Category Archives: Reading

“The lost child” by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker police procedural series.  They were fantastic! I’ve been meaning to read the third in the series for some time now – I’m SO glad to report … Continue reading

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“Undertow” by Anthony J. Quinn

Blurb:  The body of a dead police detective drifts ashore at Lough Neagh. What appears to be a simple case of suicide takes on a more sinister tone when Detective Celcius Daly travels across the Irish border to the desolate … Continue reading

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“The Ludlow Ladies’ Society” by Ann O’Loughlin

Connie Carter is reeling from the death of her five-year-old daughter, Molly. Her husband, Ed Carter, murdered their daughter, and then himself. Grief stricken, she suffers a break-down and for two years barely gets through the interminable days. Now, she … Continue reading

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“Path into Darkness” by Lisa Alber

“A haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing”. Lisfenora, Ireland.  Renown for its annual matchmaking festival. The ‘matchmaker’ in this case is the terminally ill Liam. Knowing that his end is near, he appoints his daughter, Merritt Chase, to … Continue reading

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Reading Anticipation

Many of us complain about our lengthy TBRs – but are we really complaining?  I think not. I have literally hundreds of books, in both print format and digital format that I haven’t read yet. And guess what? I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past this historical fiction challenge has several reading levels. There are monthly check ins with links to post your reading progress and reviews. I am going for The Victorian Reader. I love historical … Continue reading

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Readers find the magic

As a lifelong reader, I’ve always known that there is magic to be found within books. So… I thought I’d share a few graphics that helps convey my feelings about reading. (Some I’ve shared with you before – others I’m … Continue reading

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Why you should reduce your screen time and READ fiction !!!

We knew that right? No matter what age you are, it seems that both young, old, and everyone in between are getting more and more addicted to their screens.  Computers, televisions, tablets, and phones, if used excessively, can damage your … Continue reading

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“Up-Lit” – What is it? and why do we like it?

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit. These types of novels … Continue reading

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Reading makes you healthy! (an infographic)

We love reading books, and we’re guessing you do too. However, did you know that reading helps us live longer, stay sharper, be happier, as well as have more friends too? Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and … Continue reading

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The Fiction Gender Gap

A fiction gender gap? Yes there is one! Surveys taken in Canada, the United States and England suggest that men account for only about 20% of the fiction market!  Why is this so? Warren Adler writes: “There is ample statistical … Continue reading

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Are you an ‘avid’ reader?

With just slightly over 100 titles read in 2017, I consider myself to be an avid reader.  I know that some book bloggers read WAY more books than that, but still… I consider myself an avid reader. My husband thinks … Continue reading

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America’s reading habits: an infographic

Wondering What Everyone Else Is Reading? The Most Popular Book Across the US Is… Are you the type who’s used to craning your neck so you can make out the cover titles of your fellow subway commuters’ books?  Can’t wait … Continue reading

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Blogger vs. Reader – Books I REALLY want to read!

The above 10 novels are the books that I want to read right now! They are calling my name and their voices are very LOUD! The problem you ask? Well… NONE of these are on my ‘for review’ TBR – … Continue reading

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A bookworm’s lament (#bookwormproblems)

Book bloggers read a LOT of books. That stands to reason.  There is one question that is asked of book bloggers that is very difficult to answer. “What is your favorite book?” Some people say it is like trying to … Continue reading

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