Reading While In the Big Woods

I’m back from a lovely time away from my regular retired life. I feel completely refreshed. I spent time in the wilderness, by the sea, visiting with family members, and time reading. I took along more books than I could possibly read, but what avid reader doesn’t do that? I managed to read five books! […]

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 […]

Agatha Christie: Towards Zero

Published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1944 (Original dust jacket, thanks to Wikipedia) Towards Zero is one of the lesser known novels among Agatha Christie’s enormous repertoire. It’s also one I’ve never read before. You won’t find one of Ms. Christie’s well-known detectives such as Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple in here. Superintendent Battle […]

Book Review: The View From Here

. Author: Cindy Myers Publisher: Kensington, 2012 Genre: Literary Fiction Maggie was a recently divorced woman living in Houston. The divorce was not Maggie’s idea, but her ex-husband was such a jerk that I think she should be off somewhere rejoicing. But instead, as often happens with some women, Maggie felt that, somehow, she had […]

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 […]

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger

In the small village of Lymstock someone is writing very nasty poisoned pen letters. Nearly everyone has received one. As you can imagine, the whole village is gossiping about it. The person who gets the letter says there is no truth in the letter, but everyone says “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Naturally, […]

Agatha Christie: N or M?

Publisher: Dodd Mead, 1941 As many of you know, I’m reading Agatha Christie’s novels from beginning to end. I’ve finally reached the books she published in the 1940s. To my surprise, N or M? features Tommy and Tuppence, a couple that haven’t appeared since the 1920s. Twenty years ago they were young people just recovering from ravages […]

Book Review: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vradel

. I hope you don’t mind if I do a little grandmotherly bragging. My granddaughter, Lou (age 9), has well-rounded interests. She’s a good friend, a good soccer player, and is quite the reader. Lou has already read most of the Newberry winners, all the Harry Potter’s, the Lemony Snickets, plus all sorts of other […]

Reading Challenges: 2015

This is the time of year when I spend a lot of time on the Novel Challenge blog. Participating in reading challenges is one of my favorite parts of book blogging. Challenges have led me to read books I might otherwise never consider. I’ve been pouring over all the posts at a Novel Challenge. First, […]

Book Review: The Whole Enchilada

Author: Diane Mott Davidson Publisher: William Morrow 2013 I began reading Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries way back in the early 1990s when a culinary mystery was quite unique. It was pure fun to see Goldy bumble her way through her growing catering business while at the same time solving the mysteries of murdered bodies […]