This is will be a place to record and share what I read with you!

1/5 – Don’t Bother

2/5 – Not For Me

3/5 – If You Have The Time

4/5 – Add This to Your List

5/5 – Read Immediately!  Highly Recommended!

Adult Fiction –

  • The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith 3/5 – Okay, but I barely got through it.  The premise is interesting, someone solving crimes based on a moral inclination to do so, but I like mystery books with a little more suspense.

The Fables Series-Graphic Novels meant for an older, mature audience.

  • Fables #13 – The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham – 3/5  Good, but a combination of stories from the spin off series and I was hoping for about were #12 left off.
  • Fables #12 – The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham – 5/5
  • Fables #11 – War and Pieces by Bill Willingham 5/5
  • Fables #10 – The Good Prince by Bill Willingham- 6/5 – Amazing Story revolving around my favorite character – Ambrose
  • Fables #9 Sons of the Empire by Bill Wilingham – 5/5
  • Fables #8 Wolves by Bill Willingham- 5/5
  • Fables #7 Arabian Nights by Bill Willingham- 4/5 Good, but kind of a filler volume
  • Fables #6: Homelands by Bill Willingham 5/5
  • Fables #5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham – 5/5  Probably my favorite of the series so far.
  • Fables #4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham – 5/5
  • Fables #3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham – 5/5
  • Fables #2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham – 5/5
  • Fables #1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham – 5/5 
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen – 5/5 We all know Pride and Prejudice, but this one all most replaces it as my favorite Jane Austen.  It’s slightly more accessible than some of Ms. Austen’s work and the romance between and Anne and Captain Wentworth is just charming.
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman – 4/5  A lovely collection of short stories and poems. Warning: Sexual themes and some violence, a little explicit in a few stories.

Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mystery Series by Anne Perry- 4.25/5

  • The Cater Street Hangman – 5/5
  • Callander Square – 4/5
  • Paragon Walk – 4/5
  • Resurrection Row – 4/5

The Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series by Cleo Coyle – 3.5/5 –An Excellent Bathtub Read!

  • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure – 4/5
  • The Ghost and the Dead Deb – 3/5
  • The Ghost and the Haunted Library – 3.5/5
  • The Ghost and the Femme Fatale – 3/5
  • The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion 3/5
  • Chocolate by Joanne Harris – 2/5 – I can’t believe I’m saying this but the movie was better, didn’t even finish the book.  Warning: The usual sex, magic, etc.  Normally this doesn’t bother me, but the book had little to no merit in which to justify it all.  Once again, the movie actually does a lovely job of telling a wonderful version of the book.
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – 5/5 – A new classic! Warning: Sex and violence and very graphic descriptions of blood and gore, but well worth it!
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – 2/5 – Interesting concept, but end up skipping most of the book as it just wasn’t keeping my interest.

Young Adult Fiction –

  • An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle – 5/5 Though “A Wrinkle In Time” will always be my favorite of her “Time Series” this was a wonderful addition to it.  Though shes famous for her use of science to explore her worlds, this book has heavy Christian undertones which makes it an excellent foil to AWIT.  As an adult I found some of the issue she touched on meaningful and well expressed.  A book I recommend to be read at 10, 20, 30 and on…
  • House of Many Ways by Dianna Wynne Jones – 4/5 A sequel to one of my favorite YA books, Howl’s Moving Castle, was quite good and entertaining.  Though it’s hard to top original.
  • Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede – 4/5 A new series by my favorite YA writer where magic and the American Old West meet.  She puts a lot of information into this first book, but it’s understandable as the story takes place over 10 years (main character goes from 8-18).  I’m very interested to see where the next installments go.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore – 3/5 Good concept, okay execution.  Lacks a good climax to the story arch.  But good to breeze through in a day when you just want a good story.
  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud – 3/5 – I didn’t care for it completely, but I wasn’t in the mood for an anti-hero, but my husband devoured it and the next two in the series.  I’ll probably read those some time soon as I don’t like to leave trilogies unread.  Warning: Very dark, lots of magic (and not the nice Harry Potter kind), no one appears to be a good person.  Would be fine for Adults and Young Adults in my opinion, who would have a better appreciation for the message the author is trying to construe.

Non-Fiction –

  • We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill 5/5 A well written and extensive, yet not dry account of the lives of one of England’s most famous royal couples.
  • 1776 by David G McCullough – 5/5 A stunning account of one the most important years of American History.  Even non-history buffs would be interested in this!
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – 5/5
  • Voluntary  Simplicity by Duane Elgin- 4/5
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – 3/5 – Generally a book about stroking the Authors ego, but there are some moments of non-selfish clarity.
  • Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin – 5/5 – A fantastic book that changed my perception of money.  Not a get rich quick scheme.  Just a book about educating people about the earning and spending habits!
  • Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce – 4/5
  • Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich – 3/5 – A good library or borrow-from-a-friend read.  Some interesting stories about the authors new simple life, but not enough depth to be completely inspiring and not enough information to useful as a resource.  But still a good read.
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – 5/5 – Not a fad diet book, but a book about the unhealthy aspects of the “Western Diet” and how to correct it.