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October 14, 2017

3 Books for Fans of Women's Fiction

by Susan Roberts


Women's fiction is defined as books from contemporary to historical, commercial to literary, with romance or without, as long as the story’s focus is on the main character’s emotional journey.  Another phrase that is sometimes used to describe these types of novels is 'chick lit'. Do you prefer one phrase over another?  Personally, I like Women's Fiction because I think it better describes the type of book you'll be reading.  Regardless of what you call the genre, there have been many good books in this category to read this year.  Here are a few tht I have recently read.

October 13, 2017

Review: Beautiful Hero by Jennifer Lau

by Donna Huber

This is an awesome story of survival. If you enjoy world literature, historical stories, or memoirs, then Beautiful Hero is a definite must-read.

October 12, 2017

Review: Planet Grim by Alex Behr

by MK French

This is a collection of twenty-eight short stories, and Alex Behr's writing style is fairly eclectic. This gives some of the stories an unfinished feel as if there's no real purpose to the story other than to listen to the narrator speak. We're getting snapshots of uncomfortable moments in unpleasant people's lives, which feels very unsettling while reading. There's a distance between the reader and the characters, even if we're shown their intimate thoughts and actions. Characters are sometimes never named or are framed in odd terms.

October 11, 2017

The Hope Store by Dwight Okita: #BookReview

by Alison DeLuca
cover of The Hope Store by Dwight Okita

The Hope Store
is another wonderful title from Dwight Okita. He's the author of The Prospect of My Arrival, one of my favorite soft-science fiction novels. Hope Store also showcases the spare, poetic prose I've come to expect from this author. Dwight is a poet and artist as well as a novelist, and these artistic sensibilities show in his books.

October 10, 2017

Review: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

by Susan Roberts



I have read all of Wiley Cash's books and I while I definitely enjoyed the first two, The Last Ballad, his third book, is definitely my favorite. The writing is so beautiful that I read the book slowly so I could savor his words. I felt like I was part of the action and could clearly see the scenes he set in this novel. The characters were so well done that I felt their pain as they worked to bring better pay and working conditions into the NC textile mills. This is a must-read book about an early history of not only the labor movement but also the women's and civil rights movements in our country.

October 9, 2017

Donna's Reading Update

by Donna Huber
Rainy Day Reading



Fall television has started and my reading time is being usurped by a few new shows. Poldark is back! I'm enjoying The Brave so far. I'm also trying out SEAL Team since I love David Boreanaz, but I think I like The Brave a bit more. Another new show I'm trying out is The Good Doctor. I like the concept, but it just isn't clicking with me. I don't really care for any of the characters. Even with all the television shows, I still finished up my books from last week and started a few new ones.

Review: Berserker by Emmy Laybourne #MondayBlogs

by MK French

The Nyette are gifts handed down within the bloodline that can manifest in different ways. Hanne's gift is that of a berserker: she is driven to protect those that she loves, even to the point of killing enemies. As a result of this trait, her mother left the family years ago, she and her siblings lost their father, her brother is blamed for a crime he didn't commit, and now have to leave Norway for America. They're followed by those interested in the Nyette, and are led through the wilderness by Owen, their guide through the Montana wilderness to find the uncle that had left Norway years ago.

October 8, 2017

A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light

by Susan Roberts
English: Eiffel Tower as seen from rue de Mont...
English: Eiffel Tower as seen from rue de Monttessuy in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Paris All Your Own is edited by Eleanor Brown and includes contributions from Michelle Gable, Jennifer Coburn, Cathy Kelly, Julie Powell, Lauren Willig, Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, Meg Waite Clayton, J. Courtney Sullivan, Ellen Sussman, Susan Vreeland, Megan Crane, Paula McLain, Jennifer L. Scott, Cara Black, and M.J. Rose

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