Recent Reviews

  • Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey Broad Reach Publishing June 2014 15 pages My copy: Kindle Book via Kindle Unlimited subscription The Synopsis: When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else? A short story of 5,000 words. The Review:  Overall Rating: I haven’t read many short stories since… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review: Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey
  • My Sister’s Grave  by Robert Dugoni Published by Thomas and Mercer, November 1, 2014 418 pages ISBN-13: 978-1477825570 My copy: kindle version (via Kindle Unlimited paid subscription) Plot: Setting: Characters: Premise/Theme: Overall Rating: I hate when this much time goes by between book reviews and discussions, but that’s what happens when a book takes this long… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review: My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming 189 pages 2012 edition published by Thomas and Mercer My copy: Kindle e-book My rating: The Synopsis: In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a… [Continue Reading]

    1001 Books Discussion: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Candide by Voltaire Originally Published:  1759 My copy: Free Kindle Book The Synopsis: Caustic and hilarious, Candide has ranked as one of the world’s great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss, who was himself a disciple of Leibniz. In the course of… [Continue Reading]

    1001 Books Discussion: Candide by Voltaire
  •   Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester 306 pages Published by Lake Union Publishing My copy: Free Kindle Book The Synopsis: Chasing the Sun:  Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela,… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review:  Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester
  • Inamorata by Megan Chance 421 pages Published by Lake Union Publishing, 2014 My Copy: Free Kindle Book My summer reading list has been a little lighter this year.  The day job has been keeping me way too busy for voluminous reading, but this little gem of a novel inspired me to return here to the… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review: Inamorata by Megan Chance
  • We Carried the Mat by Katie Jordan WestBow Press, 2012 Kindle Edition: $3.49 Hello again, Readers!  After a longer than expected hiatus, I am returning to The Lit Witch as promised.  It’s good to be back. I return to you today with a “review” of sorts that’s very personal.  It is not from a genre… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review: We Carried the Mat by Katie Jordan
  •   Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher New York: Roc, 2012 ISBN 9780451464408 (hardcover) Katherine gives this wizard story 4 stars — be ready for action and a thrilling ending that will surely carry to the next story. Harry Dresden has seen and gone through a lot in the 13… [Continue Reading]

    Guest Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher
  • Burning Air: A Novel by Erin Kelly ISBN 9780670026722 (hardback) New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2013 Katherine gives this family relationship / psychological suspense novel 3 stars. The English have been doing a wonderful job bringing us psychological/suspense fiction in the last year or so like Before I Go to Sleep, What the Nanny Saw… [Continue Reading]

    Guest Book Review: The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
  •   The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived In Stately Homes A Century Ago by Jacky Hyams London : John Blake Publishing Ltd, 2011. Katherine gives this book 3 stars — read it to find out tidbits and facts about upstairs and downstairs life in the Edwardian manor. It does seem that… [Continue Reading]

    Guest Book Review: The Real Life Downton Abbey by Jacky Hyams

Book Review: Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey

Glitch

Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey Broad Reach Publishing June 2014 15 pages My copy: Kindle Book via Kindle Unlimited subscription The Synopsis: When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else? A short story of 5,000 words. The Review:  Overall Rating: I haven’t read many short stories since […]

Book Review: My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

sister

My Sister’s Grave  by Robert Dugoni Published by Thomas and Mercer, November 1, 2014 418 pages ISBN-13: 978-1477825570 My copy: kindle version (via Kindle Unlimited paid subscription) Plot: Setting: Characters: Premise/Theme: Overall Rating: I hate when this much time goes by between book reviews and discussions, but that’s what happens when a book takes this long […]

Book Photo of the Week

book tree

Here’s a photo I ran across on Pinterest to get you in the holiday spirit.  I really need to do this in my home library some year – with non-collectable reading copies, of course.    I wonder how long it would take my cat, my dog or my kids to knock the whole thing over…. […]

Top 10 Gifts for Book Lovers: The 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide

gifts for book lovers

Mid-November already?  It’s almost time for the holidays and I don’t know where this year went.  But I DO know how to make the book lovers on your list happy this season.   Here are some great bookish selections for all of the bibliophiles on your shopping list this year. The Lit Witch’s Guide to […]

Book Photo of the Week

magic-book

Book Photo of the Week I found this book photo in my web wanderings and thought that it perfectly personifies exactly what I need right now:  a book that just comes to life.  I haven’t found one of those for a while – in fact, I’ve recently QuitLit two of my former favorite authors.  I do […]

QuitLit: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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  The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Another former-favorite author lands on the QuitLit page.  What an incredible bummer.  I was soooooo excited to check out the latest novel by Sarah Waters, author of two of my favorite books: Fingersmith and The Little Stranger.  I signed on to a lengthy library waiting list and was […]

Friday Fights: The Paying Guests

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  It’s been a VERY long while since I’ve done a Friday Fights post.  But I was inspired by the very different looks of the UK and US covers of my current read: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.  So what do you think?  Who did it better, the US or the UK?  Vote below! […]

Book Photo of the Week

Book Photo

Found this very cool book photo on my web wanderings today and thought I’d share it here: Beautiful!

1001 Books Discussion: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Casino Royale

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming 189 pages 2012 edition published by Thomas and Mercer My copy: Kindle e-book My rating: The Synopsis: In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a […]

An ecard for all you bookish parents

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 An ecard from me to you for Hump Day:     I decided to try my hand at making an ecard last night while facing this very dilemma.   Happy Wednesday, everyone!