Alexis made my day–TWICE! I got two beautiful packages from her on two different days: one with The Night Circus and In the Night Garden, and the other with Lonesome Dove and a beautiful card. I’m so excited to have THREE books to get me started on CBR10! Lonesome Dove has languished on my TBR list for years. Thank you, Alexis!
Cannonball! Reading the Harry Potter series this time felt different than past times. I’m several years older than I was last time I read them, and this time I was reading them not just for fun, but to review for CBR (it makes a difference, I’ve found. . .). It’s also a time in American history when reading about the fight against the Death Eaters and their focus on purebloods is a little more uncomfortable than it has been in the past (I am not […]
I’m an introvert, and if there’s one thing I hate it’s interacting with people I don’t know. So when I finished reading Born a Crime while on an airplane, and found myself fighting the urge to wake up the woman next to me and tell her how great it was, I knew this book must be pretty special. Born a Crime is the story of Trevor Noah’s childhood growing up in South Africa. Trevor’s father is white, and his mother black. Since he was born […]
Digging to America is the story of two Baltimore families who meet each other in an airport, pre-9/11, when they come to pick up their infant daughters they have adopted from South Korea. It’s similar to other Tyler novels, in that it’s an intimate examination of family dynamics, but it’s different than all the others, too–it’s bigger, as it also examines what it means to be an American. I know that makes it sound terrible and tiresome, but trust me, it is anything but. It’s […]
I had no idea until about 2 minutes ago that “it was a dark and stormy night” is considered a cliched, unoriginal way of starting a story. I associate it so closely with A Wrinkle in Time–one of the most magical books from my childhood–that to me it’s the perfect way to start a book, and it’s too bad there aren’t more that start this way. I can’t read A Wrinkle in Time without thinking back to my own childhood. I don’t remember for sure, […]
I’ll never forget the first time I read Into Thin Air. It was about 10 years ago, and I held my breath for most of the second half. Even today, after reading it probably four or five times, it’s an incredibly exciting experience that is exactly what reading is supposed to be about–taking you places you’ll never be able to go yourself. This time, after finishing it, I decided to read The Climb for the first time. Both books are about the same thing: the […]
I forgot to review this book when I read it last month, so here’s hoping I can remember it well enough to write a review. It’s #6 in the Inspector Gamache series, a mystery series set in Quebec that I cannot recommend highly enough for those of you who like mysteries–but unfortunately Bury Your Dead was not my favorite entry in the series. Inspector Gamache is on holiday in Quebec City to recover from a case that ended badly. He’s staying with a friend, but […]
I read the first 5 books in the Agatha Raisin series as a stress reliever during a busy summer. I liked them, but I didn’t love them. I read 6-10 (and actually I’m up to 12, now) out of ennui, because they’re always available from the library and they’re easy listening for my frequent long car trips. Six through 10 were not as enjoyable as the first five, unfortunately. Books 6-10 see Agatha leave her small village in the Cotswolds and do some traveling (which […]