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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sign Up to Join the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Here! About the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: Again in 2022 this Reading Challenge will be hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader. Marg actually hosted the challenge before passing the baton to Amy at Passages to the Past, and last year she passed it … Continue reading TCL joins the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (again) for 2022!
Book Review for “The Golden Girls' Getaway” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "It has been a long and lonely year for neighbours Vivienne, Mary and Gwen. All ladies of a ‘certain age’, their lockdown experience has left them feeling isolated and alone. They are in desperate need of a change. Things start to look up however, … Continue reading A Viral Vacation.
Book Review for “Her Secret War” by Pam Lecky. Summary: "On 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home that fateful night. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist in the RAF. With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire … Continue reading Sarah and the Subterfuge.
Book Review for “Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan. Summary: "It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 5 – Tiny Huge Kindnesses.