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Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Have you ever known me to read a book containing a dungeon master, programming code and loads of geeky computer stuff. Yes, totally outside my comfort zone, but I picked it up from the library shelf and brought it home to read. You guessed it – I read it because of the title. How cozy […]

Agatha Christie: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941 Hercule Poirot had an appointment with his dentist. It seems to be a fairly normal busy day for the dentist, Dr. Morley. Poirot sees several people come and go while he is there. As it turns out, this is important. Somewhere in the middle of all of this the dentist […]

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Morrow, 2013 Orphan Train is the story of two girls who have a lot in common. They don’t meet until Vivian is 91 and Molly is 17. It’s 2011 when we first meet Molly. As defined by parental presence, Molly is an orphan. Her dad is long-gone and her mom is in prison. She’s been […]

Book Review: Elephants Can Remember

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, November 1972 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by John Moffatt My Rating: B Ariadne Oliver is one of Agatha Christie’s characters that she slips into her novels occasionally. I have liked every one of her appearances. In this one she had the lead. Hercule Poirot […]

Let the Christmas Spirit Begin

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast day. We did and, of course, we’re still eating the leftovers. I love ‘em. I know lots of people love the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday. It’s not for me. I’ve never cared much for competitive shopping. I leave that to the Super Shoppers. If that […]

Book Review: Feeding the Dragon

I just finished reading this book and I have to tell you, Feeding the Dragon is a triple winner. One, it’s an excellent picture book of China’s back country, it’s people and food. The photos are stunning. Second, it’s filled with yummy and authentic Chinese cuisine. And number three, it’s a travelogue of a trip […]

Graphic Novel: The Plain Janes

by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg With lettering by Jared K. Fletcher Published by DC Comics, 2007 Cerrin and I read this graphic novel during the late hours of the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. We knew we needed a change of pace from our regular reading to keep us going. It was short, quick, engaging and, […]

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Dial Press/Random House, 2009 My Rating: A+ Last Thursday I closed the last page of this book and I was eager to tell you about it. The problem was, I couldn’t. It touched me on so many levels that I didn’t have words to explain it. It took […]

Reading Together: Jubal Sackett by Louis L’Amour

My husband, Jay, and I read this book together – he with his eyes and I with my ears. Jay is a Louis L’Amour fan. He owns all 105 of the books and has read all of them at least three or four times. He’s even met the author twice and has done lots of […]

Book Review: The Love Ceiling

by Jean Davies Okimoto Endicott and Hugh Books, 2009 My Rating: A Have you ever read a book that felt like it came from your own life?  The Love Ceiling felt like that for me. Well, maybe not all the exact details, but in the general concepts. Imagine a main character who – is in […]