Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Published 10/03/2011 at midnight
“Our Tragic Universe” is one of those books that could have gone horribly wrong in the hands of a less talented writer than Scarlett Thomas. With Thomas driving though, the reader is taken on a journey through literary ideas, hopes ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Published 09/19/2011 at midnight
Rachel Morse doesn’t know she’s supposed to act a certain color. She’s one of three children born from a Danish mother and a black G.I. stationed overseas. She’s always just been Rachel. When a terrible accident leaves Rachel as the ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Published 09/05/2011 at midnight
Sister Evangeline is a young nun. At only 23, she has grown up with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration since she was 12. She lives an orderly life and does what is expected of her. When a letter arrives ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
Published 08/29/2011 at midnight
Paddy Meehan is on the night beat at her newspaper. She spends the hours most of us are sleeping following up on domestic disturbances and car accidents, awaiting the story that will finally give her some credibility and get her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Published 08/15/2011 at 10:34 a.m.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK on schedule with no problems. Suddenly it stops on the tarmac. The plane is dark, and the communication channels have gone quiet. Stumped for answers, with fears of biological threats, the CDC is contacted, ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
Published 08/01/2011 at 10:27 a.m.
Antoine Rey thought he would surprise is sister, Melanie, with a seaside vacation for her 40th birthday. He knew taking her back to their favorite vacation spot from childhood would be just the thing to snap her out of her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
Published 07/18/2011 at 10:28 a.m.
Eric Shaw had big movie-making dreams. Things haven’t worked out exactly as he had planned. Now he’s stuck making memorial films to play at funerals. At one funeral, he gets an offer from the deceased’s sister, Alyssa Bradford, to make ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Year Of The Flood by Margaret Atwood
Published 07/04/2011 at midnight
Set in the dystopian future of Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" vision, "The Year of the Flood" is sweeping, imaginative and compelling - all the things that I've grown to expect from Atwood's fiction. In this second book in the MadAddam ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Published 06/20/2011 at midnight
As soon as I finished Cain’s first book, “Heartsick,” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, “Sweetheart” and continue with troubled murder detective Archie Sheridan and his obsession with the beautiful but deadly serial killer Gretchen Lowell. ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Published 05/30/2011 at midnight
Margaret Atwood is one of those rare authors with an imagination so big she has the ability to take you places you never thought possible. In “Oryx and Crake,” Atwood takes the reader to the future -- a future not ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Girl That Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Published 05/16/2011 at 10:18 a.m.
When I finished reading “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” my first thoughts were that I wanted to know more about Lisbeth Salander. Stieg Larsson gave me that wish in his sophomore novel, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” Lisbeth ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Night by Elie Wiesel
Published 05/02/2011 at 11:53 a.m.
I vaguely remember most of the books I was made to read in high school. I trudged through them completely uninterested. “Night,” by Elie Wiesel, was a different story. I was captivated from page one and still remember it vividly ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Eat The Document by Dana Spiotta
Published 04/18/2011 at 10:42 a.m.
Mary and Bobby are idealistic, passionate and angry. It’s the 1970s, and the Vietnam war has been raging on too long. Mary and Bobby feel like they must do something to speak up. After arranging several radical protests against the ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Published 04/04/2011 at 10:29 a.m.
In 1913, a 4-year-old girl is placed on a ship leaving London for Australia. When the ship arrives, no one is there to claim the girl. No one knows where she came from or who she belongs to. She won’t ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Published 03/21/2011 at 11:08 a.m.
Willie Upton is coming home to her small town after her personal life has taken her off the tracks. The small up-state New York town of Templeton is not somewhere she comes back to often. She’s been away at college ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading" Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Published 03/07/2011 at 10:49 a.m.
Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. Her job is to bring in witches practicing the dark arts, werewolves behaving badly, vampires feeding where they shouldn’t be and many other supernatural characters who have broken the rules. Rachel ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain
Published 02/21/2011 at midnight
Portland murder detective Archie Sheridan pulled a case his first week on the job. Little did he know that he’d spend the next 10 years chasing the same serial killer, The Beauty Killer, across the country, never coming close to ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Published 02/07/2011 at 11:09 a.m.
Robert Oliver is an accomplished artist. He has painted for years, taught art at several colleges and has had his worked displayed in some of the best galleries in the nation. He is admired and respected among other artists. So ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Published 01/24/2011 at 10:16 a.m.
Newspapers are typically full of quirky people, each with their own strange personality but all with a passion for the news. “The Imperfectionists” offers characters who are no exception. The book takes place at an international English-speaking newspaper based out ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Bloodroot by Amy Greene
Published 01/17/2011 at midnight
In Amy Green’s debut novel, “Bloodroot” she chronicles the lives of one family across three generations on Bloodroot Mountain in the foothills of East Tennessee. Myra Lamb, a beautiful girl with jet black hair and “haint” blue eyes, was raised ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: A Gate At The Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Published 12/27/2010 at midnight
Tassie Keltjin is a potato farmer’s daughter. She’s been raised in a small Midwestern town with nothing but her books to show her the rest of the world. As she goes off to college, her head is filled with Chaucer ...
Santa’s book bag
Published 12/20/2010 at midnight 1 Comment
I love giving books as gifts. I love receiving books as gifts. Some could call it an addiction, and they would probably be right. Still, it’s a healthy addiction. When Christmas rolls around, I always have a ready answer to ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Likeness by Tana French
Published 12/06/2010 at midnight
Detective Cassie Maddox just finished the worst case of her career. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. When all was said and done, she left the murder squad and hasn’t spoken to her partner since. She has no ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Published 11/22/2010 at midnight
David Sedaris is one of the funniest authors I’ve ever read. He’s not funny in the traditional sense since most of his books are a collection of essay memoirs, but his perspective on his own life events is full of ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Published 11/15/2010 at 11:37 a.m.
“Running with Scissors” is a memoir about Augusten Burroughs childhood, and how he grew up under the strangest circumstances. It’s so far from any resemblance of a normal childhood that I often forgot it was a memoir and was convinced ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Ravens by George Dawes Green
Published 11/08/2010 at 11:16 a.m.
Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko have been best friends since they were children. Both work in a tech-support office in Ohio. One day they decide they’ve had enough and head south toward the Florida Keys for a new start. The ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Published 11/01/2010 at midnight
Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing wounded soldiers from WWI in a hospital in Milwaukee. Living an independent life in 1919 is an unusual thing for a woman of that time. Amanda finds herself completely overwhelmed and decides it’s time ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Published 10/25/2010 at 10:52 a.m.
Shannon McFarland was beautiful. She had a promising career modeling. She had a boyfriend and was surrounded by loyal, loving friends. Then it was all suddenly ripped away when she was randomly shot driving down the freeway. Shannon is left ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Published 10/04/2010 at midnight
“The Passage” is unlike any book I’ve ever read. It’s a wonderful mix of science fiction, thrilling mystery, horror and an epic human story. Since I opened the first page, it has stayed with me throughout my days and into ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Published 09/27/2010 at 10:30 a.m.
Georgia and her knitting group - Anita, Peri, Darwin, Lucie and the rest - were much more than I expected. I generally don’t enjoy girly, female-driven books but decided to give “The Friday Night Knitting Club” a chance, expecting it ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
Published 09/20/2010 at midnight
Edward Glyver is a man of many talents. He’s a book lover, scholar, investigator and, most recently, a murderer. As “The Meaning of Night” opens Edward is following a perfect stranger preparing to kill him. This man has done no ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Lamb by Christopher Moore
Published 09/06/2010 at midnight
“Lamb” is the story of Jesus Christ and his childhood pal, Biff. As a narrator, Biff chronicles Jesus’ years that are missing from the Bible. This book is not for the fundamentalist. I did not find “Lamb” to be sacrilegious ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
Published 08/30/2010 at 11:19 a.m.
I had never read any of Charlie Huston’s novels. I had heard of his devoted cult following and his inappropriate, dark, grisly humor - just my kind of author. But I had never actually picked up one of his books ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Published 08/23/2010 at 10:44 a.m.
In July of 1984 brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered their brother Allen’s wife and infant daughter. When they were arrested, they said that they were told directly from God that they had to kill the woman and child. In ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
Published 08/16/2010 at 12:29 p.m.
Gunslinger Roland of Gilead is no Harry Potter. My husband and I are both avid readers and book lovers. When we first started dating, I constantly raved about Harry Potter - this was before the final book was released - ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Published 08/02/2010 at 10:52 a.m.
Chris Harte and Emily Gold have known each other since they were infants. Their parents have been next-door neighbors and the best of friends for 18 years. The parents have always had a secret hope that the children’s close friendship ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Published 07/26/2010 at 10:14 a.m.
The story of the Piper family is one of sadness, heartbreak and well-kept secrets. “Fall on Your Knees” centers around the four unforgettable Piper sisters, Kathleen, Mercedes, Frances and Lily. Each sister is unique and has a story of her ...
Newspaper’s best ‘Scoop’
Published 07/21/2010 at 2:36 p.m.
Blount Today has a new staff member. He goes by many names - Rufus, Scoopers, Little Devil, Expletive Cat. But to most he is simply known as Scoop, the newspaper cat. Scoop is only 13 weeks old but already has ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
Published 07/19/2010 at 6 a.m.
“The Sweet Hereafter” is a story that explores how you deal when the worst possible thing happens. Who do you blame, and how do you deal with your grief? It was like any other morning in the small town of ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Published 07/05/2010 at 10:24 a.m.
In Stalin’s Soviet Union there isn’t supposed to be any crime. The government strives for a utopian paradise for its people. One of it’s primary bases is that the citizens can live free from crime and fear. The citizens live ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell
Published 06/28/2010 at 10:01 a.m.
Harley Altmyer is young with his whole life in front of him. He should be away at college, figuring out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. Harley’s not away at college or backpacking through ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
Published 06/07/2010 at 10:26 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk is one of those authors you have to trust, jump into his novels with both feet, and let him take you on a very wild, confusing ride. He's best known for his cult favorite book “Fight Club” but ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Published 06/02/2010 at 2:44 p.m.
Towner Whitney left Salem, Massachusetts, a long time ago and never looked back. In fact, she never intended to return until her beloved Aunt Eva goes missing. Towner reluctantly returns to Salem to help search for her missing aunt. Shorty ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Published 05/24/2010 at 11:08 a.m.
“Sarah’s Key” is the story of 10-year-old Sarah Strazynski. A French girl born to Jewish parents, Sarah and her family are rounded up in 1942 and held in the Velodrome d’Hiver in Paris before being sent off to Auschwitz. The ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Published 05/17/2010 at 12:16 p.m.
“The Little Stranger” opens innocently enough but soon dives into a dark, haunted house and the dark, haunted family that lives there. Life-long bachelor Dr. Faraday has built a cozy, respectable life as a country doctor in the town of ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: In The Woods by Tana French
Published 05/03/2010 at 11:27 a.m.
Rob Ryan is a detective in Dublin, Ireland. He takes pride in being a detective and tries to play the part as best he can. But Rob goes about his work with a secret past. No one knows Rob Ryan ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Published 04/26/2010 at 3:30 p.m.
Shadow is doing three years in prison, and he is passing the days working out and teaching himself coin tricks. He’s nearing the end of his sentence and is counting down the days until he’s reunited with his wife. He ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
Published 04/19/2010 at 11:14 a.m.
“Into the Wild” tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man from an upper-middle class family who gave the $25,000 in his savings account to a charity, abandoned his car in the desert along with most of his ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
Published 04/08/2010 at 11:07 a.m.
Twelve-year-old Alice Winston is trying to figure life out. Her older sister has taken off with a rodeo cowboy. Her father is struggling to keep their Colorado horse ranch from dying, and her mother rarely gets out of bed. Being ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Published 03/29/2010 at 10:59 a.m.
The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong is an exciting series of paranormal books about werewolves, witches, vampires and the like. Book One in the series is “Bitten.” The story centers on one of the main characters in ...