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October in Review

This month I am surprised to have read 19 books. It felt like I wasn't reading as much as usual but then a lot of the books I read this month were shorter children's books. I'm happy to say I didn't have any DNF's. My favourite book for October was so hard to choose as I read so many great ones but in the end my decision was based on pure enjoyment, but the worst book was an easy choice to make. Since I am trying to read more Canadian I am also starting this month to track Canadian authors read.

Worst book for October: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Best book for October: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

104. Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence
103. Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
102. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
101. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
100. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
99. Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
98. The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson
97. Bub, Snow, and the Burly Bear Scare by Carol and Bill Wallace (RA)
96. The Gift…

#104. Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence

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Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence


Pages: 261
Finished: Oct. 31, 2007
Reason for Reading: this is on the shortlist for the Gov. Gen. award for children's lit. It also qualifies for the Canadian Book Challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: YA/children fiction
Awards: PNBA Children's Book Award
Author's website
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

The sheriff leaned back with his feet on the desk, watching the blond-haired boy.

Comments: One family leads it's life of joys and sorrows amidst the beginnings of both the Vietnam War and the space race. The father is obsessed with building a fallout shelter for the family, the mother spends most of her time in the basement writing the next 'Gone With the Wind', and then there are the boys, one who wants to be an astronaut while the other who wants nothing more than to have a dog. The vivid portrayal of life during this time reminded me so much of the movie 'Stand By Me'. Tragedy hits this family and the way they suffer, the …

RIP II Challenge Completed

The RIP II Challenge I participated in was to read 4 books and then I gave myself a personal challenge to try and read 10 books. I have completed the challenge as follows with links to my review:

1) Gossamer by Lois Lowry

2) Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori

3) Carrie by Stephen King

4) Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

5) Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

6) I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

7) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The above seven were from my original list.

8) The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

9) Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

10) The Dark Goodbye by Frank Marraffino

And out of the ten books I read, I own four of them and borrowed from the library the other six.

From the Stacks Challenge

One more challenge I have to join! This one is much needed. The From the Stacks Challenge runs from Nov. 1st until Jan. 30 and the rules are to read 5 books you have been meaning to read and already own and, in my case, are currently on my bedside table.

1) Brighty of Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
2) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
3) Salem's Lot by Stephen King
4) Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
5) Interworld by Neil Gaiman

#103. Horns and Wrinkles

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Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli


Pages: 360
Finished: Oct. 29, 2007
Reason for Reading: I saw this on display at the library and was drawn to the artwork on the cover and then thought it sounded intriguing.
First Published: 2006
Genre: children's fantasy
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:


My cousin Duke's troubles on the river started the day he dangled me off the wagon wheel bridge.

Comments: Duke is a bully who is always tormenting his cousin, Claire but unfortunately for Duke they happen to live along a stretch of the Mississippi River that is under a magical spell. It is here that all the creatures of magic live and they have a special fate handed out to those humans who enjoy bullying. This is a really cute story but I'm sorry to say I wanted to like it more than I actually did. The story is fun and there is a large cast of strange and magical characters that are a delight to meet. However, there are just too many characters, with none of them de…

#102. Blindsighted

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Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
First in the Grant County Series


Pages: 310
Finished: Oct. 28, 2007
Reason for Reading: I had heard this author compared to Kathy Reichs so I wanted to try the first in her series.
First Published: 2001
Genre: thriller, mystery
Author's website
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

Sara Linton leaned back in her chair, mumbling a soft "Yes, Mama" into the telephone.

Comments: Sara Linton, county coroner, finds a woman viciously murdered in the bathroom of the local diner. Only days later, another victim is found similarly slain. Sara and her ex-husband, Jeffrey, the county sheriff, find themselves searching for a sadistic rapist/murderer. Thus begins one of the most horrific, tense thrillers I have read lately. The details of the scenes inside the killer's lair are riveting and not for the faint of heart. I read this book until the wee hours of the morning and upon wakening picked it up again. Not only is the crime itself riveting but the cast of character…

#101. Elijah of Buxton

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curits


Pages: 344
Finished: Oct. 24, 2007
Reason for Reading: this book is on the shortlist for the Governor General's Children's Lit Award and it qualifies for the Canadian Book Challenge
First Published: 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction, Children
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

It was Sunday after church and all my chores were done.

Comments: This book tells a tale of pioneer life in Ontario during the year 1859. But these are not your ordinary pioneers. Buxton is a Black Settlement, inhabited mostly by escaped slaves from the Southern United States. This is a warm, touching and humorous look at the day-to-day life of these people as they adjust and learn to lead a life of freedom. The escapades of the main character, Elijah, reminded me of the "Great Brain" books and I laughed out loud many times. But alongside this new life of freedom we also witness the horrors of slavery and the mind boggles at the reality of it. I cried with tears of joy …

Library Stack

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It's time to take stock of the library books. My pile is getting a bit out of hand. I have books that need to be renewed and too many ILL books that need to be read before they have to be returned.

So here is where we stand with the library books. First up are 4 that didn't make it to the photo shoot.

1) Poppy by Avi - I'm currently reading this to my 7yo. It's an ILL book.

2) Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl - I'm also currently reading this to the 7yo. This is our morning book, and Poppy is our afternoon book.

3) The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle - my dh is currently reading this to the 7yo at bedtime.

4) The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater - this is waiting in the wings to be read at bedtime next, and will need to be renewed soon.

Now back to the books in the photo, from the top down we have:

5) Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis - I'm currently reading this. It's on the shortlist for the Gov. Gen. Award.

6) Horns and Wrinkles by…

#100 1/2 . Flossie and the Fox

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I don't usually review picture books here but this book was too much fun not to mention it.

Flossie & the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack
illustrated by Rachel Isadora


Pages: 32
Finished: Oct. 23, 2007
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1986
Genre: children's picture book, folk tale
Rating: 5/5


First Sentence:

"Flo-o-o-ossie!" The sound of Big Mama's voice floated past the cabins in Sophie's Quarters, round the smokehouse, beyond the chicken coop, all the way down to Flossie Finley."

Comments: An African-American deep South version of the traditional Red Riding Hood fairy tale. In this rendition Flossie is taking a basket of eggs to a neighbours house and is met by a Fox in the woods. Flossie refuses to believe he is a fox, since she's never seen one before, and the fox tries to prove himself to her. This is a picture book with a lot of text and what beautiful language in this wonderful tale. Told in a rural Black dialect the words are v…

#100. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


Pages: 184
Finished: Oct. 22, 2007
Reason for Reading: This book was chosen for me on the GRTB thread at LibraryThing. My final book for the RIP Challenge.
First Published: 1817
Genre: Gothic fiction
Rating: 2/5


First Sentence:

No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.

Comments: I have recently wanted to read Jane Austen again for some time. I had previously read two of her other novels (Pride and Prejudice and Emma) but that was a very long time ago. I've now decided I am not a Jane Austen fan. This is a rather average romance story which is said to be a parody of the classic Gothic novels. The plot (what there was of it) was decent enough but I just felt like I was wading through pages of drivel. I found the dialogue irritating, the banter between the men and women just made me want to scream. Although the style of writing and the language used by the author is indeed beautiful I found…

Saskatchewan Book Awards

The shortlist for the Saskatchewan Book Awards was announced on the 18th. The following books have been shortlisted for the Children's Literature category:

Beverley Brenna, The Moon Children (Red Deer Press)

Glenda Goertzen, City Dogs (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

R.P. MacIntyre, Feeding at Nine (Thistledown Press)

Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton, Michif translation by Norman Fleury, illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Fiddle Dancer (Gabriel Dumont Institute)

Arthur Slade, Invasion of the IQ Snatchers (Coteau Books for Kids)

Bill Waiser, Tommy Douglas (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)


The winners will be announced on Nov. 24.

YA Challenge

I read a lot of YA and children's books but most of the authors I read are either British or American. So I am working on a personal challenge to read more Canadian YA and children's books next year. Then I saw Joy had planned a YA Challenge for 2008. This should help me keep on track with my goal. All the books I've chosen are either by a Canadian author or take place in Canada

Rules: read 12 YA books in 2008

1. The Serpent's Spell by Rae Bridgman

2. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

3. The Aquanauts by John Lunn

4. Megiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade

5. The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy

6. Porcupine by Meg Tilly

7. Rex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

8. Johnny Kellock Died Today by Hadley Dyer

9. Up to Low by Brian Doyle

10. The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

11. The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

12. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

#99. Kensuke's Kingdom

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Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo


Pages: 164
Finished: Oct. 20, 2007
Reason for Reading: I've wanted to try one of Morpurgo's books for a while.
First Published: 1999
Genre: children, fiction
Awards: Red House Children's Book Award
Rating: 5/5


First Sentence:

I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday.

Comments: Michael's parents have decided to travel around the world by boat. Everything was going wonderfully until one fateful night when Michael is swept overboard. He ends up on a deserted island in the south pacific only to find that among the monkeys and orangutans there is another inhabitant, a Japanese man shipwrecked during WWII.

This is a wonderful book. The voice is that of a fictional memoir and the writing is vivid. Morpurgo has a way of drawing you in to experience the sights, the sounds, the smells. A beautiful, touching story with an unexpected ending. Highly recommended.

I will certainly be reading another by this author and if it is anywhere near …

#98. The Alchemist's Dream

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The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson


Pages: 248
Finished: Oct. 20, 2007
Reason for Reading: this book is on the shortlist for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, it also qualifies for the Canadian Book Challenge
First Published: 2007
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Rating: 3.5/5


First Sentence:

Robert Bylot was waiting for death.


Comments: A fresh, intriguing hypothesis to the solution of the mystery surrounding Henry Hudson's last fatal voyage. This is a story of Henry Hudson but much more so a story of Robert Bylot, an obscure explorer, and John Dee, a geographer and occultist. The tale of how these three people's lives may have intertwined is fascinating. The book does start off very slow, there is a heavy hand of history and geography to set the scene which borders on being pedantic. I think the reader would have been better served with an illustrated map on the endpapers and really am dismayed that one wasn't included. However, the author manages …

#97. Bub, Snow, and the Burly Bear Scare

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Bub, Snow, and the Burly Bear Scare by Carol and Bill Wallace. Illustrated by John Steven Gurney
Bub Moose, Book 1

Pages: 118
Finished: Oct. 19, 2007
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 2002
Genre: children's, animal fantasy
Rating: 4/5


First Sentence:

Tiny specks of ice filled the air and bit into my hide.

Comments: I hadn't heard of this book nor had I ever read a book by the Wallaces before but the cover was cute and the Wallaces have written a lot of books so I thought it was worth trying. Bub and his mother travel to the valley for the winter and meet up with other creatures of the forest including a nearby people family and a grouchy bear. We really enjoyed this book and it won't be the last we read by the authors. This is actually a sequel to another book but read as a stand-alone nicely. This is a talking animal story but is not fantastical at all, the animals are very much regular animals and we learn a lot about the forest wildlife as the moth…

#96. A Gift of Magic

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A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan


Pages: 230
Finished: Oct. 17, 2007
Reason for Reading: Lois Duncan is a new favourite author and I'm reading her books
First Published: 1971
Genre: supernatural
Rating: 4/5


First Sentence:

"Once upon a time in a house by the sea, lay an old woman, a special old woman who had the gift of magic."

Comments: An old woman lays dying and she bequeaths each of her grandchildren a gift: the gift of music, the gift of dance and the gift of magic. Nancy received the gift of magic and she comes to realize that using her gift for evil is very easy but to use her gift for good is so much harder. Lois Duncan delivers again! This is another wonderful book. Most of the book reads like a typical teen novel centering around the relationships of the siblings with each other and their recently divorced mother. Then the magic element is introduced and the atmosphere turns creepy. I've learnt I cannot predict a Lois Duncan ending and once again the story took a turn …

Governor General's Children's Lit Shortlist

The shortlist was announced today for Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards in the category of children's literature. There are awards for French, English, text and illustration. I'm interested in the English text award and plan to try and read all five shortlisted titles of which I have so far read zero. Sadly, my library only has two of the titles in circulation so I had to put the other three on Inter Library Loan. Hopefully, I'll receive them in time to read before the winner is announced on November 27.

Historical fiction is the theme of the day as each of the five titles takes place in the past: an American painter, escaped slaves in Ontario, 1960's space program, the explorer Henry Hudson, and a Hungarian Jew in Auschwitz. I'm very excited to read each of these.

The shortlist:

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting by Hugh Brewster

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis -

Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence

The Alchemist's Dream by …

#95. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
illustrated by Hilary Knight


Pages: 119
Finished: Oct. 17, 2007
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1947
Genre: children, fantasy, humour
Rating: 4/5


First Sentence:

I expect I might as well begin by telling you all about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle so that whenever I mention her name, which I do very often in this book you will not interrupt and ask, "Who is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? What does she look like? How big is she? How old is she? What color is her hair? Is her hair long? Does she wear high heels? Does she have any children? Is there a Mr. Piggle-Wiggle?"

Comments: This is a hilarious, rollicking-good-fun read aloud. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and knows everything there is to know about children. She also has the most wonderful cures for common childhood ailments such as won't-pick-up-toy-itis and won't-take-a-bath-itis. Told in an episodic format, each chapter is it's own little story. I believe …

#94. The Member of the Wedding

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The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers


Pages: 163
Finished: Oct. 16, 2007
Reason for Reading: 2nds challenge
First Published: 1946
Genre: Southern gothic, fiction, coming of age story
Rating: 4/5


First Sentence:

It happened that green and crazy summer when Frankie was twelve years old.


Comments: Twelve-year-old Frankie is fed up with her small town life where the only things that change are for the worse. Then one day, her brother announces he is getting married and the next two weeks take Frankie on a whirlwind as she becomes obsessed with the wedding and the new life she could have if her brother and his wife would only take her with them. This coming of age story was beautifully written. I was drawn into McCuller's world, smelling the smells and feeling the heat. Even though this is such a short book, it was a slow, leisurely read. I found myself stopping and savouring the scenes before I could start to read again. This book leaves me with a wistful, melancholy feeling. This is m…

War of 1812 Re-enactment

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We had a fabulous day today!

195 years ago on this very date, Oct. 13 1812, the Battle of Queenston Heights was fought. Today we went to the re-enactment. People from all over Canada and the US came today to re-enact the battle on the very same day on the very same soil. Here are a few pictures I took.











#93. A Single Shard

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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park


Pages: 152
Finished: Oct. 12, 2007
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project, book awards challenge
First Published: 2001
Awards: Newbery Medal
Genre: historical fiction
Rating: 3/5


First Sentence:

"Eh, Tree-Ear! Have you hungered well today?" Craneman called out as Tree-ear drew near the bridge.

Comments: An orphan boy in 12th century Korea lives under the bridge with a crippled man. He is fascinated with the pottery made by the craftsman in the nearby pottery village. He is taken on as an apprentice and his life slowly changes. This was a good book, a nice pleasant read but I guess I expected something more from a Newbery winner. I enjoy pretty much anything written about ancient Asia and this did give a wonderful portrayal of Korean life at the time.

#92. The Tin Flute

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The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
Translated by Alan Brown


Pages: 389
Finished: Oct. 12, 2007
Reason for Reading: this book was chosen for me on the GRTB game on LibraryThing. It also qualifies for both the Book Awards Challenge and the Canadian Book Challenge
First Published: 1945
Awards: Governor General's Award, Prix Femina of France
Genre: literature, fiction
Rating: 4/5


First Sentence:

Toward noon, Florentine had taken to watching out for the young man who, yesterday, while seeming to joke around, had let her know he found her pretty.

Comments: Nineteen year old Florentine Lacasse works in a diner at the back of a department store. She is the eldest of 11 children with one more on the way. Her father has never held a steady job and she is the primary money earner of the family. Florentine is chasing after a young man who is rising up in the world, yet he holds her in disdain for the poverty she exudes.

This is a novel of characters and far from a plot-driven story. We intimately get to know…

#91. Practical Demonkeeping

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Practical Demonkeeping: A Comedy of Horrors by Christopher Moore


Pages: 243
Finished: Oct. 7, 2007
Reason for Reading: I'm reading everything by Christopher Moore
First Published: 1992
Genre: comedy, horror
Rating: 3/5


First Sentence:

The Breeze blew into San Junipero in the shotgun seat of Billy Winston's Pinto wagon.

Comments: Travis has been a demonkeeper for seventy years and when he and his demon, Catch, arrive in Pine Cove the Djinn who has been hunting Catch is waiting for them. This is Moore's first book and definitely an enjoyable read but not as good as his later work. The characters are a lot of fun though not as well developed as in his other books. A recommended read but if you are new to Christopher Moore start with something else so you can read him at his best.

Library Day

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It is an incredibly overcast day today so my photo is really lousy, but if I wait for a nicer day I probably won't get around to taking the photo!

Today was library day and I decided to go 'sans' list. I usually have my big tbr notebook with me and make my choices from that but I was feeling like there is no spontaneity to my reading these days so I left the list at home and roamed the library at will. I also made a conscience choice to not take out too many books since my bedside table has about 28 books (that I own) on it waiting to be read.

From the bottom up we have:

Batman - Under the Hood - I am a superhero geek and love Batman.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter - Now that I'm caught up with Kathy Reichs, I need to find something to fill it's spot in my reading regime and am going to try this one.

XXXHolic vol. 1 & 2 - my library has an incredibly lousy selection of manga so I take what they have, I've read good things about this one though.

Horns and Wrinkle…

#90. Ereth's Birthday

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Ereth's Birthday by Avi
Fourth in the Tales from Dimwood Forest


Pages: 196
Finished: Oct. 5, 2007
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 2000
Genre: children's animal fantasy
Rating: 5/5



First Sentence:

In Dimwood Forest, in the dark, smelly log where the old porcupine Erethizon Dorsatum lived, Ereth--as he preferred to call himself--woke slowly.

Comments: Ereth happens upon a mother fox caught in a trap who pleads with him to look after her kits. After she dies Ereth, much to his chagrin, accepts the task but unbeknownst to him he is being stalked by Marty the Fisher. This is top-notch animal fantasy, it doesn't get much better than this! The fourth in a series is just as incredible as the previous entries. This book can also be read independently from the series (or out of order) as it revolves around a different character than the others. The 7yo was captivated with this book, he couldn't wait each day for our reading and I was cajoled into reading 3 chapte…

#89. Enter a Murderer

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Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
Second in the Inspector Roderick Alleyn mysteries


Pages: 255
Finished: Oct. 5, 2007
Reason for Reading: next in the series
First Published: 1935
Genre: cozy mystery
Rating: 2/5



First Sentence:

On May 25th Arthur Surbonadier, whose real name was Arthur Simes, went to visit his uncle, Jacob Saint, whose real name was Jacob Simes.


Comments: Ugh! I've read about 6 other books in this series and enjoyed them all. This was a big disappointment. Incredibly boring and long-winded. I really look forward to the characterization in these books but this time they were very poorly described and everyone seemed to be the same character. It was very difficult to differentiate one from the other. Needless to say I gave up caring whodunit, and thirty pages from the end I started skimming to get it over with. I really like Marsh but I recommend skipping this one.

Canadian Book Challenge

Just what I need, another challenge! I was going to set a personal challenge for myself to try and read at least 1 Canadian authored book every month and I've just come upon this challenge. The Canadian Book Challenge runs from Oct 4 - July 1, 2008. Read 13 books about Canada or by a Canadian author.

I'm not going to make a definite list but rather pick books as they come to me. But I do have a few Canadian books lined up in my tbr pile at the moment which I will list here.

The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

#88. The Silent Boy

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The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry


Pages: 178
Finished: Oct. 2, 2007
Reason for Reading: I am a fan of Lois Lowry and hadn't read this one
First Published: 2003
Genre: children's fiction
Rating: 4/5



First Sentence:

I am a very old woman now.

Comments: This is a fictional memoir of an elderly woman who tells the story of her Pre World War I childhood and in particular her relationship with a boy who was "touched". We are never told what was wrong with the boy (I think in a effort to not apply modern day labels) but from the symptoms I came to believe he was autistic. This is a deceptively simple story. It is a sweet, quaint, nostalgic look at a time when telephones and cars were very new. Every chapter is illustrated with a photograph of the period which adds to the nostalgia. Slowly, as events unfold we become aware that something is not right and the ending is terribly tragic. In fact, we are warned on the opening page that this is a sad story, yet that warning slipped away from m…

#87. The House at Pooh Corner

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The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh


Pages: 181
Finished: Oct. 2, 2007
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1928
Genre: children's classic, fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing.

Comments: This sequel is just as endearing and beautiful as the first story of Winnie-the-Pooh. This is the book in which we meet Tigger and all the friends we are familiar with are now together. The 7yo enjoyed this tremendously and we experienced many laugh-out-loud moments. The language in the book is simply beautiful. This is a book which demands to be read aloud. Ever since we started reading the Pooh books we've found him becoming a part of our lives. My son likes to make up little songs and now he says he just feels a little 'hummy' like Pooh. The ending is so sweet and I found myself all teary-eyed as I…

#86. Bones to Ashes

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Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
Tenth in the Temperance Brennan series


Pages: 310
Finished: Oct. 1, 2007
Reason for Reading: next in the series
First Published: 2007
Genre: mystery, forensic crime
Rating: 4/5



First Sentence:

Babies die.


Comments: This is the newest book in the Temperance Brennan series and it is right on track. The story starts with missing girls and unidentified bodies and ends in a web of pornography and pedophilia. This is a top-notch entry in the series. We are given a look at Brennan's childhood in this book and her sister Harry is back after an absence of several books. I find Harry incredibly annoying so wasn't too pleased to see her again. Brennan's personal life also takes a nose dive and I really don't like the path her relationship has taken. But now I find myself at the end of this series and in the position of having to wait for the next book to be published. I'll be looking forward to it.

Book Meme

Taken from Once Upon a Bookshelf

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise that you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and tim…

I'm Up for Seconds

OK, I've been debating whether to join this challenge or not, and now that it has actually started I find I absolutely cannot hold out any longer. I. must. join.!

Joy is hosting the 2nds challenge from October to December where we must read 3 books from authors that we have only read one other book, thus enjoying a 2nd helping.

So here are my three choices:

1) The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers - I really enjoyed The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and have wanted to read another by her ever since but just haven't found the time to get to it.

2) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - After reading The Song of Solomon I knew I just had to read more of this author. I happen to own this title so that is why I've chosen it opposed to any others by her.

3) Interworld by Neil Gaiman - I'm hanging my head in shame, but I have only read one book by Gaiman; Coraline which I loved. It is time to rectify this sad state of affairs. This is the book I recently won from Estella's…