Schmuck the Buck by EXO Books

I’m not quite sure who the audience is for Schmuck the Buck. It seems like a children’s Christmas book. We have a cute rhyming text and bright colorful illustrations. We have the underdog (or under-reindeer) who saves the day. There’s even a lesson: Schmuck said, “We have our differences, that’s …

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Thanks to RIP and FrightFall, I tend to read a few scarier than usual books in October each year. It’s probably the one time of the year when I actually read horror books on purpose anymore. I read way more back in the days of Anne Rice’s vampires and witches, …

Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

I’m late to the Cat in the Stacks series. I’m not sure that starting with Twelve Angry Librarians was really the best choice. Maybe I would have enjoyed the story more if I knew Charlie and his family and girlfriend better. And the cat was more of a conversation piece …

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell shows up on several “best mysteries” lists, which is why I added it to my to-read list. I had read several of her Inspector Wexford series, but none of her stand-alone novels. And then it was my Classic Club Spin book for the month, …

Comfort Food by Julia Bettelheim

Comfort Food by Julia Bettelheim has a wonderful variety of recipes, from soups and main dishes to desserts and cookies, even some specialties from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The author has lived and worked in a variety of places, which shows in this collection. A lot of the dishes sound delicious …