Swamplandia! was a bust (for me, anyway)

Sometimes it just makes sense to cut bait and move on! I read about 30% of the book before I was so bored with it I started skipping and skimming around, reading just enough to follow the storyline. Using that method I quickly scanned through to about the halfway point of the book and then […]

Hello BookLikes! So Long GoodReads!

After reading about Amazon’s purchase of GoodReads I decided I needed to move my books out of GoodReads and close down my account there.  I just don’t want Amazon.com to have such easy access to my reading preferences. I looked around the internet for alternative websites, tried out a few of them, and then I […]

The Golden Compass

I decided to read The Golden Compass after seeing a sign at a local car repair shop that warned parents about letting their kids read this book….How ridiculous! The Golden Compass is a great read, full of imagination, interesting characters and with a compelling plot. I especially appreciate that the heroine of the story is […]

Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language

I listened to this book when I was gearing up to study the Dutch language in preparation for a trip to The Netherlands. I checked out the audio version of this book from the library. The book has several great hints and techniques about how to approach learning a new language. I thought it was […]

The Secret of Lost Things

I always enjoy a book whose characters stay with me after I’ve finished reading the story. The Secret of Lost Things is peopled with lots of unusual characters / misfits, if you will. A coming of age story with many unique twists and turns told in just enough poignant detail, it left me wanting more […]