Book of the Month
As usual, whenever I make a list (in this case Top ten back to school books for Top Ten Tuesday), I end up having to do a lot of rereading — either to confirm titles I want on the list, or just because thinking about them makes me want to read them again. In this case it was the Deep Valley High School books by Maud Hart Lovelace, which remain a delight, especially in the new Harper Perennial editions that include fascinating information about the real-life characters and incidents behind the books. They’ve even published the long-out-of-print companion books Carney’s House Party and Winona’s Pony Cart, so I had the pleasure of finding something new among the rereads.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working my way through the new releases that have been piling up and waiting for review. There’s a definite historical theme to be seen here, as even the one fiction title is based on real people and events. All are highly recommended if you’re interested in visiting early-twentieth-century Berlin, Seattle, or Hoboken, as I hope you will be.
- Looking for Betty MacDonald illuminated the life and world of a favorite author.
- The House by the Lake was a fascinating tour of a century of German history, as seen by a single house.
- Lady Cop Makes Trouble was the eagerly anticipated second adventure of the Kopp Sisters.
Other Books Read
- Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primiano – Reading New England, Review to come
- Heaven to Betsy, Betsy in Spite of Herself, Betsy Was a Junior, Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace – Reread
- Carney’s House Party and Winona’s Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace
- Well Wished by Frances Hardinge
- Marrow by Elizabeth Lesser – Review to come
- Unearthed by Alexandra Risen – Review to come
- The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald – Review to come
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Witch Week readalong
- The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike – Reading New England
- Anybody Can Do Anything – Betty MacDonald
Other Features and Events
- I was excited to announce that Witch Week is coming!
- There was lots of lively discussion around the question of How do you attract more followers?
- I asked fellow bloggers to recommend favorite Bookstores of New England, and they came through with some great suggestions.
- A fiber interlude gave me a chance to describe one of my other hobbies (and recommend some favorite books).