A Bibliophile’s Pile (34): A Day Late

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the DreadfulsPride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a Regency era, humorous zombie story, this works quite well, especially with the amazing vocal talent of narrator Katherine Kellgren. As a prequel to P&P / P&P&Z, it’s less successful.

A Field Guide to Redheads: An Illustrated CelebrationA Field Guide to Redheads: An Illustrated Celebration by Elizabeth Graeber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What a disappointment! I thought this was a children’s book, given its size and colorful illustrations. It doesn’t seem to be geared toward children, and there’s not enough content to be satisfying for an adult. Thank goodness all the drawings were labeled, since most of them were unrecognizable.

Mrs. Queen Takes the TrainMrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This wasn’t what I expected at all. I was thinking it would be light and funny, but it’s a thoughtful literary novel instead. It definitely made me more interested in Queen Elizabeth II.

Jane Austen: Her Complete Novels in One SittingJane Austen: Her Complete Novels in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Even tinier than expected, this volume is a bit difficult to read – it’s so small, yet thick, making the pages hard to turn. It’s a good refresher of Austen’s novels, but not a “must own” for Janites.

Serafina and the Black CloakSerafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The kids and I greatly enjoyed this! We loved theorizing about the mysteries surrounding Serafina, looking at pictures of the Biltmore Estate online, and the creepy thrill provided by the black cloak! Woohoo for a book set in our state!

Agatha Christie (Little People, Big Dreams)Agatha Christie by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was disappointed. The writing is stilted (possibly due to it being a book in translation) and I don’t love the illustrations.

They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)They Do It with Mirrors by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t think I’d read this one before – it didn’t seem familiar at all. I did figure out whodunnit, although the reason WHY was over the top and ridiculous! Not one of Christie’s best efforts. Also, Emilia Fox has a pleasant narrator’s voice, but her American accents are atrocious!

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)The Dire King by William Ritter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sigh. I love the main characters, Jackaby, Abigail, Jenny, and Charlie. They are all wonderful. There are some amazing quotes about love, sacrifice, and literature. The plot, however, is a jumbled mess. I’m left disappointed.

Chronicles of AvonleaChronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Funny and charming, containing tiny glimpses of Anne and other characters from her books.

Challenges

GOODREADS

206 of 260

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

They Do It with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

#shakeit2017

None

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

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