I’m so glad we had this time together

I confess that I have been thinking about exiting the book blogging scene for some time now, maybe even a year if I’m honest. When I started doing this, quite a few years ago–over on Blogger at Ready When You Are, C.B.–I more-or-less planned on ending the blog after Dakota, my Basset hound who was…

Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2018

This years list surprised me. Typically, when I do my year in review I find quite a few books I loved and forgot.  That was no different this year which is one reason why I enjoy keeping a book blog in the first place.  It’s nice to be reminded of books you loved and nice…

The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s nice to have a fun read, with strong characters in an interesting location. A slow-burning plot that takes off in unexpected directions doesn’t hurt either. But I have nothing more to say about it.  Nothing profound. I was entertained; I expect most readers intrigued by the premise will be,…

Augustown by Kei Miller

Look this isn’t magic realism.  This is not another story about superstitious island people and their primitive beliefs. No. You don’t get off that easy. This is a story about people as real as you are, and as real as I once was before I  became a bodiless thing floating up here in the sky….

Smile by Roddy Doyle

I’ve been reading Roddy Doyle for several decades now. That’s kind of nice. He and I have grown up and begun to grow old together. For the past few years he has been writing little scenes for Facebook, sponsored by Guinness.  These are just the “good parts,” the dialogue Mr. Doyle writes so well. Funny…