The Edible Reader: Thoughts on Food and Fiction (and a recipe!)

I've been thinking about writing this post for quite some time (I've had that title saved for quite a while), and what better time than just after I've done a bit of book inspired comfort baking on this self-isolation Saturday?  More about that, and the recipe I cobbled together, later. Whenever I read a book that … Continue reading The Edible Reader: Thoughts on Food and Fiction (and a recipe!)

Thinking About Library E-Book Etiquette in the middle of the night…now with Bonus Tips!

With the growing number of library closures, more people may be accessing their library's online resources, possibly for the first time.  A small, positive effect of devastating times and the current call for social distancing.  E-books are a virus free alternative to physical library books (wondering just how many days it has been since someone … Continue reading Thinking About Library E-Book Etiquette in the middle of the night…now with Bonus Tips!

Ode to Mr. Nutbrown: Thoughts On Secondary Characters

Over the past year or so I've spent some time pondering and reminiscing about books whose secondary characters I've adored.  My conclusion?  Some of the most memorable characters are not necessarily the leads. Take, for instance, a short-lived television sitcom that I loved watching during it's single season in the early 1980's.  Best of the … Continue reading Ode to Mr. Nutbrown: Thoughts On Secondary Characters

First Line Friday, Book Love for Australia Edition: Walkabout

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. This is the Book Love for Australia edition of First Line Friday,  featuring "a book set within the country or authored by an Aussie to show support for those affected by the brushfires."   Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (though actually a collaboration between Marshall, an Australian, … Continue reading First Line Friday, Book Love for Australia Edition: Walkabout

First Line Friday: Volition

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. I've recently been wishing that I could find a futuristic mail-order bride story.  Aliens optional, but welcome.  So I've been combing (okay, touching and swiping) through my library's sci-fi ebook offerings in search of some elusive magic combination and sampling indiscriminately only to conclude that what … Continue reading First Line Friday: Volition

Picture Book Spotlight: Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana (with a video preview!)

This post contains affiliate links.  See sidebar for full disclosure. If you ask me what my favorite childhood picture book was, I will answer Where the Wild Things Are.  And as much as I enjoy sharing Maurice Sendak's classic with my nieces and nephews, and now my great nieces and nephews, some of them find it … Continue reading Picture Book Spotlight: Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana (with a video preview!)

First Line Friday: The Mermaid’s Sister and The Gold-Son

This post includes affiliate links, please see sidebar for disclosure. Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Back in 2015 I described Carrie Anne Noble's debut Young Adult fantasy/historical fiction novel, The Mermaid's Sister, as lying "somewhere in the realm of folklore and fairy tale."  I suspect her second novel, The Gold-Son, will inhabit … Continue reading First Line Friday: The Mermaid’s Sister and The Gold-Son