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

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

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

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