Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

My agency doesn’t give a holiday for the day after Thanksgiving, but everyone in my department took Friday off. I’m thankful for a long weekend and wishing it could be even longer! Paul and I had Thanksgiving Day to ourselves. The kitchen stayed quiet and we went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. I had the Thanksgiving Day special and my husband–no fan of turkey–ate filet mignon. We both got just what we […]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.The Girl from Venice Written by Martin Cruz Smith Published by Simon & Schuster on October 18th 2016 ISBN: 9781439140239 Genres: Fiction, Historical, Thrillers Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission […]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

Cruel Beautiful World Written by Caroline Leavitt Published by Algonquin Books on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9781616203634 Genres: Fiction, Literary Pages: 352 Format: ARC Source: publisher This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about ;to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that […]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

Behold the Dreamers Written by Imbolo Mbue Audiobook read by Prentice Onayemi Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 23rd 2016 ISBN: 9780812998498 Genres: Fiction, Literary Pages: 416 Format: audiobook Source: public library via Overdrive This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the […]

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

This will probably be the last post-election reading list I share here. Perhaps the blog’s been a little too political for some readers recently. I got an email from Feedblitz over the weekend saying someone had unsubscribed for reason “02: Offensive, strongly disagree or disapprove.” I was surprisingly undisturbed by that. This is the space where I distill my thoughts on what I read and where all opinions are my own. I understand that you may […]

The Biggest Disappointment of This Election

The Biggest Disappointment of This Election

If I said that the biggest disappointment of the 2016 Presidential election was NOT the outcome, I don’t think you’d think I meant it. So yes, let’s stipulate that for those of us who are disappointed by the outcome, that’s the biggie. The disappointment is compounded by the fact that Hillary Clinton may have received close to 200,000 400,000* more votes than Donald Trump. (Or maybe more than 1.000.000*.) But they didn’t come from the right […]

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Yesterday, I started the process of processing. I included some links at the end of that post. I’m recycling that list here, following some other pieces I found after that went up. Two Days After: The Reactions Keep Coming On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency – Medium Rage Against the Minivan: How to talk to your kids about Trump winning the election The Self-Sabotage of the West | […]

The Day After: Do We Have a Clue What Happens Now?

The Day After: Do We Have a Clue What Happens Now?

The Day After Election Day 2016: A Brain Dump “What comes next? “Do you know how hard it is to lead? “Do you have a clue what happens now?” The next leader of our country will be someone who has never served in public office before. He has also not yet publicly shown any real grasp of, or even interest in, how public service in American government actually works. NONE OF US has a clue […]

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

Hidden Figures Written by Margot Lee Shetterly Audiobook read by Robin Miles Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9780062363596 Genres: Nonfiction, History, African American Studies, Space Science Pages: 368 Format: audiobook Source: public library via Overdrive The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, […]

Where Did October Go? Updates and Whatnot

Where Did October Go? Updates and Whatnot

Where did October go? Since I didn’t spend much of it around here, I come today to answer that question. I usually post this kind of thing as “Show and Tell Sunday.” The “preparing blog posts on the weekend” thing hasn’t worked out so well recently, though. Welcome to “Show and Tell Thursday”! There were entire weeks where I got up each day, fully intending to go straight into writing on the book, and instead ended […]

This is How I Vote, 2016

This is How I Vote, 2016

How I Vote If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of political stuff for the last few months. (And if you haven’t blocked me for doing so, thank you!) Today’s post responds to a query from one of my sharing groups: “What’s your voting plan?  Do you grab Starbucks beforehand?  Take a selfie outside?  Go before work, bring the kids, or get in line towards the […]

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Edition

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Edition

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of The Book Bridge!  We’re connecting each other to the books that we were most excited about reading lately. This will probably be the last Book Bridge for this year unless I decide to host a year-end roundup edition. Watch for the next Call for Submissions, and check out the books other readers want to share with you now! The Editor’s Pick Amor Towles’ second novel, […]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Small Great Things Written by Jodi Picoult Published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9781444788013 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Adult Fiction Pages: 480 Format: ARC Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the […]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

Alexander Hamilton Written by Ron Chernow Audiobook read by Scott Brick Published by Penguin on 2004 ISBN: 9780143034759 Genres: Biography & Autobiography Pages: 818 Format: audiobook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man […]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

Bertrand Court Written by Michelle Brafman Published by Prospect Park Books on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9781938849794 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Pages: 264 Format: ARC Source: publisher This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in story form, intertwining seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, […]