30 Following

msleighm books

So many books, so little time...


Buy indie!

Currently reading

The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen

5 star


Found on hospital bookshelf and couldn't remember if I read it. Turns out I had, but I read it again and it was a great romp. Glad I borrowed it.

Shadows of a Dream: Book Two - Ea Jensen

4 stars. 


#2 in a series. 


This series takes a full and complicated fantasy world and sets it now. I would love to be a part of this world. However, in this book, the 2nd in the series we see a darker psychological side of the faerie world amongst us.


Looking forward to what's next!

Shadows of the Past - E.A.  Jensen

#1 in a series. 


I loved this book and it's unique spin on vampire, werewolf and otherworldly lore. If I could nominate it for some award, I would.

The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist #1) - M.J. Rose

4 stars. 


1st in a series. 


I am definitely interested in reading the rest of the series, though this book could have used an additional eye in editing. 


Portions could have (should have) been expanded for clarity and better story telling. 

The Alexandria Link  - Steve Berry

4 stars. 


#2 in the series. 


Reread (many years later) so I can read them in order. Since I didn't remember much of the book it was fun. It also helped fit characters in the time line of the series together. Since I'm a fan of all things Library of Alexandria, I can imagine I may read this one yet again in the future. 


Since I wasn't feeling well, the three days it took to read felt longer. 


I particularly like the Writer's Note and Interview at the end of the book. 


I'm looking forward to rereading (and reading for the first time) the rest of the series, in order.

How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - Louise Penny

5 stars. 


#9 in the series. 


I have tried to read all of these in order, that is my preference with any series, book, television,  movie, etc.


Could this possibly be the final book in the series? I guess I'll just see!

Gap Creek - Robert Morgan

4 stars. 


1st in a series, really looking forward to reading the rest.


Based on the lives of the authors ancestors; truth is stranger than fiction. 

The Summer of Dead Toys: A Thriller - Antonio Hill

3.5 stars rounded down. 


1st in a series. Would read more if they came my way, but I wouldn't seek them out.


We'll written, strong characters. European tone and locations, though originally written in English. 

Live to Air - Jeffrey L. Diamond

4 stars. 


1st in a series, looking forward to reading more. 


Thank you to the author and publisher for a complimentary copy in exchange for my opinion. 


This book was a little rough around the edges and though the ending fit eventually, it seemed a little awkward. 

First Family  - David Baldacci

3 stars. 


#4 in a series. 



Dying to Know - T.J.  O'Connor

4 stars.


A great start to a series, I'm looking forward to reading the next one.


Mom and I met the author at the Millbrook Literary festival a couple of years ago, I'm glad to finally be getting to read this.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick

5 stars.


I understand there's a movie coming out about this book, the timing of my reading it is completely coincidental. I actually pulled it off my shelf to read it Sept 1, but didn't start in earnest until the 22nd. I hope the movie is as conscientious about historical accuracy as the book tries to be and isn't a Hollywood horror movie.


The book is extremely readable for non-fiction based almost exclusively on 19th century documents. He has done amazing amounts of research and the notes in the end were almost more interesting to me than the content of the book itself. There is also an extensive Bibliography and an Index.


This is the form of historical non-fiction I would aspire to write



The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough

4.5 starts rounded up.


At page 110, I wrote "I know I'm not going to want this one to end." However, I'll say I found the ending rounded out the book perfectly.

Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel - Dean Koontz

#5 in a series. I (gasp) skipped number 4. I had this and couldn't wait any longer. Odd was calling to me...


4.5 stars rounded down.


Not my favorite of the series, but ultimately satisfying. Koontz threw in a little Steampunk (and Scifi), which was fun for me.

Old Earth - Gary Grossman

3.25 stars rounded down. 


Could use some editorial polish and tightening. Some parts I really enjoyed and some I really didn't. 

A Bridge to Cross - Edward Hackemer

4 stars.


Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. 


The research into the time, 1927, and locations around Buffalo and Niagara Falls seemed well researched and I actually felt as though I were there. That's not easy to do, congratulations.


The book could use another set of eyes in editing.