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

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

Five for Friday – TV Shows From Books

Haven – based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, about an FBI agent assigned to a small town with strange happenings. I saw a few episodes; I don’t think I read the novel. Bones – based on Kathy Reichs’ crime series featuring main character Temperance Brennan.  I’ve read a couple of the books and seen…… Continue reading Five for Friday – TV Shows From 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.

Sunday Classic – Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. You probably know you’ve seen it somewhere if you are reading this blog. You may even know it’s the first sentence of Rebecca, the ultimate gothic novel written in 1938 by Daphne du Maurier.  The cast of characters includes: penniless, naïve young woman, overbearing employer, dashing…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

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

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

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.