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On the Road – The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks


Mount of Olives, Israel

I was fortunate enough to get to visit Israel this past November, and as I was standing in front of King David’s Tomb I realized I didn’t really know anything about him.  A friend posted a review of The Secret Chord and I knew it was the perfect book to educate me.  (I love Biblical fiction, but struggle reading the actual Bible.)

It wasn’t long before it clicked that this was David of “and Goliath” and “and Bathsheba” fame.

I love ancient history and I think that’s one of the reasons Biblical fiction is so appealing to me.  I learned so many interesting things about David, which most of you probably already know, but which were news to me.  Like, he wrote a bunch of the Psalms.  I won’t say too much about him because I don’t want to ruin the story for those not in the know, but let’s just say, he was a maniac.  He is also the first man in “literature whose story is told in detail from early childhood to extreme old age.  Some scholars have called this biography the oldest piece of history writing… ”  Kind of makes me want to read the bible.  Kind of.

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Booker 2022: Longlist predictions


It’s Booker season! Every year our panel comes together to read and review all the booker nominees and to predict the winners. The longlist will be announced this July 26th. Keep reading to find out who we all selected and let us know what you think.

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Meet our Man Booker Shadow Panel


This week we will start posting our panel reviews and rankings for the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Before we do so, however, we wanted to introduce our panel of judges. Book Worm and I have done this shadow panel for a few years. Last year we were joined by a few contributors including Andrew and Nicole and this year we added two new panelists: Lisa and Anita. Keep reading to find out more about each one of us and to see what types of books we generally like or dislike.  Read more

Read Around the World: Israel


It’s been a while since we’ve done a read around the world post. Our next stop in our world tour of reading is Israel. Keep reading to see which book we picked and which other Israeli literature we recommend. Scroll to the bottom to see photos from our contributor, Nicole’s recent trip to Israel. Read more

2016 Bailey’s Prize Longlist

This morning the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced. The Bailey’s Women’s Prize is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes. It is annually awarded to a female author for the best original novel written in English and published in the U.K. in the preceding year. The award in 1992 began after a group of journalists, reviewers, agents, publishers, and booksellers realized that the 1991 Booker Prize shortlist did not include any female writers despite the availability of talented women writers. By 1992 only 10 percent of novelists shortslisted for the Booker Prize were women despite the ratio of books published by men to women being 60/40. The Bailey’s Women’s prize was a way of bring “outstanding writers to the attention of readers.”

Previous 10 winners:

2015: Ali Smith for How to be Both
2014: Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
2013: A.M. Homes for May we be Forgiven
2012: Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles
2011: Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife
2010: Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna
2009: Marilynne Robinson for Home
2008: Rose Tremain for The Road Home
2007: Chimamanda Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun
2006: Zadie Smith for On Beauty

Find out who made the first cut for this year’s prize. Read more

September Monthly Recap


It’s time for our monthly recap! Find out which books were favorites, which were duds, and which ones we plan to read the following month. We’ll end our wrap up with a calendar of book-related events/facts from the Month of September and we’ll highlight our upcoming October content. We’ve also added a list of upcoming book releases for October (scroll to the end for the list).

One randomly selected follower (email or wordpress follower) will win a $10 amazon gift card. Scroll down to see if you are the winner. The prize is only awarded if you contact us with your email address so make sure to check these monthly recaps each month to see if you won! We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read in September and what you look forward to reading in October.  Read more

Spring Cleaning Challenge Update: Reviews

Only two weeks in and readers are really cleaning up their TBR shelves! Below, I’ve posted a few updates with information about prizes, scoreboard, and reviews. Please take the time to read all the reviews — one participant even included a photo. You may find a book that is perfect for you!

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