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AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks 2016 ~ Fiction Part 2

It is my pleasure to present to you 2016’s Best Audiobooks in Fiction as selected by the editors at AudioFile Magazine. This year they selected their top titles in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction & Culture, Memoir, Biography & History, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children & Family Listening, Young Adult, and Romance. […]

AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks 2016 ~ Fiction Part 1

It is my pleasure to present to you 2016’s Best Audiobooks in Fiction as selected by the editors at AudioFile Magazine. This year they selected their top titles in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction & Culture, Memoir, Biography & History, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children & Family Listening, Young Adult, and Romance. […]

#212 ~ Neverwhere

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Neverwhere is the story of Richard, a good man who seems to be meandering through his life without much of his own purpose or direction.  He is engaged to Jessica, an almost domineering woman who is happy to treat him as if he isn’t good enough for her.  Richard seems readily […]

Thursday’s Thoughts ~ What Grabs Me

Which author’s writing surprised you when you first read their work and what about it grabs you? Today’s question is brought to us by our wonderful Serena at Savvy Wit & Verse.  Great question, Serena!  As I did last week, I’m going with the first answer that came to mind ~ Margaret Mitchell. Although I […]

The Mom Squad by Christine Weiser ~ A Pre-Publication Review

The Mom Squad by Christine Weiser Last month I received the most spectacular offer – the opportunity to read Christine Weiser’s latest novel while it was being shopped for a publisher. Christine asked me to read it and write a review or a blurb in the meantime. I could not have been more honored and […]

#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 […]

Great Review of Nineteenth St., NW

Last year I offered up eight or so books to people to read and review because I just didn’t have the time to do it myself.  Valerie from Life is a Patchwork Quit (love me some warm snuggly quilts this time of year) selected Nineteenth Street, NW by Brett Wood.  She read and published her […]

#139 Tomato Girl

Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek During Nanowrimo 2008, Karen Harrington posted an article that Janet Finch wrote to encourage participants, “Dear Author – ‘Make Trouble for Your Characters.’ ”  Jayne Pupek did just that for Ellie Sanders, an adolescent girl growing up in a home with a mentally ill mother.  Ultimately, she is the one […]

#138 ~ Etta

Etta by Gerald Kolpan I am not typically one for reading Westerns.  The American West has never held my imagination the way it has for so many people.  Still, when Etta was offered as an Early Reader choice on LibraryThing in December, I requested it and was lucky enough to snag it.  I don’t think […]

#137 ~ The Sinner’s Guide to Confession

The Sinner’s Guide to Confession by Phyllis Schieber Kaye, Barbara, and Ellen are women whose friendships came together came together as adults and has remained and solidified as they grew older. Kaye and Barbara have grown children they love. Ellen, who married later in adulthood, tried unsuccessfully to conceive with her husband, Bill. Her attempts […]