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Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

Despite its popularity in the US, this book isn't particularly well known (as far as I can tell) over here in the UK, so I never came across it as a child. This is a shame, because I think I would have loved it had I read it as a child. However, I still enjoyed it very much, and I'm glad I've finally got around to reading it.
Summary (Goodreads): It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. Bu…

Six in Six 2017

Six in Six is an annual meme hosted by Jo at The Book Jotter. The idea is that you pick six categories which relate to your reading in the first half of the year, and list six things for each category. I enjoyed participating in this last year, so I thought I'd join in again this time.

Six new authors to me Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door) Anthony Hope (The Prisoner of Zenda) Mavis Doriel Hay (Death on the Cherwell) Marguerite de Angeli (Thee, Hannah!) John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps) Elisabeth Grace Foley (The Mountain of the Wolf; The Silver Shawl) Six historical novels The Thunder Omen - Caroline Lawrence Raider's Tide - Maggie Prince The Silver Shawl - Elisabeth Grace Foley A Plague on Both Your Houses - Susanna Gregory The Little Duke - Charlotte Mary Yonge St. Peter's Fair - Ellis Peters Six series I read or started Brother Cadfael - Ellis Peters (St. Peter's Fair; The Leper of St. Giles) Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy Sayers (Unnatural …

Recent Highlights

It's been rather a long time since I last posted, so I thought I'd do a recap of some recent reading highlights.

Fiction I've been enjoying quite a few mystery/detective stories recently. I really enjoyed Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay, a murder mystery set in 1930s Oxford. St Peter's Fair and The Leper of St Giles, books four and five in Ellis Peters' Cadfael series, were also very good. Unnatural Death, the third Lord Peter Wimsey book by Dorothy L. Sayers, didn't quite live up to the others in the series I've read, but it was still enjoyable. A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory, set in medieval Cambridge, was good, but not really to my taste; it was a bit more thriller-y than the other books I've mentioned here, with lots of twists and turns and not knowing who to trust, which is not really my sort of thing, although it kept me reading to find out what would happen.
I've also read several lesser-known vintage novels: I rea…