#216 ~ The Girl Who Played with Fire

The  Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson When we last left Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, one of my favorite novels of 2009, they were on the outs.  When The Girl Who Played with Fire, Mikael didn’t understand why and Lisbeth has been spending time out of Sweden, […]

#211 ~ The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Bod, although named Nobody Owens, isn’t a nobody.  Someone wants him dead.  The Man Jack killed his parents and sister one dark night.  Bod was just a toddler and narrowly escaped The Man Jack’s knife when he wandered off into the cemetery just across the way from his parent’s […]

#210 ~ Ruined

Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris Rebecca is a typical high school sophomore.  She is active in her school and is extremely upset and resentful when her father uproots her from her New York City home to live with a friend and her daughter in New Orleans.  She doesn’t understand why her father sends […]

Literate Housewife’s R.I.P. Wrap Up

This year I participated in Carl’s R.I.P. Challenge for the first time.  I dove in feet first, too.  I decided to take up his Peril the First challenge and read at least four books in any of the following categories: Mystery Suspense Thriller Dark fantasy Gothic Horror Supernatural I have always thought of myself as […]

#204 ~ The Devil’s Company

The Devil’s Company by David Liss The Devil’s Company is the third in David Liss’ Benjamin Weaver series.  Weaver is a thief-take and former boxer of some repute in 18th century London.  In this installment, which was my first, we find Weaver at a loss when he discovers himself in a great deal of debt […]

#201 ~ Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger Before I begin… I do not include spoilers in my reviews as a general rule.  I don’t say anything in this review that in and of itself is a spoiler, but I do touch on common themes between Her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler’s Wife that might tell […]

Win a Copy of Ruined by Paula Morris

There is something about fall that makes it feel like the perfect time of the year to read a ghost story.  Sure, there is Halloween, but almost as soon as September arrives I’m ready for all things spooky.  As if to affirm my feelings, Carl runs the R.I.P. Challenge through September and October.   So, […]

Peril the First ~ My First R.I.P. Challenge

I am drawn to beautiful buttons. From the moment I saw Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings‘ button for R.I.P. IV, I kinda knew that it was only a matter of time before I take this challenge.  Over the weekend I saw many of my book  blogger buddies signing up.  They almost all had Her Fearful […]