13 Favorite Books For 2013

…And then it was the last day of 2013, which was a surprise for everyone involved in the passage of time, and they stared at their calenders and the sky in horrified incomprehension.  Last time I checked, I was lying outside reading W.B. Yeats to some barn cats who didn’t seem to like poetry veryContinue reading “13 Favorite Books For 2013”

Book Review: The Mark Of The Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Coming out in March, 2014)

Star Ratings: Characters: *****(4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: *** **(5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) (It is hereby stated that I read the advanced reader’s copy of The Mark of The Dragonfly and a few details might change before publication.) How pleased am I to be giving thisContinue reading “Book Review: The Mark Of The Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Coming out in March, 2014)”

Safety Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers: Independent Bookshops

Have you left your gift-getting merriment until the last days before Christmas? Has your usually ungenerous spirit been inspired by songs of holiday cheer and familial pressure to scramble around looking for the perfect gift? Have you decided that everyone’s getting books this year because, screw it, they can just go read quietly for anContinue reading “Safety Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers: Independent Bookshops”

Short Review: The Isle of Youth by Laura Van Den Berg

This is just a tiny review excerpted from my blog post Birthday, Books, Bedtime over at The Bookshelf Pirate.  I read The Isle of Youth because it got some good press and I like having new short stories to recommend at the bookshop.  Now that it’s the holiday shopping frenzy, I find that collections andContinue reading “Short Review: The Isle of Youth by Laura Van Den Berg”

Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) (Let it be hereby stated that I read an advanced reader’s edition of The Quick, which may still be waiting on final edits.) When a friend and colleague of mine at the bookshopContinue reading “Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)”