What I’m Reading: Code Name Scorpion

I used to live in Newburg, Oregon. I’m LDS/Mormon, and while I was there I met Donna Gustainis Fuller at church. I remember Donna mostly for her sweet personality and dazzling smile (plus I think I remember some cookies). I haven’t seen her in years, but we are Facebook friends, so we can keep track of each other. I had NO idea she could write, so it came as a complete surprise when I saw her posting about her first book, A Strand of Doubt. Well, of course I bought it and read it – it’s a policy of mine to read books written by and watch movies with friends/family in them.

I was surprised again when it turned out to be an excellent book! When people find out I write and publish books myself, they have a tendency to try to get me to read their books, which I usually do, and most of them are, shall I say, not all that good? I find myself looking for an adjective that satisfies them without hurting their feelings (“Your book/concept was so unusual/interesting”). A few of my friends are really good writers, and Donna is one of them. I just read her second novel, Code Name Scorpion, and I like it even more than the first one, which is saying a lot. I basically picked it up and couldn’t stop reading.

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A Strand of Doubt                    Code Name Scorpion

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What I’m Reading: The Gashleycrumb Tinies

I’ve only read a few things by Edward Gorey, but I’m a fan. I first fell in love with his work while watching the  PBS “Mystery!” series and marveling at the wonderful illustrations in the opening credits. The first book I purchased by Gorey was “The Gashleycrumb Tinies.” I say I’m a fan, but I think my four-year-old grandson is an even bigger one. He LOVES this book! We’ve read it so many times as a bedtime story, he has most of it memorized.

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I’m showing the *genius* front and back covers of the book,
because this is what happens to the naughty children…

The Gashleycrumb Tinies

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