Brenda Branson
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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
About Me:
I am a mother of a 23 yr. old grad student at Tulane and I am currently a middle school library media specialist in SC. I am a member of three local book clubs and facilitate a school book club for the students in my school.
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Brenda's Book Bag

In my bag, awaiting my attention....

This is difficult for me to keep updated but such a great way to remind myself how far off my "reading track" that I've gotten.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
My Name is Iran by Davar Ardalan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Host by Stephenie Meyers
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen snagged this from LibraryThing Early Reader Program

In the middle of ...
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett closer to end now - still not finished.
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

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39 Clues - The Kids Craze!

Hot off the press!

Book One: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. This is a must “check out” if you like solving mysteries. It even has it’s own website, 39 Clues, which you definitely want to check out, as well. This is just the first in the series with 9 more books to come, all written by popular authors. We’ll be featuring this in our Scholastic Book Fair, September 12 - 19, 2008, along with lots of other… Continue

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 12:24pm

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a very unusual story of a young Pakistani man, Changez, and the impact that 9-11 has on his life. Changez was a Princeton graduate and immediately hired by a very prestigious firm in NY. While living in NY, he developed a relationship with Erica, a unstable, but very outgoing girl. Changez enjoyed the American (NY American) lifestyle until the attacks on the Twin Towers when the native New Yorkers began to treat him differently because he was Muslim. He no longer… Continue

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 6:04am

CBA Nominee Review

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2008 Newbery Honor Award)

At Camillo Junior High School, Wednesday afternoons are spent in Hebrew classes, Catechism classes, or if you’re the only Presbyterian like Holling HoodHood, left behind at school with a teacher that absolutely despises you. Or so Holling believes. On Wednesday afternoons, Mrs. Baker assigns Shakespeare after Shakespeare reading assignments for Holling. He is convinced that she is out to make his life miserable because… Continue

Posted on June 15, 2008 at 2:22pm

The Sugar Queen by Allen

As a native of North Carolina, I’m always excited to find another local author and I look forward to following Sarah Addison Allen in her writing career. This latest book, The Sugar Queen, is set in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina and the setting is absolutely beautiful, and even if you’ve never been, you’ll still see the beauty of the Appalachian mountains in her descriptive writing.

The Sugar Queen, Josey, is a wealthy, young, girl indebted to her mother and forever… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2008 at 7:01pm — 3 Comments

Ideas for new reads

Thank you, Becky, for your suggestion to read Stephenie Meyers' The Host. I immediately went to Amazon and saw this review and was instantly intriqued. Can't wait for the book to get here. In case someone else is interested in viewing Stephenie Meyers' interview for Amazon, here it… Continue

Posted on June 1, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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At 8:43pm on March 18, 2013,
Jay Siva
Hi, I came across your blog, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.

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At 8:53pm on February 26, 2011, Kate Evangelista said…
Hi Brenda,

I wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I'm Kate Evangelista, the author of Taste. When you have the time, please come and visit me at Reads, Reviews, Recommends by clicking on my blog button below:

Or you can Follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook by clicking on these buttons:

Thank you very much for your time.

At 2:19am on September 19, 2010, Brian Goldman said…
Hi Brenda, would you please look at

Do you write children’s books reviews and interesting things in the children’s world of books? If so, Story Time For Me is a really cool kids website for animated storybooks.

If you have kids 8 or under I would be happy to give you some free books as well to try out.

At 5:50pm on November 28, 2009, Bernice McFadden said…

Dear Book Lover:

On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.

“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And if you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
At 9:51am on July 17, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Brenda, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 10:22am on March 6, 2009, Chris Tusa said…

My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. I am writing because my debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or review it). If you're interested, I'd be glad to send you an e-book version of the book. Just let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:

Thanks so much,

Christopher Tusa
At 3:49pm on September 16, 2008, Miriam Parker said…
Hi Brenda! Thanks for your interest in reviewing books. I just got in copies of HOLIDAYS ON ICE. Can you message or email me your address? eMail is Thanks!
At 11:39am on June 18, 2008, Mark Weissman said…
Hi Brenda. I stumbled on this website and was excited to see 2 members from Tega Cay, SC. My wife and I are planning to move there from Miami within the next year or so. We've visted the area many times and fell in love with the place. Actually, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law already live there. They both love it
At 6:20pm on June 14, 2008, Victoria S. said…
Thank you :)
At 1:39am on June 14, 2008, April said…
Hi Brenda! Sarah Addison Allen is a favorite author of mine! I LOVED Garden Spells and am half way through The Sugar Queen and am enjoying it just as much! I'm already looking forward to her new release in 2009, lol!

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