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…

The A-Z Bookbag: J is for Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

Confession: I didn’t have a J book that immediately jumped out at me for the Bookbag. I was considering going with Jurassic Park, but the idea of reviewing a story that everyone knows (either via the book or movie) didn’t seem like that much fun. So I searched the library at the elementary school where…

The A-Z Bookbag: I is for In the Context of Love

Our Bookbag title today is from a genre I don’t often read – women’s fiction. I chose to read this one, In the Context of Love by Linda Sienkiewicz, partly because I’ve come to know Linda via the interwebs over the years and partly because it’s been a finalist for several awards (this list comes…