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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 […]

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 […]

Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

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 […]

Book Review: Sackett’s Land

There’s nothing like good historical fiction set in the “Old West.” Many of those stories were written by one of that genre’s legends, Louis L’Amour. That was back in the hey-day of the Western. In Mr. L’Amour’s one hundred plus novels he featured lots of different characters plus the characters in at least three different […]

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: 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: Moving Target by J.A. Jance

Publisher: Simon & Schustee, Feb. 18, 2014 Fellow bloggers, particularly Barbara at Views From the Countryside, have been singing the praises of J.A. Jance. They love her mysteries, especially those in series format. I promised myself I would read one in 2014. Then I learned that Ms. Jance was about to publish her 50th novel. […]

Book Review: Shock Wave by John Sandford

Putnam – 2011 Virgil Flowers is my favorite character from all of John Sandford’s long line of character-rich novels. Lucas Davenport is good, but Virgil is just plain fun. In Shock Wave Virgil’s assignment is to figure out who is building and setting off bombs. Pye-Mart (think WalMart) is a new big-box store coming to […]

Book Review: Across the River and Into the Trees

by Ernest Heminway Publishes by Scribner’s Sons, 1950 A friend from one of my book clubs encouraged me and the rest of the club to read this novel. Its one of her favorites by Ernest Hemingway. The setting is Venice, Italy, a place my friend has happily visited. The story is from the point of […]