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It’s been a while since I joined in to muse about my week, my books, etc.  Join us at Jenn’s Books and a Beat to chat a little.


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  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
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  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


Last week was Bloggiesta and A Day in the Life.

Click my links to read those posts.

Today I’m almost finished reading If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, by Claire LaZebnik, a book that has been on Pippa since May 2015.




The book is engaging, but my feelings about the MC have changed as I turn the pages.  I was sympathetic in the beginning, but now I am tired of her behavior and her various attitudes.  I hope she will make some changes.

Do you ever get frustrated by the characters in your books?  Silly question…of course, you do.


What are you reading, doing, or thinking about today?





Today’s Booking Through Thursday poses an interesting question:


Which is more important when you read — the actual story or the characters? I’ve read books with great plots, but two-dimensional characters, and I’ve read multi-layered characters stuck in clunky stories, and I’m sure you have, too. So which would you rather focus on, if you couldn’t have both?


I love plots, subplots, and a story that moves seamlessly through the pages.  But without the characters—wonderfully fleshed out characters—it would all fall apart, like a meal without salt or spices.

So I choose:  Both!  But what I remember most about a story are the characters.  So I guess CHARACTERS win out, just a bit.


Here are some of my recent reads with great plot, with characters that drive it.  Click images for my reviews:



The MC is Frieda Klein, the kind of character that hooked me from the very first book. She is quirky, compulsive, and has her obsessive habits that make her seem like someone I could know. A friend or colleague.

But the plot is suspenseful, twisted, and captivating.






Set in England, Elizabeth Is Missing is that story, and as it unfolds in the first person narrative of Maud, the aging mother and grandmother, we are soon catapulted into her interior world, almost as if the losses are ours.

Without this great character, the plot would sink into despair, IMO.  We follow her and root for her.  She is the glue that holds the plot together.



Every month, I pick a favorite book, and at the end of the year, produce a list of them.  And what shines most about them all….characters!


What are your thoughts?




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