Sunday, January 8, 2012

Those first five books

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 steps...


  1. Dear Jenny,
    I know you don't know me, and I'm not sure how you came across my book, but I am so glad you did. Thank you for your wonderful review. You also got me excited about some other good books. May I post you review on my blog?
    Regina Sirois

  2. Regina,
    Sure, if you want me to write up a better review, I would be happy, too. I really loved your boook. You have such a beautiful way with words. I have been begging my husband to take me to Maine this summer since I read it. Your writing reminds me of Juliet Marillier--with beautiful descriptions that I read slowly to savor the words. And then read them again. I loved it. and I loved the passages that were read at "lines" they were beautiful and touching. Your book made me cry and laugh and most of all I loved it because of how real it was. I was sad when it was over to say good-bye to the characters, esp. Little. She is one of those characters that I connected with so well that if I saw her walking down the street, I would run up and hug her like a long lost friend. And she would yell at me for crushing her arthritic body. LMK if you want a review. my e-mail is