A “Smash the Patriarchy” reading list

There’s nothing better to me than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.  Even better is pairing a book and a tea.  It’s not always easy, but some teas lend themselves to a whole variety of books.  Oolo’s Smash the Patriarchy tea, for example, put me in mind of so many …

God Bless Us, Everyone

We all know it’s been a hard year. There’s no getting around it. It’s been tough to get into the Christmas spirit without feeling a little bit like I’m going through the motions. The struggle between wanting to spend it with family and wanting to keep everyone safe and healthy has been a hard one. …

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

So, I drifted away from ghost stories in October and found myself entrenched in a vampire book instead. “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” audiobook popped up as available on hoopla and since I’d been meaning to read it, I jumped on it. It begins with Patricia Campbell who, along with a handful …

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Continuing the October theme of supernatural books, I’ve just finished The Keeper of Lost Things, which also has a ghost. A ghost who is much less corporeal than Annie Van Sinderen, but a ghost nonetheless. Anthony Peardew is the original keeper of lost things, collecting abandoned objects in hopes of someday returning them to their …

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

October is my favorite month, and not just because it contains my birthday. It’s also the time of year for all things supernatural. I love Halloween and I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s only October 6 and I’ve already watched Hocus Pocus. So, it seemed fitting to start this month with a ghost story. …

East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter…and how I learned to love audiobooks

I’ve always been sort of resistant to audiobooks. I tried listening to them here and there, mostly while walking. My mind wandered too much and I would find myself losing large chunks of the narrative. Working from home has given me a whole new appreciation of the audiobook. With two of us sharing our small …

The Oysterville Sewing Circle…and a socially distant NH getaway

What would you do with six hours of time just to yourself? That’s a no-brainer for me. Read and drink tea. We took a quick two-night trip to New Hampshire last weekend. Tom had a wedding to shoot on Saturday, which left me with six or seven hours of alone time in our Airbnb condo, …

Summer fun and a fictional interlude

It’s been a busy summer, and most of my writing time has been devoted to fiction. I am four and a half chapters into the novel I’ve been meaning to write for years. Is it the Great American Novel? Probably not. But I’m writing it anyway. Aside from that, I’ve been trying to catch up …

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