Category Archives: What’cha Reading

Boston Book Festival Oct 17-19th

Boston Book FestivalToday starts the fifth annual Boston Book Festival that will run through Saturday, October 19th.  The program is a celebration of the written word and has programs aimed to encourage reading and promote Boston’s cultural heritage as a place that has fostered some of America’s finest authors past and present.

This year renowned author and essayist Salman Rushdie is the keynote speaker.  He is joined by numerous others including, Mike Barnicle, Alan Dershowitz, and Joe Klein to name just a few of the presenters.  For a full list of scheduled events link here.

Game of Thrones

Game of ThronesLast week I purchased the four book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin.  Since I first watched HBO’s series Game of Thrones, which is based on the books above, I’ve been hooked.  The only part about my purchasing the books that surprises me is how long it has taken me.

Have you read the series? Are you a fan of the HBO show? I’m addicted.

Book review: The House of Special Purpose

John BoyneIt has been a long time since I posted a book review, but recently I finished reading a book that I think would appeal to people who enjoy historical fiction. The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne.  The 469 page book published by Other Press is narrated by the main character, Georgy Daniilovich Jachmenev, and opens with him reminiscing from his home in London in 1981 near the end of his life. 

Born in rural Russia, the son of a peasant farmer, Georgy’s life takes a dramatic turn after a bizarre incident that brings him to St. Petersburg to serve as a friend and bodyguard to the Tsar’s only son, Tsarevich Alexei.  The narration vacillates between life in Russia and his emigration to London via Paris after escaping his home country with his wife, Zoya.

Beautifully written, I found it difficult to put the book down. Although the twist that Boyne slowly gives away is easy to figure out, it doesn’t diminish the tale.  I found myself totally absorbed by his descriptions of what it was like growing up in Tsarist Russia and during the Bolshevik Revolution.  Additionally, his description of what it was like living in London during World War II was hard to stop reading and kept me up very late reading for more than one night.

If you are looking for a book to read and this appeals to you, go to your local bookstore or you may purchase it here on Amazon.

Missed periods

GrammarI should probably pick this up on  It seems my grammar and spelling gets worse each year; no thanks to spell check and other enablers.

Thought of the day: Books

BooksMichael C - a friend who has contributed posts to this blog in the past, recently posted this image on his Facebook page.  It got me to thinking, “What are you reading?”

TWC Author Salon

TWCThose crazy kids over at The Welcoming Committee (yes the very same group behind Guerrilla Queer Bar) is planning to take over an event at BoConcept in Cambridge next Wednesday, January 16.

TWC Takeover
Where Education Meets Cocktails
January 16th from 6:30 – 9PM  Register Here

According to the registration site TWC is bringing together cocktails, a bunch of gays and author Alex Stone who will discuss his new book Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind.   Curious?  There is a small registration fee.  Read more about the author, the evening event and then register for this event here.

Dennis Lehane at Boston Public Library Thursday

According to Adam’s Hospitality & Tourism Industry Blog, renowned Boston novelist and BPL Trustee, Dennis Lehane, will speak on his newest book Live by Night on Thursday November 29th at 6pm at the Rabb Lecture Hall in Copley Square.   Make an evening of it by listening to Dennis then check out the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen in the Fairmont Copley for a drink or a bite.

You may also recognize Dennis Lehane as the author of many books that have been made into movies like Shutter IslandMystic River, and Gone, Baby, Gone.