Book Review: The Spider Woman’s Daughter

Author: Anne Hillman Publisher: Harper Collins 2013 Format: Audiobook, Read perfectly by Christina Delaine My husband and I “discovered” Tony Hillerman’s books back in the 1980s when we were driving back and forth between our home in the Kansas City area and Santa Fe, New Mexico where are two oldest children were going to college. […]

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The purpose of the More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. As you can see, I’m a few days late in celebrating my second author in this challenge. (See my post celebrating Zora Neale Hurston HERE.) So even though I’m late, I’m posting anyway. I don’t think it hurts to draw attention […]

Book Review: Gray Mountain

 . Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, October 2014 Genre: Legal Thriller Gray Mountain is a fictional mountain in the Appalachian Mountains. It was one of those mountains that had it’s entire top cut off so coal could be extracted easier than mining for it. This practice has ruined not only the beauty of this part […]

Book and TV Review: Walt Longmire is Back

The first time I read this book, I devoured it. I loved the setting and the main character, Sheriff Walt Longmire. I was excited when TNT picked up Craig Johnson’s novels and made them into a TV series called Longmire. So far, the TV series has kept close to the original books as far as […]

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 […]