Everything and Nothing.

Book Review for “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. Summary: "Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, … Continue reading Everything and Nothing.

#ShortStorySunday – Homework for the October #6Degrees Meme.

Book Story Review for the Short Story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Summary: "[This] is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker. Written the same month it was published, it is ranked today as "one of the most famous short stories in the history … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Homework for the October #6Degrees Meme.

She Who Schooled St. Oswald’s.

Book Review for “A Narrow Door” by Joanne Harris. Summary: "It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of … Continue reading She Who Schooled St. Oswald’s.

TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for Sept. 21, 2021 – Autumn TBR List.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns … Continue reading TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for Sept. 21, 2021 – Autumn TBR List.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #6 – When John Irving Lost Me.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Until I find You” by John Irving. Goodreads Summary: "Every major character in Until I Find You has been marked for life – not only William Burns, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed, but also William's song, Jack, an actor who is shaped as … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #6 – When John Irving Lost Me.

Among the Flowers.

Book Review for “A Single Rose” by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson. Summary: "Rose has just turned forty when she gets a call from a lawyer asking her to come to Kyoto for the reading of her estranged father's will. And so for the first time in her life she finds herself in Japan, … Continue reading Among the Flowers.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for September 4, 2021.

From “Second Place” by Rachel Cusk to “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastian Faulks. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for September 4, 2021.

The Structure of Deception.

Book Review for “The Address” by Fiona Davis. Summary: "After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house … Continue reading The Structure of Deception.

#ShortStorySunday – Finishing the Wonder.

Book Review for “An Approach to Black” by Emily Jeremiah. Summary: This novel "traces the fate of Finnish artist Anna S. and her legacy. It’s the late nineteenth century, and Anna is married to Eino, another artist. Eino gains fame and recognition for his idyllic evocations of family life. Anna, meanwhile, goes mad and is … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Finishing the Wonder.

Shading the Saplings.

Book Review for “More Than I Love My Life” by David Grossman (translated by Jessica Cohen). Summary: "[This novel] is the story of three strong women: Vera, age ninety; her daughter, Nina; and her granddaughter, Gili, who at thirty-nine is a filmmaker and a wary consumer of affection. A bitter secret divides each mother-and-daughter pair, … Continue reading Shading the Saplings.