Hello! Sorry for disappearing this month. Everything is fine, just a bit hectic. I've been reading busily for Reading the Theatre, and will post mini-reviews at the end of the month. I also had a wonderful weekend trip to some artistic sites in France and Switzerland and I'll share those soon. I thought I'd come … Continue reading Beautiful Books: Neverwhere
Tag: British books
#TDiRS22: All shall find the light at last
The Dark Is Rising series readalong has reached its end, with the final volume in the series, Silver on the Tree. Although the book takes place at midsummer, it seems strangely appropriate for me to finish reading it on the winter solstice, when The Dark Is Rising begins. (I can't help thinking of that as … Continue reading #TDiRS22: All shall find the light at last
You made me read it: The Country Child
Alison Uttley, The Country Child (1931) In my last Make me read it poll, The Country Child by Alison Uttley edged out David Copperfield and The Scarlet Letter for the win. I'd had a hard time getting into the first chapter of this fictionalized memoir of the author's childhood in early 20th century Derbyshire, and … Continue reading You made me read it: The Country Child
Four for Dean Street December
This month Liz of Adventures in reading, running, and working from home had a fun idea: to read books published by Dean Street Press in December. If you don't already know, DSP has been unearthing classic mid-century women's fiction, Golden Age detective novels, and other overlooked treasures and publishing them in attractive new paperback and … Continue reading Four for Dean Street December
#TDiRS22: Death by Newbery
In our Dark Is Rising series readalong, we've reached the Newbery-award winning The Grey King. Why did this particular book out of the five win the award? I think Greenwitch is a stronger book, although each of them has its points. Now I know that the book was probably an example of the Death by … Continue reading #TDiRS22: Death by Newbery
#TDiRS22: Into the darkness
The second book of the Dark Is Rising readalong, hosted by AnnaBookBel, is The Dark Is Rising itself -- originally titled The Gift of Gramarye, but a publisher nixed that because of the fear that young readers would think the book was about grammar. Point taken, but in fact the chapter in which our protagonist, … Continue reading #TDiRS22: Into the darkness
Join us in a Narniathon?
Some months ago Chris of Calmgrove announced plans for a Narniathon -- reading through the seven Chronicles of Narnia, one per month, starting in December with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've been looking forward to this chance to revisit some of my childhood favorites together with other readers, and I'm so excited … Continue reading Join us in a Narniathon?