Monday, September 03, 2012

August Reads

Schooled by Anisha Lakhani 8/2/2012
Good - Chick Lit
Anna, a newbie teacher at a swanky Manhattan private school discovers the lucrative world of after-school tutoring for the wealthy.
This was entertaining in a bitter sort of way.

The Deception at Lyme (Or, the Peril of Persuasion) by Carrie Bebris 8/5/2012
Good - Historical Fiction
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy visit Lyme along with Georgiana and Lily-ann, where they find a woman lying at the bottom of the Vobb; has she been pushed and who is her child?
I love this series of mysteries featuring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I love seeing the characters from Austen's books come into the stories. I love how the villains of Austen get their comeuppance, as it were. Fun! And this one had WENTWORTH! :-)

Body for Life by Bill Phillips 8/6/2012
Excellent - Non-fiction
12 week plan for nutrition and fitness to achieve physical and mental strength
This is the fitness and health program I am following. Makes a lot of sense and I have lost 7 lbs so far.

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan and Danae Yankoski 8/7/2012
Excellent - Inspirational
Chan contends that we've ignored the Holy Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
Loved this book - very challenging

Henry V (unabridged audio) by William Shakespeare 8/10/2012
Excellent - Classic
Henry V invades France.
Actually listened to this (our book club selection for August) TWICE. Once with the explanatory materials and once without. Loved it so much more than I would have imagined.

The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill 8/21/2012
Good - Romance Regency romance
35yo Marcus Radwell, Duke of Haughleigh, is honor-bound to marry Miranda after she is compromised on his estate.
I read several Regency romances in August and this was the first. Not too bad!

Harry Potter's Bookshelf by John Granger 8/23/2012
Excellent - Non-fiction
Examines the literary traditions and elements of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Wow, if you are interested in Harry Potter and how it relates to the literary world at large, try this book on for size. SO much to think about. And I will need to read it again. After I read the HP series again, of course.

Susanna and the Spy by Anna Elliott 8/26/2012
Good - Regency Romance
Susanna, impoverished gentlewoman and recent governess, discovers a smuggling ring by mistake near her family's estate.
Another Regency romance - nicely entertaining. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone #1 by J.K. Rowling 8/27/2012
Excellent - Young Adult

A Scandalous Charade by Ava Stone 8/27/2012
Good - Regency Romance
Lucas Beckford agrees to help a friend win the heart of a cold heiress, Lady Juliet, only to lose his heart to her. But then she disappears and all signs point to her being in danger. Smutty :-)
Another Regency romance - this one is rather risque. Be warned. Regencies range from the very proper to the very erotic nowadays and there isn't much to warn you ahead of time except maybe the cover. Which you don't see on the Kindle anyway. lol 

The Heir (The Duke's Obsession) by Grace Burrowes 8/31/2012
Good - Regency Romance
Rather steamy Regency romance in which Gayle Windham, heir to a dukedom, spends the summer at his London townhouse trying to avoid the demands of his father for him to marry. But his new housekeeper Anna Seaton seems to have an intriguing secret.
Another smutty Regency romance - pretty good story and not too predictable, other than the obvious Regency formula, which is clearly expected in the genre. 

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