Wordsmitten Wednesday: Lyme

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A very strange stranger it must be, who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better.
— Jane Austen, Persuasion

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A Bibliophile’s Pile (47): Bring on the Christmas Books

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The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I’m torn. I *loved* the characters, and the narrator was great, but the mystery was muddled, and the vaguely paranormal elements were odd.

 

I Capture the CastleI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (physical / own)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, that just proves that my Bookstagram buddies aren’t infallible. Everyone (except Shell) raved about this book – it’s amazing, an under appreciated classic, Austenesque! Um, no.
While I agree that the basic story is very Austenesque – beautiful sisters in reduced circumstances, rich men moving into the neighborhood – it lacks Austen’s astute observation of human nature. Every single character is over the top, unreal, more caricature than character. Cassandra’s voice is witty, and often charming, but it’s not enough to carry the entire novel.
I was buddy reading with my friend Katie, but she felt these way I did, and decided to back burner the book until a later date. We’re going to re-read Persuasion in December – I’m so excited!

The Tenth City (The Land of Elyon, #3)The Tenth City by Patrick Carman (audiobook / library /with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The last few chapters had us going, “What is going on?!” I’m ready to give this series a rest for a bit – bring on the Christmas books!!!

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans #1)The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (audiobook / library / with kids / re-read)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A yearly tradition in our house! Absolutely hysterical!!

 

Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries, #1)Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams (audiobook / library)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Absolutely ridiculous.

 

 

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year inThe Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year in by Charles Dickens (audiobook / library)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story was wildly successful in its day – because it’s a social commentary on the specific time, place, and people of that day. Now it feels like a rehash of A Christmas Carol, except even darker.

Grab Bag: A Collection of StoriesGrab Bag: A Collection of Stories by Charlotte MacLeod (ebook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Usually short story collections, even those written by a single author, are uneven, with a few great stories, and a few clunkers. Not so with this collection. There wasn’t a single bad story in the lot!

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The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year in by Charles Dickens
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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