5/5⭐️ complex characters, a murder, an innocent man sent to prison for a crime he didn‘t commit, mistakes that cost lives and the survivor‘s guilt and trauma in the aftermath...and the most important mystery of all-where is Champlain, the Father of Quebec, buried? Three mysteries, all linked together in one book.
Current read and it has pulled me in. A real-life whodunit in the early 1900s in rural Iowa and the wife, on trial for the murder of her husband, may be judged more on her personality and her failure to uphold the feminine ideal than on the evidence.
This is a fun book to read. It is a collection of short essays on books, reading, and the quirks, problems, satisfaction of a reading life. Recommend 4 🌟/5
Based on a true story. A mother claims her daughter‘s ghost reveals her murder and murderer and the man is convicted. But then McCrumb puts a twist at the end that I didn‘t see coming, but totally works. 4🌟/5
A structural fire opens the book, but fire in this novel, I think, refers to the fire within. Some are consumed by it, some must keep it in check lest it burn fast and hot and consume lives built on dry fuel. But for many of the characters in this novel, life squelches that fire, leaving hollowed out shelves going through life‘s motions. 4🔥🔥🔥🔥/5 (Morning glories aren‘t in the book, but are thriving on my porch 🙂)
Started this one. Problem? I started this because of the TV show Shetland and so far, while I read the show plays in my head. So, I‘m guessing the ending isn‘t going to be a surprise. 😜🤣
I‘m hooked on this series. Is it possible to be frightened to death or was it murder? Or terror the murder weapon? This Chief Inspector Armand Gamache dilemma. He also must contend with savage lies published about his family; revenge for doing the right thing in a much earlier case. 4/5 🌟
This was a fun read. Just what I needed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5. Also, one book down on my #TBR stack.
Next up in my efforts to read down my TBR piles. Who else has read this?
🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Overall, I liked this book, even though at times it was more about Rose Wilder Lane than Laura. A lot I knew, but I also learned much about the author that caused me to fall in love with reading.
Christmas break and I‘m hitting the TBR piles-physical and electronic. 📚This is one of the books I‘m reading and I am fascinated/horrified (mainly at her upbringing by highly dysfunctional parents), / repulsed by this book, which means it is difficult to put down. 🙂
So I am only 13 minutes into this audiobook, but oy. I'm already confused. So #Littens who have listened to this book, what was your listening experience?
Finally finished this book. It was a bit long (I sped up the last few chapters to get done) and a little overly dramatic in spots, but I'm glad I listened to it. It is a fictionalized account of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson's life and what a life it was, according to this novel. Fled the British as a young girl, lost her mother at a young age, spent years in Paris, bad marriage, loyal to Virginia while hating the slavery Monticello depended on & more
5/5 ⭐️ A motherless girl with a mind of her own and a refusal to conform to the expected roles of women, no matter how hard her cruel stepmother tries to break Vasilisa's spirit. The girl grows up listening to the tales of her nurse-tales about the fantastical creatures of the Russian wilderness -Upyrs, the river-king, polevik, bolotnik, chyerti, domovi, banning, vazila, rusalka and Morozko, the Frost-King. What's not to like?
Latest eclectic book haul.
First book in Flower's new cozy mystery series. I'm not a cozy mystery fan, but I enjoy Flower's books. Chocolatier Bailey King returns to Harvest, Ohio, when her grandfather's health declines. While there, she finds the body of a developer in the kitchen of her Amish grandparents' candy shop. Bailey takes it upon herself to clear her name, but the candy cutting knife imbedded in the victim's chest is Bailey's. 4/5 stars.
5/5 This book is hard to read b/c of the pain flowing through the pages. This book is also hard to put down b/c of the humor, pain, & honesty flowing through the pages. Alexie's most recent book is about the difficult relationship Alexie and his mother had and now the difficult work of grieving her passing. He works through his grief using narrative and poetry, and he also address losses of friends, health, & pain throughout his family history
A friend got me hooked on this series. Quirke is an alcoholic pathologist in 1920s Dublin. This is #3 in the series, & Quirke's knack for getting involved in bizarre cases usually involving the rich and powerful. Throw in a dysfunctional adoptive family-Quirke's childhood is shrouded in mystery-& a "keep 'em guessing to the end" series is born. ????/5
Current reading this and I #blamelitsy 🙂. Having fun reading it and love the cover. 😍
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. The ending. Oh, the ending. 😳😱The choices the main character must make, the positions he's put in 😱, and how his priorities shift makes this a book difficult put down until it is done and the ending makes me pause and wonder if I would have made the same choice. My answer? Most likely. Does it make me an evil person? I don't know & that answer forces me to acknowledge the darker self I wanted to believe didn't exist. 😕😒🙂👍🏻
This was a fun read. Henry is an artist too afraid to show anyone his art. In the safety of his room, his imagination runs wild & he creates beautiful things, like the Chalk dragon on the back of his door. But at school, his imagination wants to draw bunnies like no other, & he gets in trouble. He's also had a terrible falling out w/ his best friend. One day, the Chalk dragon escapes from his door & only art & friends can save the school.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 I think this is going to be one of my favorite books. Definitely going on my keeper shelf.