#10BooksofSummer Check-in

Hello All! I hope your summer is going well. I figure we’re somewhere around the mid-point of #20BooksofSummer (but am too lazy to do any actual counting), so I thought I’d check in and share how things have been going so far. I’m happy to say that I’ve read five books on the list: Oral... Continue Reading →

Reader’s Journal: UNSUB

I could say that I picked up Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB on a whim, but that wouldn’t be exactly true. For one thing, I read her first book, China Lake, back in 2011. That was the first in her Evan Delaney series, and the only one I read—not because I didn’t enjoy it (I did!), but... Continue Reading →

Reader’s Journal: Norwegian by Night

At the age of 82, Sheldon Horowitz has been transplanted from Manhattan to Oslo, Norway. Sheldon's granddaughter Rhea brings Sheldon to Oslo to live with her and her husband Lars after the death of her grandmother, Mabel. Rhea believes, as did the late Mabel, that Sheldon is suffering from dementia that started when his son... Continue Reading →

January Reading Wrap-Up

Over the last few years, January has been one of my better months for blogging. This year, even though I’ve been reading steadily, the idea of sitting down and writing about books has seemed kind of pointless. Many other book bloggers have expressed this same anxiety and heart-heaviness and wonder about the use of it... Continue Reading →

Reader’s Journal: The Girl on the Train

My first book of the year for 2015 was going to be The Girl on the Train. I had pre-ordered it in the fall of 2014 in great anticipation because it was getting such terrific early notices. This was before all the (highly inaccurate) Gone Girl comparisons. Taken alone, the book’s description sounded interesting. Taken alone,... Continue Reading →

Strange Things Are Afoot in Area X

I have never read anything quite like Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. A psychologist, a linguist, an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a biologist all walk into a bar. Okay, not a bar, but a place called Area X, beyond the border of civilization, where thirty years before, something bad... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books of Summer

I'm late to the party, and really only joining for half. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) asks us about the top books on our summer TBR list, and that coincides quite nicely with Cathy's #20BooksofSummer challenge (although I am only doing 10 because I have become the world's slowest... Continue Reading →

Reader’s Journal: Lake of Sorrows

For my second book for Reading Ireland Month (well, also my final book I guess, although I started Maggie O'Farrell's The Hand That First Held Mine on Saturday, so that sort of counts, doesn't it?), I chose Erin Hart's Lake of Sorrows, the second book in her Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire series. I read the first... Continue Reading →

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