I have read 18 books this year. Momma wants me to keep a list of the book I read this year. I have, and I needed to blog, so I thought I’d share.
George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. This was a very interesting read. It is written almost as a novel and humorous. I really enjoyed this book, but was disappointed with the ending. But it was only because the lives of the Culpers afterwards were very flat, and not what I would have expected. And Agent 355 was awful! Nobody knows what happened, and I want to know!
Laughing Gas by P. G. Wodehouse. This was a light read, and really only for the comedy. I really like Wodehouse’s style of writing and his books a wonderful for when you need a laugh.
The Torn Veil: The Best-Selling story of Gulshan Esther by Gulshan Esther and Thelma Sangster. I am very skeptical of this story, but her unwavering faith is amazing and I enjoyed it.
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis. I don’t really enjoy Sci-Fi, but I did enjoy this. The descriptions were very nice and it was interesting. The writing is very different from the writing in Narnia, though.
A Zoo In My Luggage by Gerald Durrel. A few years ago I had to read My Family and Other Animals for school by the same author, and loved it. It was hilarious and I learned a some interesting things about animals. It was like James Herriot in Greece. So, when A Zoo in My Luggage popped up on Goodreads as a suggestion, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t as funny as the other, but it was just as interesting.
Rose Under Fire by Elisabeth Wein. Brutal. Raw. Amazing. This book is definitely for a mature audience. It takes place during WW2 in Ravensbrück concentration camp. I could not cry. I just sat there with a huge, aching knot in my throat, gasping.
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. I needed to recover from the above before reading the other book by Wein. Jeeves and Wooster are hilarious.
“Am taking legal advice to ascertain whether strangling an idiot nephew counts as murder. If it doesn’t look out for yourself.” A telegram from Wooster’s loving Aunt Dahlia.
“She looked like a tomato struggling for self-expression.”
Code Name Verity by Elisabeth Wein. Again, very brutal, raw, amazing and inspiring. And, again, for a very mature audience. And again that horrible knot in my throat and gasping at the pages. This time it’s a girl in the hands of the Gestapo. I want a friend like Maddie. Actually, I want to be a friend like Maddie. The women of WW2 were amazing.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. This was a suggested free read for school this year. (Wodehouse was suggested, too) The Moonstone is one of the first detective novel written and was very enjoyable. I love mysteries. And the way Collins wrote it was lovely, too. I guessed at who it was about half way through, but how it happened was a complete surprise.
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. This was another suggested free read. It wasn’t as good as I hoped. And I really didn’t like the end. I almost forced myself to finish it, because it just felt flat to me in the middle. I had picked it because I though it would be an enjoyable comedy, but it was bleh. I knew exactly what was going to happen from the beginning.
Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul. I enjoy Mrs. Paul’s books. The dragons are quaint creatures. I love dragons. I liked how she hit on Cantor’s pride. And that Cantor FINALLY accepts Bridger.
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery. This was a reread, but I still loved it. I think it may be one of my favorite books. Rilla grows so much in the book and Susan is magnificent. Jims is cute and Irene Howard is dirt. Walter made me cry just as hard as I did the first time.
April (thus far):
Maze Runner by James Dashner. The idea was good. The writing, not so much. It was flat and bland. A skeleton with very dry bones. I still want to read the next book, though, because the idea was interesting.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. This was originally a school assignment, but then it stopped being assigned, but I read it anyway. A novel of the battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Very interesting, and I loved the writing. Again, like with George Washington and His Secret Six, the ending was disappointing. For the same reasons.
All the Wrong Questions: Where did you see her last? by Lemony Snicket. I really like Snicket’s sense of humor, though there is nothing to laugh about. It was the same way with The Series of Unfortunate Events. As with Wodehouse, the writing style is what makes it so good.
All the Wrong Questions: Shouldn’t you be in School? is also by Lemony Snicket and I have the same thoughts of it as of the above. But finally we know what VFD is. *fist pump* That drove me crazy in The Series of Unfortunate Events, because I knew it wasn’t Very Fancy Doilies before the Baudelaires.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I finally got around to reading this book and loved it. It was very sad. And the troubles then are still around today. Aunt Alexandria was sweet. She didn’t agree with Atticus, but she loved him and the kids so much it didn’t matter that much in the end.
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. This was much better than From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The story of four different kids and their teacher, the kids trying to help the teacher learn to balance. And they have tea every Saturday and 4pm.
Books I have on my shelf right now are:
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs. I had started this, and then it had to go back to the library.
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. I started this one, and the same thing happened. But, I have them both now, so I shall get them both read soon.