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters With North America’s Most Iconic Birds by Paul Bannick at Living the Scientific Life. Most Americans have not seen all of the 41 species of owls and woodpeckers that share the North American continent with us, but not only has Paul Bannick seen them all, but he has photographed them all, too. And when I say “photographed”, I am not talking about those blurry snapshots that most of us snap, but instead, his images are big, sharp, clear and .. for want of a better phrase, absolutely stunning.

GrrlScientist also reviewed a new book by Alvin Powell entitled The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird: The Discovery and Death of the Po’ouli, which tells the desperate struggle to save the world’s rarest bird. This book reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the US Endangered Species Act.

Barry Wright III of 3stylelife has reviewed Fashion Statements by Francesca Alfano Miglietti. Fashion Statements is a collection of interviews with fashion designers and apparently focuses on the idea of mutations, and the interrelation between fashion and art.

Malia Russel of Homemaking 911 reviewed Rebekah Wilson’s The Pastor’s Assignment (A Pocket Full of Nickels). Which consists of stories told about the Nickel family as they go about their normal lives and each section teaches a lesson in a very casual and natural way.

At the Personal Financier, Dorian Wales reviews The Gone Fishin’ Portfolio by Alex Green which offers a framework for saving, sound investment wisdom and no less important a step by step approach to their practical application up to a detailed asset allocation.

Tim Gebhart at A Progressive on the Prairie reviewed Gordon B. Arnold’s Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television and Politics. Conspiracy theory is part and parcel of American culture, and admittedly, even I’ve got a few conspiracy theories that I suspect are more truth than fiction.

Clark Bjorke at I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! submitted a review of The Invisible Constitution by Lawrence Tribe, Harvard Law School constitutional law professor, in which he explains how the U.S. constitution is interpreted and where those rights are found that no one can find in the text.

All bloggers who are currently, or are considering, publishing a blog using Blogger should read Callista’s review of Publishing a Blog with Blogger by Elizabeth Castro at SMS Book Reviews.

Shamelle at Enhance Life reviewed Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog- Get More Done In Less Time – an informative and helpful book that will show you how to get the task you are most likely to procrastinate over done and out of the way so you can move on with your day.

Heather J. of Age 30+ … A Lifetime of Books reviewed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life by Donald Spoto. Any biography written about this woman is a must read in my opinion.

Heather J. also reviewed The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a memoir by the author that tells the tale of her hectic and abusive childhood. I too have been leery of reading this book, but after reading this review, I shall be adding it to my wishlist.

LAL at Living Almost Large reviewed Birth of Plenty by Dr. William Bernstein. Be sure to leave a comment on the post and LAL will enter you in a drawing to win the book which will be given away next Wednesday 11/12/08 @ 10 pm.

Diane Saarinen reviewed Doomed Queens Among Us, a very interesting book, which is a bit macabre, but explores females in power in a unique way, at Wavelength Tarot.

Looking for another use for your enormous stash of scrapbooking supplies? According to Annette Berlin of Craft Stew, Great Paper Crafts by Judy Ritchie has the answer.

At Great New Books that Are a Must Read Flash Gordon reviewed a few books by Rachelle Knight in order to compile An Essential Resource for All Serious Book Readers.

Manoj Thulasidas at Unreal Blog presents Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, which Manoj would like to point out, is reviewed more from a philosophical rather than a literary perspective.

Mac reviews Kate Moss: The Complete Picture by Laura Collins at Actorlicious. Kate Moss fans should definately consider reading this reveal-all book.


sarah at SARAHSPY has stumbled upon Siobhan Adcock’s Hipster Haiku, an amusing collection of haikus for the current day and age. Of the samples she’s listed, I’m especially partial to one about blogging daily.

Jim Murdoch at The Truth About Lies provides an in-depth review of Whispers a poetry collection by Jonathan Russell.

Christina M. Rau has reviewed Maraca by Victor Hernandez at Livin’ The Dream (One Loser At A Time). Spanglish never sounded so pretty than in this collection of poetry.

Recommended Reading:

Naren Ghimire at the Spiritual Pub has compiled a list of 10 Books That May Bring a Revolution in Your Life. A collection of some great books in spirituality, philosophy, and motivation.

Yield to Pedestrian at Yield To Pedestrian: All the Cool, All the Time has compiled a list of Ten Great Books That Will Change Your Life. Quite an assortment of books from different genres that are all worth taking a look at.

GrokCode provides a List of Recommended Programming Books which consists of reviews of 6 recommended programming books. These are all must have books in the programming / hacking field.

That concludes this edition of the Book Review Carnival. Be sure to tune in for the 5th edition which will be released on on November 23rd, 2008 at Clark Bjorke’s blog: I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!