I thought I had already read this but I didn't have it on my list or reviewed. A beautiful book about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC, this children's book is a quick introduction to the memorial and to those left behind who are visiting the wall.
We have the first book in the series in our library.
Another cozy mystery set around the Death by Coffee book and coffee shop run by Krissy. Book 5 in the Bookstore Cafe series that follows Death by Coffee/Tea/Pumpkin Spice/Vanilla Latte, this is more of the same. Krissy gets caught in the middle of a murder this time of Santa Claus! In a play of course... entertaining and seasonal!
How to review a classic by Dostoevsky? I really enjoyed reading and discussing this one with our humanities group. Extremely readable for a book written in the 1800s. From the first line, "I am a sick man...I am a wicked man" Dostoevsky expresses the consciousness in a way that is entertaining, thought provoking, and modern - if that's possible. It is the complexity and the honesty I appreciated so much I think. Read and think. Read and think and underline. I do hope to prove him wrong- "To live beyond forty is indecent"- and continue reading these existential writings.
Our book club read for November 2019, this novel offered many talking points. The complexity of mothering, the dynamics of family, and the effect friendship has on both parties lays the background for this incredibly torn novel. I listened to the audio some, read some in print, and read some on ebook and, wow, the story just kept heading toward and train wreck. I would have liked a more wrapped up ending with characters growing into better human beings and I'm not sure that happened. But, I would totally recommend this read!
These are characters and a story line you will see manifest in many other novels, movies, etc. Heathcliff and Catherine are unforgettable. Bronte has written many stories that stay with us and Wuthering Heights is a good place to start. Set in 1801 the story takes its time and draws the reading back to a time when one sat by the fire each night to fall into a story.
I really enjoyed this young adult tale of a girl raised by beings others in her natural world don't see. She travels between this hidden world filled with chimera and intrigue doing the bidding of the one who is raising her and back to her art school with her 'normal' friends. And then her two worlds collide and she is forced to find out where she came from. Who she came from. Ugh. It's a tough one and yet so so good!
This Shirley Jackson novel has been a steady checkout for years and this Halloween season I picked it up and was not disappointed. A classic creepy tale of a woman who visits a house that has a personality of its own. The story unfolds slowly and then races to a grinding halt. Very entertaining and a great seasonal read.
The Fixer Upper Mystery Series continues with Shannon Hammer and her tight knit group of friends in Lighthouse Cove with some new characters added into the mix. Marigold has fallen in love and her new beau wants to honor her with a foundation that invests in innovation. Throw in the shady ex-business partner, the eco-living extremists, and even a plant with its own personality and you've got yourself 300 pages of cozy goodness. I missed the Victorian house remodeling talk but enjoyed the eco-friendly building talk, especially the barn raising. This one focuses much less on the work Shannon and her team does and more on the conference and the murders. Its another fun read with familiar characters in a small town solving a series of murders. Enjoyable!
The keeper of lost things, Yarn over murder, Witch and Wizard, a mighty heart, dead end in norvelt, lullaby
A few books from the library...
Witch and Wizard is a graphic novel by James Patterson that starts a supernatural series. A Mighty Heart is a memoir by the wife of an executed journalist who writes about their life and careers, and Dead End in Norvelt is a fun story by Jack Gantos that centers of a main character who resembles Gantos growing up in rural small town America.
I also read The Keeper of Lost Things for my book club and Yarn over Murder for a quick cozy mystery- not so good.
Alexander's Crossed won many awards including the Newbery Metal when it was published as a novel in verse and Booked continues the same realistic fiction success. Crossed had basketball as its center and Booked has soccer as its center. Both have memorable and relatable characters who have so much more going on in their families than the sports they love.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!