2018 books

Book reviews & Lists

Throughout my journey of writing a historical fiction, reading within my genre and for research is extremely important to study plot and character development. I also love to read in general and am committed to my book club of 20+ years where I’m introduced to a wide variety of books. I’m happy to share with you some of my top book picks from recent years and a few old-time favorites. All books are linked to Amazon for ease of reading other reviews or to purchase. I’d love to share any of my picks with you, too. Let me know if you’d like me to pass one along. I can mail out hardcovers, email links to Audible versions and “loan” my Kindle e-books. Just send me a note through my Contact page.

Reading is Learning to Write.

book lists

Janis Robinson Daly Top Picks – Fiction and Non-Fiction 

Janis Robinson Daly – Top Reads of 2020 – Recent releases and older favorites

Janis Robinson Daly Book Pairings – If you like…you may like…

Top Suggestions for Book Clubs – prompting great discussions

Women in History – Great choices for March reading, or anytime

Favorite Series – Beyond Harry Potter, there are plenty of series to escape into for days, months, years

Middle-Grade Young Readers (ages 8-12)

At one point in my career I considered an advanced degree in Children’s Literature by auditing an intro class at Simmons College. While I opted out of the program, despite a thorough enjoyment of the curriculum, I still have a strong affinity for childhood literacy. The suggestions for middle grade readers comes from New England authors outlined in an article in The Boston Globe, January 4, 2021. For other thoughts on childhood literacy, check out my post, Reach Out and Read.

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Holiday Gift Ideas 2020

Mother’s Day Gifts

Kindles and E-Books

Are you an avid reader? Kindles and the Kindle app for smartphones and tablets puts a book in your hands wherever you are, whenever you want to escape into a good book. From a query among readers the Kindle Paperwhite is the top choice. I use the app on my tablet which travels with me for work to minimize the number of devices I have to pack. Did you know you can also give e-books as gifts? I posted the instructions on my Facebook page right before Christmas as e-books on special price are great stocking stuffers. As a treat for yourself, a Kindle Unlimited membership is totally worth it with thousands of titles available and your choice of a free selection every month with your membership. More info on their free month trial on Amazon.

Thank you for reading this post. I invite you to follow my blog and join me on my journey toward writing and publishing my first historical fiction which will release August 2022. More information on my About page. You can sign up from this page with the pop-up, or send me a note through the CONTACT page and I can email you an invitation to follow.

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