The Seal of Approval


Bookish Stuff

What’s in a seal?  Prestige, praise, protection, a blessing.  Seals have existed for many centuries.  They date back to some of the world’s first civilizations.  Today we use them mostly to award prizes.  If you’re a book lover of literary prizes, then you’re used to seeing seals on winning books and runners-up.  Seals are now […]

January 8, 2019

April Wrap Up 2018


Wrap Ups

April was a successful month of reading. Why, you ask?  Duh, I read a five-star book!  The last book I finished in April was read on the 28th and it really rocked my literary fiction world.  Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau is 152 pages of pure literary genius.  It’s a must read for all of […]

May 4, 2018

Literary Goals in 2018


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                   Hello All! I’m back and ready to write.  I took a very significant break from this blog and from my YouTube channel.  Needless to say, it was a lot.  I was everywhere and nowhere and that wasn’t what I wanted.  Having taken the time to reflect and to make some changes to […]

January 2, 2018

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 Longlist Predictions


Literary Prizes

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the literary prizes  thatI look forward to the most.  It is a prestigious UK  prize, founded in 1996, that honors great women writers from all over the world. Wednesday, March 8th the Baileys Women’s Prize Longlist will be announced.  Traditionally the longlist contains 20 choices however […]

March 5, 2017

Festival America


Bookish Stuff

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September 20, 2016

The Passenger


Book Reviews

What would you do if the identity you’ve embraced for some time has fallen through and your only option is to leave town precipitously and try to get another one?  This is the beginning of the newly released thriller, The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.  This story follows the chaotic journey of “Tanya DuBois” to her […]

April 12, 2016

NY Times By the Book Tag


Bookish Stuff, Booktube Videos

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March 19, 2016

The Man Booker International Prize 2016


Bookish Stuff

The Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist was announced earlier today.  The list is comprised of some very impressive and appealing titles.  It won’t be easy for the judges to choose the shortlist.  I’m thrilled to see a little bit of #ReadSoulLit on the list with Marie NDiyae and Fiston Mwanza Mujila.  Both of their books are […]

March 10, 2016

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016


Bookish Stuff

It’s that time of year again!  The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 longlist was announced earlier today.  The list is surprising and vast in subject matter.  These 20 novels were chosen from a list of 150 books which the judges read and narrowed down between themselves.  There are some oldies and some debut novels […]

March 8, 2016

The Miniaturist


Book Reviews

The Miniaturist is the story of eighteen year old Nella who’s marriage to Johannes Brandt has been arranged due to her family’s drastic money problems.  Johannes is a very wealthy merchant from Amsterdam and he is twice her age.  Arriving in her new home, Nella, a simple girl from the countryside, is greeted with indifference and […]

March 6, 2016