Top Ten Tuesday for Feb. 19, 2019

  Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday for Feb. 19, 2019

My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

  2018: The year of “only by a whisker” books. Yes, the time has come once again for me to give you all my roundup of my favorite books published over this past year. I have to warn you however, I’m going to cheat a tiny bit with my non-fiction book this year. See, although … Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

My 300th Post – Review of a Modern Classic

Book review of "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller. Joseph Heller published this best-selling novel in 1961, and it is the only book I’ve ever read more than once. It is also one of the first books that come to mind when someone asks me to name my favorite book of all time (along with Ondaatje’s novels … Continue reading My 300th Post – Review of a Modern Classic

My Top Five (or more) Books of 2017

2017: The Year of Women - Good and Bad!   Those of my readers who have been following this blog for a while, know that I had to stuff seven novels into my favorites of 2016 list, and eight books ended up on list for 2015. This year, I have nine books that deserved a … Continue reading My Top Five (or more) Books of 2017

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 5 (or 8) Favorite Books of 2015

2015: The Year of the "Tied for #X Place" Books Despite the fact that there are two books published in 2015 that I haven't even begun to read (Patrick Gale's A Place Called Winter, and Therese Walsh's The Last Will of Moira Leahy), being dyslexic, and considering the length of my present reading list, I … Continue reading My 5 (or 8) Favorite Books of 2015

Best served cold…

Book Review of "Gentlemen and Players" by Joanne Harris Joanne Harris' website has the following quote describing this book: "The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the School, a wind of unwelcome … Continue reading Best served cold…

A Home for Ties that Bind

Book Review for "A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Anne Tyler's 20th novel is all about the Whitshank family, starting with Abby and Red. They live in the home that Red's father built on Bouton Road in Baltimore. Here, they raised their four children. Well, actually, only three of them are theirs. They … Continue reading A Home for Ties that Bind

Tasty Reading

Book Review of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flagg. For those of you who aren't familiar with either the movie or the book, this is the story of the events that happened to a group of people who lived in the town of Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1930's. One … Continue reading Tasty Reading

My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

2014: The Year of the Curmudgeon!   Looking back over this past year, it seems that almost all of my best-loved books that came out in 2014 featured protagonists who are, essentially, grumpy old men. While they hardly ever stop frowning, reading about some of them will certainly put a smile on your face (or … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books of 2014