The Library Book

November 10, 2018 by

I am not finished with this book yet – but I love it so far! The Library Book by Susan Orlean is for book and Library lovers, or anyone who knows and loves the quirky personalities of Library visitors.

The book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986. But also is a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

If you think that a book like this might be boring and filled with facts – you are wrong! Orlean’s writing and obviously thoroughly researched story is a joy to read so far, check it out!index

2018 Harvey Awards- Comics

November 8, 2018 by

Last month the 2018 Harvey Award winners were announced. The Harvey is given to Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel, and Best Manga and Best European Book.  This was the 30th anniversary of the award.

The Harvey Award winners for 2018 are:

  • Book of the Year: MONSTRESS by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • Digital Book of the Year – BARRIER by Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente
  • Best Children or Young Adult Book: Tie between THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang   and THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, by Katie O’Neill  
  • Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic NovelBLACK PANTHER (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Ryan Coogler. Adapted from “Black Panther”
  • Best MangaMY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi
  • Best European BookCALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CASS ELLIOT BEFORE THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS by Pénélope Bagieu

Cottage by the Sea

November 7, 2018 by

aa bookDebbie Macomber’s latest novel centers around Annie Marlow, a young woman who experiences a heartbreaking loss, and compensates by moving back to a place she visited in summers past, where she felt both safe and happy. In the small town of Oceanside, in the Pacific Northwest, Annie is able to start over, making new friends and meeting a kind man, Keaton, that she finds herself attracted to. But when she experiences the chance of a lifetime, Annie may not be able to reconcile her professional life with her personal life. Macomber pens a “feel good” story that the reader can become immersed in and shut out the outside world for a spell.

A Heart In A Body In the World

November 4, 2018 by

aa bookDeb Caletti, a National Book Finalist for her earlier novel Honey, Baby, Sweetheart has crafted a masterpiece in this latest teen novel. Annabelle Agnelli has experienced a major trauma in her life, and has taken to running across country to escape her pain. The reader is not enlightened as to the exact nature of her trauma until the end of the novel, but the event leaves Annabelle with an emotionally damaged heart. It was an impulsive act, her decision to run from Seattle to Washington, D.C.; she just snaps one day in the parking lot of Dick’s Drive-in and bolts. But with her grandpa becoming her coach and mentor by following her in his RV each day, and her friends and younger brother who show their support for her with a GoFundMe page and by creating contacts in the various cities she will hit, Annabelle begins to believe that she may actually be able to complete this run. This novel is heartbreaking, but deals firmly with issues of  helplessness and depression against innocent victims of violence in today’s world, and is a must read for all.

Tear Me Apart

November 3, 2018 by

aa bookAny fans of psychological thrillers must read this latest offering from J.T. Ellison. Lauren and Jasper’s daughter Mindy has it all, a superlative skier whose star is headed straight to the Olympics if she wins this race. But when she misses a gate and crashes, a broken leg is the result. However, when she reaches the hospital, further tests reveal a more worrisome health concern. A donor must be found immediately, and there are problems when those close to her don’t qualify. Ellison turns a simple search into a suspense-filled all out hunt, with a possible deadly outcome. Great page turner…


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