A Bibliophile’s Pile (51): The End

This is my final post. After 4 years of blogging, I have decided to concentrate on other things. Use the buttons to the right to find me on Goodreads and Instagram!

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Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bwahaha! I love these characters so much.

Deception at Lyme: Or, the Peril of Persuasion by Carrie Bebris (audiobook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Obviously, not quite as good as an actual Austen novel, but one of the best sequels I’ve read. I definitely want to go back and read this entire series. I was a bit disappointed in the end for one character, but overall I enjoyed it immensely!

Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (physical / own)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As much as I love this play, I find it hard to rate it 5 stars. Beatrice and Benedick are fantastic characters! Beatrice puts me in mind of my beloved Elizabeth Bennet. Claudio enrages me! He can’t be bothered to woo Hero himself, he doesn’t trust anyone, he not only believes that Hero is unfaithful, but publicly shames her! Then, he continues to laugh and jest, showing only a little remorse at Hero’s fate. Argh!

Merry Christmas from BetsyMerry Christmas from Betsy by Carolyn Haywood (physical / library / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was devastated to realize that my children don’t remember the Betsy books! So, I got this lovely Christmas compilation to read to them. I might have to read a few of my favorite Betsy books to the kids in 2018 (before they get too old for them!).

Zombelina: School DaysZombelina: School Days by Kristyn Crow (ebook / library / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crow’s story is cute, of course, but for me these books are ALL about Idle’s stellar illustrations!!! Zombelina’s perfect book cracked me up!

The Big SnowThe Big Snow by Berta Hader (physical / library / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The perfect complement to the Winter Animals study we did at the Nature Center.

Mistletoe Mysteries: Tales of Yuletide MurderMistletoe Mysteries: Tales of Yuletide Murder by Charlotte MacLeod (ebook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always like to read some short stories for Christmas-time, and this was a great collection!

Body on Baker StreetBody on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (audiobook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This new series is an absolute gem! As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I appreciate Gemma’s quirks, but even those unfamiliar with Doyle’s detective (are there such people?) could understand and enjoy Gemma. The mystery is solid, with plenty of red herrings, but it’s the characters that shine.

Of Books and Bagpipes (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #2)Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton (audiobook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Convoluted plot with fantastic characters.

Flora and the Chicks: A Counting Book by Molly IdleFlora and the Chicks: A Counting Book by Molly Idle (ebook / library / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why yes, I did pad my GR challenge in order to have a nice round number, but it’s *Flora* and *Molly Idle*!!!

Challenges

GOODREADS

320 of 260

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

None

#shakeit2017

Much Ado About Nothing

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

None

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

None

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

None

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A Bibliophile’s Pile (50): Christmas Day

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Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond (Library / audiobook)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hijinks as Paddington travels to France. Viva la bear!

Greenglass HouseGreenglass House by Kate Milford
(audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We love this book! Milo and his family are fantastic (Parents who aren’t dead or absent? Yes, please!), the smugglers are fascinating, and Greenglass House itself feels like a character. The Christmastime setting made it a perfect choice for this month, but it’s not *so* Christmas-y that it couldn’t be enjoyed year round.

Flora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book by Molly IdleFlora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book by Molly Idle (physical / library)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the Flora books!

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond
(audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love!

Paddington Marches OnPaddington Marches On by Michael Bond
(audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed my Paddington marathon no end! It has been the perfect no stress reading for the week before Christmas. Now, I’m ready for something different for a bit.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (Heirloom Collection)The Complete Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
(physical / own / re-read)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are no separate entries for the individual books in this collection, but I have no hesitation in given by the collection 5 stars after re-reading Persuasion. Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot are amazing characters! The illustrations in this collection are breathtaking.

Challenges

GOODREADS

310 of 260

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

None

#shakeit2017

None

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond

Paddington Marches On by Michael Bond

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

None

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

None