Catching up on all the books I’ve read since about March…. I started this post back in August I guess things have continued to be crazy since then. I have such great intentions of writing about all the books I read.
Little Plum by Rumer Godden
Another of Godden’s doll books. The dolls in this one are Japanese dolls. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (who evidently star in another book Miss Happiness and Miss Flower that I have not yet read.) and a new doll, Little Plum of the title.
One of my favorite of Godden’s children’s books. The illustrations by Jean Primrose are lovely.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. I liked this book but perhaps it was that I’d had it overhyped. Or maybe that I read it by myself and not with a child. It wasn’t exactly what I expected and I felt like I missed something. Perhaps it will catch better on a reread.
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
This is the second Goudge book I’ve read and based on the fact that both of the ones I’ve read I’ve seen highly praised in many quarters, I think perhaps I just don’t like Goudge. It’s hard to put my finger exactly on what I didn’t like. Somehow it just didn’t.
Midnight Hour Encores by Bruce Brooks came highly recommended by Melissa Wiley. I’m so glad I picked it up. A wonderful story of a daughter and father getting to know each other. (She’s the daughter of divorce and the pretext is she’s going to meet her mother for the first time; but the real discovery is her father who she’s lived with all her life not her mother.)
Oh I wish I’d written about it when it was still fresh. There were so many things I wanted to say. Oh well.
One caveat: some mature themes. This is for a more mature audience and I’d preview it before handing it to a child or read it with them so that I could help them navigate the trickier bits.
So not much to actually say about them. But if you’ve read them please feel free to discuss in the comments.