A Bibliophile’s Pile (42): Goodreads Challenge Complete!


DraculaDracula by Bram Stoker (audiobook / own)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The dramatization was masterful, and the actors brilliant, but the actual story? Ugh. So, 5 stars for the dramatization + 1 star for the story averages out to 3 stars.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (physical / own / re-read / with kids)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Was there ever any doubt that the Illustrated version would be amazing?!

The SeanceThe Seance by John Harwood (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A competent homage to gothic novels, with elements of The Woman in White, Jane Eyre, etc. Nowhere near as spectacular as those novels, but greatly enhanced by the audiobook narrators (honestly, I chose this book mainly due to my love of Katherine Kellgren and Simon Vance). Perfect for October!

Jane on Her Own (Catwings, #4)Catwings series by Ursula K. Le Guin (audiobooks / library / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Catwings series feels more like a single book broken into 4 parts, so I’m just going to review the whole series here. This was not at all what I expected. I figured cats with wings would live in a fantastical world, not in an alley! My kids and I (especially my cat obsessed 9 year old) enjoyed the story of the siblings’ adventures in the city and the countryside.

The WilloughbysThe Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (physical / own / with kids)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lois Lowry proves, once again, that she is a master of MG fiction! She writes in so many genres and is amazing in all of them! This story hilariously, but lovingly, satirizes old-fashioned children’s books. The slightly dark, twisted humor reminds me of Dahl and Snicket. My daughter and I giggled our way through the book, and now my son is clamoring to read it.

The Halloween TreeThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting study in Halloween history, told as a ghost story for kids. Bronson Pinchot’s narration is amazing!

The Remains of the DayThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (audiobook / library)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why have I never read this before?! It’s beautiful, sad, intriguing, and charming.



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