TCL’s #DNF Friday – 2022 Recap.

The Chocolate Lady's Worst Books of 2022! It wasn't that long ago that I shied away from quitting a book. But I'm getting older, and since I retired, I refuse to deprive myself. That means I will no longer suffer through a book I'm not enjoying. I should have done this sooner, I know. In … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday – 2022 Recap.

TCL’s Top Ten Favorite Books of 2022.

2022- the Year of: Almost Tied for 1st! Early on during this past year, among the books I read, it almost looked like I was going to have to include some novels that got 4.75/5 stars in my top ten list. However, as the year progressed, more books started to get full marks. The problem … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten Favorite Books of 2022.

Sharing Cider and Stories.

Book Review for “The Golden Oldies' Book Club” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "Ruth the librarian fears she’s too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley’s Lover makes her think again. Aurora doesn’t feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her husband … Continue reading Sharing Cider and Stories.

#ShortStorySunday – Sleights of Words.

Book Review for “Good Bones” by Margaret Atwood. Summary: "In Good Bones, first published in 1992, Margaret Atwood has fashioned an enthralling collection of parable, monologue, mini-romance and mini-biography, speculative fiction, prose lyric, outrageous recipe and reconfigured fairy tale, demonstrating yet again the play of an unerring wit overseen by a panoramic intelligence. Good Bones … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Sleights of Words.

#CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Book Review for “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. Summary: "Welcome to Cranford, where everyone knows one another and a cow wears pajamas. It’s a community built on friendship and kindness, where women hold court and most of the houses—and men—are rarely seen. Two colorful spinster sisters at the heart of Cranford, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah … Continue reading #CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Beartown Getting A Hed?

Book Review for “The Winners (Beartown #3)” by Fredrik Backman. Summary: "Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is … Continue reading Beartown Getting A Hed?

#ShortStorySunday – A Wireless Wormhole.

Short Story Review for “Signal Moon: A Short Story” by Kate Quinn. Summary: "Yorkshire, 1943. Lily Baines, a bright young debutante increasingly ground down by an endless war, has traded in her white gloves for a set of headphones. It’s her job to intercept enemy naval communications and send them to Bletchley Park for decryption. … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – A Wireless Wormhole.

Laying about the Loch.

Book Review for “The Highland Hens” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "In the imposing Glen Carrick House overlooking Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, lives eighty-eight-year-old Mimi McKinlay, cared for by her three adult sons. Hamish has inherited his mother’s musical talents, Fin is the responsible brother, and Angus has the complicated and brooding personality to match his … Continue reading Laying about the Loch.

Prophetic or Pathetic?

Book Review for “Delphi” by Clare Pollard. Summary: "Covid-19 has arrived in London, and the entire world quickly succumbs to the surreal, chaotic mundanity of screens, isolation, and the disasters small and large that have plagued recent history. As our unnamed narrator—a classics academic immersed in her studies of ancient prophecies—navigates the tightening grip of … Continue reading Prophetic or Pathetic?

Donning the Dresses.

Book Review for “Clothes-Pegs” by Susan Scarlett. Summary: "Annabel Brown has taken a job in the sewing room at Bertna's, a high-end dressmaker, to help her family's finances. When one of the "mannequins" employed downstairs quits unexpectedly, Tania Petoff, the shop's owner, decides to try lovely Annabel in her place, to the chagrin of her … Continue reading Donning the Dresses.