It’s a start!

My new book club met last night. We had 3 people there! Me, Janae, and her little girl. Her daughter did read the book and actually had a few things to say, so that was OK. But it wasn’t the start I hoped for. We read A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. It’s actually a MG book, but if you are into historical fiction you should give it a quick read. It’s about the Berlin Wall and a girl whose family was divided when the wall went up practically overnight. I really liked it.

We also picked books for the next two months, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton and Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Have any of you read them? What do you think? I sure hope the next meeting is bigger than this one!


Reviews to come!

I’ve gotten a little behind on my reviews. Sorry about that! I’ve still been reading lots, but sometimes I just don’t know where to start with a review because I have so much to say. Instead, I just put that one aside until later.

I need some help! Tell me which one to review next and I’ll get onto that one:

Conspiracy and Blood & Betrayal, both by Lindsay Buroker – both steampunk

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – fantasy

Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson – fantasy-ish

Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by Simon Petrie – mystery/sci-fi

Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis – non-fiction

The Innocent Flower by Charlotte Armstrong – mystery

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg – YA fantasy

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen – MG historical fiction


If no one votes, I’ll probably review the Simon Petrie book next. Now maybe I need some help on what to read next! My review pile is mounting up and I’m getting kinda stressed about it.

New Book Club

I’m so excited! I decided to start a neighborhood book club! We haven’t met yet; our first meeting is the 24th, but there’s plenty of interest. I picked a short book for this first month, since we don’t have a lot of time, but it was a good one – A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’ve been hearing a lot about it. It was more MG that YA, which I didn’t expect, but it was still a very good, very suspenseful read. It’s about a girl living in Berlin when the wall goes up and her efforts to get in touch with family trapped on the other side. I think everyone will enjoy it.

What about you? Do you belong to any book clubs, IRL or online? What kind of stuff do you read? How did you meet? I’d love to know all about it.

Spring Reading

I’ve been reading several books but haven’t finished any in a couple of days. I’m listening to Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, which is a reread.  The recording is a full cast production, and I’m enjoying it. That makes it a little more fun, I think.  I’m also reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I took it to the doctor’s with me today and got quite a bit read, but I’m still only about halfway through. If you haven’t tried this author, I recommend him. I’ve also read his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which is a movie now starring Chris Hemsworth. I’ve added the movie to my Watch List, but I haven’t seen it yet.

I’m also trying to get back into writing. I worked on my short story and submitted it to another contest, so wish me luck there. If I don’t hear anything back there, I’ll post it here so you can all read it. What I really need to do is get back to my book, but I can’t seem to make myself get started.

My writer’s group invited YA author Jennifer A. Nielsen to speak. She wrote the False Prince trilogy and A Night Divided, which is getting a lot of buzz lately. (It’s also only $2.99 right now for Kindle.) Anyway, she did a Q&A afterward. I asked her about rewriting, if she had any tips to make it easier, since that’s where I’m stuck right now. Her advice was that most writers neglect this step and quit revising before they should. She said her trick for making it less painful was to look for one specific thing on each rewrite, like dialogue, or description, or POV. That way it doesn’t get overwhelming and take forever. I liked that so much that I’m going to try it with my thriller.

Hope you are all enjoying spring (or autumn, as the case may be). We’re still very sad over Spooky’s loss over here, but we know we did the right thing. Take care and happy reading!