Category Archives: reading

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern

“The Night Circus” is a “Phantasmagorical” fairy tale set near London about a circus that has no set schedule. As a critic of a good first sentence, I was pleased with this one: “The circus arrives without warning.” The night … Continue reading

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“A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby

Because I am in so many book clubs, it’s rare that I read a book simply because I wanted to read it.  I am not complaining.  My book clubs have expanded my reading tastes and exposed me to many new authors.  … Continue reading

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My Beach Book Recommendation for Summer of 2014 – “Defending Jacob”

This book poses the question: “How far would you be willing to go to defend your child?” And what a timely topic this is as parents face the question of how involved they should be in their children’s lives. Should … Continue reading

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“Empty Mansions” – the mysterious life of Hugette Clark

This interesting tale of a reclusive American heiress held my attention even though I was on my spring break trip with 10 other friends/family (FRAMILY!). Here are the top 10 things I learned about Hugette Clark. Don’t worry even though … Continue reading

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Wally Lamb – “We Are Water”

I have been a big Wally Lamb fan for a very long time. I read his first book, “She’s Come Undone” when it was released in 1992. This was just as I was getting going with my first book group … Continue reading

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“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

It has been a long time since I have read a book that I consider to be “blog-worthy.” This book is definitely a must read if you have the patience for a well written 700+ page book. There has been … Continue reading

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Just what makes home? “Orphan Train”

I am amazed that once again, I learned another bit of American History from a well written historical fiction novel. “Orphan Train” written by Christina Baker Kline is the story of a 91 year old widow named Vivian Daly who … Continue reading

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