Wordsmitten Wednesday: Rational Creatures

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I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
― Jane Austen, Persuasion

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A Bibliophile’s Pile (49): Ready for Christmas Break!

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The Lump of CoalThe Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket (physical / library / re-read / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LOL!

Aunt Eater's Mystery ChristmasAunt Eater’s Mystery Christmas by Doug Cushman (physical / library / re-read / with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My daughter’s pick.

 

Great JoyGreat Joy by Kate DiCamillo (physical / library /with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet but simplistic.

 

The Christmas Stories of Louisa May AlcottThe Christmas Stories of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Have you read Little Women? Then you know that it opens at Christmas time, with a heartwarming story of the girls giving what little they had away to people even less fortunate. It’s lovely. Now imagine reading 18 other stories that are almost exactly the same.

4:50 from Paddington4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (audiobook / library / re-read)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whenever a Poirot mystery contains very little Poirot, I complain. But, my favorite Miss Marple books are the ones where Miss Marple is in the background.

Murder at Lowry House (Hazel Martin Mysteries #1)Murder at Lowry House by Leighann Dobbs (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just okay. A poor man’s Daisy Dalrymple.

A Bear Called PaddingtonA Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (audiobook / library / re-read)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paddington is ridiculously charming!

 

More about PaddingtonMore about Paddington by Michael Bond (audiobook / library / re-read)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m so enjoying my Paddington re-read! This one, in particular, is perfect for Christmastime.

 

Paddington Helps OutPaddington Helps Out by Michael Bond (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So funny! Hugh Bonneville is a perfect choice for narrator (a worthy successor to Stephen Fry), especially if you’re a fan of the films.

 

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (physcial / own / re-read / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t give it 5 stars because it doesn’t have songs or Boris Karloff

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AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

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CLASSICS CHALLENGE

Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

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POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

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Wordsmitten Wednesday: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe