Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables
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Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables

For the Women’s Classics challenge, I’m exploring classic children’s books written by women.  In September I read two books, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Anne of Avonlea.  I had read the first books in the series, but these two were new to me. The Betsy-Tacy series was written by Maud Hart … Continue reading

Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews
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Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews

I don’t normally write catch-up reviews, for two reasons.  First, I read these books in the middle of July so I don’t remember them so well, and I wasn’t exactly taking notes.  And second, I’m not a big fan of the mini-review.  You know I like to go on and on about a book.  But … Continue reading

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
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League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

My husband and I disagree about Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series.  He wanted to like them but didn’t find that the alternative history involving the dragons made sense, and that bothered him enough that he didn’t continue reading.  The issue is basically this: a world where dragons exist would be radically different, and yet the Napoleonic … Continue reading

Hero by Belinda Crawford
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Hero by Belinda Crawford

I expected lots of melodrama from this story about a woman who loses her entire family overnight in a house fire — the night before a wedding, no less.  Instead, this is a really rich story about two families and how one generation influences the next.  It’s also a book about friendship, and even about … Continue reading

Dragonfly in Amber and Outlander, Season Two
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Dragonfly in Amber and Outlander, Season Two

I’ve been binge-reading Book 2 of the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, and also watching the show.  This picture is what my book looks like, which I bought in the mid-90s (!). I’ve always felt a little conflicted about this book.  On the one hand it’s probably Gabaldon’s best STORY in the series, except maybe … Continue reading

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Series on Sunday: Mini-Reviews

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith I approached this book with some trepidation, because the reviews said it was more gruesome than the other two (and I found book two pretty gruesome). This book is definitely disturbing, and it’s more disturbing than book two because this one’s about a serial killer who stalks women and … Continue reading

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews Part 2
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Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews Part 2

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season!  I’ve been battling an ugly cold but otherwise our Christmas was quite nice.  The husband and I slept in, made pancakes and opened gifts, talked to family and in the evening we broke out our French cookbook and tackled a meal we’d never made before, Beef … Continue reading

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

If you’ve finished the Lady Julia Grey series, you’ll be excited about this new series by Deanna Raybourn. Raybourn seems to have started three other series in the last few years (A Blade of Summer Grass, City of Jasmine, and Night of a Thousand Stars), so I’m not quite sure if this one will stick. … Continue reading