All posts by Laurie C

I'm a public librarian in Massachusetts who loves to give reading suggestions, whether asked-for or not, a specialty known in library jargon as "reader's advisory". I read a lot -- mostly literary, genre, and young adult fiction, but also short stories and memoirs -- and listen to a lot of audiobooks. Newer favorites include Patry Francis, Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, Lev Grossman, Jennifer Egan, Laurie R. King, Lionel Shriver, Carolyn Parkhurst, Penny Vincenzi, Michael Connelly, Alexander McCall Smith, Orson Scott Card, Patrick Rothfuss, Martha Southgate, Jennifer Haigh, Zadie Smith, and Louise Penny. Some older favorites are Lorrie Moore, Anne Tyler, Ian McEwan, Susan Howatch, and Connie Willis.

SYNC is Back! FREE Audiobooks! #audiobooksync17

The SYNC program from AudioFile is back, so you know summertime is almost here! Tell all the teens you know about these FREE audiobook downloads! The program is aimed at getting teens hooked on audiobooks, but the free downloads are open to all.

Each week a YA title is paired with a work of classic literature. The week runs 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday to 7 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday when the new week’s titles become available. Best to download them over the weekend so you don’t forget!

This week’s pairing is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, read by Greg Wise

and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, read by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-27-17 #IMWAYR

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When you can barely remember your admin password, you know it’s been too long again since you last logged in to your blog! I missed the whole of the week-long Bloggiesta that ended yesterday. Congratulations to those who fixed up their blogs and worked on their to-do lists!

This month I’m reading mysteries, with a focus on diversity, for our genre study group meeting in early April. Last week I finished The Long Fall by Walter Mosley, the first in his Leonid McGill series.

book coverThis week I’m reading Ghost Month by Ed Lin, which is first in the author’s Taipei Night Market series, set in Taiwan.

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I’m also hoping to start Hot Flash by Carrie H. Johnson this week. Hot Flash is first in a series by a new author and features a 40-something female forensic firearms specialist named Muriel Mabley, in the Philadelphia Police Department.

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I just finished The Worst Kind of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (on audio) last week, and I’m on the waiting list for The Night School on audio, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book – both of which have aging male main characters – so I’m looking forward to the perspective of a “mature” female crime-solver in Hot Flash. The second book in the series, Cold Flash, is coming out in May.

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I’m also halfway through I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I read her first novel, I Let You Go, last week. They are quick reads in the British psychological suspense/domestic thriller genre that’s so popular. I’m getting a little tired of the first-person point of view of these, but if I don’t try to figure out the plot twists and just read along, they can be pretty addictive! The way the police work the murder/rape cases in I See You seems totally unrealistic, but the author was a police officer for 12 years in England, so maybe that’s how they operate over there! 😉

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week, both reading-wise and otherwise!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-13-17 #IMWAYR

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I’m having a tough time posting today because it’s the first post since losing my father on February 25th. He was 87 years old, and, I believe, a faithful reader of this blog till the end, even the Weekend Cooking posts, although he was as far from a foodie as you can possibly be, and even though our taste in books didn’t overlap too much. As a friend at work told me, this is going to be a year of many “firsts.”

And so, it’s fitting that this week I’m reading a memoir called From Darkness to Dawn: A True Story of Recovery from Postpartum Depression, written by Marcia Orcutt, a friend who just had her book launch on Saturday. She wrote her book with the support of two writers’ groups and has been bravely sharing her experience of years of clinical depression that began after the birth of her second daughter, but had its roots, she believes, going back much farther.

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I’m also reading and enjoying Laurie Frankel’s latest novel, This Is How It Always Is, about a family with a transgender child, based in part on her own experience, and listening to All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, narrated by Zach Appelman, which I started once before and didn’t get to finish before the library loan expired; so I started over from the beginning.

There. I did it. Thank you for reading!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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