Thursday’s Tale: Magic Words

I love books that expose kids to other cultures, to other ways of looking at this world. Magic Words is a good introduction to the Inuit people. It’s a gorgeous book. I read the eBook, but wish I had the paperback. The illustrations are richly colored and imaginative and invoke …

Dead & Buried by Leighann Dobbs

Pirates and treasure hunts and cute guys with guns – an enjoyable read. It’s light and short, a perfect in-between book for me. The Blackmoore sisters are a good group. They have close relationships with each other, but all have their own personalities, interests, and gifts. There’s a touch of …

“A” Is for Asshat by Rebecca Cantrell and Sean Black

I have to admit this one surprised me. It was a blast – funny with great characters and a good mystery. It’s light, not a cozy, but not too violent. I think part of it is that even though they’re dealing with dangerous situations or shady folks, Sofia and Aiden, the owner’s …

Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Phoenix Rising was fun, but not quite good enough to hold my attention the whole time – like I found myself at the gym watching the captions on HGTV instead of listening to the story. I think it’s a problem with the attitude of the book. It’s steampunk. Books is …

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

Empire of Sin focuses on New Orleans, 1890-1920. It’s a compelling look at the politics, crime, and culture of the city. The mayhem starts with the killing of Police Chief Hennessy. The acquittal of the killers ignited mob violence that just astounded me. Around the same time, the vice-district Storyville was …