Author: Lark_Bookwyrm

Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider

Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider*, the founder of SimpleMom.net, takes a practical and realistic approach to the increasingly popular concept of simple living. Pointing out that what is simple for one family may add work or complexity for another, she begins with a basic but elastic definition of what “simple living” means, one… Read more »

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Spider and Jeanne Robinson

Spider and Jeanne Robinson

Apropos of my previous post on hope, I’ve been rereading some of SF author Spider Robinson‘s early works, and I noticed something I hadn’t paid attention to when I read them years ago.  Robinson doesn’t shy away from the tragedies of life.  His characters are often in pain, wounded in… Read more »

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The Need for Hope

I’d like to say that I have eclectic tastes when it comes to reading, but the truth is, most of my reading falls along fairly conventional lines.  I read a lot of fantasy, mystery, and historical romance, with a sprinkling of science fiction, historical fiction, contemporary romance/women’s fiction and romantic… Read more »

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The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum (review)

The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum (review)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’ve been reading Sheril Kirshenbaum’s The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us.  As the title suggests, this isn’t a how-to book, at least primarily; instead, it explores the psychology, physiology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, neurochemistry, and cultural anthropology of kissing.  Sound dull? … Read more »

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An Open Letter to Kobo

Dear Kobo, I started buying books at Kobo because you were the best of the open-device e-book stores selling ePub books, and your prices usually (though not always) beat those of other ePub retailers.  But your website has some drawbacks, especially compared to Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s sites.  I… Read more »

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Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series

Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series

The Chesapeake Shores novels by Sherryl Woods tell the romantic stories of various members of the O’Brien clan, a large, somewhat dysfunctional, but loyal Irish-American family living in the fictional Bay town of Chesapeake Shores.  The characters are human, individual, and for the most part likeable; their family and romantic… Read more »

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“A Discovery of Witches” sequel announced

“A Discovery of Witches” sequel announced

Browsing the Bloodstained Bookshelf’s list of upcoming mysteries, I was excited to see that a date has finally been set for the sequel to Deborah Harkness‘s riveting (and best-selling) A Discovery of Witches. Harkness’s first novel was a potent brew of academe and the paranormal, true history and fantasy.  Her… Read more »

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Resolutions

Sometime last year, I made the decision to try to read more “new” books.  (To be clear, by “new” I mean a book I haven’t read before.  When things are stressful — and sometimes when they’re not — I tend to reread old friends.  I think I’ve mentioned this before.) … Read more »

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Great Winter Books for Children

Great Winter Books for Children

We’re almost a week into December and nearing the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere. Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the first snowfall or already up to your knees in it, here are some of my favorite books about winter and snow for children of all ages: Picture books:In… Read more »

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