Robin’s January Book Reviews

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh. Wow! I’ll tell you right up front, this book was a 4.8 star for me…I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. The writing is great, but in addition this is a topic I was pretty ignorant about..the uprising in Kenya in the 1950’s. Rachel, age eighteen, has just […]

Trail Maintenance

During my recent writing road trip I spent two weeks in Bandelier National Park, where much of my latest work in progress takes place. While there I was able to watch a huge project: the maintenance of the Frey Trail which leads from the campground to the canyon. I had planned to hike this trail, […]

Sixty Years

Ten years ago I turned fifty. I decided to celebrate this monumental birthday with fifty birthday parties. I documented them in a photo album and recently pulled it out to page through and smile at all the memories. Friends who met me for lunch, students who shared their cupcakes and classroom parties with me, hat […]

Overdrive

This is an educational blog. I found out the other day that people don’t know about Overdrive. They don’t know about California libraries. So I’m going to tell you all so that you can take advantage of this most golden opportunity. Not only that you can save money and quit giving it to big corporations […]

Fresh out of ideas

Yep, I am writing this blog with an absolute blank mind. Knowing that in January I am going to have to come up with a lot more blog ideas, because Marlene will no longer be sending me book reviews (and soooo many people have told me how sad they are about that) and I am […]

Marlene’s Final Review

Hello dear followers, some of you for years!  This will be my last monthly review but I will do a yearly email with the “Best of the Year”.  This is a magical year for me as I turn 75 this month and I promised myself to revamp my use of time so I will be […]

Interview with Ann Claycomb

Yes, I gripe about Facebook, but this is the second amazing author I have been introduced to via a writer’s group. The Mermaid’s Daughter is one of those books that grabbed me instantly simply because it has a fresh story to tell. Ann Claycomb  takes something very dear to me—the tales of Hans Christian Anderson—and […]

Book Club – News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a character you will not soon forget…in 1870 as a retired soldier he travels from small town to small town reading the news to the citizens of remote west Texas. Add the task of taking ten year old Johanna, a German child kidnapped by the Kiowa tribe who has just […]

Robin’s December Book Reviews

AUDIO: Yep, I have increased my audio time…because I was doing a lot of driving and I wanted to see if I could maintain my attention span. Little Bee by Chris Cleaver read by Anne Flosnik. I LOVED this reader, and the story as well. The reader was able to move between the two main […]

Marlene’s November Book Reviews

Hello all, this is a bit thin this month as I was busy enjoying Spain and Oslo, Norway.  At least I did get in quiet a few movies on the long distance travel! Books: Final Demand by Deborah Moggach.  Moggach knows her characters well, lets you into their minds and keeps you glued to the […]