TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Hotel Portofino” by J.P. O'Connell. Summary: "Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for October 1, 2022.

From “Notes on a Scandal” by Zoë Heller to... “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman. 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 be … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for October 1, 2022.

American Icon in Paris.

Book Review for “Jacqueline in Paris” by Ann Mah. Summary: "In August 1949 Jacqueline Bouvier arrives in postwar Paris to begin her junior year abroad. She’s twenty years old, socially poised but financially precarious, and all too aware of her mother’s expectations that she make a brilliant match. Before relenting to family pressure, she has … Continue reading American Icon in Paris.

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?

… you’d be behind me.

Book Review for “Lucy by the Sea” by Elizabeth Strout. Summary: "As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their … Continue reading … you’d be behind me.

TCL’s Shelf Control #7 – A Ghastly Trilogy.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies, of the unread books on our shelves. Lisa says: "Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more … Continue reading TCL’s Shelf Control #7 – A Ghastly Trilogy.

TCL’s #20BooksofSummer2022 Wrap-up.

This is a yearly reading challenge by Cathy @ 746 Books where bloggers commit to read (10, 15, or) 20 books over the summer, or just count the number of books they read during the summer. I joined in again, but although last year I read a full 20, this time I committed to read … Continue reading TCL’s #20BooksofSummer2022 Wrap-up.

Arias for Hope.

Book Review for “The Opera Sisters” by Marianne Monson. Summary: "British sisters Ida and Louise Cook enjoy their quiet, unassuming lives in south London. Ida writes romance novels, and Louise works as a secretary. In the evenings, the sisters indulge in their shared love for opera, saving their money to buy records and attend performances … Continue reading Arias for Hope.

In Pursuit of Nancy.

Book Review for “The Mayfair Bookshop” by Eliza Knight. Summary: "1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford’s seemingly dazzling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her … Continue reading In Pursuit of Nancy.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for September 3, 2022.

From "The Woman Before Wallis" by Bryn Turnbull to ... . 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 be connected to all … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for September 3, 2022.