The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.”

There is a wardrobe in an old room.  Picture yourself opening the wardrobe door.  You climb inside it, carefully leaving the door cracked open slightly as you push your way back in amongst the antique coats, which smell of dampness and age and silent history.  But wait!  It is cold underneath you and, as you reach down, you grasp a wet, slushy substance that could only be snow!

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Deal Me In Challenge 2022

Deal Me In Challenge

Jay at Bibliophiilopolis used to host the Deal Me In Challenge every year however 2020 seemed to be the end of the challenge. But since it was one of my favourite challenges, I’ve continued on my own.  Last year was almost a complete bust, but I’m going to try again this year, if only for the value I received from stretching myself to read writing I wouldn’t normally choose.  So here is my Deal Me In Challenge 2022!

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Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson

Mapp and Lucia“Though it was nearly a year since her husband’s death, Emmeline Lucas (universally known to her friends as Lucia) still wore the deepest and most uncompromising mourning. “

Why is it that the British seem overstocked with authors who can write humorous tales that make readers want to read more, immediately after they finish the first book?  I can think of a number of books and authors that fit into this category:  P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, I Capture the Castle, The Diary of a Nobody, Henrietta’s War, Stella Gibbons, and now E.F. Benson comes to the forefront.

I first was introduced to the Mapp and Lucia BBC production and wondered if the books could be just as entertaining.  I was wrong.  This one was even better!

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Ten Books to Finish in 2022

Winter Landscape

With both Christmas and New Year now over, I still haven’t posted any challenges and I’m still mulling over what I want to tackle.  But what I do have is a couple of lists which I want to focus on.  I usually read multiple books at a time but I’ve developed a bad habit over the last few years of starting books and not completing them, even though I have every intention of finishing.  So my first list for the new year is unfinished books that I need to … well, FINISH!

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Giant’s Bread by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)

Giant's BreadGiant’s Bread: “It was New Year’s Eve.”

 

Main Character: Vernon Deyre

Published: April 1930 (14th published book)

Length: 437 pages

Setting: various: Abbots Puisannts, London, Germany, Holland, Moscow, New York, etc.

 

My chronological Agatha Christie read continues with Giant’s Bread, her first novel published under the pseudonym, Mary Westmacott.  There is no detective work in this story, as Christie/Westmacott treats her readers to a very modern novel. In any case, it must have been a much needed break from the detective novels Christie was expected to write.

Covering a vast number of characters and spanning a few decades of years, this first contemporary novel written under a pseudonym, proves Christie wanted this genre of her writing judged on its own merits instead of being buoyed up by her previous successes.

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