I hope everyone looks forward (why do we always look backward?) to all the hope and promise of a new year. It is a way for us to reinvent ourselves and become who we want to become. Happy New Year to all of you – have a safe night!
I have been doing much more reading than reviewing lately and it seems that I haven’t posted in quite awhile. I post my reviews (although they have been super short lately) to both Amazon and Goodreads. Lately I have not been finding books I wanted to read – I’ve started several and after a few pages or chapters, I quit – they just haven’t kept my interest. I have been disappointed with a couple in particular because I have either heard a lot about them or have read other books by the author (Girl on the Train made no sense to me and I just couldn’t keep going after about 30% of the book – also Twain’s End, although I may give that one another try later).
Anyway, if you want to know more about what I thought about a particular book, just ask. But, like I said the reviews on Amazon are really short this time – would rather spend my time reading.
In no particular order
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – 5 stars
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal- 4 stars
The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman – 4 stars
Circling the Sun by Paul McClain – 5 stars
Pandora’s Box by Sarah M. Cradit – 5 stars
Fulcrum of Malice by Patrick O’Bryon – 5 stars
Threads of Betrayal by Monica Koldyke Miller – 3 stars (and that was generous)
The Shop on Main by Kay Correll – 4 stars
The Emancipator’s Wife by Barbara Hambly – 4 stars
If Love is a Crime by Mark Sasse – 5 stars
Cross Justice by James Patterson – 4 stars
Food For Poe by Mae Clair – 5 stars
Town Father by Kevin Brennan – 4 stars
Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery – 4 stars
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams – 5 stars
I particularly recommend Along the Infinite Sea, Town Father, Circling the Sun and Fulcrum of Malice.
I just got a job for a great virtual bookseller. Check out all these great authors and books. Who knows, you might even see my name on the list 😉
During the 80s I worked in a Calgary bookstore that didn’t really “do” the Christmas thing. We sold philosophy (Eastern and Western), books on math and physics, Eastern religions, stacks of the I Ching (the Princeton University Press grey-dustjacket hardcover edition), books for gays and lesbians (looong before anyone else had “gender” sections, when stores were still being “busted” for carrying so-called “obscene” literature – for instance, we sold many, many copies of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series), armchair travel rather than travel guides, only vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking in the cookbook section, none of the big bestsellers or even books for children. But we did stock new age and progressive music … on vinyl. The fiction section was one long wall, packed, floor to ceiling, with a ladder to access the nether regions. That section wasn’t divided into genre or nationality either, but was alphabetized according to…
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These absolutely were written for me.
Bette is a wonderful author and such an advocate for children reading. It was a delight to use her book for our video project.
Bette A. Stevens—a writer inspired by nature and human nature
Thanks so much for inviting me to join the Christmas Grotto, Sally.
Wishing you and your readers the “Very Happiest of Holidays”!
I’m a writer who loves people, nature, art, music and literature.
I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books, poetry and on my blog. My blog supports Indie and traditional authors, features great books and poetry collections and provides tips for writers and readers as well. I also interview authors and support my author and reader friends on my blog and media sites. — Bette A. Stevens
BOOMER BOOK BLURBS:
- “DOG BONE SOUP is not only a fabulous title for a novel, it’s also the staple diet of the young hero, Shawn Daniels. But it takes more than an impoverished family life, exacerbated…
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I love his children’ books!
Today some delightful children’s books that would make great Christmas presents. Russ Towne also writes short stories and poetry for adults and of course they are also included in this overflowing Christmas stocking.
Clyde and I is a delightful story of friendship starring the newest children’s favorite, Clyde the Green Giraffe. Storyteller, Russ Towne, will leave your children charmed and inspired to give and get love, while learning the lesson of forming friendships of those who are very different from us. Brilliantly illustrated by Josh McGill, he has captured the story with vibrant lovable characters that leave you with a smile.
Reviews for Clyde and I.
This is a very colourful and beautiful book, with a great story and great illustrations. I have read it to a class of 4 year olds and they…
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