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Thursday, April 23, 2020

#CoverCrush...Beatrice and Benedick

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.


A pretty girl with a casual updo. A profile. She's looking away, but at what? Who is she? 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.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Childhood Favorites...Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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.

I discovered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sometime in grade school. I loved it. I loved my hardback book with the pencil illustrations. And chocolate. Willy Wonka, the glass elevator. Grandpa Joe. And chocolate. The naughty kids who all got in trouble and punished in some way.


It was all good fun. Reading it as an adult, is still good fun, but you can see the darker elements. And chocolate. The fact that the family was really starving and destitute. That Willy Wonka probably wasn't a great employer. But, chocolate.


My favorite film version is Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I like Johnny Depp, but I just can't watch the new version.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

#CoverCrush...The Book Charmer

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.



Books. I love books. A stack of books. A comfy chair. How do they all fit together? 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.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

#CoverCrush....The Orphan House

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.



I'm a sucker for covers with children on them. Who are these sweet girls? What are they waiting for? 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.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

#CoverCrush: Promise Me

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.


I love letters. So a book about letters? I am so there. Love this cover. The letters in a folder, tied with string. Who are they to? Who sent them? 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. Check out Stephanie's Cover Crush at Layered Pages.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hotel Moscow...#BookReview...DNF

About the book:
From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the riveting story of an American woman—the daughter of Holocaust survivors—who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.

Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which will also give her a chance to gain expertise in the new, vast emerging Russian market. Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.

Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke becomes committed to helping them investigate the crime that threatens their businesses. But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where “capitalism” is still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.

A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.

I have always been fascinated with Russia. As a child of the 70s, it was mystical and far away. It was secret and dangerous and intriguing. Hotel Moscow caught my attention awhile back, but ended up languishing in my TBR pile for far too long and I finally picked it up the other day to sit down and read.

And I couldn't do it. The story covers a week in the life of a woman who goes to Russia in late 1993, after the fall of communism, to teach women about business. I found it to be a superficial, idealistic story that should have been one of depth and nuance. Instead it was dry and full of good Americans and bad Russians. A caricature of what really happened. I finally skimmed it and am chalking it up to a DNF. I wanted to like it. I really did.

Read 3/20

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1/5 Stars