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TSS – January in Review

January has come and gone in a flash.  I would think at some point I’d stop being surprised at how fast the time goes by, but it never ceases to amaze me.  This is a month I’m pretty happy to have behind me, though.  It was tough getting back into the school routine after the […]

#230 ~ Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel’s latest novel first entered my radar through an issue of BookPage, a monthly magazine made available for free from my local library.  From the momemt I saw the cover (H8 may not be displayed prominently on the cover, but you can’t slip him by me) and read the […]

Rantings of a Restless Reader

Restless Reading Ever since I’ve finished The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (in short, incredible reads), I have been flitting restlessly from one book to the other, never reading more than 100 pages, but mostly no more that 20.  I’ve picked up and set back down the following physical/Kindle books: The Queens Mistake […]

#228 ~ The Heretic Queen (mini review)

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran I read Michelle Moran’s first novel, Nefertiti, with my Facebook book club, Historical Fiction Lovers book club.  Nefertiti was our Queen of August.  We all loved the novel so much that we made The Heretic Queen or selection for November.  We all loved it just as much.  This novel […]

#226 ~ The Glass Room

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer Viktor and Liesel Landauer are newlyweds in a plum position in Czechoslovakia prior to the stirrings of World War II.  They have land given to them by Liesel’s parents.  That, along with Viktor’s wealth from his automobile company, provides them the opportunity to conceive of and bring to life […]

#225 ~ Shanghai Girls

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Today it is my great pleasure to be Lisa See’s host on her TLC Book Tour for her novel, Shanghai Girls.  I would like to thank her publisher for sending me a review copy.  Please see the end of my review for a list of the blogs who are on this […]

#224 ~ I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly edited by Hana Volavkova When I signed up for Anna and Serena‘s War Through the Generations 2009 Reading Challenge, Jill from Fizzy Thoughts offered to send me her copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a compilation of drawings and poems written by children detained in the Terezin Concentration Camp […]

Can’t Go to the BEA? I’ve Got Prizes for You!

In case you didn’t know, Rebecca @ The Book Lady’s Blog has arranged BEAtwittyParty for those of us who are not among the fortunates at the Book Expo America in New York City this weekend. There are prizes galore and, although I didn’t get my prizes to Rebecca on time, I do have some prizes […]

A Cartoon Book Review by Ward Sutton

I came across an article about a literary collaboration while reading Pop Candy today that absolutely blew me away. Ward Sutton, best known for his political cartoons during the Bush Administration (check out Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton). Barnes & Noble , as I’m sure most of my readers know, sells books […]