April has been my quietest reading month yet, but it has held some fantastic reading, so I’m not complaining. And I was able to join in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon at the last minute too.
Challenge Reading/Reading Projects: Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child (2012) Manda Scott’s Hen’s Teeth (1997) Elizabeth Jolley’s Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983)
Classic Reading: Homer’s The Odyssey and Gareth Hinds’ The Odyssey (2010) Sterling North’s Rascal (1963) [...]
Final Update for the Spring Readathon:
Which hour was most daunting for you? Usually the later hours, but I had so many pauses in this read-a-thon that I didn’t have any rough patches. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Gail Carriger’s [...]
Scribner – Simon & Schuster, 2012
In my early twenties, I bought Cosmopolitan religiously.
But I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book that was blurbed by Cosmo.
Or, if I have, it wasn’t also blurbed by Hilary Mantel.
But that’s the case with Katie Ward’s Girl Reading.
(Cosmopolitan + Hilary Mantel = [...]
Groundwood Books, 2011 Cover:Murray Kimber
Well, then, I’d be lying. Because nothing is like Anne of Green Gables, right?
But I’ll Be Watching gave me a lot of the same feelings that reading my battered copy of Montgomery’s story gives me.
That’s bound to sound hyperbolic, so let me explain.
Pamela Porter’s novel opens in [...]
“Crackling with energy, assured and authoritative.”
So says Val McDermid about Manda Scott’s debut suspense novel, Hen’s Teeth, the first novel to feature Dr Kellen Stewart.
But she might well have been discussing Kellen herself.
Indeed, she is the draw to the series, in this reader’s opinion; it’s Kellen’s sharp and evaluative manner that brings [...]
This sweet little vintage copy of Dorothy Sayers’ Strong Poison.
Not everyone is a Peter Wimsey fan: are you?
And the not-so-sweet copy of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers. (Aiyiyi, I don’t think I’ve read more than 5 pages in this week. Should I try harder?)
For listening, Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, which has me completely [...]
B.I.P.’s Snips are short-hand responses to works; I usually opt for this format when I’ve read the book without taking many (or any) notes.
Kate Wilhelm’s Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
Read: Mostly over breakfast, home-baked muffins or bakery-bought rugelach with coffee, perched on a stool in the kitchen, mostly on sunny days, the [...]
The weeks for Carl’s un-Challenge are slipping past. We’re almost a third of the way into the event now, and of course it’s mostly about the books, but there are quests for Short Stories and for the Screen as well.
Screen: Okay, I admit it. Whenever a book appears in a TV show or [...]
Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart (1973) Trans. J. Tate Illus. Ilon Wikland (1984)
Everybody knows Pippi Longstocking, but not so many readers know The Brothers Lionheart.
I read it on the advice of a reading friend, who counts it amongst her favourite children’s books.
And then I learned that it’s also one of Iris’ special favourites!
What I read of [...]
Sterling North’s Rascal (1963) Illus. John Schoenherr (1971)
“It was in May, 1918, that a new friend and companion came into my life: a character, a personality, and a ring-tailed wonder.”
That’s Rascal, when 11-year-old Sterling pulls him from his mother’s nest one May.
Sterling and his friend, Oscar, and his Saint Bernard, Wowser, had originally thought [...]