FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – OCTOBER

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



*GUEST REVIEW*

by Donita Tovas

The Line Between by Tosca Lee51S6FUF6KoL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

Two confessions before I begin. 1: I “read” the audible version of this book. It’s just what works best for me right now. (The person reading did a great job, which is important!) 2. I purchased it without knowing anything more than the author’s name. She has written with Ted Dekker, so she MUST be good, right?

That second confession is important because I never would have purposely read a book described as an apocalyptic thriller. EVER. So, I’m glad I didn’t know. The book follows Wynter Roth from a cult compound with the requisite charismatic leader, into the “real” world, and through a maze of circumstances resulting in mass death and mayhem that is far too plausible to be easily shrugged off and forgotten.

Lee is a master storyteller with an eye for detail and an ability to draw emotion from the reader, and further, to make them contemplate the possibility of similar events occurring in the not-so-distant future. I highly recommend this book . . . but not if you’re looking for a light, sunshine and roses read. As for me, I quickly bought and read the sequel.

Love Factor: 5 of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 2 of 5 Tears (I didn’t actually cry, but it made my heart hurt.)


The Searchers by Alan Le May512iXlIskZL

I LOVE JOHN WAYNE. In fact, I may or may not have John Wayne coasters. So… as you can imagine, I have seen the film ‘The Searchers’ a few times, though never as an adult. There is a lovely tribute to John Wayne and his relation to this film at the beginning of the book.

Comanche stealthy attack a Texas homestead and steal away a small girl. Her kin, Martin Pauley and Amos Edwards, start on a stubborn and dramatic journey to find her.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Power by Naomi Alderman51hBlMcILkL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Holy Cow. This was such an interesting read! Some very intense ideas in this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

What if the woman in the world suddenly developed the power to inflict pain and even death? What would change? What wouldn’t?

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Infinity Blade: Awakening by Brandon Sanderson61dZqwePlDL._SX342_

This book is so great if you love video games. Or even if you just kind of like them. It’s a very witty read.

Based on a video game. You will follow Siris – the hero of the video game –  as he goes about trying to have about having a life after killing The God King.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Infinity Blade: Redemption by Brandon Sanderson61dZqwePlDL._SX342_

 

The conclusion of the Infinity Blade books. Definitely ready Awakening (above) first.

 

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young  510Sb7mDFyL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

I think I read this book just because the cover is so epic.

Tova washed up on the shore of the Svell as a child and has lived as an outcast and prophet among them ever since. But she reads a fate that divides the Svell leaders and brings war. Caught up in a fight for her life, Tova’s life is changed forever.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Redemption Road by John Hart51q-2vZBtWL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Lots of twists and turns in this one. It was a good Mystery/Thriller.

A cop is released after a torturous 13 years in prison for a crime he still claims he didn’t commit. But more murders start occurring as soon as he is out. The cops, save one detective, are convinced it convicted cop is the killer.

This one will keep you on your toes.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Still Life by Louise Penny51KK16nBqqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

 

A murder has taken place in the sleepy Quebec town. Most of the locals assume it is a hunting accident, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache isn’t convinced. This was a great little cozy mystery.

 

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler51tvwJEzc-L._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_

The subtitle of this gem is “13 of Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Re-imagined.” It’s the token Halloween read this year.

I would say it was about half and half in relation to measuring up to the original stories. For the record, Poe’s are still at the top of the mountain.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin51aJ6TClKxL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

 

Henry the VIII and his company of wives meets One Tree Hill. No, I’m not kidding. It was actually quite entertaining. But don’t read this one if you don’t like teenagers.

 

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Open Season by C.J. Box51PJTtqwRYL._SX284_BO1,204,203,200_

Growing up in Northwest Montana gave me some ‘insider’ knowledge and perspective on this book. It almost felt like being home.

The newly anointed head game warden, Joe Pickett, starts out his new position with a bang when a dead man is found on his woodpile by his daughter. As Joe digs into the murder, things start to get out of control and ends up fighting for everything he holds dear.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – SEPTEMBER

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield51TFtkMGPEL

I believe this book was recommended on a podcast. It reminded me of pastoral novels of old – like Far from the Maddening Crowd but with a gothic twist. The imaginary in this book was STUNNING. 

As a young boy, William kills a rook to impresses his friends – an impossible shot. And that luck seems to hold with him as he grows into a noble businessman. But after his wife and three of his four children die, he becomes more of a Scrooge, haunted by rooks and crows.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai41jIQ21NjHL

I really didn’t think I would like this one (maybe because the cover is so very, very pink). But I got sucked in pretty quick.

In a world of online dating, Rhiannon has built her own empire through one of the best dating apps out there. Samson is a retired football player trying to find his footing after the death of a beloved uncle. After a rather wonderful “ships passing in the night” kind of moment (and some ghosting), the two are thrown together in an online dating marketing scheme. And it gets… interesting.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quotes: “Love was an industry fueled by hope. Whether that hope was misplaced or not was a different question.”

“Hope, her enemy. It had crept in and taken root.”

“When the stars align, and you have a partner you can by vulnerable with? There’s no such thing as weakness or strength or power battles. There is just a person who loves you. And it’s amazing.”


Girl Gone Missing by Marcie R. Rendon41ign+1YjnL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

Book Two of the Cash Blackbear Mystery (Book One Here!).

Renee Blackbear is a 19-year-old Ojibwe woman who is just trying to get through her first year of college while still working nights driving for the beet harvest. But trouble always seems to find her.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


How Successful People Lead by John Maxwell41gnVjoLAYL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

Disclaimer: I love John Maxwell. Read all of his books. The end.

The title really says it all, doesn’t it?
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


The Course of Love by Alain De Botton41a34CSJCfL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

Reading this novel felt very timely. The introspection examined throughout its pages kept my interest to the very end.

This book examines the love and life of one married couple. It almost reads like a Discovery Channel Documentary on the Wild Sharia. It definitely wasn’t the sappy love story I was expecting.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Stolen Things by R. H. Herron 51c1+rT-rVL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Another Disclaimer: I LOVE Rachel Herron (known as R.H. Herron for this publishing). I listen to her two podcasts and desperately want to be her friend in real life.

Also, Trigger Warning. This book does deal with rape and child abuse.

From the back cover:

When a 911 dispatcher picks up an emergency call to hear her daughter on the line, her worst nightmare becomes reality.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


 

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth 41WSpKHvILL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was absolutely delightful! Jill takes you into the depths of unseen wonders and of her life. Oh to be as adventurous and daring…

 

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 


Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness 51H9RN2v1kL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy. Check out my review of Book One, A Discovery of Witches, here.

This one took the forbidden couple into the past where they interact with greats such as Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I.

I’m still curious to see how the trilogy ends and will probably continue to the third book.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots


The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker51EnooViTNL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

I love, love, love Ted and Rachelle’s work. Love it. This book has echoes of Ted’s Mystic series, if you didn’t like those… this one might not be your cup of tea. Though I would never discourage you from reading it.

In a small, hidden, cult-like, religious community – which is protected from evil taking over the world – one young woman and her brother begin to question everything about the life they live. What those questions lead to is beyond anyone imagination.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – AUGUST

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Temper by Layne Fargo41FZqSysoZL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Kira Rascher lands the theater acting job of her dreams. The catch is that it will mean working the Malcolm Mercer – a known terror to work with both on an off the stage. This novel is full of intrigue, ambition, power, sex, and maybe even love. I ate it right up.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


The High Queen by Marion Zimmer Bradley 51zYGtL9VTL._SY424_BO1,204,203,200_

The second book of The Mists of Avalon series (Check out book one here).

Again, this novel follows the women surrounding the legend of King Arthur. It’s interesting to read things from such differing perspectives. Also… there is a surprise ending I didn’t see coming.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “Are you like so many men? Afraid of a women’s tears?”


Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle41Zp+MG0HoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

This book is a little trickster. You have been warned.

One woman is missing. One woman is on the run. A husband is destroyed. A lover is beside himself. A detective is sure that he knows what is going on.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

 

 


Living Like You Mean It by Ronald J. Frederick51enBVUTpFL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I could probably read this book one thousand times and still get something different out of it every time. It’s definitely not an easy read, but I believe it is well worth it. It was recommend by Hilary McBride and Science Mike.

Love Factor: 100 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 2 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quotes: “Simply naming our feelings for what they are is actually a powerful anxiety-regulating tool.”

 


The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell41oFbpxeoSL

I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about Bell as an author. And based on reading this book… they are all true!

Beth is the maid of Honor at her best friend’s wedding – a weekend that will prove to be full of family and ex drama. Alex is an undercover CIA agent looking at the bride’s uncle for drug smuggling. I suppose you will have read the book to find out what happens between the two!

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots


By Helen’s Hand by Amalia Carosella51klJUU6M2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Check out the first book in this two part series here!

Helen of Sparta is thrust back into her predetermined fate by the gods. She still tries to fight that fate in anyway she can. But fate is fate, right? There is a surprising ending here too. 🙂

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “I have done everything in my power, and I can only hope and pray it will be enough.”


Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce517-tKVEqvL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

For those of you who enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I think you will like this one too.

Emmeline is a young women trudging through the very depths of WWII in London when she requires a job as a secretary for Women’s Friend, a magazine with a help column written by Mrs. Bird. Emmeline, in her desperate need to help finds herself in quite a stick situation. This book is charming, and lovely, and full of pluck.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 51E6PlwTGGL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Lord only knows how many times I have read this book now. It seems to be my go to when I am having a rough go of it. That being said, read the series from the beginning. The End.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 4 out of 5 Teapots

 


The Hidden Oasis by Paul Sussman 51UCn4uxpOL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

Freya attends the funeral of her older, estranged sister in Egypt. But before too long she realizes something is amiss and that her sister might have actually been murdered. This novel is full of car chases, hit-men, and hidden Egyptian secrets.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 


The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin61XfS2XCw3L._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

This is book one of The Broken Earth Series and a Hugo Award winner.

In this dystopian world, Father Earth hates the inhabitants of the world and seems content on destroying them through a series of earth quakes and volcanoes. But there is a lesser race of people, who aren’t even consider human, who can help stop it. This book one such individual’s story.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 4 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quotes: “Uncontrollable tears would be better than uncontrollable vomiting, but hey, you can’t choose your grief.”

“He holds himself together with spit and endless smiling, but all can see the cracks.”


That’s What Frenemies Are For by Sophie Littlefield & Lauren Gershell410Dt19DamL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

It has been more than a decade since I have seen the movie Mean Girls. But I am pretty sure this book is the high-class adult version.

Julia has never known a life without wealth, popularity, and she is always on the hunt for the next big thing – which is really what she bases her entire life on. But when she finds fitness trainer Tatum at a little known new gym, she may have taken on more of a challenge than she can handle.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – JULY

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 51j5p18mJNL

Shout out to Aunt Martha for the recommendation on this book!

The Marsh Girl is what they call her in town. Kya is a young girl, abandon by her family at the age of six, trying to survive in the swamplands by herself. This story is lovely and intriguing.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Cape May by Chip Cheek 41Xj0RA8vpL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was written with a lovely Great Gatsby style… plus sex.

Young Henry and Effie are in New Jersey for their honeymoon and become entangled with a glamorous couple who drag them into a world they could have never imagined.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 5 out of 5 Teapots


The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz 51xFl+72vTL._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_

Book two of the Jane Hawk Series. And Koontz has given us another excellent thriller.

Former FBI Agent Jane Hawk has become America’s most wanted. On the run, she is trying to get to the top of the two-headed snake responsible for not only her husband’s suicide but dozens of other “incidents.” But the ladder of power goes far higher than she could have ever anticipated.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


The Body Myth by Rheea Mukerjee51rGcg3MilL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was written with some amazing language and imagery. I picked it up after hearing an interview with the author on a podcast. I would almost describe this as a coming of age story more than anything else.

A young widow living and teaching in Suryam, India is drawn to a woman, and consequently a couple, who live with tragedies of their own – most prominently a swath of unexplained illnesses that plague Sara. What develops between them is an interesting, loving bond that they all desperately need.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 5 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “The fog of self-righteousness could be a powerful drug.


 

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey 51Fiej09wKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I read this entire book on my birthday. And it was divine! It totally lived up to the title, which is saying a lot.

Full of references to rom-com movies, Annie Cassidy is waiting for the man of her dreams – a Tom Hanks type of man who is sensitive, sweet, and owns a houseboat. As you can imagine, there are all sorts of obstacles and it doesn’t work out quite the way Annie thinks it will.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “Tom Hanks isn’t a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my mom told over and over.”


Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts61dM4M-OpjL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_

Book Two of the Guardians Trilogy. (Check out the review from Book One Here!)

The Six are back at it again, protecting the world from an evil goddess. But this time she is more dangerous than ever.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 3 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quotes: “I wanted you then, but it wasn’t time, and I had to wait.”


Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs 51Ye9OxbDiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Book 11 in the Mercy Thompson novels. And you really should read them in order. Otherwise, this complicated world of werewolves, vampires, witches, fae, and god knows what else would be very hard to keep track of. I enjoy these books. Briggs always has an enchanting way of pulling me into her books from the very first sentence.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 3 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quotes: “Sometimes there is no way to make things better. Ther is only making it through.”


511RHa4P7-L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_This Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer

Bradley 

This is book one of a series about the legend of King Arthur. At least that is what I had thought when I started the book. But it’s more about the women surrounding the legend, more specifically the women of the priestess bloodline of the druid island of Avalon. It’s an interesting perspective and I intend to read at least the next book of the series.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor:  0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – JUNE


Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Sunburn by Laura Lippman51i2hLp31ZL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

I don’t remember where I heard about this book… probably a podcast.

Strange incidents keep happening around Polly, when all she is trying to do is survive. Everything seems to be masterfully orchestrated… but who is the pulling all the puppet strings?

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


The Writing Life by Annie Dillard31-oCiyJS6L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to Rachael Herron, host of both The Writer’s Well and How Do You Write? podcasts, for this book recommendation.

I would consider this book a reflection collection of thoughts about the writing life. I would recommend reading this one slowly, taking the time to reflect on the ideas and thoughts presented.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall41QQ7tI1ajL

I heard an interview with the author on the Unlikable Female Characters podcast and immediately requested the book from the library. It’s one part thriller, one part mystery, and one part Clue (the board game and/or film) – with the seven deadly sins thrown in.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows51zSWUuPdTL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to the wonderful Alissa Bimberg for the recommendation on this one! We plan to watch the Netflix film sometime in the near future.
Written entirely in the form of letters between several individuals following WWII, this book is full of charming characters and stories of a Nazi German occupation. I truly enjoyed this read.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

 

 


Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn  51L+enFud9L._SX342_ (1)

If I had to guess, I suppose this book would go into the YA/Fantasy novel category.

A country girl, Brianna, become employed to Lady Marguerite, a princess with three echos – a clone of sorts, incapable of thought and only copy the host. When disaster strikes, both Brianna and Marguerite must pull together to survive.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop51NCJjP9AIL

This book is certainly not for everyone. Has some real weird/fanciful steamy bits. Just a warning.

A small future queen and witch child is struggling to survive in a very strange fantasy world/worlds. She find help from a slew of people, including a couple of demons and Satan. Kind of a weird book.

Love Factor: 2 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 10 out of 5 Teapots

 


Blood Sisters by Juin Charnell 51UzE6QmerL

*Trigger warning. This book deals with child sex trafficking.

Remember that Liam Neeson movie, Taken? This novel reminded me of that type of justice. As in, everything will be okay as long as you take the bad guys down. The End.

Love Factor: 1 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Spring by Ali Smith41etjy5BOOL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

I cannot do better than the “blurb” for this book. So…

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I’m okay, she says. I’m doing my best in response to my situation and being as good-humored as I can while I’m doing it.”


Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield 51lD2JA-QIL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Remember that one film, 300? This is a re-telling of that story. And it’s definitely not as fanciful as the film.

With Persia threatening to take over the world, 300 Spartans stand in the way… and give their lives for eternal glory.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “Men’s pain is lightly borne and swiftly over. Our wounds are of the flesh, which is nothing; women’s is of the heart-sorrow unending, far more bitter to bear.”


The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge46183531 (1)

I listened to this book while I painted my kitchen. Praise the sweet baby Jesus that my kitchen is no longer the color of fry sauce (it’s a lovely off white now).
I have read my fair share of WWII books and watched a number of documentaries and films on the subject. However, rarely have I encountered such a honest perspective from the family of a WWII vet. I found this book powerful and moving. Highly recommend it.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann51PP3iTK8DL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

I know this book was making the rounds in the last year or so, but I didn’t really know what it was about or had any interest until I heard the author on a podcast (Sorry, Donita, I don’t remember which one). I was hooked from chapter one. And I am getting the Jimmy Stewart film based on the events covered in this book from the library this week! *Shout out to Ramsey County Library!*
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know of a single Osage family which didn’t lose at least one family member because of the head rights.”



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