Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching

The purpose of a More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. For my first book in the 2015 challenge I’d like to highlight a woman from the Harlem Renaissance era: Zora Neale Hurston Born in Alabama in 1891, Ms. Hurston attended Howard University where she was one of the founders […]

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (Pen name of J.K. Rowling) Publisher: Mulholland Books 2013 Format: Audibook narrated by Robert Glenister Why I Read This Book: It was a book club selection, but I told myself I’d read only the first chapter. I really didn’t want to read it as I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Although the […]

Book Review: Dance of the Bones

Publisher: William Morrow, September, 2015 Why I Wanted To Read This Boook: When asked to join the TLC Book Tour, I agreed immediately just because I wanted to read another book by the author. J.A. Jance has written over fifty books which includes four major series. With this new book, Dance of the Bones, J.A. […]

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner, May 2014 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Zach Appelman Awards: The Pulitzer Prize and Finalist for National Book Award Why I Read This Book: I read so many glowing reviews about this book when it first came out that it went immediately on the list for one of my book clubs. […]

Book Review: The Nature of the Beast

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur, August 2015 Series: Three Pines or Armand Gamache, Book 11 Format: Audio, Narrated by Robert Bathurst One of the highest points in an avid reader’s year is when a long awaited book finally arrives. That’s what happens when Louise Penny writes a new Three Pines novel. When the novel is a […]

Book Review: The Summer’s End by Mary Alice Monroe

Special note: That is the author’s daughter on the cover. Publisher: Gallery Books, 2015 As I said the other day, I love to pick a book each year that epitomizes my feelings about the end of summer. You know the feeling – the one where you’re sad that summer is over, but you’re excited about […]

Book Review: The Reinvention of Albert Paugh

. Author: Jean Davies Okimoto Publisher: Endicott and Hugh Books, 2015 Not every retiree calls themselves Joyfully Retired. Some people, like Albert Paugh, retire and then regret it. In Albert’s case, retirement was something he was forced to do. He’d had a heart attack and surgery, his wife panicked and made him retire. But Al […]

The Best Audiobok Of the Year (So Far): Dancing At the Rascal Fair

Author: Ivan Doig Publisher: Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1987 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Robert Ian McKenzie (20 Hours) I absolutely love this writer and the Western characters he creates. I swear he is telling us about real people and – I know them! I’ve read a number of his books now so I know he’s that […]

Book Review: The Other Woman

Author: Hank Phillippi Publisher: Forge Books 2012 Genre: Mystery Jane is a journalist, newly working for a Boston newspaper. She was a TV journalist until she refused to reveal a source. The TV station fired her and everywhere she goes people seem to believe she did something wrong. In spite of that Jane is a true […]

Book Review: Wings In the Dark

. Author: Michael Murphy Publisher: Alibi Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction My Reason For Reading This Book: I’ve read the first two books in this great new mystery series and I had to keep going. The two main characters are worth spending time with. They are former private investigator and mystery writer, Jake Donavan, and Broadway and […]