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Newberry Medal Winner 2014: Flora and Ulysses

I’m finally ready to begin working on the Newberry Reading Challenge. Because of my Triple Dog Dare Challenge, I couldn’t read anything new for the first three months of the year. It had to be books already on my shelves. Now that I’ve completed my challenge, I’m ready to catch up on these wonderful award-winning […]

Book Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Minotaur Books 2008 I just discovered C.J. Box’ books last year. This is already my third book. I really love the action, characters and the storylines. Best of all, they are set in the part of the U.S. that I love – the West, primarily Wyoming. So far, this one is my favorite, even though […]

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: Three Junes

Author: Julia Glass Publisher: Pantheon, 2002 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, narrated by John Keating Source: Public Library My Rating: A+ I’m currently reading Sighrt Reading by Daphne Kalotay for a TLC Book Tour. You can read my review on Thursday, June 13th. In the promos for Sight Reading they likened it to Julia Glass’ […]

Book Review: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Award Won: Newberry Medal Winner, 2010 My Rating: A Miranda is a twelve-year-old girl in New York City in the 1970s. She loves to read. Her favorite book is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. She loves it so much that she carries […]

An Award-Winner: The Midwife’s Apprentice

Author: Karen Cushman Publisher: Clarion Books, 1996 Genre: Historical Fiction My Rating: A I have a fondness for books that have won or been nominated for the Newberry Award. These awards are given by the American Library Association annually for the most distinguished children’s books. Most of the books I’ve read and loved are aimed for […]

See My Review @ Quirky Girls Read

I finished reading Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. My review is posted today over at Quirky Girls Read. Please stop by and check out my experience with the book. Here is the link: Princess Academy @ Quirky Girls Read

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

I finished this award-winning saga of a family that settled early Australia. Parts of the book read like Charles Dickens and part read like history of America. It was also very well written. It was impossible to leave this one alone. My review is up today at Quirky Girls Read. Join me, won’t you.

An Award-Winning Book: Death of a Cozy Writer

I finished reading the debut novel of G.M. Malliet’s, Death of a Cozy Writer. It was very good, a very satisfying murder mystery. It was the 2008 winner of the Agatha Award for First Novels. That’s an award given for first novels written in Agatha Christie’s style. The author did a great job doing that […]

Join Me at Quirky Girls Read

Today I’m reviewing an award-winning book over at Quirky Girls Read. The book is The Confession by John Grisham. I’ll tell you right now, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My mind was set to thinking at all sorts of levels. On top of that, I got rather emotional about some of the characters and the […]