April Reads

April Reads

  Sorry this is a day late! I was having some updates done on my website. But better late than never, right?  I’m plugging right along with my reading-in-the-time-of-pandemic. Another several books logged for the month of April. So let’s get right to them! City of Thieves by David Benioff My husband read this book […]

March Reads

This is going to be a loooooong one, folks! Because to me the words “quarantine” and “social distancing” translate to “guilt-free reading time.” So here goes for March! First, a couple of dense but fascinating history/biography books: My brother-in-law, who lives with my sister and their boys in Kurdistan (Iraq) left this book for me […]

February Reads

February Reads

This month I tended to go back to authors I know and love. In fact, the only new-to-me authors this month were my non-fiction read, so let’s start there.  Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi I think this is definitely my most important read this month. This book is based on the Bored and Brilliant […]

Announcing . . .

    The print version of No Small Storm is now available! Woo-hoo! Get your copy here.      And to celebrate . . .  Be sure to share with your friends– and to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. 

Recent Reads

I’ve been blowing through books, which often happens when my life feels out of control. But two of the three kids are settled now and the college student is home for just this week before heading back. And I expect that means my reading will dwindle a bit this fall as I hope to get […]

My New Favorite Parenting Book

My New Favorite Parenting Book

It’s not a book, really. More of a short story. Yes, it’s fiction. But perhaps one of the most insightful pieces of fiction, especially as a caution to parents. The other amazing fact about it? It was written nearly 150 years ago, yet the picture of the pitfalls of raising children rings true even now […]

Catching up on May & June Reading

Catching up on May & June Reading

Whew! May was a whirlwind until vacation. Then we ramped up a bit into the first of June as well. Things are finally starting to settle. In the mean time, I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. Here are some I’ve finished that you might enjoy.   I’ll admit that even though I adore Alexander […]

What (in my opinion) historical fiction is NOT

What (in my opinion) historical fiction is NOT

I love historical fiction. I love reading it. I love writing it. I love the “realness” that fictional characters bring to historical events and facts. But not too long ago I read a historical novel that, in my opinion, wasn’t a novel at all. First understand: this was a NYT Bestseller when it was released. […]

Reading, Feast or Famine

Reading, Feast or Famine

Sometimes when life gets discombobulated I ignore the chaos and lose myself in books. Or rather, in book after book after book! That happened to me in January of this year. It was awesome. Kind of. Not the discombobulation, but the joy of reading. On the other hand, sometimes life whirls so out of control […]

Revisiting an Old Friend

Revisiting an Old Friend

When things get a little off-kilter in my life, I tend to turn to old friends. Not just living, breathing human beings of friends, but literary ones, too. So when some unexpected incidents cropped up these past couple of weeks, I reacquainted myself with the darling Emily Byrd Starr of New Moon farm. Do you […]