A Bibliophile’s Pile (18): Bears and Bulls

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 The House at Pooh CornerThe House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (audiobook / library / re-read / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I *know* I’ve read this entire book before, and I recognize many of the stories from the Disney film, but the first 2 chapters are the only ones that really felt familiar. The chapter where Tigger comes to the wood is my favorite, and I can’t help but think about Matt Smith’s first episode of Doctor Who. 😂

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to PunctuationEats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss (physical / own)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a hilarious guide to [British] English grammar, which, unfortunately, devolves into an anti-internet diatribe in its final chapter. I consider myself a reasonably astute grammarian, but I have no problem using emojis, and I think the interrobang is a perfectly acceptable form of punctuation in informal writing, don’t you?!

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (eBook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The plot / mystery here is fine, although rather convoluted. The world building, however, is outstanding! Mercy Thompson (despite the atrocious cover) is down-to-earth, stubborn, brave, and completely lovable.

World War II: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: World at War, 1944World War II by Mary Pope Osborne (physical / library / with kids)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not as comprehensive as I would’ve liked (I think 9-12 year olds could handle more), but solid.

The Enchanted AprilThe Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim (audiobook / library)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book reminded me forcibly of A Room With a View – the Italian countryside, the profusion of flowers, the quirky characters, the bathing scenes. Then I discovered that E. M. Forster was once a tutor to von Arnim’s children. I guess they influenced each other?

Return to the Hundred Acre WoodReturn to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not as funny and charming as Milne’s original book, but decent. Jim Dale’s narration was wonderful, of course, although we were confused as to why Rabbit is Scottish (our theory is that it’s because he’s cross).

Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #4)Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another fun entry in the series. It’s nice to see Mel and the gang in a different setting (a rodeo, complete with stampeding bulls), and I appreciate that the romance aspects seem to be making headway.

Challenges

GOODREADS

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AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

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#shakeit2017

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CLASSICS CHALLENGE

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

A book involving a mythical creature – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

A book with a red spine – Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

A book with a month or day of the week in the title – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

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