A Buzzfeed Blunder on Children’s Books

Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook a link to a Buzzfeed article "13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others." Admittedly, I am familiar with only two of the books on that list. One is the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who," which certainly fits the bill. The other, however, is Shel … Continue reading A Buzzfeed Blunder on Children’s Books

Should Regions for ARCs still be a thing?

So far and yet so near… As most of my readers know, I live in Israel. Because of this, sometimes when I request advance reader copies (or ARCs) of books from sites like NetGalley, publishers sometimes decline my requests. No, this isn't antisemitism or some nasty BDS "gotcha." The reason they give is that they … Continue reading Should Regions for ARCs still be a thing?

The Sound of Reading

Listening to Audio Books.   I recently underwent a procedure on my eyelids, which meant I had to have cold or warm compresses over my eyes for hours at a time. In anticipation of this debilitating circumstance, I realized that I needed something to occupy my mind while waiting to heal. The obvious answer was … Continue reading The Sound of Reading

My Reading of Maggie O’Farrell’s Novels

An overview of the books by one of my favorite authors: Maggie O'Farrell There are very few authors I find compelling enough to want to read every one of their books. One of those few is Maggie O'Farrell. I first discovered O'Farrell's work with her fourth novel, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. This intriguing … Continue reading My Reading of Maggie O’Farrell’s Novels

My 2015 Reading Statistics

This past year has been an intense one - not because of my reading, but because of my "day job" and everyday life in general. So getting away from it all with books has been especially important for me. As I wait on a book tour to publish one of my reviews, and work on … Continue reading My 2015 Reading Statistics

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