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I am a lifelong reader, having developed the habit early and carried it through all my adult years.  For many years I’d review books for friends to help them select ones they would enjoy.  This blog serves that same purpose.  By nature, I have a strong preference for action/adventure/espionage books and good mysteries.  I also read romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, and recently started Urban Fantasy romance – that’s werewolves and vamps in modern day.  Hey, I believed Edgar Rice Burroughs could get John Carter to Mars by access points in caves, so why not?  You can read more about me in my first blog entry.  I actually have two very boring technical journal articles and a couple of patents to my name and I used to do a fair number of seminars every year. 

The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts my parents gave me.  I love books.  I prefer entertainment much of the time, I have enough reality in life, so escaping into a well written story is my idea of a good time.  I’m not completely shallow, I do have a large supply of history and biography as well.  I’ve always been fascinated by archaeology and ancient Egypt as well as English history.  I will confess to owning Will and Ariel Durant’s History of Western Civilization – and I even read most of them.  Even the two volume set of J.F.C. Fuller’s A Military History of the Western World – right next to Madia Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts.   And some really boring technical stuff needed for work, but those aren’t exactly page turners.  Yes, I have many cook books too.  I always have a book with me, usually more than one.

My parents were both readers and frankly, I cannot imagine a house not filled with books.  And cake.  And chocolate.  One of the highlights of my life was a vacation to Egypt and a visit to all the historic sites I had read and dreamed about for years.  I’ve had the opportunity to travel a fair bit and love studying the history of the places I’ve visited.

I also editorialize on buying books and book selling websites.  Since I read such a broad range of books, I but from many sellers, both new and used books.  So, knowing I have multiple reading personality disorder, welcome to my blog.

Remember, don’t take life too seriously.  You’ll never get out alive.

DISCLAIMER:  I am not an academic and do not care to approach my reviews that way.  I read purely for pleasure, not to dissect and analyze books for their deep symbolism or the truth and meaning of life.  That’s too much like work.  I want to enjoy myself and get lost in a good tale.  Does this make me shallow?  Probably, but I think it also makes me like most readers.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


  1. I do think I shall look for recommendations here my friend! Seems we do read about the same type things 🙂

    Comment by (KatD) — February 27, 2009 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  2. Hello. My name is Beverly Cialone, and I have been published for approximately two years now. While I love my editor, Michelle Halket, I feel it is time I “branched out” regarding my work and my own marketing efforts. With that being said, I would like to know if you would be interested in reviewing some or all of my work. I currently write romantic fiction, erotica, and poetry. My work can be found on my “home” site,, as well as,,,,,,,, and I look forward to your response. Thank you.
    Here is a list of my work and my profile on my home site.
    Amazon sin number B0031ER1AO
    Beverly Cialone

    Comment by Beverly Cialone — October 27, 2011 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  3. Hallo, you have a wonderful blog about a neglected genre, historical fiction. I was wondering whether you might be interested in reviewing a historical fiction book written for young adults (12+), which has also been described as having cross-over appeal. It is called The Falconer’s Apprentice. If you are interested, I would be happy to provide you with a free copy (paperback or e-book). It is on Amazon, if you care to take a look. Best regards, Malve

    Comment by Malve von Hassell — December 17, 2015 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

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