High Rising_Angela Thirkell

High Rising by Angela Thirkell

This isn’t my first rodeo with Angela Thirkell. Early last year, I read Pomfret Towers and thought it was a very floofy but satisfying book, the kind you settle down with when you want nothing more than to be shut-in at home, curled up on the farthest end of the couch and drinking copious amounts […]... Read More
A World Gone Mad by Astrid Lindgren

A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45

A terrible despondency weighs on everything and everyone. The radio churns out news reports all day long. Lots of our men are being called up. There’s a ban on private motoring, too. God help our poor planet in the grip of this madness! – A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45 On […]... Read More
JetBlack's First Snowfall JustRead_01_13_2017

First Reads of 2017!

Brrrr, this is what I get for casually commenting on how I miss the snow back in Colorado Springs. As much as I would love to just stay indoors, buried under a blanket, I have books that I have to take back to the library, and two new ones I have to collect. Besides, I’ve trudged […]... Read More

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More
A Sickness in the Family_Denise Mina

A Sickness In the Family by Denise Mina

First off, I’m rather sorry to admit that I wasn’t able to really enjoy Here Be Dragons by Stella Gibbons because I just couldn’t stand one of the characters.  Never before have I ever let something as trivial as this affect my enjoyment of a book, but John’s utter selfishness made me want to smack […]... Read More