Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson

A delightful, funny book told in the voices of the eloquent and witty brothers, some of their clients, and friends. Very entertaining stories about their lives and how the b&b came to be. The twins are hilarious and irreverent, but wholly dedicated to offering a warm and welcoming refuge for lovers of books and reading. Well worth reading about these two local (British Gulf Islands? They keep their whereabouts a secret) treasures.



The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullally

This was an enjoyable listen (I downloaded the audiobook). Nothing earth shattering, but delightful to find out how real and likeable these two people are. Surprised to find out that Megan is an introvert (not surprised to know Nick is), and their favorite pasttime is doing jigsaw puzzles while listening to audiobooks. His family sounds absolutely wonderful and down to earth. She had a kind of crazy upbringing, but turned out pretty normal and non-dysfunctional. I’ve also liked Nick (whose sister is a librarian), but was surprised to find that I like Megan, too. She’s a very decent, generous person. And I didn’t know they were a couple, and have been married for 18 years!!


Autobiography/Biography, Fantasy, Horror

The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe

The Bells is a short poem about bells. I did not find it scary.

Also: The Haunted Castle by Edgar Allan Poe

Diana Wynne Jones: (fiction)
Howl’s Moving Castle
Castle in the Air
House of Many Ways

Hababi by Naomi Shihab Nye (fiction)
Living Water in the Desert by Rebecca Davis (biography)
A Tale of Gold by Thelma Hatch Wyss (Fiction)
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (fiction)
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher (fiction)
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (fiction)
Ali and the Golden Eagle by Wayne Grover (autobiographical)
Usborne Greek Myths (short stories/myths)
Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body (science)



Autobiography/Biography, Horror

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote “Frankenstein” by Fiona Sampson

It’s amazing to realize that Mary Shelley began writing “Frankenstein” when she was seventeen; the book was published anonymously when she was nineteen; people assumed it was written by her more famous husband the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; though George Gordon Byron (aka Lord Byron) eventually made it clear that Mary was the actual author of the very first “monster” book. She never made a dime from all of the nineteenth and twentieth century knock-offs that followed. And she saw lots of tragedy in her life, with the deaths (or miscarriages) of four of her five children, the drowning of her husband, the suicide of her step-sister, the suicide of her husband’s first wife, her own disinheritance, etc. etc. Her life, and this book, are a lot more interesting than her more famous novel.


Autobiography/Biography, Horror

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

I’m not much on horror, but this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Stephen takes us through snapshots of his life, from earliest memories and earliest original writings (sold to his mother for 25 cents each), through marriage, kids, recognition, and pulling out of drug and alcohol addiction.
The middle part of the book is “on writing”, and he gives excellent and succinct advice. Before he talks about the writer’s toolbox, though, he explains that writing is really magic- telepathy.
The final portion of the book, “On Living”. is about recovering from a horrendous traffic accident. Writing helped, and he explains that writing is for enriching lives, the lives of readers and the life of the writer.