Leap of Faith, by Queen Noor
- I just started this one, but it's intriguing so far.
Emma, by Jane Austen
- I've seen the movie and read the book before, but this time around, I really didn't like the character of Emma for most of the book! I think she's too much like me...jack of all trades, and master of none. Aka, lazy and easily distracted. She was snooty and not a very nice person. But ever since she genuinely repented of being awful to Miss Bates and Jane Fairfax, I'm starting to like her.
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
- Yes, this is also a classic, but I'm going to critisize it too. I like the style of writing up until Crusoe is shipwrecked. Oh, my, what repitition and redundancy. I skipped most of the journal entries. I don't need to hear about how he built his house three times in succession. I'm hoping it will improve once he runs out of ink. Overall, I like it.
The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss
- I love this book. I've read it close to ten times, I'm sure. It would never be published by today's standards, without a good half it cut out, but I love it just as it is. I have two copies of the book, and one of them is a children's library edition from the 50s, which cut out a lot, and even changed some important details. But it was fun to read anyway.
The Forgotton Garden, by Kate Morton
- I don't usually read many current bestsellers. Mostly because I'm a bit out of the loop, but also because I don't buy books often, and bestsellers are usually not in stock at the library. But his book is really good! The cross-generational story is excellently told and the book was hard to put down. I got it to read on vacation, for golfing days (I don't golf). I only have two complaints about the book. The first is that the ending seemed rushed. But that could have been just because I stopped reading with only a chapter left, then when I picked it up again, it seemed to end too quickly. Second, two little things were never resolved: Cassandra's dream about Eliza, and her convition that she had seen or held the cottage key before. Developing that little possibly-supernatural plotline would have given even more depth to the story, and turned a book that is very very good into one that is brilliant...in my opinion.
The Adventures of Kathlyn, by Harold MacGrath
- This book was published in the early 1900s, and is full of rather predjudiced language regarding non-whites. So I cannot recommend it. But as a specimin of its time, I thought it was a very well-written and interesting story. I have also read The Princess Elopes by the same author, which is a typical Ruritarian Romance so obviously a copy and possibly a mockery of The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope that the writing suffered. The Adventures of Kathlyn, writing-wise, was infinitely better.
I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my bookshelf.