‘HUMS TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX THEME’
I am very privileged to be apart of a blog tour – not just any blog tour – the blog tour of my lovely friend, Victoria Lynn for her lovely blog, Ruffles and Grace – which is now celebrating reaching over 200 subscribers!! Congratulations, Victoria!! ‘blows kiss’
And now – onto Bookerly Fun!
A Sidekick’s Tale: Elisabeth Grace Foley
Elisabeth Grace Foley is rapidly making westerns become my new favorite thing. I am extremely particular about Westerns as a rule and only like them if they are ‘unusual’ – not your standard sheriff comes to town sort of story – and this authoress NAILS IT. The story is more like a Shakespearean comedy-of-errors – my mouth was literally open with surprise and laughter by the first few pages. Characters were zany, hilarious and human but best of all THE VOICE; the turn of phrase in this book is hysterical, unique, period – it oozes Western in the most wonderful way – I was actually chuckling out loud as I read it; something that rarely happens.
2. The Scarlet Pimpernel: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I flew through this one (yes it was the first time I read it); I do love the old style of writing–it’s like slipping into warm, still water. NO ONE can do removed POV like the old authors. ‘Head-hoping’ and yet the emotional impact was palpable. It was beautifully done; they just don’t write like this anymore. And then of course there’s the story–spies, French Revolution, a league of noble gentlemen, daring deeds, charming heroes, brave heroines, dastardly villains – any complaints? I don’t think so. Plus Percy understands how important fashion is. 😀
3. In His Image: J. Grace Pennington
I read this book in one sitting – it was the perfect length and kept up a relentless pace that kept me saying: “Just one more chapter.” I was reading far into the wee hours. The authoress did a good job providing all the fun and intrigue of ‘meeting aliens’ but kept the Christian message and the truth clear as a bell in a plot twist that was not only unique but plausible. A clean, entertaining read.
4. Anomoly: Krista McGee
I loved the cold, controlled feeling of this book; capturing the horrors of it’s socialist / communist culture and the apathy and ignorance of one of its citizens in a chilling but enthralling way. Krista McGee really captures that ‘brave new world feeling’, which of course is, in fact, a horrible new world. But she does it all in a way that isn’t too dark or depressing, which is very rare for dysoptian fiction. I have read a lot of Christian books that ‘preach’ to their readers in a very unnatural way, but the Christian theme in this book, instead of being shoe-horned in, was a natural part of it and well woven into the strands of the story in an emotional way.
5. Rose In Bloom: Louisa May Alcott
Ah, I do love Louisa May Alcott – there’s a reason she’s one of the greats. I had glanced at this book years ago but never actually sat down to read it. I picked it up again recently and spoiled myself and was so shocked by the fate of a certain character that I set it aside once more. Finally I picked it up again and third time was the charm. Reading LMA was like slipping on a comfortable and soft old sweater; I love her writing style and it was so wonderful to revisit my ‘old friends’ from Eight Cousins. A lovely classic.
6. The Screwtape Letters: C. S. Lewis
If anyone wants to understand Christianity, the world, life – and especially what makes humans the way they are, C.S. Lewis is a great place to start. Lewis’ insight into humanity is astounding. I have read The Screwtape Letters many times but I never grow tired of reading it, every time I do I feel empowered and enriched. Life is a battle, not a playground, and if I have to fight every day I want to be armed to the teeth. There’s few better weapons to arm yourself with then The Screwtape Letters. “Know your enemy.” And I can guarantee you that C.S. Lewis will give you an eye-opening view that will change how you think about and deal with the enemy.
7. Icefall: Matthew J. Kirby
This is one of the most beautifully poetic writing styles I have read in a long time (similar to The Book Thief), each sentence structured like an individual work of art, creating images that we can see, touch, smell. I could feel the suspicion inside me, smell the scents of the stead, hear the moaning of the glacier.
The lovely cadence of this book are like snowflakes, soft, enchanting, perfect, one melting into another. A book that is a true tribute to readers who want to relish words and rythmns.
And Solveig is one of the best female characters I have read in a long time; In that end scene, made me murmur: “Wow.” under my breath.
8. Aways Neverland: Zoe Barton
When I first opened this book, I had a little trouble getting into it—iPods and Polaroids in Neverland? But after the first chapter I found the story and myself slipping smoothly into a magical getaway. This book hit all right feels that you expect to find in a Peter Pan story, and instead of leaning on the modern setting as a crutch, she using just a sprinkle of it to create new gags and fun twists. This book was one long, golden stream that ferried me along into the wee hours of the morning as I stayed up way to late to finish it, with a persistent grin on my face and the warm, nostalgia of a three hour return to innocence. Utterly delightful.
9. My Brother’s Secret: Dan Smith
Breathtakingly beautiful. This author is amazing; each sentence is like an icicle – perfect, chilling, beautiful, burning a memory in your brain that you will not soon forget. A raw, gut-moving look at humanity in an impossible situation – and the amazing God-given ability for humans to survive the unthinkable and still reach, despite all odds, for Truth. Moody, intense and unforgettable.
10. Dragonspell: Donita K. Paul
I haven’t found a fiction book so rich with allegories since C.S. Lewis. I literally gasped several times as some of the allegories and analogies unfolded. Reading this book, I felt like Kale carrying the dragon egg—I was carrying something substantial, beautiful, with wonders inside of it—a story that ‘quickens’ and ‘thrums’ to the touch, hatching its truths inside of me. The wonder of Wulder and Paladin gladden the readers heart. The rest of the characters are original and lovable—the dialogue is natural, the story is compelling. The world-building is phenomenal, enchanting – I was swept into another world.
Also – some squealing must follow – the baby dragons were one of the most adorable things that I have ever read and I desperately urgently want one in each pocket—please? 🙂
11. The Ordinary Princess: M.M Kaye
From the authors note at the very beginning I was pulled into the most deliciously whimsical book. Five gloriously, shining stars for this amazing book – it is one of the sweetest stories I have read in a long time with a beautiful style, delightful characters, and a sweet and funny message. The beautiful and amazing illustrations are also absolutely charming.
12. Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters: Diane Zahler
Absolutely delightful and charming. Sweetly written and with a kind of Jules Verne-esque type seafaring adventure that adding a really unique spin to yet another magical fairy tale offering – adding to that the premise which was both intriguing and humorous (and had me chuckling out loud and flying through the pages) and we have a book that is not only fun – but an absolute treat!
And that wraps up this post! What have been your favorite reads this summer? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
AND ONE LAST THING
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