Book Review: The Silkworm

Author: Robert J. Galbraith/J.K. Rowling Publisher: Mulholland Books, 2014 Format: Audiobook narrated perfectly by Robert Glenister The Silkworm is the second book in Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s detective series featuring Cormoran Strike and his eager secretary Robin Ellacott. This book starts up at what seems to be six to eight months after the first novel. This […]

Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

. Author: Susan Cain Publisher: Crown Publishing, 2012 Suppose that you, as a child, preferred to spend your free time reading a book or with a microscope studying tiny insects or on your own with legos creating elaborate structures that no one else understood. Suppose that when you were in school you seldom raised your […]

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The purpose of the More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. As you can see, I’m a few days late in celebrating my second author in this challenge. (See my post celebrating Zora Neale Hurston HERE.) So even though I’m late, I’m posting anyway. I don’t think it hurts to draw attention […]

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner, May 2014 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Zach Appelman Awards: The Pulitzer Prize and Finalist for National Book Award Why I Read This Book: I read so many glowing reviews about this book when it first came out that it went immediately on the list for one of my book clubs. […]

Book Review: The Nature of the Beast

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur, August 2015 Series: Three Pines or Armand Gamache, Book 11 Format: Audio, Narrated by Robert Bathurst One of the highest points in an avid reader’s year is when a long awaited book finally arrives. That’s what happens when Louise Penny writes a new Three Pines novel. When the novel is a […]

The Best Audiobok Of the Year (So Far): Dancing At the Rascal Fair

Author: Ivan Doig Publisher: Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1987 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Robert Ian McKenzie (20 Hours) I absolutely love this writer and the Western characters he creates. I swear he is telling us about real people and – I know them! I’ve read a number of his books now so I know he’s that […]

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy decades. I must tell you that I put off reading this book earlier because, when […]

My Brilliant Son’s Brilliant Book: The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

I have found it hard to be objective when talking about my children. As much as I try, I can’t help but see them as good-looking, socially well-adjusted, brilliant, and so on. And now, here I am with a copy of my son’s recently published book, and I’m trying to write an objective review. Again […]

Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

A Book Club Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

. Author: Betty Smith Original Publisher: Harper & Brothers 1943 Genre: Classic/Historical Fiction One of the book clubs I belong to has members who are all over the age of 65 and have widely diverse backgrounds. I’ve found them to be avid readers of, primarily, literary fiction both contemporary and historical. We were in agreement […]