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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: The Year in Books: The Rest

Fiction Highlights:
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries) C.J. Samson (Good)
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain (Good)
Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare (Very Good)
14   by Peter Cline (Very Good)
The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel by Tom Wolfe (Dated but still thoughtful)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (I am sorry but I couldn't take this and I tend to like dark.)
Clay's Quilt by Silas House (Good)
Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh (Can't remember)
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Not Good)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (OK. I wish I had liked this better but it was just OK.)
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charles Lovett (Excellent)
The Indiscretions of Archie by P.G. Wodehouse (Wodehouse)
Love Among the Chickens by Wodehouse (Silly)
All the Pieces by Mary E. Kingsley(OK)
Henry and Rachel by Laurel Saille (OK)
Winter at Thrush Green by Miss Read (Very Good)
Rest You Merry (The Peter Shandy Mysteries) by Charlotte MacCleod (OK)
They Found Him Dead (Inspector Hannasyde) by Georgette Heyer (Very Good)

Read Alouds:
The Hobbit Tolkien
Harding's Luck E. Nesbit
Treasure Island R. L. Stevenson
Henry VIII by William Shakespeare
Idylls of the King Tennyson
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies
The Book Thief   Marcus Zusak
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The King of Ireland's Son Padraic Column
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Gospel Bible Storybook

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful Ruins is on my TBR list. I want to like it, too. I'll tell you what I think after I read it. The Bookman's Tale is on my TBR list, too, and I plan to push it up the top after reading your recommendation.

    I liked Dissolution, too, and would love to find time to read the sequels. I always liked the Sarah Kelling series better than the Peter Shandy series. I"m not sure why. Miss Read books are always comfort reads for me. I feel as if I'm visiting with the people of Thrush Green or Fairacre every time I pick one up.

    I'm glad for the warning on Still Life. I was torn between that series and Susan Hill's mystery series. I almost done with The Magic Apple Tree (a lovely, lovely read that I am taking slowly and savoring every page) and will go for Susan Hill over Louise Penny.

    I love reading book lists. So fun.

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  2. Strolling through blogland behind the curve...

    Did you really read The Book Thief aloud? Did you make it through the end without crying?

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  3. strolling through blogland behind the curve...

    Did you really read The Book Thief aloud? Did you make it through the end without crying?

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