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Reading Report: Late August 2021

I finished four books since my last reading report. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Grade: A+: Laura “Lo” Blacklock is a travel writer who goes on a luxury cruise so that she can write a piece about … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Middish-July 2021

I finished Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels, and I gave it the usual “Michaels B+.” It is the story of Julie Newcomb, a med student who goes to Virginia for the summer to take care of her … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Early July

I finished reading Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator who has just gone into business for herself in London in the late 1920s, a time at which World War I is nearly ten years past … Continue reading

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Some of the Books Gotta Go

Buying books makes me feel good, and owning books makes me feel good. Every new book brings the hope of new information to be learned, new worlds to be discovered, new characters to fall in love with, and new authors … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Late June 2021

I finally finished The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks, which is a great relief, because how ironic the title would have been if the book had turned out to be an unfinished one! The short stories in this collection are … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Early June

I finished The Wizard’s Daughter by Barbara Michaels. I gave it an A- grade. The characters and plot were only so-so, but it was an easy, enjoyable read. In this story, an orphaned young woman named Marianne dreams of becoming … Continue reading

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Reading Report: End of May

The Wizard’s Daughter by Barbara Michaels, 109/325: I am enjoying this book about a young woman, left penniless upon the death of her father, who is unexpectedly swept up into a lifestyle of luxury and spiritualism. It’s far-fetched but in … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Three and Three

Smoke and Mirrors by Barbara Michaels, Grade: B+ In Smoke and Mirrors, young Erin Hartsock has moved to D.C. and needs a job. Her parents’ old friend, Rosemary White Marshall, is running for a Virginia Senate seat, and Erin asks … Continue reading

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Reading Report: Mid-May 2021

I recently finished Barbara Michaels’s The Master of Blacktower, a generally entertaining Gothic romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. I have read all of her novels now except four. I’m a little sad to be approaching the end of … Continue reading

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A Positive

I will say this for screen-free days: they make me read more. Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone from being five books behind schedule to being only three books behind. At this pace, I’ll be back on schedule soon, … Continue reading

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