Wife, mother, daughter, friend, volunteer. Most recently, after twenty some years of raising her sons at home, she delightedly joined the family at The Well~Read Moose. She is an avid reader and a member of a local book club. She loves talking about books and pets and life and meeting new pople, oh and books!! Her favorite kind of book would be a fictitious, fantastical, family saga with some mysterious, thrilling, sci-fi, and paranormal elemnts, sprinkled with cats and dogs and humor and magic!!
Very scary, better for older middle school students. Set in England/Scotland during the 2nd World War, when parents sent their children away for safety, but these children were sent into danger. With wits and intelligence and a little magic, they defeat the evil lady of the castle.
A lovely story of overcoming loss and learning to leave your comfort zone and evolving, even at 70 years old!
An engaging, non-stop, sci-fi with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and awake long after midnight! Quick read-"unputdownable"Also, a Melissa staff pick!!
Super suspenseful story about an agoraphobic author trying to solve her sister's murder. Nice character development and lots of twists and turns.
In her eagerly awaited debut novel, Emma Cline uses the Manson family as a vehicle for her story which is really about being a young girl in California in the late 1960s, reeling from a parental divorce and the emotional journey of maturing. (Loved her style and the story).
This well-known Spanish author uses the tango and chess as the metaphors to move this story of two untrustworthy people who meet three times in their lives. While the characters are not very likable, they are very realistic. I loved the tempo and feel of this whirlwind saga. The smells and sounds made me feel like a voyeur, with a front row seat to a gritty, sometimes seedy, always strategic, relationship.
Psychological Y.A. thriller - girls at an elite private school ensnared by a psychopathic predator. Each have goals - who will survive?*Some adult subject matter - Page turner
A riveting romp through 17th century Europe with a compelling apprentice to an Apothecary Master who leaves secret messages to follow. New author, I'm sure we will see more books of his!
An English psychological thriller, eerie atmosphere, tense ambiance, uncertain friendships...I read this debut novel in first two sittings.
A tender, coming-of-age, over coming loss, and the sweet serendipity of finding a new friend at the most appropriate time, story.
This one is pure fantasy! It delivered on the budding teen romance, vivid setting descriptions carried the story. I'm feeling a trilogy!
A story of overcoming the odds, addiction, trust, and the drive to have and maintain relationships, both good and bad. The story lumbers along heavily alternating between the past in Nevada and the present in North Idaho. Very well written with a sympathetic protagonist, whom I was compelled to root for.
A perfect bedside table book for a dose of morning meditation or before sleep motivation. Filled with courageous challenges and laugh out loud humor!
Deliciously dark and disturbing short (and shorter) stories to delight and savor into the night. Gaiman is a master at his craft.
A pleasure to read! The pages are beautiful, the illustrations are stunning, and the words are lyrical. Read aloud or quietly, this book is a treasure.
A sweet and hopeful collection of stories about second chances and a gentle reminder to cherish the love of a dog, no matter how old.
Oh calamity!! A funny, thrilling book about friendship, parenting, marriage and murder! Set in Australia and filled with believable dialogue and suspense!
Some of what the author has to say is difficult to hear. That said, this is an important read. You get a personal glimpse into a life very unlike my own. Anchored as a private conversation to his son, there are no holds barred, no punches pulled. Please read.
A simply profound guide to practicing mindfulness in loving.
Fox and O'Hare SeriesI just love the characters in this series. Fox and O'Hare are charming and funny. The settings are beautiful and exciting! Pulse raising adventures abound!
A gut retching but ever-hopeful account of an American Olympian who joined the Armed Forces at the beginning of WWII. Some parts were painful to read but Louis Zamperini's amazing spirit shines throughout the book.Also a Jinny staff pick.
I never would have thought a book about rowing would have engaged me so powerfully. This is a book that celebrates some Americans from 'the greatest generation' and speaks strongly to the resilience of this rowing team from the University of Washington.
This is a reader's book. The author uses words like a great chef uses spices. Set in Italy, Ferrante begins her series describing, with honesty and in brutal detail, the friendship between two young girls.
A horror novel that, at its core, is a sweet love story, told with humor and sensitivity, all the while, reeking of fire and brimstone!Also, a Derrick staff pick!
Bernie and Chet are partners - Bernie is a down on his luck private eye - Chet the narrator, is a dog. The storyline works well. Chet's commentary is very funny and so believable! One of the great partnerships of our day!
If you are tired of the saccharine Christmas tales, pick up this Christopher Moore book. It's a Christmas socking filled with snarky, ridiculous, irreverent mayhem. A trigger warning at the beginning of the book is a great tip off of where this book is going!
A very motivational book about holding back the tide of ageing. A good read for all of us over 40 (and more)!
An "easy to read" historical tribute to amazing architects who designed the Chicago world fair and an insight to a disturbed and creepy mind. Why isn't HH Holmes a more well-known name?
A fun, heart warming account of an expat's first year in France. Mayle is a funny writer and is able to make the reader feel welcomed to join the table!