October 8 Book Releases

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan (Tor Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-24765-0).

Child’s Play by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17950-1).

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, $28; ISBN 978-0-399-56248-8).

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano (Twelve, $25 paper over board; 978-1-5387-3019-5).

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-43557-4).

Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones by Kim Renfro (Atria Books, $19.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-982116-40-8).

The Mistletoe Matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295446-6).

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-227166-2).

Marley by Jon Clinch (Atria Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-982129-70-5).

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (Flatiron Books, $22.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31542-7).

The Memory Code: The 10-Minute Solution for Healing Your Life Through Memory Engineering by Alexander Loyd , PhD., ND (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-6442-8).

25 Days ’Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295879-2).

Music to My Years: A Mixtape of Growing Up and Standing Up by Cristela Alonzo (Atria, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-5011-8920-3).

The People’s Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers by Mark Beech (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35; ISBN 978-1-328-46013-4).

Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living by Lauren Liess (Abrams, $35; ISBN 978-1-4197-3819-7).

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed Again by Jeremy Greenberg (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $9.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-8797-3).

Submerge by K.Y. Robinson (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5065-4).

What I Lick Before Your Face by Jamie Coleman (Atria Books, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-982127-44-2).

Sasha in Good Taste by Sasha Pieterse (Dey Street Books, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-285139-0).

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey (Howard Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-5011-5546-8).

Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death by Michael Korda (Liveright, $24.95; ISBN 978-1-63149-464-2).

WHAM!, George Michael, and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4531-8).

Grand Union by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-55899-6).

Our Better Angels by Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, foreword by Jimmy Carter, (St. Martin’s Essentials, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23779-8).

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-18769-7).

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-29785-3).

The Furies by Katie Lowe (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29789-1).

A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor with Joshua Lyon (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19513-5).

When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas (Zondervan Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-310-34676-0).

“A History of Magic and Witchcraft” by Frances Timbers

“A History of Magic and Witchcraft” by Frances Timbers

Blurb:

Broomsticks and cauldrons, familiars and spells: magic and witchcraft conjure vivid pictures in our modern imaginations. The History of Magic and Witchcraft offers a window into the past, illuminating the lives of ordinary people and shining a light on the fascinating pop culture of the pre-modern world.

Blowing away folkloric cobwebs, this enlightening new history dispels many of the misconceptions rooted in superstition and myth that surround witchcraft and magic today. Historian Frances Timbers brings together elements of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Christianity, popular culture, and gender beliefs that evolved throughout the middle ages and early modern period and contributed to the construction and eventual persecution of the figure of the witch. While demonologists were developing the new concept of Devil worship and the witches’ sabbat, elite men were actually attempting to practice ceremonial magic. In the twentieth century, elements of ceremonial magic and practices of cunning folk were combined with the culturally constructed idea of a sect of witches to give birth first to modern Wicca in England and then to other neopagan movements in North America.

Witchcraft is a metaphor for oppression in an age in which persecution is an everyday occurrence somewhere in the world. Fanaticism, intolerance, prejudice, authoritarianism, and religious and political ideologies are never attractive. Beware the witch hunter!

My Thoughts:
What a perfect time of year for a history of witches and witchcraft. I found this book very intriguing. This book presents a different view of witches and the misconceptions about them. The author starts by going back to the ancient Greek mythology where the idea of a witch first appeared. As the book proceeds, she confronts various specific false beliefs and their origins, such as, wild rides in the night, and sexual liaisons with the devil. The material is well researched and presented in a way that makes it approachable for most any reader. If you’ve been with me a while, you know I love these deep dives into the corners of history and this book was no exception. Fascinating, informative and thought provoking all in one place.
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Old Hobby Rediscovered

Recently I have been rediscovering my creative side and this has led me back to cross stitch. I have a pattern which I purchased back in 2014 and never really got very far. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and I am still in love with colors and the sentiment. So here is what it looks like now. I can’t wait to get it finished and framed. When finished it will say “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”. Hope you enjoy.

Announcing: Silent Sea Chronicles Boxed Set by Suzanne Rogerson

Announcing: Silent Sea Chronicles Boxed Set by Suzanne Rogerson

Good new everybody! Suzanne Rogerson’s Silent Sea Chronicles is now a 3 book boxed set. I have had the privilege so far of reading and reviewing the first 2 books. “The Lost Sentinel” and .“The Sentinel’s Reign” (click links for my reviews). I’m looking forward to reading the third book very soon.

Silent See Chronicles Teaser

 

I think these books are some of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. If you haven’t discovered Suzanne Rogerson yet, now is a great time to do so. The boxed set is on sale for 99p/99 cents worldwide for one week starting on Oct. 4. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Amazon link for the boxed set

Goodreads author page

 

“Bloody Genius” by John Sandford

“Bloody Genius” by John Sandford

Pay attention mystery lovers, a new Virgil Flowers investigation has just hit the shelves. Never mind that his girlfriend is about to pop out twins and the hay needs to be harvested, the governor of Minnesota needs Virgil’s help to uncover who killed a prominent University of Minnesota professor. A leading light in his field, someone has bashed his head in with his computer and left his dead body locked in a carrel in the library undetected for two days. Virgil is perceived as an intruder into her investigation by Minneapolis detective Trane, but Virgil’s unique charm soon wins her over.

This is a twisty investigation that is constantly running into leads that go nowhere. One of my favorite things about John Sandford’s books in general is the way that he weaves his character’s personal life seamlessly into the investigations making the character a well-rounded person instead of a one-dimensional caricature. Then there is Minnesota which Sandford brings to a life in a way that just makes you want to be there and discover what all the fuss is about. Finally, I found the pairing of Flowers and Trane to be fun and delightful. They are opposites in everything but their search for the truth and it gets crazy before it’s over. You might find yourself wanting to take notes as you work your way through this story just so you can keep track of all the players, but you will definitely enjoy the process.

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October 1 Book Releases

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (Grand Central Publishing, $30; ISBN 978-1-5387-3133-8).

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, $20; ISBN 978-0-399-18139-9).

Full Throttle by Joe Hill (William Morrow, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-220067-9).

Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio, $25; ISBN 978-0-525-53858-5).

Where Do I Begin? by Elvis Duran (Atria Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-982106-33-1).

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones (Viking, $30; ISBN 978-0-525-42831-2).

Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw (Atria Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-4767-4779-8).

Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury (Forge Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21096-8).

When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan (Grand Central Publishing, $27; ISBN 978-1-5387-5104-6).

Metahuman by Deepak Chopra, MD (Harmony, $27; ISBN 978-0-307-33833-4).

The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld (Harper, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269816-2).

The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking (William Morrow, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294338-5).

The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini (William Morrow, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-284113-1).

Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, Sophie Perinot and E. Knight (William Morrow Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-291607-5).

Outback: The Amazing Animals of Australia: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing, $26.95; ISBN 978-1-5235-0823-5).

Style Your Wedding with Neil Lane by Neil Lane (DK/Alpha, $40; ISBN 978-1-4654-8131-3).

How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $37; ISBN 978-1-328-54543-5). I don’t normally review cookbooks but I have the 10th edition of this and picked up many new techniques and ideas from it.

The Best American Short Stories 2019 by Anthony Doerr, guest editor; Heidi Pitlor, series editor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-328-48424-6).

Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept by Robert Spalding (Portfolio, $28; ISBN 978-0-593-08434-2).

Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aarón Sánchez (Abrams Press, $27; ISBN 978-1-4197-3802-9).

Little Book of Whiskey by Lynda Balslev (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $9.99; ISBN 978-1-5248-5099-9).

Nancy by Olivia Jaimes (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-5248-5325-9).

nectar by Upile Chisala (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9957-0).

Poemsia by Lang Leav (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5107-1).

Sorry I Ruined Your Childhood by Ben Zaehringer (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5173-6).

Science of Rick and Morty by Matt Brady (Atria Books, $17 paper; ISBN 978-1-982123-12-3).

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-984820-95-2).

Country by Michael Hughes (Custom House, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294032-2).

Disgraceland: Musicians Getting Away with Murder and Behaving Very Badly by Jake Brennan (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-3214-4).

White Christmas Wedding by Celeste Winters (Howard Books, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-982128-77-7).

Cabin Porn: Inside by Zach Klein with Freda Moon, (Voracious/Little, Brown, $32; ISBN 978-0-316-37821-5).

The Lying Room by Nicci French (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-267672-6).

Troubled Water by Seth M. Siegel (Thomas Dunne Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13254-3).

Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends are Becoming Our Best Medicine by Maria Goodavage (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4304-8).

Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23768-2).

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-54193-6).

Read the Face by Eric Standop with Elisa Petrini (St. Martin’s Essentials, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21705-9).

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-26570-8). One-day laydown.

Radical Candor: Revised Edition by Kim Scott (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23537-4).

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-01995-0).

Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons (Zondervan Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35614-1).

Well Hello…

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything and I completely missed this past week’s book releases. Life just got in the way. Anyway, it’s fall now in North Dakota and the new construction that took place over the summer behind us seems to have scared off my jackrabbit friends.😪 I haven’t been doing as much reading lately but I hope to get in some good time this weekend. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a diamond painting I was working on and I am pleased to announce that it is finished, though not yet framed. Hope you all are doing well.

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9/17/19 Book Releases

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-53527-0).

Sontag by Benjamin Moser (Ecco, $39.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289639-1).

A Trick of Light by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28; ISBN 978-0-358-11760-5).

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-267828-7).

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson (Viking, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-52250-8).

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier (Viking, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-55824-8).

The Forest Feast Mediterranean: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels by Erin Gleeson (Abrams, $35; ISBN 978-1-4197-3812-8).

Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-286186-3).

Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9747-7).

Mixed Feelings by Avan Jogia (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9621-0).

Pasta Friday Cookbook by Allison Arevalo (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $21.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9789-7).

Tequila Made Me Do It by Cecilia Rios Murrieta (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4494-9971-6).

to drink coffee with a ghost by Amanda Lovelace (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9427-8).

50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know by Jerome Hudson (Broadside Books, $18.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-293252-5).

Nice Try by Josh Gondelman (Harper Perennial, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-285275-5).

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (Harper Voyager, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-287723-9).

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Mulholland, $27; ISBN 978-0-316-36340-2).

Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era by Saul Austerlitz (Dutton, $27; ISBN 978-1-5247-4335-2).

What Rose ForgotWhat Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr (Minotaur Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20713-5).

Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness by Stephen Mitchell (St. Martin’s Essentials, $21.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23752-1).

A Hero Born by Jin Yong, translated from Chinese by Anna Holmwood, (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22060-8).



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“The Whisperer” by Karin Fossum

“The Whisperer” by Karin Fossum

Blurb:

How did a lonely, quiet woman come to kill a man—or did she?

Ragna Riegel is a soft-spoken woman of routines. She must have order in her life, and she does, until one day she finds a letter in her mailbox with her name on the envelope and a clear threat written in block capitals on the sheet inside. With the arrival of the letter, and eventually others like it, Ragna’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel into a nightmare—threatened by an unknown enemy, paranoid and unable to sleep, her isolation becomes all the more extreme. Ragna’s distress does culminate in a death, but she is the perpetrator rather than the victim.

The Whisperer shifts between Inspector Sejer’s interrogation of Ragna and the shocking events that led up to her arrest. Sejer thinks it is an open-and-shut case, but is it? Compelling and unnerving, The Whisperer probes plausible madness in everyday life and asks us to question assumptions even in its final moments.

My Thoughts:

This story had me intrigued from word one. For at least half of it, I had no idea where the story might be going but I certainly wanted to find out. As Detective Sejer questions Ragna over a period of days, her story begins to be revealed. At first glance, she appears to be just an ordinary person who lives alone, goes to work and is very introverted. But then things start to get weird. Ragna becomes convinced that she is being stalked and it certainly seems to be true, but is it? This is very much a psychological thriller which takes you deep into the mind of abnormal psychology. Ragna is a character that I couldn’t help feeling sorry for because of her disability but at the same time I was suspicious of her. I also really enjoyed the calm and almost sedate style of Detective Sejer. He skilfully gains her trust and draws her out of her shell. The winter in Norway setting added to the thrill and mystery of the story. This is one I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.



9/10/2019 Releases

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The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese, $28.95; ISBN 978-0-385-54378-1). Sequel to “A Handmaid’s Tale”

Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (Portfolio, $25; ISBN 978-0-525-53499-0).

At Death’s Door by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Tor Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-7653-8574-1).

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power (Dey Street Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-282069-3).

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton (Harper, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294693-5).

Lifespan by David Sinclair (Atria Books, $28, ISBN 978-1-5011-9197-8).

The Starlet and the Spy by Ji-min Lee (Harper Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-293026-2).

Akin by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-49199-0).

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-47852-6).

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287555-6).

The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28; ISBN 978-0-544-94448-0).

Women in Art by Rachel Ignotofsky (Ten Speed Press, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-399-58043-7).

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31319-5).

BoundlessBoundless by R. A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268863-7).

The Divers’ Game by Jesse Ball (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-267610-8).

Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan (Atria Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-982111-54-0).

If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now by Christopher Ingraham (Harper, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286147-4).

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by James Poniewozik (Liveright, $27.95; ISBN 978-1-63149-442-0).

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295846-4).

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty, illustrated by Dianné Ruz, (W. W. Norton, $25.95; ISBN 978-0-393-65270-3).

Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant by Anne Gardiner Perkins (Sourcebooks, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-4926-8774-0).

To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth by Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice (Twelve, $35; ISBN 978-1-5387-6467-1).

Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime by Sean Carroll (Dutton, $29; ISBN 978-1-5247-4301-7).

I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi by Gina Siciliano (Fantagraphics, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-211-3).

The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross (Minotaur Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18000-1).

The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits (Penguin Press, $30; ISBN 978-0-7352-2199-4).

Tools and Weapons by Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne (Penguin Press, $30; ISBN 978-1-984877-71-0).

Robert B. Parker’s The Bitterest Pill by Reed Farrel Coleman (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-399-57497-9).

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29; ISBN 978-0-7352-1726-3).

The Truth About Magic by Atticus (St. Martin’s Griffin, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-23281-6).

29 Seconds by T. M. Logan (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18229-6).

For the Love of Men by Liz Plank (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19624-8).

The Green New Deal by Jeremy Rifkin (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-25320-0).


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