Snow Day

Hello! I’ve decided to use this blog for more regional and personal posts but I will include links to book posts at my other website, Your Book Group. We are expecting quite the snow dump and frigid temps over the next day or so here in West Michigan. We are well below our cumulative snowfall…… Continue reading Snow Day

The Most Fun I’ve Had In A Mask.

My favorite bookstore, Schuler Books and Music in Grand Rapids, MI, is open again! They are open daily from 10 to 7, or you can access their book inventory anytime by visiting them online. I had this morning off, so I ventured out of my lair to visit them in person.  They have excellent Covid-19…… Continue reading The Most Fun I’ve Had In A Mask.

Five for Friday – 5 * indie books

I am now reviewing books for Reedsy Discovery, a UK-based platform that brings together authors, editors, reviewers, and readers of self-published titles. I’m sure I’ll post more about that later, but to celebrate this new adventure, which I hope will enhance the blog, I am sharing five five-star self-published books from their web site.  Disclaimer:…… Continue reading Five for Friday – 5 * indie books

Five Firsts for Friday – first in their series.

I realized after compiling this list that each story takes place in a different country. The Bridge of Sighs (Olen Steinhauer, 2004) – First in the Yalta Boulevard Sequence, Cold War spy fiction that I found engrossing. Five books total in the series. I hope he writes more. Recommend. Whose Body? (Dorothy Sayers, 1923) –…… Continue reading Five Firsts for Friday – first in their series.

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

Five for Friday – Fantasy (I barely made it before midnight!)

I struggle to find books I can really dive into, even though I have a ‘to be read’ list as long as my arm. My hope is that this blog can be a resource for you; to that end, here are some of my favorite fantasy authors. With the exception of Baum, most of the…… Continue reading Five for Friday – Fantasy (I barely made it before midnight!)

5 for Friday – Story Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to listen to stories. Below are five options. Jim Harold’s Campfire – Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and friends – good stuff.  Listeners, interviewed by the engaging and warm Jim Harold, share their scary stories. This podcast has been running since 2008 but only the most recent episodes are available without joining…… Continue reading 5 for Friday – Story Podcasts

Once Upon A River

Format: Audio, from local libraryAuthor: Diane SettlefieldNarrator: Jane StevensonPublisher: Simon & Schuster AudioFinished March 4 2020Source: I checked out the audio version from my lovely local library. This is a book about storytelling – an art that predates the written word. As such, this book, narrated by the excellent Juliet Stevenson, is best experienced in…… Continue reading Once Upon A River