Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday Again!

What I Reviewed Last Week

The Snow Spider 
by Jenny Nimmo

His sister disappeared and his family has never been the same. Now it’s Gwyn’s birthday and his grandmother has given him five odd gifts. He must...more


The 2013 O. Henry Prize Stories

There is something refreshing about reading a good book of short stories. It is different than reading a book of fiction and different from reading a...more 

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and 
the Real Downton Abbey
by the Countess of Carnarvon

What were the real people who live in the real Downton Abbey like? I must confess that I expected a People magazine article stretched into a book but...more

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
by Anne Lamott

Nobody knows trouble like Anne Lamott and nobody knows how to spin that trouble into meaning and hope like Anne Lamott. A perfect book to share with...more

Spider Sparrow
by Dick King-Smith

A foundling, Spider Sparrow isn’t like others; he doesn’t speak much and he shuffles along. But in spite of his infirmities, Spider has a special affinity...more

Mr. Majeika
by Humphrey Carpenter

Class Three’s new teacher appears on a magic carpet and the adventures begin. Delightful.

The Peppermint Pig
by Nina Bawden

I could write about this book all day. Who knew this would be such an intriguing book? The cover didn’t lead me to think this. The title didn’t lead m...more

What are you reading this week?

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 


  1. Love those children's books with the animal themes. I really enjoyed O.Henry's stories when I read them in college.
    Book Dilettante

  2. An interesting mix of titles!

    Have a terrific week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. I'm very interested in The Snow Spider. The Peppermint Pig caught my eye too.

  4. Oh My, the Peppermint Pig! Love that cover! Must go find it! :)

    Happy Reading!!

  5. Deb, is it me or does Stitches have a different tone to it than Lamott's other books? It's not more serious but mellow in a way.

    How's Singing School so far? I want to start introducing poetry to my kids.

  6. Oh, I've been really curious about
    Lady Catherine, the Earl, and
    the Real Downton Abbey - hope it ends up being an interesting read!

  7. I was crazy about Peppermint Pig. It felt like it was a real story with real characters. It's historical fiction but everything about the story seemed to fit with that time in which it was set.

  8. Could Anne Lamott be getting more laid back in her old age, Natasha?!

  9. Singing School is something you should get from the library, I think. I liked it a lot, but I was surprised at the number of older poems he included. One poem just goes on for pages and pages.

  10. I was (pleasantly) surprised by Lady Catherine. I have often been disappointed with celebrity writers who are (in general) not very good writers. This was a good solid read.

  11. I couldn't connect with Lady Catherine, I will have to pick it up again


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