Conversion by Katherine Howe: Review

Colleen is a senior year student at the prestigious private school St Joan’s in Danvers, Massachusetts. On a day in January, 2012, one of her classmates has what appears to be a seizure. It’s troubling but not a big deal until other girls fall ill ....more

Delphine by Richard Sala: Review

An unnamed protagonist searches for his college girlfriend, Delphine, in an evil little town, the town which she had returned to take care of her sick father. At every turn he is set upon by strange people and kept from his search. He comes upon witches, vicious dogs, a Blackbeardish character, an evil portrait, and gnomelike creatures living underground and in the trees, people who wish to do him harm ....more

The Blog Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now

Hello, readers! Today is Wednesday but feels like a Monday since yesterday was Canada Day. This past week is setting a precedent of blog laziness ....more

The Nopes: Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

I should have had a review up this week for Summer House With Swimming Pool, but I don’t. I made it to page 50 and said, “Nope.” Here’s why. The narrator is a doctor, a GP ....more

Media Madness Monday: Season Finale of Orphan Black, Waa!

I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. On Mondays I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week. On the TV ORPHAN BLACK FINALE!!!! ...more

Blog Problems: Learn From My Mistake

Not sure if you noticed, but my blog was acting wonky the last couple of days. Upon landing here on the homepage, if you or I attempted to click on anything on the page, you would stay exactly where you were- on the homepage. Like a kind of purgatory ....more

The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic by Michael Newton: Review

This is a fun little book and I do mean little. The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic: all the Scottish Gaelic you need to curse, swear, drink smoke and fool around is a long title for a 39 page ebook but that’s an accurate description. It’s a glossary of all the dirty Gaelic words you could possibly need ....more

The Bees by Laline Paull: Review

Flora 717 lives in a world where everyone is born into a particular caste with a particular job to do. Her kin, the floras, are the lowest caste, the sanitation workers whom others are loath to touch. At the top of the chain are the Queen, her maids, and the kin Sage, or priestesses ....more

The Fever by Megan Abbott: Review

When I heard the premise of The Fever, I knew I had to read it. Back in March, I listened to the podcast, The Mysterious Case of Convulsing Cheerleaders, which is fascinating. Human brains are so weird! ...more

The Book Report: Monstrous Affections

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better ....more