fuzzi's "Hop-Along With Me To Beyond 75 Books Read in 2018" Challenge Thread!
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#76 Knockout Game a Lie?: Awww, Hell No! by Colin Flaherty
Some of us prefer to "stay in our comfort zone", only read those books we're pretty sure we'll like. So I wasn't sure if I wanted to follow a friend's recommendation to read a book about a controversial topic, the "Knockout Game".
This book wasn't easy to read, not due to the writing style, but because the author did such a thorough job to prove the existence of what many "experts" insisted was a myth. Videos, testimonies, pages of footnotes are offered as conclusive evidence, and helped me see the truth behind the political pontificating.
It's not something I want to read again, but I'm glad I exited my comfort zone long enough to read it once.
Happy new thread fuzzi!
To be honest, I haven’t heard of the knockout game, and I can’t work out what it’s about (yours is the only posted review).
Happy new thread, fuzzi!
>2 fuzzi: I never heard of "Knockout Game", a short search reveals there is even a wiki-page about it. Think I would rather not have known...
>8 FAMeulstee: wouldn't it be nice if crime didn't exist?
#77 Hosea (King James Bible)
#78 Joel (King James Bible)
These two books of the Bible are considered "minor prophets", not because they're not important, but because they are not long as other prophetic books like Isaiah (66 chapters).
Both Hosea and Joel were called by God to preach repentance, to remind the people of their sins and the need to turn back to their Creator.
Wonderful examples of God's patience are included.
Happy new thread and congrats for reading 75 and beyond. I had to check out the "knock out" game. I think I have heard about the results of some of these having life altering consequences for the recipients which make the news.
>14 fuzzi: Glad you liked it. I have my dad's copy and read it with pleasure multiple times when I was younger. It probably is time to revisit it again.
>15 harrygbutler: thanks! Some of the classics I have been attempting to read are such a slog, so I was pleased that this one was not as tedious as some.
#80 The Moor by Laurie R. King (fourth in the Russell/Holmes series)
I first read this mystery back about 2009, so I decided a reread and review was in order. I'm so glad I did.
The mystery itself is interesting, well-written, but what always impresses me with this particular series is the characters and how they relate to one another. The people are believable, the area/background is accurate, the period is well-researched. Definitely recommended, but be sure to read the books in order!
#82 Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White
An amusing tale of an orphaned heiress who tries to hide a settlement of tiny people from her heinous guardians' greedy grasps. As with previous works, the author uses dry humor throughout the story and obscure references to elicit a chuckle. Definately a read for a more subtle audience.
#83 The Black Stallion and the Girl by Walter Farley
I changed my mind...
Sometimes when I've read a childhood favorite, it remains a favorite, but more often it loses something in revisiting. Frequently I regret rereading a story, once so beloved, but now become tarnished. I never considered The Black Stallion and the Girl as a favorite, so I approached my reread with less than high hopes for a change in feelings.
And yet, they were there.
With the addition of a new trainer to Hopeful Farm we are once again treated to not only schooling methods and daily care of thoroughbred horses, but also shown the racing world struggling with changes to its long held domination by men. The author explores the inroads women were making into the sport at the time this book was written, some fifty years ago, done with a fairly deft hand, much more realistic than agenda-driven. And through it all Walter Farley shines in his details of the jockey rooms, the paddocks, the announcer's booth, even the starting gates so central to it all.
While I would not place this with the best of the series, it's close. Don't judge this book by its cover, or title.
#84 Back to God's Country by James Oliver Curwood
As a youth I read a book by James Oliver Curwood about a wolf-dog cross and loved it. As an adult I have not only rediscovered and delighted in the animal tales by this author, but have also enjoyed his other works, including this collection of short stories. It's a keeper.
In Back to God's Country we read about people and situations of one hundred years ago, in some of the most inhospitable regions and conditions imaginable. While many of the people are similar in nature (fur trappers, hunters, Mounties, etc.), the stories are individual tales of love, hate, desire, will, and despair. And they are all good reads, every one of the stories in this book is engaging, which is unusual in most short story collections I have read in the past.
If you've never read anything by this author before, I believe this book might be a good place to discover a writer who is underappreciated for his works. And I hope you enjoy his written words as much as I have.
I've been struggling with keeping up a regular schedule of reading my Bible this year, so with the help of a new app on my phone, I've picked up the pace...hope it lasts!
#85 Kings I (King James Bible)
#86 Kings II (King James Bible)
These books tell the history of the kings of Israel and Judah, and don't pull their punches. While there are some good kings, there are some really nasty characters who leave the God of their fathers to worship idols, and engage in child sacrifice. Lots of life lessons can be found in these histories.
>23 fuzzi: I've used the Bible app and it's reading plans for quite some time. I'm not crazy about the plan I'm using this year. I wanted to read the Bible straight through which I had not done in some time so I chose the "canonical" plan. Unfortunately this one seems more uneven than chronological plans I've used in the past. Some days one reads far more than others. There are some days which are far shorter too. They didn't achieve the right balance somehow. I'm up-to-date on it though. I'm also using a Daily Devotional book this year which focuses on Psalms. I've read from New King James Version in the last few years, but I chose to read from New American Standard Bible (my all-time favorite) this year. I think I'll use the newer Tree of Life Version next year. I'll decide on the plan later. I'll just count the entire Bible and the entire devotional book at the end of the year. I think I'm going to opt for Bible studies instead of or in addition to a daily devotional next year.
>25 thornton37814: I got an app from KingJamesBibleOnline.org, and requested to read my Bible through in 6 months since I'm so far behind this year...and I get about 7 chapters a day. So far I've been able to keep up.
>26 fuzzi: That's good. I use YouVersion which offers multiple translations and reading plans. I think there are some 6 months ones on it, but I started at the beginning of the year.
>22 fuzzi: That does sound appealing! I'll keep an eye out for it.
>21 fuzzi: I don't recall ever reading that one, but I expect I'll get to it eventually.
>23 fuzzi: I find it difficult to sustain a reading plan. I last was working through a 2-year schedule, but set it aside during a trip and haven't yet gone back. Maybe as the weather cools I'll manage it, as I should still have the tracking sheets. If I do, I'll probably resume at the beginning of whichever book I'm in, rather than restarting with Genesis, at least this time.
One of my reading challenges in August was to read a book with "mountains" in the story. So, I decided to read the Sackett Series challenge September book a little early...
#88 To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour
In this sequel to Sackett's Land we find our protagonist trying to escape his native England in order to return to the American wilderness that he loves. On the way he makes friends, defeats enemies, and has several adventures.
I liked this installment a little better than the first, but both are enjoyable and engaging reads.
#89 I Chronicles (King James Bible)
I've often felt that 1st and 2nd Chronicles were companion books to 1st and 2nd Kings, but they really aren't. 1 Chronicles starts from the beginning with Adam, and lists the people and kings over the years, including most of their progeny. It does impart some familiar history that has already been recorded in 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st and 2nd Kings, but in more of a technical nature. There is a lot of numbering of people in this book, and laying out who was going to fulfill what task in the temple, sort of a blueprint for service to God. 1 Chronicles doesn't read like personal history as much as the previous chapters of the Bible.
#92 II Chronicles (King James Bible)
A continuation of the history of the Jewish people. The inability to stay on a moral path seems to be a universal trait, shown by their apostasy and revival cycles repeated throughout this book.
#93 Ezra (King James Bible)
This book tells the story of how Cyrus the king of Persia was moved to let the dispersed Jews return to their homeland and rebuild their temple. It's a sad but also joyful book of how the people return to rubble and begin cleaning up, crying tears of joy when the foundation of their new temple is completed.
You are making excellent progress on your Bible reading. My plan has me in Ezekiel at the moment. It seems I should be further along than that, but I suspect the plan will have me in Matthew by early October. I haven't really checked.
>35 thornton37814: I'm really happy with the plan I signed up for a month ago. I'd read Genesis, Exodus, and Ruth earlier in the year, so I signed up for the 6 month program to see if it could push me a little faster, and it has. I do have to go back and read Deuteronomy, Numbers, Leviticus etc. but at least I'll probably get more read before the end of 2018.
#94 Nehemiah (King James Bible)
This book continues the story of how the dispersed Jews had returned to their homeland and how, led by Nehemiah, rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Despite the lies and deceit of certain people trying to stop the Jews from rebuilding, the wall and gates are completed, and the people start living according to their laws again...though with some difficulty as always. Human nature hasn't changed a bit.
#95 Esther (King James Bible)
Esther is one of my favorite stories from the Bible. A young Jewish orphan is chosen by the king to be his new queen, but she does not reveal her heritage. When the king's counselor Haman decides to use his influence to have all of the Jews destroyed, Esther must weigh her own life against those of her people.
#96 Bilbo's Last Song by JRR Tolkien, illustrations by Pauline Baynes
What a delightful read this was, though the best part was the illustrations by Pauline Baynes, the same artist whose sketches adorned the original Narnia books. I especially liked how she told the story of The Hobbit at the bottom of each page while still illustrating Bilbo's final poem above, in the main portion. Nice little book.
#97 The Patchwork Cat by Nicola Bayley and William Mayne
When my children were small, my mother gave them this book as a gift. I recall we all loved reading it, but as often happens, it got lost somewhere, sometime over the years. So I was very pleased to get the opportunity to reread and re-love the story of Tabby and her patchwork quilt bed, and to enjoy the wonderful illustrations. A keeper.
>45 harrygbutler: thank you. We've got the usual items needed to deal with power outages of a day or more, and just hope none of our trees come crashing down...
#100 Locked Rooms by Laurie R King
I love this book, I've read it more than once, twice, maybe even more than thrice. The author does a fantastic job of not only giving us a twisty plot, but also developing the characters even more so, beyond the previous installments of the series. I don't think there is anything I can fault in this one.
>48 harrygbutler: thank you! I think I'm ahead of schedule this year.
>49 CassieBash: appreciate it.
I think we're about as prepared as possible for Hurricane Florence. If you don't see me here for a few days, don't worry, we're expecting power outages that could last several days.
My dh's employer decided that he was essential medical personnel, and so he's at work, for a couple days. I am not amused.
We've had some wind here, on and off all morning, but the first outer rain bands just hit. As soon as there's a break in the rain, I'm going outside to take down the bird feeders. The birds have been very active this morning, "stocking up".
Laundry is done, dishes washed, bags of ice into chests, aquariums have had a last water change. Once the power goes off the perishables that I'll want to use in the next 24-36 hours will be moved into the coolers and a big piece of duct tape will be placed across the refrigerator door handle as a reminder to NOT open the doors!
Oh, and I brewed enough coffee for the next two days, and have stored it in a vacuum bottle to keep it somewhat warm...I like my coffee!
And I have a Sharon Kay Penman ready: Time and Chance. It's about 500 pages long, should help keep me occupied!
>50 fuzzi: Sounds like you've made good preparations -- hope you weather the storm as comfortably as possible!
>50 fuzzi: Sorry to hear that your husband has to work despite the impending storms.
Our refrigerator is a fairly recent one, so it doesn't really keep anything once the power goes out. On the other hand, our freezer is quite old, and not "frost-free," so it is usually good for holding food at least a couple days during a power outage.
Excellent planning for the coffee. The last time we had an extended outage, I was pleased to discover the next morning that I had forgotten all about making coffee and filling my Stanley bottle right before the storms. Piping hot was awfully welcome in the a.m.
>53 CassieBash: thank you. Still have power, but I'm expecting to lose it soon.
This is supposedly the oldest book in the Bible, taking place before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Job is a righteous man, but finds himself stricken by tragedy and illness. Three friends come to comfort him but wind up saying Job's troubles must be due to something he's done, that he's being punished by God. Sound familiar?
God finally shows up and we learn a bit about His mercy and our own self-righteousness. Not boring, a solid read with plenty of lessons for us to learn.
Yes, thank you. The hurricane made landfall about 120 miles south of us. Most damage appears to be lots of branches and leaves all over the yard, though we also lost two small trees about 3" in diameter, height about 15'.
Today was the first day that we had more sun than rain.
Hi fuzzi! I'm glad to hear that you came through with minimal damage. I'm in central NC and we got lots of rain, a bit of wind, and because our ground was so saturated already lost two trees - neither near the house, fortunately, but both huge old oaks. Insult to injury, after the rains stopped here Sunday morning we had a doozy of a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon that had more wind than Florence and dropped another inch of rain.
I relate to the need to have coffee available.
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>59 fuzzi: I guess we know where your priorities are! Enjoy the java! :)
#102 The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
I recently found a hardcover copy of this book to give to my granddaughter, so of course I had to reread it! And it holds up very well from my childhood recollections.
Ping is a little yellow duck who lives with his extended family on board a boat, with daily forays along the shore to forage for tasty bits. One day Ping "misses the boat" and finds himself alone for the first time.
The story is simple but not boring, about a topic that young children are familiar with: getting lost. And the illustrations reflect the simplicity of the story, richly colored by one of my favorite artists, Kurt Wiese. I'll keep my copy until I can share it with my granddaughter.
Probably the best-loved and most frequently read book of the Old Testament, and of the entire Bible. There are 150 psalms, some very long (Psalm 119 has 176 verses) and others just a few verses in length. Psalms are songs, poetry, and for many people, a comfort or spiritual blessing. And though they were originally intended as religious reading, many expressions such as "...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." will be familiar to a secular reader.
#104 Gunman's Rhapsody by Robert B Parker
I recently discovered the works of Robert B Parker, and I believe I'm hooked...
Gunman's Rhapsody is a retelling of Wyatt Earp's time in Tombstone, and a good one at that. The author writes dialogue that sounds like real-life conversations, and his characters are interesting, flawed, though likable. This was my third western by this author, and I plan to read more from his plethora of published works.
#105 The Warrior's Path by Louis L'Amour
Well-written addition to the Sackett series, with Kin Ring taking the leading role as he and his brother Yance search for a couple young girls taken hostage, supposedly by members of the Pequot tribe.
#106 My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
This is a delightful collection of stories about the dogs that the author has known and loved. It made me smile, and chuckle several times. Highly recommended for dog lovers, but worth reading by anyone.
#107 Champion Dog Prince Tom by Jean Fritz and Tom Clute
What a fun reread this was, a book from my childhood that was just as good some fifty years later.
Based upon a true story, this is the tale of a cocker spaniel that was born a runt, and overlooked because of his size. However he went on to win championships in both obedience events and field (hunting) trials. A pure joy to read.
An elderly king who has had everything he ever wanted grouses about how it never made him truly happy, that he can't see what good it all was in the end. A humanistic look at life, with a thought-provoking summary in the last two verses. Not an easy book to read, but definitely one containing ideas and situations with which we all can identify as we get older.
#109 Song of Solomon
A love song, poem, with many beautiful lines that are still part of commonly-known and used phrases. For the Christian this book has underlying themes that describe the love of God for His children, His church. Also not an easy read, but worthwhile.
#110 The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson
In this third book in the Miss Buncle series we have moved forward in time to England during World War II. Miss Buncle, now Abbott, is a mother with two typical tykes but remains the same delightfully confused individual from the past. However, in The Two Mrs. Abbotts we get to know her niece Jerry much better, and we follow the trials they all face due to the military conflict. This is a welcome addition to the other two Buncle stories as it is full of subtle, dry humor, and plenty of character development. Recommended.
>65 fuzzi: Even when I was younger, I preferred the movie to the book.
#112 Pony Club Team by Josephine Pullein-Thompson
This is the second book in a series about children and ponies and it's quite enjoyable. I appreciate how the author is able to write "children" so well without getting into the usual stereotypes. As a non-rider, I did get lost a little when they were describing their dressage lessons but that didn't take away from the story itself.
I really need to get back to reading my Bible regularly. I've gotten off track. What plan are you reading? Or are you reading it straight through?
>47 fuzzi: High praise, fuzzi! I am familiar with this series, but have never read or listened to any of them. I may add this one to the TBR list. I remember good review's on another in the series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
>61 fuzzi: If you continue with the Sacketts, your next should be Jubal Sackett which is longer than its predecessors, but that much better as well.
I have been a long time fan of Robert B. Parker, enjoying his Spenser and Jesse Stone series. I read Appaloosa, which was ok, but I never went further with the Cole-Hitch series. Perhaps, I should take another look. I also enjoyed a couple of his stand alones, Double Play and All Our Yesterdays.
>70 brodiew2: I read my Bible through annually for a number of years, but like you "got away" from it. By the time I got back on track in 2018 more than half the year was over. I subscribed to a six month daily email reading plan with kingjamesbibleonline.org knowing I won't finish, but I'm going to try! I read seven or more verses a day, and am in Isaiah now.
I would highly recommend reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice first, and then A Monstrous Regiment of Women before reading Locked Rooms, so you are familiar with the background stories. I read them in order and think that's probably the best way to not "spoil".
Jubal Sackett was my first Louis L'Amour read! I was looking for something different to read at the library, and was intrigued by the cover. That was about 1986 or 1987.
I am looking forward to trying other Parker books, and will make a note of your recommendations. Thanks!
#114 Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein
This is an early Heinlein that should appeal to lovers of the genre, or lovers of Heinlein. I really liked the first story which turned out to be a forerunner to one of my favorite Heinlein books, Friday, but the rest in the collection were just okay.
>73 fuzzi: I'm sure I didn't know that about a forerunner story to Friday. I must go back and read it. That might be a welcome winter activity - revisiting my entire shelf of Heinlein.
I'll put it to the side for you. It's in very good shape, too, for its age (1953).
#115 Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Adam is an eleven year old son of a minstrel, and training to follow in his father's footsteps. While out on the road Adam's dog is stolen, and then he and his father become separated. Alone in thirteenth century England Adam uses his wits and talents to not only survive, but to locate both his father and his dog.
This book deserves its Newbery Metal, as an extremely well-written, believable, and exciting story for all ages.
This Old Testament book contains 66 chapters, the same number as the books in the AV Bible. Recurring themes in Isaiah are the apostasy of God's people, their wickedness, but also God's repeated offer of forgiveness, and His longsuffering (patience) towards all. I noted many, many references to the Lord's salvation to any and all who come to Him, and that the Lord God is the only true God; other gods that are worshipped are mere idols.
Even a casual reader will recognize passages that have been used in English secular literature and lyrics.
Where does the time go?
Third Quarter Best Reads (and Worst): July to September
I had a bunch of good "new" reads, but nothing rated higher than 4 stars...
4 Star Reads
Mollie: The Journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford
Back to God's Country by James Oliver Curwood
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
The Simplicity of Salvation by Peter S Ruckman
Bilbo's Last Song by JRR Tolkien (illustrated edition)
4 Star Rereads
The Moor by Laurie R King
The Patchwork Cat by Nicola Bayley
5 Star Reads (all rereads)
Books from the King James Bible: Hosea, Joel, Kings I & II, Chronicles I & II, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Job
Locked Rooms by Laurie R King
The Black Stallion Legend by Walter Farley
Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
#117 Brimstone by Robert B. Parker
Another good tale told by an author who I have added to my favorites' list. Parker manages to paint his pictures and flesh out his plot with very brief descriptions and terse dialogue, and I intend to continue to read his works. Recommended, but first read the prior two books in the series.
Hi! Happy November!
I see you've added another Prince Valiant volume — how many more to go?
Will you be rereading Jubal Sackett this month? I've not read that one in some time, so I'm looking forward to revisiting it.
>83 fuzzi: While I've read very few classical westerns,during last few years I've been very much entertained by fantasy set pretty much between the Rockies and the Appalachians or mostly west of the Mississippi, usually a 19th cent tech level, but Charlaine Harris has come up with a dustbowl fantasy, An Easy Death which has much the same feel.
>84 harrygbutler: happy November back atcha! Yep, I keep collecting those Prince Valiant volumes that YOU got me hooked on! :) I'm still waiting for #5 to arrive, the printing/distribution has been delayed. It aggravates me just a tad, as I decided to not continue reading the series until I had that one book, but I've continued to collect the rest. I've mostly used Ebay for either new or like new copies, but recently discovered Hamiltonbook.com, which had #10 and #13 bran-spankin' new for excellent prices. Next is #14.
I'm planning on rereading Jubal Sackett, I just had to finish Mrs. Mike, which I enjoyed. Watch for review, coming shortly.
>85 quondame: I'll make a note of your recommendations, thanks!
There's a western-romance series that I discovered thanks to Early Reviewers. While it's not a genre I seek out, I liked the two books I read, quite a bit: A Texan's Promise and A Texan's Honor. I'm not saying for anyone to go out and buy a boxed set, but they're worth a read.
>86 brodiew2: "I REALLY need to pick up my Bible"
Just do it. It's the starting that's sometimes tough, but once you pick up the Bible just start reading, any book. Some people prefer to begin with something short from the New Testament, or dive into the beauty of Psalms. Just do it. :)
I'd never read any of Parker's other works, but someone here recommended Appaloosa, and I found I enjoyed his writing style as terse as it is, and I liked the humor and relationships.
#118 Mrs. Mike by Nancy Freedman and Benedict Freedman
A "just one more chapter before turning off the light and going to bed" type of book, full of location details and human relationships within the pages. It never was boring, often touched my heart, and kept my interest for the entire read.
Thanks 2WonderY for sharing this one with me!
>88 fuzzi: I've always loved Prince Valiant - it's probably one of the things that got me enthusiastic about Arthurian & medieval stories, and it's a plus that my husband the comic book geek collects many of the reprints - he has a volume that is the original size of the printed Sunday strip and at least two other versions.
>94 fuzzi: Always glad to help! :-)
>93 quondame: The current Prince Valiant reprints from Fantagraphics Books are full-size and just gorgeous: http://www.fantagraphics.com/series/prince-valiant/
>97 harrygbutler: I don't know about Captain Easy. There are wide gaps in my comics knowledge - where I didn't read it as a kid in the 50s & 60s or my husband doesn't collect it
My knowledge of 1990s F&SF is equally moth-worn due to having a small child and a 10hr 6day a week job with a 2hr commute. I have been catching up on that, though!
>104 fuzzi: I enjoyed this one a lot when I listened on audio a few years back.
>105 brodiew2: glad to know! This one is probably in my top five L'Amour books.
#121 Tawny by Thomas C Hinkle
Feared for his size, wild-born Tawny is assumed to be a cattle killer. After being wrongfully accused of slaughter actually done by wolves, he winds up being hunted unmercifully by the ranchers. Despite his fear of men, the huge dog comes to trust a young cowboy, but with a huge bounty on Tawny's head will anyone listen to the truth before shooting?
Hinkle writes a ripping good tale, and has a way of putting the reader inside the story. I also appreciated his descriptive passages, none of which slowed down the exciting narrative.
>108 fuzzi: That looks like a collie...maybe I need to look for that one for my collie-fanatic mom.... :)
>109 CassieBash: you probably can find a digital copy. My book is a 1949 paperback reprint.
#123 Tacey Cromwell by Conrad Richter
Conrad Richter has a way of totally immersing the reader in the time and circumstances of the past, and he does so again fairly well with Tacey Cromwell. Portions of the narrative that take place in the poor section of town reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. However, unlike most of the other books I've read by this author I was not entirely engaged and felt that the ending was a little hurried, lacked closure. I'd still recommend this but have no plans for a reread.
>110 fuzzi: Probably, but Mom won't want a digital copy. We're all very much into the print experience.
>112 fuzzi: I read his trilogy years ago (before LT) and enjoyed it. (Awakening Land: 1 - The Trees 2 - The Fields 3 - The Town)
#124 The Radney Riding Club by Josephine Pullein-Thompson
Henry asks Noel to visit with his family over the summer, and together they decide to start a riding club of their own. Advertisements attract a variety of riders, all different ages and types, so each club day is anything but boring! While I do not understand some of the equestrian lingo, I still enjoyed the situations and personalities of the club members.
#125 Thundering Hooves edited by Christine Pullein-Thompson
Most short story collections I have read have been a mixed bag of good and awful, but this collection was a delight. The author/editor included works by several authors I was unfamiliar with, and only one story which I disliked, a chapter from Animal Farm (which I'd previously read). Recommended to horse-lovers and others who just like a good short story collection.
#126 The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters
Another good comfy mystery with Brother Cadfael, taking place in the winter of 1139. I appreciate how the author weaves history and culture of the time into the story without being obvious. This particular entry into the series was a tad better than the last, with the murderer not being obvious until revealed, which I appreciated.
>118 fuzzi: My re-read of the series is going slowly. Hopefully I'll get to book 3 in the winter months.
>119 thornton37814: most of these are new to me. I'd only read a couple before I decided to read them all in sequence.
>120 fuzzi: I always love a Cadfael, even if I tend to read them out of order. :)
I didn't intend to reread this one, but it just happened, ha! My review from five years ago is below.
#127 Jump-shy by Joan Houston
Some books read as a youth can stay vivid in the mind. For me, Jump-shy was one of those, a story that I reread repeatedly, until at one point it was lost, and no longer a part of my library. I have recently acquired another copy of this sweet and charming story, and discovered that the years have been kind...it transcends the years between childhood and middle age, and remains on my favorite list.
Tam and her older sister Cynnie are spending the summer with their uncle in Vermont, which means riding lessons! Cynnie has worked hard at her horsemanship, and is rewarded with her own dressage horse. But Tam likes the older neglected and mistreated Merlin, once a champion jumper, but now a ruined "jump-shy" horse. She and the stable hand Steve concoct a plan to reteach Merlin how to jump again, so her uncle will buy him for her own.
Nice story, good characters, and lots of humor. Recommended.
>122 fuzzi: Thanks, will remember that next time I shop at Derek's.
Trust that your Thanksgiving Weekend was a glorious one, Fuzzi.
>118 fuzzi: That's the only Brother Cadfael mystery I've read. So far. Maybe I'll give the rest a try if I go back to reading mysteries.
>130 fuzzi: I've got Tunnel in the Sky and a few other Heinleins around the house somewhere, but I don't think I've read one of his novels in a long time. I'll definitely give this one a try when I come across it again.
#131 Pony Club Camp by Josephine Pullein-Thompson
And so we come to the final book in this enjoyable series. The Major has decided to have a week-long camp for pony club riders. Henry and Noel are put in charge of most of the activities, and despite the usual silliness and fussing amongst the younger members, an enjoyable time is held by all.
I'm no equestrienne, have virtually no experience with live horses, so some of the activities and terminology in this and the other books was new to me. It didn't matter, though, because the technical aspects of the story weren't the focus, the characters were, from pretentious and bossy Christopher, to annoyingly selfish Margaret, or clueless Joy. And the author let you see the growth and maturing of these typical young teens throughout the five books.
I plan on rereading the series again, and recommend them as a not-too-serious diversion for even the unhorsed adult reader such as myself.
#133 Ride the River by Louis L'Amour
Mountain gal heads to the city to pick up an inheritance left by a friend of the family. She meets with trouble and danger from those who will stop at nothing to take her money, and possibly her life.
I enjoyed this addition to the Sackett series, and would have liked reading more about Echo and her family.
Hi fuzzi! I started on Whiskey When We're Dry which Mark was touting earlier in the year. It is a western that follows a on orphaned teen girl, handy with a gun, as she tries to protect her family's homestead. Pretty good so far.
I was trying to reach my ROOT goal despite being behind, and felt if I could read each book in a day or two, I could reach the goal by December 31st.
This is the book that blew it for me:
#134 Waldo & Magic, Inc by Robert Heinlein
I read the first half of this book, but found the characters only mildly interesting, the plot banal, and the added supernatural "magic" aspects poorly done. Not even close to a decent Heinlein imo.
#136 The Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson
In this fourth and last of the Miss Buncle series we are focused mainly on the local minister Mr. Grace and his four unwed daughters. I found this book a little slow to grab my attention, but it finally did and I enjoyed the rest of my read. I was just a little disappointed that Miss Buncle does not appear in the narrative, although she is mentioned in passing. Worth reading, especially if you enjoy other books by this author.
#137 Prince Valiant, Vol. 5: 1945-1946 by Hal Foster
After a year waiting for this installment to be reprinted I was finally able to find out what happens to an angry Prince Valiant and the woman he refers to as a sorceress, the queen of the Misty Isles, who Val blames for the death of a friend.
Foster's illustrations are a delight, and the storyline is quite good, too.
>143 fuzzi: Yes, indeed, a good one. I'm glad you finally got it.
Seasons Greetings from Singapore! Wishing you and your family joy, peace, good fortune and good health now and in the coming year.
#138 Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Set during the Cold War era, Last of the Breed is the story of a US Air Force pilot who is captured by Soviet agents and imprisoned in Siberia. The authorities intend to extract information from Lt. Joseph Makatozi regarding technical secrets using any method available, including torture. However, “Mack” does not cooperate, but escapes into the wilds of Siberia as winter approaches. He uses his survival skills to not only stay alive, but keep a jump ahead of the best Russian trackers available. As the weeks and months pass, Mack finds himself reverting to become a warrior, with a mindset much like one of his Sioux and Cheyenne ancestors.
Hard to put down, this one will remain on my shelves for a future reread.
Subject to additions between today and December 31st...
Fourth Quarter Best Reads
First time reads
Mrs Mike by Benedict Freedman
Tawny by Thomas Hinkle
Thundering Hooves by Christine Pullein-Thompson
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Prince Valiant, Vol. 5: 1945-1946 by Hal Foster
Album of Horses by Marguerite Henry
Jump-shy by Joan Houston
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Jubal Sackett by Louis L’Amour
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