reading: Summer of Night (1991)

Remember I read the book The Terror (2007), by Dan Simmons, sometime last year? I’ve been going back and reading other Simmon’s books, and he truly is one of the best writers around. I read Hyperion, nominated for either Hugo or Nebula awards (possibly both) and liked it, but not enough to read book 2.Continue reading “reading: Summer of Night (1991)”

reading: We Took to the Woods (1942)

I spotted this book on the bookshelf of someone’s blog (I know!) and requested it at the library. I figured if that person had a copy, it must be a good book. And it is. We Took to the Woods, by Louise Dickson Rich, is a collection of remembrances of a decade lived in aContinue reading “reading: We Took to the Woods (1942)”

reading: Smoky the Cow Horse (1926)

Now that Little Girl is advanced enough to read chapter books (I know!), I spend some time looking at the “Juvenile” section in the library and pick up one now and then for myself. I spotted the “Newbery award” tag on the spine of this book, but the book was so old no title wasContinue reading “reading: Smoky the Cow Horse (1926)”

reading: Mollie Makes Feathered Friends

Remember I won a blog giveaway and was sent the wrong book? I have received the right book now! I was so excited to win Gretel’s giveaway on her blog, one of her projects had been included in the crafting book, Mollie Makes: Feathered Friends. I love Gretel’s toy designs expressed in her illustrations, andContinue reading “reading: Mollie Makes Feathered Friends”

reading: Mouse Trap Caper, The (2012)

The Mouse Trap Caper (2012) was recommended to me by one of my wonderful customers, and the book is a quick and satisfying and chaste read. All the will-they-won’t-they-get-together excitement of a romance novel, but with normal, average people who are believable and fallible and with ordinary personal quirks like everyone has. And it helpsContinue reading “reading: Mouse Trap Caper, The (2012)”

reading: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1957)

I can sum up Atlas Shrugged in two words I’ve never used to describe a book before: magnificent and brilliant. Yes, it’s that good. At close to a thousand pages, there is no repetition of ideas, no useless page filling, and no thumbing quickly forward wondering when something is going to happen (do you readContinue reading “reading: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1957)”

reading: Uglies, Scott Westerfield (2005)

I read an article in a newspaper about The Hunger Games books (already reviewed, see here), and it mentioned several other current young-adult books set in a dystopian future so I noted them down and checked out three at the library. I am amazed they were all available. Spoiler later, don’t read this if youContinue reading “reading: Uglies, Scott Westerfield (2005)”

reading: Short Stories of Jack London (1990)

Remember around 8th grade or so you read Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” because everyone everywhere read that one, right? Did you know there are two versions? 1902, and 1908. I can’t remember 8th grade beyond a few glimpses of moments here and there, but I’m pretty sure we read the 1908 version. AndContinue reading “reading: Short Stories of Jack London (1990)”