Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

I admit, I feel a kinship for this grumpy bear.

I am not so grumpy that I dislike sunny days and cute little animals (well at least not always), but like Bruce the bear I am rather fond of looking up recipes on the internet, I harvest local honey and I never eat my eggs raw.

And, like Bruce, I once thought that I didn’t want goslings.

And I, like Bruce, have also been followed around by ridiculously, stinking cute goslings until I loved them… even when they became grown up geese.

Bruce might be a grump, but I like him too.


Would I recommend it? Yes! One of those pictures books that kids and adults will enjoy reading. (And the goslings really are ridiculously, stinking cute!)

The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker

I live with three cats. Or perhaps it’s that I provide housing and food for three cats and also manage to have a life on the side – it’s hard to say with cats.

Since the newest one just climbed, claws out, up my back over my shoulder only to come to rest on my lap and arm and is now impeding my typing, it seems safe to point out that while I love my cats, I’m not always sure why I love my cats. 

The woman who wrote this book also loves cats but wasn’t really sure why, as whole, we love cats either. She researched the conundrum from ancient Egypt to the Internet with forays into parasitology and ecology and still isn’t quite sure.

Would I recommend it? Yes! Because even if you don’t like cats (possibly particularly if you don’t like cats) you want to know how they were used in medieval torture, the ecological devastation they have wrought around the world and how they affect our health.

The Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L. Bell

“Ahhhhhhh”  (That’s the sigh of a contented reader who just found a book that was exactly what she hoped it would be.)

The Lucky Hat Mine is a classic old west tale complete with miners, murder and mail order brides.But… the mail order bride’s husband-to-be was the murder victim and all the miners are lining up to propose.


And repeatedly.

Fortunately, our heroine is made of stern stuff and despite the fact that she spouts off rules of etiquette at every occasion and constantly reminds the men to watch their language, she gets along just fine, and even thrives, in the Colorado mining town she has landed in.

Would I recommend it? There is a goat in this book! A fainting goat. So, clearly, yes. Also there is a great strong female lead, humor, a smidgen of romance, a murder mystery all wrapped up in a western. What’s not to love!?!


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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Book at the Door Winner

And the winner is…

I won a Book at the Door with Behind the Willows

Charlene! (Who, by the by, can be found on her blog The Illusion of Controlled Chaos).

Charlene will get a package in the mail with this month’s book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, as well as a fine, printed copy of this month’s first line artwork created by Sarah (@thinkbigmuch on Twitter).

img_4707-2Now is where I get to tell you that Rebecca is one of my all time favorite books.  If the first line of the first chapter doesn’t draw you in perhaps the next chapters’ will…

Chapter 2: “We can never go back again, that much is certain.”

Chapter 3: “I wonder what my life would be today, if Mrs. Van Hopper had not been a snob.”

Chapter 5: “I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love.”

Chapter 7: “We came to Manderley in early May, arriving, so Maxim said, with the first swallows and the bluebells.”

Would I recommend it? Yes! I have read it many time since I first read it and I still love it. Though it should be noted that I can’t get John to try it, he says it’s “a girl book” I’m not convinced, what do you think?

Book at the Door winner was chosen using a random number generator from 

Artists of all kinds (Yes, you photographers and you who says you can’t draw and you who just wants to practice hand lettering and you who is selling paintings online and…all of you!) if you are interested in providing a small piece of work that includes a first sentence I would love to hear from you!  

Authors, have I read your book and tagged it as a recommended read? Would you like to donate a hard copy? Let me know! 

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I’ve fallen head over heels for the Gentleman Bastards. 

It might be their ruthless ways, or their surprising morals, their amazing heists or quite possibly their sassy talk. But certainly the combination all wrapped up in a city full of canals, fantastic towers, blood thirsty sharks (literal sharks people, literal sharks) and a tinge of magic has me sold!

Would I recommend it? Yes!!!


A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman

I confess.

I did it.

It was an accident, but still, I broke a cardinal rule of book reading.

I read the last chapter first.

I blame it on the e-book format and I should probably have to re-shelve library books for the next week as penance. 

Would I recommend it? Don’t read the last chapter first because that will spoil everything but also don’t let the first few chapters get you down. Give it a little time and you’ll fall in love with the grumpy old Swedish man called Ove, I did.

Grind by Edward Vukovic

Is it cliche to compare a book that features coffee with a coffee shop? I hope not…

This book is told from a variety of view points and as they are introduced, the characters swirl through the plot like the steam and scent of coffee in eddies of breezes, mingling and changing as they meet. Just as if you were to follow your nose walking through your favorite local coffee shop, the scent of some of the characters drew me in. I wanted to know more about the woman who reads the future in coffee cups and I drank those stories up looking for seconds. Others pushed me back, the real estate agent was not what I hoped for, nor what I was expecting. Yet others, like the homeless man, changed on closer inspection, the difference between the initial scent of a cup and the surprising flavor on the tongue.

And I think the cover is wonderful. Judge books by covers sometimes- it totally works!

These people living in an Australian city have nothing but coffee in common, until they all drift toward the ceiling, swirling, changing and intersecting.  Once that happens, once all the characters intersect, some in big ways some smaller you are left with an overall ambiance that is better than any of them individually.

Would I recommend it?  Yes and I don’t even drink coffee.

(Also the book has undergone a rewrite and additional editing since the first reviews posted on Amazon, don’t let them scare you off!)


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.