Friday, January 18, 2019

7 Centuries and 6 Families of Paris

Book Review of “Paris: The Epic Novel of the City of Lights” by Edward Rutherfurd


Epic is a word that has been bandied about far too often, and putting it into the subtitle of this novel might seem a bit pretentious. However, it is precisely the word that use be used about this book, seeing as it is not only long (my copy had 832 pages), but it also covers several centuries of the history of this amazing city. With this, Edward Rutherfurd has gathered together a small group of families, which he has placed within this backdrop, at various stages ranging from the 1261 all the way through to 1968!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trash or Treasure Tuesday!

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AKA “Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR”

My fellow blogger Bookish Rita turned me on to this, which was originally Lia @ Lost in a Story’s idea. The rules are very simple:


  1. Sort your Goodreads to-be-read shelf from oldest to new;
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see;
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
With only 101 books on my TBR list, here are last ten I put on my list:

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Female Journalistic Pioneer

Book Review of “What Girls are Good For: A Novel of Nellie Bly” by David Blixt.

 

Anyone who has studied journalism, or is interested in historical women who were pioneers in their fields, will probably have heard of Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochrane. Nellie was famous mostly for getting herself admitted to an insane asylum in New York in the late 1880s. Her goal was to find out exactly how the treatment was in these places, and her reports ended up having far-reaching consequences. In this novel, David Blixt gives us some insights into Nellie’s life through a fascinating, biographical, historical fiction account.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Inconvenient Separations




cover152794-mediumBook Review of “Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella” by Cary Holladay.

This book is a collection of eight short stories and a novella, which include the following:
  • Brides in the Sky
  • Shades
  • Comanche Queen
  • Fairy Tales
  • Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid
  • Ghost Walk
  • Operator
  • Hay Season
  • A Thousand Stings – a novella

Friday, December 28, 2018

My Answers to 10 Bookish Questions: “The last book I…”

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I found this list of bookish questions via StuckinaBook’s post and thought I’d give it a whirl since it sounded like fun! Here are my replies to these 10 questions.

Friday, December 21, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018


2018: The year of the “only by a whisker” books.

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Yes, the time has come once again for me to give you all my roundup of my favorite books published over this past year. I have to warn you however, I’m going to cheat a tiny bit with my non-fiction book this year. See, although this book was originally published in 2017 in the UK, I think it deserves to be on this list, because the majority of my readers (who live outside the UK) could only get hold of it in 2018. That said, while there were fewer books that got a full five stars from me this year, the quality of these books – be it the writing or the content of these stories – was such that it was very hard for me to rank them for this list; each one edged out the next by a whisker. So here you go, in descending order (for now. I reserve the right to change the order and/or add the book I'm reading as of this writing, if it measures up):

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Journey Begins Again


The Chocolate Lady's NEW Book Review Blog

Thanks for visiting. I hope you will come see my new blog site, which you can find HERE.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Blog Tour Free Giveaway for "The War Between Us" by Sarah Creviston Lee


The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee

Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Paperback & eBook; 330 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Editor's Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society.

Alex Moon is not the enemy.

Six months after Pearl Harbor's tragedy, Korean American Alex Moon is sent away from his home in California for refusing his father's request to join the fight against the Japanese. On his journey, Alex is attacked and stranded in the small town of River Bluff, Indiana just for looking like America's most hated enemy.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Rise and Fall of Ragtime

Book Review of Temptation Rag: A Novel by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard.


Back in the late 19th century in America, the latest rage was ragtime music. While the first name that might come to mind for us today is Scott Joplin, the origins of this musical genre predated him by quite a bit. In the beginning this was considered an original genre started by African Americans (probably Ernest Hogan), but the racially charged attitudes that followed the American Civil War, allowed white composers to appropriate it and make it their own. One of them was Ben Harney, who was often called the originator or father of ragtime (mostly by himself and later, by Time magazine after his death). Another was Mark Bernard, who was Harney’s rival, and the twice crowned “Ragtime King of the World.” Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard decided to pay tribute to her ancestor Mark, and the people who made this musical genre the phenomena it was, in this biographical, historical fiction novel.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Women's Wartime Communications

Book Review of "Girls on the Line" a novel by Aimie K. Runyan


The women of the US Army’s Signal Corps were known as the “Hello Girls,” and their deployment to France at the end of 1917 was considered both controversial and expedient. When Ruby Wager’s brother is one of the first casualties of the war, she decides she must answer the call to help with the war effort. Ruby’s mother thinks she should stay at home, knit scarves and socks, and wait for the return of her fiancé, so that she can marry him and take her rightful place in Philadelphia’s genteel society. But that’s not enough for Ruby, who sees joining the Signal Corps as the most effective way to show her patriotism, while putting to use her natural and hard-earned talents. In this gripping historical fiction novel, Aimie Runyan brings to life the efforts and sacrifices these women made to help bring the “Great War” to a conclusion.