On My Bedstand: Reads From May & June

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Looking through my list, it seems a little short. . . but I’ve been reading blog posts in my spare time, not picking up my book, so I suppose that’s the reason. That and the fact that I’m reading three different books right now, two of which are taking forever. (They’re too smart for me, so I have to look up every other word. . . which is one reason I enjoy them so much.) Someday I’ll have to make a list of all the different blogs and blog posts I’ve been reading, but for now, on to the books I read in May and June!

Books (Tues)

————————————————–> Reading!

Very Good, Jeeves: Wodehouse is always excellent. I’ve never read anything of his that I haven’t loved. And of course the Jeeves and Wooster stories are always good for a laugh. Most Wodehouse I’ve read I’ve actually listened to; there’s such an abundance to be had, both audio and physical books.

“The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.”  — Very Good, Jeeves!

Demon Dentist: I’ve never been scared of the dentist. But if I had read this book five years ago, it would have made me scared. I can understand why they call David Walliams ‘the heir to Roald Dahl’–I enjoy his writing style, and it’s very similar to Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, and yet, it’s abut something real being horribly frightening, not something you can laugh at, like bald witches with no toes. The story-line of the book seems like it’s more young-adult in nature, when the writing and audience are middle grades.

‘There is nothing designed to scare a person more than being told not to be scared.’ — Demon Dentist

A Tangle of Knots: This one is a young book, more Mack’s reading level than mine, but I loved it. I think the most interesting thing about this book is, well, two parts really: The fact that the characters are either ‘Fair’ or ‘Talented’ at certain things, sometimes rather silly things, sometimes very useful, and that one of the main characters was a girl who was ‘Talented’ at making the perfect cake for anyone, just by looking at them. And (the best part) since there were cakes throughout the book, there were also cake recipes.

“Life is the grandest adventure one can go on, isn’t it?” — A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

Tangle Knots Quote

————————————————–> Listening to!

Great Expectations: Not my favorite Dickens book. This one isn’t one I would listen to over and over again, like I did Oliver Twist. I think my main problem was with Pip–and it’s never good to have a problem with the main character–for I just kept thinking how horribly ungrateful he was. But granted, the adventure was captivating (’tis Dickens, after all), and there were some twists in the plot I did not expect in the least. And many of the minor character I really did like–and even the characters I didn’t like were interesting. Miss Havisham wasn’t a person I’d want to know, for instance, but she was a fascinating, rather awful character.

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”   — Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

The Scarlet Pimpernel: New. Favorite. Book. One of many favorites, yes–always–but oh! so good. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. . . mystery, death, romance, suspicion, France, England, love, fear, spies, ‘Madame Guillotine’. . . I could listen to it, and read it, again and again. One of my favorite quotes:

“Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear–a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.”
— The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Scarlet Pimpernel Quote

————————————————–> Currently!

The Pickwick Papers: (listening)  I’ve been intrigued by this one ever since I read ‘Little Women’, and I’m finally getting around to it. It’s very long, so I’m probably on a third through it, but so far I’m loving it! All the different stories, and ways he brings those into the main book. . . I feel like Dickens had fun writing this one.

“Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.” — The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens

Not Tonight, I Have A Headache: (reading) Yep, this one‘s on the list again, because I never actually finished it before. But now I’m back into it, and it’s actually fascinating. Some of it applies to me, much of it doesn’t, but it doesn’t matter. There’s a lot I never would have learned otherwise. . .

What have you been reading lately? Do you have any suggestions for me?

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