book review

BD read these books, too!

Last week was for audio, but here are three books I recently read in the flesh, as so many of you choose to do as well. Audio or print, the stories remain the same. If something in one of these books appeals to you and you're an audiobook person, by all means, listen. First, The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. I have loved Alice Hoffman's books for years, and [...]

By | 2015-10-20T05:00:33+00:00 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Audiobook recommendations

I'm new to listening.  It's only recently that I've begun to intersperse eye-reading with ear-reading.  And it's taken discipline, keeping my mind on every spoken word, rather then letting it wander, as sometimes happens with a book.  But for those times when you can't be glued to the physical page – like when you're driving or working out – listening to audiobooks is really pretty cool. I guess I can [...]

By | 2015-10-07T17:00:14+00:00 2015|Blog|3 Comments

My Recent Reading, Part 2

Eclectic. That's how I'd describe my reading so far this summer. If you read Part 1 of "My Recent Reading," you’ll know that by early July, I had finished reading a light-hearted summer novel, a memoir, and the new Harper Lee. This next batch of book reviews include an adventure novel, a magical YA novel, an audiobook, and a book about Huntington's Disease. Here goes. Several years ago, I read [...]

By | 2015-08-16T05:00:26+00:00 2015|Blog|8 Comments

My Recent Reading, Part I

There are many things on my to-blog-about list, like multi-tasking, cat videos, and food expiration dates. But you read my blogs because you read my books, and right now, in the thick of the summer reading season, I need to blog about books – specifically the ones I've read. Summer is a great reading time for me. Last weekend being a quiet one, no guests, just DH and me, I [...]

By | 2015-08-07T05:00:22+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Does the ending suit you?

I've done a lot of reading this summer. I've also spent a lot of time studying reader reviews on Amazon, as well as taking part in discussion groups on Goodreads. Two of the books I've read, in particular – Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and Lisa Genova’s Inside the O'Briens – had endings with which readers took issue. And I don't just mean readers saying they didn't like the ending. I [...]

By | 2015-07-28T18:00:05+00:00 2015|Blog|8 Comments

Good reading

There's reading. And then there's READING. The first is a solitary endeavor from start to finish, done on the subway, or curled up in a chair, or in bed. The second adds a step at the end: discussing a book with someone else who has read it. That person may be a single individual. It may be a group of women in a nail shop. It may be a formal [...]

By | 2015-07-08T07:00:28+00:00 2015|Blog|4 Comments


Just finished my next book! I’ve been working on this baby for more than a year, and that doesn't count the months before I started the actual writing, when I focused on research. This book – no title yet – demanded a lot of research. I had to learn about the tools a carpenter would keep in her truck, the type of projects she would do, which ones she would [...]

By | 2014-08-06T05:00:22+00:00 2014|Blog|10 Comments

But do you like my book?

And so comes the Monday after the first weekend you've all have with my newest book.  I sit on tenterhooks wondering, worrying, hoping. Sweet Salt Air  has actually been out and around for the sake of getting early reviews.  Part of the promotional campaign leading up to its publication entailed sending Advance Reading Copies to more than a hundred book groups around the country.  In return, they've posted reviews in [...]

By | 2013-06-24T12:00:32+00:00 2013|Blog|28 Comments

On sale now! What do I feel?

For starters, I feel like it’s about time!  I finished writing Sweet Salt Air a year ago, and though my publisher needed these months to publish the book well – and they have! – I feel like you all have waited forever.  On one hand, I want you hungry, so that you’ll race out and buy the book on the very first day it goes on sale.  On the other [...]

By | 2013-06-17T21:00:55+00:00 2013|Blog|8 Comments

Two more book recommendations

What kinds of books do you like?  Do you switch between genres or stick to one?   Me, I usually avoid non-fiction.  Since I read the newspaper daily, I don’t want more of the same in my free time.  Likewise blood and gore; the real world has plenty.  No, fiction is definitely my thing, but, within that, I’m eclectic.  I’ll read anything that’s highly recommended and well written, though recommended or [...]

By | 2013-02-07T06:15:39+00:00 2013|Blog|3 Comments