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.