Uneven

I tried to think of one word to describe the Ruth Galloway series of archaeological mysteries by Elly Griffiths, and there you see it in the title: Uneven. The series first started with The Crossing Places, and that… Read More

Reading in virus time

I’m sorry for the gap between posts—I, like most people, have been self-quarantining, and in my concentration on reading up about various issues on social media I haven’t spent a lot of time on recreational reading. I have… Read More

Home run

When I teach Young Adult Literature, one of the things we discuss at the beginning of the class is the concept of the “home run book.” Dr. Stephen Krashen is a leader in the field of reading, and… Read More

Serendipity

It’s so fun when you have a friend who also likes to read and who gets excited about what she’s reading and wants to tell you all about it. It’s even more fun when your friend thinks she… Read More

Sequels (sigh)

There are those authors such as Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais (mystery writers), or Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas (young adult fantasy) who reliably turn out books in their ongoing series year after year. You… Read More

Kate #5

Sometimes reading Kate Atkinson’s books make you feel like you’re meeting your cousin for coffee. She sits down and, before you can pick a topic of conversation, she launches into a long narrative about her friend Janey. Now,… Read More

News re: my dog

At the center of When Will There Be Good News, Kate Atkinson’s third Jackson Brodie novel, is a new character, Reggie. I enjoyed this book mainly because I so adored her. She is 16 (sweartogod), looks 12, acts… Read More

The Dry

After reading The Lost Man and being bowled over by it, I couldn’t resist moving on to Jane Harper’s other books, starting with her first, The Dry. While this debut novel is more of a police procedural and… Read More

Novel Christmas

For those who appreciate a lengthier read, I have attempted to round up some novels with Christmas themes or settings and, in doing so, not make you doubt my good taste! For ’tis true, ’tis true that a… Read More

One good turn

Can you be simultaneously enthralled with and utterly bewildered by the same book, the same author? If you read Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books, the answer is yes. I reviewed Case Histories, her first book starring Brodie, a… Read More