Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Chocolate Lady's First Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop 

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Reading of Maggie O'Farrell's Novels

One of my favorite authors: Maggie O'Farrell

There are very few authors I find compelling enough to want to read every one of their books. One of those few is Maggie O'Farrell. I first discovered O'Farrell's work with her fourth novel, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. This intriguing book about an elderly ex-mental patient released to the care of her niece is somewhat of a mystery novel that includes elements of a coming-of-age story.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Paths of love and sorrow

An Undisturbed Peace by Mary Glickman

In 19th century America, as the government worked to disenfranchise the country's native tribes and push them off their lands, waves of immigrants came in their wake, hoping to make their dreams of freedom and prosperity into a reality. Mary Glickman's latest novel follows one such immigrant, a Jew, Abrahan Bento Sassaporta Naggar who leaves London, for the new world to work for his uncle as a traveling peddler. Through his travels, Abe encounters Marian, the beautiful Cherokee woman also known as Dark Water. While Abe falls for the mysterious Marian, she is still in love with the black man who was her parent's slave. This trio of personalities comes together on the backdrop of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which lead to the infamously shameful "Trail of Tears."

Saturday, January 9, 2016



Sourcebooks Launches Reader Voting Campaign to Grant Money to Community Bookstores

NAPERVILLE IL (January 8, 2016) — Independent publisher Sourcebooks announces the “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore” campaign, which will give grant money to three nominated bookstores. The “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore Campaign” is inspired by the phenomenal support booksellers have given The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, which was selected as the #1 Indie Next Great Read for January 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nothing Lost in Translation

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald

Long ago, there were people like Selma Lagerlöf and Astrid Lindgren. More recently, we have the likes of Stieg Larsson, Fredrik Backman, Jonas Jonasson, and Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, among many others. All of these people are Swedish authors whose works are increasingly popular, not only in their original Swedish, but perhaps even more so in their English translations. While this is hardly an exhaustive list, I think we should now add Katrina Bivald.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Nobel Introduction?

Vintage Munro - a collection of short stories by Alice Munro

In 2013, Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for Literature. What made this award unique was that it was the first time they gave it to an author who exclusively writes short stories. To honor this, Vintage books put out a revised collection of short stories, which includes the presentation speech by Professor Peter Englund. In that speech, he notes "… Alice Munro is often able to say more in thirty pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in three hundred," calling her "the master of the contemporary short story." That's high praise indeed, which isn't surprising for a Nobel Prize.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

My 2015 Reading Statistics

This past year has been an intense one - not because of my reading, but because of my "day job" and everyday life in general. So getting away from it all with books has been especially important for me. As I wait on a book tour to publish one of my reviews, and work on another, I noticed that a fellow blogger, Stuck in a Book, posted his 2015 reading statistics, which I liked so much, I stole it from him; so here goes my 2015 reading statistics.