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Thursday, November 29, 2018

#CoverCrush: This is How it Ends

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



An open door. An empty room. Is it inviting you to enter or to leave? Who lives or lived here? What is their story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

#CoverCrush: Thanksgiving in Connecticut

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


It's Thanksgiving. The table is set in a casual yet creative manner. Who is coming to dinner?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Childhood Favorites...Lenora Mattingly Weber

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

Growing up as a child in the 70s, I found so many awesome books in the library. I loved books that were written in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Don't Call Me Katie Rose by Lenora Mattingly Weber was one I checked out over and over again.  I adored Katie Rose. She was a freshman in high school and only wanted to fit in and be like the other kids. What teenager doesn't? Her family was a bit quirky. Awesome, but quirky and quirky wasn't cool, it made you stand out.

There were sequels and many other books that Ms. Weber wrote, but this was my favorite.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

#CoverCrush: Warlight

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


People out walking on a foggy night. A single lamp post lights their way. The black and white and gray palette evoke mystery and even danger. What is this story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

#CoverCrush: The Artisan Heart

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


Train tracks fascinate me. Where are they heading? What was it like to travel by train? This cover captured my attention immediately. The entire image focuses on those tracks and following them. But to where? Where is the destination? Who is leaving or arriving? What is the story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Girls on the Line...#BookReview

December 1917. As World War I rages in Europe, twenty-four-year-old Ruby Wagner, the jewel in a prominent Philadelphia family, prepares for her upcoming wedding to a society scion. Like her life so far, it’s all been carefully arranged. But when her beloved older brother is killed in combat, Ruby follows her heart and answers the Army Signal Corps’ call for women operators to help overseas.

As one of the trailblazing “Hello Girls” deployed to war-torn France, Ruby must find her place in the military strata, fight for authority and respect among the Allied soldiers, and work to secure a victory for the cause. But balancing service to country is complicated further by a burgeoning relationship with army medic Andrew Carrigan.

What begins as a friendship forged on the front lines soon blossoms into something more, forcing Ruby to choose between the conventions of a well-ordered life back home, and the risk of an unknown future.

Engaged and working as a telephone operator in Philadelphia, Ruby Wagner reluctantly prepares for her upcoming wedding. When her brother is killed in combat, to her parents' disappointment, Ruby accepts an opportunity to work as an operator in the Army Signal Corps in France.

I had no idea that women served as telephone operators during World War 1. It makes so much sense while reading the story though. There had to be some way for those soldiers at the front to contact each other and for the brass to send and receive crucial messages and orders.

Aimie Runyan excels at writing about the relationships between women. These women were amazing. Strong and resilient and they put up with so much grief. Poor treatment by the servicemen, difficult living conditions and then after serving their country, not being recognized for that service in order to receive benefits and pensions. Added  to that, it took another year after the war before American women received the right to vote.

Ruby was remarkable. Tenacious and strong-willed, the conflict between following her heart and pleasing her society parents was on point. Ruby and her fellow operators show us the strength of friendship. Margot was fantastic. Evangeline's story was heartbreaking, but inspiring. I adored Andrew and I shook my head at Nathaniel.

I am never disappointed with an Aimie Runyan book. I so appreciate that Aimie finds untold stories about incredible women in history and then brings them to life on the pages of her books. Women supporting, encouraging and advocating for each other can literally rule the world together. And these women are not afraid to stand up for themselves or work hard.

Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this. You can learn more about Aimie K. Runyan on her website and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Read 9/18

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5/5 Stars

Thursday, November 1, 2018

#CoverCrush: Brass

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


The cover evokes the 80s. A woman leans against a car. Is she sad? Is she wistful? What is her story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.