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
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
I mean that in the best way. I went on an unplanned reading hiatus of about two months while devoting my free time to election work, and I just needed something funny and light to get back into reading. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams hit the spot. The concept is this: a … Continue reading I’m Back! And with a very silly book.
Bookish things I'm loving on the internet this week: Glad I'm not the only one annoyed by Hillbilly Elegy. I will definitely be reading Omid Scobie's new book. I'm Jessica Fletcher. Which detective are you? So true.
The Yellow House by Sarah Broom is labeled as a memoir, but that label doesn't really capture what the book is. Broom tells the story of her family, starting with her grandmother Amelia and then turning to her mother, Ivory Mae. If there is a central character in the book, it's Ivory Mae. She is … Continue reading Book Review: The Yellow House
What I'm loving on the internet this week: Not book or arts-related at all, but this made me laugh so hard. I can't go back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, but I'm going to check out some of the streaming shows this weekend. Some are live, some recorded, some ticketed, some free. The … Continue reading Friday Fun Links
I enjoy a quiet book set in an English village, and August Folly by Angela Thirkell is one of those. Three families, the Tebbens, the Deans, and the Palmers, live in the village of Worsted. They are brought together by Mrs. Palmer's production of Hippolytus, in which she requires most of the young people to … Continue reading Book Review: August Folly
In part because of starting this blog, and in part because I just like making reading plans (even if they fall apart later), I set out stacks of books by month for the rest of the year. I kind of tried to theme them and also work in books for my various reading challenges. August's … Continue reading The August Line-Up
It's OK for someone not to like the same books you like, and it's really annoying to hear, "I can't believe you haven't read XYZ!!" about a book that just doesn't interest you. Read Deirdre Coyle's excellent essay on the men who insist women need to read Infinite Jest. How do crime novels contribute to … Continue reading Friday Fun Links
The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell recounts the story of the World War II internment camp at Crystal City, a small South Texas town not far from the border with Mexico. Russell interviewed several survivors of the camp, and she uses these personal stories to illustrate not only the betrayal and displacement … Continue reading Review: The Train to Crystal City