Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

July 24, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are […]


A Look at Kindle Unlimited

July 20, 2014

So Amazon has just announced their new Kindle Unlimited program. Descibed as a “Netflix for books,” Kindle Unlimited allows subscribers free access to a library of 600,000+ titles from A fraction of the titles, maybe around 10% (that’s not a hard figure; just a guestimate using the “Whispersync” search limiter), are also available with […]


The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

July 19, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): 1878 Paris. Following their father’s sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, […]


Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham

July 16, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Maugham completed the writing of LIZA OF LAMBETH during his final year of medical school. The publication of this novel brought him enough money and notoriety that he decided to abandon thoughts of a career as a doctor (he qualified but never practiced) and instead make his way as a […]


Listening to Audiobooks

July 14, 2014

I find that the busier I get, the more I turn to audiobooks instead of paperbacks or e-books. Obviously, hands-free listening has its advantages, particularly when it comes to commuting or exercising. But the problem is that I hate the standard earbuds that come with Apple products. They don’t fit well and are thus very […]


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

July 4, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security […]