If you haven’t heard of The Hiding Place, please let me be the first to insist that you read it. Immediately. The Hiding Place had been recommended to me for years, but like a lot of people might, I thought, ‘Yeahhh, I’m not sure I’m so excited about reading a non-fiction book written by a WWII concentration camp survivor. That sounds ...
If I had discovered I Capture the Castle in my youth, I’m certain I would have re-read it dozens of times, wrinkling its spine and ingraining its passages into my memory the same way I’ve done with Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca. Instead, I didn’t have the joy of falling in love with Castle until my thirties. Castle is the ...
It’s difficult, really, to explain a novel like Peace Like a River. I try to be discriminating about how often I give five stars when I review books, so that when I do, it really means something. Here, five stars doesn’t even feel like enough. Trite quips like “tour de force” and “emotional powerhouse” come to mind as I ...
I’m going through and trying to add reviews for the books I read a couple of years ago (the ones I can remember, at least), and I am SHOCKED to discover I haven’t reviewed The Dry Grass of August yet. I loved this book so much that I can’t simply post a review and then have it sit quietly ...
For months, now, I’ve been on the lookout for a good, clean, read I can recommend wholeheartedly for a book group. This, friends, is it! When I came across the ARC for From the Kitchen of Half Truth, it was called Nutmeg, which I found charming. I’m not sure what’s up with the wordy title change, but don’t let that ...
When I read the synopsis of John Boyne’s This House is Haunted, two things impelled me to request copy immediately: “ghost story” and “Dickensian prose.” I know! I know! Some of you are thinking “Omgosh, that sounds like THE COOLEST THING EVAR and I must read it NOW,” and the rest of you are going, “Uhhh…why?” K. Lemme ‘splain. This ...
After a long spate of YA novels these last few weeks, I was rather excited to get my hands on The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe, a general fiction novel I put on hold a couple of months before it was published, back in July. Blueberry is a nice little book. It’s a predictable little love story, incorporating a little ...