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Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
3.97
it was amazing
I re-read this book (the second book in the Space Trilogy) for at least the second time as the September selection for my Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club (me ...more
Sep 10, 2012
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
That Old Ace in the Hole
3.73
it was amazing
I am not a stranger to Annie Proulx’s fiction; back in 1996 I read The Shipping News, her 1993 novel that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1994 ( ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
 
A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, prequel stories 0.1-0.3)
4.08
it was amazing
This is a book that is not in the series of Brother Cadfael mysteries, as it is not a novel; it is a book that contains three separate stories about B ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
 
The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #6)
4.11
it was amazing
Ist recorded reading: September 2002

I had forgotten just how good this particular Brother Cadfael mystery is; I had read it in September, 2002, and re
...more
May 05, 2010
May 06, 2009
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.04
it was amazing
No recorded readings, but read prior to 1999
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This book is one that I have always loved, although the last time
...more
Aug 14, 2017
Jan 1999
Aug 10, 2017
 
Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
4.00
it was amazing
This is the second Kay Scarpetta murder mystery, and I found it even better than the first one, if only because the killer did not come out of nothing ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
 
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
3.77
it was amazing
I had seen a review of this book, and duly checked it out of the library; who knew that Church controversies of the 5th century could be so interestin ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Travels in Hyperreality
3.88
liked it
This is a book of essays covering the years from 1973 through 1986 by Umberto Eco, the Italian novelist (The Name of the Rose), semiotician, and cultu ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
 
The Moonstone
3.90
it was amazing
I finished re-reading this mystery novel (written in 1868, by a contemporary of Charles Dickins) on Monday, a day ahead of my Third Tuesday Book Club ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 11, 2014
 
Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography
4.13
it was amazing
I finished reading this short book (which is more of a contemplative book than a biography) last evening. I am quite devoted to Julian of Norwich (c. ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
The Rose Rent (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #13)
4.13
it was amazing
1st Recorded Reading: February 11, 2005

One would think that Abbot Radulfus of the Abbey would have long since confined Brother Cadfael to his herbariu
...more
Jun 17, 2010
Apr 24, 2009
 
The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain
4.28
it was amazing
I started reading this collection as my bedtime reading just after the start of the new year; it took me this long to read the book because Mark Twain ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
4.31
it was amazing
I had always understood that during the time when the Nazis were in control of Germany the Christian Churches were lonely bastions of sanity, defendin ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
 
The Bad Popes
3.68
it was amazing
What makes a Pope a bad Pope? That, of course, is a question open to debate; but the author of this work (published in 1969, several Popes ago) makes ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
The Best American Short Stories of the Century
4.13
it was amazing
This book has been my occasional bedtime reading material since the middle of September (OK, there was a while when I wasn’t reading before going to s ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Sep 07, 2010
 
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life
3.88
it was amazing
The author grew up in California, the only daughter of an Irani mother and a German father, and as she grew up American rather than Irani, her mother ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
The Complete Fairy Tales
4.29
it was amazing
Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogu ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
 The Complete Miss Marple Short Stories
4.18
it was amazing
I do like a book with either short stories or short chapters (or both) for my nightly reading before I retire; and this book of all of the Miss Marple ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
 
When the Heart Waits
4.17
it was amazing
I have read both The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair; the author of those novels wrote this spiritual work some twelve years before writing ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson
4.07
it was amazing
Nigel Nicolson (1917 – 2004), the author of this work that was published in 1973, was the second son of Harold Nicholson (1886 – 1958) and Vita Sackvi ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
Ellen Foster
3.76
really liked it
First Recorded Reading: May 9, 1999

I first read this short novel back in May of 1999, because it was an Oprah Book Club book; I thought at the time th
...more
Aug 23, 2011
not set
Aug 17, 2011
 
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
3.57
it was amazing
I had no clue it would take me no time to read this book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997; but reading it puts one into a dreamlike s ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
The Best of Sholem Aleichem
4.39
it was amazing
This collection of short fiction pieces was my bedtime reading for several nights. Most of the stories are humorous, with an undercurrent of tragedy, ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
The Transition of H. P. Lovecraft: The Road to Madness
4.30
it was amazing
First Recorded Reading: October 9, 2000


In my continuing quest for interesting bedtime reading, I have finished this cheerful volume of dark tales from
...more
Nov 11, 2010
not set
Nov 08, 2010
 
Far Horizons:: All New Tales From The Greatest Worlds Of Science Fiction
3.76
really liked it
This book of science fiction short stories (from 1999) was not quite what I expected. There are many science fiction writers who have created whole ne ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans
3.31
really liked it
This was a good non-fiction book about how and why the earliest men (and women) in various areas of the globe first took to the sea; I can’t say it wa ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
 
Scenic Driving: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
4.02
it was amazing
On Friday, September 26, 2009, I found this book at the museum store of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Indeed, I first found the ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
it was amazing
Once again, I have finished my Third Tuesday Book Club book in time to do my book review before I go to the meeting at 7:00 pm tonight at the Barnes & ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
 
The Time Keeper
3.84
it was amazing
I am personally appalled that I have not read any books to completion lately (due to reading large, complicated books); but I read this little book to ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
 
The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas
3.78
liked it
Once in a while I get a book in my Books To Read bookcase that looks intimidating; and indeed, this book was intimidating, but I did manage to read it ...more
May 08, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
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