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fuzzi's "Six Bits" Reading Challenge for 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Dec 29, 2018, 7:30pm Top

I've returned for another year of reading and reviewing!

For those who haven't followed my threads before, I'll just mention that my reading is eclectic, and I review EVERY book I read. EVERY BOOK. NO KIDDING!

I don't "spoil" either, so read my reviews without fear!

Here's my ticker:

My Reading Register for 2019 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#

Dec 29, 2018, 8:03pm Top

Welcome back, fuzzi! Looking forward to seeing what your reading year brings.

Dec 29, 2018, 8:42pm Top

Looking forward to your thread and some shared reads!

Dec 29, 2018, 8:47pm Top

>2 alcottacre: >3 harrygbutler: glad to see both of you here!

Dec 29, 2018, 10:46pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 31, 2018, 3:01am Top

Happy New Year fuzzi!

Dec 31, 2018, 8:52am Top

Happy reading in 2019, fuzzi!

Jan 1, 10:50am Top

Wishing you lots of good reading, gardening, birding, etc. in 2019!

Edited: Jan 1, 11:19am Top

And away we go...

I was disappointed with how badly I failed at reading my Bible last year, so I decided to start the new year right by reading Matthew first...and since everyone else slept late, I finished it!

#1 Matthew (King James Bible)

Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, is full of familiar tales of Jesus’ ministry, beginning before His birth. The retelling of Herod’s mass murder of innocents is located here, as well as the Beatitudes, two instances of feeding the masses, and Jesus’ denunciation of the religious leaders of the day.

Jan 1, 11:32am Top

>9 fuzzi: A great way to start the year!

Jan 1, 3:46pm Top

Jan 1, 7:12pm Top

Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Fuzzi, this year.

Jan 1, 9:11pm Top

Off to a good start with one Bible book down!

Jan 1, 9:14pm Top

Happy New Year and happy new thread! I look forward to following your reading this year. Any plans to tackle more classics?

Jan 2, 5:19am Top

Happy New Year Fuzzi! And happy new thread!

Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.

Jan 2, 10:26am Top

Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 10:47am Top

Happy 2019!

Jan 2, 2:24pm Top

#2 The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

Another entertaining story in this series. I did not guess whodunit until very close to the end of the book, which I liked.

Edited: Jan 3, 7:04am Top

#3 The Children on Troublemaker Street by Astrid Lindgren

This is a story of three young children, siblings, and what trouble they get into on a regular basis. I enjoyed the read, but felt the author’s Noisy Village series was better.

Jan 3, 10:29am Top

Happy reading in 2019 fuzzi

Jan 3, 11:47am Top

I should add this to my goals for the year as well. I haven't made an attempt to read the Bible in its entirety or even specific books in a few years. And you did it January 1, well done!

Edited: Jan 3, 12:48pm Top

>21 originalslicey: thank you. I've read the Bible through a number of times, but haven't in a while.

This year, though...

>20 calm: you too!

Edited: Jan 5, 4:31pm Top

#4 Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

Noisy Village is the name given to a group of three farm houses due to the ruckus created by the six children who live there. Lisa, who is nine years old, narrates the fun and adventures she and her brothers and friends have all throughout the year. Woven within the story are a number of Swedish traditions such as dancing around the Mid-summer Eve pole. I first read this as a child but still loved the humor of situations and the personalities of the children upon reading it as an adult.

Jan 3, 10:16pm Top

#5 Mark (King James Bible)

Mark is the second book of the New Testament, and is a shorter retelling of many of the same events in Matthew, including the two instances of feeding the masses (5000 and 4000 respectively). One of Jesus’ strongest “hellfire” sermons can be found in this book as well.

Edited: Jan 5, 4:25pm Top

#6 The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour

Tye and Orrin Sackett head west from the Tennessee hills, to make their fortune as well as find a home for their ma. They have their share of trials with herding longhorns, fighting Utes, and standing up to lawless gunmen.

This was the first published book about the Sackett family, and I think it’s one of the best. The situations are genuine, the characters are fleshed-out, real, and it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and their riding partners again for this reread.

Jan 5, 4:28pm Top

You have had a great start to your reading year, fuzzi. Congratulations!

Jan 5, 4:30pm Top

>26 alcottacre: thank you! Last year I was in a slump at this time.

Jan 5, 4:37pm Top

>25 fuzzi: I'll probably get to The Daybreakers next week. I started to pull it off the shelf a couple days ago but had other books I wanted to get going with first.

Jan 8, 8:55pm Top

#7 Luke (King James Bible)

The third book of the New Testament, Luke is more detailed than the previous two books, plus it has the very familiar story of the shepherds abiding in the fields, who go see the baby Jesu in the manger.

Jan 10, 1:30pm Top

#8 Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read.

Jan 11, 2:11pm Top

Hi Fuzzi! I'm late making my rounds this year, but I'm glad to have found you. Happy 2019!

Wow - Eight books already - good for you!

I'm slow getting books done this year. I'm reading Lonesome Dove and really enjoying it. I should easily finish it for my RLBC meeting the last day of January - but its length is taking a tole on my January numbers; especially as I've joined the group read These Truths; A History of the United States, another 800 pager.

Asher Lev will be up next after LD. I think I remember you liking that one.

Jan 11, 3:49pm Top

>31 streamsong: so glad you stopped by!

I'm doing so much better than last year at this time...let's see if I can keep up the pace.

Lonesome Dove was good, though I don't think I will be doing a reread anytime soon.

Asher Lev was a 5 star read for me, and I recommend it highly.

This week I've been putting off starting my nonfiction choice for the Chaim Potok challenge, as I have to take my dog to the vet for the last time, today. I have not felt like reading anything dreary or depressing right now.

"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

Jan 11, 4:22pm Top

>32 fuzzi: I am sorry to hear that -- a sad and difficult task.

Jan 11, 6:14pm Top

>32 fuzzi: So sorry, it is the hardest kind thing to do :'(

Jan 11, 6:26pm Top

Jan 11, 6:38pm Top

Jan 12, 6:08am Top

>32 fuzzi: My sympathies in this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and consolation.

Jan 12, 12:36pm Top

Happy New Year, fuzzi!

My sympathies, too. Parting with a beloved furry friend is one of life's toughest times. Hugs from Chicago.

Jan 12, 5:09pm Top

>37 harrygbutler: and >38 jnwelch: thank you for your kindness.

I posted some photos of Tirzah in my reading register thread, here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#6699843

Jan 12, 7:07pm Top

So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful friend and the Tirzah shaped hole in your heart. (((Hugs))).

Jan 12, 10:30pm Top

>39 fuzzi: Tirzah was a beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing the photos.

Jan 12, 10:49pm Top

fuzzi, stopping by to say hello and star your thread, though I suspect I won't be able to keep up with you. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your pupper. Always hard to lose a loved one. I hope you're able to take time off to mourn her passing.

Edited: Jan 13, 5:50am Top

>40 streamsong: >41 harrygbutler: >42 justchris: I appreciate your sentiments, thank you.

No dog can replace Tirzah, but we are actively looking for her successor. There are so many adult dogs in need of a family, and we are in need of some furry therapy to assist with the grieving process. We visited with a Sharpei mix yesterday, and plan to meet a GSD today.

justchris thanks for the follow. Stop by when you can, and feel free to comment. :)

Jan 13, 10:15am Top

So sorry for your loss. I remember the pain of losing my old cat and then shortly after, the young barn cat that I was going to bring in was hit in the road. I was so grateful that when I found Peppa, she turned out to be a perfect fit into the household at the time. I hope your search for your next dog goes as well, and be sure to post pictures.

I'm a firm believer in animal souls, so I know that you'll be reunited with Tirzah when the time comes.

Jan 19, 8:34pm Top

#9 Finity's End by CJ Cherryh (reread)

It's been almost 7 years to the day that I read this book, and it's even better than I recalled. I'm upping it to .

Here's my review from January 16, 2012:
I enjoyed this book tremendously as a reread this year. It's a little bit of a "growing up" sort of book, as the main character does a lot of that within the pages, but it's also a very good science fiction novel.

Highly recommended.

Jan 19, 8:46pm Top

>32 fuzzi: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Tirzah. We lost our Skittles in June of last year and I still miss her.

>45 fuzzi: I am really going to have to give Cherryh a serious go at some point. My science fiction reading is woefully inadequate.

Edited: Jan 20, 9:53am Top

>46 alcottacre: thank you for your kind words. In my main thread I've posted photos, and information about Tirzah's successor, Cleo.

CJ Cherryh is my favorite Sci-fi author. She doesn't get graphic, but concentrates on developing worlds, political schemes, and her characters. There's lots of talk but action too. My favorites remain the Chanur series.

Jan 22, 11:59am Top

Hi, fuzzi. Finally out and visiting the threads. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Tirzah. It's so difficult to lose a pet. Cleo sounds like a wonderful dog - especially in that she is good with your cats.

Jan 22, 12:38pm Top

Cleo is healing our hearts, what a sweetie:

Jan 22, 2:32pm Top

>49 fuzzi: I am happy you and Cleo found eachother, enjoy!

Jan 23, 6:57am Top

Oh, Cleo is adorable! Big hugs to you and to her, for all sorts of reasons.

Jan 24, 11:33am Top

Look at that big old puppy-dog grin! What a cutie! :) And I've always had a soft spot for dogs with one upright and one floppy ear.

Edited: Jan 24, 9:50pm Top

#10 Alliance Rising by CJ Cherryh

Cherryh has done it again. In Alliance Rising she has given us a deep, interesting, and satisfying prequel to her Hugo award winning Alliance universe books, full of three-dimensional characters and the usual political intrigue. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book in this new series.

Jan 25, 2:58pm Top

>53 fuzzi: I sure hope whoever is in the hold queue ahead of me gets through this quickly!

Edited: Jan 25, 6:15pm Top

>54 quondame: I'm returning mine to the library tomorrow...too bad you don't live close by...

Edited: Jan 25, 9:35pm Top

#11 John (King James Bible)

John is the fourth book of the New Testament, and starts with the same words as Genesis ("In the beginning"), then skips over Jesus' birth, going instead straight into John the Baptist's ministry. The first miracle is found in chapter 2, the verse often referenced at sporting events "John 3:16" is in chapter 3, the woman at the well story is found in chapter 4, and the Good Shepherd attributes are described in chapter 10. This is also considered one of the first books any new Christian should read, for various reasons.

Edited: Feb 1, 7:23am Top

#12 Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok

I've read other works by this author, loving the characters surrounded by an authenticity that settled deep, putting me in the stories. In the three novellas contained within the covers of Old Men at Midnight I found myself, again, within the stories, immersed to the exclusion of outside distractions...but I had a hard time finding something to like about the people within his tales. Four stars for execution, three stars for likability.

Jan 26, 4:09pm Top

>49 fuzzi: What a happy puppy! I wish I could meet her. I hope Cleo brings you much comfort and joy.

>45 fuzzi: and >53 fuzzi:: Two Cherryh books I haven't read!

>56 fuzzi: Good to know about John. I've never been very successful with the Bible. Every now and then I make an attempt, then put it down again after a book or maybe two.

Jan 26, 4:18pm Top

>58 justchris: Cleo brings joy to everyone. I took her with me to Petsmart this morning, and she loved on everyone, but especially with a four year old whose mother said was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Cleo might do well as a therapy dog.

Both of those books by CJ Cherryh were about the same ship but decades apart in time. Both are recommended.

Have I asked you what is your favorite Cherryh book?

One book of the Bible at a time is good. Years ago a gentleman at our church suggested I read one chapter of Proverbs each day, to finish it once a month. I did that for several years...it's easy enough, and there's always something new each time I read it.

Jan 26, 4:21pm Top

>59 fuzzi: Serpent's Reach is my favorite, closely followed by Wave Without a Shore, and Chanur is my favorite series.

I can't remember if Proverbs is one I read. I know I read Ruth and Job and Ecclesiastes. And I tried Genesis but got bogged down in all the "begats."

Jan 27, 7:24am Top

>60 justchris: some of the OT books can be a challenge. I'm reminded of the Greek plays I read in high school English class, in which the Chorus would go on and on and on...modern readers aren't as used to that.

Ruth is lovely, but Esther is too. So much of Psalms can be comforting, or beautiful. And most of the New Testament is a fairly short read.

I'm putting Wave Without a Shore on my short list to read, thanks. Chanur is my favorite series as well, with the Morgaine books a close second. And I really liked The Faded Sun trilogy, too.

Edited: Jan 27, 9:47pm Top

#13 Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger

In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.

I wish there were more books about Josse.

Jan 28, 9:45am Top

I'm doing another read-thru this year. I'm following the "Eat This Book" plan on YouVersion and using the Tree of Life Version this year which is a Messianic Jewish translation. It's interesting because it inserts Hebrew terms for several concepts. I've used the Eat This Book plan before with another translation and enjoyed it.

Jan 28, 10:10am Top

>63 thornton37814: thanks! I'm just using my plain King James bible as usual, but I know there are other options available. :)

Technically my NT reads are with a Gideon's NT, which is light and easy to hold as opposed to my main Bible.

Jan 28, 10:19am Top

>49 fuzzi: Look at that doggie grin! Who could not fall in love with that?

Jan 28, 10:23am Top

>65 alcottacre: and there's a lot of snuggle and tongue with that grin...our hearts were stolen from the first.

Edited: Jan 31, 8:09am Top

#14 Little Otter is Missing by Kenneth Grahame (abridged)
Decent retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, but the illustrations are both good and awful.

#15 The Wild Wood by Kenneth Graham (abridged)
Well-done retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and the illustrations are good, for the most part.

Both of these are headed for my granddaughter!

Feb 1, 7:22am Top

#16 Acts (King James Bible)

Acts (of the Apostles) is the 5th book in the New Testament. It is believed that the author of Acts is Luke, Apostle Paul's friend, a physician, who also wrote the book of Luke. Acts reads more like a traditional "story", with very little doctrine but mostly "he went here and did this" sort of narrative.

Edited: Feb 2, 5:43pm Top

My "comfort" reread last night, review from 2013 included:

#17 A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds

Owlie is lame, wears glasses, and has a deaf mute mother, which makes him the object of taunts and bullying. He spends his spare time with his dog or visiting the worn down horses for hire in town. When one of the horses is slated to be sold for slaughter because it is lame, Owlie acts upon impulse and buys it, even though he has never ridden before. How he grows and matures while caring for Mystery is believable and enjoyable.

The story is aimed at adolescents but is a good read for adults who don't mind a "happy" ending.

Feb 2, 9:16am Top

>69 fuzzi: That does sound enjoyable. I'll have to remember if I should run across it at a library sale.

Feb 2, 12:42pm Top

>67 fuzzi: I like how the illustrations are both "good and awful" at the same time; a little clarification, please? What did you like and what didn't you like?

Edited: Feb 2, 2:03pm Top

>71 CassieBash: let's just say they were uneven. The nature pictures of flowers, trees, and most animals, were good, but the faces of the main characters like Ratty and Mole were...weird, didn't fit.

>70 harrygbutler: I have a spare copy...

Marjorie Reynolds wrote several books about horses and teens who were in less than Sunnybrook Farm type situations, but the tales were so well-written as to be enjoyable. Some authors manipulate the reader but she just tells her stories. I like all her works.

Edited: Feb 3, 7:51am Top

#18 Can I Keep Him? by Steven Kellogg

I kept laughing over this short story about a young boy who keeps begging his mother for a pet. The illustrations are classic Kellogg, with lots going on in the background and margins. This one is heading straight to my granddaughter!

Feb 3, 3:47pm Top

>73 fuzzi: It was a sweet and funny book. I did the same when I was young: bringing home stray dogs and cats, I wasn't allowed to keep them eithr...

Feb 3, 8:26pm Top

#19 Lando by Louis L'Amour

As a child Lando is left in the care of a faithless neighbor, but within a few years strikes out on his own, heading west. His travels take him eventually to Texas and Mexico, competing with outlaws and relatives on a quest for gold. Standard but enjoyable fare from this author.

Feb 3, 8:27pm Top

>74 FAMeulstee: as a child I wanted to bring home stray animals, but knew I wouldn't be able to keep them, so I didn't.

Feb 3, 8:30pm Top

Happy Sunday, fuzzi!

Feb 3, 8:33pm Top

>77 alcottacre: happy end-of-the-weekend!

Feb 4, 9:26am Top

>73 fuzzi: Kellogg has been one of my favorite illustrators since childhood.

Edited: Feb 4, 11:56am Top

>72 fuzzi: I'm in no rush to read it, but if you'd like to set the extra copy aside for me, I'd be glad to get it sometime.

>75 fuzzi: I have my copy sitting by my main reading chair, and I expect it will be the next book I start.

Feb 4, 10:31am Top

Wow! You are really racking up the book numbers this year - congratulations! And also congrats for keeping up with your reviews. I vow to do better with mine this year.

>57 fuzzi: I need to read more Potok, but this sounds like one I can skip for a while.

Feb 4, 11:12am Top

>72 fuzzi: Ah, facial issues. Got it. Some artists do have issues with expressions and anthropomorphic illustrations.

>80 harrygbutler: I think you meant >72 fuzzi:. The polar vortex has garbled the numbers! :D

Feb 4, 11:56am Top

>82 CassieBash: Yep, that's right! :-) Thanks!

Edited: Feb 4, 10:29pm Top

#20 Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh

Wow. Just wow. In this short novel Cherryh does what she usually does in her stories, creates a world, and culture, both alien and familiar...but this time it's on a scale that even she rarely attains. With virtually no fighting or other actions so common in SciFi, she hurls the reader along in this story of an artist who went too far and threatened a society conditioned to be blind to reality. Superb.

Feb 4, 10:33pm Top

>79 foggidawn: I recall Kellogg from my children's library books, will have to find more.

>80 harrygbutler: I'll keep it for you.

>81 streamsong: thank you. What a difference from last year when I was stuck in a reading slump until mid-January!

I've read The Chosen, The Promise, and Asher Lev, all were good, very good.

>82 CassieBash: some of the faces just, well, SUCKED.

Feb 4, 10:35pm Top

>84 fuzzi: That volume always leave me feeling like I'm floating outside a space station.

Feb 5, 11:45pm Top

>69 fuzzi: and >73 fuzzi: sound lovely. Somehow, I didn't find these authors when I was in my animal-mad childhood and devouring all the animal stories I could find. I read a bunch of the Jim Kjelgaard stories, The Call of the Wild, wild animal stories like Vulpes the Red Fox and Bubo the Great Horned Owl and Fifteen Rabbits but not that many kid and animal stories beyond what Black Stallion books I could get my hands on and Where the Red Fern Grows. Also, some anthropomorphized animal stories like the classic you referenced above, plus Mrs Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH, Odyssey from River Bend, Rabbit Hill, stuff like that. I guess I was way more focused on wild animals.

Feb 6, 7:17am Top

>85 fuzzi: Thanks!

Feb 6, 7:22am Top

>84 fuzzi: I am currently reading Cherryh's Downbelow Station. I will have to give that one a go next. Thanks for the BB, fuzzi!

Happy Wednesday!

Feb 6, 7:34am Top

>87 justchris: another Kjelgaard fan, woo!

For more animal books suitable for both child and adult reading try Glenn Balch and Thomas Hinkle for horse/dog stories, Jack O'Brien's first three Silver Chief books, and any number of Albert Payson Terhune books about collies.

James Oliver Curwood wrote Kazan, Baree, and The Bear, the last which was made into a move a few years ago.

Rutherford Montgomery and Joseph Wharton Lippincott also wrote about both domesticated and wild animals.

I recall Vulpes, and there was a book by the same author about a mink. Jean George was also the writer of the My Side of the Mountain series, though the first was the best.

I also read a lot of stories by Ernest Thompson Seton, but I'm too tender-hearted now to go back to them. I hate it when an animal dies at the end. :(

If a book had an animal on the cover, I would pick it up and attempt to read it. Back when I was about 9 I saw a hardback displayed at the public library with a black and white collie on the cover. It was in the adult section of the library but the lovely librarians allowed me to borrow it. The story of a boy and a wild puppy, Rex, introduced me to a fantastic author, Joyce Stranger. She wrote numerous books about animals, suitable for adolescents but with deeper insights for her adult audience. My most favorite is probably The Running Foxes. If you've never read anything of hers, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend her works.

Feb 6, 7:35am Top

>88 harrygbutler: you are most welcome.

>89 alcottacre: excellent. Don't let the complexities of that one slow you down. I've likened Cherryh's stories to a roller coaster ride: slow start, then a rush the rest of the way, with no way of getting off!

Feb 6, 10:04am Top

>90 fuzzi: Wow, that is certainly a lot of potential books to read among all of them! Looking through their listings, one or two titles look familiar, so I may have read some of them in the past, but clearly not enough or I would have remembered them.

Feb 6, 10:41am Top

>92 justchris: I was an avid reader as a child, and to a certain extent, still am one. :)

Edited: Feb 8, 11:15am Top

#21 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Somewhat entertaining read. I did get a little weary of the repeated moral preaching by adults.

Feb 9, 12:39am Top

>94 fuzzi: Fair summary of Little Women, I think, Fuzzi.

Feb 9, 4:55pm Top

>95 PaulCranswick: I loved Five Little Peppers as a child, and The Bobbsey Twins, but had a hard time with rereads years later for similar reasons. But some books like Anne of Green Gables transition from childhood to an adult read just fine.

Feb 9, 5:22pm Top

Yeah, there is a surprising amount of preaching in Little Women. Like you, I still enjoyed it.

Feb 9, 6:43pm Top

>97 jnwelch: ::waves::

Edited: Feb 13, 6:33pm Top

#22 The Marriage of Mary Russell by Laurie R King

This was a thoroughly enjoyable romp with two of my favorite characters. A must for fans of the author's Russell & Holmes series, but also worth a read for those new to these books.

Edited: Feb 13, 6:33pm Top

#23 Mary Russell's War by Laurie R King

This is a collection of short stories in the Russell-Holmes universe. Some I'd read before, but all were entertaining and worth perusal.

Edited: Feb 13, 6:33pm Top

#24 How To Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley and John Martz

HAHAHA! I loved this book as an adult for the humor, and can't wait to read it to a child who will love the little details on each page. Well done!

Feb 13, 6:24pm Top

>101 fuzzi: LOL My boys say they bathe one another so I don't need to do it.

Feb 13, 6:32pm Top

>102 thornton37814: that's kind of the point of the book, but it takes the little girl a while to "get it". Very, very funny, well-written and illustrated book for all ages.

Edited: Feb 14, 9:11am Top

#25 Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

Delightful picture book story from the Noisy Village series. The illustrations are so whimsical, I could spend hours pouring over each page, and the Swedish holiday traditions within are similar to those of my own family.

Feb 14, 1:37pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

Feb 14, 8:40pm Top

Feb 16, 12:17pm Top

#26 Texas Vendetta by Elmer Kelton

I believe this was my first read by author Elmer Kelton, but it won't be my last. In this tale from the late 1800s we see a glimpse of Texas Rangers' jobs, and also the lives of those they were sworn to capture. Never sensational, but believable, this book was entertaining. The characters were well-written, and the violence was not graphic. Recommended for anyone wanting a "good story".

Now to find the rest of the books in the series...

Feb 16, 7:01pm Top

>53 fuzzi: As glad as I am to have another C.J. Cherryh Alliance-Union book, I'm not quite as thrilled as you are by Alliance Rising. Good reading, but more place holding than impression making.

Feb 16, 7:16pm Top

>108 quondame: different impressions. One thing demonstrated on LT is how one person's 5 star read is only a 1 star for another.

I wasn't impressed by Little Women, but others adore it.

Edited: Feb 16, 7:23pm Top

>109 fuzzi: Little Women is much less likely to go down easy in this era than in the mid-20th when I first read, and had my own fledgling issues with it. But it comes from a time when books overwhelmingly put women into second place actors in their own life when granted any autonomy at all. I certainly never held it as a childhood favorite, but could easily relate to the depression era generation who raised me, who found a great deal of value in it's insistent messaging.

Feb 16, 8:09pm Top

>110 quondame: yet I love Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, and others of earlier times where women had fewer freedoms and options.

Maybe sanctimonious might be a better description for my impression of Little Women.

Feb 16, 8:16pm Top

>111 fuzzi: I judge the three you've mentioned all celebrate what is unusual in their protagonists, while LW is way more focused on conventional good behavior and is preachy where none of those are. Yes, consequences are noted, but that is considered sufficient for the alert. But preachy doesn't turn off all readers, though I have a pretty low tolerance level.

Feb 17, 8:50pm Top

#27 1 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
#28 2 Thessalonians (King James Bible)

These two short books in the New Testament are probably the oldest of the Pauline epistles, letters written around 50AD to a young (new) church located in Thessalonica.

One of the descriptions of the rapture of the Church is contained in these writings, as well as some prophetic information.

Each of these books is a simple yet informative read, and especially helpful to a new Christian.

Edited: Yesterday, 7:14am Top

#29 The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton

This is not a western.

To clarify, this is a really good story about people living in Texas in 1906. Changes are coming in the form of the automobile, and the old way of the cowboy is waning.

It's good, very good, and recommended.

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