As soon as Goodreads alerts me that a new Veronica Speedwell mystery is coming out, I immediately put in a request at the library. Thankfully, most of the folks that utilize my library either are ill informed about the publishing date of these books or don’t yet know about them. I can generally get my hands on a brand new copy immediately. This is both a good thing AND a bad thing. I get to read it sooner, but I tear through the book too quickly. It’s like the let down Christmas morning when all the weeks of preparation and […]
I guess that I first have to admit to never reading any of Liane Moriarty’s books before. I did thoroughly enjoy the television adaptation of “Big Little Lies” but I think I just assumed that her books would be those that I like to classify as “better to watch than read.” I don’t think that I was either fair or correct about that. At least about this book. This was a page turner. I really had no expectation that I would enjoy it as much as I did after it was selected by my book club. That is often the […]
In my long standing tradition of judging a book by the cover, I grabbed this book based on both title AND cover. The premise sounded interesting: a dark fairy tale take on postpartum depression. In the end, I found a trippy book full of all kinds of weirdness that was more than the sum of its parts. The protagonist, Apollo, is the child of a Ugandan refugee and a New York parole officer. Raised by a single mother after his father disappears, Apollo becomes interested in books when he begins selling used magazines to his neighbors for pocket money. Eventually, […]
I need some more non fiction in my life. I generally like to read things that take me away from myself and my world when possible. It’s not that I don’t ever read challenging material or books that might make me uncomfortable. I do that as well, but I tend to pick things that transport me from my “real world” to fictional alternative worlds or historical worlds. I often associate non fiction with biographies, self help and dry textbooks even though I know that is both unfair and untrue. I just don’t generally find them as transportive as I need […]
I am notorious for judging a book by its cover. I am also notorious for trying to read the book jacket as little as possible so that I don’t spoil the plot. I try to get just enough of a peek at it that I can tell if it sounds interesting, but not enough to know too much of the plot (thank you publishers for pretty much spelling out entire novels in the jacket). This practice has often resulted in taking a book out of the library, reading a couple of pages and then realizing that it is part of […]
Happy 2019! I wanted to find a cozy historical romance/ Outlander-esque read for the holidays and this one did the trick. This is definitely a “twinkle lights on, hot cup of tea, warm fleece blanket and PJs all day” approved title. Oh, and it’s Diana Gabaldon approved which is what put this on my radar to begin with. The novel is set in Long Island and bounces between present day and 1759. The historical plot line centers on the Wilde family amidst the French and Indian War. Grieving the loss of their matriarch as well as the fiance of Lydia […]
Just enough time to slip a review in under the wire! This is a book club book for me and I was looking forward to reading it. I liked it, but didn’t love it, which was a surprise given all of the great reviews it received. It took me a while to read, but really shouldn’t have. It’s not a long or complicated book. I’m not sure if that was because I was fitting it in around holiday goings on or if it wasn’t engaging enough to hold my interest for more than a chapter at a time. That being […]
I got a box of goodies!! Fun! A big thank you to my book exchange buddy and virtual neighbor. Well, we live in the same state anyway! Thanks Kfishgirl! PS Your dog is adorable!