The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives [Read More...]

“Now that I found Happy Catholic Bookshelf yesterday, I am spending time there to reduce stress.”

It was at our Catholic women’s book club. I just finished saying that I wasn’t reading the news much because it made me so stressed. A pal casually tossed in the statement above. I looked at her and said, “Oh, thank you!” She looked at me in obvious surprise. I said, “That’s my blog, you [Read More...]

The Moonstone

Amazon had a sale a couple of weeks ago, a bunch of books for $0.99. Five of them were classics published by Oxford World’s Classics, i.e., by Oxford University Press; and I figured that at $0.99 it was worth grabbing them just for the chance that the production would be better than the average low-price [Read More...]

An Enchanting New “Classic” Fairy Story: The Hidden Princess by Stephanie Angelini

The Hidden Princess by Stephanie Angelini My rating: 5 of 5 stars A thousand days walk from here, all made in lefts, there was some time ago a young kingdom and a younger King. Even the mountains of the kingdom were young — sharp and callow and reaching, with a forest thick and thieves and [Read More...]

The Egg and I

Simcha Fisher back in May posted an article on LOL Books and mentioned this book. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald.  One of my favorite memoirs.  A lovestruck newlywed follows her husband to the largely unspoiled wilderness of Washington State, where they carve out a homestead and raise chickens, with backbreaking labor from dawn [Read More...]

The Real

Being that I am constantly buying books I also always look for deals.  One site I follow keeps up on sales at the Amazon store and posts a large list of free books each day.  Obviously among these books there is a lot of chaff and sometimes hard to tell what is any good or [Read More...]

The Killer Angels

I am not a Civil War buff. I’m a history buff, but not a Civil War buff. I know the general outlines of the war, and how the Union generals in the East were a sorry bunch for much of the war, and like that; but I confess I haven’t studied it. Consequently, I’d never [Read More...]

Well, Howdy!

Julie introduced me a couple of posts back, but I thought I should say a few words. I’ve been reviewing books on the web since December of 1996, back when the competition was considerably less fierce.  The pond was really small. Once upon a time I had the #1 Alexandre Dumas page on the entire [Read More...]

The Dark Tower Series

Having just finished the Dark Tower series by Stephen King I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts about it while they are fresh in mind. First off I am glad I waited to read the series after the series ended. The main part of the series the first seven books were released over [Read More...]

Expanding our blogging base from coast to coast … please welcome Will Duquette.

Will Duquette blogs at The View From the Foothills where he can look out over Los Angeles from the idyllic spot he calls home. I have long enjoyed reading his reviews and am very happy to welcome him to the Bookshelf … where he can tell us if real men do read Jane Eyre (although [Read More...]


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