This is week 33 and I have only completed 27 books. You would think that I’d have gotten ahead over the summer, but the combination of a lot of traveling and trying to read some classic books has slowed my progress considerably. But I just finished reading a mystery novel by a new (to me) author. It went quickly, and I already have 2 more checked out from the library so maybe I’ll do a bit of catching up.
Since my last update I’ve read:
23. The Tale of Applebeck Orchard by Susan Wittig Albert – This book is the latest in the series of Beatrix Potter mysteries. These combine some real facts about Beatrix Potter’s life with a completely fictional period mystery. They’re light reading but I enjoy them.
24. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy – This is from the list of classic novels recommended in The Well-Educated Mind. Overall, I liked this book fairly well. It started off slowly, but it did hold my interest. I remembered absolutely hating the Thomas Hardy books I’d been forced to read in high school so this was an improvement.
25. Vanishing Act by Liz Johnson – This is a Christian, romantic mystery. A full review of this is coming soon.
26. Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp – This was an excellent sequel to Shepherding a Child’s Heart. It expounded more on teaching children about the gospel in all that we do. It filled some of the holes that I felt Shepherding left in how to train older children.
27. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews – This is the one I just finished. This is cozy little mystery with a hint of romance thrown in.
On the nightstand are:
Still House Pond by Jan Watson – This is a review book I haven’t started yet.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James – I’ve read over 100 pages of this book, and so far I’m not too excited about it. I had to take a break. There isn’t much of anything happening.