I'm such a fan of Stephanie Thornton now, her historical fiction books about overlooked women in history are always a pleasure to read. The worst thing about each book is then having to wait for the next one. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, especially anyone who wants a deeper look at the Mongols.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
This is the final entry in the Rover series. While it started off reminding a lot of the Lord of the Rings, it has become a great series that stands on its own merits. I'm so very sad that there aren't any more books featuring Wick and Juhg.
I really appreciate the character development in these books over the series. I learn a little bit more about Scotland and it's history each book, and they're just good mysteries. Keep them coming Catriona!
I'm a fan of Choose Your Own Adventures and Neil Patrick Harris, so what's not to love about this book!?! It was funny and a neat twist to jump around his life. I did have to go back through page by page just to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Monday, December 22, 2014
My book club, Readers Without Borders, read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and we all loved it. When I got a chance to read an advance copy of the sequel, I jumped at the chance but was hesitant because a sequel can so often fall short. This one not only measured up, but may be even better. I had to put the book down a few times because it was just so touching and I had to stop and savor where I was before moving on. The ending left me sad but it was a good and perfect ending.
I'm hooked on this series but this one was a little disjointed and especially at the beginning I felt like I was missing part of the story. Still a good read, just not one of the better ones.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Did you know that Washing Irving is considered one of the main forces of popularizing doughnuts as a New York treat and is responsible for Knickerbocker being a popular nickname for New York as well? I didn't know that until I read this collection featuring some of his short stories. This was a really interesting read and I enjoyed getting to know more about this forgotten and overlooked early American author.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I was sent this to review for Night Owl Reviews. I'd read almost nothing of Catherine de Valois, sister of Charles VI, who married Henry V of England. This was wonderful, and a great treat for history buffs.
I'd seen this when a patron checked it out and have been eagerly awaiting its return. It examines England's fascination with murder, especially in the written word. Starting with the broadsides that dealt in murders, trials and the hangings, through souvenirs for famous murders, and up to the introduction of the detective into literature. This was filled with lots and lots of interesting trivia and details, a great read for any mystery-loving Anglophile.
Monday, December 1, 2014
This is a behind the scenes look at the making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, who played Westley. I really love this movie and the book, so it was really great to see what went into the making of bringing this wonderful book alive. Cary Elwes just comes across as a class act, and this movie seems like it was so much fun to make.
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians, I find myself quoting him at inappropriate times. I'd loved his first book, "Dad is Fat", so I was sure this would be just as funny. This was even better. Jim feels the same way I do about food and eating, and looks at our obsession with food with his usual, slightly twisted, viewpoint. Well worth picking up!