Mark Nenadov

"arm-chair reader"
That's me..
Top Reviewer Ranking: 806
Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (94 of 147)
Location: Essex, Ontario Canada
Birthday: March 21
In My Own Words:
I'm a Candian bibliophile. My career is in software development, but I try to be a generalist and try to be well-read in a variety of other areas..

history, theology, philosophy, fiction, computer science, etc.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 806 - Total Helpful Votes: 94 of 147
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love &hellip by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Aug. 30 2014
I laid aside my skepticism of books that have words like "dazzle" in their title for a while to read this book, of which I've heard some rave reviews.

In essence, the first 90 pages (or so) are largely consumed with establishing a theological foundation. One's view of the book will be significantly coloured by their perspective on that foundation.

As you can gather from the two star rating, I am not fond of this book. That said, I don't regret reading it and learned a few things. One must applaud the authors for attempting to write a "fresh" parenting book that isn't the "same old stuff". The book does get better after the 90-or-so-page-mark,… Read more
The Obsession Book of Timbuktu by Bruce Meyer
This book makes me want to go to Timbuktu. This has got to be one of the best and most innovative books of contemporary poetry released in the last few years. I say that both in terms of the design elements of the book (the graphics, the fonts, the layout) and the content (the cohesiveness of it all to a theme, the colourfuness/craftmanship of language, the thoughtfulness of it, the obvious delight of the poet, the connection to history and other literature). How refreshing it is to see a book of recent poetry that is thematically sophisticated and plunges the reader into a historically and geographically astute journey. I mean, how many books of poetry have you seen that have a Dramatis… Read more
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 26 2014
The Help is an excellent read. It really drew me in. Normally it takes me at least a month or two to finish a book of 200 or so pages. This book weighs in at just over 450 pages and I finished it in well under a month. That's pretty remarkable for me. At no section of the book did I get impatient or become tempted to skip some pages. It was captivating throughout.

The reader is treated to a rich portrayal of the complex social life of white and black women in Mississippi in the early 1960s. Filled with racism, alienation, ambivalence, and vicious ugliness, no doubt, but also camaraderie and sisterhood. The characters are well done: Eugenia (Skeeter), Miss Hilly, Aibileen, Celia,… Read more

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