Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin SloanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars “[...] We keep a record for every member, and for every customer who might yet become a member, in order to track their work." He paused, then added, "Some of them are working very hard indeed.""What are they doing?""My boy," he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious: "They are reading.” Clay Jannon was lucky to find a job at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Times are hard and jobs are sca … [Read More...]

Children’s Books: Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister

Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllisterMy rating: 5 of 5 stars "Rescuing animals is only the start of it," said Mother Noah. She scooped up a handful of seeds and placed them carefully in her pocket. "If God wants to send a flood, it's very good of him to ask Noah to put the animals in a boat. But then what do you do with them?"[...]But however hard it [work] was, every day brought something good. On day ten the tigers realized that she was a friend and stopped trying to eat her. … [Read More...]


Great Summer Reads: The Book Thief

I read this book almost 18 months ago, and though I read it in the winter, it struck me then as a great summer read.My first reaction to it was something to the effect of: What a read! I LOVED IT!This book was wonderful, though in a “tough topics all around” sort of way. It’s set in Nazi Germany and has the most unexpected point-of-view: Death. Yes, the narrator is Death himself. But that makes it all the more interesting.It’s billed as YA, and I wouldn’t mind sharing it with the YA r … [Read More...]

Children’s Books: “The gospel according to… dog” by Peter D. Ward

The gospel according to... dog: 'the greatest story ever told'... by a dog by Peter D. WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars 'Come Lazarus!' I have never heard the Wisest One shout so loudly.'Come, Lazarus... come out to me!' again he shouted.The Great Ones [men] all looked at each other uneasily, the smell of fear coming off them as sharp as any skunk. But my ears were pinched back, and I heard what they could not hear: a wondrous thing, a little sigh as gentle as the breeze, and then a … [Read More...]

Review: Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith…

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a talented writer and one of her recent books is no exception. Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to LoveThese are three saints I knew a good amount about and so biography-wise I did not expect to learn much from this book. If this was all this book was about then it would have just been an nice introduction to these three saints. Where this book shines is where the author describes how she has … [Read More...]

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves of Steel by Isaac AsimovMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Like most people on the over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to help track down the killer. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the " R" stood for robot. I snagged a review audiobook … [Read More...]


Great Summer Reads: Do No Harm

I’m a biiiiig fan of novels. In fact, I’ve been known to reward myself with fiction after I’ve read some certain number of nonfiction books.I used to think that made me something of a slacker. I mean, surely the great theologians don’t read fluffy stories before bed. Of course the scholars are always immersed in heavy work. There can’t possibly be a use for my favorite kind of reading…can there?When I look to Jesus himself, though, I can’t help but wrinkle my brows again. He wasn’t exactl … [Read More...]

On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis MarkosMy rating: 5 of 5 stars We need the truth, but we also need to know how to live in and through and by that truth.What we need, in short, are stories. Louis Markos begins with the idea that in the past stories weren't only told for children's entertainment and instruction, but for that of adults as well. We've lost not only that idea but a lot of the time-honored values that we used to teach and … [Read More...]

Pilgrimage Reading: Grandma’s on the Camino by Mary Wyman

Grandma's on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Walking Pilgrimage to Santiago by Mary O'Hara WymanMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI included this in my "pilgrimage" reading although I'm planning to go to the Holy Land which is a quite different sort of pilgrimage.Mary Wyman has an entry for each day of her solo walk to Santiago. Each includes the daily postcard she sent to 4-year-old granddaughter Elena, a journal entry from that day, and a longer reflection from after the pilgrimage was … [Read More...]


Great Summer Reads: Bleeder

This is the sort of book that’s hard for me to review, because of the potential for spoilers.  So if I don’t say enough to suit you, let that be supporting evidence that you should read it for yourself.  :)I received a copy of this book for review, and I’ll admit that the title and the cover caught my eye when I opened the package.  Sometimes, when I start reading review copies of books, I find myself wondering if the “payment” of a free book is worth the price of giving up some control o … [Read More...]