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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 […]

A Look Back At John F. Kennedy

JFK’s LAST HUNDRED DAYS:The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President Author: Thurston Clarke Publisher: Penguin Press, July 2013 Genre: Biography/History Format: Audiobook, Read by Malcolm Hillgarther Source: The publisher My Rating: B Everyone in my generation has answered this question numerous times: Where were you on November 22, 1963? It’s […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]

Classic: Grapes of Wrath

We have our internet service back!! Hoo-ray!! Thanks everyone for hanging in with me. Finally, here’s my review of a great classic. ___________________________________________________________ Author: John Steinback Publisher: The Viking Press, 1939 Awards Won: National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and cited when Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 Genre: Classic Historical […]

From My List of Classics: Beowulf

I chose to re-read this classic tale because of romantic memories from high school. I recall watching the boys in our literature class acting out the various scenes with pretend swords. They appeared so gallant, so brave and manly. I’m sure I did a lot of sighing. Fifty years later the romance is gone. What […]

Book Review: Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

I’m not sure why I haven’t read one of Harlan Coben’s books before but, I saw an audiobook of his at the library prior to the Read-A-Thon and decided to try it. It was just right for the Read-A-Thon. I had chicken-duty and other chores that day, so it made a good accompaniment. There were […]

Book Review: Dance Hall of the Dead

I just finished listening to an excellent audiobook: Dance Hall of the Dead. It’s the second book written by Tony Hillerman in 1973. If you’ve read any of Tony Hillerman’s books, then you know Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. In this story he’s dealing the murder of a Zuni boy and the disappearance of his best friend, […]

Book Review: Heart of a Samurai

If you are looking for a good old-fashioned adventure story, I have the book for you: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. The story is about a fourteen-year-old Japanese boy, Manjiro, who was a crew member on a fishing boat that was wrecked by a fierce storm. Five crew members survived, washed ashore on […]

Book Review: Three Junes by Julia Glass

I finished reading Julia Glass’ debut novel, Three Junes. It won the 2002 National Book Award. It’s a beautifully written, character-rich story about a Scottish family. My review is up at the Quirky Girls Read blog. Hit the button below or go HERE.