Saturday, October 1, 2022
Friday, September 30, 2022
Author: J.M. Steele
Publication: Hyperion, paperback, originally published in 2008
Setting: New Jersey-ishDescription: High school senior Kate Winthrop has loving parents, two wonderful friends and got into Brown so life should be perfect.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Monday, September 26, 2022
Author: Susan Cooper
Publication: Atheneum/Margaret K. McElderry, hardcover, 1973
Genre: Juvenile Fantasy
Setting: EnglandDescription: Everything changes for Will Stanton, used to being the overlooked youngest in a bustling family, on Midwinter Day in December when he turns 11 and learns he is the last of the Old Ones, those responsible over the years for standing up to forces of Evil and Darkness.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Author: Natalie Jenner
Publication: St. Martin’s, hardcover, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: London, 1950Description: In this companion novel to The Jane Austen Society, three women encroach on the male world of bookselling at a shop in the Bloomsbury section of London.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Author: Sulari Gentill
Publication: Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks, paperback, 2022
Setting: BostonDescription: Writer Hannah Tigone is sitting at a table in the Boston Public Library’s ornate Reading Room when a woman screams. Soon the police find a dead body.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publication: Villard, hardcover, 2003
Setting: CaliforniaDescription: This warm and witty memoir tells the story of an Iranian family and its enthusiastic misadventures with life in America, embracing Thanksgiving and game shows on television, learning English with bafflement, and the author’s eventual marriage to a Frenchman she met at Cal Berkeley, which resulted in even more of a melting pot experience.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Author: Julia Blythe
Publication: Gracewing, paperback, 1998
Genre: Children’s school story
Setting: Great BritainDescription: Just as Geraldine and Jeannie’s father gets a new job in Japan, their Aunt Win’s husband inherits a small, unoccupied hotel in the English countryside.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Spell the Month in Books is hosted by Reviews From the Stacks and occurs on the second Saturday of each month or maybe a bit later!Here is my installment for September:
Friday, September 9, 2022
Author and Illustrator: Peggy Bacon (1895-1987)
Publication: Graymalkin, paperback, originally published in 1967
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Setting: Presumably ConnecticutDescription: Philip, Ellen, and five-year-old Jeb Finley are delighted to make the move so beloved in fiction from the city to a rambling and mysterious old house in the country.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am usually in the middle of several books. In the car, I am listening to The Fall by John Lescroart (2015), a legal thriller featuring attorney Dismas Hardy and his daughter, Rebecca. She is now grown up and an associate in Hardy’s law firm, defending a client accused of murder. I had forgotten how much I enjoy Lescroart’s characters and how they have developed over the years.
Monday, September 5, 2022
Author: Lucy Atkins
Publication: Quercus, hardcover, 2020
Setting: Oxford, Great BritainDescription: Dee, now middle-aged, never made it to Oxford as a student despite her brilliance at mathematics, but she has worked there since her 20s as a nanny, mostly in short-term positions to avoid forming attachments. But Felicity, her current charge, is different.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Author: Sonali Dev
Publication: William Morrow, trade paperback, originally published in 2019
Setting: Present-day CaliforniaDescription: Dr. Trisha Raje is a gifted neurosurgeon in San Franciso, whose arrogance masks the conviction she has disappointed her Indian-American family, despite her success.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Author: D.E. Stevenson
Publication: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, hardcover, 1969
Setting: Great BritainDescription: Gerald is returning to London after a disastrous experience in Cape Town working for a diamond mine. The lovely young American women aboard the ship cannot distract him from his gloom, although one tries to cheer him up and tells him about an incident when she too was misjudged.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
• Chincoteague is a town on the island of the same name, in Virginia’s Eastern Shore region. It’s a gateway to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, on Assateague Island, which has beaches and wild Chincoteague ponies.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Author: Madeline Miller
Publication: Hanover Square Press, trade paperback, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: WWII LondonDescription: After her mother dies, Grace Bennett and her irrepressible friend, Viv, leave the country for 1939 London, accepting the offer of a rented room from Mrs. Weatherford, a friend of Grace’s mother.
Friday, August 19, 2022
Author: Norman Juster
Illustrator: Jules Pfeiffer
Publication: Yearling, paperback, originally published in 1961
Genre: Juvenile fantasyDescription: Milo is a boy who is bored by everything in his life, until a mysterious package appears in his room. It contains a turnpike tollbooth that he quickly assembles.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Monday, August 15, 2022
Author: Gill Hornby
Publication: Flatiron Books, hardcover, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: 19th-century EnglandDescription: In this historical novel set in 1840, Hornby imagines a purposeful visit paid by Cassandra Austen to Kintbury in Berkshire after the deaths of Eliza and Fulwar Fowle.
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
Author: Agatha Christie
Publication: Bantam paperback, originally published in 1929
Genre: Mystery (well, obviously)
Setting: EnglandDescription: At a country house party, Gerry Wade sleeps so ridiculously late every morning that his friends decide to play a joke on him by setting so many alarm clocks he will be forced to wake up.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
My favorite July book was the audio of a book I had read when it first came out, The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. It was expertly narrated by Hayley Atwell and entertained me on my way back and forth to work for several weeks.
Monday, August 8, 2022
Author: Sarah Stewart Taylor
Publication: Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s, hardcover 2020
Setting: DublinDescription: Twenty-three years ago, Maggie D’Arcy’s cousin Erin disappeared in Ireland so she flew from Long Island to Dublin to represent the family and find out what was going on.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Author: Katherine Langrish
Publication: Darton, Longman and Todd, hardcover, 2021
Genre: Literary CriticismDescription: Langrish is a British fantasy writer who loved the Narnia books as a child. Definitely more obsessed than the average fan. She drew pictures of Aslan. She wrote poems and crafted maps. The endpapers of this book display her own Narnia fan fic.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Author: Rosamunde Pilcher (1924-2019)
Narrator: Hayley Atwell
Publication: Audio, originally published in 1987
Setting: Cornwall, London, GloucestershireDescription: Returning home after a mild heart attack, Penelope Keeling starts reflecting on her life: her carefree childhood with her artist father and youthful French mother in London and Cornwall, her decision to become a Wren during World War II, her return to Cornwall during the war, bringing up a family in London on little money, and her downsizing to a cottage in the country where she has created an idyllic garden.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
|Overlooking Peel Cove, near Menabilly|
Saturday, July 30, 2022
|St. Ives from above|
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Author: Nita Prose
Publication: Ballantine Books, hardcover, 2022
Setting: New YorkDescription: Molly, 25, is extremely literal and often misses the social cues others juggle easily. When her grandmother was alive, she helped Molly navigate the world.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Author: K.M. Peyton
Illustrator: Victor G. Ambrus
Publication: World Publishing Company, hardcover, 1967
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Setting: England, 1908-1912Description: In the first of this four book series, orphaned Christina is forced to go live with her Uncle Russell, and his sons, Mark and Will, at their home, Flambards, 40 miles outside London in the countryside. Mark and his father are obsessed with horses while Will is obsessed with machinery and aviation. Christina, just 12, is an heiress but used to be shuttled from relative to relative, all indifferent to her wellbeing.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Author: Tae Keller
Publication: Random House, hardcover, 2020
Genre: Middle-grade fiction
Setting: Washington stateDescription: Lily and her older sister Sam have moved to Washington with their mother to be near their Korean grandmother who is very ill.
Sunday, July 17, 2022
|Daphne du Maurier's private beach|
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Author: Jo Spain
Publication: Quercus, paperback, 2021
Setting: Long Island, NY and Cambridge, MADescription: Erin Kennedy left Ireland for New York after her sister was murdered, and obtained a job in publishing which she enjoys. After she meets and marries Danny Ryan, a local policeman, she moves to Long Island, hoping for a happy ever after with him.
Monday, July 11, 2022
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
|The Globe, during King Lear|
Monday, July 4, 2022
|Hello, George III!|
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
|The Bletchley Mansion|
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Monday, June 27, 2022
|The Children's area at street level|
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022
|Young Nelson, 1992|
|The city is visible in the distance|