Monthly Archives: December 2021

The Uses of Enchantment ~ by Bruno Bettelheim

I did not like this book one bit. It’s dated and I disagree with Bettelheim on so many things.  This is kind of a shame because it’s one of the books I’d never read, but always wanted to. It was … Continue reading

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Crying in H Mart ~ Michelle Zauner

I’m not sure but I really don’t get the hype on this one. My own mother passed away a couple months ago and Crying in H Mart had been on my wish list for several months. It got great reviews … Continue reading

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The Walkaway ~ by Scott Phillips

The Walkaway is both a prequel and a sequel to The Ice Harvest (my review), which I just finished a couple days ago and very much enjoyed. Yay!  Both books were on sale in one way or another so it … Continue reading

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Christmas Song Book Tag

Going through my mail I saw that carl batnag at Pine Scented Blog, one of the blogs I follow, did a very nice job chiming in on the Christmas Song Book Tag which he got from Words About Words but … Continue reading

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12 Strays of Christmas ~ by Jacqueline Frost

I hate it when I get suckered into reading a romance.  And this sounded so good.  (I think I might have a better Christmas read coming up and I’ve already finished two better ones so I’m not doing badly for … Continue reading

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The Ice Harvest ~ by Scott Philips

Onward with my Christmas “mysteries.”  The Ice Harvest was a freebie with my Premium membership at Audible.   It’s not a new book but, even as noir as it is, it got some excellent reviews back in 2000 and it’s … Continue reading

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Best in Snow ~ by David Rosenfelt

I’ve been reading the Christmas books in the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt for a few years now and very much enjoyed them.  I haven’t gone back to the beginning of the series because I’m just not that fond … Continue reading

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The Adventures of China Iron ~ by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

From https://citylights.com/staff-picks-archive/adventures-of-china-iron-tr-fiona-macin/“This subversive retelling of Argentina’s foundational gaucho epic Martín Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom. With humour and sophistication, Gabriela Cabezón … Continue reading

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Harlem Shuffle ~ by Colson Whitehead

I enjoyed Colson Whitehead’s two earlier novels, The Underground Railroad (2016), and The Nickel Boys (2019),  both of which won Pulitzer Awards.  So I was looking forward to Harlem Shuffle.  Too bad. I found it available at the library,  but when I … Continue reading

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1st to Die ~ by James Patterson

This is the first book in “The Women’s Mystery Club” series by James Patterson and co-authors.   The first book though was written by him alone.  For the record, these books are usually sexually graphic and excessively violent with what … Continue reading

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Wait for Me ~ by Deborah Devonshire

Deborah Devonshire was the youngest and last-surviving  of the Mitford sisters I read about in the book Sisters by Mary S. Lovett. That caused an interesting discussion on the All-nonfiction reading group so I pursued it a bit by delving … Continue reading

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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read all year – all decade? . It’s been in publication for 9 years and remains at numbers 1 and 2 on the New York Times and Washington Post Paperback Best … Continue reading

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