It’s Monday! What are you reading?



It’s Monday!  What are you reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey  where we discuss what we have been up to lately, and what we are looking forward to in the coming week.  Stop one there and see what other bloggers have posted!


Top Ten Turn Offs

Review-The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

Books Finished

I started reading The Rathbones, which I received through a Goodreads giveaway.  I really like the writing, but found I was struggling to continue reading.  Alas, I went to the library, and they had some lovely books on hold for me, so I put this aside and picked up a different book..Which leads me to-

Currently Reading

I am now reading The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch.  This is a sequel to a book I read and LOVED last year called The Hangman’s Daughter.  I had put a hold on it at my library.  Since I never know how quickly a book will come in, I was really excited to get it so quickly!  I am whipping through it as we speak.


Up Next

I have lots of books waiting for me, so I will probably hit the library books that have a return date, and the ebooks that have a read by date.

The Clock of Life- a review



The Clock of Life

by Nancy Klann-Moren

published by Anthony Ann Books


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980’s, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens.
By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn’t believe he has it in him.
In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right; and comes to realize he is his father’s son.
This story explores how two unsettling chapters in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends. (from Goodreads)

My Review

This is a wonderful debut novel from author Nancy Klann-Moren.  In what has been compared to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, we learn the story of Jason Lee Rainey as he grows up in a still segregated Mississippi.  On his very first day of school, Jason Lee becomes friends with a black boy, Sampson, which immediately makes him some very strong enemies.  Jason lives with his mom Cassie and his Uncle Mooks, who was injured in Vietnam, and is a little “off”.  His father, who served and died in the same war, is a source of wonder and mystery to Jason.  As the years pass, Jason Lee’s friendship with Sampson becomes stronger still and they become “blood brothers”.  Jason also slowly starts learning more about his dad from his dad’s best friend Wally.  In a box of old books given to him by Wally,  Jason finds his dad’s old journal.  Through this journal, he learns about his father’s work in the civil rights movement, including the March on Selma.    Jason Lee grows into a remarkable young man through this story.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and finished it pretty quickly.  The author has produced an extremely well written and researched piece of work and I was not surprised to learn that this novel will be used in classrooms starting in September.  I would definitely recommend this book.  It was a captivating story set in one of the difficult periods in our country’s history.


4 out of 5

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