You all know how much I have enjoyed Allison's 3 previous books - Swimming for Sunlight, Why Can't I Be You, and Stay. Now comes her latest, and it's right up there with the others. It's called The People We Keep. Here's what it's about:
Friday, July 2, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Pigeon-Blood Red, by Ed Duncan, is Book 1 of his Pigeon-Blood Red Thrillogy (his word). I was sent this book (pub 2015) by the author through his publicist, Kelsey Butts of Book Publicity Services. Here is the storyline:
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Peeps, by Erin Gordon, is a terrific book. In fact, I was sorry when I finished it. I really wanted it to keep going. Once I got over my disappointment that I was done(!), it was time to cogitate a bit before I wrote my review. There is a LOT to think about with Peeps. Let me start by giving you a brief synopsis:
A coming-of-middle-age novel, PEEPS is the story of Meg, a 51-year-old podcaster who’s spent her life afraid of “what ifs.” Single after an unexpected divorce, Meg might finally have the chance for what she calls a Big Life, but isn’t sure she can pull it off. After her mother’s death, Meg gathers the courage to seek answers about her disinterested and cruel mother from her uncle. To get to him, she moves out of her Santa Monica home and drives across the country in a new RV she nicknames Irv.
Along the way, Meg conducts interviews for her podcast Peeps, in which she asks everyday people the same seven questions to “peep” into their lives and uncover shared humanity. Meg’s narrative is peppered with lively “transcripts” of her interviews with the ordinary yet fascinating people she meets. The podcast enables Meg to process the complicated grief and relief related to her mother’s death, her divorce, and her only child leaving home for college.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
As you all (or most of you) know, I am a big fan of Kate Quinn's The Alice Network and The Huntress. I rated both of them 3.75/4. I mean, those are high marks! But The Rose Code has them both beat. Did I give it a 4/4? I did not. Was it 3.8, 3.85, 3.9, or 3.95? Nope. Well what's higher than 4/4? I'll tell you... it's a 4/4+. That's right. It's better than a 4/4. And it's been 3 years since I gave my last 4/4+ (Kristin Harmel's The Sweetness of Forgetting). This book is just that good. Let me read the The Rose Code's introduction:
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Three Words for Goodbye, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, is absolutely terrific. It's about 2 sisters, their grandmother, and a long-distance trip, all of it taking place in 1937. I couldn't put it down. Here's what I liked about it:
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Yep, that's right. I am now officially a podcaster. In conjunction with KCAT TV in Los Gatos, CA, I recorded my 1st author interview yesterday under the moniker of Lloyd on Lit. It will start out as a monthly 30-minute program. I don't know exactly when it will air yet, but I will keep you all informed.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
I have been reading a plethora (pretty good word, eh?) of good books lately. I've got 6 to show you. I rated all 6 of them 3.5/4 or higher! They are all terrific. Just look up the blurb to decide in what order you want to read them. I have listed them in the order they were read:
How to Save a Life - Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke