Thursday 13: Thirteen Books

I just noticed a Facebook Memory from 2010. It was a “Thursday 13,” a meme that asks participants to make a list of thirteen things on Thursdays. I chose that day, eleven years ago today, to compile a list of the last thirteen books I’d read. (I specified then that I was not including booksContinue reading “Thursday 13: Thirteen Books”

Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites

Happy New Year! I mentioned a few days ago that I completed my 2020 Reading Challenge on the Goodreads website. I’d set my goal at 130 books read during the year, and I reached that goal, with just a few days left in the year. I may still finish another book today, so the numberContinue reading “Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites”

Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW

A friend recently read Gone With the Wind for the first time and was shocked by the racism. While I totally agree with everything she said about GWTW, I admit that I’ve always liked the book despite the fact that it’s racist propaganda. Of course it is. But I think of it as an interestingContinue reading “Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW”

Book Review: Outlander

When I first read this book, years ago, I loved it. It’s filled with interesting, complex characters and raw, sometimes gut-wrenching emotion. OK, it may be a bit “trashy” at times, but it’s a fun read. The 18th-century Scottish (and French) setting is fascinating and feels authentic. Many of the plot twists turn normal genreContinue reading “Book Review: Outlander”

The Library Book

Tonight my book club is discussing The Library Book, by Susan Orlean. It’s a fascinating account of a fire that devastated the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, destroying a million or so books. The describes the fire in breathtaking prose, and then recounts the author’s investigation into its causes. TheContinue reading “The Library Book”