I finished The Pilot's Daughter, by Meredith Jaeger, about an hour ago. I'm sorry it took me so long to get to the review! What a book! This is so darn good. It's historical fiction that goes back and forth from the early 1920's in New York and the mid-1940's in San Francisco. The story centers on Ellie Morgan and her Aunt Iris, who both live in San Francisco. The story begins with a telegram from the Adjutant General's office, saying that Ellie's dad, William Morgan, was reported missing over the Adriatic Sea during WWII. Ellie wants to find out whether her father is actually dead and goes to great lengths to get the answer. She enlists the aid of her aunt.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Those of you who have followed my blog for a few years (would the 3 of you please raise your hands?) know that The Princess of Las Pulgas, by C. Lee McKenzie, is my favorite YA. Now I have read all of Lee's YA and middle grade novels. And I have definitely liked them all. But I have to say that Lee's latest YA, Shattered, is my 2nd favorite behind Princess. Shattered is the story of a 19-year old skier named Libby who is on her way to representing the U.S. in the Winter Olympics. Except that during a practice run, a snowboarder collides with her, and she wakes up in a hospital without any feeling in her legs. Was it an accident? You will find out when you read Shattered. This is a very engaging story where you will definitely get caught up in what happens after the accident. As you all know, I am well past the age that YA novels are targeted for. But it doesn't matter. This is a book that everyone will enjoy.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Hi all. I know it's been a heckuva long time since my last post (49 days, to be exact!). But I'm (kinda) ready to get back to it. I'm going to start my renaissance as book blogger by giving you the names and ratings (with maybe a comment or 2) of the books I've read since my last post. Here we (I) go:
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Back on April 24, 2014, I added a 2nd All-Time Top 12 to my original All-Time Top 12. And then on September 24, 2015, I put a 13th book in the 2nd ATT12. Well, almost 6 years later, I'm adding #14 to the 2nd ATT12. The book is called The Clover Girls, by Viola Shipman. I absolutely loved every minute of it. Instead of posting the book cover synopsis, I'm just going to tell you what it's about: 4 young girls meet at an all-girls camp in Michigan. They become best friends and keep coming back year-after-year until they are actually camp counsellors. 36 years after that 1st camp, the 4 women are no longer friends. What happened, and is there any way it can be fixed? I am giving you NO hints.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
It is such a treat to get a new Kristin Harmel book to read (and review). Everything she writes immediately goes into my-favorite-books-of-the-year category. And her latest, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, is certainly no exception. Here is the synopsis:
Friday, July 2, 2021
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:
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
Monday, March 15, 2021
Although I am of retirement age (I'm an early Baby Boomer!), I am not retiring any time soon. Having said that, I was still very interested in seeing what Bob Boylan has to say about retiring. I really like his premise of it being a new adventure. He says to gear up and down, not just down. That seems like really good advice. I think the best way of explaining what Bob has to say about retirement is by giving you a bunch of quotes, from him as well as others. This should explain his philosophy a lot better than my words will. Here we go:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
I've got a few interesting pieces of news for you guys:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
4 Ideas with Actionable Wisdom is a very concise, well-written, well-explained, practical self-help book. Bob Boylan states those 4 Ideas and the means by which we can achieve them. Let's start by listing the 4:
Saturday, February 13, 2021
My last 2 books have both been terrific. And one of them is already scheduled for the RBC! Here are a couple of (very) short reviews:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
This book combines a whole bunch of genres and cultural influences. Specifically, there is time travel, science, historical references, and music, to name just a few. Let me give you the list of elements of the book that I enjoyed:
Friday, February 5, 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Lisa Gardner has written 23 novels! I have probably read a couple of the others. So I was happy when Penguin Random House sent me her latest, Before She Disappeared. This one has a very interesting storyline:
Monday, February 1, 2021
Rachael Eckles' Trading Secrets is a well-written book that combines thriller, mystery, and romance genres. I was engaged throughout and definitely got caught up in the what-the-heck-happened and who-did-it questions. Here is the back cover synopsis:
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Hello, all. At 10:00 this morning, January 23, Joni pulled 3 names, at random, from the group of those who commented on what they love about reading. The winners are Rich, Alan, and Claudia. They will each get the print, ebook, or audiobook of their choosing. Congrats.
If you want to read some great comments, go to my Facebook Book Sage page.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Guess what this post is about?...Give up? Yep, on this day, 10 years ago, I posted my 1st blog. It was called, not surprisingly, Introduction. How did this blog come about, you ask? Well, I will tell you. I was talking to my friend Steve in New York and complaining about how I want to spend more time in Book World. He said I should write a blog. And there you have it. Not that exciting an explanation, but true nonetheless.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Carole Bumpus' latest book, A SEPTEMBER to REMEMBER: SEARCHING for CULINARY PLEASURES at the ITALIAN TABLE, is her recounting of a month-long sojourn she and her husband, Winston, took to Italy in 1998. As you would expect, we learn a lot about the food they experienced in different parts of the country. But this book is much more than that. How so, you ask? Let me count the ways:
Monday, January 4, 2021
And, finally...I'm always curious as to how many new authors I read each year. I think there are less in 2020 than usual because of Covid. Instead of having a bunch of new authors coming to Recycle Bookstore, we Zoomed with a lot of authors that I have already been reading. Here it goes, and we'll see how it compares with previous years:
Saturday, January 2, 2021
So here is another end-of-year list. This one is my 3.5s and up for the year ending (thankfully) 2020: