Category Archives: Good Books

Blast from the Past: Good Books

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about two books I read in October of 2010.

As I was scrolling through the archived blog posts to October of 2010 I came across a post where I told you about two books I had read….I got the biggest smile as to this day, these are two books I still recommend and still love.  I think that’s how you know it was a good book…it sticks with you.  These two definitely have stuck with me!!

The first is The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

The Kitchen House: A Novel
I wrote:
This story takes place on a southern plantation before the Civil War.  Lavinia, a seven-year-old white girl immigrating from Ireland, is “given” as an indentured servant to the ship’s captain when her parents die while coming to America.  She is immediately taken to the kitchen house where the Negro servants are told to take care of her and see that she starts working.  Belle, the captain’s illegitimate daughter, who is in charge of the kitchen house quickly because of a mother figure to Lavinia.  The book covers many years…and in the end, it was a tear jerker…at least for me.”

OH MY WORD…I loved the book and imagine my complete joy when I was writing this current blog post and saw that THERE IS A SEQUEL TO THIS BOOK!!  YAHOO.  Can you guess what I’m doing as soon as I’m done writing this post??  I’m finding the book!!

If you are interested in the sequel it is this book…Glory Over Everything.

I am going to go back and re-read the first book then listen to the second.  I typically do that if it’s been a long time since I read the first book.

Amazon readers give the 4.6 stars and the second book 4.7 stars so I’m so encouraged to read it!!

The second book was The City of Thieves by David Benioff.  I went on to recommend this book to Kayla and she also recommends it as one of her favorites. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Outsider

I have long been a fan of Linda Castillo.  She writes a great series of books featuring Kate Burkholder.  Kate is the police chief of a small town, Painters Mill, in Amish country in Ohio.  The catch is that Kate was once Amish herself.  She has a love interest, John Tomasetti who works for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation so one of them is always on a big case.

Whenever I know there is a new book in the series, I don’t hesitate to pre-order it and that’s exactly what I did when I heard her latest book, The Outsider was available for pre-order.

As always…I loved the book.  It’s not so much that they are written so well…or that the crimes that Kate and John solve are especially interesting…I just love Kate.  I do love that the books are in 1st person.  I do love that there is typically a twist somewhere.  I do love the down home feeling of picking up a book and already knowing the main characters…I guess that’s the charm of any series of books…right?

Here’s what Amazon had to say: Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Day Lincoln Lost

I was excited when I saw this book.  I thought hmm, something historic, that’s perfect from me.  I love Lincoln so this would be right up my alley.
The book is The Day Lincoln Lost by Charles Rosenberg.


This book didn’t impress me.  I had listened to it to the point I was at the halfway mark.  I wasn’t excited about it.  I ended up sidetracked listening to podcasts but then realized the book was going to expire so I went back to the book thinking it had to get better….it really didn’t.

There really was no culmination in the book.

Here’s what Amazon has to say: Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Pecan Man and The Truth About Grace

I was THRILLED.  One of my favorite all-time books is The Pecan Man by  Cassie Dandridge Selleck.  When I was on Hoopla I saw that there was a sequel.  WOW.  I didn’t know that so I immediately went to get the book but then decided to wait.  I was going to listen to The Pecan Man again.

Here is what Amazon says:
The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.”

In the Amazon description, it says “To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help”.   This is such an accurate description.  Being these are two of my favorite books, you can imagine why I love it so much.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars.  I think it’s more like a 4.9 book.  I really love it and always recommend it.  If you aren’t a big reader, this is also a good book for you as it’s not a really long book.

Happy news for anyone who has Audible.  It’s a free book there.  You can find it HERE.

Well..I listened to the book in one day.  Then I started the next book…
The Truth About Grace by Cassie Dandridge Selleck.  Admittedly, I was a little nervous about this book.  I so loved The Pecan Man.  I didn’t want this book to ruin that book.  So cautiously, I listened.


So what did I think?  Read on… Continue reading