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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of the Best Books I've Read Recently

The Top Ten Tuesday theme this week is 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads Or Ten Of The Best Books I've Read Recently. Since I only rarely rate books five stars I'm going with the latter title. These are all books that I've read within the last few months or so and really enjoyed. 1. Prince of Time by Sarah Woodbury 2. Happy and Glorious by Hilary McKay 3. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay 4. Five Glass Slippers by various authors 5. Great Tales from English History: Cheddar Man to the Peasants' Revolt by Robert Lacey 6. The Bard's Daughter by Sarah Woodbury 7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 8. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 9. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis 10. The Small Woman by Alan Burgess

Happy Easter

(image: The Sun is Rising by Ryan McGuire, CC) Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!
But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Medieval hymn, tr. John Baptist Walsh & John Arnold




Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Haven't Talked About Recently

   Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Go here to find out more. This week's prompt is: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough/In A While. Since this blog is fairly new, I haven't had the chance to talk about most of the books I love yet, so this seemed a good opportunity to list some of my favourites. (covers link to Goodreads) 1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery This is possibly my favourite book of all time. The rest of the series is also very good (although the first three are by far the best). 2. The Silent Shore by Ruth Elwin Harris This is another book that I really love, and again the sequels are also really good, especially the last one (my blog is named after the second book in the series, which is actually the only one I haven't read, although I hope to rectify that soon). The series is basically about four sisters growing up in the First World War (and afterwards), with each book told…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on my Spring TBR

The topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR. I don't have a definite list of books I plan to read this spring, but these are ten of the books that I hope to get to. Some of them are books I have started reading and put aside, and want to get around to finishing. Others are just books that I want to read soon.
A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family by Elizabeth Rundle Charles Westward the Sun by Geoffrey Cotterell The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (my Classics Club Spin pick) Anne of Windy Willows by L.M. Montgomery (re-read) Home by Marilynne Robinson Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl Gemma and Sisters by Noel Streatfeild Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson Dear Enemy by Jean Webster

Book Review: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Summary (from Goodreads): Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for…

Classics Club Spin

I'm participating in the next Classics Club Spin. This requires listing twenty books from my list, then next week a random number will be announced and I have to read whichever book is that number on the list. (Click on the picture to find out more.) I've tried to include a mixture of books that I'm looking forward to reading and books that I'm slightly apprehensive about. Watership Down by Richard AdamsRose in Bloom by Louisa May AlcottLorna Doone by R.D. BlackmoreAgnes Grey by Anne BrontĂ«My Antonia by Willa CatherIn the High Valley by Susan CoolidgeA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan DoyleSylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth GaskellThe Little White Horse by Elizabeth GoudgeCotillion by Georgette HeyerElizabeth Captive Princess by Margaret IrwinTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Light Princess and Other Stories by George MacDonaldJane of Lantern Hill by L.M. MontgomeryThe Story Girl by L.M. MontgomeryIvanhoe by Walter S…