April 2017 Reading Wrap-up

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This slim memoir is written by a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his 30s, while he was in his last year of residency. Although his love of literature and language shines through, I actually found the afterword by his wife to be the best writing in the book. That being said, this is still a moving and contemplative look at death from a man who was clearly both brilliant and a caring doctor. VGR Continue reading “April 2017 Reading Wrap-up”

March 2017 Reading Wrap-up

March was a great reading month! I thoroughly enjoyed almost every book I read.

The Dark Days Pact, by Alison Goodman: Even better than the first book in the trilogy! Goodman has infused these novels with so much historical accuracy (England in the early 19th century), and yet it never feels heavy-handed. Lady Helen is coming into her Reclaimer powers, learning to dress and act as a man, fighting her feelings for Lord Carlston, and still dealing with the Duke of Selburn’s attentions. Great detail, great characters, great action, and an ending that packed an incredible emotional punch. I need the next book! VGR Continue reading “March 2017 Reading Wrap-up”

February 2017 Reading Wrap-up

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Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson: This was an enjoyable sci-fi novel with fascinating science, a great premise, and excellent world-building. Intelligent beings have put the earth inside a type of bubble, making time pass on earth much more slowly than outside the planet. The main characters are twins Diane and Jason, and their childhood best friend Tyler, who is a little boring as the narrator. But the story rises above that and was a real page-turner. VGR Continue reading “February 2017 Reading Wrap-up”

2016: Very Good Reads

Of 200 books read in 2016, here are my VGRs:

Crooked Heart, by Lissa Evans: This was an excellent book set during WWII in London. Noel, aged 10, has been living with his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette with an unconventional lifestyle. When she dies, Noel is evacuated to the suburbs and is taken in by Vera, a woman in her mid-30s with a very messy life. Together, they come up with an unscrupulous scheme to get money and form an unlikely and lovely friendship. Continue reading “2016: Very Good Reads”

A Few Favorites

Graeter’s ice cream, a college standby when I lived in Cincinnati, is absolutely wonderful.  Their chip flavors are chock full of huge chunks of Ghirardelli chocolate, unlike the waxy fake chocolate crap so many ice creams sport.  After leaving Cincinnati, I had to settle for having Graeter’s every few years when I went back to town.  Sometimes I would get 12 pints and bring them back home with me, packed in dry ice.  Luckily, Graeter’s is now being distributed nationally, though with a limited range of flavors.  A seasonal flavor, strawberry chip, has long been one of my absolute favorites, but I couldn’t get it unless I happened to be in Cincinnati in the month it was being sold (often June).  Lo and behold, what should appear in my Kroger’s freezer yesterday as I was picking up a few items: Continue reading “A Few Favorites”