What Should I Read Next?

Posted by Sherry on 1/28/2017 in Booklists, General, Reader's Advisory |

I don’t have a lack of reading plans or books to be read. If anything, I have an over-abundance of reading plans and books I want to read. But sometimes I have trouble narrowing down the list to the particular book I want to read next. I thought for the month of February, I’d try […]


What Should I Read Next?

Posted by Sherry on 3/28/2016 in Booklists, Reader's Advisory |

I’ve been listening to the podcast, What Should I Read Next? with Ann Bogel, author of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. On each podcast, Ms. Bogel interviews a reading guest, asking a few specific questions about the guest’s taste in books, and then recommends three books or authors for the guest’s consideration. I thought I’d […]


Happy Valentine’s Weekend

Posted by Sherry on 2/12/2016 in Booklists, Celebrations, General |

A Valentine’s Day Cake Recommended movie for Valentine’s Day: Marty. Real Romance for Grown-up Women. Anatomy of a Marriage: Books about Love and Marriage. To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet, 1678. Love Links, Lists, and Quotes. More recommended novels about love and marriage: The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle. Secret Keeper by […]


Baker’s Dozen: 13 Cybils Finalists I Want to Read

Posted by Sherry on 1/6/2016 in Booklists, Cybil Awards, General |

The short lists of finalists in all of the Cybils categories came out on January 1st, and although I would love to read all of them, I thought 13 books from the finalist lists was a good goal. These are the ones that I haven’t already read that caught my interest: 1. Book Scavenger by […]


Baker’s Dozen: Best Nonfiction I Read in 2015

Posted by Sherry on 1/4/2016 in Booklists, General, Nonfiction |

I made a special effort to read more nonfiction this year, and I discovered some gems while doing so. These are my favorite nonfiction reads from 2015. Not all of these were published in 2015, but I did read them this past year. 1. Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of […]


Baker’s Dozen: 13 Books to Read from 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Posted by Sherry on 1/1/2016 in Around the World, Booklists, General |

I’m part of a yahoo group that was formed to read through the books suggested by Julia Eccleshare in her book, 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. The following list gives some of the books that the group is going to be reading in 2016 and that I am going to […]


Baker’s Dozen: 13 Books I Got for Christmas

Posted by Sherry on 12/29/2015 in Booklists, Celebrations, Christmas gifts, General |

All I really wanted for Christmas was books, books for my library and for my personal reading. So that’s what I got, and a lovely set of books they are: 1. The Father Brown Reader II: More Stories from Chesterton, adapted by Nancy Carpentier Brown. Doesn’t this sound delicious? Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, adapted for […]


Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]


Christmas in South Africa, 1902

Posted by Sherry on 12/8/2015 in Biography/Memoir, Booklists, South Africa |

From Cowboys and Cattle Drives by Edith McCall: “He worked there until December. Then he was asked to drive a bunch of mules to the town of Ladysmith. On the way, he saw posters for Texas Jack’s Wild West Show. Such shows had becomes popular all over the world, beginning with Buffalo Bill’s show of […]


Historical Fiction and Nonfiction: Seventeenth Century Europe

Posted by Sherry on 10/29/2015 in Adult Fiction, Booklists, General, Historical fiction, History, Nonfiction |

Last week I reviewed several books set during World War War II. This week my book travels have taken me to seventeenth century Europe. I haven’t read every single one of the following books, but I can generally recommend either the book or the author. What have you read that is set in seventeenth century […]

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