About Us

The Coldread Readers: Craig and Suzanne

Coldread Readers Craig and Suzanne

Craig and I are a sibling bloggers.  Growing up, everyone in our household was a reader.  Dad took us to the library each week, where we each checked out a pile of books, eagerly wondering what world we would be drawn into with each book.  Today, I (Suzanne) am a stay-at-home mother of three and Craig is still single and running his own business.  We are both avid readers and wanted to expand our discussion of books on Facebook into a regular blog.  I love literary fiction and especially historical fiction, while Craig reads a lot of non-fiction.  We both love a good book, no matter what the genre, and often recommend books to each other. We look forward to sharing our love of books with you, and welcome you to join in the discussion.

Craig would like to add, “I love to read and have been making notes on the books I’ve read since I was a little boy. Even now they are little more than my impressions and attributes that caught my attention. I have no intention of writing full reviews. I grade books on a 1-10 scale and I’m a tough grader. There are no “10” books and very few books that rate even an A- .”

  1. D
  2. C-
  3. C
  4. C+
  5. B-
  6. B
  7. B+
  8. A-
  9. A
  10. A+

9 Responses to About Us

  1. Talia Carner says:

    Thanks for a good review of JERUSALEM MAIDEN.

    One comment: Would you please edit the name of the protagonist? It is Esther, not Edith….

    I have great appreciation for the time and effort you’ve made to read and then share your views!

    You’re mentioning book group discussions. We also offer fabulous promotions for book groups. You may check my website for the information at http://www.taliacarner.com/jerusalem_maiden.html

    Thanks again!

    Talia

    • Suzanne says:

      Your welcome! I apologize for the error with the name – thanks for pointing that out. It has been corrected. Good luck with the release of your book!

      Suzanne

  2. Hope you are enjoying Feyman! I love him. Meanwhile, thanks for checking out my blog. I’m looking forward to keeping up with yours.

    • Suzanne says:

      Actually, Feynman is next after I finish “Seeing in the Dark” by Timothy Ferris. I decided to let loose this summer and read a bunch of science based non-fiction and science fiction books, in addition to my 52 Books Around the World Challenge. I’ve heard good things about Feynman and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading him, too. Thanks for checking out my blog as well!

  3. Lisa Munley says:

    Hi Suzanne! I can’t find contact info for you on your blog, so I’m hoping you’ll contact me! I’m Lisa Munley with TLC Book Tours. I believe you’re acquainted with my partner, Trish. I have a book coming up on tour that I’d love to run by you. Please drop me a note to discuss. Thanks!

  4. John Meyer says:

    Hi Suzanne. Since you recently wrote that you’re a “sucker for a travel book,” I wanted to know if you might be interested in reviewing my new fictional travel memoir, “Bulls, Bands, and London.” But I don’t see any contact info on your site – so please check out my website at http://www.johnmeyerbooks.com and contact me at john@johnmeyerbooks.com. Thank you!

  5. Hi Suzanne,

    I hope you are well. I came across you as someone who has reviewed Naipaul’s ‘A Bend in the River’.

    I am currently working with another South African author, Peter Anderson, and his latest book ‘The Unspeakable’. The book is a hard hitting piece of fiction set in apartheid era South Africa.

    When the late Lionel Abrahams, the critic whom J.M. Coetzee called “the perfect reader,” was asked to name three South African writers he held in the highest regard, he singled out three very different writers: J.M. Coetzee, Stephen Watson, and Peter Anderson, the author I am representing.

    Coetzee of course has gone on to win the Nobel prize, not to mention the Booker (twice!), while Stephen Watson, until his recent untimely death, rose to become a leading poet, as well as one of the country’s sharpest-minded critics. But Peter — despite Dr Abrhams’s expectations – fell almost completely silent.

    Like a number of others (Jeremy Cronin before his imprisonment for “terrorism” against the apartheid régime, for instance), Peter felt that as a white he had no right to write. He struggled against so stifling a conviction, of course, and actually did produce a little. Today, however, it is that very silence — or rather, its roots in the violation of innocence — which has given rise to “The Unspeakable”.

    I have a press release for the book, which email could I send this to?

    Would you like to potentially read and review it for us? We would truly appreciate your view on the book, and for you to be one of our ‘launch reviewers’, as the book isn’t officially released until September 21st.

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Kris

    • Suzanne says:

      Hello Kris,

      Thank you for thinking of me with regards to Peter Anderson’s latest book. Unfortunately, my schedule does not permit me to add any additional books to my reading schedule at present.

      Regards,

      Suzanne

  6. stef7sa says:

    Hi Suzanne

    I found your review of Michael Tuckers Italy book on Amazon andI wondered whether you would be interested in reading and reviewing my book “Living in Italy: the Real Deal”. The book contains sixty short stories about my adventures as a Dutch expat who moved to Italy in 2008 to start a bed and breakfast. It is the translation of the Dutch original that met with considerable success (sold 3000 copies) and had very positive readers’ reviews.

    Author bio:
    Stef Smulders was born in The Netherlands in 1960 and moved with husband Nico and their dog to Italy in 2008 to start bed-and-breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine region Oltrepò Pavese south of Milan. In 2014 he published his first volume of short, anecdotical stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the Italians entitled “Italiaanse Toestanden”. It was well received by readers, leading to a second volume of witty anecdotes. A third volume is to be published spring 2017.

    Book summary:
    In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, somtimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.

    Goodreads page:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32572055-living-in-italy

    Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak preview if you like:
    http://italiaanse-toestanden.duepadroni.it/index-UK.html

    I could send you the epub or pdf if you want to.

    Hope to hear from you
    Cari saluti
    Stef

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