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 – O Canada!

I am sharing 20th-Century novels set in Canada – because I love 20th-Century fiction, especially mid-century, especially Canadian.  Some may be familiar, some new.  Because Wikipedia articles almost always contain spoilers, I am providing Goodreads links and hoping they don’t do the same.  Each link contains more links to purchase different editions of the title. … Continue reading Five for Friday – O Canada!

Michigan Monday – Jim Harrison

I am planning on making the next several Mondays Michigan Mondays, in which I feature authors who were born in Michigan, spent a significant part of their lives here, and / or set their stories in Michigan. I won't promise that I will hit this every single Monday - I do have a day job! … Continue reading Michigan Monday – Jim Harrison

The Genevieve Driscoll Reading List

Cover page for my grandmother's reading list My grandmother, Genevieve O'Connor Driscoll, was a reader's reader. As the end of her life drew closer, working around significant vision loss due to macular degeneration, she read with laser focus for as long as she could. Genevieve was an eclectic reader, enthusiastic discusser of books - both … Continue reading The Genevieve Driscoll Reading List

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

"It was a dark and stormy night." I have an affinity for nearly all sub-genres of midcentury fiction, but my favorite author for that time period is Madeleine L'Engle - and my favorite L'Engle book is A Wrinkle in Time. This post is as much a love letter to the author and her characters, as … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle