Bookstore Discoveries.

I love to discover new places to buy books, particularly used books. I’m finding there’s a charm in used bookstores that regular stores just don’t have. And, I love that organizations can benefit from used book sales. It’s a win-win for reader and seller alike. Actually, it’s more than win-win because the reader gets so much more out of it than just a book. They also get a better community in which each person helps the other out. All that and stories, too. Who couldn’t like that?

Here’s a place I haven’t checked out, but want to soon. Sounds like a wonderful way for young people to learn so much about books, business, and more. It’s called More Than Words. Such an apt name! :-)




Boston is creating a Literary Cultural District: here are a couple of the places where Louisa May Alcott lived


I’m reblogging this from the Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion website. Isn’t this super-exciting!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to the author of that blog, Susan Bailey, for sharing it with the internet!

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:

I am very excited about this since I live an hour out of Boston. There are already many sites in Boston that are related to the Alcotts but having a literary cultural district is very cool. Here is more information about that effort:

In a quote from the article, the idea grew from a fortuitous conversation:

“The idea for a literary district grew out of a conversation between GrubStreet executive director Eve Bridburg and MCC head Anita Walker when the former bemoaned the fact that even though there is a lot happening culturally in Boston, you don’t often hear about the writers. The goal is to provide a series of walks through Boston’s literary history, while supporting writers and publishers working today. It’s also about including all the literary efforts in the city under one umbrella. “We’re thinking about branding the work that everybody is doing so that there’s…

View original 323 more words

Used Bookstore Fun Find!

outlanderI confess that I’m one who collects different editions of the same book if that book has some kind of significance to me beyond the usual. Here’s an Outlander that was apparently a freebie for someone, but it’s not an Advanced Reading Copy, since there are several subsequent Outlander series books listed inside and the edition include a sneak peak of An Echo in the Bone (“Coming 9/22/09 in Hardcover”).
It’s a terribly neat and fun edition with only words on the front cover and a Celtic-looking design. This is not something I’d feel comfortable buying at a standard mass market paperback price, since I wouldn’t need it. But at a charity shop – and possibly on half-off day – I guess it’s okay.


My Outlander love letter on this Valentine’s Day.

I forgot to post a link to this earlier this week! It is a post I wrote on Heroes and, a FUN romance fiction website.Image

Photo Source:

“Outlander is kind of a love letter to, well, love. But it is also a love letter to the novel form, to the imagination, to the senses that can be aroused simply through words in a story.”

Why does Isabel Allende need to apologize for observations on contemporary mystery fiction?

Here is her statement quoted on NPR’s site.

“The book is tongue in cheek. It’s very ironic … and I’m not a fan of mysteries, so to prepare for this experience of writing a mystery I started reading the most successful ones in the market in 2012. … And I realized I cannot write that kind of book. It’s too gruesome, too violent, too dark; there’s no redemption there. And the characters are just awful. Bad people. Very entertaining, but really bad people. So I thought, I will take the genre, write a mystery that is faithful to the formula and to what the readers expect, but it is a joke. My sleuth will not be this handsome detective or journalist or policeman or whatever. It will be a young, 16-year-old nerd. My female protagonist will not be this promiscuous, beautiful, dark-haired, thin lady. It will be a plump, blond, healer, and so forth.”

(The article is called Author Isabel Allende Apologizes For Comments About Mystery Novels, by Krishnadev Calamur.)



Isabel Allende has a right to an opinion. Why is she apologizing for these statements? They seem to be more observation than insult, no? If you can’t even make a little comment on personal taste, then how can we have any conversation? How can we know what honestly motivates writers and why they do what they do? Isn’t that important and interesting? Is it better to tread on eggshells for fear that an honest statement of opinion (not even an insult) might hurt the way people think of you and your books?

Negative is not the same as insulting.

How do you feel? Should Allende apologize for the expression of her opinions? Should readers allow writers to have opinions, too?



The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

My Goodreads review. (Bear in mind that I refer to ‘everyone’ here; these are other Goodreads reviewers. I simply copy and pasted this here.)duchess

I was surprised at how well-done this book was in a number of ways. I won’t go into it now, but Carie is a born-storyteller and quite good at using words to make new to us feelings that we’ve all had. She also paints an almost fairy tale world – in the right places – without laying it on too thick. I did prefer the first half or so to the end, as I didn’t quite grasp what became a significant moral in the tale.

I really don’t know why everyone is so upset about ‘titillation’ in this Christian fiction novel.  I feel people have used by far the wrong term there. This was  to sexuality that is born of love; surely that has a place in God’s world and, therefore, in our representation of this world of God’s. It happens; it needs to be acknowledged in the honorable of ways. Something I liked in this book is the suggestion that there is nothing sinful about sensuosity or sexuality, from the joy Serena took in paints and colors to the physical expression between Serena and Drake.

I was really surprised that a novel with such a lovely, perfect fairy-tale-like name could prove itself so well. Kind of like the book that library-haunting readers always expect to find on a shelf but don’t.

Well, looks like I went and got into it, after all.

Welcome to my new blog!

It’s really all the old stuff from bookbash. But there will be new. This is where I’m posting now. (One day I’ll find a blog to call home!)