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Have you discovered these awesome blogs?

While I may be winding things down here on the blog this summer/fall, it doesn’t mean I’ll be walking away from the book blogosphere entirely. There’s no way I’ll be able to give up the chance to check out my favorite blogs and discover new favorites. There’s no way I’ll want to be out of the loop on what new upcoming books are HOT that I must pre-order.

And, of course, there’s no way that I’m going to stop reading.

But now I’ll have the opportunity to read even more amazing books and spend more time reading about those awesome books on the blogs I like to – or want to – check in on.

Blogs such as…

Two Chicks on Books


Good Books and Good Wine

Bewitched Bookworms

Phantasmic Reads

Magical Urban Fantasy Reads


A Life Bound By Books

The Book Vixen

The Broke and the Bookish

Reading Teen

Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Novel Thoughts Blog

Electrifying Reviews

Book Pics

Consuming Worlds

Jenna Does Books

Aleksandra’s Corner

Page Turners Blog

Fictitious Delicious

Paranormal Book Club

The Book Nympho

My Shelf Confessions

Mundie Moms

Once Upon a Twilight

Please note: The list is not in any particular order and is not just comprised of the only blogs I think are awesome. I plan on stopping by all of these blogs and more.

Do you have any must visit blogs that I should get to know? If so, leave a link, I’d love to be able to check them out.

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It’s (Almost) a Wrap

It is with great sadness that I announce that over the next few months I will be winding the blog down.

I’ve been blogging for nearly four years now and for much of the time it has been a source of happiness, fulfillment and excitement. But every so often, like now, I’ve gotten embroiled in drama. And I’ve reached my tipping point.

A couple of days ago I discovered a review that read very much like my own. It touched on all the same ideas as my review, with a couple of sentences near identical, the remainder appearing to have been paraphrased. I do not wish to call out this blogger. What’s the point? The damage was done the moment the review was reworked and passed off as their own.

And while they say they wrote theirs first and claim they can prove it, and that the similarity must be sheer coincidence, it’s too close for comfort to be coincidence and I know I sweated over every last word, every last thought, to bring my review to life. And I haven’t seen a single other review that touched upon every idea that my review touched upon, and this other person’s touched upon.

But I am tired of being put on the defensive, when I’m the one who noticed what I deemed to be a wrong. I’m tired of having to feel guilty for possibly ruining someone else’s reputation when I’m the one feeling hurt for having my voice taken from me. I’m just tired. Full stop. And I’ve reached my limit.

This is not why I started blogging. It was to share my thoughts about the books I read and love. It’s to help promote the books I love. It’s to meet bloggers who love books as much as I do. Bloggers who want to share their honest thoughts about the books they adore.

It’s not to have those thoughts taken from me and passed off as someone else’s as I feel they have now been, and have been on more than one occasion in the past. It’s not to be swept up in drama as if this were grade school. I’m well past that age and have no desire to regress to that age. For any reason.

It’s not to be made to feel like I’m the wrongdoer. It’s not to be made to feel like I have to get legal assistance to defend my position. It’s not to be made to feel bad about something that should be making me happy.

And blogging used to make me happy. I blogged because I loved doing so. But with this latest hit, which has left me feeling drained and sick and betrayed, I can no longer say that it does.

I just got this beautiful and amazing blog design that inspired me, that made me excited about creating my posts, writing my reviews, sharing my thoughts. But that’s gone now.

I will be writing reviews for the books I’ve promised to review. I will be participating on any tours I’ve agreed to participate on. But I will begin to slow things down in August and September. And though I will be posting on my month through year-end for the Review Pile Reading Challenge, I won’t be posting much else come October.

I’m so sorry to be leaving in this way, even if I’ll be around for awhile longer, and helping out with Rockstar Book Tours when I can. But I can’t be a part of something that causes me this much upset, when I don’t have to. It’s toxic. And today when I was out on my sail, the one thing in this world that has become my escape when everything started falling apart, and the drama crowded my thoughts I knew that blogging had become too poisonous.

I cannot tell you all how much I’ve loved being a part of the best parts of this community. I cannot tell you all how much I’ve appreciated your enthusiasm for books and authors. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough who’ve said hello, stopped by the blog, shared your thoughts about some of your most favorite books and characters.

I cannot thank all the amazing authors enough who have entrusted me with their books to read and offer my opinions on. It has been an honor and a privilege to get to know you through your stories and characters. You will forever be my rockstars. And I will always be in awe of all that you do to bring a story to life.

It is all of you who I will miss so much it makes me sob just to think that I will no longer be a part of this. I know some part of me will regret this decision for a long, long time as it seems as if it is in haste. But this past year I’ve been reminded once again just how short life is, how you have to try and live it to the fullest and fill it with things that bring you as much happiness as possible and set aside those things that bring you pain.

I will still be buying hundreds of books each year. I will still endeavor to read more than I can possibly read in my lifetime. I will still be swooning over bookish boyfriends. I will still be falling madly in love with some of those amazing books that I devour.

I’ll just be doing it elsewhere than on the blog.

Oh my gosh I’ll miss you all.

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My Reading Pile #175


I wasn’t expecting anything in the mail this week. Well not until I got a DM mentioning that a certain ARC I’ve been dying to read was heading my way. And it arrived. And I’m totally stoked.


Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and her very amazing mom, I received an ARC of TALON by Julie Kagawa. I am dying to read this book by the always awesome author and while I’m not officially going to be adding it to the pile this week since it doesn’t release until the end of October I might not be able to wait.

Only time will tell. *slaps hand while reaching for ARC*

TALON was the only physical ARC I received in the mail, but it’s not the only ARC I received this week. I got approved for three eARCs I’d requested on NetGalley that I’m so excited to read.

Courtesy of the Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander

This book sounds amazing and I would love to dive into it right now. Ever since I first read the description I was hoping it would be available for an early review. I can’t wait to meet Claudia and Declan and find out more about this live-action game that has “punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge.” And as it releases at the end of next month, I am so excited I’ll be able to add this to the pile in a week or two.

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Childrens via NetGalley

WHISPER THE DEAD (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey

I loved the first book in this series. I love Alyxandra Harvey’s writing. I can’t wait to be able to continue on without having to wait for its release this October. I haven’t taken a peek at the description on Goodreads because I don’t want to pique my curiosity just yet. As I won’t be able to add this to the pile until later in August, I don’t want to torment myself with any teasers it might give about the next cousin’s story.

Courtesy of Scholastic Press via NetGalley

SINNER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater

I was totally surprised to have been approved for this title since I’d put in the request long ago and actually have the finished copy on my Kindle. But the fact that I got the approval gives me the perfect excuse to sneak it onto the pile this week. I can’t wait to read Cole’s story. I grew to love him as much, if not more, than Sam. I’m just so glad that he’s around to have a story to tell. Especially after what I thought was going to happen in FOREVER.

Well, that’s all that I received, but there is no way I’m going to complain about getting four amazing books for review. I’m just thrilled that I’ll be able to move one of those onto the pile this week. And so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

{July 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014}


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First up on the pile is SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater. While I own a copy, I did receive an eARC from Scholastic for review. Which, as I mentioned above, makes it the perfect excuse to add it to the pile this week.

I’ve loved this series by the author since long before I became a blogger. I fell in love with the haunting quality of it and the gorgeous writing. I fell in love with its characters. And by the series’ end I fell in love with Cole St. Clair.

So I can’t wait to see what’s been happening with him. I can’t wait to find out if Cole and Isabel get a happy ending. I can’t wait to get back to this world which I have really missed these past few years. And I will definitely be doing so on Monday.

The Description…

A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

Ghost House

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Next up on the pile is GHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto. I had grabbed an eARC a few weeks back from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley and I have been anxious to read it. Well, now that I found out I’ll be on the tour and would like to do a character interview, it’s the perfect excuse to read it right now.

I can’t wait to meet Chloe and Alex. I can’t wait to see just how she plans on using her abilities to keep Isobel away. I can’t wait to find out if she succeeds or if the “hungry dead” are able to “claim her for their own.”

This book sounds so awesome and if it’s as beautiful and powerful as the description promises I just know I’m going to fall in love. And if all goes as planned I’ll be sitting down to read this on Wednesday night.

The Description…

From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is, of course, TALON by Julie Kagawa. I actually have not read the description for this book and have not the first clue what it’s about. All I know is that it’s by Julie Kagawa and that it’s going to be awesome. And I’d love to drop everything and read it, but I have five books I need to read before I can should think about doing so. So for now, reading it is merely just a wish.

Those Left Behind

I am creating this post a day early as I know I won’t have time on Friday night to work on it. So I’m not entirely sure I’m going to have left any books behind. I don’t think I will.

While I didn’t get to start on this week’s reads until late Wednesday night, due to the fact that I had to write an unexpected review for a tour in which my post was MIA, and the fact that I had to first read WAYFARING STRANGER from the previous week’s pile, I am pretty sure I’ll have finished both books by the time this posts.

I am already half way through DARK SKYE and I know I’ll be finished with it tonight (Thursday) and will immediately start reading FORECAST which should be a super quick, one-sit-read. I’ll just have to take some time on Sunday to write both reviews.

And while I still haven’t gotten the chance to rewrite my review for #scandal or finish writing my review for BOOMERANG, I am hopeful that I’ll be writing one of them immediately upon finishing this post. We shall see.

But I did write two reviews so far this week – EARTHQUAKE and WAYFARING STRANGER. And I managed to be present on the blog every day this week. I just wish I hadn’t been so exhausted all week due to the insanity that was last Sunday.

It wasn’t a total bust. But I wish I’d been a little more productive. Maybe next week.

NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I’ve been randomly stalking NetGalley this week, but didn’t see too many new adds. I’m not sure how I tracked down THE AFTERMATH as I don’t think it was listed among the YA titles. But I’m so glad I did find it.

And while I won’t be requesting any of this week’s titles, aside from the ones I already have, there are a few that look pretty interesting.

Here are this week’s finds…

THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander (Harlequin Teen, Aug 26 2014)

SKINK NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen (Orion Publishing Group, Sep 11 2014)

THE RAPUNZEL DILEMMA by Jennifer Kloester (Penguin Books Australia, Aug 27 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

I AM NUMBER FOUR: THE LOST FILES by Pittacus Lore (Penguin Books Australia, Aug 27 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy (Entangled Publishing LLC, Sep 2 2014)

I don’t know how well I’ll be keeping to this week’s planned reads as I really, really want to read TALON. And as I definitely plan on writing reviews for last week’s reads it may take awhile before I can actually pick up the two books on the pile this week. But I’m hopeful.

I have a couple of review books to read next week and a book that was recommended to me as a must read, so I need to keep on schedule.

Real life wasn’t as hectic this week, but I was playing catch up from last week and dealing with a couple of near sleepless nights. So I wasn’t as productive as I might have been. And while things might not have posted by midnight every night, at least I wasn’t MIA.

And I plan on being around all of next week, too.


I hope you’re enjoying your summer and if you’re taking a little vacation I hope it’s awesome. And I hope that you have a few interesting books to keep you company. If you’d like to share what they are, leave a comment as I’d love to know.

As ever… Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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My Favorite Quote from… Black Ice


I was not sure what to expect when I read BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick. This standalone promised to be quite the departure from her Hush, Hush series. And it was. And it was fan-freaking-tastic.

It was suspenseful and chilling and kept me guessing about certain things that I will not reveal. And it was action-packed and exciting, and there were even moments that were romantic and sexy as heck.

I would have loved to tease a passage that captured some of those more chilling moments – as they were my most favorite. But every time I grabbed one to post, I realized it would have spoiled that portion of the story. And so I chose this one…


My Favorite Quote

“It started out like this,” I said in that same hushed voice. With me. Under you.

He wiped a strand of hair off my cheek. He held his hand there a moment, debating. An unfathomable look flickered in his brown eyes, and I had no idea what he was thinking, or what his next move would be.  - Britt Pfieffer

The author did a fantastic job of creating nail-biting suspense in her novel. And I would have loved to share just one of those jaw-dropping, horror-inducing moments. But they are best left discovered in the story.

Instead I chose just a portion of a very sexy exchange between Britt and another character, who I shall not name, as it, too, is one of my most favorite aspects to BLACK ICE. Becca Fitzpatrick knows just how to create those perfect, swoony-worthy scenes and she brought that skill to her latest novel.

If I were to share a longer excerpt from this particular part of the book, you’d probably need a fan. Because it gets pretty hot.

But it was that first line, the quote from Britt with the two short sentences unsaid, that grabbed me immediately. It made my breath catch. It laser-focused my attention. Because I knew that what followed would sizzle.

And it definitely did.

So while the shocking lines that set this book apart from the author’s other series were among my most favorite, it was this moment, this quote and short passage, that brought a new dimension to this story. A story I absolutely loved.

But what about you?

Are you excited to read Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE? Do you love stories that will thrill and chill, that also add a touch of romance?

Have you read it already and found it to be as awesome as you’d hoped it would be? And if you have, what were some of your most favorite aspects to the story?

Was it the nail-biting suspense? Was it the danger? Was it the excitement of trying to guess who was guilty? Was it not knowing who to trust?

And was there a quote or passage that you loved that was different from the one I chose, or was it this particular sizzling scene that you bookmarked as a favorite?

About the Book

Black IceTitle: BLACK ICE
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 7, 2014
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

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Random Thoughts: On Making a Difference


Each year it seems that more and more marketing is done online and the “value” of the book blogger as a marketing tool is becoming more apparent. And while that may be true, what hasn’t seemed to change since I started blogging way back in 2010 is that a book blogger’s worth isn’t tied to how much of an asset they can be to a publisher or for a book’s promotion. What gives book bloggers their drive to keep blogging day after day, month after month, year after year, is the idea that what they’re doing makes a difference.

As most bloggers make little more than enough to purchase the occasional book to read or for giveaway, the drive doesn’t come from the money generated from their efforts. The drive to produce fresh content each week comes from the interaction they have and the feedback they get on their blogs and other social media outlets. A single comment stating that their review prompted someone to either purchase or walk away from a particular title will give most bloggers enough motivation to keep blogging for weeks. Feedback from an author telling them that they loved the review or that it made their day will keep them smiling for months.

Even though most bloggers blog for themselves or for their readers and not for publishers, not for authors, not for “free” books, it’s always a boost to know that their opinion is valued, their participation makes a difference, that they matter.

In this crowded landscape, that’s getting more crowded every day, it’s getting harder and harder to stand out, to get noticed, to even be discovered. It’s getting harder to find an audience that will continue to visit a particular blog when there are so many to choose from. It’s getting harder to come up with original content. It’s getting harder to be that “go to” blogger for publishers, authors and blog tour companies.

It’s getting harder to feel like what we do makes a difference.

When we’re one of any number of bloggers participating in a blast, blitz, reveal or promotional spotlight, as individuals we don’t matter. And while we may be excited to participate, to help an author with their book’s promotion, it does little for us in the way of making us feel invested in our blogs. Without content that fulfills that desire to make a difference, we are, in essence, phoning it in, becoming disconnected from our blog, our blog’s readers. We’re not doing something that brings us joy or makes us feel like we’re contributing anything of value.

If we were to miss that scheduled generic blast post, our absence would go unnoticed. It is only collectively that our participation matters.

So how are we supposed to stand out? How can we try to find meaning in what we’re doing? How can we make a difference with so very many other bloggers trying to do the same?

Be persistent. Be consistent. Speak in our own voice every chance we get.

Even if we aren’t getting the feedback we need to make us feel better about our blogs, we have to keep blogging. They say that persistence pays and it does… eventually. Even if eventually is a far way down the road, it will happen. Someone will stop by and leave a comment. Someone will opt to follow. Until then we just have to keep in mind that we’re doing this for ourselves, that we’re accomplishing something by just putting it out there every week.

Even if it’s hard to come up with something new or interesting to say, write reviews or share our thoughts about all things books, we have continue to do so. Posting erratically gives us the appearance that we’re unreliable. And being seen as such will make those publishers, authors and tour hosts less willing to take a gamble on us. Disappearing for weeks and months at a time will cause our audience to disappear, drive traffic to our sites down, and thus make us less “valuable” as a resource. And if our goal is to make a difference by being a valued resource, our less than consistent behavior will destroy that.

But the best hope we have of making our mark in the blogging community is speaking in our own voice on our blogs. It’s our thoughts about books, about authors, about the industry and about the bookish community that will help us to achieve that goal. Posting generic content, or content that doesn’t allow our voice, our thoughts, our personality to come through will never let us differentiate ourselves. It will never give us that sense of accomplishment. If we want to make a difference we can’t just be a number.

Now, this is not to say that our contributions always have to be masterful or meaningful or wholly unique. Sometimes just a silly, gif-filled post can make a difference. Or creating a “Team” banner for a bookish boyfriend, or a countdown widget to show our support for an upcoming book. Or sharing a particular book-related experience, or photos from a book signing.

We don’t have to be wordsmiths, coding experts or social media mavens to be valuable assets to the book community. We only have to be ourselves – book lovers who love sharing our thoughts about the books we adore.

And by doing just that we are making a difference.

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Wayfaring Stranger

WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke was released in the U.S. on July 15, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 448 pages.


From James Lee Burke, “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post), comes WAYFARING STRANGER: A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast.

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie and Clyde after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge. Weldon falls in love with a beautiful young woman named Rosita, and they return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. Eventually, It will be the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.

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Note: A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour.

The Review

James Lee Burke’s WAYFARING STRANGER is a richly imagined, sweeping tale that will take readers back to a time in America’s history that still retained some of its innocence. The story invites readers to follow along with Weldon Avery Holland as he struggles to hang on to who he is, his values and his beliefs through war, corruption and when faced with the depths of evil that men will go to.

From a run-in with the Barrow Gang, to the final stages of the European Theater of World War II, to the oil fields of Texas and Louisiana, Weldon Holland’s story is thrilling, suspense- and danger-filled, and will keep readers riveted. The narrative speaks of a country tainted by the fear of Communism, an elitist class of unscrupulous and unethical people envious and fearful of those not like them, and a man desperate to protect all that he has – his friends, the woman he loves, himself.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Author James Lee Burke, but it certainly won’t be the last. His writing transported me into Weldon’s world, a world that had both good and evil, darkness and light and all the varying shades of grey in between. The author painted the most incredible picture with his words. His landscape was sometimes beautiful and at others terrible, but it was so exquisitely detailed that I felt as if I was right there along with his characters as they struggled to uncover the truths about themselves, about those they want to trust, and about those they shouldn’t.

I didn’t anticipate making an emotional connection with this story or its characters. With the way the narrative was presented I expected to fall in love with writing, the setting, the history, the epic nature of the story. But I didn’t expect it to allow for a bond with the characters or their plight. I thought I would simply be intrigued, my interest piqued with all that was happening. I knew I would be curious about who was behind it all, who was guilty, who was innocent, and whose behavior couldn’t be easily defined. I did not imagine making any connection, let alone how strong a connection I did make.

I was drawn into Weldon Holland’s story from the moment of his fascination with Bonnie Parker. But it wasn’t until he met and saved Rosita Lowenstein that I began to get to know and to like him. He proved himself to be honorable, loyal, understanding, forgiving, trusting, and good-hearted but not a push-over. He was a fighter and was not afraid to go after what he wanted. He became a character I was rooting for and hoped would triumph in the end.

There are many layers to this story that I’m still thinking about. It was a love story. It was a story about human nature. It was a story about acceptance and forgiveness, about right and wrong, about actions and consequences. It was a story about being honorable and sticking to one’s beliefs no matter how difficult. It was a story about what it means to be a hero. It was a story about redemption. And it was so much more.

I read this in one sitting and it was unputdownable. I didn’t want break away from the story, to leave the world even for a moment. But it’s a story that I will re-read and take my time with so as to be able to further explore some of those layers, to be able to follow some of the trains of thought I’d set aside in order to not distract myself from what was in front of me, and to be able to delve deeper into the many ideas the author presented.

WAYFARING STRANGER is a story that brought me to tears, made me think, took me to a world that was both exciting and horrifying, and left its mark, much like Bonnie Parker did on young Weldon Avery Holland.

It is a fascinating, beautiful, heartrending and masterfully written story that is unparalleled and absolutely unforgettable.

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

Favorite Passage

When reading a novel such as this, that is so richly detailed, filled with passage after passage of the most incredible imagery, it’s hard to select just one to note as a favorite. So I’ve opted to choose an early one to give just a taste.

I swore I could hear wind chimes tinkling in the trees. I wondered what her name was and what it would be like to run away with her. Even more, I wondered what it would be like to place my mouth on hers. For just a moment the world felt blown by cool breezes and was green and young again; I would have sworn the willow branches were strung with leaves that filled and fell like a woman’s hair, and there was a smell in the air like distant rain and freshly cut watermelon.

About the Author
Photo credit: Robert Clark

Photo credit: Robert Clark

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke’s work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.


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