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 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
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
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
I have to say, I was not expecting to love this book. Like it maybe, or more likely to be disappointed halfway through and feel obligated to finish it. It is not a perfect book by any means, and yet here I sit having finished the novel (in two days), and I am temporarily at … Continue reading The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes
One of my favorite books of all time is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. After I recommended that book to a friend (she loved it too), she told me she'd heard of a book often compared to it called The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Odd title, I thought, and immediately it … Continue reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald
Sometimes you just want a book that will grab you early and keep you turning the pages the whole time. I picked up Leaving Time exactly for that reason; Jodi Picoult is pretty reliably compelling, whether it's a controversial subject, a thrilling court case (...or both), or a mystery (like this one). Leaving Time is the story of … Continue reading Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult
Chris Redston has always had strangely realistic dreams, but when he went to sleep one night in one world and woke up in another, he began to realize that his dreams were much more than they seemed. In Chicago, Chris is just an ordinary guy, but in Lael, he's a Gifted. Generally Gifteds, or worldwalkers, only pop up in Lael once a generation, but Chris has the misfortune to be the second Gifted to come to Lael in 20 years. Unfortunately, Chris' predecessor used the respect and power he had as a Gifted for personal gain and threw the delicate political balance of Lael into war, ruining the Gifted's reputation and making Chris' welcome chilly at best…..