The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Posted by Sherry on 5/17/2017 in General, Mysteries, Young Adult Fiction |

Before Verity . . . there was Julie. Billed as a prequel to the popular spy thriller Code Name Verity, The Pearl Thief, set in Scotland and featuring a fifteen year old Julie/Verity, is a coming of age exploration of gender, identity, and bisexuality encased in a murder mystery. Of those three elements—setting, theme, and […]


The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted by Sherry on 4/25/2017 in Adult Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Movies |

Here are my thoughts from 2014 on the book called The Circle, soon to be released as a motion picture. Perhaps the movie will fill out the characters and retain the thought-provoking ideas. *************** Are you afraid of the continued encroachment of Big Government and Big Business and Big Internet on the privacy of individuals? […]


Cleophas and Elizabeth Visit Easter Sunrise Service

We have a tradition in our church of having Biblical characters visit our Easter sunrise service in the park. This year Cleophas and his wife, Elizabeth, from Emmaus told us about their encounter with the resurrected Christ. First Person Drama, written by Pastor Bob DeGray and performed by John Bauer and Zion Early. Based on […]


The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Posted by Sherry on 3/2/2017 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Movies |

I read and reviewed this slim novel back in 2012, and since it’s supposed to be coming out as a movie in March, I thought I’d repost, FYI. I’m wondering how well the movie will be able to capture the “unreliable narrator” point of view. *********** I do believe SFP at pages turned nailed this […]


Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2017 in General, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

“Freedom would not be handed to us like a gift. Freedom had to be fought for and taken.” This third and final book in Ms. Anderson’s Seeds of America trilogy wraps up the story of Curzon and Isabel, the black teens who have weathered the vicissitudes of the American revolution and of slavery, freedom, and […]


Two Books about Appreciating Differences

Posted by Sherry on 2/13/2017 in Adult Fiction, Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction |

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Nathan and Sally Clarkson. First I picked up The One-in-a-Million Boy, as recommended by Lisa Spence and by Shelia at Dodging Raindrops. It was a good read about a boy who befriends a centenarian, 104 […]


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2017 in Adult Fiction, Australia, Historical fiction, Literary fiction |

Movies and books don’t usually make me cry. Even as I’ve become more emotional and easily moved in my old age, I still rarely cry in response to a fictional narrative. After all, it’s fiction, didn’t really happen. Well, trigger warning, The Light Between Oceans made me bawl. In my bed at 1:00 in the […]


Demelza by Winston Graham

Posted by Sherry on 1/26/2017 in Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction |

I’m spending my Thursdays here on the blog in the eighteenth century, 1700’s. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in Mr. Graham’s Poldark series, even though I knew what was going to happen since I have already watched seasons one and two of the TV series, Poldark. These are such good stories. I think […]


Timeline of Middle Grade Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/7/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Historical fiction, History |

1242: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions, William, an oblate who is half-Saracen and half French, and Jacob, a Jewish boy with […]


12 Historical Fiction Books Set in the 18th Century

Posted by Sherry on 1/5/2017 in Adult Fiction, General |

I hope to read these recommended books sometime this year: Fire by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh. Storm by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh. The Yale Revival of 1798-1800. Spider in a Tree by Susan Stinson. About Jonathan Edwards and his family. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. A young English dreamer and soldier, Edward Waverley, […]

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