The Wonder Worker by Susan Howatch

This is one of those books I would want with me if trapped on a desert island. The Wonder Worker has many levels, and is one of those wonderful stories that you return to again and again, always finding something new in the words. On the surface level, it's a story about four everyday people … Continue reading The Wonder Worker by Susan Howatch

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

I don't know about you, but I have an incredibly developed sense of smell. Annoyingly so at times, because I can pick out the scent of body odor from 50 feet away. My sister always tells me I have the "nose from hell" and there are times when it feels like hell to be able … Continue reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Sexy Sunday! Little Birds by Anaïs Nin

It's Sunday near the end of Lent, so what else could I have possibly read except some hard-core erotica by one of the world's foremost feminist writers? Yes, it's Sexy Sunday again, and Nicole of The Bookworm Drinketh has posted her own take on this book - and her alcoholic escape - over at her … Continue reading Sexy Sunday! Little Birds by Anaïs Nin

The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre in the world, and anything set in my spirit country of Italy even more so. This marvelous book, The Chef's Secret, not only meets both of those criteria, but it's also about FOOD! And FORBIDDEN LOVE! and MYSTERY! And MORE FOOD! OK, I'll calm down now, but you … Continue reading The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It took me awhile to read this book, though it had been recommended by numerous friends and fellow bloggers. There are some seriously good food mentions in this book, which is partly why I read it three times. Also, it's just an addictive read. The gist of the book is thus: As a teen, Theo … Continue reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Thanks to TB for the photography. Do you know what it's like to read a book and have it haunt you, like a whisper or the faint hint of perfume in an empty room? I've always been possessed by the gorgeous Gothic-ness of Rebecca, which has mystery, ghosts, passionate love and a big, haunted house. … Continue reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

A Scandal in Bohemia (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thanks to JRB for the photography. Who doesn't love the adventures of the erstwhile Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson? So ingrained in our culture are these two literary detectives that the image of a deerstalker cap and pipe, the phrase "elementary, my dear Watson," and the address 221-B Baker Street in London, … Continue reading A Scandal in Bohemia (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Photography by me. Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Blessed Ramadan! Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings! Happy Festivus! I hope everyone has had a happy and blessed holiday with their families, friends, loved ones, pets, and anyone else beloved. So today's post is probably not a surprise. But, it's Christmas. I HAD to do honor to … Continue reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

Thanks to CHC for the photography! October winds to a close, and all the spooky, scary things that went bump in the night are on their way out, ushering in the holiday season. The supernaturally-themed book that I raced to the October finish line is a new favorite, a little gem of a novel which … Continue reading The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The premise of this novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, is that books are medicine for the heart and the soul. I love that idea and believe it's true. Books have been my constant companion since childhood, my comfort when sad, and my solace when all hope seemed lost. I remember my grandmother, Nana Jean, reading … Continue reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George