Book Review: Then She Was Gone

It’s always worse than you can imagine, because horror and grief are tricky and pliable. They take shapes you didn’t know existed, and they're impossible to contain, or even manage.In Then She Was Gone, author Lisa Jewell knows how to describe horror. Tangible horror. The kind of thing that lurks at the back of your mind: what would happen if [terrible thing] occurred? 
We've all seen the movies and read the books, but they're not what we can imagine.What's in our heads is awful, simply and utterly awful — and what Jewell has in her head is even worse than awful, if that's possible. She takes it to unimaginable, etching it into our brains with precise language and specific, and devastating, details.
If you don't want to envision the reality of your own fears, skip this book.
At a certain point, I knew what we would learn about the characters and the storyline —  but that didn't dim my enthusiasm one bit. I liked the author's writing. I understood and appre…

Summer Reading 2020: How's it Going?

This is not your typical summer.
(In fact, it's so atypical that I'm posting in August.)
Are you treating your summer reading the same? I'm not.
First of all, I nearly missed out on My Library's Summer Reading Program. Between my work schedule and My Library's schedule, I was thrown off my own schedule, and I didn't find the program information until recently.
When My Library began offering curbside pickup service, however,  librarians kindly included the flyer for the program. Was I relieved! 
Last year's adult summer reading program was a blast, and I stepped off with them at the program launch (and ended the program with cake and Good Omens.) But this year... Work kept me hopping by half again, and I was still feeling the effects of COVID Reading Blahs until after Memorial Day, the traditional launch of my personal summer reading program. I've had reading slumps before, but rarely in the summer. 
What's a reader to do?
I listened to myself, and to books…

Summer Reading Message: A Rockin' and Readin' 2020

How has "stay-at-home" treated you, my fellow readers? 

My bookish friends: Have you haunted Little Free Libraries? Have you discovered every curbside bookstore pickup in your area, or maybe mail-ordered more than your fair share?

My e-readers: Have you checked out every ebook you Library offers, or been sucked in to amazing sales from your ebook suppliers?

My listeners: Are you catching up on your already-ample collection? Have you discovered just how many audiobook services your Library offers? Or are you a newbie, discovering the world of audiobooks — and are you a fan? 

I wish I could say I've been able to find comfort and distraction in books, but the truth of the matter is that the pandemic has reduced my reading time and energy. A week ago I didn't even realize it was May, let alone almost Memorial Day. By the end of the very long workdays — because every day is a workday right now — my brain is full.

But all is not lost. I surrendered my exercise-headphones ban an…

Best Books Read in 2019

I read some really enjoyable books in 2019, and a lot of titles — in part because I didn't stay in my lane. 

I read a lot of graphic novels, courtesy of My Library's ample "Graphic Novel" section. It's suspiciously close to the YA section and the Teen Center, but that doesn't slow me down. In fact, it speeds me up: kids these days have the coolest stuff!

I read some picture books and chapter books. First of all, I don't know why more adults aren't hooked on Mr. Putter and Tabby. (Maybe they are and I just haven't learned the secret wink.) At any rate, people of all ages can appreciate an elderly man and his older cat who get into scrapes with his elderly neighbor and her good dog.

I read The Odyssey in audio, print, graphic novel, and e-book — and discovered that not all booked deemed "classics" stand the test of time, and may not have deserved that recognition in the first place. My opinion was reaffirmed when I read a book about classics …