Book Collections Continued…

DSC_0257I recently went through my books in storage only to discover that I had more book collections than expected.

I will begin with the children’s books.  I loved the Cat in the Hat series and still have a large collection.  I remember getting them through mail over, a different one would come each week and I would read them and add them to the shelf.

My favourites include;

* Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone

* Wacky Wednesday by Theo. LeSieg

* A Fish out of Water by Helen Palmer

* One Fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr. Seuss

* Spooky Riddles by Marc Brown

* The Bears’ Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstain

* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A Discussion (may contain spoilers)

I think because I haven’t read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as many times as earlier books in the series I under-estimated how good it was.  It’s an exciting tale with interesting characters and a plot that is full of twists and turns.


* Amazingly (unlike all of the rest of the book in the series), the characters don’t get into Narnia until page 12.  Necessary because of the introduction of Eustace Scrubb, a brand new character.

* The description of the Dawn Treader is vivid and you can imagine how it looks and where everything is located.

* I liked the inclusion of Eustace’s diary during the storm – it made it more realistic.

* The story of how Eustace turns into a dragon and subsequently has a change of heart about how he feels about Narnia and his comrades is delightful.

* One of my favourite parts of the books is when they are on the Island of the Voices and when Lucy goes into the magicians house.  Suspenseful, and the description of the house is fascinating.

* I always found it sad when they leave Reepicheep at the end of the world and when Aslan tells Lucy and Edmund that they would not be returning to Narnia.


– ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’

– ‘To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy.  He had relapses.  There were still many days when he could be very tiresome.  But most of those I shall not notice.  The cure had begun.’

– ‘The others were too exhausted to see what Lucy saw.  There, a few yards behind them, the loop of the Sea Serpent’s body got rapidly smaller and disappeared into a splash.  Lucy always said (but of course she was very excited at the moment, and it may have been only imagination) that she saw a look of idiotic satisfaction on the creature’s face.’

– ‘It would have been nicer if there had not been strange signs painted in scarlet on the doors – twisty complicated things which obviously had a meaning and it mightn’t be a very nice meaning either.’

– “Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”

New Releases to Add to my Wish List!

Some titles that have just been released that I cannot wait to read.

1) Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesket – An elderly beekeeper looks back at his life and learns the painful truth about his friend Claire.

2) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

3) The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart – The history of the plants that have created the world’s great drinks.

4) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – I know I should stop reading books about teenagers but I love the series The Infernal Devices and this final instalment in the trilogy will hopefully not disappoint.

5) The Childhood of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee – A fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – A discussion (contains spoilers)

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fourth book in the series sees the four Pevensie children return to Narnia only to find that it is a very different place than when they reigned.  I find this book one of the most interesting in the series.  The character development of Caspian and the plight to restore Narnia to what it was makes it a fascinating read.


* Again Lewis dives right into the story, the children are back in Narnia by the second page.  No mucking around in the real world.

* When the children find out they are at the ruins of Cair Paravel and take their gifts you feel the same sense of adventure brewing as in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

QUOTES from the Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

– ‘That’s the worst of girls,” said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. “They never can carry a map in their heads.”
“That’s because our heads have something inside them,” said Lucy.’

– ‘Things never happen the same way twice.’

– “Anyway,” he continued, “ghosts or not, you’ve saved my life and I’m extremely obliged to you.”

Coming Soon – Books I can’t wait to read

Just a few books that I am waiting patiently for;

1) Joyland by Stephen King (JUNE) – As a fan I’ll read pretty much anything he writes but this plot just sounds intriguing and creepy.   Set in a small-town amusement park in the 70s, student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder.

2)  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (JUNE) – I really enjoy his books for young adults (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) and am curious to see what he has in store for an adult audience.

3) The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (APRIL) – I love both Illustrator and Writer and a picture book about being afraid of the dark will be enjoyed by my students (and myself).

4) Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (JAN but I haven’t had the time to get it as yet) – 11 connected stories with macabre and supernatural themes.  Sounds fascinating.

5) In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (APRIL) – Séances, spirit photographers and early-twentieth-century photographs, what more could I ask for?

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