“Taking the time to enjoy the books I read and write the reviews beyond the story.”




Due to some medical concerns with my eyes during this last year, my level of reading and reviewing has been brought to a screeching halt.  I am finally getting things under control to where I am able to start picking up my beloved novels again and starting to read and review on a limited basis.  Please bear with me as we work to get back to reading and reviewing like we have always loved to read.

Because of this, I am having to become selective in my choices of books to review.  I am actually putting down books that I otherwise would have continued to the end in the past.  But for now, because I have to limit my reading time, I am finding myself being even more selective.    This has been a very, very tough decision, but means that I have become even more honest with myself about the reviews that I do and the quality of the work of the novelists that I review.

So, with this in mind, know that though they are fewer, for now, the reviews are just as in depth.  There have been many books started and set aside before coming across a prose with the dynamics to captivate and cause me to dig through the layers to find the stories within the stories.

I hope you enjoy.


I have been able to create some wonderful spots for reading, no matter where I have lived.  But my favorite place to read has always been outside in a shady spot where I can enjoy the breeze and the beauty around me as I delve between the pages of the current novel that I have in my lap.

After years of reading and sharing my ideas about my favorite novels with friends and then writing reviews first on Barnes and Noble and then for Amazon, I decided that I would work on gathering the best of my reviews together in one place.  Some of my earlier ones I will work on enlarging on and adding some additional depth, and possibly reviews with the authors.  In addition, I have a steady stream of new works piling up next to my favorite reading chair that keeps my reviewing schedule busy.

Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy and browse through my pages.



Karen Laird – Reviewer of books and storyteller of life in the slow lane.

CONTACT ME @ – ShadeTreeBookReviews@gmail.com

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  1. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and
    I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.


    • Thank you very much for your comments. I love diving into a story and looking for the stories that are buried beneath the surface. It is usually those that hold the most promise and wrap me into the world between the pages. Come by often.


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