Friday, May 02, 2014

What i've Been Reading

Looking over the covers of the most recent books I've read, I realize they look like I might have ordered them at a donut shop:  "A dozen assorted, please." That analogy continues to the contents: some are filled with flavor and richness and some are just sweet, light and fluffy, but there isn't one among them that I wish I'd left in the box.

Second Hand Heart
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Midwife of Hope River
by Patricia Harman

The Cutting Season
by Attica Locke

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

Honey on Your Mind
by Maria Murnane

The Baker's Daughter
by Sarah McCoy

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
by James Weldon Johnson

Opal Fire
by Barbra Annino

by Barbra Annino

Tiger's Eye
by Barbra Annino

Emerald Isle
by Barbra Annino

The Bloodletter's Daughter
by Linda Lafferty

To read a description and reviews of any of these books,
click on its image above.


Normally I leave the reviewing to others and ease my conscience about that sort of laziness by turning each book cover pictured into a link to other people's reviews. That's pretty much what I've done this time, too, except that I feel compelled to call your attention to three books that are so good I need to make sure you don't overlook them. In order of their appearance on the list above, they are:
  1. The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. Excellent writing, a moving story set in Appalachia in the 1930s, and a main character you'll wish you had as a friend.
  2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This book surprised me by being sheer delight from beginning to end. Set in modern times, it's a love story--sort of--with quirky characters you won't soon forget. It's already been sold to the movies, and I can't wait to see who gets cast to play the parts of Don and Rosie.
  3. The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty. If you like the details found in good historical fiction (facts you can check on the Internet), and if you were one of those kids whose imagination was captured completely by the grimness of a Grimm's fairy tale, then you will love this book. It has it all. I woke up feeling a little sad this morning because I finished the book last night, and I wasn't nearly ready for it to end. 


  1. When you mentioned in a blog post the other day you were in the middle of a good book, I was sure wishing I knew what that book was. I'd like to be in the middle of a good book! lol Thanks for sharing your reading list and pointing out your favorites!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Joy. I hope you've had a chance to follow the links and find out if any of these books pique your interest. All of the books listed are e-books, and two of the three I singled out are on sale now for $1.99 at (Or maybe that's their regular price; I don't know.) I hope you'll find something you like.

  2. I hope all this book reading means you are feeling better. I just bought The Bloodletter's Daughter because it sounds so good.

    1. Annette, thanks. I'm feeling a lot better, though the cold is still hanging on (as you predicted). I hope you like that book as much as I did.

  3. I look forward to seeing what you are reading. I usually find at least one or two books to try, and I'm rarely disappointed.

    1. Thanks, Betty. For many years I read only mysteries and thrillers. Still love them, but once I started looking into other genres, I was surprised to find out how many good stories I'd been passing up. The key for me is to look inside the book. Usually, if it's going to be a good one, I'm hooked in only a page or two.


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