Oh, Benny!

Book Review for “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki. Summary: "After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house--a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things … Continue reading Oh, Benny!

TCL’s #DNF Friday #10 – Migratory Muddle.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “The Last and the First” by Nina Berberova, translated by Marian Schwartz. Summary: "On a crisp September morning, trouble comes to the Gorbatovs' farm. Having fled the ruins of the Russian Revolution, they have endured crushing labour to set up a small farm in Provence. For young … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #10 – Migratory Muddle.

Perilous Deliveries.

Book Review for “The Postmistress of Paris” by Meg Waite Clayton. Summary: "Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the … Continue reading Perilous Deliveries.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #9 – A Bad First Impression(ist).

Why I can't write a book review for “Oscar & Monet: The Essence of Light” by Joe Byrd. Summary: "Does Claude Monet, a painter with eight children, have room in his heart for one more? Oscar Bonhomme, an American soldier, is in a French Army hospital recovering from his wounds when he learns of his … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #9 – A Bad First Impression(ist).

TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

2021- the Year of 4.75 stars! This past year has seen me read more books than ever. I'm guessing that's because of several reasons. The pandemic meant more time at home, and that, combined with my now being retired for over a year, meant more time for reading overall. There are other reasons I read … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

Cocoa Conspiracies.

Book Review for “The Spanish Daughter” by Lorena Hughes. Summary: "As a child in Spain, Puri always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her … Continue reading Cocoa Conspiracies.

TCL’s 3rd Life According to Literature Tag – 2021 Version.

Last year I noticed that Annabookbel did a "My Life in Books" tag for 2020, and I remembered that I did one like it in 2019 and enjoyed it, but that was called "Life According to Literature" and it had slightly different prompts. In 2019, I found it on Brona’s Books, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog, and … Continue reading TCL’s 3rd Life According to Literature Tag – 2021 Version.

Pressing Deaths.

Book Review for “The Gutenberg Murders” by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Summary: "All New Orleans was disturbed at the rumor that one of its civic treasures, the nine priceless leaves of the Gutenberg Bible, reposing in its stately Sheldon Memorial Library, had been stolen; but when the rumor became a face and was followed … Continue reading Pressing Deaths.

TCL’s #T5T – Top Five Tuesday #5 – December 14, 2021 – Favorite 2021 Covers.

Top Five Tuesday was originally created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, but is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. To participate, link your post back to Meeghan's blog or leave a comment on her weekly post. This week, Meeghan asked us to put up our Five Favorite Book Covers of 2021! Well, there … Continue reading TCL’s #T5T – Top Five Tuesday #5 – December 14, 2021 – Favorite 2021 Covers.

#LetsDiscuss2021 #14 – Aspects of 2021 – #DiscussionSunday.

As this year comes to an end, the question is... How was 2021? Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I'm certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I've written below. Sorry about that, but you are always … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2021 #14 – Aspects of 2021 – #DiscussionSunday.