The Bookman’s Tale

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett Who doesn’t love a book about books?  This one was interesting… The Premise:  The story is told in 3 timelines.  In timeline #1 we meet Peter Byerly, an antiquarian bookseller, in 1995.  He is reentering life after losing his wife. He finds an old book that may prove (or... Continue Reading →

Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center If you enjoyed the outdoorsy-ness of The Force of Nature, but want something a bit more positive, check out Happiness for Beginners!  It’s Wild by Cheryl Strayed meets Eat Prey Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. While the title sounds like a self help book, it’s not. It’s simply a feel... Continue Reading →

The Force of Nature

The Force of Nature by Jane Harper This is a re-read for me.  My library’s book discussion group chose this book for our October read.  As a rule, I have not been a big fan of re-reading books because there are just too many great books .  Why “waste” time re-reading something I already read?... Continue Reading →

Boozy Books

Boozy Cocktail Books Recently we had some friends over to check out our new home library (complete with dry bar).   We were gifted a couple new boozy bar books to join my previous favorite Tequila Mockingbird! Please welcome the Downton Abbey Cocktail Book and Gin Austen to the library!  I’m positive they will inspire... Continue Reading →

Jane’s Addiction (cocktail)

Looking for a nice cocktail to enjoy while reading Jane Eyre?  Jane’s Addiction (cocktail) 2 oz gin2 oz pomegranate juice½ oz lime juiceSparkling roseRaspberry for garish Add gin and juices to a shaker with ice, shake well.  Pour into a wine glass, top off with chilled sparkling rose and garnish with a raspberry. Recipe courtesy... Continue Reading →

Book #100

Last year I started tracking the books I read.  This year I took it a little more seriously. As I was just reviewing my spreadsheet (nerd alert) I noticed that I will soon be starting my 100th book of 2019.  What book should hold such a milestone spot???? I feel the 100th book of the... Continue Reading →

A Secret History of Witches

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan Tis the season of the witch, is it not?  It seems witches have been a common theme in many of the books I’ve read this month, but since I like to choose my books based on the season, I suppose it’s not all too surprising.  I find... Continue Reading →

The Witch’s Daughter

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston This is the third book in a row with ‘Daughter’ in the title!!  It seems my book choices do that. I often find commonalities between books I’m reading, even though the books come to me in different ways.  Sometimes it’s something obvious like the title, other times it’s a... Continue Reading →

The Clockmaker’s Daughter

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton I love a story told in two distinct timelines.  In The Clockmaker’s Daughter, you have the current story of Elodie and the historical story of what happened at Birchwood Manor in 1862.   The Premise:  Elodie finds an old satchel containing a portrait of a woman and a sketchbook.  As... Continue Reading →

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