Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

This year I’m branching out in my reading choices.  I’ve read a children’s chapter book by Carl Hiaasen, but not his books for grown ups.  They’re not for the faint of heart.  Profanity,… Continue reading

2014 Reading Goals

Read 200 Picture Books Read 10 Juvenile Fiction Chapter Books Read 5 Young Adult Novels Read 52 Nonfiction books for Children Read 10,000 pages of Adult Fiction Read 1 Adult Poetry Book Read… Continue reading

Orphan Train – My Favorite Book This Year

When I was recovering and only working part-time, I didn’t have a lot of energy.  But I found I could concentrate on reading again.  My friend loaned me an excellent book.  It was… Continue reading

Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

I am embarrassed to admit this is my first time reading Allan Gurganus.  He’s a legend in North Carolina.  His recent publication, Local Souls includes three novellas, Fear Not, Saints Have Mothers, and… Continue reading

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

My first introduction to Wells Tower was reading his article “Meltdown” in Outside Magazine.  His father, my next door neighbor, shared the article.  I’ve been reading everything Ed tells me Wells has published… Continue reading

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith main setting is Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.  Through narrator Evalina’s eyes, I viewed the  realities of mental health care during the 1930’s and 1940’s. … Continue reading

The Expats by Chris Pavone

I started The Expats by Chris Pavone last night.  I finished it at 10:30 pm tonight.  The main character Kate Moore is a former CIA agent specializing in Latin America.  Currently, she is… Continue reading

The Language of Flowers

Before my mom passed away, she was highly involved in the local garden club…  serving as president a few years.    In thanks, the club gave her the book Tussie Mussies: The Victorian… Continue reading

A Time To Kill

Another book I stayed up all night reading.  But it was over 20 years ago.  I recovered a little easier.  John Grisham’s latest book, Sycamore Road, features characters from A Time to Kill. … Continue reading

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman.  I read this during my divorce.  It made me laugh and cry.  Ever since, I’ve… Continue reading