Category Archives: Top Picks

June Preview

Well I wasn’t able to make it to BookExpo in New York this past week, but it looked like it highlighted some big-named authors with new fiction coming out this fall, notably Jennifer Egan with “Manhattan Beach” (Oct.), Nicole Krauss … Continue reading

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May Preview

Oh thank goodness we survived the April tax season and are now into the more pleasant month of May. The tennis tournament I played in over the weekend was fun though I didn’t win any top prizes. I battled in both singles … Continue reading

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April Preview

We’ve made it to April now, wow. Which reminds me of the saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” Or are your flowers already out? I took the photo at left yesterday when I went bicycling; see the snowy mountains? The … Continue reading

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The Oscars and March Preview

My husband and I are heading out this Saturday for our “spring break” trip, which will include a week of bicycling and exploring in Southern California, particularly in San Diego and the Palm Desert area. So I’m posting early. We … Continue reading

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February Preview

Light snow is falling here this weekend and it’s all pretty and white outside. It’s cold, too (6F, -15C), so it’s better just to stay inside and read near the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa. It’s perfect for … Continue reading

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January Preview and The Association of Small Bombs

January is usually a good literary month. It represents a clean slate for reading and goals and for starting anew — like being fresh out of the box, which I like. I just need to remind myself there’s plenty of … Continue reading

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Year End Summary and Favorites

Below is a rundown of my stats and favorites from 2016. I had a good year (see photo of Lake Louise at left) and averaged a little over a book a week, which is the pace I feel suits me … Continue reading

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December Preview

The hectic holiday season is upon us and already my reading has suffered. At least that’s my excuse for the slowdown. Currently I’m reading Camilla Gibb’s 2010 novel “The Beauty of Humanity Movement” for my book club’s discussion next week. … Continue reading

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November Preview

We are off to a cabin this weekend near Waterton Lakes National Park so I will dash off a quick post now about new releases coming out this month. I usually do these preview posts as a way to help … Continue reading

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I Let You Go and October Preview

Happy October. Hard to believe — there’s only three months left of the year. It’s time to make haste with one’s reading goals. I’ve been enjoying the fall colors and got out last week for a bike ride, see photo … Continue reading

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