We read, we ponder, we lament great stories when they end, and we rejoice those that remain with us long after the pages turn for the last time. Once in a while, we like to share random thoughts, recommendations, and praises about these books that get us thinking or reading, or both.
"I took a break from my city's book club the past few months, but now that the holidays are over and I have more time I'm ready to dive into their selections. For February we're reading The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton and for March we're reading What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. I haven't started either, but after reading a few of the reviews I get the inkling that February's read will be serious in tone and rife with historical tidbits, while What Alice Forgot will have fun phrases and storylines, amidst a serious topic. I'm looking forward to both."
"I love a good solid western. Somehow I missed a wonderful author of over a thousand works of fiction who wrote many in the western genre. Although he was an American, the British came to know his work first because many of those books were published exclusively in their country. A portion have now found their way across the pond to become available to us.
Born in 1916, he is most remembered by the name of Lauran Paine, but he wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms. All of this might explain his lack of fame to the general American audience. Had it not been for an American actor who was an avid fan of his work, we would not have experienced the nearly perfect western movie, "Open Range." I am grateful to Kevin Costner for bringing Mr. Paine’s novel to life. As good as the film is, I’m enjoying the book on a different level. He was a master storyteller."
~Samantha St. Claire
"A tall bookshelf stands in the corner of my office, laden with books carefully selected over the years. On the shelf at eye level are the collected works of Susanna Kearsley and Edward Rutherford, two of my favorite authors. Kearsley's books entered my life in 2017, long after she was already known to so many. It began with The Shadowy Horses, and since I have been hooked. Rutherford's books have long been favorites, since I first read The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland. Both authors are masters at their crafts, and looking upon their works daily is a great joy. As an author, they make me want to be a better writer. As a reader, they have given me many hours and days of pleasure.
As much as I would like to read their books over and over, I do like to try new authors. Without doing so, never would another have a chance to become a new favorite. I'm currently reading A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz. I'll admit I bought it because of the gorgeous cover and part of it is set in Scotland. I had not read any of Laura's books before, and now I don't know why. I'm really enjoying it and look forward to more."