On My Nightstand

I am still reading Wicked, which is so excellent that I went back and started from the beginning. This title was published two years before the first Harry Potter book, and I find myself wondering whether J.K. Rowling had read this book before or while writing about Harry, and possibly got some of her inspiration…… Continue reading On My Nightstand

On my Nightstand

Somewhat regular Nightstand posts will replace the Currently Reading page, since I can’t seem to keep that page updated. I am reading: Wicked (Gregory Maguire, 1995) –the “real” story of the Wicked Witch of the West.  It’s been around for a lot of years, and I think I’ve been reading it on and off for…… Continue reading On my Nightstand

Merrily Watkins, Girl Exorcist

Merrily Watkins is a single mother, former Goth teen, smoker-turned-vaper. She is also an exorcist.  Those statements, though a little dramatic and exaggerated, are true facts in Phil Rickman’s1 Merrily Watkins series, about a priest in the Church of England who is also the Diocesan Deliverance Consultant (the C of E’s euphemistic title), working with…… Continue reading Merrily Watkins, Girl Exorcist

Five for Friday: Magical Realism

Magical Realism – a literary device or genre in which the author sends a breath of whimsy into the ordinary world they have created. . . . Imagine walking down a city sidewalk. Your arm brushes against the low-hanging branch of a tree, which causes blossoms to fall from the tree. As they fall, the…… Continue reading Five for Friday: Magical Realism

Laugh.

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to focus on anything for long stretches right now. I don’t need to be reading epic novels. I need short reads – light and humorous.  The fantasy and sci fi into which I escaped in the past now hit a little too close to home. …… Continue reading Laugh.

Listen Up! Audio – The Member of the Wedding

Written by Carson McCullers, narrated by Susan Sarandon It is hot in the South in August 1944 – so hot you can smell the sweat. Frankie Addams is bored and ostracized by her former friends. Her only companions are Bereneice, the maid who serves Frankie and her father, and Frankie’s six-year-old cousin John Henry. Frankie’s…… Continue reading Listen Up! Audio – The Member of the Wedding

Lots of Newly Free Audible Books for Bookish Kids and their families

I generally only post kids’ books once a week, but I just learned that Audible has made a selection of children’s books and classics available for free! See the link below; titles are divided into Little Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics (including Atlas Shrugged, one of my favorite classic novels), Folk and Fairy Tale…… Continue reading Lots of Newly Free Audible Books for Bookish Kids and their families

Free Book Monday 3.23.20

Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop I haven’t listened, but this looks charming! https://librivox.org/the-haunted-bookshop-by-christopher-morley/ Librivox offers audio recordings of books that are in the public domain. You can also volunteer to read for them. eBook: Filthy Rich Americans I poked around on Amazon and found this free Kindle edition. If you don’t have a Kindle, download the…… Continue reading Free Book Monday 3.23.20

Hitchhiker and Healer

I mentioned elsewhere that I would pop the occasional knitting post in this blog. I have been working on the Hitchhiker (below) while listening to Healer by Carol Wiley Cassella, as narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. I’m nearly done with the book but thought I would mention a little about it now. Physician Clare lives in…… Continue reading Hitchhiker and Healer

The library is always open!

Many of us are at home right now, and most likely we aren’t going anywhere. We probably aren’t going to the library, both because we are practicing social distancing and because THE LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED. What is happening? (OK, I’m only a little serious here. Not all libraries are closed – but some are, and…… Continue reading The library is always open!