• Books,  Books Reviews,  Writing

    Best Books of 2016 Compilation

    Maybe 2016 was an all-out Dumpster Fire for you. Maybe it wasn’t. Either way, you probably missed some great books as the months sped by. I have compiled a resource list to help you choose your next book (a best book) before 2017 takes over and you have to keep up with those. I have broken them into some categories to make it easier to peruse. Perhaps you like Award winners. Committees form, discuss, celebrate a winner. Man Booker Award winners are usually great books for me because they are often quirky. However, they do not allow Americans to enter, so if you want an American experience, go instead with…

  • Books,  Books Reviews,  Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  poetry,  Writing

    Problem

    I hear the first step is to admit you have a problem. Therefore: I have a problem. See, it wasn’t my fault. I had to go to Charleston yesterday–not my fault–and we had a bunch of time to kill, so I said, all casual-like, “How about we go to this Used Bookstore?” And my friends were all like, “Cool.” BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW. We went to a coffee shop first, which was good. Who wants to be without caffeine in a bookstore? No one worth knowing, that’s who. So we went to Blue Bicycle Books–new and used. I peruse the shelves, putting down copy after copy of books I had…

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    The Siege Winter

       I like local bookstores. I used to work in local bookstores. One of the cool perks, of course, is getting grubby hands on the advanced reader copies ahead of everyone else. True, there may be a few mild copy errors, and the binding is not meant to last. Plus, there’s that bright red Uncorrected Proof – Not For Sale sticker.        I was at a local bookstore a month ago, and conveniently, two of our local bookstores are located within a block of each other, and I got to pick out an Advanced Readers copy from a small basket near the register.  I have a deep affection for…

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    Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

      [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00ADS36DM]Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen I found this book at a used bookstore (one of my favorites, maybe because I used to work there, and my dog got to work there, too), Eagle Eye Books in Decatur, GA.  Doug Robinson (bookstore owner, heavy reader, and all-around nice person) recommended it, so I took a look at that and a few others before I settled on Mrs. Poe.  I also happened to stumble into a group of friends wanting to start a book club, so this is our first selection.  Not only has it gotten excellent reader reviews on Amazon and GoodReads, it is seasonally appropriate with…

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