Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Settings I’d Like to Visit

The reason we read is to go somewhere else, if only in our minds. In some books the setting is merely a backdrop. But in others, it is pervasive. We can immerse ourselves in another world. These are eight literary places* I would like to visit.

*many will be in England. Control your surprise.


The literary community has been waiting for a follow-up to the Towles’ debut bestseller Rules of Civility. Dare I say, his second outing is even better. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov finds himself in an awkward time to be aristocracy. The Bolshevik revolution has dismantled the Russian monarchy and finds anything from the old culture dangerous and…

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Edition

  Books I wish they would make into TV shows: The Count of Monte Cristo The movie with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce is pretty good. It’s great fun and most of the major plot points are there. What I really want is a 6 or 8-hour special (think Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and…

Books To Watch For This Fall

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year There is no publisher’s description of this one yet, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting it for months. It’s a book about two of my favorite people written by one of my favorite authors. Doyle is an endlessly fascinating person, and who needs an…

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