Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Counterfeit Heiress cover

I’ve been madly reading the Lady Emily Mystery series from Tasha Alexander over the last few weeks. According to my Goodreads shelf, I finished the first in the series in mid-August. So, I was very excited when I won an ARC from Goodreads of the ninth Lady Emily mystery that comes out in just a …

Continue reading

Mrs. Poe

I wouldn’t call myself a great fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I read the requisite stories and poetry in high school. You know the drill. It’s Halloween and your English teacher pulls out “The Raven” or “The Tell-Tale Heart” and they try to be all spooky. As a modern teenager you think “um, what?” and …

Continue reading

Books

I may have set some kind of record this month—a personal record anyway—in the number of books I consumed. And, yes, I’m using the word consumed on purpose. My mom has always said I devour books, that I should slow down and enjoy them. I do enjoy them! Just at a quicker pace than most. …

Continue reading

Longbourn

If you hang around readers for very long, you begin to see a pattern. Most have read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Many of those who have read it claim it is, not only their favorite Austen book, but on their list of favorite books of all time. There have been a dearth of Jane …

Continue reading

World of Ash

As far as dystopian fiction goes, I haven’t read widely. Of course, I’ve read “The Hunger Games.” I also read the first in Veronica Roth’s series, “Divergent.” In those, though, there is still an order to society. There are rules, systems and leadership. None of these exist in Shauna Granger’s new book, “World of Ash.” …

Continue reading

Arcadia Falls

There is something about mythology that I love. It’s always been that way. Greek, Norse, Native American, Egyptian. I love them all. And, I think, that is one of the things I love best about “Arcadia Falls” by Carol Goodman. This story has all kinds of myths, fairy tales and legends built into it. There …

Continue reading

I knew very little about the life of Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, before “The Aviator’s Wife.” I had, as a child, seen the Spirit of St. Louis at the Smithsonian museum. My father is a pilot and we spent many hours in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. I had even …

Continue reading

Michael Ennis’ The Malice of Fortune had two things going against it when I started reading it. First, it deals with Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander IV, and his family’s reign in Italy. I know very little about this period. I knew this going in and bought it with eyes wide open. However, …

Continue reading