week in books: 9/4/11September 4, 2011
I’m trying out a new thing: weekly reading updates, to be posted on Sundays and to include all of the books I’ve been reading, regardless of whether they’re old, out of copyright, etc.
For most of the past week, I’ve been making my way through Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books, a series about a wizard/private detective living in a Chicago overrun with fairies and demons and things. The books are, to be honest, not that great, and there are a lot more of them than I initially thought, but I’m determined to make my way through them. I’m on book five now.
Saturday I went to a book sale at my local library and bought kind of a lot.
- River at Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston. I’ve never read any of this series, but I am pretty fond of children’s timeslip novels.
- Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. I recently reread this whole series and found it fascinating, but I never owned a copy of any of the books. And I’m hoping to make my brother read them.
- My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George. Like Hatchet, a survival book, although it’s one with a very different feel. And I’d been wanting to reread this for years.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. This is a childhood favorite that I haven’t read since I was in elementary school. Speare, incidentally, is the athor of my favorite children’s survival story, The Sign of the Beaver.
- The Virginian, by Owen Wister. One of those early 20th century bestsellers that’s been vaguely on my reading list for a while.
- Pastoral, by Nevil Shute. I know nothing about the book itself, but Nevil Shute is the author of Trustee from the Toolroom, so I have a slight suspicion that he can do no wrong.
- Greenwillow, by B.J. Chute. I hear this was made into a musical. The description on the back sounds a bit weird. Mostly, I got this because the tiny paperback was adorable.
- Pam Decides, by Bettina von Hutton. This is a frivolous-looking novel from 1906, and therefore very appealing to me. I learned when I got home that it’s a sequel to another book, Pam. So I guess I’ll have to read that first.
- The Lttle Minister, by J.M. Barrie. I probably bought this mostly because I was recently reading about Maude Adams, who starred in the original theatrical adaptation.
- Above Suspicion, by Helen MacInnes. I feel like I read about MacInnes on a bog recently, but I can’t remember which one. This appears to be her first novel.
- A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter. I didn’t have a copy, and this one is pretty.
Right now I’m reading My Side of the Mountain. Probably when I’m done I’ll go back to the Dresden Files.