Passage, Connie Willis

I have read Passage by Connie Willis several times, it's an old favorite. My (signed!!) mass market paperback copy has definitely seen better days, but that doesn't detract from the story it tells. Joanna Lander is a researcher who is studying Near Death Experineces. She interviews patients at a Denver hospital who have NDEs in … Continue reading Passage, Connie Willis


The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is one of the biggest epic stories that exists in the fantasy genre. Unfortunately, I watched the Peter Jackson film trilogy before reading the books. In fact, I saw the movies before I even knew The Lord of the Rings was a book series (I was 13 when the first … Continue reading The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien

The Fireman, Joe Hill

The first Joe Hill novel I read was Horns. I read it during the 'blackout phase' of my blogging career, but it was one of the best books I read in 2015. I picked it up because I liked the cover (it's soft) and it was on sale at Target - always a win. At the … Continue reading The Fireman, Joe Hill

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

   Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a novel of epic proportions. Not only is it substantial in physical size, but the scope of the story is huge as well.  I have described this novel as an alternate English history when put to the question. The premise is that English magic (which was prevalent a … Continue reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

This month I listened to Rachel McAdams' reading of Anne of Green Gables on Audible. I usually try not to use my Audible credits on books I already own (unless they're super long and I don't know when I'll have time to read them), but after listening to the sample of this on Audible, I … Continue reading Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery

The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs is a contemporary adventure/mystery about a young woman who is beginning her studies in literature in Oxford. As the last descendant of Patrick Brontë, Samantha Whipple is hounded by the media about her father's mysterious death (by fire) and the myth of the Brontë inheritance. When the Brontë books from her father's … Continue reading The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

I love Ernest Hemingway. That's probably something you should know about me. I love his writing so much that I've been savoring it, because I never want to run out of new things to read. First I read A Farewell To Arms - to this day one of my favorite novels of all time. Then … Continue reading Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Bardo:: A Tibetan Buddhist term meaning 'of an existence between death and rebirth'. This novel is quite unconventional. Not quite as unconventional as the book called S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams, but it does not, as a typical novel would, consist of nothing but prose.  The chapters are quite short, and many of them … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Thoughts on My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

Last night I finished reading My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier. It had been at the top of my to read list for the past several years, but I never got past the first several pages until last week, which is strange, because the first several pages are almost as gripping as the first … Continue reading Thoughts on My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

Despite the fact that Stephen King is one of my favorite authors (as a person), I have only read a shameful amount of his fiction. I frequently watch his interviews and appearances on YouTube, and once heard him talking about a story he was working on; a retired detective is being mocked by one of … Continue reading Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King