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dec 24, 2014, 10:39pm

I'm back...

And I plan to read 100 books again in 2015, or maybe more!

Here's my ticker:

dec 30, 2014, 7:35pm

>1 fuzzi: Best of luck, fuzzi! :)

dec 30, 2014, 8:44pm

Thank you, saraslibrary!

dec 30, 2014, 9:46pm

You're welcome. :) Two days....

dec 31, 2014, 4:40am

Good luck, Fuzzi.

Best wishes for a great 2015!

dec 31, 2014, 11:11am

Welcome back!

dec 31, 2014, 8:13pm

::revving engine::

Redigeret: jan 1, 2015, 9:13pm

And she's OFF!!!!!!!!!

First book of 2015:

#1 Memoirs of a Twentieth Century Circuit Riding Preacher by Peter S. Ruckman

What a hoot! This book is comprised of short remembrances by a preacher who traveled around the US (and the world) between 1950 and 2000, when this book was published. Some of what I read was sad, but much of what Dr. Ruckman writes about is very funny, based upon people, and how silly they (we) can be.

jan 2, 2015, 12:26pm

#2 Old Bones the Wonder Horse by Mildred Mastin Pace

This is a reread of a book I read as a child. It is a short book, written in a similar style to many Marguerite Henry stories such as Misty of Chincoteague, but is suitable for adults who are interested in a mini-biography of the great race horse Exterminator, aka "Old Bones". The drawings by Wesley Dennis are wonderful, as are all that illustrator's works.

Redigeret: jan 3, 2015, 4:40am

Welcome back, fuzzi, and good luck!

jan 3, 2015, 5:06pm

jan 3, 2015, 5:29pm

Yay! Two books down so far! Good job. :)

Redigeret: jan 8, 2015, 12:39pm

#3 Don't Give Up, Don't Give In by Louis Zamperini

This book is full of "proverbs", each accompanied with a short story from Louis Zamperini's life. I got to know him just a little more, a little better than I had previously, from reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. A sweet, fun, and interesting little book.

Redigeret: jan 8, 2015, 12:40pm

#4 Moominpapa at Sea by Tove Jansson

This was my first Moomin-themed book. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't something I want to reread, and I am not in any hurry to read the others.

jan 11, 2015, 5:50pm

#5 He Is There, and He Is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer

This is a fascinating book. The author writes about philosophy and faith, and makes some deep points about how mankind sees God, morals, and reason. He extensively draws thoughts and teachings from the world's great philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Camus, and Sartre, to name a few.

It's not a long book, about 100 pages, but it took me several days to work through what Schaeffer was trying to convey. I am keeping it for a reread, and study.

One of the things that amazed me was the author's ability to predict what would be happening in the future, based upon trends in the 1960's and 1970's.

As I said before, fascinating.

jan 27, 2015, 10:50pm

#6 Friday by Robert Heinlein

A reread of one of my favorite books, and the best effort by this author, imo.

jan 27, 2015, 10:51pm

#7 The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe has done something that I did not expect when I started reading The Right Stuff, his book about the first astronauts and the Mercury program. He did not just write a history of the early days of the race to space, pre-NASA, nor did he just write an expose of the personal details of those involved in that program. No, Tom Wolfe wrote a factual and funny commentary on test pilots, the military, government bureaucracy, and the news media. It's entertaining, informative, amusing, and interesting: I was never bored, nor did my focus wane over the course of almost 400 pages. Highly recommended.

jan 27, 2015, 11:04pm

>17 fuzzi: I think that one goes on my to read list.

jan 28, 2015, 4:37am

I remember feeling just the same about The Right Stuff. It brought a whole new approach to non fiction writing.

jan 28, 2015, 12:32pm

>18 LShelby: >19 Eyejaybee: thank you. It's funny, I liked Tom Wolfe's Hooking Up, but disliked The Bonfire of the Vanities so much I could not read it.

I think it was the characters in the latter book that ruined it for me, as I enjoy Tom Wolfe's writing style.

Redigeret: jan 29, 2015, 7:21am

#8 Just a Dog by Helen Griffiths

This is a realistic, sad, but also hopeful story of a stray dog that yearns for a home to belong to. It is not specifically aimed at children, but suitable for most ages, including adults.

jan 28, 2015, 10:06pm

#9 Brian's Return by Paulsen, Gary

In this final installation of the series that began with Hatchet, we journey with Brian as he returns to the wilderness, to answer a call that will not be denied.

jan 30, 2015, 3:51am

>21 fuzzi: I've seen that one several times at work, but had no idea what it was about. Looks interesting. Thanks for the review! :)

jan 30, 2015, 7:21am

>23 saraslibrary: you're welcome! I've read excerpts from another book by this author, and decided to give this book a try based upon it. I'm glad I did. :)

feb 2, 2015, 12:49pm

#10 Escape From Reason by Francis Schaeffer

This book has been described as "a penetrating analysis of trends in modern thought", and it certainly is!

Written in 1968, this is a deep and fascinating look at how the concept of reason has changed over the centuries, to the point where people not only think differently, but claim that truth cannot be known, there are no absolutes.

It took me several days to work though the ideas inside this small book, but it was worth it, and gave me much to meditate upon.

I think I'll reread it, soon, too.

Redigeret: feb 7, 2015, 7:06pm

#11 Beowulf

This was the first time I tried reading this classic. It was not as quick a read as I had anticipated, based upon its length, nor was it an easy undertaking. However, it was worth all the effort I expended to read, and understand this ancient poetry. I plan to keep and reread this classic.

Redigeret: feb 7, 2015, 7:06pm

#12 A Christmas Sonata by Gary Paulsen

This is a nice little book, aimed for younger readers, but with some deeper themes well presented. A young boy and his mother travel to the countryside in 1943 Minnesota, to spend Christmas with family. The boy's father is away, fighting in the war, and his cousin Matthew is dying of some disease, but the big question for both boys is whether or not Santa is real. I enjoyed reading it as an adult, and the pencil drawings are a perfect match for the story.

Redigeret: feb 10, 2015, 12:45pm

#13 The Arrival by Shaun Tan

No need for words, this tale is told in pictures only, of what it is like to be in a new and strange country. The artwork is superb, a feast for the eyes, and the story is sweetly told by the illustrations only.

feb 7, 2015, 7:27pm

#14 Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Three picture books make up this volume. The first was puzzling at first, but once I understood the basis for "The Red Tree", the fantastic drawings made perfect sense. All three stories were a bit strange, but so are Roald Dahl's books, so...?

Even if you don't appreciate the tales, you should study the illustrations, which boggle the mind.

feb 10, 2015, 10:34pm

#15 War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel

From ancient battles to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, the author takes us through an informative, interesting, and often touching history of how dogs have served with and for mankind. This is not a typical narration, as it is not laid out in a straight chronological order, but skips back and forth in time and places, over the last century or so. I especially appreciated the look at how these war-time partners (and their humans) are trained for dangerous duty in times of combat.

feb 15, 2015, 1:30am

Shaun Tan is a genius! I first read his book The Rabbits which just spoke volumes. When I read The Red Tree just after the suicide death of my friend's teenage son, it made me sob. It is a book that can be read in a number of ways, but however you approach it, it has something important to say.

feb 15, 2015, 11:03am

>31 judylou: sorry to hear about your loss.

I showed The Red Tree to a friend of mine who attempted suicide twice, and he loved it.

Redigeret: feb 19, 2015, 8:58pm

#16 Persuasion by Jane Austen

A delicious romp with a large cast, including protagonist Anne Elliott, her eccentric family, several hanger-ons and ne'r-do-wells, stuffy society types, young hopeful misses, and a few sane and sensible characters, including Anne's ex-fiance, Captain Wentworth. This is probably my second favorite book by Jane Austen, eclipsed only by the wonderful Pride and Prejudice. A keeper.

feb 21, 2015, 2:04am

#17 Winter Horse by Glenn Balch

It's the hardest winter in years, with storm after storm burying the good Idaho grass. While the ranch horses are well cared for, young Ben Darby goes on a quest to find and aid King and his wild horse herd, before they all succumb to starvation or predators.

This is another satisfying read about the Tack Ranch family.

feb 21, 2015, 10:52pm

#18 Horse in Danger by Glenn Balch

And with the completion of this book, I have finished the entire Tack Ranch series... :(

King, the wild thoroughbred, is accused of stealing mares from not only neighboring ranches, but those that are as far away as Nevada. Ben and Dixie, with the aid of Gaucho, try to unravel the mystery, before some irate horseman shoots King! Enjoyable read.

feb 28, 2015, 10:24pm

#19 Sitka by Louis L'Amour

I've owned this book for a couple years, but had not read it as I thought I already had!

Not a typical Louis L'Amour western, Sitka takes place mainly in Russian-owned Alaska. Our protagonist, Jean LaBarge, is daring, smart, and interested in making his fortune trading with the Russian colony. Politics are ever-present in this book, but not annoyingly so. While not one of this author's better works, I did enjoy reading it.

mar 1, 2015, 11:43am

#20 The Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett

This is a quick but pleasant read, of faith, and humor, of people, and of determination. Not a religious book, not a Christian book, this is about us, about people, and what we do to help others, not necessarily with gain in mind. Recommended.

Redigeret: mar 8, 2015, 2:17pm

#21 The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

An American detective is in Paris, looking for a missing girl he once knew, and working his way through the debauchery of the streets, bars, and artistic community of post WWI. I would label this as an average read, but the author has a talent for characters, emotions, and situations that raises it above other noir detective stories.

mar 9, 2015, 3:08pm

#22 Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

After her father dies, Emily goes to live with her mother's eccentric side of the family, and finds herself struggling to cope with two spinster aunts and one bachelor uncle, none of who have any idea how to raise a young girl of eleven years. Emily's passion is writing, and despite the sarcastic commentary of adults and family, will not stop her daily journals and letters.

This story is similar to Anne of Green Gables in some ways, but not in most, so this did not feel like a copy of that classic. However, for me it didn't have the same charm as Anne's books, so while I'd recommend it, I can't rate it as high as other books by this author.

mar 9, 2015, 11:38pm

#23 Sire Unknown by Marjorie Reynolds

Jim lives in the country with his parents, but is dissatisfied with his life. The elderly neighbors on one side are wealthy, and the boy next door gets whatever he wants from his father, but Jim has to be content with riding an old pony. He dreams of being adopted by someone rich, or even of having royal blood. Then Warrior comes into his life, a skewbald horse of unknown pedigree, but with tremendous potential.

This author writes good stories, of youth that face less than rosy lives, but who overcome obstacles with the company of a horse. Her tales are never sappy or preachy, just enjoyable, for any age. Recommended.

mar 11, 2015, 7:52pm

>39 fuzzi: Agreed, it's kind of like Anne of Green Gables with the orphan thing. I think when I read it, I was more surprised atheism was brought up. I was surprised L. M. Montgomery would put something as "scandalous" as that in her book. I liked it. I think I gave Emily of New Moon a 5. :)

Redigeret: mar 11, 2015, 8:07pm

>41 saraslibrary: in one of L.M. Montgomery's other books, or perhaps a short story, there was an atheist neighbor. I don't recall which book it was in, as I've read a few. And I am fairly certain that it would have been scandalous!

mar 12, 2015, 3:04am

>42 fuzzi: Sounds interesting! I've only read two of her short story collections--Among the Shadows and Further Chronicles of Avonlea--and I don't recall an atheist neighbor. I just remember thinking, "Wow! To even admit atheism back in the day was probably really frowned on." I'm surprised her editor let her put it in. Anyway, thanks! :) I'll have to look around for that book/short story.

mar 12, 2015, 8:53am

>43 saraslibrary: it might have been in one of the Anne of Green Gables books (there are 6 or 7 of those), but I have also read Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans recently, a book of short stories, and it might have been in there.

mar 13, 2015, 6:56am

#24 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This is one of Agatha Christie's best-known Poirot mysteries, and the second book with that detective that I have read. There will not be a third...why? It was an okay read for me, but there were too many cliches, and Poirot doesn't impress me.

mar 14, 2015, 10:19pm

#25 Yondering by Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour is probably best known for the dozens of western stories he cranked out, year after year. However, buried deep amongst his tales of the American "wild west" are some stories of seamen, adventurers, and explorers. Yondering is a collection of short stories of that ilk. I liked reading these remembrances of the author's younger wandering, aka "yondering" days, clothed in fictitious characters.

mar 14, 2015, 10:33pm

I plan to attend a wedding in Minnesota, at the end of April. It will be held in a small town about an hour's drive north of Minneapolis.

Anyone there?

Got a bookstore to recommend?


mar 14, 2015, 10:50pm

>44 fuzzi: Thanks for letting me know! :)

>47 fuzzi: Ooh, I wish I could help, but I've never been to Minnesota. My best suggestion would be try Google. Maybe that'll give you a few good listings. :) I hope you have a good time and are able to get some book shopping in, too!

mar 14, 2015, 11:40pm

>48 saraslibrary: you're very welcome.

I'm using LT local to find MN bookstores, but some of them have apparently closed, bummer.

I'm kind of excited about this trip. I've been to Minnesota before, by going through the Minneapolis airport while traveling with a church group. We went to Montana on a missions trip...pretty area.

I'll take my cameras, of course... ;)

mar 15, 2015, 2:12am

>47 fuzzi: I was just in Minneapolis in January. Louise Erdrich has a bookstore there- Birchbark Books & Native Arts. I unfortunately missed the bookstore when I was there though. http://birchbarkbooks.com

mar 15, 2015, 2:51pm

Redigeret: mar 15, 2015, 11:15pm

#26 Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport by Jim Gorant

The author tells the incredible story of an unwanted pitbull who was rescued from a shelter and certain euthanasia, only to become a champion "disc dog", and goodwill ambassador for his breed. This is a well-written book: I kept reading in order to find out what would happen next. Recommended.

Here's Wallace in action: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xK4FXgbLW6w

Redigeret: mar 16, 2015, 5:14pm

#27 The Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King and Penny Wilson

After reading A Night to Remember, I requested this book through Member Giveaways, and was happy to win a copy. However, I was disappointed at the structure of the story. For one thing, the pages are filled with so many footnotes, I found it distracting. Also, there is such a plethora of information, it bogs down the narrative. After a promising beginning, the book dragged through page after page of descriptions of the rooms, and the bios of the passengers. By page eighty, I did something I never do: I skipped ahead...to the sinking of the ship and the after effects.

There was an incredible amount of research done, and it could be a good book, but it desperately needs a slash and burn editor.

mar 16, 2015, 8:08pm

>49 fuzzi: Good thinking! I didn't even think of LT local. :) Oh, yeah, I've heard Montana is stunning. I haven't been to Minnesota, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Definitely bring your camera! :D

Redigeret: mar 23, 2015, 11:34am

#28 Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I was given this book over a year ago, through SantaThing, and was not terribly interested in reading it. However, after it spent a year on my shelves, collecting dust, I felt it was time to get it read and off my TBR list.

And I was pleasantly surprised!

This is a sweet, funny, and interesting little gem of a story. It might be listed as a YA/children book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are not typical, nor are the events that occur during the story...like the green slime issue (no spoiler).

There are sequels to this book that I plan to read in the future, and for me, that's a pretty good recommendation.

Thank you, SantaThing!

mar 24, 2015, 12:08pm

#29 The Dogs Who Found Me: by Ken Foster

I really have to find more words to describe a "fun" read... ;)

Anyway, someone recommended this book to me, and I was thoroughly entertained by the anecdotes of this author. Some of the chapters are nothing more than short topics such as "How To Let Go" (he experienced "foster fail", that is, keeping the dog he was fostering), and a list of what one of his dogs did to get his attention. He isn't all gaiety, though, but includes short articles about the paradox of a "no-kill" shelter, etc.

A satisfying read for dog lovers, or animal lovers in general, and even for some animal-ambivalent types.

Redigeret: mar 29, 2015, 8:37pm

#30 Find Momo Coast to Coast by Andrew Knapp

Andrew Knapp has done it again: made a photo book that is pure delight to read. When I do spot Momo, I laugh out loud, literally. This book would make a good gift for young, or old, or in-between...if you can let it go!

mar 29, 2015, 8:37pm

#31 Frederica by Georgette Heyer

Frederica is the eldest of five siblings, filling in as their parent as best as she can. She is determined to give her stunningly beautiful younger sister, Charis, the opportunity to have "a season" in London, in order to find a good husband to provide for Charis "comfortably".

But Frederica's family assets are modest, and she needs a patron for introduction into the stylish rich society of Regency London. So Frederica calls upon Lord Alverstoke, a very distant cousin, and he agrees to assist Charis' introduction to society, if only to tease and annoy his own sisters.

Frederica was an engaging story, in a spirit and genre somewhat between Jane Austen and Marion Chesney. It never felt like formula writing, and I was pleased at the lack of cliches. I also enjoyed the character development, which is sadly often lacking in Regency novels. It was recommended to me, and I recommend it to others.

Redigeret: mar 30, 2015, 2:55pm

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Predictable, unengaging, flat, disappointing. I only made it through 100 pages, and only that far because it was a Christmas gift from my son.

mar 31, 2015, 8:54pm

#32 Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen

What if?

What if Brian, lost in the northern wilderness in June, was not rescued by the time winter arrived? How could he survive the subzero cold, how could he eat, how could he stay warm?

Author Gary Paulsen has taken the main character of his book Hatchet, and has spun another tale of perseverance and determination. As with the other books in this series, the reader is drawn into Brian's world, and kept there by an excellent storyteller. And as before, I did not want to put down Brian's Winter until the conclusion. Recommended.

mar 31, 2015, 8:55pm

Coming soon...the best of the first quarter...

Redigeret: mar 31, 2015, 9:45pm

Best Reads of January-March 2015

He Is There, and He Is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

And a bunch of reads as well...

Redigeret: sep 12, 2015, 10:13pm

#33 Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgomery

What a charming, delightful, and satisfying read this was!

Jane Victoria lives with her mother and grandmother in the city. Grandmother takes pleasure in making Jane's life miserable, and manipulating everyone else's. However, when a letter arrives from Jane's father, demanding his daughter's presence in Prince Edward Island for the summer, no one is more scared and horrified than Jane. She was sure her father was dead, and has only heard how horrible he was to her as a baby. Dutifully, she goes...and discovers that she has only begun to live, and grow.

I liked Jane, very much, and how the author developed the story and characters. Recommended.

apr 3, 2015, 11:53pm

#34 The Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter

Some books are simple, light, breezy, and while enjoyable, are like eating cotton candy. Others, like The Sea of Grass, are deeper, darker, serious, and more akin to eating a good steak.

Hal narrates this story, partly of big ranchers, partly of nesters/settlers, but mostly about a mail-order bride, and how she changed those who knew her. The prose is rich, and descriptive, and I found myself backtracking to reread the passages that made me think. Very good, recommended.

apr 6, 2015, 10:46pm

#35 Merchanter's Luck by CJ Cherryh

A better than average SciFi "space opera", and a reread for me.

Redigeret: apr 9, 2015, 10:59pm

#36 Last Man Off by Matt Lewis

A well-written and satisfying read of a maritime disaster, as told by a survivor.

apr 12, 2015, 3:44pm

#37 The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts

I knew virtually nothing of the champion show jumper Snowman before I read this book. However, the author not only told his story, but also the stories of the family that owned him, their early beginnings in Europe, the history of show jumping, and Madison Square Garden, to name a few. While I enjoyed reading this book, it did seem a tad bloated, and could have used a little trimming by the editor. Overall, a good, albeit long, read.

apr 14, 2015, 11:04am

#38 Dogs I Have Met and the People They Found by Ken Foster

Another good read by this author. He has a talent for taking everyday events in his life, mainly concerning found/foster animals, and making us see the humor in them. In one passage he is attacked by a beagle in a dog park, and he referred to the dog's biting his arm as being similar to someone eating corn on the cob. Recommended.

apr 16, 2015, 9:51pm

#39 Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

An intriging and stimulating book, full of scientific discoveries and concepts. It is written in a style that never condescends, but encourages the less science-minded to delve deeper into material science secrets. This book is for the casually interested, or hardcore science geek, and everyone else in between. And for chocolate lovers, too! Recommended.

apr 21, 2015, 10:42pm

#40 Epitaph: A Novel of the OK Corral by Mary Doria Russell

This is a good, if slightly uneven follow-up to Doc, which I loved.

The author pulls you into the story of the Earps, the Clantons, and the political backbiting of the times. Her writing gives you a sense that you really know the players, the people who lived in Tombstone, as if you were living there with them, during the boom years.

But perhaps strong interest just couldn't be sustained for a novel of this length and scope. I found myself wandering away a little, about 50 pages from the end. Still recommended, especially if the American "Wild West" interests you.

apr 22, 2015, 12:55pm

apr 30, 2015, 12:50pm

#41 HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

A gripping, frustrating, and involving story of British Naval convoys during World War II. Most of the characters are well-developed and believable, and the technical aspects are not overwhelming. Good read.

apr 30, 2015, 12:53pm

>73 fuzzi: that book used to be a guaranteed water works. Had me in tears from about page 13. Caused a disagreement (for a change) with my English teacher. For an assignment we had to pick a book and discuss if it would make a good film. I picked this and argued no. She disagreed, but she was disagreeable most of the time, so it hardly counts for much. Wonder where my copy has got to...

apr 30, 2015, 1:03pm

>74 Helenliz: it would make a good movie, imo, but what a tear-jerker!

When I was a teen, and even as a young adult, I hated books that were full of "no-win" scenarios. While I was angered, frustrated, and sad over much of the waste of men in this story, there was a human spirit involved that was uplifting. I especially liked the Captain, Vallery.

maj 1, 2015, 9:41am

#42 Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot

I am not a fan of most poetry, but a friend of mine loves T.S. Eliot's poems, so I decided to give Eliot's works a try. I enjoyed some of the phrases and descriptions he used in this work of poetry, but it did not turn me into a T.S. Eliot fan.

maj 5, 2015, 10:55am

#43 Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach

This was an excellent read, and totally unlike the movie of which I am extremely fond!

The author was obviously a veteran of military service, as there is a convincing ring of authenticity throughout this book. However, it was never boring, never dry, or even sensational, just factual. I liked the characters, and the brief yet interesting descriptions of the equipment and duties of the men assigned to the submarine service. It's also not a "gung ho!" pro-military perspective, nor anti-military, it just IS.

I stayed up past 1:00am in order to finish it, and I don't give up my sleep for just any book. Highly recommended.

maj 10, 2015, 4:30pm

#44 Miss Buncle Married by DE Stevenson

A delightful fun and witty look at small town life in early 20th century England, and a worthy sequel to "Miss Buncle's Book".

maj 10, 2015, 4:34pm

#45 A Dog of Flanders by Ouida

A classic story of love and devotion, set in a world that sees only monetary worth.

maj 14, 2015, 8:18am

#46 The Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery

I'm close to finishing this collection of "Avonlea"-type of short stories, close enough to do a review. If you like Anne of Green Gables genre stories, you will enjoy these. I am enjoying them, but they're not as good as the original Anne books, imo. Overall, they are entertaining, and will bring a smile to your face as you read.

maj 15, 2015, 9:50pm

#47 Baby by Patricia MacLachlan

This is a children's book, yet, it isn't. As she has done in a similar fashion in her other books, the author places us in a simple setting, and tells us of love, sadness, and loss...but from the perspective of a child. In this instance it is Lark who relates the year that a baby became part of her family, temporarily.

Redigeret: maj 22, 2015, 11:25am

#48 Sink the Bismarck! by C.S. Forester

I love the movie version of this story, and finally found/purchased a copy for my reading pleasure. However, having recently read books by Edward L. Beach and Alistair MacLean, I was less than thrilled with Sink the Bismarck! It is a good, solid read, but it didn't grab me nor draw me in as those other authors' books did.

I do recommend this book, but you might want to find a free copy before buying. My copy is going to be passed on to someone else who will enjoy it, my father.

Redigeret: maj 24, 2015, 7:54am

#49 The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

This was my second attempt to read a book by this author, and I did not appreciate it. To be fair, I'm not much of a poetry fan, so if you like poetry, you might like this.

maj 25, 2015, 2:39pm

Halfway there, about 5 weeks ahead of schedule, woo!!

#50 May There Be a Road by Louis L'Amour

Made up of short stories not previously published in book form, this collection contains some very good examples of Louis L'Amour's diverse body of works. From a tale of Tibet, to pre-WWII Brazil, these short stories should entertain the reader. Recommended.

Redigeret: maj 27, 2015, 7:46pm

#51 The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh

After my most recent reread, I still hold to my opinion of this book: an excellent blend of scifi, technology, politics, and culture, from a different universe...yet the characters remain likeable, and believable, despite non-human appearance. The author and this series is superb!

maj 29, 2015, 12:35pm

#52 Chanur's Venture by C.J. Cherryh

I just re-read this book, again, but can't say how many times I've read it before. Upon this umpteenth read I will affirm it's still a good, intense story of aliens and alien worlds, filled with believable characters and intriguing technical details. Recommended!

Redigeret: jun 1, 2015, 10:11pm

#53 The Kif Strike Back by C.J. Cherryh

Intrigue, action, politics, rescues, firefights, plot twists and turns aplenty, what's not to love?

Onward, to book #4...

jun 9, 2015, 11:04pm

#54 Chanur's Homecoming by C.J. Cherryh

I just completed yet another reread of this, and I still love it. The author writes interesting, real characters, and the worlds they inhabit are filled with other alien species, each with their own well-developed culture. There is plenty to keep the reader riveted: action, politics, suspense, and more. Highly recommended, but read the first three books in the series prior, or you will have a hard time following the plot(s)!

Redigeret: jun 11, 2015, 1:00pm

#55 Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress by Oliver Hunkin

I decided to read Dangerous Journey: after a friend recommended it. It is a children's version of the classic Pilgrim's Progress, and seems to keep the heart of that book while yet simplifying it for younger readers. The illustrations are fantastic, too, and add to the reading enjoyment. Highly recommended read for young, or adult.

jun 27, 2015, 11:11am

Best of April to June:

My only were rereads:

The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh
Chanur's Homecoming by C.J. Cherryh

The other two books in the series that I reread were each , so instead, I'll concentrate on the new reads.

Here are my top five:

Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress by Oliver Hunkin

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

The Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter

jun 28, 2015, 8:07am

#56 Dust on the Sea by Edward L. Beach

After completing the excellent Run Silent, Run Deep, I searched for and managed to find a copy of its sequel, written almost 20 years later: Dust on the Sea. This book continues the narrative started in Run Silent, Run Deep, but does not show how good it is immediately. However, once the subs are on their way to sink enemy shipping, the tension builds, and the dangers without and within the sub grip you. The last 100 pages were quickly read, to find out what would happen to the officers and crew of the Eel. I think of the author's works as Tom Clancy concise, not "lite". Authentic, engaging, excellent read. Recommended.

jul 9, 2015, 1:04pm

#57 The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey

The first few chapters of this book did not encourage me to read the rest, but I hate to give up on any story, especially by an author I generally like...so I persevered and finished it last night. McCaffrey fans may enjoy it. I have no plans to reread or continue the series. Not one of McCaffrey's better stories, imo.

jul 17, 2015, 5:24pm

#58 A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant by Nancy Gift

This is a light yet informative look at the "volunteers" that fill flower beds and farmers' fields. I've been gardening for about 50 years, and yet I learned some things! An enjoyable, and humorous read, yet not just a "funny" look at the plants around us.

Redigeret: jul 17, 2015, 8:52pm

#59 Come on Seabiscuit by Ralph Moody

Don't compare this simplified tale of the champion thoroughbred Seabiscuit to the superb book by Laura Hillenbrand, but judge it on its own merits. The author has done a good job with abridging this familiar story into a form that both younger and older readers can enjoy. There's enough "horse" talk to satisfy a corral-full of preteen girls, yet not too much to bore an adult unfamiliar with racetrack lore. Nice read.

jul 24, 2015, 7:49pm

#60 Cranes in My Corral by Dayton O. Hyde

This is an amusing story of an Oregon rancher who decides to raise four Sandhill Cranes after a female adult abandons her eggs.

jul 25, 2015, 7:56am

The ticker site is not working correctly...oh well...I'll update it later...

#61 The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour Volume 5: Frontier Stories

Another good selection of Louis L'Amour's short stories of the American West, of the 1800's and 1900's. These are solid tales of people and situations, and I never tire of reading this author's works.

Redigeret: jul 27, 2015, 11:42pm

#62 Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper

A continuation of the highly-entertaining Little Fuzzy, entertaining in its own right.

Yes, much of the technology is outdated, archaic, but do we spurn Jane Eyre or Macbeth because there are no electric lights? Do we degrade Ulysses because there are no cars? Of course not. We enjoy reading stories for what they are, what tales they tell, even though they might sound outdated.

But back to my review: Fuzzy Sapiens is very much enjoyable, on a par with the first book.

jul 31, 2015, 8:10pm

#63 Magic For Marigold by L.M. Montgomery

A solidly enjoyable tale of an only child, and her make-believe friend Sylvia.

Redigeret: aug 8, 2015, 4:56pm

#64 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

An enjoyable story of a truly clueless young lady, and her visit to Bath. The dialogue is, as always, delightful, and I especially liked Mr. Tilney's sense of humor. Solid Austen.

Redigeret: aug 8, 2015, 11:19pm

#65 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Within the pages of this book is a story that could have been told by any one of thousands of children, of what it was like living during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Annemarie Johansen is ten, and her best friend, Ellen, is Jewish. What will happen if the soldiers find Ellen hiding in the Johansen's apartment? And what will Annemarie do when faced with Nazis with dogs and guns?

Well-written and engaging, for adults as well as children.

aug 11, 2015, 10:30pm

#66 The Heart of a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

A very good and worthy collection of stories by the master and author of Lad: A Dog. Some of the tales will make you smile, a couple will pull hard at your heart, tug at your emotions, but none will bore you.

aug 13, 2015, 7:06pm

#67 Lady Susan by Jane Austen

An amusing short work composed of letters written by family members and friends, illuminating the machinations of determined gentry of Austen's era.

aug 18, 2015, 7:15pm

#68 A Prince Among Dogs by Callie Smith Grant

This is a selection of very short remembrances about dogs, written by people who knew them. It reminded me of Readers' Digest stories: not deep, but satisfying light reading.

aug 18, 2015, 7:50pm

#69 Cyteen: the Betrayal by C.J. Cherryh

An extremely plausible and well-written book about genetic engineering and the politics involved. The characters are superbly fleshed out, and the technology is matter-of-fact believable. This is the first third of the Hugo Award-winning novel, Cyteen. On to part two...

Redigeret: aug 18, 2015, 7:56pm

#70 Arrow Book of Funny Poems

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little book, which I owned as a child. Although many of the limericks and doggerel are more than 60 years old, they transcend generations. With this book I had my first exposure to Ogden Nash. Fun for all ages!

Redigeret: aug 19, 2015, 1:19pm

>90 fuzzi:

I'm going to get hold of a copy of Sea of Grass posthaste! I always liked Conrad Richter; read some of his books years ago.
Have you read his Awakening Land Trilogy? Includes The Trees, The Fields and The Town.
And I loved The Light in the Forest.

>105 fuzzi:

I also appreciate Ogden Nash, his humor and how he made up words to fit.
"When called by a panther, don't anther . . .!"
There are great picture book editions of two of my favorite story poems - The Tale of Custard the Dragon and The Adventures of Isabel

Redigeret: aug 19, 2015, 9:14pm

>106 nrmay: I have not read Awakening Land Trilogy, but I have read The Light in the Forest. Have you read its sequel, of sorts, A Country of Strangers? Very moving. Read my review, if you like, as I don't spoil the plot in ANY review: http://www.librarything.com/work/1071703/reviews/80836736 .

Reading "The Panther" (in this book!) was my first exposure to Nash-itis, and I've thankfully never recovered. I have a collection of his works in hardcover, as well as Ogden Nash's Zoo and Bed Riddance, lol.

The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex.
I think it clever of the turtle,
In such a fix, to be so fertile...

Addendum: I have requested The Trees through our public library, but since they don't have a copy of The Fields, I have requested it through ILL...

aug 19, 2015, 9:17pm

>107 fuzzi:

Sadly, my public library doesn't have A Country of Strangers but I put it on my wishlist to look for later.

aug 19, 2015, 9:56pm

>108 nrmay: try InterLibrary Loan?

aug 20, 2015, 10:01pm

#71 Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry

Marguerite Henry tells the story of Annie Johnston, the woman who helped lead the charge to outlaw the use of planes and trucks in the roundup of wild mustangs, and to prohibit the cruel practices employed to transport captured horses to the slaughterhouse. I was unaware of this lady and her role in protecting the few wild horse herds remaining. Worth reading, especially if you are a lover of horses.

aug 22, 2015, 8:46pm

#72 Cyteen: the Rebirth by C.J. Cherryh

Ari is heading into adolescence and finding out who she is, or was, and is...as a replica of a woman who was murdered over a decade before. She is not unaware of the politics that swirl around her, just due to her existence. Justin is still struggling with the power plays that keep him apart from his family, and leave him on the edge of sanity.

As usual, this author throws you into the plot, with little explanations, but with plenty of character development and intrigue. I am looking forward to the third installment of this story. On to part three...

aug 26, 2015, 9:39pm

#73 Cyteen: the Vindication by C.J. Cherryh

Ari Emory is not quite an adult, legally, yet she is superbly capable to take over Reseune Corporate as Administrator. However, someone wants to remove her from consideration of that high office...permanently. This is a very good continuation and finale of the Cyteen trilogy. An intriguing, fascinating, and extremely entertaining read.

aug 27, 2015, 10:03pm

#74 Viking Dog by Glenn Balch

Olaf starts his life in a kennel, a purebred Elkhound...yet different from his siblings. He learns quickly that people can inflict pain, and so he distrusts all men, until a soft-spoken young man comes into his world. But Olaf suddenly finds himself in the wilderness, struggling to survive, and relearning the hard lesson that men cause pain.

Good story, with lots of tension and suspense as Olaf tries to live on his own.

aug 31, 2015, 12:32pm

#75 The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter

A five year old boy loses his parents, and is then taken home by his grandparents, both Cherokee. They teach him the Cherokee Way, and he learns to love nature and life itself, until the government tries to place him "more appropriately".

Involving read, very enjoyable, and worth a reread in the future. Recommended.

sep 1, 2015, 12:45pm

See, I made it over here!

Redigeret: sep 1, 2015, 4:59pm

>115 leahbird: yippee!!

I'm currently reading an Early Reviewer book, Devotion by Adam Makos, and it's a huge book. It will probably be a few days before I finish and review.

Stay tuned!

sep 6, 2015, 8:57am

Here's an idea for new reading...ten books you pretended to read in high school, but should read now:


The Great Gatsby
The Fountainhead
Lord of the Flies
Jane Eyre
Of Mice and Men
Slaughterhouse Five
Heart of Darkness

Have you read any/some/all of the books on this list?

Would you give them a second try?

I recently read The Great Gatsby, didn't care for it.

I did read 1984, twice: once in school, once as an adult. The second time I had nightmares. Good book, but not again for me.

I read Lord of the Flies in school, thought it was great. When I tried a reread years later, I decided it wasn't worth a reread.

Frankenstein I have not read, yet, but it's on my TBR list for 2015.

I love Jane Eyre, and recently reread it...still wonderful!

I read Hamlet in school, reread as an adult. I might reread it at some point in the future, but it's not on my short list.

I've read two books by John Steinbeck, and have no interest in a third, so I don't plan on reading Of Mice and Men.

Heart of Darkness is also on my TBR stack.

I don't have plans to read The Fountainhead or Slaughterhouse Fiveanytime soon.

What do the rest of you think?

sep 6, 2015, 12:16pm

I think that is an excellent way of generating a reading list. As it happens, I have read all of those at one time or another, apart from The Fountainhead, which I have never even heard of. (I guess my high school obviously wasn't too good!)

I re-read The Great Gatsby every two or three years, and have revisited The Heart of Darkness a few times since leaving school.

I have often thought that the way we were taught some books at school actually served more to put us off them for life rather than instilling a deep bond with them. That was certainly true of the way in which we were introduced to Shakespeare when I was a teenager. I think it might have been a lot easier if we had had some sort of equivalent of LibraryThing back in those days.

Redigeret: sep 6, 2015, 12:35pm

>118 Eyejaybee: thanks. Most of those books we did not "read" in high school, as at the time reading "modern" books (1960s-1970s) was popular. For instance, I did not read Charles Dickens until I was an adult.

sep 6, 2015, 12:42pm

I love Dickens now, but that is very much despite, rather than because of, the way we covered his books at school. i was lucky towards the end of my school days in that I had two excellent English teachers, but they had to struggle to rectify the damage done in the first few years.

sep 6, 2015, 12:57pm

Only read Jane Eyre from that list. A favorite.
I've read others by Ayn Rand - Anthem and We the Living. Liked both.
Have read much Shakespeare but oddly, never Hamlet, though I've seen the play.

Love Dickens! Read A Christmas Carole and David Copperfield in school.
As an adult I read Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.

I need to read more classics. Last one I read was great - The Sea Wolf by Jack London

sep 6, 2015, 12:57pm

>120 Eyejaybee: I read Hamlet despite being turned off by Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth in junior high.

I despised The Turn of the Screw and have no inclination to give Henry James a second chance.

One book I read as an assignment was Alas Babylon, which I've reread several times. And I read Gone With the Wind for a US History assignment, and discovered I liked it a lot better than the movie.

sep 6, 2015, 1:34pm

I was lucky enough to see Hamlet at Stratford when I was about 13 and was won over to Shakespeare from that time on.

I have read some Henry James novels and enjoyed them, but I also utterly despised The Turn of the Screw.

sep 6, 2015, 2:30pm

I saw Hamlet at the American Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

Stratford, Connecticut was the home of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, a replica of the Globe Theatre in London. School kids went on field trips to see plays - my first Shakespeare experience.
Now the theatre has been closed for years and they were considering tearing it down earlier this year.

Thankfully, the Ashland Festival is thriving! And Stratford, Ontario (near Toronto) has a renowned Shakespeare Festival I'm hoping to get to sometime.

sep 6, 2015, 5:03pm

I reread Hamlet when the movie with Mel Gibson came out. :)

>124 nrmay: I was raised in CT, but never went to that theatre. I did go to the Goodspeed Opera House once.

Redigeret: sep 6, 2015, 7:32pm

#76 Night Over the Solomons by Louis L'Amour

A group of short stories of men and women who manage to fight off Nazis, Japanese, or other enemies bent upon the hero's destruction. I was reminded of the Indiana Jones movies, although these tales were not as fantastic in nature. The details are realistic, the characters interesting, and I enjoyed my reads.

Redigeret: sep 6, 2015, 10:48pm

#77 Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton

Filled with mutant animals and humans, atomic war horrors, and pre-Space Age references, this book reminded me of an old Twilight Zone episode: it is definitely dated, but I did enjoy reading it.

sep 7, 2015, 1:26am

LOVE Jane Eyre and was really shocked to enjoy Frankenstein so much. It's very different from the cultural Frankenstein I grew up with and the "monster" is truly fascinating in a humanist way. I highly recommend it.

Lord of the Flies is one of my most hated books. I did a report on it in HS but couldn't even finish it because I hated it so much. In up to revisiting a lot of things to give them a fair shot, but this isn't one of those things.

Redigeret: sep 7, 2015, 8:25am

>128 leahbird: thanks for your input. My grown son gave me Frankenstein for Christmas, a huge edition with illustrations by Bernie Wrightson. It is gorgeous, but more like a coffee table book. I'm not sure how to read it!

sep 7, 2015, 9:25pm

#78 The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

A thoroughly charming story of the animal inhabitants of a woodland slated for development, and their adventures as they travel in search of a safe place to live. This book reminded of Watership Down, but on a slightly more juvenile level. Not too sweet, nor sappy, and very much acceptable as an adult read.

Redigeret: sep 11, 2015, 9:20pm

#79 The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

Carlisle has two new residents for the summer, Bev and Felix King, who will be staying with their cousins. There will be plenty of fun, and work, in helping with the farm, but the best part for the King brothers is meeting The Story Girl, and hearing her tales of mystery, woe, and happiness. A nice read, with real children from a more simple time.

sep 12, 2015, 9:59pm

#80 The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom

I have fond memories of snitching this book from my sister's room, just so I could read it, yet again. And as an adult read, it's pretty good.

Vicky is 8, shy, and terribly homesick as a new student at boarding school. But she is drawn to Martha, incorrigible, sassy Martha. The two opposites attract and become best friends.

The author has painted a simple yet somewhat realistic picture of boarding school and life, some 60 years ago. The girls' flights of fancy and silliness are fun to read, too.

Redigeret: sep 12, 2015, 10:14pm

sep 13, 2015, 11:37am

#81 The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

From his earliest memories of living in a basement wall with his mother, Foudini relates events from his long life, including adventures with his companion Dog, and his two humans, Warm and Pest. I enjoyed reading this book, and it made me smile.

sep 13, 2015, 10:24pm

#82 Vicki and the Black Horse by Sam Savitt

Vicki is 13 and wants her own horse, although her true love is Pat, her father's big black thoroughbred hunter.

After saving her money for a year in order to buy her own pony, she winds up spending all her savings to buy an abused Shetland too small for her needs. But Pat and and the pony, Jesse, become best friends, so what can Vicki do?

This is a simple yet pleasant horse and girl story, and a cut above the average. Plus, Sam Savitt's illustrations are a bonus!

Redigeret: sep 15, 2015, 11:13pm

#83 Crofton Meadows by Joan Houston

In this book we meet Sheila, daughter of an overseer for the private school, Crofton Meadows. At her parents' urging, Sheila has won a scholarship to attend the prestigious girls' school, and tries to fit in with the high society students. She soon learns that for some students, winning is everything, even if a friendship, or worse, is sacrificed.

Joan Houston has written another entertaining story of girls and horses, although not as good, in my opinion, as the excellent Jump-shy.

sep 30, 2015, 8:37pm

#84 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

An engrossing tale of passion, ambition, and desire, and what they do to a person, and those they hold most dear.

okt 1, 2015, 11:45am

>137 fuzzi: Frankenstein was much better and more interesting than I expected, fuzzi. The movies mislead us. The "monster" 's struggle with being a castigated outcast was fascinating. There was always the specter of a very different story if people had not been frightened of him.

okt 1, 2015, 8:08pm

>138 jnwelch: I don't recall watching any of the Frankenstein movies in entirety (except Young Frankenstein), so I read with little preconceived ideas. I felt sorry for all involved.

Interesting note: as I read I thought the story paralleled a tale from the Bible. King David paid for his murder/adultery crimes fourfold, just as Frankenstein did for claiming to be God.

okt 3, 2015, 8:38pm

#85 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I resolved to read this. I did so. The horror, the horror.

Redigeret: okt 3, 2015, 9:16pm

After those last two books, I am feeling the need of a comfort read...something to cleanse the darkness out of my mind...hmm.

Redigeret: okt 4, 2015, 3:59pm

#86 Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski

The author tells the story of Judy and her family, migrant workers, based on true stories from the mid 1900s. I liked how this book did not sugar-coat what Judy's family experienced, yet keeps the story simple enough for younger children to appreciate. Recommended.

okt 4, 2015, 3:59pm

#87 Spotted Horse by Glenn Balch

A satisfying and enjoyable read about the forerunners to the Nez Percé tribe, and how they acquired the first Appaloosa horse.

Redigeret: okt 4, 2015, 8:24pm

#88 High Courage by C.W. Anderson

The author tells us of great horses of the past, those with "high courage", using a horse trainer/groom named Holley, and his pupil, Patsy, and referencing a stubborn hunter named Bobcat. I was drawn into the narrative, and the wonderful illustrations didn't hurt any. A keeper.

okt 6, 2015, 7:30pm

#89 The Trees by Conrad Richter

A can't-put-it-down book, of early settlers to the Ohio valley, where the trees were huge, old, and a wonder to those arriving from settlements in Pennsylvania.

Worth Luckett brings his wife and children to the woods of 1800s Ohio, and tries to settle down to farming while the woods and "mountain man" life tempt him to stray from his duty.

okt 8, 2015, 10:03pm

Surprise! My latest Early Reviewer book came in the mail today.

#90 Simon's Cat: Off to the Vet by Simon Tofield

This is a series of comic stories about Simon, and his cats, and assorted neighbors, all told without words. Some of the gags are cute, a few made me smile and say "yep!", and others were quite funny. I especially liked the "cone of shame" sequence. If you are a cat lover, you'll find familiar situations here. Enjoyed!

okt 9, 2015, 11:13pm

#91 The Fields by Conrad Richter

The Fields is an fantastic follow-up to the superb The Trees. Realistic, moving, without being manipulative, this story of early settlers in the Ohio Valley should grip you until complete: I kept reading "just one more chapter" until way past my bedtime. Excellent.

okt 9, 2015, 11:47pm

I'm so glad you are liking The Awakening Land trilogy. I loved it when I read it decades ago.
There was quite a good 3-part TV mini series of the story originally broadcast in 1978 with Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook. I wonder if it's available on Netflix.

Redigeret: okt 10, 2015, 7:37am

>148 nrmay: thanks! I am thrilled to find new favorites, especially when written as well as this series is. If you've not yet tried James Alexander Thom's books, I'd highly recommend Follow the River. It was a can't-put-it-down read as well.

Redigeret: okt 15, 2015, 12:42pm

#92 The Town by Conrad Richter

The Town concludes the saga of the Luckett/Wheeler family, as Sayward ages, her children grow up (sometimes), and the society changes as well. Poignant, moving, and a good follow-up to the other Awakening Land books.

okt 15, 2015, 9:12pm

>149 fuzzi:

Now listening to Follow the River. Thanks for the tip!

okt 16, 2015, 2:05pm

>151 nrmay: oooh! Enjoy. :)

Redigeret: okt 16, 2015, 8:35pm

#93 Upstairs, Downstairs by John Hawkesworth

This was an enjoyable novelization of the BBC series' first season, the story of the upper and lower classes of Eaton Place, circa 1900. I had seen much of the television production, back in the 1970's, and was already familiar with the characters. However, I believe this book could also be appreciated by someone who'd not watched one installment of the original television show.

okt 19, 2015, 11:16pm

#94 Born to Race by Blanche Chenery Perrin

I enjoy reading so-called "children's" books: most of the time I find them entertaining, diverting, even if they are written on a simpler level. However, Born to Race is truly a book best suited for a young child of 7-9, especially if they are interested in race horses and want to learn more.

okt 26, 2015, 8:13pm

#95 Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson

A book that delves into the world of rescue dogs and their owner/trainers. Good solid storytelling by a woman who has experienced rescue work first-hand. This work is not sappy or cutesy, but straightforward. However, at times the emotional aspect was a bit detached. Still, a good read, for dog lovers or those merely interested in what our canine companions are capable of doing, in order to assist humanity in peril.

okt 29, 2015, 7:37pm

#96 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

A very well-written and interesting story of different cultures and political views in 1687 Wethersfield, Connecticut. While this story might be aimed at a younger reader, it was worth a read by an adult. I personally also enjoyed the references to early Connecticut history, having spent much of my childhood there, and already knowing the story of the missing Connecticut Charter (no spoilers!). I'm giving this , but it could easily have been .

Redigeret: okt 31, 2015, 10:15am

#97 Cop Shows: A Critical History of Police Dramas on Television by Roger Sabin

I have loved "cop shows" on television since I can remember, from reruns of Dragnet, to The Rookies, to Hill Street Blues, to Law and Order, so I was looking forward to reading this book. However, it's not just a trip down Memory Lane, but as the title declares, it is a "critical" look at police dramas from the early days of television to the present. It reads more like a psychology textbook than a history, imo. I still enjoyed reading about the series that were the editor's choices for critical review, but enjoyed even more reading the brief synopses about the shows not chosen, in the last chapter. I think I would have appreciated this book more if it had been written in a less "academic" format.

Redigeret: okt 31, 2015, 7:48pm

#98 Star of Danger by Jane Whitbread Levin

Karl escapes Nazi Germany, and, with his new friend, Peter, settles with sympathetic hosts in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, when capture by Nazis is imminent, the two take a perilous journey with the Danish Underground, in a desperate race for freedom in Sweden.

Good read for young adults, based upon a true story.

nov 2, 2015, 11:15pm

#99 The Beast Master by Andre Norton

Hosteen Storm is a Navaho tribesman, a Beast Master, and a Commando, released from his service after the war with the alien Xiks has been won. He is unable to return home, though, as his birth world has been reduced to a radioactive rock. However, a new home is not what he seeks on Arzor, but revenge.

This was a very good tale, with action, and enough twists to keep me guessing what would happen next. The author never bogs down the reader with too much description or definitions, but allows us to figure things out on our own. I plan to reread this in the future, I liked it that much.

nov 2, 2015, 11:15pm

One more...

Redigeret: nov 15, 2015, 4:39pm

Real life has kept me away, and not reading much. My brother had surgery for a tumor, was in ICU, but came home today. The wonderful news is that it turned out to be benign, thank You, Lord.

Now back to my current good read. I might finish it tonight, I hope!

nov 16, 2015, 1:27am

>161 fuzzi: Glad to hear your brother is doing well!

Redigeret: nov 21, 2015, 7:18am

#100 No Little People by Francis Schaeffer

A lovely series of essays/sermons on the Christian life. Greatly recommended.

nov 21, 2015, 7:20am

And with that last book, I have met my 2015 goal.

I will continue to read, but if you don't see much of me here, it's just life and other important things that are keeping me away.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. :)

nov 21, 2015, 7:35am

Congratulations on reaching 100! And hope real life doesn't get too much in the way of your reading.

nov 21, 2015, 7:44am

>165 Helenliz: thanks! No worries, I read!

I just might not be on here as much. :)

Redigeret: nov 21, 2015, 8:57pm

#101 Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

A young boy of eleven spends the summer at the farm of a distant cousin, and finds himself repeatedly in trouble, at the instigation of nine year old Harris. Very funny, and an enjoyable read.

nov 23, 2015, 9:30am

Congrats on reaching 100!

Redigeret: nov 23, 2015, 10:45pm

#102 In My Lady's Chamber by John Hawkesworth

A satisfactory continuation of the story from Upstairs Downstairs. I especially enjoyed the touch of authenticity in descriptions of how the upper class and their servants lived in early twentieth-century London.

nov 23, 2015, 10:47pm

>168 jfetting: thanks!!!

Redigeret: nov 30, 2015, 9:26pm

#103 The Man Called Noon by Louis L'Amour

This remains one of my favorite L'Amour stories, about a man with amnesia, trying to find out who he is before those who do know his identity find him, and kill him. Not formula, good story.

dec 1, 2015, 3:21pm

>171 fuzzi:
And I said, "Ooh, I don't think I've read that one yet!"
But my library does not have it. (I just went and checked.)
I will probably have to check out some other Louis L'Amour book now to console me in my disappointment.

dec 1, 2015, 4:23pm

>172 LShelby: argh! I hate it when that happens (when the library doesn't have it)!

Use ILL (inter library loan) if you can. Most libraries will do that for you, if you're here in the US.

I gave up on my public library having the L'Amour books I wanted to read, so I've been collecting them for the last few years...and now have just about every one. Watch for cheap copies at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.

My other most favorite Louis L'Amour is Conagher, have you read that one?

Redigeret: dec 1, 2015, 5:58pm

A friend said L'Amour's Last of the Breed is one of her all time favorites.
I have a copy in hand to read soon, based on her recommendation.

My public library doesn't have Conagher :(

dec 1, 2015, 5:53pm

>173 fuzzi: "have you read that one?"

No, and my library doesn't have it, either.

...It occurs to me that my library not having them may possibly have something to do with why I haven't read them yet?

dec 1, 2015, 8:13pm

>174 nrmay: oh, that's a good one, too!

Redigeret: dec 4, 2015, 7:01am

#104 Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

This was the first time I've read anything by this author, and I truly enjoyed it. It's an entertaining blend of engineering, both genetic and mechanical, in a story that kept me interested until the end. Nicely done.

Redigeret: dec 4, 2015, 5:52pm

Heading into December, here is my running list of the best reads in the fourth quarter, all :

The Trees by Conrad Richter
The Fields by Conrad Richter
The Man Called Noon (reread) by Louis L'Amour
No Little People by Francis Schaeffer

Redigeret: dec 4, 2015, 7:52pm

I posted that list too soon:

#105 Little Boxes of Bewilderment by Jack Ritchie

The author of the stories in this collection had a gift for making tales of crime and criminals into humorous commentaries on the foibles of humanity. I liked how most have a twist at the end that is not discernible until the last paragraph. Recommended, if you can find an inexpensive copy, as it is out of print...too bad.

Redigeret: dec 5, 2015, 9:51pm

#106 The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz

Ann Hamilton is ten, homesick for Gettysburg, and her friends. She hates the frontier area where her family has settled, and doesn't understand their excitement for the land, a feeling that escapes her.

Loosely-based upon her own family's history, the author paints a picture of early American frontier life, suitable for all ages. Recommended.

Redigeret: dec 7, 2015, 9:04am

#107 Long Ride Home by Louis L'Amour

This book consists of a good group of short stories, written by the master of the Western genre, Louis L'Amour. Recommended, and worthy of a re-read.

Redigeret: dec 11, 2015, 1:50pm

#108 The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

An adventure tale that comes close to being implausible at times, but manages to keep disbelief suppressed long enough for the reader to enjoy.

Redigeret: dec 11, 2015, 1:50pm

#109 Fury: Stallion of Broken Wheel Ranch by Albert G. Miller

Set in the American West in the mid-1950's the premise is simple: orphan boy meets wild horse, and forms a bond, a plot not totally unlike The Black Stallion. While it is based upon a television series, it is surprisingly engaging. Good read.

Redigeret: dec 11, 2015, 9:56pm

#110 In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom

This is a series of tales from the author's life, mainly about her family and life prior to World War II. A quick but pleasant read.

dec 12, 2015, 5:20pm

#111 Flint by Louis L'Amour

Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, our hero leaves his eastern home for a quiet end to his life in the West...so he thinks.

Good, solid story from L'Amour. Recommended.

Redigeret: dec 13, 2015, 1:54pm

#112 Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

The author has written an autobiographical look at sled dogs, sledding, and the wilderness he personally discovers while training for the Iditarod. The first half of the book is about the dogs, and his interaction with the wilds while training, the second half is a journal of his attempt to win that famous race. Full of the usual humor and pathos we expect, it's a good read for a fan of Gary Paulsen, or any nature lover for that matter. Recommended.

Redigeret: dec 16, 2015, 11:07pm

#113 Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is my third read by this author, and I was pleased with it in entirety: good characters, believable plot, and no pretentiousness...what's not to like?

dec 20, 2015, 7:13pm

#114 The Little Fellow by Marguerite Henry

A sweet and funny tale of a young colt who gets jealous of a new arrival. It is also full of whimsical illustrations of the horses in this little fellow's life.

dec 20, 2015, 7:20pm

#115 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is a follow-up to Shards of Honor, and a good one at that. Intrigue and political in-fights turn into rebellion and an attempt to usurp the crown from a child-emperor. I delighted in how the characters were developed, and would like to read more stories about Cordelia and Aral.

dec 20, 2015, 7:24pm

#116 The White Throne Judgment by Peter S. Ruckman

A succinct but informative little book about "judgment day", based upon numerous scripture from the Bible.

dec 22, 2015, 2:13pm

#117 Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton

An enchanting look at an English schoolmaster, and the memories of his life and times over more than 60 years. Highly recommended.

dec 22, 2015, 3:42pm

>192 fuzzi: The Peter O'Toole film of Goodbye, Mr. Chips certainly is a heart-grabber. I should give the book a try.

dec 22, 2015, 5:08pm

Joe, I think I might have seen some version of the story, though not the Peter O'Toole one. I recall the scene with the lady who didn't need to be rescued.

It's a short read, sort of like A Christmas Carol, but has so much in it.

Redigeret: dec 23, 2015, 8:48am

#118 Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card

Interesting premise, but even after 100 pages, I did not like it. Life's too short to continue, even though I loved this author's Ender books.

dec 23, 2015, 7:19pm

#119 The Uncommon Wisdom of Ronald Reagan by Bill Adler

A fun little book, full of the humor and common sense of Ronald Reagan. While reading, I kept remembering the years of his presidency, and how he encouraged us to hope. He truly is missed.

Redigeret: dec 26, 2015, 4:25pm

#120 Segregation or Integration - What Saith the Scriptures? by Peter S. Ruckman

Not what I expected, this short book is about the differences between the three main "races", as per the Bible/Scripture. It does not take a political position, and affirms the worth of all born-again believers. Interesting.

Redigeret: dec 28, 2015, 11:37pm

#121 The Lost Wagon by Jim Kjelgaard

This is the story of a family headed west from Missouri, alone, on the Oregon Trail. It's a fairly decent tale, though, in my opinion, not this author's best work.

dec 29, 2015, 9:56pm

#122 The Marvelous Mongolian by James Aldridge

After being captured from the wilds of Mongolia and shipped to a nature preserve in Wales, a Mongolian wild horse makes a bid for freedom, and a run for home. The story is told through a series of letters between a Mongolian boy and an English girl. Nicely written, recommended.

jan 1, 2016, 1:22am

Didn't finish my book before midnight, so look for my review in my 2016 thread, here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/210684#5394816

Redigeret: jan 1, 2016, 11:46am

I read three fewer books in 2015 than in 2014, but I am satisfied.

I read 22 more ROOT books in 2015 than the year before, an increase of 150%!

Best NEW reads of 2015, all reads:

Little Boxes of Bewilderment by Jack Ritchie

The Trees by Conrad Richter
The Fields by Conrad Richter
The Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter

Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

He Is There, and He Is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer
No Little People by Francis Schaeffer

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton

The White Throne Judgment by Peter S. Ruckman

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress by Oliver Hunkin

My favorite NEW author for the year is Conrad Richter. I've loved his Light in the Forest and A Country of Strangers for years, but never realized how many more books he wrote. What a treasure trove I found!