9 Mini Reviews for August / September

This month's mini book reviews cover a little bit of everything - it's been a busy, eclectic reading month. Full reviews are published on some of the other books I finished this month. Rebecca was one of the few classics I've been able to get through and sort of enjoy. Other books in this edition of mini reviews are: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux. The Black Sky by Timothy Minneci (free from the author), Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and Devoted by Dean Koontz. Rebecca by Daphne du Mauier Genre: Classic, General Fic

My new favorite fantasy: Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season #1 by N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy Award: Hugo Award + others Published 2015, 468 pages This book has been on my shelves for years. I'd read a little about it and somehow talked myself out of it. Then this year I bit off the whole "join-five-reading-challenges" thing and this book fit several categories.....it was time! I'm SO sorry for the delay - this book is amazing. I tried to explain the plot and what I liked about it to my husband, and found it really difficult. I'll try again here. A great opening line: "Let's start with the end of the world, why don’t we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things." I admit, this book got me from the first line. Bear wit

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Quotes

The theme this week for Top 10 Tuesday is favorite bookish quotes - either about books or from a book. It just so happens I keep a list of quotes (because who can remember them without a list? certainly not me!) and here are 10 I love. I particularly love quotes that refer to the power that books can have - whether to lift our spirits and make us laugh, or to inform, to take us to another time/place, or to help us realize we aren't alone in the world. To see even more great quotes, visit That Artsy Reader Girl as she hosts lots of participants...all with their very own favorites. "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voic

September TBR list additions

Every month I share with you the books that caught my attention and that made it to my TBR list. I tried to be a bit more selective than last month when it just exploded, but...... well, books! I read a total of 9 books in September, added these 17 to my TBR, so it's a net add of 8 books to my list this month. You can see my full TBR list, all 600+ of them on my Pinterest Terrie's TBR List board. I keep it updated with what is on my list and remove books once I've read them. They're further divided by genre folders to help me (or you) find something I'm in the mood for. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Genre: Memoir Published 2013, I added this book because: my goal to read more memoirs; found

Buddy Read: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center Genre: General Fiction / Romance Published 2019, 310 pages Terrie's Thoughts I generally don't read romance stories - the plots always seem too predictable to me. For some reason the blurb on this one caught my eye - maybe that the female lead is a firefighter. It was both just what I expected and yet surprised me. In a somewhat typical plot, a badass, damaged woman meets hot, super-nice guy, resists the attraction, gives in to attraction, falls in love, disaster strikes. What surprised me is that the story is also, and maybe more strongly, about forgiveness - forgiving yourself as well as those that have hurt you. "Firefighters are, on average,

Book Tag: I answer 26 A-Z bookish questions

I've never participated in a book tag before, but this one seemed fun, so I thought I'd jump in and give it a try. I guess it was originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner back in 2013 and keeps popping up on book blogs every now and then - I found it on Wonderfully Bookish. It's a way to have some bookish fun and get to know me a bit better....... A - Author I've read the most books: Dean Koontz - I've read 37 of his books including his newest one, Devoted, reviewed here. B - Best Sequel Ever: Both the 2nd and 3rd in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness were outstanding and didn't lose any of the story momentum. The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men reviewed here. C - Curren

Buddy Read: The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos Genre: General Fiction Published 2018, 263 pages My sister, Donna, and I have picked a couple books a month that we read and share our thoughts on. We pulled the books from random websites, award lists, etc. just looking for a variety of genres and jacket blurbs that sounded either interesting, or something we'd not usually pick on our own. Last month was Howl's Moving Castle (a YA fantasy) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (neither of us finished that one). Our first one finished this month is this novel by George Pelecanos. Terrie's Thoughts A quick read, I enjoyed the story, partly because of the nod to all the good that books can accomplish! "Whe

Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR list

Most weeks I'm joining Jana on That Artsy Reader Girl to combine two things I love, making lists and reading. She has published a list of topics/themes for each week and my job is to find books to fit the theme. This week it's all about what I plan on reading the next few months.......my focus is clear. I'm working on satisfying as many reading challenge categories as I can and I'm working mostly from books I already own and haven't read yet. (You can see my Challenge progress in the menu tab at the top of the page) Topping the list are these: Ghostland by Duncan Ralston Genre: Horror Finding a book to fit the challenge "horror book published by an indie press" was difficult. But, when I d

12 Books that are all about friendship!

Making a new friend, losing a long-time friend, best friends, barely friends, long-distance friends, girlfriends or male friends - friendship has many faces and an infinite number of ways to influence a story. I scrolled through my book lists and came up with some great friendship stories! As usual for my lists, I've read all these books (though some I read years ago) and can recommend. Many Must-Read lists tend to focus on the shiny new publications - and those are fun....but you'll see that many of these are back-list books. Back-list books are often easier to find at the library or at thrift stores because the big rush to read them has passed. But, they are still good, sometimes great, bo

Top 10 Tuesday: share great book covers!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing 10 books with excellent covers (and sometimes excellent stories to go with the cover!). I'm linking to the weekly book blog by That Artsy Reader Girl as she hosts LOTS of participating blogs sharing their entries for the week's theme. If you want to see more, please visit her site and check out the many links.....you're sure to spend some time wandering down the "delicious books" hole! I think this cover is subtly evocative of the story - it sets the place, that it's likely somehow feminine (the gold flowers/bird) and all the grays and rain in the background implies it's not a perfectly happy story. Great cover, great book. Reviewed here. Dramatic! Bold! Exotic

The Nidderdale Murders is a great police procedural

The Nidderdale Murders #5 by J.R. Ellis Genre: Mystery Published 8/20/2020, 299 pages I want to thank #NetGalley and #ThomasandMercer for the advance copy of this book - the following opinions are my own. Though this is the 5th in a series and I haven't read anything else by this author, this could totally be read as a standalone. I always appreciate when the author of a series doesn't spend half of the current book explaining back story. There are a couple of prior events referenced, but only in passing, and they don't impact this story at all. Well done! This is a strong police procedural with red herrings everywhere, but Oldroyd, the main detective, and his team of a couple of young detec

The Nightingale: WWII historical fiction

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Genre: Historical Fiction Award: Audie Published 2015, 566 pages This has been on my shelves for a while and now I'm sorry I waited so long to read it! Wow - what a journey this book is! In the Author's Note, Hannah says the story grew from a story she read while researching another book and as she read more about the women of the French resistance, she felt she had to tell their story. From the first sentence, I was in: "If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we are." We meet sisters Vianne and Isabella as young girls in France before WWII. Told primarily as a memory, w

Buddy Read: Howl's Moving Castle, a YA fantasy story

Howl's Moving Castle #1 by Diana Wynne Jones Genre: YA Fantasy Published 1986, 429 pages Our first read together in our relaunched Buddy Read efforts, Donna (my sister) picked this book. Thank goodness the libraries are open again. Though I have plenty of books on my shelves, I felt so restricted by not being able to use the library! Terrie's Thoughts: I found this book just okay. The premise is really interesting - a castle that moves around and the front door can open onto different locations depending on how the handle is pointed, plus the idea of a fire demon and magic - it seemed there are lots of good elements. And there are. But. Somehow it just never grabbed me. I think it reads youn

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