From the Family Bookshelf – July 2016



Not a lot of reading–or blogging–going on these days. Real estate has taken over my life. I miss my nightly bath time ritual of reading for at least an hour in the tub, but sometimes I can’t stay awake that long.

This week we are on vacation in Kill Devil Hill, NC (the Outer Banks) so I am getting more reading done than I probably have all year. Won’t get to read all the books I brought with me, but I am hoping to read at least half of them.

Just finished A Loaded Gun by Jerome Charyn, a biography of Emily Dickinson. I’ve also been reading Portrait of Conspiracy: Da Vinci’s Disciples by Donna Russo Morin. I’ll be starting A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard soon. Other books I brought with me on vacation:

  • Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman
  • Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman
  • Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman
  • The Strangers on Montague Street by Karen White
  • When Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

Dad bought four books to take with him on vacation:

  • Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949 by Richard Reeves
  • In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton
  • Trudy’s Promise by Marcia Preston (already read)
  • Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, Book 1) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

The Lil’ Diva brought a bag full of books with her, but not sure she will actually read them. Chatting online with friends seems to have taken over her life. The Lil’ Princess is taking a break right now.

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. Hope you’re all keeping up with your reading. Please feel free to share what you’re reading right now.

From the Family Bookshelf


So many books, so very little time. Going back to work has truly hampered my ability to get much reading done. I have been nursing one book for months–not because it isn’t interesting, just no time to read. The only other book I read was because I edited it.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated Caitlin Rother’s book, Dead Reckoning, is a true crime story. French Illusions: From Tours to Paris by Linda Kovic-Skow is a sequel to her first book and continues her story of studying abroad.

Dad is reading a Clive Cussler book in his spare time. The Lil’ Diva just finished the last book in the Harry Potter Series and the Lil’ Princess is reading On the Way Home, a travel diary by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What are you reading these days?

From the Family Bookshelf – March 2015



Can you believe I haven’t posted one of these updates since October? Whoops! As the girls have grown older, it’s become more of a challenge because I don’t always know what they are reading. In addition, my return to work has reduced my reading time when I had hoped last year and this one would see an increase in my reading.

I won’t bother trying to go through every book I have read since my last update, but here are some notables:

  • Little Author in the Big Woods by Yona Zeldis McDonough, a middle grade biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder,
  • River Spirits by Marilyn Meredith, the latest in her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series,
  • Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney, a middle grade adventure novel,
  • The Seven Levels of Communication by Michael Maher, a business book,
  • Death of a Clown by Heather Haven, a murder mystery set during World War II,
  • The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram, the second book in her Chronicles of the Stone Series.

As for Dad, he has been reading some Vince Flynn novels. The Lil’ Diva is currently reading the second Harry Potter book–a series she said she would never read–and the Lil’ Princess is reading the latest Dork Diaries book.

Papou (Greek for grandfather) is currently reading Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Yia-Yia (Greek for grandmother) is polishing off another mystery novel–her favorite genre.

That’s it for now. Hope you have a great week.

From the Family Bookshelf – February


Oh, my goodness. I was looking how long it has been since I posted one of these columns and I am shocked. The last one was posted in September. Where did the time go?

Okay, I actually have an answer for that. This fall was super crazy around here–crazier than normal if you can believe it. I had two writers conferences, plus the Lil’ Princess had soccer from the end of August until the beginning of November. Oh, I was looking for work at the same time, too. Then there were chorus and violin concerts and…

You get my drift. Motherhood and family time must take precedence over blogging. Luckily, things have calmed down since after Christmas and I’ve started writing again. The other reason that I haven’t been blogging about everyone’s reading is that the Lil’ Diva and Lil’ Princess have decided they are old enough to read on their own now, so family reading time each night before bed is pretty much no more. I miss it, but I can’t keep them babies forever. And poor Dad, his work schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of down time.

That said, the Lil’ Diva has been busy reading for school and pleasure. She just finished off Divergent by Veronica Roth. The next two books arrived today. Before that, she read The Diary of Anne Frank and Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby. She also just picked up the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie.

It’s harder to share what the Lil’ Princess is reading because she honestly has so many books going at once, I don’t know how she does it. Between her Nook, the school library, our local library, and books we buy, she is never reading less than five books at a time. I can only manage two at a time and they have to be totally different genres for me to keep them straight. She borrowed three books out of the Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon from the local library recently. She read The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan for school. Right now, she’s also reading Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell. She’s also reading a non-fiction title on polar bears for her latest book project at school.

Dad is trying to make time to read The Candy Bomber: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlight and America’s Finest Hour by Andrei Cherny. I think I bought that one for him. He enjoys fiction and nonfiction about World War II.

As for me, I’m always reading something. I made a decision at the end of last year not to participate in so many virtual book tours. This should help me get through some of the books in my TBR pile. At this point, I receive almost more unsolicited books for this blog than ones I request. While I don’t feel compelled to review the unsolicited ones, I often mention them. In addition, I have so many other blogs that I simply can’t keep up with all the requests. I’m really liking having more unscheduled reading time–not reading a particular book in a certain time frame.

So far this year I’ve read,

Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins
Recipe by Angela & Michael Petrella
Crabtree by Jon & Tucker Nichols
One Special Christmas by M. Christina Butler
Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home by Jo Linsdell
Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! by Sally O. Lee
The Thackery Journal by John Holt
Elephantantrum! by Gillian Shields
Abigail by Catherine Rayner
Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee
Storytelling by Rudy Mazzocchi
I Don’t Want to go to Bed! by Julie Sykes
The Maisy Files by Elizabeth Woodrum
The Box of Holes by Carmen Gil
The Things in the Air by Carmen Gil

I’m also almost done with I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn. I’m scheduled to review this one on the 18th at The Book Connection. Next up will be Steam and Stratagem by Christopher Hoare.

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. Hope you’ll share with us some of what you’ve been reading lately.