Kindle Free Book Finding Guide

For those who, like my sister, got a Kindle Fire or just plain Kindle for Christmas. Check it out here. [Read more...]

Better Book Title: The Gift of the Magi

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O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi Redesign and titles by Dan Wilbur at Better Book Titles (Language warning for some titles at the site) [Read more...]

Better Book Title: Mein Kampf

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I found Better Book Titles through Books on the Nightstand podcast. The concept is simple. As creator Dan Wilbur puts it: This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of [Read More...]

What I’m Reading: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop

Just a little booktalk as I make my way through these short stories. Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler My rating: 3 of 5 stars I heard about this when it came out (last year?) and was immediately interested. Every year Otto Penzler would give 1,000 copies of a specially written Christmas story [Read More...]

Romeo and Juliet in Limerick Form

My friend DJ wrote this delightful piece. It is too good to keep to myself so, with her permission, I am sharing it. For best effect, read aloud (with dramatic gestures). It’s what I did. Romeo and Juliet (with apologies to Wm. Shakespeare) In Verona, a city so fair, Two families were oft feuding there. [Read More...]

The Anchoress Sees My List and Raises Me One

The Anchoress took a look at my 2012 personal reading challenges and then challenged me to name my favorites from 2011 … with a review of ten words or less. Oy veh! What she did to me! I can’t turn down that challenge. Though I don’t know if I can meet those expectations. Check out [Read More...]

Free Tantor Audiobooks

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and Favorite Stories Of Christmas Past. I learned about the Christmas Book from The Curt Jester on Goodreads and I learned about Gulliver’s Travels from Jesse at SFFaudio. You have to register with them but then the books are free. No need to thank me for gathering this up for [Read More...]

Saddle Up Pard, I’m Reading Louis L’Amour

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Frontier Stories: Volume One by Louis L’Amour My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m not sure what made me sample a few of Louis L’Amour’s short story collections on my Kindle. I was surprised to find his stories compelling and so picked up this collection via Paperback [Read More...]

My 2012 Reading Challenge Lists

One Sunday a couple of weeks ago, when we’d gone to the Vigil Mass on Saturday to avoid getting embroiled in a local marathon that shuts down all the streets around our church (don’t ask … Tom has been enraged before to the point of risking arrest for civil disobedience) … Wait, what was I [Read More...]

Lagniappe 50: Cool for Cats

In which the author reads for us … Chapter 1 of Cool for Cats by Andrew Ordover. Featuring a detective with a distinctive voice. Pick up this little bit of something extra at Forgotten Classics. [Read more...]


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