Category: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Book Review: Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Wyrd bið ful aræd”  ― Bernard Cornwell, Lords of the North The Good…: Author Bernard Cornwell continues to embed amazingly written battle scenes with narrative in the third entry to his Saxon Stories, Lords of the North. Like the last novel, this novel picks up right after (a month later) the events in The Pale Horseman. Uhtred has helped win Alfred’s […]

Book Review: The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Pale Horseman (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“We make children and wealth and amass land and build halls and assemble armies and give great feasts, but only one thing survives us. Reputation.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman The Good…:  While I enjoyed The Last Kingdom a lot, Bernard Cornwell’s sequel, The Pale Horseman, was even better. In The Last Kingdom Cornwell spends a lot of time (as he should) […]

Book Review: The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does not die.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom  The Good…: If you are a fan of History’s The Vikings, then Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom is the book for you! This story takes place after Ragnar Lothbrok has died, […]

Book Review: Outlander (Revisited)

Book Review: Outlander (Revisited)

“But just then, for that fraction of time, it seems as though all things are possible. You can look across the limitations of your own life, and see that they are really nothing. In that moment when time stops, it is as though you know you could undertake any venture, complete it and come back […]

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, courtesy of the good folks over at The Broke and the Bookish, is a list of the books I’m planning to read this spring, that have sat in my TBR (To Be Read) pile forever. If you aren’t familiar with having a TBR List, it’s the new, shiny books that wooed you while […]

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

“Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Good…: All of the characters feel so real when you read the book. Edmund is just as annoying as the first time I read this book, but that makes his […]

Book Review: Esperanza Rising

Book Review: Esperanza Rising

The Good…: Esperanza Rising is a wonderful book about a young, wealthy Mexican girl whose family suffers a great tragedy as her country struggles to get back on its feet after the Mexican-American War caused dissension between the upper and lower classes. Forced to flee to California, Esperanza and her mother go from riches to rags working as […]

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

Book Review: The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole

  The Good…: I read this book with my 5th grade students and they were completely sucked into the novel. So much so, that they didn’t balk at having reading for homework, and doing extensive writing about some of the novel’s themes and events. The book also helped reenforce what they’ve learned all school year […]

Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

The Good…: Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting. The Bad…: As a children’s novel the story is short. Carroll’s world is so […]

2015 Reading Challenges (UPDATED)

2015 Reading Challenges (UPDATED)

For the fourth year in a row I have decided to take part in Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. This fun, and often stressful, book challenge is a great way to make sure I pay more attention to what I read. Last year I pledged 65 books, read 99, 89 of which counted towards my goal. I […]