Musings of a Bookstore Browser

Musings of a Bookstore Browser

While traveling through Southern California and into Arizona I’ve been fortunate to find a couple of uniquely fabulous indie bookstores to haunt along the way.  It all started when I stumbled across Upstart Crow in the Seaport Village of San Diego.  We were walking around the shops searching for Tommy Bahama shirts when there appears like a vision before my very eyes, a most wonderful bookstore and coffee shop.  I sent my sweetheart off in search of his shirts {say that three times} while I wandered the nooks and crannies of the store {and enjoyed a caramel macchiato that rivaled the best Starbucks coffee}.  There were probably upwards of 25 people who came and went during my brief interlude in this bookish heaven.  The coffee shop definitely stayed busy and it appeared that more walk-thru traffic was there for the yummy coffee and baked goods as opposed to the selection… Read more »

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Bout of Books 11 – And We’re Off!

Bout of Books 11 – And We’re Off!

Although I’m a wee bit late to the party I’m excited to be participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon this week!  I spent the morning in Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona {a most awesome experience} and loaded up on a few titles to read: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer Committed: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert {a signed copy nonetheless!} Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis {so I can participate in Jamie’s online discussion for her Inklings Series} The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker {I’ve been wanting to read this one ever since it came out so coming across a used copy in Changing Hands was certainly fortuitous this week!} The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; Illustrator Oliver Jeffers {ever since reading Rhapsody in Books’ review I’ve been anxious to get this one for The Little Monkey!  Can’t… Read more »

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Dark and Twisted is The Never List {A Book Review}

Dark and Twisted is The Never List {A Book Review}

  The Never List is the only book I brought with me to the beach thinking it might take me a few to complete.  No such luck.  The first time I picked up The Never List I did not put it down til I was completely through – and that includes during the walk across the road from the beach!  Thank goodness for traffic lights and car horns But. While it is one of those novels that reads very quickly The Never List does have a few meh and huh moments {technical review terms I know!}  A pair of high school best friends are in a car accident that changes both of their lives.  Afterward, to gain a semblance of control over their lives they create a list of things to never ever do – like never go to the library in the dark alone, never park too far away… Read more »

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Book Review: Marina

Book Review: Marina

  Carlos Ruiz Zafon has been in my shortlist of favorites ever since I read Shadow of the Wind.  Ahhh, what an experience reading that book – I don’t believe I came up for breath, food nor water until the last line.  Zafon has such a gift of making his home of Barcelona sound so incredibly atmospheric.   Marina did not disappoint. In the forward of Marina, Zafon explains that while this book was written before Shadow of the Wind, {published in Spain 1999} Marina is one of his favorites.  It is the story of Oscar Drai, a fifteen year old lad attending boarding school in Barcelona.  A chance meeting with the beautiful enigmatic Marina changes Oscar’s life forever and leads to his disappearance from his boarding school for seven days.  Marina is just a bit older than Oscar and lives with her father, Herman, in a crumbling mansion down… Read more »

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Book Review:  One Plus One

Book Review: One Plus One

  After enjoying The Last Letter to Your Lover and Me Before You my expectations for One Plus One were moderate.   Little did I know that I would be blown away by One Plus One, left crying for the last 1/3 of the book, and then closing the last page with a sigh of deep satisfaction.  Jojo Moyes is getting better and better.  Her novels are not formulaic making Moyes truly an author to follow. In One Plus One, Jess is a single mother to math whiz Tanzie and her goth teenage step-son Nicky.  Her ex-husband has gone home to his Mommy leaving Jess caring for and single-handedly supporting their daughter and his son.  Jess works two jobs just to make ends meet.  Tanzie is offered an unprecedented scholarship to an elite boarding school but Jess cannot afford the measly 10% she would have to kick in unless Tanzie… Read more »

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