What I'm Reading

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache

Brandy O'Briant

If you know who that is when you read the headline, bravo.  If you don't, you're in for a treat. Do you ever wish you could re-read a book for the first time?  I have that literary déjà vu feeling often for many different reasons.  But at this time of year, when the wind starts to pick up a little and you can feel the crispness in the air like a fresh apple, I want to experience Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series again and again.  Especially right now because all my book-loving friends are talking about reading the...


More on the moors

Brandy O'Briant

More on the moors

After picking up Jane Steele (an amusing and devious romp through Bronte territory), I decided to put on a more scholarly hat and dive into a biography of the ladies and gents of that mysterious family.  Also, we leave for our summer vacation in the UK on Monday and will be staying at a home near the Bronte parsonage at Haworth.  (Pictures will certainly be forthcoming!  I cannot wait!) I next chose The Brontes by Juliet Barker, a book recently published in a second and updated edition.  NPR's review of the book states, "living together in the isolated parsonage at...


Guilty Pleasures

Brandy O'Briant

Guilty Pleasures

For me, reading is much like eating. One cannot live without eating, just as one cannot live without reading.  Some may disagree, but I bet those of you who read blog posts on book sites agree with me wholeheartedly. And just as one must have a sensible diet of food, the same goes for reading habits.  The Classics, contemporary literature, thoughtful non-fiction.  Titles we don't mind people seeing the covers of when we are on the train or plane or other public places.  We likely feel quite proud when someone notices our Kafka or Dostoevsky or E.M. Forster.  We pat...