Monday, December 22, 2014

June Reads

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis 6/4/2014
Good - Childrens 224 pages Audio (4.5 hours)
Shasta escapes from slavery with talking horse Bree and heads for Narnia.
I remember not really enjoying The Horse and His Boy as much as the other books of the Chronicles of Narnia. But I read it aloud to Suzy and James and they really enjoyed it. I did too!

The Space Between: An Outlander Novella by Diana Gabaldon 6/8/2014
Good - Fiction 118 pages Kindle
Michael Murray escorts Joan McKimmie (Laoghaire's daughter) to a convent in Paris, while the Comte St. Germain experiments with time travel.
Wow! This is a key part of the Outlander time travel puzzle.

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis 6/9/2014
Good - Non-fiction 109 pages Print
Essays on education, society, and nature and how the Tao relates to our morality.
Lewis = genius. 

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon 6/10/2014
Excellent - Historical Fiction 820 pages  Audio (45 hours, 58 minutes)
Jamie and Claire leave Fraser's Ridge to head for Scotland, but are sidetracked by the growing revolution. Jamie's dilemma is increased knowing that his son William is a British officer. Roger and Brianna are in 1980's Scotland reading letters left to them by Jamie and Claire, but an unexpected visitor turns things upside down.
Re-reading before MOBY is released. LOVE!

In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord (pseudonym) 6/18/2014
Excellent - Non-fiction 312 pages Print
Reflections from an American Christian woman who went to Afghanistan as an aid worker. She tells many stories of conversations she's had with Afghans about religion, culture, and more. I highly recommend this book.
Wow, this was poignant. (Why can I never pronounce that word?) Highly recommended!

What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio 6/20/2014
Excellent - Non-fiction 334 pages  Print
This book presents 80 people around the world and a photograph of what they ate on one ordinary day.
Fascinating look at what people eat around the world.

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 6/21/2014
Good - Classic 891 pages Audio  (31 hr 21 min)
Poor but genteel, Nicholas Nickleby makes his way through the world to happiness and love, despite those who would seek to discredit or injure him.
Dickens is an acquired taste nowadays, but back in his day, new installments of his novels were as highly anticipated as the newest episodes of The Walking Dead or Outlander. lol

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon 6/23/2014
Excellent - Historical Fiction 848 pages  Print
Finally! Here it is! Long awaited and well worth the wait,

Beowulf by Seamus Heaney (translator) 6/24/2014
Excellent - Epic 256 pages  Audio (2 hr 15 min)
Epic saga of a warrior
I listened to this which was probably not as effective as reading, but I understood most of it.

Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy by Diane Gaston 6/29/2014
Good - Regency Romance 283 pages  Print
Captain Gabriel Deane rescues a Frenchwoman and her son and falls in love with her.
A nice fluffy read.

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