Showing posts from July, 2015

July Reflections

Well, as everyone already knows, a ton of stuff has happened this month. In fact, this blog happened this month. Whew, that's enough of a change just on its own!

July Goals
I honestly didn't have any, which is good because I didn't read/review all that much this month. In fact, I didn't even plan to activate this blog, so anything and everything that has happened this month has simply been icing on the cake, as it were.
Books I Read

Nope, not a pretty picture, really, but I needed to take a break from reading and so I did.
Plans for August
I really need to read some books that I've just purchased, actually.
Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist Not by Sight by Kate Breslin Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering Emissary by Thomas Locke The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate + Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer that I'm reading for Tyndale House + Homer's The Iliad for The Classic's Club
I'd love to get everything read, but at this point, I'm really just aiming for 5…

September Chapter-by-Chapter Read ~ Cornelia Funke's Inkdeath

Something new I'm planning to start in September and by then I should have this blog put entirely to rights with drop-down menus and everything! Woot, woot!

Anyway, I'm going to re-read Inkdeath, the final installment in Cornelia Funke's trilogy that I love so dearly. Having just recently read, but sadly not reviewed, Inkheart and Inkspell, I need to actually finish the series. But I have too many other books that need reading right now to get to it for at least a month.

So this will be a September read, and if all goes according to plan, I'll write a blog post for every 5 or so chapters that I read.

If anyone wants to participate and read-along/ blog-along, feel free. I'm actually giving you an entire month to read the first 2 books in the series, if you've never read them before, which I heartily recommend doing because my blog posts are going to be spoiler heavy.

Like I said, I've only read Inkdeath the once and I did it so quickly that nothing absorbed…

Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander

Where Treasure Hides
Johnnie Alexander
Tyndale House Publishers

Official Backpage Synopsis

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separate…

My next Classics Club read shall be . . . The Iliad by Homer

I've been struggling quite a bit in how to round out my Classics Club reading list because everything appears to be written in the 1800s, probably because I love the British Romantics and the Victorians.

Such an ideal moment.

I'm walking through the Friends of the Library bookstore, just browsing, not really looking for anything specific.

Two small volumes catch my attention.

I whip them off the shelve.

It is Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Wait, they're not on my classics reading list.

Hmm, maybe they should be.

A 1/2 price sign twinkles at me from the bookstore entrance.

Coins clatter onto the counter and I walk out having paid $1.00 for both books.

Concluding my fun little story, my next Classics Club read is The Iliad, a book I have never read before, but am excited to try. No, it's not written in Greek because, much to your astonishment I'm sure, I don't actually read Greek. The book is translated by one W.H.D. Rouse, and I have no idea whether the…

And this blog popped out of where, exactly?

So, I've done something almost unthinkable, but also something I've meant to do for a year.

I've split my blog, Musings of an Introvert, into 2 blogs. I feel a little bit . . . strange having done this because change doesn't come easily for me. But I think in the long run, and probably the short run, this will streamline my blog posts in a way easiest for you, my readers.

Honestly, I hesitated to post book tags or participate in giveaways or write too many book reviews because I didn't want to irk some of my readers with too many "book related" posts. That will no longer be the case and so I can post about books, upcoming or classic, as often as I like for those of my readers who enjoy my book reviews and would like to see more of that ilk! So I'm finally, as I write this, letting some excitement start to flow.

Even though my beloved Dustfinger never overcomes his longing for the Inkworld, it doesn't mean I have to stick with the sameness of havi…

Father Gilbert Mysteries continue . . . IN BOOK FORM!!!

The Body Under the Bridge by Paul McCusker (on amazon) A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Stonebridge, he didn't expect it to show up like this - in the suicide of a man who threw himself off the church tower, and in the discovery of a two-hundred-year-old body beneath an ancient bridge. The deaths are linked. The mummified corpse under the bridge, a murder victim, reignites a centuries-old battle between two local families - the Todds and the aristocratic Hayshams. Then both David Todd and Lord Haysham begin to act strangely. They are fearful for reasons they won't explain. When Lord Haysham is murdered, David Todd is the prime suspect. But Todd is acting maniacal, claiming great forces of evil are at work. An entire history of violence and depravity begins to emerge - interweaving the history of several local families with a secret occult society tha…

Classics Club (Book and Film): Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (1962)

Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

So I'm finally back on track with my Classics Club reading, although I did considerably shorten the list to only 50 books. Since Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, I figured I might just as well start (or rather re-start the list) with him.

With Bradbury you really never know what you're going to get. His mind worked in weird and wondrous ways that often included lyricism beyond belief and at least one metaphor, simile, or idiom per sentence. This makes his work either difficult to absorb or it absolutely enchants the reader. I'm fortunate in that I fall into the latter category, but I sincerely appreciate and sympathize with the readers that simply cannot get into Bradbury's work.

Something Wicked This Way Comes opens with a lightning rod salesman, heading into Green Town, Illinois to ply his trade. Along the road, he encounters two thirteen-year-old boys, Will Halloway (born a minute before midnight o…

Book Review: Ravenswolde by Charity Bishop (5 stars, 2015)

Charity Bishop

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Having read all of Charity's books, I'm comfortable in my expectations of her talent. Up until this point, my favorite of her stories was [book:The Secret in Belfast|19271147] which adds a new, dynamic twist to the building of and the sail of Titanic. Now, sadly (or maybe happily), my prior favorite has been usurped by Ravenswolde.

What you have here is the intriguing rendering of an assassin's school, placed in the Regency era. The heroine, Elspeth, is a young woman of strong faith who really, really doesn't like the idea of attending such an academy, but her her mother insists upon it, and so to Ravenswolde, Elspeth must go. Trusting anyone is a dangerous idea since all of the students have the ability and urge to regularly shove one another down the stairs or poison the drinking glasses of their peers. It's a deadly and terrifying pl…