Weekly Mash-Up #102 Happy Holidays!!

From our house to yours, I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays.  I know 2020 has made things different and difficult (to say the least!) but I hope you all can find some peace and joy.

The Week in Books

Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads.    If you love a good psychological thriller/horror novel based on true events, make sure to mark you calendar for Whisper Down the Lane‘s April 2021 release!!  There are two storylines, with  1983 Sean and his narrative (very similar to the real McMartin preschool trials of the time), and 2013’s Richard, an elementary art teacher whose past is coming back to haunt him.  I loved the twists and turns in this novel, but perhaps the most haunting aspect was the look into the human psyche, and how easily adults and children can be manipulated into believing what others tell them as “truth.”    I can’t wait to read more from this author!

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore — 4 out of 5 stars

Whenever I need a good laugh, I know I can count on Christopher Moore and his off-kilter sense of humor.  The Stupidest Angel  did not disappoint!  There’s Christmas cheer (or lack thereof), murder, love and/or lust, a well-meaning angel bringing the dead back to life, and those said “back to lifers” concerned about eating brains and going to IKEA…yeah, you get the picture!  There are a lot of references to previous Moore works/characters, but I think anyone who wants to read a slightly twisted holiday tale will enjoy this one.

The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds by Jon Dunn — 4 out of 5 stars

Having grown up in Washington state, I grew up with hummingbirds.  We always had two full feeders in the spring and summer, and I have to say I pretty much started to take for granted these glimmering jewels of nature.  After reading The Glitter in the Green, not anymore!  Dunn’s enthusiasm is infectious as he travels from Alaska to the most southern point of South America in search of not only the “common” varieties but the elusive rare species as well.  Between the nature commentaries and travelogues, Dunn offers historical notes on hummingbird mythology, early scientific research, and the sad historical facts of humans destroying these birds for, ironically, the sake of beauty.  My only major critique: Dunn’s concluding comments felt abrupt and unfinished compared to the rest of the book.  Highly recommend for everyone.  Thanks to NetGalley, Basic Books, and Jon Dunn for offering an early e-copy for review.  Be sure to look for this title in April 2021!!

Be sure to check out my favorite books of 2020 and my reading goals for 2021, coming next week!

Have a safe and peaceful holiday season, and Happy Reading!

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