Category Archives: Marion’s Favorite Books

Marion’s favorite books that he has reviewed.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 24: How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

One of the great joys of reading is coming upon a series that you would have never read at first glance. This has happened to me with the Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny. I’m a not a big mystery or crime fiction reader. However, I read The Long Way Home two years ago and was immediately taken by the characters and the setting of Three Pines in Quebec.

I had gotten busy with reading and reviewing other books over the past couple of years since I read The Long Way Home. But, I knew that I would come back to the world of Inspector Gamache and Three Pines as soon as possible.

How The Light Gets In is the ninth book in the series and tells the story of a woman from the famous Ouellet quintuplet family. She visited the village of Three Pines to meet with her friend and bookstore owner, Myrna Landers. Constance Ouellet had planned to return to Three Pines for the Christmas holidays, but never made it.

Inspector Gamache begins his investigation into the murder of Constance Ouellet and discovers how strained family ties can be even if you are a famous sibling of five. Also, the inspector learns more about the corruption within his police department, The Surete of the Quebec. Those two factors come together in a surprising and powerful conclusion that will change everything for Gamache and those close to him.

I will admit that the murder plot is not the real draw for me in this series. Penny has a keen understanding of human nature and written well-developed characters of Inspector Gamache, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, his former protege, the profane poet Ruth and her pet duck, Rosa and the artist Clara. Those elements are what has pulled me into the world of Inspector Gamache and created a new fan. I have learned a valuable reading lesson. Great characters and setting in a novel are essential for me as a reader.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Even though, I have started out of order. How The Light Gets In is an excellent place to start if you have never read a Gamache novel. I truly believe you will want to read the rest of the series after trying this novel. Highly recommended.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 23: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck

                “Sometimes a journey can take you far away from home. It can take you far away from what you believe. From the only world you have ever known. And make you realize how much we are connected to each other. Also, how divided we can be.” This… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 22: Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison

            My 10-year-old daughter, Norah, was looking forward to reading this book together when she heard about it. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of women from all over the globe.  Untold stories of women in business, art, literature, architecture, and science reveals… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 19: A Betrayal in Winter by Daniel Abraham

                A Betrayal in Winter continues the story of Otai Machi in the Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham.  A Shadow in Summer lays the foundation for Otah’s hero journey into becoming what has been destined for him.  Even though, he did not choose his destiny.  The actions… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 16: The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

            Reading is a subjective experience. One person may like a book you recommend to them.  But, the next person you recommend the book may hate it and never take your book recommendations again. That is the risk you always take when to come to recommending books. However, what if… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 14: Hollywood Vs The Author by Stephen Jay Schwartz

                Most authors (I will include myself too) want to see their novels turned into a movie or television series. Movies and Television has been the most popular entertainment medium for at least fifty years.  An obscure novelist’s career can change overnight when Hollywood comes knocking at their… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 10: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

                Cal Newport has written another excellent book about how technology (mostly social media) has affected modern life. Digital Minimalism is the follow-up the ground-breaking book, Deep Work and Newport expands on his ideals from that previous work to propose a new philosophy for the social media age.… Continue Reading