Monday, December 31, 2012

November Reads

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon - 11/7/2012 
Excellent - Historical Fiction Re-read, audiobook.
Brianna and Roger find Jamie and Claire in North Carolina.
My third read of Drums of Autumn. Gabaldon gets better every time.

Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen - 11/15/2012 
Excellent - Non-fiction
This edition of Jane Austen's letters was edited by Jane Austen's great-nephew Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen (the first Baron Brabourne, 1829-1893), and was published in 1884. An interesting compilation that gives some insight into the mind of Jane Austen via her personal correspondence.
Our book club assignment this month was a biography of Jane Austen. Since I'd read a rather long biography last fall (Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin), I chose this free Kindle edition of her letters which I mostly found very interesting.

The Last Viking by Sandra Hill - 11/30/2012 
Good - Romance (Steamy)
Geirolf Ericsson, a 10th century Viking, travels back in time to 1990's Maine, where he meets Professor Meredith Foster, the overseer of a project to build a replica of a Viking longship.
Another of the light sexy historical romance novels I seem to gravitate toward now and then, especially if they involve time travel. First in a trilogy. If you like these types of books, go for it!

October Reads

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - 10/3/2012 
Good - Sci-fi 
Virginia gentleman John Carter travels mysteriously from 1870's Arizona to Mars where he meets both Green and Red Martians, saves the planet, and falls in love.
I only managed to finish one book in October though I had several going at once. A Princess of Mars was our book club selection, prompted by the film John Carter. I am not usually a sci-fi or fantasy reader (The Lord of the Rings notwithstanding) but I enjoyed A Princess of Mars, which is the first of a series. 

September Reads

Mistress by Mistake by Maggie Robinson - 9/7/2012
Good - Regency Romance
Through a misunderstanding, spinster Charlotte Fallon ends up in Sir Michael's bed, but she finds it is not as distasteful as she had envisioned.
Every now and then, I need a light and sexy historical romance. This one fit the bill!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - 9/15/2012
Excellent - Fiction
Skeeter Phelan, recent college graduate and 1961 resident of Jackson, MS, decides to interview colored maids about their experiences working for white families.
Our book club selection for September - Even better than the movie. Highly recommended!

Line of Fire by Stephen White - 9/16/2012
Fair - Suspense
Against the backdrop of local wildfires, Dr. Alan Gregory and his detective friend Sam deal with the fallout of a 3yo secret coming to light.
Not Stephen White's best contribution to his Alan Gregory series. 

Illusion by Frank Peretti - 9/30/2012
Excellent - Suspense
After a car wreck tragically claims the life of his wife and magic partner, Mandy, Dane Collins finds himself in a quaint coffee shop transfixed by a magician whose illusions even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain.  Even more mysterious is the performer herself. Nineteen-year-old Mandy has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he met and married some forty years earlier. They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but as Dane tries to figure out who Mandy really is, and she to understand why she is mysteriously drawn to him, she is being watched by those who not only possess all the answers but who also have the power to decide her fate. (from amazon.com)
This story was so complex that I had trouble writing a summary, so 'borrowed' one from amazon. Illusion returns to the skillful storytelling that made Peretti a success. Highly recommended!

What are YOU reading?