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

Weekly Meeting: Library of Souls

Challenges: Technically none, but I did get a sample of this What You Should Know: This is the final in a trilogy. It was inspired by those classic photos of levitating children and other tricks of photography from when the medium was new. I am giving away a poster of this book to the firstRead more

Taking Suggestions

As we close in on the end of 2015, I am thinking of the future of this blog.  I am sure you have noticed some of the changes.  I am trying to be more focused with the weekly meeting entries.  Rather than just ranting about a random topic, I am attempting to focus on theRead more

Recollect Wednesday: Left for Dead

I wanted to talk about Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest before the big movie comes out in a few weeks.  What movie you ask?  Everest, which actually came out in September.  The reason I didn’t write this then was because I wasn’t doing this type of post back them.  I don’t suspect many peopleRead more

Weekly Meeting: Lumberjanes vol. 1

Challenges: None, this was an exciting birthday gift from Emily. What You Should Know: This is a graphic novel.  In this case a 4 volume collection of the comicbook.  It is not a complete story. It is a fast read, but you need to look at the illustrations to understand the story. It won 2Read more