The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

One of my top books of the year: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Something I struggle with in reading modern nonfiction is finding books that are substantive and complex but not unrelentingly grim or horrific. This book isn't sweetness and light, but the tribulations the characters encounter don't render them forever miserable. What I … Continue reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Not a Beach Read: Beach Read by Emily Henry

I bought Beach Read by Emily Henry because I saw it recommended on tons of blogs and lists, and because I thought it was kind of hilarious and bold to name a beach read "Beach Read." Based on the cover, the title, and a brief description--two rival writers find themselves living in neighboring vacation cabins--I … Continue reading Not a Beach Read: Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Seven-Year Itch…for the Next Julia Spencer-Fleming Book

Julia Spencer-Fleming started the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series in 2002, and the eighth book came out in 2013. I read them all, and eagerly awaited the next one...which came out seven years later in 2020! Hid From Our Eyes was worth the wait. The last installment, Through the Evil Days, was not my … Continue reading The Seven-Year Itch…for the Next Julia Spencer-Fleming Book