The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (ebook)

Sound of a Wild Snail EatingYes, I know this is a strange title, but it’s really a very lovely memoir from Elisabeth Tova Bailey. In part, it’s the story of a year in her struggle with a very debilitating illness that she’s been dealing with for 20 years. When she had to leave her beloved farmhouse and stay in a small studio apartment where she could be cared for (the disease left her unable to walk or even sit up for any length of time), a friend picked up a small brown snail in the woods and brought it to her in a pot of wild violets. The snail became her constant companion for that year.
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There’s a New Feature at Booktalking

One advantage to using WordPress is that we can now have polls. So I’ve set up our first ever poll. You’ll find it in the right hand column of the site. This month’s question: How do you like to read your books? You can choose audio, ebook, or traditional print. If you have another choice, please leave it in the comments. I’ll leave this poll up through the end of August., so please be sure and vote. Thanks!


New Fiction eBooks!

We didn’t just get non-fiction ebooks. We also added a lot of fiction, some old, some new. Check out the list and see what catches your interest!


New Non-Fiction eBooks

We recently added some new ebooks to our collection. Here’s a list of the non-fiction books:

Check them out. There’s some pretty good stuff in there!


Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

I had high hopes for this book. I chose to read it because it was on several lists of books that are similar to The Hunger Games and because the five-sentence synopsis I had read sounded so great. As it turns out, the synopsis was better than the book. To start, it is very difficult to read. Thoughts are sometimes italicized, but sometimes they aren’t. Sentences containing hyphens are usually dialogue, but sometimes they aren’t. It’s very confusing. In addition, it is written like a rambling diary.

Then, of course, there is the token sardonic teenage girl. I’m willing to put up with them, as with Hoffman’s Green Angel, for the sake of an intriguing plot, but the problem is this: Haines has no intriguing plot. In fact, there is very little plot to the story and it all builds up to an epic fight that turns out to be not so epic.

I kept reading because I really hate the idea of starting a book and not finishing it; I always feel as if I’ve wasted my time in so doing. In this case, finishing the book was the bigger waste of time. If you are looking for a good gladiator read or something on the level of The Hunger Games, look elsewhere.  I give it one star.