2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review Blurb: Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

What a marvelous story this was!! Letts has done a fabulous job crafting a backstory for Dorothy that is as magical as Oz itself. The writing is lovely and a great blend of fact and fiction. I was not aware that L. Frank Baum’s wife was the daughter of Mathilda Gage and the elements of the story that discussed the women’s movement and suffrage battles were some of my favorites. I did find the ending a little rushed – all of a sudden the first Oz book is published and things fast – forward and wrap themselves up tidily… It was an odd way to resolve the story, which was so wonderfully descriptive and detailed up to that point. Still, if that’s my only “complaint”, be aware it’s a minor one – this is a gorgeous book full of surprises and heartache and moments of brilliance – like Oz itself!

Book Review: Lincoln’s Secret Oath by Ted Richardson

Interested in history? Like movies like National Treasure or shows like The Librarians or Warehouse 13? Want to know the secrets behind the secrets? Then step into Ted Richardson’s fantastic Matt Hawkins series – you’ll definitely want to stay awhile!

This is the fourth Matt Hawkins book. I’ve read them all and reviewed the second and third (Abolition of Evil and Geronimo’s Gold). In each book, Richardson takes an element of American history and takes you over, under, and through the facts, fictions, secrets, and lies that underpin the actions of some of our history’s most famous citizens. Continue reading Book Review: Lincoln’s Secret Oath by Ted Richardson

Book Review: The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

Note to Self: Do NOT send my daughter to boarding school.

This book was infuriating and intense and scary and it made me want to scream and throw it across the room and commit random acts of violence. In other words, it did exactly what it was supposed to.

Lutz is a very talented and variable (in the best way) writer. From The Spellman Files to The Passenger to this one, she has demonstrated a consistent ability to dive into the heads of her characters and tell an utterly compelling story that lives and breathes in their unique voice(s), be they funny, smarmy, mysterious, horrible, or endearing. Each of her books/series feels so unique; the only unifying factor is the quality of the storytelling, which is always excellent. Continue reading Book Review: The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

I’m on VACATION!!!

So you’re going to have to entertain yourselves for the next little bit – I’m on vacation. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite vacation spots, in case you need something to look at while I’m gone… (They cover Aruba, Mexico, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Aachen, Brussels, Bruges, London, Upstate New York and Arizona, if you’re curious.) Or, of course, you could go through my back catalog of reviews and fiction and ramblings – whatever you prefer! Have fun and I’ll see you back here on August 19!

Book Review: The Last Christmas by F. Paul Wilson (YES – More Repairman Jack!)

Hooray – Repairman Jack is back and as strong a character as ever! Honestly, I didn’t expect to see more from Wilson’s Repairman Jack series. There are a lot of books in multiple series that all interweave into this fabulous and incredible world, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all. The last appeared some time ago, and given how things were tied up (well, as much as they ever are/were in Jack’s world) I rather assumed that was the end.

What a delicious surprise it was to find a new title announced on here, and I jumped at the chance to request/review it. I was a little apprehensive – not that I expected nonsense from Wilson, mind you, but because it had been a while since I’d read them all and they were VERY involved and intricate plots, interwoven across storylines in such a way that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fall back in without a significant time-commitment for a refresher course. Not so at all! Continue reading Book Review: The Last Christmas by F. Paul Wilson (YES – More Repairman Jack!)




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