Monthly Archives: December 2017

My Top 10 Favorite Books … 2017

I read 28 books on the year by 27 authors, including eight international writers, seven female writers, and seven works of nonfiction. A lot of historical fiction, in fact, three books that made the top 10 were based in World War II, another based in Vietnam, Russia, China, Tibet and Cuba. Continue reading

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My Review | A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Unbelievably great writing. A collection of short stories where all of the characters share their experiences as immigrants from Vietnam residing near New Orleans. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 17

A young man came to the house selling doorknob cameras. He said he’d been selling them to all my neighbors. ‘Have you ever heard of a doorknob camera,’ he asks. ‘No.’ ‘Oh great. I have a vid’ … he grabs his iPad. I cut him off. ‘I don’t need to see a video. I’m right in the middle of dinner,’ which wasn’t true, but he hasn’t sold anything to my neighbors, so we’re even. Continue reading

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My Review | The Magician King

The second book of the trilogy. I loved this book because of its ability to just go anywhere with the narrative. Talking dragon in a canal. Yes, delivers pertinent info in the adventure. Continue reading

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My Review | A Man Called Ove

Grumpy old man with a heart of gold with a backstory. He cannot not do the right thing at least from his point-of-view. Funny book from Sweden. Continue reading

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My Review | Loud and Incredibly Close

Gut-wrenching story of a boy whose dad dies during the terror attack of 9/11. The boy is unusual. The story is a fable about dealing with grief and catastrophe. Also funny. Continue reading

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My Review | City of Thieves

Written by the Game of Thrones producer, I love this book’s lead characters and the intense and hilarious situations they find themselves in, set in Russia during WWII. Continue reading

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