Showing posts from December, 2010

Book Review: Historical Atlas of Britain, The End of the Middle Ages to the Georgian Era by Jeremy Black

This is a luscious book!

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Book available from other sellers but not from Amazon.

Author's web page:

Published by Sutton Publishing in 2000/215 pages
British History/Historical Maps

This is a lovely book to view. It is a large hardback book, adequate for display on a coffee table, would be a great gift for a person that loves British history.
The author begins with the end of the middle ages. During this time period the population has decreased because of the plagues, resulting in whole villages sometimes being wiped out, which then led to a decrease in farm production. Henry the IV and V were kings during this period, their lives as well as other m…

List of Books Read 2010

I have read a total of 35 1/2  books on this blog.
You maybe thinking only 35 1/2 books? The 1/2 is the Eudora Welty book that I've not finished.
I have 2 other blogs: @ A Well-Watered Garden the total count is 61------
@ A Garden of Books the total count is 52.
That means so far this year I've read a whopping----148 1/2 books! That astounds even me! And to think I had no idea until I added all of them up today!

1. Facing Learning Disability In The Adult Years by Jean Shapiro and Rebecca Rich
2. The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen
3. The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem
4. How To Read A Book, The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
5. The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
6. And If I Perish, Front-line U. S. Army Nurses In World War II by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
7. With The Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
8. The Secret Holocaust Diaries, The Untold Story of Nonna Bannis…

More Challenges for 2011

I have joined 3 more challenges; but do not plan to join anymore unless by duress.


A Reading Challenge for 2011

I just signed up to take part in the E-Book Challenge hosted by The Lady Bug Reads. 

Link for the challenge:
 Blissful Blogging!

Book Review: Semper Cool, One Marine's Fond Memories of Vietnam by Barry Fixler

Semper Cool website including the jewelry store robbery footage from YouTube.

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Hardcover $19.53 temporarily out of stock at this time
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ Barnes and Nobles:
Hardcover $20.18
Nook e-read not available

Published by Exalt Press November 1, 2010/320 pages

Thanks to Exalt Press and Lisa Feuer Publicist for my free advanced reader copy for reading/review.

100% of proceeds of this book will go to wounded combat Veterans and their families and the children of warriors that were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For this Barry I owe you a hug! I'm the mother of a combat Veteran of I…

Happy Birthday Dear Jane

Happy Birthday Jane Austen
16 December 1775

Book Review: 13 Cent Killers, The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam by John J. Culbertson

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $7.99
Kindle $6.29

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

Yes, I know this is December; but this is the first book I've read this year for the
War Through The Generations Challenge--2010--Vietnam War. I have 2 more books in my to be read pile to read for this challenge. Last year the challenge was World War II and I have continued to read books on this subject through this year as well (see the list on the side bar of this blog).

I have to be honest in that I would not know if what the author wrote in this book was accurate or not; I am inept, daft, dim, when it comes to firearms and ammunition. Even though I have grown up around firearms my whole life, these tools were my dad's and my husband's.
The language used by the author, his slang, I've heard many times especially from a brother in-law (who has now passed from this life). This language wa…

Sunday Salon

The past week I finished reading Dr. Zhivago and Girl In A Blue Dress and posted reviews on both. I have finished reading 13 Cent Killers by John J. Culbertson and will be posting a review tomorrow. 13 Cent Killers is my first book read for the War Through The Generations Challenge-Vietnam War. Yes, I know it's December, but better late than not at all. I hope to have 2 more books read by the end of this month on the Vietnam War. I made a trip to the library earlier in the week and have several really interesting reads.
Emily's Ghost by Denise Giardina
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning
An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan
Historical Atlas of Britain, The End Of The Middle Ages To The Georgian Era by Jeremy Black

I am also reading an ebook Jacob's Courage by Charles Weinblatt.

Tonight I'll be decorating the Christmas tree and watching the DVD Dr. Zhivago the 1965 version with Omar S…

Book Review: Girl In A Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens by Gaynor Arnold

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Hardback $19.56
Paperback $10.20
Kindle $8.69

Link for the book @ publisher:
Paperback $15.00

Published by Three Rivers Press in 2008, 432 pages
Fiction, Victorian Era,

The author has taken the real life circumstances of Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine, and then fictionalized it in to different names, and also fictionalizing a few other details. In the book Girl In A Blue Dress the character Alfred is the persona of Charles Dickens, Dorothea or Dodo is Catherine his estranged wife.
In the Dickens family 10 children were born. In the Alfred and Dorothea Gibson family 8 children are born and lived. The book begins with Alfred's death. Kitty the eldest daughter of the Gibson children is married to Augustus a gambling louse. Kitty was close to her father and her father left his books to her after …

Book Review: Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Hardback $14.96
Paperback $11.53
Not Available on Kindle

Link for the book @ Barnes and Nobles
Online price Hardback $17.21

@ Publisher the book is $22.00 for Hardback

For more information on the author:
Dr. Zhivago was first published in 1957 under an Italian translation, then in 1958 was translated in to English.

My copy of the book was borrowed from the library.
Published by Everyman's Library Alfred A. Knopf 1991/544 pages/Fiction, Russian History, Russian Revolution, 

Most of you have probably seen the movie Dr. Zhivago, or at least you are familiar with the…