My dad's father is the third of my grandparents to be diagnosed with dementia. I sit next to him in the car as he drives us to brunch, today, and wonder for how much longer I'll be able to do this. He still remembers how to drive; how to eat; who I am. Someday, none of these things will ...
Landline is the book I kept putting off reading, because everyone said it was about a "magic phone." I'm not much for magic or fantasy, but then, neither is Rainbow Rowell, so I was a little curious. One of my friends kept telling me how much she loves it, though, and how it's not a book about a phone--it's ...
We’re friends, right? And friends can be honest with each other, and admit when they’ve, say, not exactly kept up their end of the deal? I KNOW. This is a book blog, and here I am, blithely reading away, and NOT REVIEWING ANYTHING. YOU GUYS. I could offer excuses (holidays health concerns surgery crazy crazy new church responsibilities) but come on, now. I’ve ...
“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
I’m delighted, today, to have author Nomi Eve on the blog for an interview! Nomi is the author of Henna House, a book that intrigued me from the moment I saw the gorgeous cover. Click here for her answers to my 5 Questions! An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews ...
It’s official: as of today, I’ve been married to this guy for 13 years. I’m not a suspicious person, generally, but I kind of feel like 13’s always been my lucky number. I think this might be our best year yet, honey! In honor of our anniversary, I thought I’d go back to see what was on the bestseller list on the day we ...
Every time I’m asked about what my favorite books are, The Woman in White comes to mind immediately. I’m not quite sure how I came across Wilkie Collins in the first place; honestly, I think I might have just seen this book on the shelf and liked the cover, but once I discovered it was being compared to The Turn of ...
It was evening when I picked up Evergreen, and it had been a long, stressful day. I settled into the couch and started reading, and with the first few sentences, I felt all the tension my body start to unwind. Not just any book can perform that kind of magic. Rebecca Rasmussen has that kind of gift with words. On ...
It just occurred to me this weekend that I haven’t recommended These Is My Words on the site, yet, and that needs to be remedied, right away. I have to be honest: though I grew up reading the Little House books, and I do have a strange idealistic dream that I might live in a farmhouse someday (but maybe not have to ...
Sometimes my Backlist posts can be difficult to write, either because I didn’t keep very good notes on books before I was blogging, or because it takes a long time for inspiration to strike as I’m looking through my list of older reads. Looking at my list from 2011 today, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet recommended The Kitchen House. If you like ...