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Station Eleven
'Station Eleven' is one of the most lyrical post-apocalyptic novels I’ve read. This might be due to the central theme of the book – Because survival i ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language
In The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, Natalie Goldberg expands on her writing concepts first presented in Writing Down the Bon ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Nov 21, 2014
Buried in a Book (Novel Idea, #1)
I enjoy cozy mysteries with a literary bent generally. Some of them don't grab me - not so with Buried in a Book. I finished it in a single afternoon. ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
The Signature of All Things
Henry Whittaker is the son of an orchardman at Kew. He learns his father’s trade, aware of the disparity between his father’s station (hence his own) ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
The Thin Man
Nick Charles is a former detective who gave up the game when he married Nora, a wealthy socialite whose inherited business allows them a lifestyle of ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
The Twelfth Enchantment
I was not as enchanted with The Twelfth Enchantment as I expected. David Liss captures the tone and sensibility of an Austen novel and the protagonist ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Do not read Nothing Daunted if you prefer to armchair travel. Dorothy Wickenden's account of her aunt's travels into the West in 1916 with her best fr ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Blood of an Englishman (Agatha Raisin, #25)
I listened to the first Agatha Raisin mystery – Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1992) – while away at a weeklong training about trauma. Each ni ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I don’t think this book would be considered a memoir, which we know is a tricky genre for me. I’d say it’s more a series of humorous essays and that w ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
I enjoyed the combination of stories in The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a coming of age tale, a love story and a mystery. The overarching theme of ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
This book broke my heart.

I did not see that coming.

I decided to read this book because I saw an advertisement for the final installment in the Odd Tho
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2)
I purchased Day Shift specifically to take on my vacation to Maine last week. I like having a handful of books to read on vacation and often look for ...more
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
Set in the Jane Austen era and written generally in that style, Shades of Milk and Honey follows Jane Ellsworth as she struggles to accept that she wi ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)
This may sound strange but it takes a fictional memoir to help me figure out what I want from actual memoirs - perspective!! Hear me out.

Lady Trent is
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
The Counterfeit Lady (The Victorian Bookshop Mystery, #2)
Two books into the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series and I still want to know more about the Archivist Society, a motley crew of individuals with part ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
A Year in Provence
I had first read "A Year in Provence" a decade ago, a random selection from a friend’s bookshelf. I was charmed by the tale and was charmed this time ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
I am always intrigued by a ghost story because I want to see how the author will handle the supernatural. What are the rules of being a ghost? What ca ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
So, the summary from Goodreads basically tells a distilled version of Hunger, a short story from Susan Hill. This Kindle Single was recommended to me ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
Sleep Donation
There are several reasons why I found Sleep Donation an intriguing novella. Let’s discuss thematically.

Everyone is talking about sleep these days
Jan 02, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
The Martian
Mark Watney’s journal is terrifying. He is an astronaut stranded on Mars. He keeps the electronic journal in case someday someone is able to read abou ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
The Call of the Farm
I have trouble with memoirs. I have yet to fully put my finger on it. I know I dislike the ‘dropping out of life’ stories because, to me, that would b ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
The Other Typist
Rose works as a typist at a police precinct in Prohibition era New York City. She transcribes the interviews and confessions obtained by the detective ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
By page two you know Diana Bishop is a historian working at Oxford and a witch not so into her witchiness. A manuscript innocently requested turns out ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Miniaturist
A little slow to begin, in many ways The Miniaturist is a mystery. A young wife is thrust into a new household to met a cold husband, his overbearing ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
I always enjoy Susanna Kearsley’s books. I discovered them in the past few years without realizing she has been published since 1993. I thought she ha ...more
May 17, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery, #9)
In the ninth installment of the Gaslight Mysteries, Sarah and Malloy bring us to yet another neighborhood in New York City at the end of the 19th cent ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #20)
I have loved this series for some time. Lori Shepherd inherited a cottage in a small town in England from her mother’s close friend. With the cottage ...more
May 27, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
Fox 8: A Story
Fox 8 is written from the point of view of a fox who has learned English by listening to a mother read stories to her children. The entire story is a ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
I loved choose your own adventure books as a child so this was a delight. Written to the reader, NPH recounts his life - how he/you became an actor, f ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
The Girl on the Train
The best kind of unreliable narrator is one who knows she's unreliable. Rachel takes the train everyday and watches the world outside the window. In p ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
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