Recollection Wednesday: Bridget Jones’s Diary

When I rail against Chick Lit it’s not because I have never read the genre.  I dislike it primarily because I have read a lot of it.  I am a woman and a reader.  Some great modern novels technically fit in the genre and for good reasons.  That being said, some of the best transcendRead more

Weekly Meeting: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

Book: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married Challenges: Book Lust What you should know: This is chick lit. It was made into a TV series only available in the UK and it didn’t do very well. Discussion: I was seriously going to use discussion questions and then I realized I was neck deep in three chick litRead more

The Best and Worst of 2015

It is officially 2016!  I have been looking back at the books I read last year and thinking about the ones I enjoyed the most and those I liked the least.  Here is my list of both and why.  Keep in mind, I read about 130 books this year. The 10 Best Books I ReadRead more

Weekly Meeting- A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad

Title: A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad Challenges: None What you should know:  This book is self-published by the author. If you live in Massachusetts and only know bad things about Lowell, this book may help explain some of those reasons. There are some difficult stories about death and children. Discussion: As a writer, IRead more

2015 Reading In Review

It is officially the end of 2015.  OK, there are a few more days.  It is just Christmas Day today.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season, no matter what holiday they celebrate.  I celebrated with Cedric Doggery, knitting, Chinese food, and watching Harry Potter movies.  It was 67 degrees here too.  It hasRead more

Recollect Wednesday: The Survivors

This week my Wednesday selection is connected to the weekly meeting.  The Survivors was a book I discovered a few years ago at Book Expo.  I was actually with Christi that year and it wasn’t this book the publisher was promoting, it was the second in the series.  They gave a discount on the app forRead more

Weekly Meeting: The Witches: Salem, 1692

This week: The Witches: Salem, 1692 Challenges:  The Conference Read Down What You Should Know: This is a micro-history of what happened in New England.  This means Schiff is looking beyond the actual accusations and trials.  She puts it all in context of time, place and people. I love this book and was so excited asRead more

Book Lust Challenge 2015 review

It was a good year for me and my Book Lust Challenge.  With about 125 books read this past year, 20% of them were listed in Book Lust.  Here are the titles: Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle Flying Colours Salt: A World History The Bridegroom: StoriesRead more