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In Praise of BookRiot’s Quarterly Box

This is the post I should have written in December when I received the very first Quarterly Box from Book Riot. They put this together through the Quarterly website. I had no idea that this was a thing. The concept is that you subscriber to a company’s quarterly subscription and every three months you get […]

#285 ~ Columbine

Columbine by Dave Cullen Published by: Grand Central Publishing Published on: April 2009 Page Count: 443 Genre: non-fiction My Reading Format: audiobook rented from my local public library Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook My Review As did most Americans, I followed the events of the Columbine massacre intently. I was shocked that anything on […]

#141 ~ Mermaids in the Basement

Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West Imagine finding evidence that your boyfriend, an up and coming movie director, was cheating on you with one of his starlets through a gossip magazine.  Imagine also that your mother Shelby and beloved step father just recently died in a plane crash, you’ve never had a good […]

#136 ~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald Before the movie hype, I’d never heard of this short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I’m not necessarily sure that I knew that he wrote short stories.  With the exception of The Great Gatsby, which is one of my all-time favorite novels, I never studied […]

Andrew Wyeth Thank You for Making This World More Beautiful

I was saddened to learn today that Andrew Wyeth has passed away.  He has been one of my favorite artists ever since I wrote a paper about him my senior year of high school.  I wasn’t one to be very interested in art at the time, but his work and his life opened my eyes […]

#132 ~ The Conqueror

The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer The Conqueror tells the story of William the Conqueror, from his bastard birth, to his life as the Duke of Normandy, and finally to his triumphant rise to the throne of England. Given the circumstances of William’s life and the political climate of both Normandy and England in the 11th […]

#131 ~ The Jewel of Medina

The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones A’isha is a 6 year old girl who, after her parents betrothed her to Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, was required to remain in her family home until she had her first menstrual period.  For an adventurous girl such as herself, she is tortured by the limitations placed […]

#130 ~ The Front Porch Prophet

The Front Porch Prophet by Raymond L. Atkins When you pick up a good novel written about the south by a Southern author, you can tell.  There is just something about that area and the writers it creates that is unique, remarkable and gorgeous.  Had William Faulkner, Harper Lee or Margaret Mitchell not been from […]

#125 ~ Off the Menu ~ Review and Contest

Today it is my pleasure to serve as Christine Son’s hostess on her blog tour TLC Book Tours.  What a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday week!  Please see information on her entire tour at the end of this post. For more information on TLC Book Tours, their authors and all of their […]

#124 ~ Midwife of the Blue Ridge ~ Book Review and Giveaway

Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins Maggie Duncan lost her family as a very young girl during a massacre between the British and the Scottish.  Her destiny falls into place when she helps a injured man find his way home to his wife, Hannah.  Hannah, a midwife and local healer, realizes almost instantly […]