Book Review: The Magic World by E. Nesbit

The Magic WorldThe Magic World by E. Nesbit

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up.

A delightful collection of children’s stories first published in 1912, but timeless. I wish I’d read these as a child; I love Ms. Nebit’s book The Railway Children, I read and reread when I was young.

Read 1/31-2/10/2018

From GoodReads:

A thoughtless boy learns a lesson from his cat; a magic telescope brings two boys a fortune; a crow, a cat, a fish, all whisk away disgraced children to castles; sensible princes and princesses outwit curses ..
1 The Cat-hood of Maurice
2 The Mixed Mine
3 Accidental Magic
4 The Princess and the Hedge-pig
5 Septimus Septimusson
6 The White Cat
7 Belinda and Bellamant
8 Justnowland
9 The Related Muff
10 The Aunt and Amabel
11 Kenneth and the Carp
12 The Magician’s Hear

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Surpassed reading goal for 2017!

Happy New Year!

I’ve read 59 of 52 books for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge! What should I read next?

An excellent article about reading multiple books in multiple places….

May you have many books in 2018 📚❤

Book Review – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Blind AssassinThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.


I admit that this was my second go at the book, it’s not my preferred linear style; it was worth coming back.

Once I was hooked it was a beautiful, complicated story.

The ending left a smile on my face.

Read: 11/16-22/2017

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Book review – Horrors Beyond edited by William Jones

Horrors Beyond: Tales of Terrifying RealitiesHorrors Beyond: Tales of Terrifying Realities by William Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Got this at a Steampunk Worlds Fair in Piscataway, NJ, with an autograph by storywriter C.J. Henderson.

Favorite stories are by William Mitchell, James Dorr and Michael Minnis. Minnis being the creepiest and reminiscent of Lovecraft.

Read: 7/21-9/2/2015

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Book Review – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you very much Read it Forward and Crown for an advance readers edition of this book.

The writing is like soft butter. Chapters alternating between past and present are seamless. I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night to finish it.

Brilliant. Ghost story, coming of age, murder mystery, deconstruction of interpersonal relationship (among peers and intergenerational), philosophy…

Book hangover.

I wonder how this would translate onto film?

Read: 12/11/17-12/12/17

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Book Review – A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning: A NovelA Great Reckoning: A Novel by Louise Penny

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up.

I would have read this in one sitting, if I could have. So much build up – then I found the ending sudden, almost abrupt.

This is a series where it is very helpful if you read from book 1. Not that the books aren’t interesting as stand alones, but the relationships and experiences of the characters to each other and to the town are intricate. If you have been reading from the beginning, you are an insider to the complexities.

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