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Newberry Honor Winner 2011: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad, 2010 One of my challenges this year is to read some of the Newberry Award winners. In my experience, these stories, although written for children, are some of the best around. One of my favorites in this book, One Crazy Summer, a book I first read in 2 011 and reviewed on the […]

Book Review: Sycamore Row by John Grisham

If you are among the millions who read John Grisham’s first bestseller, A Time to Kill (1989), you are going to love Sycamore Row. It’s a great return to what you liked when you first started reading Grisham. I wouldn’t exactly call it a sequel. It’s more like a re-visit. The setting is the same […]

Book and TV Review: Walt Longmire is Back

The first time I read this book, I devoured it. I loved the setting and the main character, Sheriff Walt Longmire. I was excited when TNT picked up Craig Johnson’s novels and made them into a TV series called Longmire. So far, the TV series has kept close to the original books as far as […]

Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I became an adult. I find many of them to be among the most entertaining books […]

Book Review: Thursday at Noon: A Mideast Political Thriller

Author: William F. Brown   –   Narrator: Eddie Frierson I want to start off by gushing and saying OMG, Thursday at Noon is AMAZING!! I won’t do that because, well, I am a mature woman and gushing is unseemly behavior. So I will simply tell you that I thought this book was a REALLY great […]

Book Review: FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

St. Marti’s Griffin, Sept 2013 When I find a top-notch book, one that moves me emotionally or makes me think or stays in my head for a long time, I want to find out what other books the author has written. I’m sure you do the same. Occasionally I’m disappointed, but not often. I find […]

Book Club Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Published in 1847 as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Smith, Elder & Co. of London Published a year later by Harper Brothers of New York One of the book clubs I belong to read Jane Eyre in February because, well, it’s “love month.” However, once we all read the book and got together to talk about […]

Book Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

Crown Publishing, March 11, 2014 I was really excited to be included in the TLC Book Tour for this new Chris Pavone book. And then, when I learned the plot revolved around the publishing industry, I was really over the moon. The author worked for over twenty years in publishing so I knew he would […]

Book Review: Olive Kitteridge

This week I’m featuring two books by Elizabeth Strout. I just finished reading the author’s latest book, The Burgess Boys. Two years ago I read her Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge. I still think about Olive from time to time so I went back and re-read some of the chapters/stories. I wrote about it on […]

Book Review: Trick of the Light

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2011 Genre: Myatery Source: Library My Rating: A I know I said this the last time I reviewed book six in Louise Penny’s mystery series, but I can’t help it. Each book just gets better and better. This is the seventh book in the series and I found all […]