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    Top ten wintry reads

    This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (from That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about wintry/cozy reads…so here are ten of my wintry reads for your perusal. All take place largely in winter or in cold climates (or involve a theme of winter or Christmas in some way). FYI: these are best enjoyed with a mug of hot cocoa, a fluffy blanket, and a pet to cuddle, if possible!

    Top ten wintry reads

    The Snow Child by Eowyn  Ivey / The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden / The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell / Abandon by Blake Crouch / A Gift From Bob by James Bowen / The Blue Fox by Sjon / Hold The Dark by William Giraldi / House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy / Voices by Arnaldur Indridason / Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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    My top ten bookish gifts for the holidays!

    Top ten bookish gifts for the holidays!

    (photo by Madara Parma)

    This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a freebie, so I thought it was a perfect time to roll out my guide to the best bookish gifts to wrap up this holiday season! Giving a new book is great, but if you’re scratching your head on what title to pick out (or worried about buying something they already have, or may not enjoy), here are some other bookish gifts including apparel, decor, and more.

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    Book review: The River Wife

    The River Wife(Total disclaimer here: I put this book down about halfway through, but I’m leaving my thoughts for the part I did read.)

    The River Wife is one of those books that I both enjoyed, and didn’t. Beginning with the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 in Missouri and ranging through to the bootlegging days of the 1930s, it’s an interwoven story of the fates of multiple women linked together by a shared family history full of hope, sorrow, secrets, and violence. If you’re a fan of historical family sagas or American Gothic meets frontier adventure, then this novel sounds like the perfect pick for a long afternoon curled up in your favorite reading spot.

    So, what is it that made me DNF?

    Basically, I would blame a simple mismatch of book and reader at this time. The River Wife moves like the river in its pages, slow and steady, lazy and meandering in many parts, with occasional hidden bursts of speed. Agee’s lines unfold in a slow, dreamy fashion that’s perfect if you’re in the mood to savor a slower-paced drama, but I found my attention wandering. I put this aside for now and may return later, but in the meantime I’m going to pick up something with a faster pace and see if that better suits me.

    The River Wife, by Jonis Agee (393 pages). 2007. Historical fiction. Three out of five stars.