Monthly Archives: August 2018

“The Salt House” by Lisa Duffy @TouchstoneBooks @lisaduffywriter

“…Gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.” “the isolation of sorrow” In a small Maine coastal town lives the Kelly family. Father Jack is … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = SALT (Cover Love redux)

This is a new spin on my Cover Love posts. Although I still plan to continue my Cover Love series, I just thought it would be sort of fun to concentrate on title words for a change – instead of pictures. … Continue reading

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“The Girl I Used to Know” by Faith Hogan

Told in two time-lines over forty years apart. Over forty years ago: This lovely story begins with two sisters from rural Ireland. On the cusp of adulthood, they travel together to Dublin where one sister will attend Trinity College’s prestigious … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 60 – Tables

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover … Continue reading

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“A double life” by Flynn Berry

“Loosely inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century – the Lord Lucan case – A Double Life is at once a riveting page-turner and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, … Continue reading

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Are you REALLY using an eReader?

Just because your device enables you to read eBooks does NOT mean it is an eReader!Some reactions to my previous post – along with discussion with friends and family – have convinced me that there are a whole lot of … Continue reading

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Why you should reduce your screen time and READ fiction !!!

We knew that right? No matter what age you are, it seems that both young, old, and everyone in between are getting more and more addicted to their screens.  Computers, televisions, tablets, and phones, if used excessively, can damage your … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Dark Water” by Sara Bailey for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in October 2016 by Nightingale Editions and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = WATER (Cover Love redux)

This is a new spin on my Cover Love posts. Although I still plan to continue my Cover Love series, I just thought it would be sort of fun to concentrate on title words for a change – instead of … Continue reading

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“She was the quiet one” by Michele Campbell

Rose and Bel Enright are fraternal twin sisters. They are the offspring of a privileged New England college student and a Mexican scholarship student.  Now they are fifteen years old and orphaned.  Sent to live with their wealthy grandmother in … Continue reading

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Public libraries today – You gotta love them!

I retired from my position as a public library cataloguer two and a half years ago.  That doesn’t preclude me from loving libraries as much, if not more, than I ever did. Why, you ask? Besides books (and honestly… what’s … Continue reading

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“The last wave” by Gillian Best

A novel that shows how ordinary people can be extraordinary. This novel is about the Roberts family who live in Dover, England. In particular, it is about Martha Roberts – wife, mother, and long distance swimmer. We first meet Martha … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = ROAD (Cover love redux)

This is a new spin on my Cover Love posts. Although I still plan to continue my Cover Love series, I just thought it would be sort of fun to concentrate on title words for a change – instead of pictures.  Most … Continue reading

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“Sometimes I lie” by Alice Feeney (@alicewriterland @HQstories)

I’ve been anxious to read “Sometimes I lie” ever since I won a copy via a Twitter giveaway.  A thriller riddled with twists and an unreliable narrator ensured that I wasn’t disappointed.  Whew! “People are not mirrors, they don’t see … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 59 – Swimming

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover … Continue reading

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