Tuesday, September 17, 2019

TCL’s Countdown Questions #16: Author Mary Doria Russell.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL’s Countdown Questions.

This week I’m featuring author Mary Doria Russell


Friday, September 13, 2019

Saving a Whole World


Book Review for "The Last Train to London" by Meg Waite Clayton

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #15: Author Roz Morris.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week I’m featuring author, editor, speaker, writing coach, ghost-writer, (and my friend)Roz Morris.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

#6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.


#6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.

From “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles to “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine.


Friday, September 6, 2019

A Good Ghost

Book Review for "Signed, Mata Hari" by Yannick Murphy

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

TCL’s Countdown Questions #14: Author Jane Healey.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/09/03/tcls-countdown-questions-14-author-jane-healey/

An Alternative Author Interview:


TCL’s Countdown Questions.


This week I’m featuring author Jane Healey.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Three for the Price of One!

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/09/01/three-for-the-price-of-one/

Book Review for "The Lady and the Highwayman" by Sarah M. Eden


Friday, August 30, 2019

TCL joins the 2019 It's So Classic Blog Party

It's So Classic

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/08/30/tcl-joins-the-2019-its-so-classic-blog-party/

This is a yearly blog party that takes place during the month of August, with 10 questions about reading classic novels.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #13: Author Crystal King.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week I’m featuring authorCrystal King.

Friday, August 23, 2019

But That is Not My Point.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/08/23/but-that-is-not-my-point/

Book Review for “Klotsvog” by Margarita Khemlin (Translated by Lisa C. Hayden).

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #12: Author Andrea Bobotis.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week I’m featuring author Andrea Bobotis.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Delicious Phoenix.

Book review for "The Chocolate Maker's Wife" by Karen Brooks.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #11: Authors Heather Webb & Hazel Gaynor.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring authors 

Heather Webb & Hazel Gaynor.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #10 - Author Kate Quinn

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/08/06/tcls-countdown-questions-10-author-kate-quinn/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring author Kate Quinn.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Price of Copper.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/08/02/the-price-of-copper/



Book Review for "The Women of the Copper Country" by Mary Doria Russell.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #9 - Author Mary Glickman

http://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/07/30/tcls-countdown-questions-9-author-mary-glickman/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring author Mary Glickman.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Travels With Light.




Book Review for "Keeping Lucy" by T. Greenwood


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #8 - Author and Poet Kathleen Rooney

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/07/23/tcls-countdown-questions-8-author-and-poet-kathleen-rooney/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring author and poet Kathleen Rooney.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

TCL's 2019 Summer Bucket List Book Tag

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/07/21/tcls-2019-summer-bucket-list-book-tag/

In this post, I give a list of books that fit into 10 summer topics!

Friday, July 19, 2019

War with Doughnuts and Coffee.




Book Review for "The Beantown Girls" by Jane Healey


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #7: Author Alma Alexander.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/07/16/tcls-countdown-questions-7-author-alma-alexander/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring the fantasy author (and my friend) Alma Alexander.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Heaven Scent.

Book Review for "Meet me in Monaco" by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #6: Author Joanne Harris!

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/07/09/tcls-countdown-questions-6-author-joanne-harris/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

This week featuring the author of "Chocolat" and many other amazing novels, Joanne Harris!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

An Almost Famous Woman


Book Review for "The Secret Life of Mrs. London" by Rebecca Rosenberg.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TCL’s Countdown Questions #5: Author Jane Davis.

An Alternative Author Interview

TCL’s Countdown Questions



This week, I’d like to introduce you to the award-winning author Jane Davis. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Family Inventory


Book Review for "The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt" by Andrea Bobotis.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

TCL’s Countdown Questions #4: Author and Poet Paula Light.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/06/18/tcls-countdown-questions-4-author-and-poet-paula-light/

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Burning in Barbados




Book Review for "The Summer Country by Lauren Willig.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for June 11, 2019: Unpopular Bookish Opinions.





Friday, June 7, 2019

The Diamond and the Rough


Book Review for "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #3: Author Jacey Bedford.


TCL's Countdown Questions #3: Author Jacey Bedford.

An Alternative Author Interview:

TCL's Countdown Questions.





Saturday, June 1, 2019

#6Degrees of Separation for June 1, 2019

This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best.

https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/06/01/6degrees-of-separation-for-june-1-2019/

This month I go from “Murmur” by Will Eaves to “A Contract with God” by Will Eisner.


Friday, May 31, 2019

The Tempers of Historic Toronto.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #2: Author Rabbi Ilene Schneider.




Friday, May 24, 2019

Puttin' on the... Resistance!

Book Review for “Mistress of the Ritz” by Melanie Benjamin.





Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TCL's Countdown Questions #1: Author Melanie Benjamin



Starting with author Melanie Benjamin!




 

Friday, May 17, 2019

First Impression Friday for May 17, 2019


 
First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.






Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Poetically Explosive Story


https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/05/11/a-poetically-explosive-story/

Book Review for “My Counterfeit Self” by Jane Davis



Lucy Forrester is a poet. That means by definition that she uses her words to express all the emotions she’s feeling, be they personal or be they political. In fact, she’s something of a rebel, but one with a cause she’s not willing to give up; the threat of the nuclear armament policies, in her own country of England as well as across the globe. The problem with Lucy is that if she’s going to use her poems to get her message across, she needs an audience, and one that is as wide as possible. However, Lucy isn’t one for fame, in fact, she’d rather be shamed than honored for her works. This dilemma is one she’s struggled with her whole life, and now that she’s getting older, she wonders if what she’s been showing the public is who she really is, or instead is a persona that she’s carved out to promote her cause.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fatherhood and its Flaws.

Book Review for “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” by Fredrik Backman.


As a change of pace for Backman, this is not a book of fiction, but rather a type of memoir, which is also something that could be considered an advice book. The publisher calls this a collection of “personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.” But whatever you call it, my regular readers will know by now that I’ve been a fan of Backman’s work since I read his first translated novel, “A Man Called Ove” and he’s been on my “Top Five” lists every year since then, often grabbing the #1 spot. Since then, Backman’s publicist has come to know me, and I’m on her list of bloggers that gets first crack at his work, and I totally adore her for it! I actually wrote to her asking about his next novel, but apparently that’s not quite ready yet, so she offered me this book. 



Saturday, May 4, 2019

#6Degrees - Six Degrees of Separation for May 4 2019

From “The Dry” to “What Girls are Good For.”

This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at  Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain. The rules are here in this graphic:


This month (May 4, 2019), the chain begins with Jane Harper’s best-selling debut novel, The Dry.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Conundrum of the Phenomenon.

Book Review for “The Girl Puzzle: A Story of Nellie Bly” by Kate Braithwaite.

This new historical, biographical fiction novel is about Elizabeth Cochrane, the investigative journalist of the late 19th century and early 20th century, who was better known as Nellie Bly. Apparently, Bly is a hot topic at the moment, since this is now the third novel that I’ve read that touches on Bly’s famous experience. The first was David Blixt’s novel of Bly’s earliest parts of her career, and the other one was Greer Macallister’s “Woman 99” where the main character is inspired by Bly’s story, and enters an asylum in order to save her sister who was committed to the institution. Thankfully, through intense, and compelling prose Braithwaite has given us a slightly different take on Bly and her life, as she portrays this woman not only as the true phenomenon that she was, but also as something of a conundrum.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos of Female Fighters.

Book Review for “Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli Army” by Debbie Zimelman.



Yes, this is a photography book, and yes, I've never reviewed one of these before. But you see... Debbie is a personal friend of mine. We were work colleagues for a while many years ago, just when she started to believe in herself as a photographer. I was sorry to see her leave, but glad she did so to follow her dream. Of course, like many photographers, there is always the need to work commercially to make ends meet, while pursuing their artistic dreams. I hope that I was able to encourage her at least a little bit on her journey by hiring her to photograph some of my family events. So, for me to see her publish a book of her photography was exciting for me personally. That she decided to make this about women in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was heartwarming. It made me think of my own daughter’s army service, although she wasn’t a combat soldier. I remember that when my daughter was born, I dreamt that she would become a fighter pilot someday. That didn’t happen, but I’m still very proud of her service (as I am of my two sons’ service, as well). But hey! I’m supposed to be reviewing this book, not taking walks down memory lane, so here goes nothing! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for April 23, 2019 - My first 10 Book Reviews!

Sorry... 

Blogger didn't post this when I scheduled it for!




Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:
  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Going for the Second Chances

Book Review of “Old Baggage” by Lissa Evans.



It is 1928, and Matilda (aka Mattie) Simpkin is living with her old friend from her Women's Suffrage Campaign days, Florrie Lee (lovingly known as “The Flea”), and still giving lectures on the suffragette movement, and why it is still important. Yes, it has been 10 years since some women were given the vote, and soon all women will receive this right; but it still feels like their work with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) is not yet done. When an old friend shows up after a long stay in Australia, spouting that the WSPU is dead, and the real future belongs to – believe it or not – fascism, Mattie realizes that the only way to keep up what she started back before the Great War, is to get them while they’re young, and of course, to start with girls!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Literary Musings: Biographical, Historical Fiction.

A New Trend or an Old Friend?


One of my friends, Barbara Probst, who is a member of the Facebook group In Literary Love with me, recently put up a post on that page asking the following question of the group:

“What does everyone think about this new hybrid genre that's a cross between fiction and biography—the novelization of a real person's life? Recent examples are "The Age of Light" (a novelized version of the life of Lee Miller) and "The Only Woman in the Room") (a novelized version of the life of Hedy Lamar), but there are tons of others out there! I think it started 20 years ago when "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was published, but seems to be everywhere now! Just curious about whether people like this kind of book or prefer "true" fiction?”

Friday, March 29, 2019

Some Like it... with Ghosts!

Book Review of “The Beautiful Strangers” by Camille Di Maio.

There are actually two women named Kate Morgan. One of them is a ghost haunting at the famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, since her death in 1892. The other one is a young girl who is stuck working in her family’s fish and chip shop in San Francisco in 1958. But when the young Kate is urged by her grandfather to take a job on a movie set located at that hotel so she can chase her dreams as well as find his illusive “beautiful stranger” she jumps at the chance, even though she knows her grandfather is suffering from dementia.