Book Reviews

(I've included my movie-style rating in parentheses after the book's title if I rated that book.  I didn't start rating books until 2013, and sometimes I forget to rate a book, which is why they don't all have ratings.)

The Abacadabra Kid by Sid Fleischman
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ain't We Got Fun (G) by Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke
Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti, illustrated by Michele Lemieux
An Antic Disposition by Alan Gordon
Anatomy of a Murder (PG-13) by Robert Traver
And Be a Villain (PG) by Rex Stout
And Now Tomorrow (PG) by Rachel Field
Anne of Avonlea (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables (G) by L. M. Montgomery (again)
Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me (PG) by Lorilee Craker
Anne of Ingleside (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams (G) by L. M. Montgomery
The Annotated Big Sleep (PG-13/R) by Raymond Chandler, edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Dean Rizzuto
The Apple Dumpling Gang (PG-13) by Jack M. Bickham
April Twilights and Other Poems (G) by Willa Cather
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe (PG) by Robert Goldsborough
The Art of Detection (R) by Laurie R. King
As You Wish (PG) by Cary Elwes, with Joe Layden
An Atlas of Tolkien by David Day
The Austen Escape (PG) by Katherine Reay

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (PG) by Rachel McMillan
The Baronet's Song (PG-13) by George MacDonald
Beautiful Ruins (R) by Jess Walter

Becoming Holmes (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
Becoming Jane Eyre (R) by Sheila Kohler
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (PG-13) by Laurie R. King
Betsy-Tacy (G) by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Big Sleep (PG-13) by Raymond Chandler
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Black Moth (PG-13) by Georgette Heyer
The Black Shrike (PG-13) by Alistair MacLean
Black, White, Other (PG) by Joan Steinau Lester
Blind Beauty and Other Stories (PG) by Meredith L. Burton
Bloodlines by Jan Burke
The Blue Castle (PG) by L. M. Montgomery
The Blue Castle (PG) by L. M. Montgomery (again)
Blue Skies Tomorrow (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
The Blythes are Quoted (PG-13) by L. M. Montgomery
The Bourne Identity (R) by Robert Ludlum
The Brass Compass (R) by Ellen Butler
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Broken Gun (PG) by Louis L'Amour
The Bronte Plot (PG) by Katherine Reay
The Bronte Sisters (PG) by Catherine Reef
By Myself by Lauren Bacall

Caddie Woodlawn (G) by Carol Ryrie Brink
Captain Wentworth's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange

Careless People:  Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby (PG-13) by Sarah Churchwell
Care of Wooden Floors (R) by Will Wiles
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Case of the Missing Marquess (PG-13) by Nancy Springer
The Case of the Very Bad Cat (G) by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (G) by Roald Dahl
The Choir Immortal (PG-13) by Katie Schuermann
A Christmas Carol (G) by Charles Dickens
Christmas in Williamsburg by K. M. Kostyal and Lori Epstein
Cloaked in Red (PG) by Vivian Vande Velde
Colonel Brandon's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange
Conspiracy of Silence (PG-13) by Ronie Kendig
Corral Nocturne (G) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Cousin Phillis and Other Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Cove (PG-13) by Ron Rash
The Cowgirl's Cookbook by Jill Charlotte Stanford
Crown of Souls (PG-13) by Ronie Kendig
A Cry from the Dust (PG-13) by Carrie Stuart Parks
Curse and Consequence (PG) by Savannah Jezowski

Daddy-Long-Legs (G) by Jean Webster
Dani Noir (PG) by Nova Ren Suma
Dear Enemy (G) by Jean Webster
Dear Irene, (PG-13) by Jan Burke

Dear Mr. Knightley (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Death at Thorburn Hall (PG-13) by Julianna Deering
Death by Petticoat (G) by Mary Miley Theobald
Death by the Book (PG-13) by Julianna Deering
Death Comes for the Archbishop (PG-13) by Willa Cather
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
Death in the Air (PG) by Shane Peacock
Death of a Doxy (PG-13) by Rex Stout
Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
Destry Rides Again (PG) by Max Brand
"Diamond of the Rockies" Series by Kristen Heitzmann
A Distant Melody (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (PG) by Terry Pratchett
The Dragon Turn (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
Dreaming Spies (PG-13) by Laurie R. King
Dressed for Death (PG-13) by Julianna Deering
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes (PG) by Loren D. Estleman

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) ed. by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
The Edge of Over There (PG-13) by Shawn Smucker
Edmund Bertram's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange 

Emma by Jane Austen
Enchanted (PG-13) by Alethea Kontis
The Enemy (R) by Lee Child
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Ernest Hemingway:  Complete Poems (PG-13)
Ethan Frome (G) by Edith Wharton
Every Frenchman Has One (PG-13) by Olivia de Havilland
Everything She Didn't Say (PG-13) by Jane Kirkpatrick
Eye of the Crow (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Fahrenheit 451 (PG-13) by Ray Bradbury
A Family Affair (PG) by Rex Stout
The Family Under the Bridge (G) by Natalie Savage Carlson
Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier (PG) by W. B. "Bat" Masterson
Fangirl (R) by Rainbow Rowell
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Film Noir: Light and Shadow (PG-13) edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini
Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (G) by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware
Five Enchanted Roses (PG-13) edited by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Five Poisoned Apples (PG-13) edited by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
A Flame in the Dark (PG-13) by Sarah Baughman
A Flame Shall Spring from the Embers (PG) by Heidi Pekarek
Flappers and Philosophers (PG) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Flashes of Splashes (PG) by Elizabeth McCleary
The Four-Story Mistake (G) by Elizabeth Enright
Fortunately, the Milk (PG) by Neil Gaiman
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Frames (PG-13) by Loren D. Estleman
From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
F. Scott Fitzgerald On Writing by Larry W. Phillips
The Further Adventures of Zorro (PG) by Johnston McCulley

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King

A Gathering of Days (G) by Joan W. Blos
Giant by Edna Ferber
A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Girl in Disguise (PG-13) by Greer MacAllister
Girl Waits with Gun (PG-13) by Amy Stewart
Gone-Away Lake (G) by Elizabeth Enright
Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke
Grace Alone (PG-13) by Ruth E. Meyer
Grateful American (PG-13) by Gary Sinise
The Graveyard Book (PG-13) by Neil Gaiman
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby (PG-13) by F. Scott Fitzgerald (again)
Greenwillow (PG-13) by B. J. Chute
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (PG-13) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (again)
Guns of the Timberlands (PG) by Louis L'Amour

Hamlet:  Poem Unlimited (PG) by Harold Bloom
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (PG-13) by William Shakespeare
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Harvest Raise (PG-13) by Katie Schuermann
Henry Tilney's Diary (PG) by Amanda Grange
The High Window (PG-13) by Raymond Chandler
His Last Bow (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War (PG-13) by Joseph Laconte
The Hobbit (PG-13) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Holiday Grind (PG-13) by Cleo Coyle
Hollywood Buzz (Starring Pucci Lewis) by Margit Leische
Hometown Girl (PG) by Courtney Walsh
Homicide Trinity (PG) by Rex Stout
Hondo (PG) by Louis L'Amour
Hood (PG-13) by Stephen R. Lawhead
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG) by A. Conan Doyle (again)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG) by A. Conan Doyle (yet again)
An Hour Unspent (PG) by Roseanna M. White
House of Living Stones (PG) by Katie Schuermann
The House of Silk (R) by Anthony Horowitz

I, Claudia (PG-13) by Charity Bishop
I'd Rather be Reading (PG) by Anne Bogel
If I Live (PG-13) by Terri Blackstock
If I'm Found (PG-13) by Terri Blackstock
If I Run (PG-13) by Terri Blackstock
Imperfect Justice (PG-13) by Cara Putman
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling (PG) by Maryrose Wood
I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson with Alfred Duckett
Inkheart (PG-13) by Cornelia Funke
The Innkeeper's Wife (PG) by Savannah Jezowski
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) ed. by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
I, Robot (PG) by Isaac Asimov
The Island of the Mad (PG-13/R) by Laurie R. King

Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Wandering Eye by Stephanie Barron
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures by Claudia L. Johnson
A Jane Austen Education (PG-13) by William Deresiewicz
Jane Austen's England (PG-13) by Roy and Lesley Adkins
The Jane Austen Guide to Life (PG-13) by Lori Smith
Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress
Jane Eyre (PG) by Charlotte Brontë
Jane of Austin (PG-13) by Hillary Manton Lodge
Jane of Lantern Hill (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Jimmy Stewart and His Poems (PG) by Jimmy Stewart
John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Sterne
John Wayne:  The Man Behind the Myth by Michael Munn
Joss Whedon:  Conversations (R) edited by David Lavery and Cynthia Burkhead
J.R.R. Tolkien:  The Mind of a Genius
Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper (PG-13) by SARK

Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King

The Key to Extraordinary (G) by Natalie Lloyd
King Solomon's Mines (PG-13) by H. Rider Haggard
The King's Players (PG-13) by Charity Bishop
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Lady Cop Makes Trouble (PG-13) by Amy Stewart
The Lady in the Lake (PG-13) by Raymond Chandler
Lady Macbeth's Daughter (PG-13) by Lisa Klein

Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen
A Lantern in Her Hand (G) by Bess Streeter Aldrich
The Last Dragonslayer (PG) by Jasper Fforde
The Last Kind Words Saloon (R) by Larry McMurtry
Laura (PG-13) by Vera Caspary
Left-Hand Kelly (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (R) by Jenny Lawson
Letters from Father Christmas (G) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Letters from Pemberley:  The First Year (G) by Jane Dawkins
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (PG) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (PG) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart (again)
Letters on an Elk Hunt (PG) by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Lies Jane Austen Told Me (PG-13) by Julie Wright
Life Beyond Measure (PG) by Sidney Poitier
The Light in the Forest (PG) by Conrad Richter
The Light of Western Stars (PG) by Zane Grey
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (PG) by C. S. Lewis
The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
The Little Prince (PG) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Lizzy & Jane (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Lone Creek by Neil McMahon
Longbourn (R) by Jo Baker
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Lord of the Flies (PG-13) by William Golding
The Lord of the Rings (PG-13) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power (PG) by Jane Chance
Lost Lake House (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Loving Isaac (PG-13) by Heather Kaufman
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
Luther: Biography of a Reformer (PG) by Frederick Nohl

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese

The Man in the Box (PG) by Marylois Dunn
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (again)
Marilla of Green Gables (PG-13) by Sarah McCoy
The Mark of Zorro (PG) by Johnston McCulley
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Memory Between Us (PG-13) by Sarah Sundin
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (PG) by Howard Pyle
Middlemarch (PG) by George Eliot
A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Martin Luther & Jason Jaspersen
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions (PG-16) by Amy Stewart
The Mistletoe Promise (PG) by Richard Paul Evans
Montana Rides! (PG) by Evan Evans (Max Brand)
The Mother-Daughter Book Club (G) by Heather Vogel Frederick
The Mother Hunt (PG-13) by Rex Stout
Mr. Darcy's Diary (PG) by Amanda Grange
Mr. Knightley's Diary (G) by Amanda Grange
Mr. Popper's Penguins (G) by Richard and Florence Atwater
Much Ado About Anne (G) by Heather Vogel Frederick
Murder at the Mikado (PG-13) by Julianna Deering
The Murder of Mary Russell (R) by Laurie R. King
Murder on the Orient Express (PG) by Agatha Christie
Mycroft and Sherlock (PG-13) by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
My Hands Came Away Red (PG-13) by Lisa McKay

A Name Unknown (PG) by Roseanna M. White
Nimona (PG-13) by Noelle Stevenson
The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty
No Middle Name (G/PG-13/R) by Lee Child
Norse Mythology (PG-13) by Neil Gaiman
North and South (PG) by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey (PG) by Jane Austen (again)
Nothing Daunted (G) by Dorothy Wickenden
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (PG-16) by Neil Gaiman Of Mice and Men (PG-13) by John Steinbeck
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

The Old Man and the Sea (G) by Ernest Hemingway
Old West Christmas Brides (PG) by Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough, Debra Ullrick
Olivia Twist (PG-13) by Lorie Langdon
Once (PG-13) by Elisabeth Grace Foley, Emily Ann Putzke, Hayden Wand, and three other authors
101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon
One More Thing:  Stories and Other Stories (R) by B. J. Novak
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Orphan Train (PG-16) by Christina Baker Kline
Outlaw (R) by Angus Donald
The Outsiders (PG) by S. E. Hinton

Paper Hearts (PG) by Courtney Walsh
Paper Towns (PG-13) by John Green
The Paris Wife (R) by Paula McLain

The Pawn by Stephen James
Peace Like a River (PG-13) by Leif Enger
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen (again)
Pew Sisters by Katie Schuermann
The Phantom of the Opera (PG) by Gaston Leroux
The Phantom Tollbooth (G) by Norton Juster
Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick
A Pioneer Woman's Memoir: Based on the Journal of Arabella Clemons Fulton (G) ed. by Judith E. Greenberg and Helen Carey McKeever
Pirate King by Laurie R. King
A Portrait of Emily Price (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
Portrait of Vengeance (PG-13) by Carrie Stuart Parks
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (PG) by Jane Austen (again)
The Princess Bride (PG-13) by William Goldman
The Printed Letter Bookshop (PG-13) by Katherine Reay
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (G) by Vincent Starrett
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet (PG-13) by Pamela Mingle

The Quiet Little Woman (G) by Louisa May Alcott

The Racketty-Packetty House (G) by Frances Hodgson Burnett Rainbow Valley (G) by L. M. Montgomery
"The Ranch Next Door" and Other Stories (PG) by Elizabeth Grace Foley

Random Harvest (PG) by James Hilton
"The Ranger" and Other Stories (PG) by Zane Grey
Rapunzel's Guide to All Things Brave, Creative, and Fun (G) by Suzanne Francis
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
Return to Gone-Away (G) by Elizabeth Enright
Richard Burton:  Prince of Players by Michael Munn
Riders of the Purple Sage (PG-13) by Zane Grey
Rilla of Ingleside (G) by L. M. Montgomery
Rogue One (PG-13) by Alexander Freed
A Room with a View (PG) by E. M. Forster
A Room with a View (PG) by E. M. Forster (again)
A Room with a View (PG) by E. M. Forster (yet again)
Rooster (PG-13) by Brett Cogburn
Rowan Hood (PG-13) by Nancy Springer
Rules of Murder (PG-13) by Julianna Deering

Saint Anything (PG-13) by Sarah Dessen
Scarlet (PG-13) by Stephen R. Lawhead
The Screwtape Letters (PG-13) by C. S. Lewis
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (R) by Glenn Frankel
The Secret Fiend (PG-13) by Shane Peacock
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder (PG) ed. by William Anderson
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries (R) by Emma Thompson
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (PG-13) by Nicholas Meyer
Shades of Grey (PG-13) by Jasper Fforde
Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Shane (PG) by Jack Schaefer (again)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula (PG-13) by Loren D. Estleman
A Sidekick's Tale (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Sign of the Four (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The Silmarillion (PG) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sixguns and Society (PG-13) by Will Wright
Sixteen Brides (PG) by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Skipping Christmas (PG-13) by John Grisham
A Slight Trick of the Mind (PG) by Mitch Cullin
"Smith of Wootton Major" and "Farmer Giles of Ham" (G) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Smoke (PG-13) by Stanley Wheeler
A Snicker of Magic (G) by Natalie Lloyd
Snow White (PG) by Matt Phelan
Soldier On (PG-13) by Vanessa Rasanen
Something Rich and Strange (PG-13/R) by Ron Rash
Song of the Ëan (G) by Emily Nordberg
A Song Unheard (PG-13) by Roseanna M. White
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak Easy, Speak Love (PG-13) by McKelle George
Speak Easy, Speak Love (PG-13) by McKelle George (again)
Spiderweb for Two (G) by Elizabeth Enright
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The Story People (PG) by Heather Kaufman
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (PG) by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Study in Scarlet (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie Klinger
The Sun Also Rises (PG-13) by Ernest Hemingway
Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan (PG-13) by Rick Bowers
Sweet Dreams, Irene by Jan Burke

Tales for Little Ears (G) by Heidi Peterson
Tales from Alagaesia Volume 1: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm (PG) by Christopher Paolini
Tales of the Jazz Age (PG) by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

That Part was True (R) by Deborah McKinlay
This Dark Endeavor (PG-13) by Kenneth Oppel
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
The Torrents of Spring (PG) by Ernest Hemingway
Tortilla Flat (R) by John Steinbeck
The Trials of Sherlock Holmes (PG) by James Moffett 
The Trouble Begins at 8 (PG) by Sid Fleischman
The Trouble with Poetry (PG) by Billy Collins
True Grit (PG-13) by Charles Portis
True Strength (R) by Kevin Sorbo
Tuck (PG-13) by Stephen R. Lawhead
Twenty and Ten (PG) by Claire Huchet Bishop
Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill

Uncommon Type (PG/PG-13/R) by Tom Hanks
An Unexpected Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland
The Usurper's Throne (R) by Charity Bishop

The Valley of Fear (PG) by A. Conan Doyle

Vanished (PG-13) by Irene Hannon
Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry
Vanishing Girl (PG) by Shane Peacock
The Victory Club (PG-13) by Robin Lee Hatcher

Waiting for Normal (PG-13) by Leslie Connor
Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories (PG) by Elisabeth Grace Foley
War and Peace (PG-13) by Leo Tolstoy
The Welsh Gambit (PG-13) by Charity Bishop
The Westing Game (PG) by Ellen Raskin
West of Sunset (R) by Stewart O'Nan
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

When Death Draws Near (PG-13) by Carrie Stuart Parks
Where Treetops Glisten (PG) by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (PG) by Elizabeth George Speare
The White Company (PG) by A. Conan Doyle
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The Wind in the Willows (G) by Kenneth Grahame
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams by Kenneth Koch
Wizards, Hobbits, and Harry Potter edited by Mark Whitlock
Wonder (PG) by R. J. Palacio
The World of Raymond Chandler (PG-13) edited by Barry Day
A Worthy Rebel (PG-13) by Jody Hedlund
A Wreath of Snow (G) by Liz Curtis Higgs

Zorro by Isabel Allende


Christmas: The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes by Rebecca Jones
Color Me Jane by Jacqui Oakley
The Illuminated Catechism by Tony Cook and Susan Spellman
Psalms to Color and Soothe the Soul by Felicity French
Tolkien's World 
Whimsical Gardens by Alexandra Cowell
Words of Wisdom: Quotes from Shakespeare 


  1. I hope you had a great Christmas, Hamlette! I just thought I'd check out your To-Read List...

    So far I've read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Count of Monte Cristo, Emma, The Great Gatsby, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel-Pie Society, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Lady Susan & The Watsons & Sanditon, Mansfield Park, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Sense and Sensibility, The Sign of Four and A Study in Scarlet. And I actually enjoyed every single one of those books! OK, either I'm just really easily pleased or you just happened to pick a lot of great books. I cheerfully accept the latter! :D

    At some point I want to read Anne of Green Gables, Eragon, The Eyre Affair, something by Ernest Hemingway, The Jane Austen Book Club, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, A Room with a View & The Seven Per Cent Solution.

    1. This is my list of books I've reviewed here -- the to-read list is even longer (gulp!), and I haven't finished it yet (double gulp!).

      Oooooh, Hemingway! Does this mean you've read nothing of his yet? My favorite is his memoir, A Movable Feast. If you like short stories, try to find a collection called "The Nick Adams Stories." I really like those. I'm not as fond of his novels, actually, except for the writing in them.

      Anyway, of those you listed as having not read yet, I absolutely LOVE Anne of Green Gables and The Eyre Affair and A Room with a View. I'm very fond of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution too.

      And I did have a good Christmas! A bit frenetic at times, but pleasant anyway. How was yours?

    2. Aw man! I must have clicked on the wrong thing. I feel pretty stupid now!

      I've been quite wary about reading Hemingway for years and I'm really not sure why. I've heard 'The Old Man and the Sea' is one of his best and also one of his shortest so if I ever read Hemingway it will probably be that one.

      Glad to hear you had a good Christmas! Mine was good too :)

    3. Well, they ARE right next to each other.

      I don't recommend "The Old Man and the Sea." Hemingway himself called it a literary stunt, and it's not a good taste of his usual style. But it's really famous because it got lots of awards. It's quite short, though, not even long enough to be called a novella IMHO.

      Hemingway gets labeled a misogynist a lot, though I find his woman characters equally as well-rounded and well-written as his man characters. But it's probably because of his real-life persona as a "man's man," what with all the hunting and fishing and drinking and multiple wives.

  2. Yeah... I suppose the misogyny label was kind of the reason why :D And if I do ever do end up reading 'The Old Man and the Sea' first I'll keep in mind that it's not his usual style.

    1. Lots of people do love TOMATS, so you might too!

      If I only read books by people who were never jerks, I wouldn't read many books.

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    1. MovieCritic, haha! Well, this is what 5 years worth of book reviews looks like when you review 40+ books a year :-)

    2. Wow! These all need to go on my to read list. Keep up the great work!!! In half a year I reviewed 6 books. But then again I'm not just a book blog.

    3. And that's precisely why I started a book blog. I was posting book reviews on three other blogs (two of which I have since abandoned, and one of which was the Soliloquy), and I wanted them to be all in one place. One blog dedicated to all things bookish. So in 2012, I copied all my old reviews over here, and started afresh in January of 2013.


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