Welcome to The Grumpy Book Reviewer’s New Blog

Welcome, book lovers, to the first mailing of my blog posts. I was somehow under the impression that when people signed up through WordPress to be a “registered user” of this site, the blog posts would go out by e-mail each time I published one. Was I wrong, or what?


I have set up a Mail Chimp account, and added a “Subscribe” button. Now that I have created a list of all of your e-mail addresses, you will be receiving my blog posts at the address you provided. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, but I hope you won’t. I don’t want to flood your inboxes with too many messages; my goal is to send out blog posts once or twice per month, but certainly no more than once per week – after I’m comfortable using Mail Chimp, that is.


Whenever my blog posts are about a particular book, as most are, I include the link to the full review of the book. There are several older posts already on the blog, from the days before I set up this mailing list – I will not be sending out mailings on those. I have published lots of book reviews, but have not blogged about all of them, so you may want to peruse the drop-down menus for your favorite genre. I hope you enjoy my reviews.


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Top 25 Thriller Book Blogs

I have to take a minute to brag. During the Labor Day weekend I received word that The Grumpy Book Reviewer is among The Top 25 Thriller BookBlogs to Follow in 2018, as featured by Feedspot. They even sent me the little badge graphic that you see on the right of your screen. This may be the most exciting thing that has happened to Grumpy in a while. 


Most of the thrillers I have reviewed can be found under my category tab “Adventure/Thriller/Political Drama”. A few of those under “Fiction and Literature” have some thrilling (or threatening) parts, as well.


I suppose I need to review more thrillers, now. I have read a lot of them, just need to review more. Now it’s time to go chase more spies – in books, at least. Right now, I am fighting World War II.

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The Dream Daughter is Due Out October 2, 2018

Have you ever wished you could travel through time to a year when a cure for a terminally ill family member would likely be available? I certainly have. Well, in Diane Chamberlain’s new novel, The Dream Daughter, a young woman whose husband was killed at war,  did just that to save her baby girl – her dream daughter.


The Dream Daughter is a wonderful combination of both the sci-fi/time travel and Christian fiction genres. It is sure to be a bestseller when it hits store shelves October 16, 2018. To read my full review, click right here.

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The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. This achingly beautiful, yet frightening story explores the lack of mental health that was available to our returning wounded warriors and their families. It is also a commentary on how our court system treats abused women who strike back. It reminds parents of young love, and that to be too strict, can often backfire. Even more, it is also a travelogue for the fierce beauty that is Alaska. The descriptions of the landscape and the brilliant colors made me want to visit there. To read my full review, and for a link to the author’s web page, click right here.


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Fun Romance Novel – I Flipping Love You

The newest novel from bestselling author, Helena Hunting, is in bookstores and available online now. I Flipping Love You is sure to be another bestseller among fans of good romantic comedy.
Don’t let the cheesy front cover fool you. It’s a great story that will warm your heart – and maybe a few other places. To read my full review, click right here.
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About Fateful Decisions

The day before I was to leave on vacation, I received an e-mail from Trevor D’Silva, asking me to read his new book, Fateful Decisions. I couldn’t put it down! It’s a trip through recent history from the bombing of the Lusitania through the post-war 1940s with families that seem to step right off the page.
It’s a wonderful story of how the decisions we make affect not only ourselves, but the generations who follow. Fans of historical fiction won’t be able to put it down either. To read my full review, click right here.
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On Vacation, Still Reading

Grumpy is on vacation for a few weeks, but will always be reading. I just finished a pre-pub copy of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House Reunion — a little history, a lot of info on sea turtles, of course a good romance, and women’s issues. I am now reading Catherine Coulter’s The Sixth Day — a great geo-political drama, thriller, pertinent to today’s computer hacking issues. My reviews will be out in mid-May. Happy reading, everyone!

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Unforgettable Work of Historical Fiction Set During World War II

Based on the true story of Virginia d’Albert-Lake, an American woman who entered the French Resistance, and lived to tell about it, this is one of the best works of both historical fiction and Christian fiction I have ever read. Set amidst the French Resistance of World War II, the characters come to life in a way that transports the reader to that time and place. To read my review click right here.

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Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist

One of my favorite authors, Brad Meltzer, notified me of the the upcoming publication of this, his latest novel, through GoodReads, and had his publisher send me a pre-publication copy through NetGalley — thank you to all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this new action-filled political drama, The Escape Artist.
Did you know Harry Houdini, the greatest escape artist of all time, left his books and papers to the Library of Congress? Did you know that many local hacking conventions are organized or backed by our government to seek out potential future employees for our national intelligence, and to identify potential criminal hackers? I learned this and a lot more from The Escape Artist.

If you enjoy political intrigue, action, & drama, you will enjoy Metzer’s latest book, due out Tuesday, March 6, 2018. To read my full review, click right here. Happy reading.
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Long Way Gone Spoke to Me

Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin, spoke to me in a way that few others have. It’s about a father’s love for his son, about giving back, about losing love and finding it again. It’s about facing our shortcomings, our self-doubts, and overcoming them. It shows us that it is never too late — we can always go home.

This book is Christian fiction at it’s best. It’s no wonder he is a bestselling author, with another of his books being made into a movie. This is a great book club selection. It should be required reading for anyone seeking a career in the music industry. To read my review, click right here.

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