Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Books o' the Month: Too many to list in the title!

Let's start with Carbonel: The King of Cats, a children's book first published in 1955.  I have been reading this, a chapter a night, to my kiddos.  I would recommend it for ages 5-10 (and older).  Not scary or violent (besides a bit of a fight at the end), set in London, with adventure, magic, and...cats!  This is the first of a trilogy, and we are reading the second book now so, more to come.
I finished another Diana Gabaldon book, Lord John and the Hand of Devils.  Lord John, a minor Outlander character, solves more mysteries, and I get a little more insight into the epic story Gabaldon has created.
Ghost Cars on the Freeway is a special little book about Crowded House by Peter Green.  You have to be a member of the fan club, Frenz of the Enz, to get it.  Being a Neil Finn fan, this book was a lot of fun to read. I am still regretting the missed opportunity I had of seeing CH back in 1989.  Ah well...I saw the new lineup in '07 and '10.  Mr. Finn has been working on a new album, I hear, so hopefully there will be another chance to catch the music live in the next year or two!
This novel was quite a departure for me.  I have been reading a lot of books with female leads (besides the Lord John novels) in the past few years, but the main character of Grab onto Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way, by Bryan Charles (who happens to be a survivor of the Twin Towers terrorist attack)  is a seventeen/eighteen-year-old young man.  The novel takes place in 1992, and there are a lot of musical references I can relate to.  The style of writing is modern with several stream of consciousness passages (I may have my terms wrong--it's been many years since I was in an English Lit. class!) which was refreshing to read.  And quick!  I am so used to reading uber-long novels, that anything under three hundred pages) feels short to me now.

I am a day late...but please zip on over to Some of a Kind to see what the other ladies of Turn the Page ... Tuesday have been reading!


  1. Dang! You are reading a ton of books right now! How fun. I am so impressed with all those Gabaldon books you devoured. I am having a heck of a time picking which books to bring on my vacation. I will have planes, trains and subways to read on and have to make sure they are the "right" ones.

  2. My boys would love those cat books - my library doesn't have them - ack. Looks like they are going on my Amazon wish list ... So glad you jumped in again this month.

  3. Just added Grab on to me Tightly to my wish list. Sounds good and I'm thinking my 20 year old son my like to read it as well.

    Pretty sure I'm going to have to find Carbanel for my Little's. Way to fun to pass up!