The A-Z Bookbag: P is for Poggibonsi

Today’s Bookbag title brings us to a romantic comedy, a genre I don’t generally seek out in literature (and only occasionally in movies). But Poggibonsi by Dan Alatorre was such an entertaining read it was one of the first titles I listed when brainstorming Bookbag posts. Poggibonsi is the story of Mike, a venture capitalist…

The A-Z Bookbag: O is for Only Wrong Once

Today’s Bookbag title, Only Wrong Once by Jenifer Ruff, is one from my genre happy place: suspense. And this story certainly delivers. Told from multiple points of view, this is a what-if story–what if a bioterrorist attacked the USA? Who would fill what roles in that scenario? Using the perspectives of an FBI counterterrorism agent,…

The A-Z Bookbag: N is for Necromancer Awakening

We’re officially halfway through the A-Z blog challenge, and today’s post is one of the few (maybe the only?) fantasy books in the Bookbag. Necromancer Awakening by Nat Russo stands out as a fantasy story because of one detail: the protagonist, Nicholas, is a modern-day Texan who was transported to the land of Erindor, which…

The A-Z Bookbag: M is for Monsters & Angels

Today’s Bookbag title takes us into the world of historical/urban fantasy, one that is inhabited by vampires. (Don’t worry. They don’t sparkle.) Monsters & Angels by Anne Marie Andrus begins in 1935 and stars a young, virginal nurse named Sorcha. Following her mother’s death, she escapes to New Orleans for a job, and there, she…

The A-Z Bookbag: L is for The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder)

Today’s Bookbag title is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I know, I cheated a little. But C was taken so here we are. The premise of Cinder is brilliant in its simplicity: Take the Cinderella story, put it in futuristic Beijing, and make Cinderella a cyborg. And add…

The A-Z Bookbag: K is for The King of Torts

Today’s Bookbag title, The King of Torts by John Grisham, is a nod to the dozen-or-so Grisham novels I’ve read, more often than not while on vacation. For years, I didn’t leave my house for an extended trip without a Grisham novel in my purse. I lost at least one on a plane and ruined…