Confessions of a Frustrated Reader

Anachronisms & Inaccuracies My friend, author Rabbi Ilene Schneider recently wrote a post on her blog called "Blueberries in Hammonton in 1920? - Doubtful," which discusses researching something that seemed to her to be an historical inaccuracy from the TV show "Boardwalk Empire." Such anachronisms can ruin watching movies, TV shows and of course, reading … Continue reading Confessions of a Frustrated Reader

How do you eRead?

Seeing as I'm in between reviews, I thought I'd discuss something a little different. No, not chocolate (although I certainly could), but rather what I've discovered about eReading, and how I read eBooks these days. Anyone who read either of my early posts about print vs. eBooks will know that I'm still certain that dead … Continue reading How do you eRead?

Apologies and Flight

Hello friends - long time, no see! I wanted my readers to know why I haven't been posting book reviews lately. The reason is, I've been on vacation abroad. The relatively short trip (due to a lack of vacation time at my "day job") was to visit family and friends, but mostly to attend my … Continue reading Apologies and Flight

Finding a Fictional Role Model

Book Review of "How to Be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis. Calling all women who read fiction: tell me, can you point to one female character from any book or story you've ever read and say, "Yes, that's me" or even "Yes, that's who I want to … Continue reading Finding a Fictional Role Model

The Draws and Drawbacks of Historical Fiction

Albert Camus once said “fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” If you ask me, historical fiction is the truth through which we tell lies. The Draws There are lots of reasons to read historical fiction. Either you have an interest in a certain era or perhaps you hold a fascination about … Continue reading The Draws and Drawbacks of Historical Fiction

Looking for Mister Good-Read

How many times has a book blurb made you immediately think "been there, done that"? As mentioned in some of my earlier posts here, I belong to a few sites that let me request advance reader copies of books, and in exchange, I review them. For the most part, I've been very lucky in that … Continue reading Looking for Mister Good-Read

Is Chick-Lit getting a Bum Rap?

First Impressions   Let's face it, the moment we hear the term chick-lit our minds immediately go directly to those cheap books our mothers (or at least my mother) used to buy from the supermarket. You know the ones; they have very distinctive covers. Mostly you'll see a man's bare, upper body, rippled with muscles, Continue reading Is Chick-Lit getting a Bum Rap?

Gender Roles in Literature

Do Female Characters Get the Short Shrift? A friend of mine turned my attention to an article by Sophia McDougall in the New Statesman entitled "I hate strong female characters." In truth, Ms. McDougall doesn't really hate them; she just dislikes the use of the word "strong" to describe them. She's upset that this seems … Continue reading Gender Roles in Literature

On Genre Preferences and Reviewing Books

Can a reviewer do justice to a book in a genre they don't usually read? I recently found out that a good friend of mine is finally getting a book published. Since I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books by several friends, my immediate reaction was to ask her if I could get … Continue reading On Genre Preferences and Reviewing Books

The Great Debate: Electronic vs. Dead Tree Books

Which are better - eBooks or print ones? In today's digital world people are increasingly looking online for their entertainment. But is there anything that will get people to read books again? While eBooks and audio books are helping, is that enough? Is anybody reading anymore? I may be wrong but it seems to me … Continue reading The Great Debate: Electronic vs. Dead Tree Books