A Coming-of-Age Novel Grappling with Death & Faith & “the awful grace of God”

A Coming-of-Age Novel Grappling with Death & Faith & “the awful grace of God”

  This is a book I’ve been trying to get to for over a year and finally finished it on the plane to Virginia.  Let me preface by saying if you get embarrassed easily sobbing on planes then this is not the book to read in public! Twelve-year old Frank and his younger brother, Jake, are on the cusp of adolescence in the summer of 1961 New Bremen, Minnesota.  Their adored older sister, Ariel, just finished her last year of high school and is preparing to enter Julliard in the Fall.  Their father is a much-loved Methodist minister who was going to be a hotshot lawyer until the war changed him.  Their mother married the hotshot attorney but ended up as a minister’s wife, something she didn’t sign up for and did not relish. The summer begins and ends with death and the curiosity of the son of a well-informed minister has ample opportunity to do his own investigating.  The novel is about growing up, miracles and tragedies and how… Read more »

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Bloggiesta:  4 Must-Do Actions Before Hiring a Blog Designer Challenge + Giveaway

Bloggiesta: 4 Must-Do Actions Before Hiring a Blog Designer Challenge + Giveaway

      Ole Ole Bloggiesta participants!  And if you stumbled in here not knowing what a Bloggiesta is, welcome to you too!  It’s an opportunity in the book blogging world to clean up our blogs with tons of moral support, copious amounts of nachos and tremendous fun had by all! So you want to work with a designer?  To save you a bit of time, money and stress completing the tasks below will make your design experience seamless and pain free or at least immensely more productive. 1.  Know your audience. First and foremost you should know who you are writing to ~ this is key to understanding the vibe and design for your blog.  Are you reviewing romance novels or the classics? young adult or literary fiction? picture books or coffee table books?  It makes a big difference as to what colors and font you choose as to the reader you want to attract to your blog. Create a profile of your target reader.  Give her a name… Read more »

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A Novel Not to Be Missed by Anyone Concerned with the Consequences of War

A Novel Not to Be Missed by Anyone Concerned with the Consequences of War

  Sometimes a book comes along so devastating in breadth and yet so beautiful in its prose you feel as though you’ve been immersed in a dream-like state while reading ~ Island of a Thousand Mirrors delves into the lives of two girls born in Sri Lanka – Saraswathi born into the Tamils and Yasodhara born a Sinhala.  I’m ashamed to admit but I didn’t even know there was a civil war in Sri Lanka…wasn’t even aware of the 25 years of hell Sri Lankans endured from 1983 til as recent as May, 2009.  The beauty of reading a book like Island of a Thousand Mirrors is the astonishing facts you learn about the world. Nayomi Munaweera has written a fantastically lyrical novel of two girls on each side of the conflict and the direct consequences to each and her family.  There is no right or wrong bias written into the novel; there really is no deep philosophical debates about the hows and whys of the conflict which only adds… Read more »

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Readers Imbibing Peril – IX: A Bit Late to the Party but HERE!

Readers Imbibing Peril – IX: A Bit Late to the Party but HERE!

It’s my favorite time of year when weekends find us following our favorite football teams, the sun falling faster bringing cooler weather and darker nights and when Carl from StainlessSteelDroppings.com hosts R.I.P. challenge, now the 9th year in a row!  Y’all know I’m always up for a good mystery and thriller so having an entire community of book bloggers and fellow readers who are intent on hailing in the spooky season with some major peril only makes it all the better! So this year I will once again be participating in Peril the First in which I shall be reading and sharing at least four said spooky tales!  Now what deliciously wicked tales to choose from?  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far {including three picture books for The Little Monkey}! A Vampire is Coming to Dinner: 10 Rules to Follow by Pamela Jane, Illustrator Pedro Rodriguez The Runaway Mummy, a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex Bone Soup by Cambria Evans and for me ~ You by Caroline Kepnas… Read more »

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Confession time!  Yes, secrets are revealed here in this very post.  And with thanks to my dear sweet friend and fellow Inspy’s Advisory Board Member, Lydia from Overweight Bookshelf, you, Lovely Reader shall know all.   I will admit that it’s taken me a week to finally finish what I thought would be quick post – who knew talking about yourself could be so stressful! Still it’s always fun to learn more about our friends which is exactly what I tried to keep in mind while playing 20 questions!  So without further ado, I bareth my soul . . . Question 1: How tall are you?     5’1 & 1/2  otherwise known as short; however, I’m one of those short people who always liked being short. . .ensures I’ve always got a dance partner. Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?  I make a mean cat-head biscuit from scratch. Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?   Having to jump through hoops in order to… Read more »

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