Showing posts from August, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Earlier this summer Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews and I decided to do a Buddy Book Review. We chose To Kill a Mockingbird as our first read.
Becky's review was posted earlier this week, the link for the review is:

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Published by Harper Collins 50th Anniversary edition 11 May 2010, 336 pages, Fiction/Coming of Age Story/Classic
Originally published on 11 July 1960
I purchased this edition--hardback--on the very day that was the 50th …

How The Irish Saved Civilization, The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill

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Published by Anchor Books A division of Random House, paperback edition--1996, 256 pages
Non-fiction/British History/Irish History/ Middle Ages/Roman History

I recently purchased Mysteries of the Middle Ages, And the Beginning of the Modern World Part V by Thomas Cahill. I was charmed by the beautiful photographs in the book (not the usual reason for my purchasing a book). I have not started reading this book yet.
Last week I was in the pubic library and came upon the first book in the series The Hinges of History that Thomas Cahill has written---How The Irish Saved Civilization. There are a total of five in this series that have been written, two more are planned.
Thomas Cahill'…

55 Quirky Questions for Readers

Created by:
Her questions and answers can be found @;

Joy @ Edgy Inspirational Romance also took part, her link for answers are:

1. Favorite childhood book? Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

 2. What are you reading now? Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir, The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England edited by Antonia Fraser, The Crusades by Harold Lamb, and Guardians of Ga'Hoole The Capture by Kathryn Lasky.
3. What books do you have on request at the library? None
4. Bad book habit? I have stacks of books I've bought, received from authors and media companies for reading/review, and also library books.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? The Lady in the Tow…

Sunday Salon

I finished reading last night How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill.

I will be reviewing this book soon.

Last night I started reading Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold. The authors inspiration for writing this book came from the marriage of Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine. After having several children Charles Dickens left his wife for a younger mistress. The author Gaynor Arnold writes a fictional story and only uses the Dickens marriage as a loose foundation for the protagonists Dorothea and Alfred Gibson in Girl in a Blue Dress.

I am 1/2 way finished with The Lives of The Kings and Queens of England edited by Antonia Fraser. This book gives a quick biography on each of the Kings and Queens of England spanning the years 1066 William I through Elizabeth II. Original copyright on this book is 1975.
A 1999 edition is shown and is available through Amazon:
Amazon lin…

1215 The Year of Magna Carta

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Hardcover 24.00, Paperback 9.50

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Published by Touchstone--Simon & Schuster 2004, 336 pages, hardback book

Book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.

In 1215 King John ruled as King of England, after the death of his older brother Richard I (also known as Richard the Lion Heart). John was the 5th son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. King John was the king during the writing of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta was a charter that was first known as Charter of Liberties, and was written by English Barons in order to protect themselves from unjust seizures and mistreatment from the King. The King did sign the charter but reluctantly. In the beginning the charter was not popular; but later as it was updated and modif…

Book Blogger Hop!

It's Friday and Book Blogger Hop! Crazy-For-Books is the creator of this weekly event that starts on Fridays. This week I visited:

The question for the week is, "How many blogs do you  follow?
I follow 100. Almost everyday I check my blog reader and read the titles of the blog posts for that day. Many of these posts I read, some I scan. At least every month I do a post entitled Roundabout on my blog @ A Well-Watered Garden, posting the noteworthy blogs for the past few weeks I'd found. This takes a long time for me to make my complete rounds; yet I feel it is necessary not only for the post but for my own knowledge about what is going on in blogger sphere.

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Next Up!

The next books I'll be reviewing is 1215 The Year of Magna Carta by Danny Danziger and John Gillingham,
The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill.
And.....To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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A Short History of Scotland by Richard Killeen

The Battle of Culloden

Robert Burns

Sir William Wallace

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback 12.95

Link for the book @ publisher--Gill & Macmillan 1998, paperback, 72 pages

This is a small nearly pocket size book on the history of Scotland; small in size and large in information.
Beginning with the Neolithic or New Stone Age period the book takes the reader through to the technological advancements of the 20th Century.
What I found of most interest was the Pict people. They were named Pict (a Roman word meaning painted people). These people painted their faces before a battle. The Pict's were the tribes that lived in Caledonia (a Latin name given by the Romans to the area of northern Scotland). Eventually the Pict's would be absorbed by other advancing people groups such as the Scotti of Dalriada (from the northeast king…

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

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Prices: Hardback 18.98, Paperback 10.17, Kindle 9.89

The book I reviewed is paperback and from the public library.

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson published 2007, 256 pages

I had never before been interested in reading about the Middle Ages. I love the Romantic and Victorian Period of history, as well as the time period of The Great Depression and World War II. In the past two weeks I've developed a great interest in the Middle Ages; I am…

Sunday Salon

I've started a new mini-reading-study!
I made another trip to the library on Thursday and brought home:
1215 The Year of Magna Carta by Danny Danziger and John Gillingham,
Charlemagne by Derek Wilson
A History of Everyday Things in England 1500-1799 by Marjorie and C. H. B. Quennell
A History of Everyday Things in England 1851-1914 by Marjorie and C. H. B. Quennell
The Lives of The Kings and Queens of England edited by Antonia Fraser
I have already started reading the book on Charlemagne and I have found it to be a great read. Some of the things I am reading about were briefly touched on in a previous book I just read on a history of Scotland---
A Short History of Scotland by Richard Killeen.
In my previous post I mentioned a book that Jane Austen's nephew wrote about her, the name of the book is Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh--the Kindle edition is only .99 cents. I bought this edition and hope to start reading it soon.
I have started reading The Lady in…

Jane's Fame, How Jane Austen Conquered The World by Claire Harman

A John MacRae Book Henry Holt and Company New York in 2010, 304 pages, Non-fiction/Biography/19th Century, Hardcover

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I borrowed this book from the library for reading/reviewing.

I made a trip to the public library today looking for other books on Jane Austen's life, I was not succesful. There was a book written by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh published in 1870, the name of the book is A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections--available from Amazon. 
The author of Jane's Fame Claire Harman addresses the above mentioned book, in that the family had previously been restrictive in giving biographical information about Jane. The little bit of infomation that was released after her death was miniscule, and the family felt that that should be sufficient, and th…

Wordless Wednesday

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A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

Published by Vanguard Press in 2009, 208 pages, hardcover book, historical fiction/Regency Period/Romance

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A Matter of Class

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Mary Balogh

This book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing. 

Lady Annabelle Ashton is a young woman thats reputation is tarnished by an indiscretion. She is the only child of parents that wish to marry her well, actually very well. The next door neighbors are the Mason's, they are not of the aristocracy, they are considered "new money". During the British Regency Era 1811-1820 society standards rule. As a way of increasing the Mason name and position on the society ladder, and because of Annabelle's tarnished image, an arranged marriage between Reginald Mason and Lady Annabelle is made. Neither party is rejoicing in this, yet both R…

Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson

A Gaslight Mystery series
Published by The Berkley Publishing Group--Penguin Group USA  in 2010, 336 pages

Link for the book @ Publisher:,,9780425234372,00.html?Murder_on_Lexington_Avenue_Victoria_Thompson

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Authors Website: Victoria Thompson

The copy that I read was a hardback book and borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.

Mystery books are a genre that I am not well read in; I believe this book Murder on Lexington Avenue maybe the second mystery book to read in my lifetime. I enjoyed this book and will be scouting for more of the Gaslight Mystery books at the library and bookstore.

New York City Detective, Sergeant Frank Malloy, is investigating a murdered man in an office building. The time period is early 20th Century. The murdered business man has a daughter …

The Sunday Salon

I've never taken part in a Sunday Salon and I'm not exactly sure of the rules. I believe it is a post made on Sundays that talk about what books I'm reading and those I'd like to read, or books I've seen other bloggers are reading, etc. The official Sunday Salon is not accepting any new members, I hope it is okay for me to continue on without becoming an official member.

I already had stacks and stacks of books to read, but I went to the library last Thursday and could not help myself by bringing home several books from the "new" books shelf.

1. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
2. Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson
3. Jane's Fame, How Jane Austen Conquered The World by Claire Harman
4. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
5. The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir

I probably am taking on too much, but being surrounded by like being surrounded by dear friends.

Currently on my Kindle I'm reading Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Pa…

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop! Is the creation of Crazy-For-Books. It was created to be a way for book bloggers to meet and encourage one another. A new round starts every Friday!

This weeks question is---- do I listen to music while I read?
I don't listen to music while I read, I prefer the quiet. I do prefer though to read in my favorite chair with my stacks and piles of books surrounding me.

This week I visited:

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Published by Amy Einhorn Books by G.P. Putnam's Sons a member of Penguin Group USA Inc.
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Published 2009, 464  pages, hardback cover book

Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks Studio is filming the movie now in Mississippi. Most of the movie will be filmed in the town of Greenwood even though the setting of the book is Jackson. There are two actors I've found playing parts: Emma Stone and Viola Davis.

I bought this book to read/review and for my book club group to discuss.

If you follow bestseller lists than you are aware that The Help has been in the top for months. Amazon ranks The Help as number 7 (for 526 days), sales rank at Barnes and Nobles 101 (not sure whats up with that), New York Times Bestseller number 3 i…

Wordless Wednesday


Precious, Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire

Published by Vintage Contemporaries/Vintage Books A Division of Random House, Inc.
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Trade paperback first reprint published  2009--original copyright of the book PUSH 1996
192 pages,

This book was given to me as a gift, I chose to read/review.

Precious Jones was born November 4, 1970 to parents that were horrifically abusive to her. She grew up believing that she was "nuffin" she mattered to no one. At the age of 16 she is expecting her second baby, she is illiterate. She lives with her mother in poverty, abuse in every form, a trash heap of so called humanity.
Precious is able with the help of a teacher to become involved in a program for young girls and the life as she has known it may be about …

Reviews Coming Up!

I have 2 book reviews coming up this week: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Precious by Sapphire.

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Articles of Interest

USA Today from July 29:
91% of Romance Readers are female and their ages are 31-49, it takes them an average of 7 days to read.
13% of book sales in 2010 were Romance books, in 2009 it was 10%.
Ex-Nazi Guard Charged in Mass Murder of Jews:

A story of interest for those of you taking part in the War Through The Generations Challenge/Vietnam:

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