So, what's the point of listing all of those books if I don't give any feedback? Here's a quick review...
The Sign of Four--Loved it. I really love reading classics and I can't believe I never read any Sherlock Holmes books until a few months ago. If you think that watching the movies is good enough, no way, Jose. Although Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are fantastic and quirky.
The Eyre Affair-- One of my favorites. I re-visit it every few years. The main character, Thursday Next is one of my favorite heroines. Every line in this book is almost like an inside joke. It is indescribable. Academic, humorous, fantasy, adventure, literary, mystery, slapstick, word play, need I go on? I think it's enough to say that I will definitely need to read it again soon.
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's bag-- If you've never read any of the Flavia de Luce series, what are you waiting for? There were parts that made me laugh outloud and other scenes were poignant and tender. It is written from such a great POV with such a fantastic main character. If you like a good mystery with a little twist, these books are for you. I just got the ping that the next book in the series is on hold for me at the library--nothing like the anticipation of seeing familiar characters that I've grown to love. Monday morning can't come fast enough for me.
The Crystal Bridge--What I thought would be a typical fantasy adventure turned out to be nothing short of spectacular. Charles Pulsipher approached the whole "kids who don't know that they are special save the world" thing in such a unique way, weaving different storylines together masterfully. It was exciting and fun-- super dialog and characters, and had a satisfying ending. I liked it a lot.
On Little Wings--So beautifully written. I had to slow down to enjoy the language that Regina Sirois uses. She is a wordsmith. I truly enjoyed the journey, and I will not give away ANYTHING in the plot, but I will say that it was worthwhile and touching and real and I have thought of nothing else for days.
There you have it, folks. I can't wait for the library to open and the kindle top books of the week to come out, so I can delve back into my fantasy world. Just a few more hours...baby steps...