Whitehurst’s Top Reads of 2016

From tripping out with Tarzan and the Ant Men, to starting Marie Kondo’s book on tidying up, it’s been a year of diversity and perhaps a bit of quirky inclusion. My print book collection grew in 2016, which came as a surprise due to my Kindle attachment issues, and the number of books started and not finished (sorry, Kondo) grew as well. This means 2017 will be the year of finishing things I started. Fingers crossed.  I did, however, manage to finish 14 books. Below are the top five books I couldn’t stop thinking about after reading the last page.

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goza-1BOOK REVIEW: The Innocents by Jaime Lorie Goza

Irish literature holds a special place in my heart. It’s likely my own Irish heritage plays a part in that love, being that I have an undisclosed helping in my DNA. But it’s not just that. Everyone loves reading about the simple things, the struggles born of poverty, and the quaintness of rural life – narratives not restricted to those with Irish eyes of course. But Irish literature has all this, and Jaime Lorie Goza, the author of The Irish Bride Series, nails it in her prose.

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‘In Curmudgeon’ available for a limited timeincurmudgeon-2

(Oct. 8, 2016) In Curmudgeon is a collection of essays, rants, short stories and more that acknowledge the dreary side of being
alive (something so many writers are afraid to explore and so many excel at doing). In Curmudgeon takes the philosophy in narrative writing that not everything is meant to be, not everything ends happily, and not everyone finds joy in simple things.

Available on Amazon, in both print and digital, for a limited time. Click here.

NEWS: Three authors talk shop at Old Capitol Books on Oct. 16th

(Monterey, Calif.) – October is a spooky kind of month, thanks mostly to the ghosts, goblins, vampires and Minions that run around asking for treats every Oct. 31. It’s a time for thrills and mystery, often of the supernatural variety. Mysteries and suspense, of a more urban kind, will be on the menu Sunday, Oct. 16, at Old Capitol Books in downtown Monterey.threeauthors-1

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20160918_175718.jpgREVIEW: Your Wilder Nature connects readers to nature’s pulse

Learn how to connect with nature, and through it, connect with yourself.

Author Daian Hennington makes it easy for those of us unaccustomed to the natural world in her new book, “Your Wilder Nature: A Field Guide to Tracking the Soul.” Here we learn to connect with the beauty of nature, in its most simplistic forms, by learning how to connect with ourselves.

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