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It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!

May 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of The Book Stop.  This kind of caught me by surprise, even though a year ago I was thinking what I might do to mark the big ten. What can I say, life is a little strange right…

My April Reading Wrap-up

How was your April?  This month moved a lot quicker than March — life at home is feeling more normal.  I guess I like having a routine, and we’ve been keeping virtually busy, actually (online wine tasting, book clubs, zooming with family).  Our cat,…

My March Reading Wrap-up

How is everyone? This was a strange and terrifying month, one that seems to have lasted forever.  Which is scary in itself, because we have at least a couple of months of this ahead.  There are things I’m liking about staying home.  In some…

Staying In, Week One

I started teleworking last Friday, and like many of you I’ll be home for the foreseeable future.  I’m bouncing back and forth between serious anxiety about the virus and reminding myself how much I have to be grateful for.  I’m fortunate that my work…

Nonfiction November: Books about the U.S. Immigration System

This week’s Nonfiction November topic is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, and the subject is to talk about nonfiction books on a specific topic (“Be the Expert/Ask the Experts/Become the Expert”).  I’ve been reading a lot this year about immigration, because it’s such…

My July Reading Wrap-up

July was a fantastic reading month, much better than June.  Here’s what I read: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (audio) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (audio) The Calculating Stars…

Our Travels in South America

Last month my husband and I traveled to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.  Instead of writing book reviews, which I’m not really feeling at the moment, I thought I’d share our trip instead (this also gives me an opportunity to weed through our many photos)….

Review: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

This book about a series of murders on the Osage reservation in the 1920’s was incredibly powerful.  At first you may wonder why this particular murder of a woman in Oklahoma matters.  And by the end of the book (as in Just Mercy) you…

Feeling slumpish…

I’ve been distracted lately.  Instead of writing reviews, I sit down at my computer and read The Mary Sue, or update my Goodreads lists, or obsessively check my hold lists on Overdrive.  These are things that should take a few minutes, but somehow keep…

My January Reading Wrap-Up

January was a pretty quiet month, with lots of time for reading.  I spent a lot of time working on one of my blogging resolutions, which is to learn how to improve the look of my blog.  I signed up for PicMonkey, changed my…

Favorite Books of 2017

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Best Books of 2017.  I know I’m a big geek, but I love making end-of-year Best-Of lists.  Here are my favorite books read this year; they may not have been published this…

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart

I love this series, which is about a real-life woman in the 1910’s who was one of the first female deputy sheriffs.  Amy Stewart builds the novels in this series around actual people and events and she ends each one with a description of…

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