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Editado: Dez 23, 2013, 1:15 pm

I'm in!

And here's my ticker:

Dez 23, 2013, 9:09 pm

Hi Fuzzi! I look forward to following your read in 2014.

Dez 23, 2013, 11:35 pm

And me following your reads! :)

Dez 24, 2013, 9:30 am

Welcome back fuzzi! Looking forward to following your reading again this year.

Dez 24, 2013, 9:31 am

Thanks, jfetting!

Dez 24, 2013, 4:31 pm

Hi Fuzzi.

I'm looking forward to following your reads this year. I always enjoy your selections.

Dez 24, 2013, 7:42 pm

Wow, that's so sweet of you, Eyejaybee!

Dez 27, 2013, 2:40 am

Welcome back, fuzzi! And two books a week is totally doable. :)

Jan 3, 2014, 3:18 pm

Happy New Year fuzzi & good luck with your 2014 reading challenges. I look forward to following you. Love your ticker!

Jan 3, 2014, 9:41 pm

Thank you wookie and rainpebble!

Editado: Jan 13, 2014, 1:22 pm

#1 Sylvester and Other Stories by various authors

A charming collection of fun and interesting stories, aimed at the younger set.

Jan 4, 2014, 8:46 pm

A sweet book to start the new year. Looking forward to following your reading again this year.

Editado: Jan 5, 2014, 12:57 am

#2 War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Joey is taken from his mother at a young age and sold to a harsh man prone to drunkenness. However, his new owner has a son who quickly wins over the young horse, and they become fast friends...until war breaks out.

Much like Black Beauty, War Horse is told from an equine perspective, and is a good solid story. At first I did not think much of this book, but once Joey finds himself in France among the ruin brought about by warfare, I felt the story picked up and I began to appreciate it.

A fulfilling read, and not just for kids.

Jan 7, 2014, 12:27 pm

Interesting article about the difference between reading on paper (books) and on an electronic device:

The studies show that....PAPER WINS!

Since the 1980s, there have been more than 100 comparative studies in the United States, U.K. Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, France and Japan to explore differences of how people read and comprehend on paper versus screens. While technology has continued to improve, it still hasn’t reached the comprehension level of traditional paper users. What we have learned from these studies is that readers prefer real paper over its electronic counterpart and achieve high levels of comprehension and retention with paper.

In the article, researchers agree that “screen-based reading can dull comprehension because it is more mentally taxing and even physically tiring that reading on paper. E-ink reflects ambient light just like the ink on a paper book, but computer screens, smart phones and tablets shine light directly on people’s faces. Prolonged reading on glossy, self-illuminated screens can cause eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision. In an experiment by Erik Wastlund, then at Karlstad University in Sweden, people who took a reading comprehension test on a computer scored lower and reported higher levels of stress and tiredness than people who completed it on paper.”

See more here:


Jan 7, 2014, 6:50 pm

Ahah! Knew my dead tree edition addiction had sense behind it. :)

But I think it says that e-ink is still good, so maybe it's just that I haven't fallen for a Kindle (etc) yet...

Jan 7, 2014, 8:15 pm

I hurt myself reading E-books. Really.

I like to read in bed, but if I fall asleep while reading on my iPad, it hits me on the forehead, and raises a lump!

Jan 7, 2014, 9:18 pm

>13 fuzzi: I just noticed that one of the books my daughter has out of the library says "By the author of War Horse" on it. Hmm...

>15 wookiebender: Just for the record, my family likes our low-end kindle better than our low-end nook.
I don't find that the eInk is the same kind of strain as a screen, but neither of ours has as high a contrast as a real book, and in many ways I prefer to read on my iPod.

>16 fuzzi: Clearly the iPod is safer. It hasn't the heft to raise any lumps. But... tiny screen! :(

Jan 8, 2014, 3:14 am

I mix it up. I read whenever I can, with whatever I have available with the book I am reading (for many I have ePub and hardcopy). In bed it is mostly real book unless it is too unwieldy, then it's Nook. It's Nook while traveling. It's iPhone or iPad for little in between reads. My preference goes from book - Nook (eInk) - iOS, mainly because of the strain on my eyes of the screens.

Jan 8, 2014, 2:12 pm

16> That did make me snigger - sorry.

I have to review documents for work and i find I am far better at finding the errors on paper than on screen. Maybe that goes some way to explaining it.

Jan 8, 2014, 2:31 pm

Helenliz, go ahead, laugh, you won't hurt my feelings any...:sniff:


I proofread better with paper than looking at the computer...I wonder why...

Jan 10, 2014, 7:37 am

Hell, I've been known to print out *code* and stare at it until I find the bug. (Modern development tools are much better, but I kind of miss the old fashioned way some days.)

Jan 10, 2014, 8:47 am

I'm thinking of doing this...


...like I need another challenge??????

Jan 10, 2014, 9:08 am

Ha, I had the same thoughts. But I'm doing it, mainly because I'll just count books valid in multiple challenges. And hey, that one field for "A book you heard about online" should be easy to fill ;)

Editado: Jan 10, 2014, 6:11 pm

#3 Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron

A gentle and loving look at a special feline. This version is aimed at younger readers, but was suitable for an adult read.

Jan 10, 2014, 8:13 pm

Dewey is so cute! We had a fluffy ginger cat for a while, they are so beautiful.

Editado: Jan 17, 2014, 9:12 am

#4 Nerilka's Story by Anne McCaffrey

I reread this book on a whim and for a challenge.

Nerilka is one girl in a large family that is suddenly struck by worldwide tragedy. Ashamed of her father's lack of compassion, selfishness, and hypocrisy in the situation, she leaves her home with the intention of assisting in the recovery efforts of a nearby settlement that has also suffered.

I appreciated how the author told a story through the eyes of a woman who, despite her privileged background, was determined to serve and assist those in dire need.

Jan 12, 2014, 6:21 pm

I might have to give War Horse a go.

With e-books I find there's an emotional comfort (unrelated to the actual writing) that I get from reading paper books which I can't get with e-books. But for the paper books I can't hold, and all the public domain titles which I'll never find in print it's absolutely great to have a kindle and read on something that's NOT light emitting.

Jan 13, 2014, 12:53 pm

I too, want to read War Horse and I think I will give Dewey a go as well.

Meredith, I love what you said about the emotional difference & comfort level in reading a physical book as compared to reading an e-book. I feel much the same.

I do use my Kindle (one of the first ones) for the free classics that I do not have in hard copy and if ordering a book I often let the economics of the act make my decision for me unless it is one that I will wish to keep on my shelves.
My old Kindle is not back lit but it does have a pull-out light on the top of it which is nice & I prefer it to the back lit ones.

Editado: Jan 13, 2014, 1:22 pm

Warning! War Horse has a sequel...

...Farm Boy.

Jan 14, 2014, 3:34 pm

fuzzi; I kept thinking War Horse (just the title) sounded familiar and it finally came to me this A.M. We saw a movie a few years ago with the same title and it was a wonderful film. I googled it and sure enough it was based on this very book. If you have netflix or AmazonPrime, you should see if it's available for viewing. I think you would enjoy it.
And regards your post #29: Gee thanks. Now I have two more on my list instead of just one. lol!~!

Jan 14, 2014, 7:44 pm

rainpebble: And regards your post #29: Gee thanks. Now I have two more on my list instead of just one. lol!~!

Isn't that typical of this place? :D

I will check out the movie, thank you.

Jan 15, 2014, 1:24 am


Editado: Jan 17, 2014, 9:13 am

#5 I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins

I've read Jerry Jenkins' books before such as Left Behind and Riven, but it had been a few years since I'd picked up any of his works. I was pleased to find I, Saul as interesting and enjoyable as others I have read.

While not a sweat-producing type of mystery/suspense story, the narrative still had me wanting to read "just one more chapter" to find out how things would turn out.

Dr. Augustus Knox is summoned to Italy by an old friend, by means of cryptic text messages that convey danger, risk and an urgent need for assistance. Joined by his fiance, Sofia, Augustus and his friend try to stay a jump ahead of those who would do anything for possession of an archaeological treasure beyond their wildest dreams, anything including murder.

Good read, recommended.

Jan 18, 2014, 8:40 am

#6 Keep a Silver Dollar by Marjorie Reynolds

Marc seems to have it good: an only child of a well-off family, living on a horse farm and with access to equestrienne events and training. However, his father is an overbearing, highly critical perfectionist, pushing Marc to do what he thinks is best for his son, and is never satisfied with his son's efforts.

And then Marc sees a horse "ruined" for never satisfying his owner, and he understands why Silver Dollar refuses to obey. When an opportunity arises, he acquires the horse, despite knowing how his father will react.

This book and another one by author Marjorie Reynolds (A Horse Called Mystery), are thoughtfully written books about adolescence. They "ring true", sound and feel as if the author has also experienced what her characters do. The reader can empathize with Marc, and his mother, and even the wise and talented groom, Backus, as they deal with a family member with unrealistic expectations. Not just for kids, recommended.

Jan 18, 2014, 5:34 pm

#7 Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams by Jane Fancher and CJ Cherryh

This graphic novel is a continuation of Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites, and both are based upon CJ Cherryh's superb novel, Gate of Ivrel. The artwork and adaption are both very good, although the story is not quite as clear as was the first. Recommended.

Jan 20, 2014, 12:22 am

#8 The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story by Jon Katz

I borrowed this book from our public library on a whim...although the cover might have had something to do with it.

Author Jon Katz tells us about his escape to upstate New York, of loss, and gain, and of Frieda, the unmanageable canine companion of a special friend, Maria. He also points out the importance of second-chances in life, whether for man or dog.

Nicely written: entertaining, touching, and recommended.

Jan 20, 2014, 11:36 pm

Hi, Fuzzi! I am new to LT and so of course, new this year to this challenge. I read Dewey a couple of years ago and loved the story. The movie War Horse moved me to tears more than once - was it as heart-wrenching in print?

I will enjoy watching your list this year!

Jan 21, 2014, 7:33 am

wareagle78, I've not seen the movie based upon War Horse, but I did find it moving.

Glad you've joined us here on LT, and I look forward to checking out your reading for the year! :)

Editado: Jan 27, 2014, 7:43 pm

#9 The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

This was one of "the classics" that I chose to read in 2014. And I am glad that I did.

The Scarlet Pimpernel has history, action, romance, devotion, evil, and suspense all stirred together in a light-hearted romp through England and France during the time of the French Revolution.

Can the famous Pimpernel be warned in time of his betrayal by one close to him? Or will the dastardly representative of the bloodthirsty French Republican government, Chauvelin, triumph, and bring his quarry to meet Madame Guillotine? Keep reading to find out...

Jan 28, 2014, 12:19 pm

#10 Never Count Apples by Joyce Stranger

Dan and Anna have been forced off their land due to construction of a new motorway. For generations the Leighs have lived there, tending a house and farm, but all that is gone now. Dan and Anna Leigh find themselves many miles away, rebuilding their lives, coping with the anger and frustration that they are experiencing due to the actions of the government.

But then the animals start showing up, needing attention and care...and suddenly life begins to be more like the one they had to leave behind...

Joyce Stranger writes about people and situations, trials and joys, life as it really is. I like her characters, and how they are just like the rest of us, coping with life whether in good or bad times.

Good read, engaging characters, lots of animals, a winner!

Editado: Jan 29, 2014, 10:09 pm

#11 A Walk in the Dark by Joyce Stranger

Steve Drake is an accomplished shepherd and dog trainer, busy preparing his farm and house for the arrival of his soon-to-be bride, Mara, when his selfless act saves lives, but leaves him blind. No longer able to run the farm or care for his flocks, Steve rejects Mara, and wallows in self-pity...until he boards with Anna Leigh and her ever growing menagerie of animals.

I enjoyed this story of trial, and growth. As with her other works, the author fleshes out each of her characters so that they appear to be real, people with depth and background. You come to care for each of them, sympathizing with their issues. Recommended.

Jan 30, 2014, 9:06 pm

#12 Frightful's Mountain by Jean Craighead George

A worthy successor to My Side of the Mountain, this book tells the story of Frightful and her offspring. Sam and the rest are back as well, but this time the emphasis is on the Peregrine falcon.

Editado: Fev 1, 2014, 12:12 am

#13 Three-ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard

This is a collection of short stories in the "western" tradition. As a fan of Louis L'Amour, I expected something similar to Louis' works, and while each story had an interesting plot with developed characters, they were and yet were not the same as classic Westerns. For one, Elmore Leonard doesn't always let the reader know what will happen next, but leaves the epilogue to the imagination. There are twists in the plot, too

I really enjoyed these stories, and plan to read more by this author.

Fev 2, 2014, 8:32 pm

#14 Boomerang Hunter by Jim Kjelgaard

Another good nature read by Jim Kjelgaard, this time in the wilds of Australia.

What I appreciate from stories by this author is their authenticity, they "ring true" depicting man and dog surviving in the wilderness against the odds. I was a little disappointed in the ending, it seemed to be abrupt, but then I recalled that this particular book was published after Kjelgaard's death, which might explain the slight "unfinished" feel. Still, definitely worth reading.

Editado: Fev 3, 2014, 7:36 pm

#15 Blood of Ten Chiefs by various authors

This volume is a blend of fantasy, nature and real life emotions. The world created by Wendy and Richard Pini is expanded by several authors including Lynn Abbey, Piers Anthony, CJ Cherryh, Nancy Springer and Janny Wurts, just to name a few. If you've never experienced the World of Two Moons, aka Elfquest, or if you're well acquainted with the Wolf Riders, you should appreciate and enjoy this collection of stories.

Fev 8, 2014, 11:45 pm

#16 North Carolina is My Home by Charles Kuralt

Not heavy enough to be a typical "coffee table book", yet this volume is loaded with trivia and reminisces of what it is like to be from North Carolina. The numerous photos are beautiful, too.

Fev 9, 2014, 4:59 pm

#17 The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American by Jeff Smith

This is an older cookbook with an twist: the recipes are either original from early America, including Colonial times, early pioneers, west-bound settlers, etc., or have been recreated from information left in historical documents. There's a wealth of historical commentary here, and this book includes a glossary. It makes a nice addition to a casual cook's kitchen...someone like me.

Fev 11, 2014, 9:08 pm

#18 Animals Do the Strangest Things by Leonora Hornblow

A fun romp through a book full of animals! Each animal has two or more pages describing their "strange" behavior in an easy to understand but not boring format. The drawings are smile-producing, too.

Editado: Fev 11, 2014, 9:45 pm

#19 At the Edge of Space by CJ Cherryh

I completed the first book in this series of two...why was I surprised that it was very good?

The first book is Brothers of Earth, which takes us into unknown space, with a human stranded on a planet of beings on the verge of war.

As I read, I found myself thinking, "This is like a SciFi/Fantasy version of Shogun"!

Ms. Cherryh, please consider that comment as a compliment.

Fev 20, 2014, 7:46 am

#20 The Chosen by Chaim Potok

This was one of my mother's favorite books, but despite recommendations from her and others, I never read it...until this week. What a shame.

The story is of two Jewish teens during World War II: one is Hasidic, the other is of a more liberal sect, and yet, they find common ground and become friends.

This was a fascinating read, both due to the author's knowledge and understanding about the Jewish faith and his ability to submerge the reader into the culture of the time. You feel for Danny, raised by a rabbi father who does not speak to him except when debating Talmud, destined to follow in his father's position despite interest in a more secular occupation. The story is told from the perspective of Danny's friend, Reuven, whose father is also a Jewish scholar, but an antithesis of all that is Hasidic.

I lost a lot of sleep this past week, not wanting to put a marker in my place in order to get some sleep. Highly recommended...and don't wait thirty years to read it, as I did!

Fev 21, 2014, 8:09 am

Oooh, I have that one on mount TBR... Maybe I need to move it up a couple of notches (It's only been there since January 4th, so no 30 years waiting yet...)

Fev 21, 2014, 8:12 am

Mum's got some Chaim Potok on her shelves, I may have to snaffle them away from her before she clears them out! (She's on a bit of a clear-the-house binge at the moment. So many good books! So little time to read them all.)

Fev 21, 2014, 2:50 pm

(52) Based upon The Chosen and what I have read of The Promise, you'd better grab'em quick!

(51) Move it on up. It's not a long, nor terribly difficult read!

Fev 21, 2014, 7:39 pm

#21 Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

What fun!

Find Momo is a book I won through LT's Early Reviewer program, and a book that I plan to keep. The author has compiled photos of his Border Collie, "Momo", hiding in different settings...sort of like a canine "Where's Waldo". It's not always obvious where Momo is hiding in each picture, but if you give up, the answers are at the end of the book.

Enjoyable for all ages!

Fev 22, 2014, 11:46 am

54> What an ace idea for a book! And can you imagine the fun he (and the dog) must have had in making it? Not a dog person, but even I can see the attraction of that. >:-)

Editado: Fev 22, 2014, 2:41 pm

Helenliz, he apparently decided to do the book after
"tweeting" photos of Momo hiding. Brave new world...

...and yes, it's obvious they had fun creating the book. :)

Fev 23, 2014, 11:48 pm

#22 The Promise by Chaim Potok

This book continues the story of two friends, Danny the Hasidic and Reuven the Orthodox Jew, who we first met in The Chosen.

Reuven is studying to become a rabbi, but struggling with open hostility from his teachers who oppose modern methods of explaining difficult passages in the Talmud. Without their approval, he cannot become a rabbi, yet he will not be dishonest about his beliefs in order to achieve his goals.

Danny is a psychology student at Columbia University. Part of his studies include working with emotionally and mentally disturbed children. When the son of Reuven's mentor and friend requires evaluation, Danny finds himself doubting his knowledge and abilities.

Excellent novel about people and their relationships, especially when complicated by polar opposite beliefs in religion.

Fev 27, 2014, 10:13 pm

#23 Peace Child by Don Richardson

From the first pages, this book not only held my attention, but occupied my thoughts when I was not reading it.

This book immerses you first into the native Sawi culture, and then adds the stories of those who arrive with medicines, modern tools, and a desire to help stop the practices of headhunting and cannibalism practiced there.

Fascinating book. Recommended.

Editado: Mar 6, 2014, 9:01 pm

#24 Beloved Bride by William Potter

This is a delightful book of letters written by General "Stonewall" Jackson to his wife, during the time he served in the Confederate army. The editor of this little book has added pertinent information about the history surrounding the time these letters were penned, fleshing out the characters and the culture. But the best part of this book, for me, was the sweetness, affection, and endearing prose exhibited by Jackson in the missives penned by him, and sent to his wife, Anna.

Mar 7, 2014, 9:21 pm

#25 Logan's Run by William F. Nolan

I decided to read this based upon my enjoyment of the campy/cheesy movie by the same name. This book is totally unlike the movie. Much of it is not only poorly written, but terribly dated. Although I finished reading the story, I did not enjoy it.

Mar 7, 2014, 10:16 pm

So close! Made it all the way through the messages and on the LAST one I see a book I must add to the wish list! Fuzzi, Beloved Bride sounds marvelous.

Mar 7, 2014, 10:42 pm

Beloved Bride was and is marvelous!

Sorry about the book bullet... ;)

Mar 9, 2014, 11:15 am

#26 Dot for Short by Frieda Friedman

Yippee! I love it when a book from my childhood turns out to be as good a read as an adult, if not better. Such is the case with Dot for Short.

Dot is ten years old, and lives with her two sisters and younger brother on Third Avenue in NYC, circa late 1940s. Her sisters are tall and pretty, her brother is energetic and funny, but Dot is the small, "plain", insecure sibling. However, she has a caring heart. When faced with adult issues, she makes plans to help those she loves, if it means doing something unusual, something outside her "comfort zone".

I loved my reread of this story from my childhood: the children could be from today, with similar fears and worries. I enjoyed a look back, too, at an era before television.

Editado: Mar 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

#27 My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok


The author has drawn a detailed and convincing portrait of a gifted child, driven to draw, paint, and express himself through art, to the bewilderment and anger of his parents. This is not a simple story, but deep, reflective, and full of inner turmoils of a young man who cannot hold back his flood of creativity, even though it may shatter the world of his family, his heritage, and his faith.

Mar 12, 2014, 8:25 pm

#28 Amy and Laura by Marilyn Sachs

Amy and Laura are excited: after almost a year, their mother will be coming home from the hospital! But things are not the same, their mother is in a wheelchair, and their father has forbidden them from saying or doing anything that might upset her. To make matters worse, Amy's teacher "hates" her, and the school bully has set her sights on Laura!

I enjoy stories about children that are truly about how they act, and feel, and Marilyn Sachs is an author who captures what it is like to be an adolescent.

Enjoyable read.

Mar 13, 2014, 7:24 pm

#29 Kym by Joyce Stranger

This book is about a Siamese cat, as told by his "mother", author Joyce Stranger. From the time he came home, a tiny yet feisty kitten, Kym was special, talkative, daring, and too eager to use up his nine lives. The author shares her memories of Kym with humor, pathos, and love. Recommended.

Editado: Mar 15, 2014, 10:14 am

#30 Cuckoo's Egg by CJ Cherryh

Note to Self: never pick up a CJ Cherryh book, that is close to being finished, near bedtime...

This is a reread, at least I think it is, but aside from a positive feeling when I saw the cover, I have NO recollection of any of the plot or characters. I still have a positive feeling, but now I can elaborate WHY.

Thorn is different: smooth skinned, immobile ears, and in other physical attributes, but the respected warrior Duun raises him from infancy, with patience, and affection. As Thorn grows, he is taught a Way, the Way of the Hatani, the warrior-judging class, despite his appearance, despite his obviously not being the same species as those around him. Dunn has his reasons to raise Thorn in this manner, reasons that eventually will come to light when Thorn grows old enough to be seen as a threat to some, a danger to those who would not hesitate to use assassination against him.

Excellent story, well-developed characters, and a twisted plot that does not reveal itself fully until the final pages. Highly recommended.

Mar 19, 2014, 12:48 pm

#31 Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

This week my intent was to read Captain Blood, considered a classic, and a book that's been sitting on my shelves/e-reader for far too long.

I enjoyed Captain Blood, partly for the story, and partly for the verbal fencing. I loved how the title character was able to handle those who were under the impression that they were "somebody". Even the uncle of the love interest, Arabella, can't match wits or swords with Peter Blood.

The arrogance of the aristocracy of the time period is well portrayed, and the passages describing the battle tactics and life on the ship were interesting. None of the descriptions were distracting from the plot, which sailed right along. I was surprised to discover that this book was over 300 pages...it read much like a substantially shorter story.


Mar 25, 2014, 11:04 am

#32 Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Forty plus years after reading Treasure Island, I have finally completed my second book by Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped.

Protagonist David Balfour is the heir to his uncle's estate, but his uncle doesn't want to share, so he arranges for his nephew to be taken to the Carolinas as a slave. Sometimes plans just don't follow through as we'd like, and David finds himself on the run, trying to survive long enough to get home and enact revenge.

Good story, should be interesting and/or readable for youth and up.

Note: I gave this book three stars: the story moved along nicely, although the Scottish words used throughout the text had me skipping to the glossary in the back of the book, a lot.

Editado: Mar 25, 2014, 9:12 pm

#33 Carol by Frieda Friedman

Carol is unhappy with the way things have changed: she used to live in a house surrounded by green grass and trees, but now that her father is working in the city, her whole family has moved into a small and uncomfortable apartment. At first other children in the neighborhood want to be friends, but Carol's pouting and brooding over her current circumstances has alienated them. Will Carol stay friendless until she's old and cranky, like the downstairs neighbor, Miss Tyler, who is always complaining about everything, and never has anything good to say?

I liked this book, partly because of the way Carol is portrayed, as a little bit of a snob, who can't see that her own selfishness is keeping her from making friends. The author has created a character and situation that is a little deeper than many children's books, but without a "preachy" feel to it.

Mar 26, 2014, 10:17 pm

#34 The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

Betty is feeling lonely: her children live too far away to visit her, her granddaughter doesn't communicate, her friends are busy with their own families, and Christmas just around the corner isn't helping. Her new neighbor is also making it hard to be neighborly, and when a filthy and hungry dog shows up on Betty's steps, she just knows it's Jack's way of aggravating her further.

Despite it being predictable and not terribly well-written, I did enjoy this story, as a sweet and simple tale about love lost, and found again.

Editado: Mar 31, 2014, 9:51 pm

#35 Wild Brother by Mary E. Patchett

Mary Patchett was raised in the wild areas of Australia's Outback, and her knowledge of the terrain, weather, and creatures is very evident in her works. In Wild Brother, she tells the tales of the people of the Outback, and those of the wildlife, especially the dingos, the golden wild dogs, hunted and trapped mercilessly for their ravages upon the sheep herds.

What I like about this author's style is that she portrays nature (and man) as they are, without "Disney-fying" them. There is a cruel dingo hunter, who takes delight in enacting petty revenge upon animals, yet the other people, who also try to eliminate the wild dogs, do so without ill-will, but out of necessity.

I really liked Wild Brother, and plan to read more books by this author.

If you appreciate the straightforward nature/animal stories of Rutherford Montgomery, you should enjoy this book.

Editado: Abr 11, 2014, 9:47 pm

#36 Port Eternity by CJ Cherryh

This is a short novel about what happens when a ship gets lost in between galaxies, in a 'no man's land', and is unable to escape. The characterizations of the engineered servants and the "born" owners is interesting, and develops as the story progresses. I found myself sucked in and wondering how it was all going to turn out. I dropped it 1/2 a star for a less than satisfying ending, not typical of this author. Recommended.

Editado: Abr 11, 2014, 2:28 pm

#37 The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman

What a fun read this was, even for someone raised as a Red Sox fan!

A young boy idolizes Babe Ruth, but has never had the opportunity to see him play. On his birthday, he receives two presents: one is two tickets to go to see the Yankees and Red Sox play...but the second is a Red Sox jersey and cap, which his mother forces him to wear to the game! What's a young Yankee fan to do?

Loved the story, loved the illustrations, and I am looking forward to another book by Zachary Hyman, coming out later this year, called Hockey Hero.

Editado: Abr 11, 2014, 9:47 pm

#38 The Janitor's Girl by Frieda Friedman

Sue likes their new home in Manhattan, and is looking forward to making friends with other girls from school. But her older sister worries that their father's new job, being the apartment building's superintendent, aka janitor, might keep them from making friends.

This entertaining and sweet story of growing up in the city, in the 1960's, was a pleasant read.

Abr 12, 2014, 3:18 pm

#39 Cry of the Heart by Mary Elwyn Patchett

A somber look at the life of a cattleman and his family, in the Australian outback.

The author, Mary Elwyn Patchett, doesn't sugar-coat the harsh existence of people and animals in the unforgiving wilderness, but weaves a good story. I was reminded of The Thorn Birds as I read, another story full of the knowledge of the life people have and continue to live in many harsh corners of the world.

If you can't handle how cruel man and "nature" can be, I would suggest you skip this book. However, in skipping Cry of the Heart, you would miss a good "read". And you'd never meet Mu, and Juli.

Abr 12, 2014, 7:31 pm

Have just caught up on all your recent reviews. I love that you read from so many genres and find such interesting books!

Abr 12, 2014, 9:36 pm

Thank you, judylou. I just like stories!

Editado: Abr 15, 2014, 8:59 am

#40 Wild Horse by Glenn Balch

I have to start this review by saying I really enjoy books by Glenn Balch. His "horse/dog" books are not geared down to children, but can be read at either a juvenile or adult level.

I've read a couple books in this series but never book number 1, Wild Horse (aka The Stallion King). From the early pages of the story, I can see where the author set the stage for several books to follow. We meet Ben and Dixie, Steve and their parents who own the Tack Ranch. In this book we also are introduced to the horse trainer, "Gaucho" from South America.

The story, about a young man (Ben is about 13) and his younger sister, Dixie (love her independent spirit!) who monitor a wild horse herd several miles away from their ranch, in the wilds of Idaho. A new stallion has taken over, a huge black horse with obvious good breeding. They name him "King", and are cheered by the idea of his progeny helping to improve the "broomtails/scrubs" breeding of the area.

But when men arrive with intent to either capture or kill King, Ben and Dixie try to come up with a plan to save him.

Good story, nice characters, not sweet but real. Recommended.

Abr 16, 2014, 11:02 pm

#41 Swamp Cat by Jim Kjelgaard

Andy Gates lives on his own land, deep in the swamps. While he manages to make enough money trapping and doing odd jobs, he plans a way to make the swamp pay better. His main obstacle is Luke, a man who can't let go of the feud between their families. Andy's main ally and friend is Frosty, an extraordinarily independent cat.

Good read, with lots of information about wildlife.

Abr 28, 2014, 8:59 pm

Gotta share this, somewhere...


Maio 1, 2014, 12:49 pm

End of April stats:

6 books read and reviewed, total of 41 in 2014
3 ROOT books read and reviewed, total of 12 in 2014

Real life has been severely curtailing my reading, but I'm not giving up!

Come on May!!!

Maio 4, 2014, 9:34 am

#42 Horse Show Hurdles by Joan Houston

Horse Show Hurdles is a worthy continuation of Joan Houston's first book, Jump-shy. It's summer again, so Cynnie and Tam are back in Vermont visiting with their uncle. The Leroy stables has become the popular place to be, so after a dispute with the owner of the Wilby Stables, Uncle Peter moves his nieces' horses to Leroy's. Cynnie is thrilled due to her friends already being there, but Tam's loyalties are to Frank Wilby and his stable hand, Steven. The climax comes at the annual horse show, when Tam "grabs the reins" of a serious problem in an effort to protect her "big" sister.

I enjoyed this sequel almost as much as the previous book. All the characters are back, although the younger sister, Tam, is showing more maturity than her sibling, who can't say "no", no matter what the cost. The people are real, as are the situations, and the result was a very enjoyable read. I'll be looking for a copy of this book to add to my library for a future reread.

Editado: Maio 6, 2014, 11:07 pm

#43 Henry Reed's Journey by Keith Robertson

Henry Reed is back again, with his friend Midge and her parents, as they traverse the US from California to NJ. As usual, Henry doesn't intend for incidents to happen, but somehow each quiet day turns into an adventure, somehow...with an accidental gold rush, a bruising at Disney Land, and adoption by a Hopi tribe...just to name a few.

I've read three of the Henry Reed stories, and have enjoyed them for the humorous situations that Henry, the first person protagonist, gets himself into. While written in the late 1950's, some aspects of the stories might seem dated, but don't detract from the overall fun. Recommended.

Editado: Maio 9, 2014, 6:07 pm

#44 Early Birdy Gets the Worm by Bruce Lansky

Early Birdy wakes up before her nestmates, and decides to find her own breakfast. Instead of a meal, she discovers that getting the worm wasn't as easy as she thought.

This is a cute book for pre-readers, with only bright and colorful pictures to tell Early Birdy's story. It brought a smile to my face, and should bring joy (and countless re-readings!) to young children.

Editado: Maio 9, 2014, 6:07 pm

#45 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This currently has 568 reviews here on LT. What can I add to this huge resource of plot description and critical analysis?

How about how it made me feel?

I love quality dialogue, especially back and forth verbal sparring, and appreciate how the use of dialogue can help the reader come to truly know the characters he/she is reading about. Jane Eyre is like that. As I read this story, I felt as if I personally knew these people, their faults and shining moments. The extensive but not inappropriate use of (somewhat) archaic vocabulary within this story added another layer of depth to the book. Miss Bronte's writing style also made me smile, laugh, shake my head in wonder, and even "tsk tsk" when the characters did something unseemly. These were real people to me, and I wished I could join them for an evening of conversation and sharing.


Maio 9, 2014, 7:54 pm

#81 I laughed so much I snorted! Thank you!

Maio 10, 2014, 4:17 pm

#46 Lost Horse by Glenn Balch

Horse-runner Tom Sample shows up at the Tack Ranch one day, with a smirk on his face and a stranger in tow, Andy Blair. Andy's thoroughbred colt was stolen several years back, and he's never given up hope that he'd be found one day. Tom suggests that the wild horse, King, is Andy's long-lost colt, and offers to catch the wild stallion...for a fee, of course.

Ben and Dixie try to come up with a plan to keep King free and wild. Barring that, they intend to do anything to protect the wild herds from injury or worse, as Tom and his gang strive to capture King, no matter what it takes...including killing wild horses...

Editado: Maio 20, 2014, 9:38 pm

#47 The End of the Outlaws by Mary Elwin Patchett

This is the seventh in the "Ajax" series, about a young girl and her adventures growing up in the Australian Outback. The first few chapters are about the protagonist as a very little girl, before she got Ajax, her half Dingo companion. I thoroughly enjoyed the prequel chapters as well as the main story about cattle rustlers.

The Ajax series is autobiographic: the author really did have many, if not all of the experiences as written. The stories sound authentic, which makes them that much better. Recommended...if you can find it (I got my reading copy through an online lending library).

Editado: Maio 23, 2014, 6:46 pm

#48 Dave and His Dog, Mulligan by Jim Kjelgaard

Dave is 17, son of a game warden, and planning to follow in his father's footsteps. He finds himself in the desert with a rich game hunter, both trying to track down a man-killing lion with the help of Mulligan, Dave's mixed breed dog.

In this story we find ourselves in one of Jim Kjelgaard's favorite places: the wilderness, but instead of the piney woods of Pennsylvania, this time we are in the desert. The story is interesting, and kept my attention for the duration of the read. Kjelgaard's characters know the wilderness, the animals that live there, and the way a person must act in order to survive. Entertaining and recommended.

Maio 24, 2014, 3:12 pm

#49 Buck, Wild by Glenn Balch

This is the last book that Glenn Balch wrote, and it ranks with the best of his works. Told entirely from the perspective of a wild horse in contemporary Idaho, it is neither romantic or tragic, just realistic.

The story starts with the birth of a little yellow foal, the product of a range stallion and a wild mare in the mountainous areas of Idaho. As we read, we see Buck grow, survive, and overcome obstacles that wild horses face daily in order to live another day. Not Disney, but not depressing, either. Recommended.

Editado: Maio 26, 2014, 9:43 am

Woo! I am halfway through my 100 book challenge, a month ahead of schedule.

#50 Haunt Fox by Jim Kjelgaard

This was an engaging and fun read from cover to cover. Star is a young fox with wits and brains to match or exceed the humans and dogs in his home area. Due to having an uncanny ability to confound those who hunt him, and leaving six-toed tracks in the snow, local trapper Dade Matson refers to Star as a Ha'nt (Haunt/ghost) fox. The name sticks, and those who enjoy running their dogs against a fox take up the challenge.

Realistic, but not explicit, this is a thoroughly entertaining story for kids or adults.

Maio 28, 2014, 2:14 pm

Well done on reaching half way. all downhill until Christmas now...

Maio 28, 2014, 9:24 pm

Editado: Jun 1, 2014, 5:49 pm

#51 Mustang, a Horse of the Old West by Thomas C. Hinkle

Mustang and his mother are bought by young foreman and cowboy, Sam McSwain. Sam has plans for the bay colt with four white legs, but those change when Mustang is stolen.

Good, no...very good story of a horse and the men around him. It reminded me of Will James' book, Smoky, the Cow Horse, although not as detailed. Mustang is an entertaining read for adolescents or adults.

Jun 2, 2014, 2:41 pm

I now interrupt my usual thread of book reviews to give you a giggle:


Jun 2, 2014, 4:21 pm

*Like* That looks like an excellent set of tags to use >:-) I'd have far too much of the muddy yellow - that's why I write reviews, to act as memory joggers!

Jun 2, 2014, 4:26 pm

That is brilliant.

Sadly, just recently I have had rather too many of the bluey-grey final one.

Jun 3, 2014, 12:59 pm

#52 Billy Sunday: Evangelist of the Sawdust Trail by Rachael M. Phillips

I've heard much about Billy Sunday, the Christian evangelist from the early 1900s, but I discovered much more while reading this book, Billy Sunday: Evangelist of the Sawdust Trail.

One thing I really liked was that the author did not whitewash Mr. Sunday, making him into some holy prophet. Billy Sunday was a child from a broken home, and was always getting into trouble. For several years he and his brother lived in an orphanage, as his widowed mother was unable to provide for them. As an adult he played professional baseball, at the time that the leagues were getting started.

A chance encounter with a missionary led him to become a born-again Christian. Eventually, his faith would take him to become an evangelist, holding huge meetings in which thousands of people attending would come forward to repent and become Christians.

But not all went well for Billy: his children went astray despite their parents' faith, and he struggled with doing what was right versus wanting to help them out of their troubles.

Not a preachy book, but an interesting one. It made the legendary figure much more human. I plan to reread it at a later date.

Editado: Jun 5, 2014, 8:35 am

#53 The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

I really enjoyed this book, about how people handle pain and loss, and survive. It grabbed me from the first ten or so pages, and I found it difficult to put down. My only complaint is that the author found it necessary to insert somewhat graphic descriptions of sex in several situations. Aside from that, it is recommended.

Jun 5, 2014, 10:59 pm

#54 Old Nick and Bob by Thomas C. Hinkle

A favorite from my childhood, I recently was reminded of this book's title. I then borrowed it using Interlibrary Loan.

Old Nick and Bob is a book about two dogs wandering through the American "Old West". Old Nick, raised and loved by a boy until tragedy struck, is a gentle but wary giant of a dog. He finds and befriends Bob, a three month old puppy separated from his mother. Old Nick protects his new friend, trying to keep him safe from the dangers of the wilderness, but especially from man. But Bob has other thoughts, and a will of his own.

This story was a little more juvenile oriented than other books by the author. However, it held up well to my memories and expectations, and would probably also be enjoyed by any dog-loving adult.

Editado: Jun 7, 2014, 9:57 pm

#55 Gladys Aylward the Little Woman as told to Christine Hunter

This is a simple yet engaging autobiographic book about Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China. I had read another book about her, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, years ago, so some of the story seemed familiar.

I especially appreciated the parts I read about the hardships she and her adopted countrymen faced through war and hostile occupation. An interesting and unassuming little book. Recommended.

Editado: Jun 10, 2014, 8:16 am

Congratulations on exceeding the halfway mark! And I liked the dog video, that was cute. :)

Jun 10, 2014, 8:25 pm

>103 wookiebender:, thanks!

I thought the video was cute, too, and funny. :)

Editado: Jun 10, 2014, 9:28 pm

#56 Take the Dog Out by Lynne Dempsey

Coco wants to go out for a walk, but everyone is too busy to take her...what's a puppy to do?

I liked the illustrations, and there is plenty of action on each page to keep a young child interested.

Editado: Jun 15, 2014, 1:11 pm

#57 The Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes A Comprehensive History by Richard Sowers

This is certainly a comprehensive look at the history of the three Triple Crown races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. Each year has its own chapter, with descriptions of what the contenders did prior to the Triple Crown races, with analysis of the best horse, jockey, and owner(s). This would be a good book to dip into, or refer to with questions. For a diehard thoroughbred racing fan, it's a delight to read. Nice job.

Editado: Jun 15, 2014, 1:10 pm

#58 Rescue Dog of the High Pass by Jim Kjelgaard

This is the story of a young man who is inept in everything he attempts, aside from knowing how to survive on his own in the wilderness of the Alps.

Entertaining, but not as good as this author's other works.

Editado: Jun 15, 2014, 8:54 pm

#59 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot

Delightful read! I appreciated all the poetry devoted to Practical Cats. ;)

Editado: Jun 17, 2014, 12:03 am

#60 Valiant, Dog of the Timberline by Jack O'Brien

What fun! I really enjoyed this book, by the author of my favorite Silver Chief stories.

Adventure awaits us in Montana, with shepherd dog Valiant, his master, and the thousands of sheep that are under Valiant's watchful eyes.

Will the cattle baron force them off their legally filed claim? Will Valiant be able to protect his master, and his master's son? Stay tuned, and read on...

Editado: Jun 19, 2014, 7:22 am

#61 Ride the Wild Storm by Marjorie Reynolds

This is another good read by author Marjorie Reynolds. David is a troubled 12 year old: his parents are divorcing, and since his mother is ill, he is sent to Nantucket for the summer to "board" with a family who live there year round.

The Macy family is strange to David: the parents openly show affection to each other and their son, Bill. They also spend much time together as a family. At first David does not know how to act, but determines to somehow make it through the summer.

And then he meets Salty, a horse that is also being "boarded" at the Macy's, at least until a buyer can be found for the sweet-tempered little mare. David bonds with her, earnestly hoping that a buyer for Salty won't be found anytime soon.

The author has written other books about troubled youth and horses, and has an excellent way of conveying emotions, relationships, and situations without being melodramatic. This is my third Marjorie Reynolds book, and I plan to find and read more. Recommended.

Editado: Jul 8, 2014, 7:06 am

#62 QB VII by Leon Uris

This was my second read of a work by Leon Uris, and it was superb! In the first half of this book, the author introduces you to the two men who will eventually meet in court, "QB VII". Uris takes his time building so extensive a biography, that you really feel you know these people. I found myself having empathy for both Sir Adam Kelno and Abe Cady.

At the halfway point we are placed in QB VII court, with the barristers, judge, and jury, the plaintiff and defendant, and a sad assortment of witnesses. Due to the previously developed empathy, I felt strongly when the evidence came out, more so, I believe, because of the way the author introduced the characters in the first part of the book.

The court scenes are especially well-done, with plenty of tactics and terminology, and this book is highly recommended.

Jul 9, 2014, 7:20 am

#63 Jason, Nobody's Dog by Joyce Stranger

This is another enjoyable tale from Joyce Stranger, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

Jason is the result of an accidental breeding, a dog that no one wants. He finds himself owned by a man who cares nothing for him, but only feeds and houses Jason as a deterrent for burglars and thieves.

One day, Jason leaves and begins to wander, looking for someone to call his own, someone he can love.

As usual, the author has shown us a bit of the people and animals of Great Britain, this time from islands just off the west coast of Scotland. She writes with knowledge, and kindness, and love of her subject. Jason, Nobody's Dog is a quick read, not fluff, but a thoughtful story of love lost, and not just by Jason. Suitable for adolescents and adults, and recommended.

Editado: Jul 10, 2014, 10:11 pm

#64 Vet on Call by Joyce Stranger

The Joyce Stranger marathon continues...

Vet on Call is a light look at a newly certified veterinarian's first job, including different cases he has to handle in the first few days working at a busy practice. It reminds me, in some ways, of James Herriot's books, but not exactly.

Jul 10, 2014, 10:29 pm

looks like 2 a week is indeed doable. good job!

Jul 11, 2014, 1:17 pm

>114 majkia: thanks! I didn't do so well the last two weeks of June, and the first two weeks of July, but the average is still where it needs to be. :)

Editado: Jul 11, 2014, 10:32 pm

#65 Double Trouble: Vet Up the Wall by Joyce Stranger

In this book, we're back with Timothy ("tiny") Yorke and the veterinary staff from the first book, Vet on Call. Tim is settling into the routine of emergency calls balanced with booster shots for the pampered pooches and felines of the area. He is also learning how to train his dog, or rather, "dogs", since he has rescued a neglected puppy.

While never graphic, the author does include some episodes of rescue and treatment of animal cruelty victims. Still, it's a pleasant and enjoyable read.

Editado: Jul 14, 2014, 7:24 am

#66 Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak (translated into English)

Mikis lives on an island of Greece. One day his grandfather, Pappou, has a surprise for him: a donkey in the stable! Mikis loves the little donkey, and names her Tsaki. Mikis and Pappou gather wood for use during the cold winter ahead, and use Tsaki to haul it down the mountain. Mikis takes his work, and Tsaki's welfare extremely seriously, even bringing her to the doctor when he discovers she is wounded.

Lovely story, and illustrations!!

Editado: Jul 15, 2014, 3:15 pm

Here is a compilation of the best of my second quarter (April to June) reading:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Bambino and Me (Early Reviewer book) by Zachary Hyman

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

Editado: Jul 15, 2014, 11:32 pm

#67 A Dog Called Gelert by Joyce Stranger

I have read quite a few of this author's novels, but had not read any of her short stories before. What was really nice is she delivers as good a tale even within the confines of ten pages, which is the length of several of the stories. The exception in length (but not in quality) is the title story, which could be considered a novella.

Joyce Stranger had a talent for sharing the lives of people and their pets. This collection is another example of her writing abilities, and I recommend it as well.

Jul 19, 2014, 8:02 am

#68 Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card

I read and enjoyed the original book about Ender, Ender's Game, and at least two of its sequels, but had not reacquainted myself with Ender's universe for several years until this week, with Ender's Shadow.

Taken from the perspective of one of Ender's acquaintances, "Bean", this story parallels and complements its predecessor. I won't get into the plot, but will just suggest that if you appreciate intelligent yet personal SciFi, and/or enjoyed Ender's Game, you should read this book.

For me, it was a "I can't-participate-in-real-life-I've-got-to-finish-reading-this" type of book.

Note: I gave this book , but am considering upgrading it to . Either way, it is highly recommended.

Editado: Jul 19, 2014, 2:13 pm

#69 His Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

This is the story of a lonely man who comes across an injured collie, and how caring for it changes the man, for the better.

I enjoyed this book almost as much as some of the author's other stories. Recommended.

Editado: Jul 21, 2014, 8:59 pm

#70 The Midnight Colt by Glenn Balch

Another summer has arrived, with a surprise: Ben and Dixie find themselves the owners of a racehorse that won't listen or obey. Ben is determined that he can undo Peck O' Trouble's bad habits, but will he have the time to do so before school starts? And if Peck can be retrained, who would want to buy him?

I enjoyed this addition to the Tack Ranch series, although I didn't feel it was as good as the previous books. I still would recommend it as a solid ranch/horse story.

Editado: Jul 23, 2014, 11:01 pm

#71 The River by Gary Paulsen

Brian is back in the wilderness, convinced by a psychologist and by his own conscience, that he needs to partly recreate his survival experiences. There's an adult with him, and they are prepared, what could go wrong?

Good sequel to the first book, The Hatchet.

Editado: Jul 24, 2014, 11:16 pm

#72 Wolf: A Range Dog by Thomas C. Hinkle

Not one of this author's best works, but still it is quite readable.

A younger child would probably appreciate it more than I did.

Jul 27, 2014, 5:39 pm

#73 The Duck-footed Hound by Jim Kjelgaard

Harky and his father live in the wilderness, living off their crops and livestock. While without much "book larning", and a tendency to believe superstition, they are wise in the ways of the woods, and the creatures within. One of the creatures is a wily raccoon, Old Joe, believed to be a supernatural animal.

I did enjoy reading this story, but found it a little different from the author's better known books. Part of the reason for this difference might be that this story was published after the death of Jim Kjelgaard, or perhaps putting more humor into his tales was a late trend of his.

Jul 28, 2014, 9:53 pm

#74 Vet Riding High by Joyce Stranger

This is yet another highly enjoyable installment of Tim Yorke's adventures as a new veterinarian. Six months have passed since Tim started working at Fitz' practice, his puppies are growing up, and with an additional vet joining the team, Tim is finding some time to dedicate to his love of horses.

I like this series as I do most of this author's other books: she writes of real people, and their real animals, as well as the situations they face daily. Recommended.

Editado: Jul 30, 2014, 12:32 pm

#75 No More Horses by Joyce Stranger

In this book we're back with young veterinarian Dr. Tim Yorke and the usual bunch at Dr. Fitz' veterinary practice. If you enjoyed any of the previous three books, or even like James Herriot's works, you'll probably enjoy this latest installment of a fun series!

Editado: Jul 31, 2014, 9:25 pm

#76 Firmin by Sam Savage

For me, Firmin was uneven. It started well, but got bogged down with never-ending soliloquies, picked up some with Firmin's change of residence, and finally slid down a maudlin slope.

Ago 1, 2014, 10:28 pm

#77 Dial V.E.T. by Joyce Stranger

The weather has caused terrific troubles as we begin the fifth book of the Dr. Tim Yorke series. Aunt Dora is back, and with grandiose plans that will not be constrained. Even Dr. Fitz is infected by the prevalent enthusiasm.

I'm sorry this is the last book in the "Tim Yorke, Vet" series. I was hoping a couple loose ends might have been tied...

Ago 5, 2014, 7:55 am

#78 The Flaxy Mare by Glenn Balch

First off, let me say that I've yet to read anything by this author that was sub-par or that I didn't want to finish. Glenn Balch knew horses, wild animals, and the environment in which they lived, and it shows in his writing. Nothing is unbelievable, everything is realistic without being graphic or gory. Balch's works are suitable for all ages.

Like other books by this author, The Flaxy Mare is about Idaho, cowboys, and horses, including the subject of the story, a wild horse. Flaxy is born in the wild, offspring of a wild mare with obvious Thoroughbred ancestry. At an early age the filly is cared for by a young cowboy, but soon finds herself on her own in the wilderness.

I enjoyed this book, although it's not the best book I've read by this author. It's entertaining, and possibly will be reread in the future, but I am not rushing out to buy the book. Recommended, especially for horse lovers and Glenn Balch aficionados .

Editado: Ago 25, 2014, 12:02 pm

#79 Frightful's Daughter by Jean Craighead George

I ordered this online, but did not realize it was a picture book until it arrived.

But a very nice picture book it is, aimed at young readers, but also enjoyable for adults who don't have issues with reading children's books. I'll keep it until I can regift it to an appropriate child...or adult.

Editado: Ago 26, 2014, 10:43 pm

#80 Those Who Love by Irving Stone


The author notes that it took 4 1/2 years of research and writing to complete this biography of John and Abigail Adams, and it shows. But this story is never dry, stuffy, or boring. The Adams are real, fleshed-out, living and breathing people. Their love story is beautiful, enviable, not sappy, nor overly sweet.

If you want to read about true courage, determination, and drive...if you want to see true friendship, love, and lifelong commitment, find a copy of Those Who Love and a place to hide, until you're done reading. You won't want to put it down...I didn't!

Ago 29, 2014, 10:23 pm

#81 The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean

I have enjoyed watching the movie The Guns of Navarone on numerous occasions, but never read the original book, not until now.

And as much as I like the movie, I equally like the book, which is different from the film in many areas.

The author drew me into the story, immersed me deep within the players, and kept me turning page after page, even though technically I already knew the ending. I got lost, for a time, on a small island, some 70 years ago.

I am definitely going to try other books by this author.

Ago 30, 2014, 12:23 am

#82 Wolf Brother by Jim Kjelgaard

This is the story of a young Apache, raised in the east, but driven to return to the West, to his people and their ways. I thought that the author did a good job portraying both sides of the Apache vs. US Army conflicts.

This is definitely worth a reread.

Editado: Ago 30, 2014, 10:11 pm

#83 The Enforcer by Jack Burbridge

Jack has a violent temper and a desire to "go his own way", and has been like that since he was a child.

As an adult "Happy Jack" becomes an "Enforcer", a thug who collects protection money for an organized crime syndicate. He takes pleasure in hurting people, stealing, and generally breaking every law on the books.

But then one day Jack meets a cop with a difference, and this Enforcer's life will never be the same.

I appreciated this story of the bad guy who has it all, yet one day realizes that he needs something more than life can give him...and turns from crime to God. The story wasn't contrived, but came across as honest and sincere.

Editado: Ago 31, 2014, 10:18 pm

#84 Henry and the Clubhouse by Beverly Cleary

Henry is excited at the prospect of building a clubhouse in his backyard. With the money he earns from his paper route, he hopes to buy a sleeping bag, and be able to stay overnight in the clubhouse once it is finished. However, Ramona the 5 year old who lives nearby keeps interfering with his plans, what can he do to keep her from bothering him?

Another fun read by Beverly Cleary.

Set 1, 2014, 9:46 am

#85 Stolen Pony by Glen Rounds

Last night I read this book. It is a simple story that lovers of horses, dogs, cowboys, and the like, should also enjoy. It is about a pretty pony that is stolen by horse thieves, but abandoned once it is discovered that the pony is blind. Assisted by his friend, a dog, the pony tries to find his way home. Cute story, I liked it.

Editado: Set 30, 2014, 7:58 am

#86 The High Divide by Lin Enger (An Early Reviewer book)

With fifteen reviews already posted here on LibraryThing, I don't think another rehash of the plot of The High Divide is necessary.

So what else can I say about it?

I liked it.

It was actually a pretty good book, with a story that was interesting enough for me to want to finish, to see how everything turned out. It reminded me of other westerns that I have enjoyed reading.

Set 11, 2014, 8:02 pm

#87 Duel for the Crown by Linda Carroll and David Rosner

I'm almost finished with this book, so I'll go ahead and review it.

This non-fiction work, about the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar during their short racing careers, has been interesting and full of information about not only those two thoroughbreds, but the people surrounding them. As done with another recent read of mine, Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, this story would pause for a flashback of information about a trainer, or a jockey, or owner. While the authors used this similar literary device to complete gaps in the narrative, I did not feel myself drawn in to the story, nor did I care about the characters as much as with the book about Seabiscuit. In the latter book, I wanted Red Pollard to overcome, but in this story I felt entirely neutral about Steve Cauthen. Too bad.

If you like sports history or horse racing, this book will give you a tremendous amount of information in a non-boring method. I do recommend it, but will probably not read it again.

Addendum: I figured out what is missing from this book...heart!!

Editado: Set 30, 2014, 7:57 am

#88 Living Beyond Terrorism by Zieva Lynn Dauber Konvisser (An Early Reviewer book)

I did appreciate the testimonies by survivors of terrorist acts, but found the writing style uncomfortable: it does not flow like a literary book. As another reviewer pointed out, this is a dissertation, and reads much like one. It is still worth reading.

Set 22, 2014, 9:52 pm

#89 Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary

We're back with Henry Huggins, Beezus, her little sister Ramona, and Ribsy. Henry wants a bicycle, and keeps trying different schemes to earn enough money to buy one. Beezus tries to help, but surprisingly, it's 4 year old Ramona the Pest that helps the most!

Fun read, good for all ages.

Editado: Set 26, 2014, 7:56 am

#90 Coyote Song by Jim Kjelgaard

This is one of the author's "swan songs", completed and/or published after his early death in 1959. While much of his later works don't appeal to me as much as his earlier Big Red series, this stand-alone book was enjoyable to read.

Hairy Gunston is the head guard at the Coyotito Prison Camp, somewhere in the middle of the desert in the southwestern US. With his two dogs, Turkey the bloodhound, and Diablo, a vicious crossbreed, he keeps most of the prisoners from even thinking about escape attempts. Living nearby in his adobe hut is Joe Watson, a native American. Joe lives off the precious gems he collects to sell to tourists, but when Joe comes across a small pocket of gold, Hairy finds out about it and plans to make it his own, getting rid of Joe in the process.

Interwoven with this story is the lives of two coyotes in the vicinity, Dusty and his mate, Nan. It's not a heavy-handed account, nor as brutally honest as other authors such as Rutherford Montgomery or Thomas C. Hinkle, but it isn't fluff either. I liked the more "adult" theme in this story, with the humans and their desires contrasting with the wildlife that kills only to eat, not for monetary gain.

Good read, will be a reread in the future for me, I am sure.

Editado: Set 26, 2014, 6:57 pm

#91 Fanny Crosby: the Hymn Writer by Bernard Ruffin

An uneven but informative biography about a woman who, though blind from infancy, wrote thousands of poems, many of which were put to music. She is still beloved for her tireless contributions to Christian and secular music. This work is not a bad read, but it could have used some more editing.

Editado: Set 26, 2014, 9:22 pm

#92 Maggie By My Side by Beverly Butler

This was a pleasant little book about the author's experiences with a new guide dog, Maggie.

Editado: Set 28, 2014, 9:28 am

#93 A Nose for Trouble by Jim Kjelgaard

After a five year absence, Tom arrives back in his old mountain town, intent on just catching up, not staying long. After acquiring a horse, and being adopted by a half Bloodhound named Smokey, things get interesting...

Someone is decimating wildlife populations, and it's up to Tom and Smokey to "read the signs" in order to catch the perpetrators. Good, above average read by this author.

Editado: Set 30, 2014, 7:59 am

#94 The Baron's Honourable Daughter by Lynn Morris (An Early Reviewer book)

I've not read anything from this author, before, although I've ready many Regency romance-type books. Some were good, some were awful, but this book is in the first category.

Valeria is the step-daughter of an inattentive man. When he dies suddenly, her mother is unable to cope, and Valeria has to take charge of the affairs of the household, despite being only eighteen. A distant cousin of her step-father arrives to assist in any way he can, and sparks of dislike and attraction fly.

I wasn't sure if I would like this story, as I'm rather choosy when it comes to Regency, preferring Marion Chesney's works to those of most other authors. However, after I "got into" this book, I found myself enjoying it. The author gives enough information about the times, the settings, the furniture, etc. but without overdoing it: she appears to understand the period very well but doesn't overwhelm the reader with her knowledge. The characters were fairly well developed, and I found myself appreciating them for their individual characteristics.

Definitely worth a read, and possibly a reread.

Editado: Out 4, 2014, 6:02 am

#95 A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

This is a superb account of the last hours of the Titanic. The author doesn't overwhelm the reader with facts, but succinctly tells of this tragedy through the eyes of the survivors. I found myself turning the pages eagerly, wanting to see how it ended, and who would survive. The stories of courage and self-sacrifice touched me. Excellent read, sobering.

Editado: Out 9, 2014, 7:16 am

#96 Little Vic by Doris Gates

This is the engaging story of Pony Rivers, a young man who wants to spend his life with horses, and the misunderstood racehorse that he follows from one owner to the next, across the country.

I loved this when I first read it, at age 10 or so, and enjoyed it again on a reread yesterday. This story of love, redemption, and acceptance is suitable for all ages. Recommended.

Out 10, 2014, 6:52 pm

#97 Belles on Their Toes by Frank Gilbreth

This is a highly enjoyable continuation of Cheaper by the Dozen. It is the 1920's: the children are growing up, often without parental oversight, but yet managing to handle the family finances, as well as their siblings' defense from over-amorous boyfriends and schoolyard bullies.

The stories of the Gilbreth family brings to remembrance our own special holidays, squabbles with brothers or sisters, and situations when we joined ranks against outsiders.

Warning: this book may bring a certain wetness to the eye upon reflections of times past. It is fun and poignant, and a good read.

Editado: Out 16, 2014, 7:37 am

#98 Mrs. Coverlet's Magicians by Mary Nash

Housekeeper/nanny Mrs. Coverlet needs to leave her charges again, but she isn't going to allow Malcomb, Molly, and Theobold ("Toad") to be by themselves, so she asks nosy neighbor Miss Eva to watch the children for a week. But Miss Eva's ideas of diet and living conditions are opposite of what the children are used to, and when the Toad's cats are locked in the basement, something's gotta give.

I loved this book as a child, and it holds up well for an adult reading. Some of the aspects of the story are dated or totally unrealistic, but it's still all good fun in this "Home Alone" type story from 1961.

Out 26, 2014, 9:01 pm

Ten days between books completed...tsk, tsk...

#99 The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories

While I appreciate and enjoy the full-length novels by this author, in my opinion where he excelled was in the realm of short story writing. This collection contains many of his better tales, including those about Texas Ranger, Chick Bowdrie. If you're new to L'Amour's works, checking out this collection might be a good way to familiarize yourself with his brand of storytelling.

Editado: Out 27, 2014, 1:26 am

I did it!!! And a ROOT book, too. :)

#100 The Black Fawn by Jim Kjelgaard

Bud arrives at the Bennett's farm scared, unsure, and worried for his future. What could this elderly couple want from him, and if he isn't able to work hard enough, will they send him back to the orphanage?

But then Bud stumbles upon a newborn black fawn, apparently motherless like himself, and draws courage for his uncertain future. As the months and years go by, it seems to Bud that whenever he is upset, he sees his black fawn, black stag, and derives peace from knowing it still lives.

This story had a sweetness not typical of other books by this author, and I enjoyed reading about Bud and his relationship with Gram and Gramps, his adoptive family.

Out 27, 2014, 2:10 am

Congratulations on getting to 100, Fuzzi :)

Out 27, 2014, 6:59 am

Hurrah, well done on 100. 2 books a week is clearly not just doable, but a doddle.

Out 27, 2014, 7:02 am


Editado: Out 27, 2014, 10:57 am

And one more, for good measure...

#101 Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

This Early Reviewer book is the screenplay for my most favorite musical, one I have seen both in the 1972 movie version and once on stage. If you've enjoyed any production of Fiddler on the Roof, you should also enjoy reading this version of the screenplay.

I heard the music in my mind as I read the words, and found it much like seeing again this wonderful production of screen and stage. It was fun to read some of the dialogue that my ears never had deciphered, and even coming upon a musical number that I had not seen before.

Even if you are unfamiliar with the Broadway/Hollywood versions, you might appreciate reading a witty yet poignant story of tradition, change, loss, and gain. A keeper for my shelves!

Out 27, 2014, 12:16 pm

Congrats on reaching your goal!!

Out 27, 2014, 12:17 pm

>157 mabith: thank you, and thanks for visiting my thread! :)

Editado: Out 31, 2014, 11:38 pm

#102 Red Fox by Charles G. D. Roberts

A thoroughly engaging story of a red fox in the Canadian wilds. Well-written, realistic, without being overly sentimental, this story should please lovers of nature. As ever in the wilds, death and danger are present in the lives of animals, but this author does not glorify the harsh reality of the north woods.

Tamer and kinder than similar books of its era (such as those written by Jack London), it is appropriate for youth or adult reading. Recommended.

Nov 2, 2014, 6:06 am

#103 War Party by Louis L'Amour

War Party continues to be one of my favorite collections of short stories by this author. The story that gave this book its name was later expanded into Bendigo Shafter, in which one of the key characters is a strong and resourceful widow. "The Gift of Cochise" was eventually expanded into a full length story, Hondo, which is a good novel in itself but I prefer the simplicity of the shorter version. Even virtually unknown stories such as "One for the Pot", about a mail-order bride's role in a land war, remain my favorite "comfort reads", to be read and enjoyed over and over. If you want to see why some of us enjoy Louis L'Amour's books so much, this would be a good place to start reading.

Editado: Nov 4, 2014, 9:38 am

#104 The Lone Winter by Anne Bosworth Greene

This was a delightful read, a journal by a woman who chose to spend an entire winter alone on her farm, set in the mountains of Vermont.

While I generally don't particularly enjoy "descriptive" literature (James Fenimore Cooper comes to mind), this work was fun to read, as the author described not only the beauty of the seasons, but the wildlife, the farm animals, and the mundane issues of her home as well.

She was an artist with her choice of words. Recommended.

Editado: Nov 28, 2014, 8:23 pm

#105 Bird Children: the Little Playmates of the Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon and M.T. Ross

This is an amusing and quaint book of birds, or is it children dressed as birds? Each page has an illustration of a bird, with a short rhyme about it. For the young, or young-at-heart.

Thanks to MarthaJeanne for the recommendation.

Editado: Nov 8, 2014, 10:05 pm

#106 Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean

This is a sequel to The Guns of Navarone, and includes part of the sabotage team in a new endeavor, on the Yugoslavian battlefront.

I enjoyed this follow-up, although not quite as much as I did the previous book. However, there's still plenty of action and plot twists to engage and entertain. Recommended.

Nov 16, 2014, 5:50 am

Congratulations on reaching 100!

Nov 16, 2014, 7:48 am

Editado: Nov 17, 2014, 8:16 pm

#107 Wyoming Summer by Mary O'Hara

The author of perennial favorite My Friend Flicka tells us of one summer at her Wyoming ranch.

While the author relates events during this particular summer, it is not formatted as a daily journal. Amongst the routine of ranch life she interjects passages of her thoughts and dreams, of memories from times past, of childhood illnesses and visits to foreign places. Through it all, we read of her passion for music, her drive to create compositions worthy of publication. And we meet and grow fond of those in her life: the boys who spend time at the ranch for riding camp, the indigent men who are willing to labor until their need for liquor is too strong to resist, her military husband who has a soft spot for nature's beauty, and the non-human characters who live, and sometimes die, in the wilds of the American West.

I really liked this book, but need to meditate upon it some more before I read anything else.

Nov 22, 2014, 8:24 am

#108 Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

On July 2, 2014, a World War II veteran died. On November 22, 2014 I finished reading about that veteran, Louis Zamperini, in Unbroken:, a wonderfully written story by Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend). It was engrossing, riveting, enthralling, and more similar adjectives than I can recall here.

As I read this book, I was surprised, not necessarily by the thoroughness of the author's research, nor by the fantastic way she drew me in to this man's story, but by the detail of what Louis and other veterans endured during those days of infamy. I knew much of WWII, but not to the degree that was displayed here.

I can state with certainty that this will be one of the best reads for me in 2014. Well done Laura...and Louis!

Editado: Nov 23, 2014, 7:47 pm

#109 The Strong Shall Live by Louis L'Amour

This book is an above average collection of Louis L'Amour's short stories, each one an example of the will to survive against the odds. In one tale, an actor faces certain death in order to protect innocents, while in another story Jim Bostwick realizes that he can't possibly survive an encounter with a gunfighter, an encounter he can't find a way to avoid. Each story has a different scenario, without predictable results or typical characters.

This collection contains ten stories of people facing danger and death, with courage and determination, without backing down. I liked each and every one of these narratives.

Nov 25, 2014, 8:42 pm

#110 A Family of Foxes by Eilis Dillon

This is a charming story about a group of boys whose home is a small island off the coast of Ireland. The local population is fixated on superstition and myths, with an especial hatred and animosity aimed at foxes, mainly for the supposed magical powers the animals wield.

When the four young friends come across a pair of silver-furred foxes in the surf, survivors of an accident at sea, they plan to keep the foxes as long as they can, without breathing a word to anyone else. But how can they house, feed, and water the animals? And how long can they keep the foxes' existence a secret from those who would kill them?

An enjoyable book, with enough detail about the island and its inhabitants to make it sound authentic. Recommended for all ages.

(and this was also a ROOT book!)

Nov 27, 2014, 12:29 am

#111 The Crossing by Gary Paulsen

An intriguing and intense short book about a young Mexican orphan surviving on the streets of Juarez. The story includes a Vietnam vet who crosses into Mexico nightly, to drink away the ghosts of his past. And one night, the two meet, and both their lives are changed, for better...or worse.

The Crossing was different from other works by this author, partly in how the veteran's rambling and drunken thoughts were described. It is not a "feel good" story, but definitely riveting, and worth reading.

Nov 28, 2014, 8:22 pm

#112 Valley of the Sun by Louis L'Amour

I believe that the short story was the best area to showcase Louis L'Amour's writing talents, and this collection is a good example of what he could write in a couple dozen pages. As I read each tale, I again saw the author's sense of humor displayed, as is not always evident in the Western genre. In one example from this collection, a gambler is caught cheating, and reaches for his gun just as the victim of the crime starts shooting. To quote: "Lead, received in those proportions and with that emphasis and range, is reliably reported to be indigestible."

As usual, these are entertaining stories, with believable characters, and definitely worth a read. Recommended.

Nov 30, 2014, 8:20 pm

#113 The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, even though it had been recommended. It is the story of Daniel, a youth in Israel during the Roman occupation, and as it progressed, I found myself enjoying how the characters were developed. I also had vivid pictures in my mind of the people, the settings, as if I were watching a movie. Well done!

If you've read Ben Hur, it is similar in some ways, but not as if the author borrowed from Lew Wallace's classic tale. Good read.

Editado: Dez 2, 2014, 7:37 am

#114 Lonigan by Louis L'Amour

Good, solid set of stories about people and situations in the west.

Editado: Dez 6, 2014, 8:14 am

#115 The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan

I have fallen in love with this story about Liam and Lily, who make one Christmas a happier time for a lonely individual. It's written for "young readers" age 7 and up, but was a delightful tale for all ages. As an added bonus, the illustrations are superb!

Addendum: if the name of the author sounds familiar, you might recall her books about Sarah Plain and Tall.

Editado: Dez 6, 2014, 9:32 pm

#116 Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

The youngest of Anne's children, Rilla, is almost 15, and ready for the gaiety of more grown-up activities such as parties, and dances, and having a beau. But suddenly conflict overseas in Europe flares into war, dragging all the young men into military service; Rilla finds herself growing up quickly as her brothers and friends become soldiers for England and Canada's cause in World War I.

The final book in the Anne of Green Gables series is a little darker than the preceding books, but that is to be understood, due to the setting. It had been years since I'd read the previous books in this series, so relationships for some of the characters remained a dim memory, but I still enjoyed this story of irrepressible "Anne-with-an-E".

Dez 6, 2014, 9:32 pm

#117 More Perfect Than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan

We're back with the Witting family, but the narrator's job has been passed from Caleb to his little sister, Cassie. Cassie is now eight years old, with an imagination as large as the prairie where they live. There is change in the air, and Cassie's world is rocked from its routine; she doesn't like it, and expresses her feelings in her journal.

I adore Cassie and her imagination. This is a lovely addition to the Sarah Plain and Tall saga.

Editado: Dez 6, 2014, 9:47 pm

#118 Grandfather's Dance by Patricia MacLachlan

This book is a sweet conclusion to the Sarah Plain and Tall series. Company is coming from far away for a special event, while Grandfather has his hands full with little Jack.

Dez 7, 2014, 7:35 pm

#119 The Island by Gary Paulsen

The Island is a tale of discovery, of a young teen spending his days on a small island, observing and meditating upon what he sees, and how it makes him feel. Wil writes and paints, while his family and the locals try to figure out what is "wrong" with him. An interesting and thoughtful read.

Dez 10, 2014, 10:27 pm

#120 End of the Drive by Louis l'Amour

An excellent series of short stories that remained in a box for years, undiscovered, until after the author's death. Included are tales that were the basis or inspiration for novels to come such as Fallon, Kiowa Trail, Tucker, Kid Rodelo, The Lonesome Gods, and the superb Last of the Breed...time for a reread of that one! For fans of the Sackett series, there's another installment about Tell included as well. Highly recommended.

Editado: Dez 15, 2014, 10:54 pm

#121 Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (an Early Reviewer choice)

Russell and Holmes are back, on their previously-mentioned trip to Japan that takes place in the timeframe between Locked Rooms and The Game. There seems to be less sleuthing and more cultural learning in this latest installment of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes universe. However, I read it straight through, enjoyed it, and suspect that fans of this series will probably not be disappointed.

Dez 21, 2014, 10:06 am

#122 Saving Simon by Jon Katz

Having already read another of Jon Katz' books (The Second-chance Dog) and being a regular reader of his blog, I knew, pretty much, that I would appreciate this book.

Katz is not a sappy sweet author as far as his works go, but is practical, informative, and just a little bit mystic about his subjects. Saving Simon was no exception, and the author's journalism background showed in his writing as well.

I liked how the author's thoughts on compassion was explored, and it made me contemplate some on how I (and all of us) define compassion, and apply it in our own lives.

Note: if you don't handle death and animal cruelty well, you might not like reading this work. It is not graphic or gratuitous about sensitive issues, but some might not be comfortable with Jon Katz' practical thoughts on animals' suffering.

Editado: Dez 23, 2014, 8:19 am

#123 Law of the Desert Born by Louis L'Amour.

This is an above-average collection of short stories by that iconic Western author. Included are two stories about Mathurin "Matt" Sabre, and one with Kim Sartain, familiar to those who have read stories of Ward McQueen from the Tumbling K ranch. Included, too, is the gripping "Trap of Gold", also in the War Party collection. Not a lame steer in this bunch, recommended to any who just like a good short story.

Dez 26, 2014, 1:19 pm

Fourth Quarter Best Reads!!

I had a bunch of books this quarter, but I am listing the best of those, and better reads, here:

The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan

Wyoming Summer by Mary O'Hara

The Lone Winter by Anne Bosworth Greene

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

War Party by Louis L'Amour

But the best, by far, this quarter is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, a solid . I plan to go see the movie version, later today.

Dez 27, 2014, 12:19 pm

#124 The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

I recall the news stories about NFL star Michael Vick's criminal charges leading to his prison term, but do not recall anything about the dogs involved in the dog-fighting case. This book is the story about where the dogs came from, their "rehabilitation", and where they are now. It is mainly a neutral work, but condemnation for the horrific cruelty these dogs experienced can't help but come through the printed page.

The author writes in a realistic manner, which might be hard for the more tender-hearted to handle. However, the descriptions of the dogs' living (and in some cases, dying) conditions are not gratuitously added, but serve a purpose: to show what the dogs survived, and why they deserved a chance at a normal life.

I especially loved the later chapters, where the foster families and rehabilitation personnel's efforts were documented. Expect to shed tears of sorrow and joy as you read. Recommended.

Editado: Dez 28, 2014, 6:55 pm

#125 The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

This is an entertaining little book, full of short essays about each time the Thames River froze, all throughout English history.

Jan 1, 2015, 12:13 pm

2014 Wrap-up...

Despite reading until I fell asleep last night, I did not add to my 2014 total of 125 books read, but perhaps I can do as well in 2015.

In 2014 I also read 40 books that had been "unread on my shelves" (ROOT) for a year or more, culling many that I probably will not reread.

Now, for my best reads of 2014...all :

1. Those Who Love by Irving Stone

2. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reread)

4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Choosing an actual order was not easy, these were all excellent reads!

On to 2015, here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/184858#4960286