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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: 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: 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 […]

Book Review: At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart

Ballantine Books, 2014 At the River’s Edge is Book #7 in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read them all. There are a couple of reasons I’ve stuck with the series. First of all, Mariah Stewart is a blog-friendly author. Secondly, I love the way she writes. She logically presents her characters and the […]

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park was on a wish-list my brilliant and beautiful granddaughter, Q, wanted for Christmas. I’ve seen the book touted on blogs and GoodReads but didn’t really pay attention. Before buying it for her I checked it out. I decided I’d like to read the book myself. Eleanor and Park are two fictional sixteen-year-olds […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Book Review: Storm Front by John Sandford

Putnam 2013 In the last couple of years, every time my husband and I have taken a road trip, we’ve done so with John Sandford. He’s one of the authors we both like and the audiobook’s narrator seems like an old friend. This past month we drove to and from Portland, a twelve-hour drive one […]