Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Treasury of Norse Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli, 191 pages

I saw this on the shelf and realized that I'm not that familiar with Norse mythology. I wasn't a fan of this because the author did some editorializing that distracted from the stories.

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle, 302 pages

I always like books related to Pride and Prejudice and this was a great addition to the canon, so to speak. It tells the story of Mary, the ignored and overlooked sister. I felt like the author did a wonderful job of fleshing out her story and really bringing her to life.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure by Nancy Atherton, 231 pages

These are always a fun and fast read. But I do have to say that I've noticed that I haven't been enjoying the last few ones as much. I think it's because Lorie has such a perfect life that it just doesn't read as plausible anymore (disregarding the fact that Aunt Dimity speaks to her from beyond using a journal) but I'll continue to pick up each new one.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Case of the Murdered Muckraker by Carola Dunn, 262 pages

Even a less than perfect Daisy Dalrymple book is still a fun read. The main fault with this one is the fact that it wrapped up way too neatly and quickly at the end.

BabyMouse Goes for the Gold by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm, 95 pages

I haven't missed a Babymouse book yet. The hard thing is reading them before my kids steal them away.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wicked Women of Missouri by Larry Wood, 137 pages

Another interesting and educational read by Larry Wood. This one covers ten notorious Missouri women.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp, 382 pages

A very dark and delightful juvenile fiction book. Filled with wonderful illustrations as well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Why Mermaids Sing by C. S. Harris, 342 pages

This mystery series set in the early 1800s of England, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, are fantastic. This book took a very dark turn, but I'm pretty sure of what the next plot twist will be in the following book. Onto it to find out!

West With the Night by Beryl Markham, 294 pages

This was the book for my Readers Without Borders book club. The author lived an interesting life but this book just wasn't that outstanding. But, it's one of those I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Princeless, Volume 1 by Jeremy White, 128 pages

A graphic novel about a princess guarded by a dragon, who decides she doesn't need saving by a prince. She teams up with her dragon to go rescue her sisters from their towers as well.

Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery, 225 pages

This one dealt with Anne's children and their friends.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery, 274 pages

Anne is all grown-up, married to Gilbert with six children. But she's no less interesting.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, 243 pages

Anne is off the college with Gilbert. She's facing this new bend in the road of life with her eternal enthusiasm and imagination. I can't believe I've never read this before with how much I like Anne of Green Gables.

Manifest Destiny, Volume 3, 128 pages

This is a very dark and compelling graphic novel series. The ending was particularly dark. I'm definitely hooked on this series now.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery, 276 pages

I realized that I've never read any of the sequels to Anne of Green Gables, so I'm going to work my way through them. I really like seeing Anne growing up. In some ways it reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie episodes where Laura is growing up and falls in love with Almanzo.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 304 pages

After reading the prequel, I had to pick Anne of Green Gables back up. I've probably read this close to 10 times, but I still love it. It really bothers me that my daughters don't have the same love and appreciation for this book, along with Girl of the Limberlost and Little Women.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson, 600 pages

A prequel to Anne of Green Gables authorized by the estate of L. M. Montgomery. This was a superb read, fitting the original perfectly. It was so heartwrenchingly perfect that I had to stop every few chapters to compose myself. Now I'm going to work my way through the series again as a delightful treat.

A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde, 357 pages

A regency romance mystery in the style of Jane Austen. I was glad to get to read it for NightOwl Reviews.

Tundra: Wet, Wild & Weird by Chad Carpenter, 96 pages

An odd fishing, hunting and wild life cartoon book that caught my eye. Fits with the whole "I'll read anything" motif.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Poems to Learn By Heart, by Caroline Kennedy, 183 pages

A great collection of poetry with gorgeous illustrations by Jon J. Muth (author/illustrator of Zen Shorts)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Red: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood, by Liesl Shurtliff, 242 pages

A twist on a classic- Red is the granddaughter of "the witch of the woods." She has a magical cloak, a wolf for her familiar, and a friend named Goldie, as in Goldilocks. A great book about love conquering fear.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen, 259 pages

A modern, uncool geek decides to try for popularity based on tips from a 1950s teen book. This was very well-done, I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed it based on the writer's youth. I felt for her and saw so much of my own teen years in it. The author was so much braver than I ever could be.

To Davy Jones Below by Carola Dunn, 248 pages

Daisy and Alec are finally married, and while ready to start their honeymoon, they end up having to head to America. During the trip, people start falling overboard, the couple find themselves busy investigating. For once, I actually figured out the killer pretty early on, I'm proud of myself for that.

The Wicked and The Divine, Volume 3: Commercial Suicide, 200 pages

I read the first collection for my Comics & Cocktails Book Club, and now I'm totally hooked.