Monday, February 28

Book Review: Homecoming

Title: Homecoming (Stargate Atlantis 16 - Legacy Series Book 1)

Author: Jo Graham and Melissa Scott

Pages: 350

Summary: Atlantis has returned to Earth. The team members have dispersed and are beginning new lives far from the dangers of the Pegasus galaxy. They think the adventure is over.

They’re wrong.

With the help of General Jack O’Neill, Atlantis rises once more - and the former members of the expedition must decided whether to return with her to Pegasus or to remain safely on Earth in the new lives the enjoy . . .

Picking up where the show’s final season ended, Stargate Atlantis Homecoming is the first in the exciting new Stargate Atlantis Legacy series. These all new adventure take the Atlantis team back to the Pegasus galaxy where a terrible new enemy has emerged, an enemy that threatens their lives, their friendships - and the future of Earth itself.

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book takes place pretty much where the show left off, so I was excited to see there was a novelization that gives a story to what happens next. And as much as I enjoyed the book, I think it was a bit of a let down - I think I went in to the book with very high expectations, which would have been hard to meet. The book was as good as the average episode from the show, so over all not a bad read.

The overall story and how they got back to the Pegasus galaxy was fairly similar how I imagined it, and I really enjoyed the idea behind it. I was hoping the show or some continuation of it would do some sort of story line similar this. I’m very interested in seeing how this will play out and its climax. I do wish the book focused more on the “big threat,” because I found too much of the book focused on them travelling to planets learning of this threat, rather than facing it and on the relationships of the team. For example Teyla and Kennan relationship, issues surrounding her son and Sheppard’s role in her life were focused on a lot which took away from the story as a whole. I like character development, but this was too much for me, I wanted more on the main story

Although I enjoyed some subplots, the Genii and Beckett being held hostage for example, I also felt it was thrown in there, and it also messed up some continuity. The whole Sora thing bugged me because her story line was already tied up, bring it back to surface just didn’t click. I think the Genii aspects could have made for a book on its own. There’s so much history. Although, this aspect of the story might have more importance in later books, for how it was presented in the book, it did just seem to be shoved in there. I hope it carries out in the future books.
I enjoyed the story overall, and I’m looking forward to the future books in this sub-series, I just hope everything comes together in the next books, and the focus is less on the relationships (I was never a shipper) and more on the story.

Would I recommend it to read: Like with the other Stargate novels, only to a fan of the show. They’re my guilty pleasure reads.

What to read next: The next book in the Legacy sub series is called the Lost. It should be out some time in February.

Sunday, February 27

Book Review: Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (and What Alice Found There)

Author: Lewis Carroll

Pages: 327

Summary: When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit hole one hot summer’s afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. Here begins the fantastical adventures that include extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears, and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat, and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice’s adventures have made her the stuff legend, the child heroine par excellence, and have made Lewis Carroll’s book one of the best loved and most widely read in children’s literature.

My Rating: 3.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I’ve never read this book before, I’ve probably read some picture book version at some point in my life, and I’ve seen the Disney movie, but this was my first experience at reading the novel it was inspired by and I have to say, I really didn’t like it.

The story itself isn’t bad, in fact it was a very imaginative and original story I can at least give it that. A very imaginative world, filled with a cast of magical creatures, talking animals and a lot of curious events and objects all found in wonderland. But then it just falls apart. Carroll is a good story teller, a wordsmith, but the story just fell apart.

The entire book (or books, as both are merged into one in this case) was a jumbled mess of events, that don’t come together at all. Thoughts are scrambled around on the pages, none of which flow into the next. Ideas were left open, instead of having things flow together everything is abrupt and makes no sense, there isn’t even story to follow. It was just pieces of a story that was thrown together for the reader to attempt to decipherer.

I didn’t enjoy any of the characters, although only the Cheshire Cat, did have it’s moments. There wasn’t much in development, as everything just happens for the sake of it happening.
One good thing about the book, is the pieces of verse and poetry found throughout. Carroll is a fantastic writer in this regard; I wish the story of Alice was told through pieces of verse and poetry instead of a novel. If it had been broken up like that, at least it would have been easier to follow and perhaps more coherent. Jabberwocky is a perfect example of this. But they way it was written didn’t work out well at all.

Perhaps I’m too old to get the story, but it just wasn’t a good read.

Would I recommend it to read: Not sure I would, even for children who might have fun with the “wackiness” I don’t think it’s a very good read, thre are plenty of other “classic” children’s tales to read.

What to read next: Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz,

Challenges: 11 in 11 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Fantasy Challenge, New Author Challenge

Book Review: Shanghai Girls

Title: Shanghai Girls

Author: Lisa See

Pages: 309

Summary: In 1937 Shanghai - the Paris of Asia - twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree - until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast who they are - Shanghai girls.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected, especially compared to Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which I loved and had a hard time putting down, this book just fell short.

Shanghai girl was a good book, make no mistake there. The author did a wonderful job at emerging the reading into life in Shanghai - bringing the noises, smells and people on the streets to life. The author has a stunning ability in bringing the reader right in the centre of the setting and brings it to life. I was lost in reading about different aspects of Shanghai, the rickshaw drivers, the descriptions of “New China Town” in California - everything the author in wrote in this regard was brilliantly done.

I also enjoyed the overall story and the journey the two sisters took. Although I did find it to drag out a lot and at times became bored with it because at times the story just stood still for me. I liked the story about the struggle the girls faced, but at times their journey to the end just didn’t capture me as much. I did however, enjoy the ending, it was abrupt, but I still liked it. I think it fitted with the story as whole, as to how the girls never knew what to expect next, never had any certainty in their life. But, the biggest issue with the plot is it felt like it dragged at times, which caused me to lose interest easily.

My biggest issue with the book was the characters. I just didn’t connect to them at all, and they constantly got on my nerves. They faced some horrible, horrible things in their lives, and although it shocked me, I just couldn’t connect to them on an emotional level. Pearl in particular as character I just couldn’t relate to and there were times I wanted to smack her. I didn’t like her how she always whined about how everyone loves May more, how May was favoured, but did nothing to earn the respect she thought May had more of. She spent more time waiting around and feeling sorry for her self, then trying to live life she envied my for. May’s character, although a little vain at times, at least attempted something with her life, faced almost the same events as Pearl, but at least she tried to make something out of her new life. I wished the reader could have seen more from May’s point of view. I would have liked to get inside May’s head, as opposed to Pearls, or perhaps two separate narratives. The book is told through Pearl’s point of view, and I think it would have been a different experience if we could have seen what May was thinking. The reader does get a glimpse near the end, but I would have liked more.

Overall it was a good book, not a bad plot, stunning descriptions of the setting, just not what I was expecting.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it to read, because it was a good book. It wasn’t on the same level as the previous book I read by the author, but still a well written book, with a brilliant ability to pull the reader into the setting

What to read next: The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Sisters of Hardscrabble Bay

Saturday, February 26

Book Review: The Book of Days

Title: The Book of Days

Author: James L. Rubart

Pages: 376

Summary: “You will lose your mind. When it starts happening . . . you must find the Book of

When Cameron’s dying father delivers this message, he brushes it off. Lose his memory? He’s only twenty-five. Find a book that doesn’t exist. Foolishness. Nothing more than a product of his father’s dementia.

But now, eight years after his father’s death, it’s happening. Chunks of Cameron’s life are just - gone. Even memories of his wife, killed two years ago, have slipped away. Could it be . . .? Is his father’s eerie prediction coming true?

Desperate, Cameron determines to fulfill his father’s last wish. He will find the Book of Days. But when a lead takes him to the small town of Three Peaks, Oregon, Cameron realizes dark secrets are at work. The townspeople, warm as apple pie at first, turn cold as liquid nitrogen when Cameron mentions the Book. As his mind works against him, Cameron discovers that friends may be enemies. And the one person Cameron can’t stand? She might be his strongest ally.

But there are other’s seeking the Book. Others who will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined.

My Rating: 3/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I really disliked this book, and had to push myself to finish it. In fact, if it weren’t a review book which I requested, I wouldn’t have finished it. There were many things I disliked about the book from plot, genre, themes, characters and writing style that it made for and overall unpleasant reading experience.

When I requested the book, I didn’t realize how heavy on Christianity the book would be. I figured it would be more magical realism with tiny amount Christian themes tied in. But instead I got a book where I felt like Christianity and God’s undying love for his followers was being shoved down my throat. I felt like throughout most of the book I was being preached to by the characters about why God is so great, why we should believe in him etc. This is part of the reason why I tend to stay away from the genre, and had I known more about the book I wouldn't have requested it from LibraryThing. On the positive side, I did try a genre I never really read before; at least I can honestly say I tried something new and very different than my normal reading tastes. It just didn’t work out for me. I was hoping for something completely different.

The idea behind the story was interesting; it is why I requested the book up after all. It was an original idea, and different from what I read before, but once I started reading it and realized it was more focused on Christian themes, as opposed to magical realism it quickly fell flat for me. The characters were also a major factor in my dislike for the book. They were flat and stereotypical. We have the “mysterious and nameless” bad guy, who likes to lick steal and his own blood, that isn’t revealed to the end, who is suppose to be a big surprise, but oh yeah, isn’t. Why do all the psychotic bad guys have to like licking their own blood? Why in these types of “thrillers” does this define what a “bad guy” is? Cameron was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read. His inner conflict wasn’t believable, even his pinning for his dead lover just didn't seem real to me his emotions felt forced, not real and concrete.

My final issue with the book was the writing style. I’ve seen this style is in a lot of “popular books,” Dan Brown for example, but I really can’t stand. It irritates me beyond belief when the author over describes certain actions or aspects of the story, or repeats the same thing over and over. I wanted to shout (and sometimes did) SHOW DON’T TELL! I love description of a setting or an emotion, don’t get me wrong. But when an action of sitting down in a chair is so over described it takes away from the bigger picture of what’s happening and become frustrating. Some details were told over and over it became redundant, like the model of car Cameron drove. It seemed like every time he stepped into his car, the reader was reminded exactly what type of car it was.

Overall not a good book for me, I’m sure there are readers out there who would enjoy the book, but it’s not for me. Not high on my recommendation list either.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I don’t think I would. Like I said above, I’m sure there are people who would enjoy the book. I’m sure those who enjoy the genre may like the book, but the genre was the least of the problems I had with the book.
What to read next: Eh? I’m at a complete loss on this one. The writing style reminded me of Dan Brown’s book. So if you enjoyed this book, you may want to try Dan Brown’s. But other than that, don’t know what would be a good next read.

I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program. The review is also posted on LibraryThing.

Tuesday, February 22

Book Review: Jezebel

Title: Jezebel

Author: Irène Némirovsky

Pages: 199

Summary: In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act. With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall, I enjoyed the book. Although it isn’t my favourite book by Némirovsky, it was still a good read, she was a talented author, with beautiful storytelling skills and this book is no exception to that. The plot may not have been a favourite of mine, but it was a well written book.

This story was interesting at first, as we see the ending, before the reader really knows the story. I enjoyed the court proceedings, and wondered how Gladys came to this point in the story. How and why she murdered the young man. The book eventually turns to her past, examining her life that leads up to the murder. It’s the bulk of the story, and focuses on Gladys’ character and development. I both liked and disliked Gladys’ character; on one hand she did what she wanted for her self, reached for her goals, and got for the most part, what she wanted in life and what made her happy. On the other hand, the same traits made her self-absorbed, vain and selfish, to the point others she loved suffered around her. Most of the time she wasn’t a very likeable character, but she did fascinate me.

The overall story isn’t one I normally like - as it focuses on a type of character I usually don’t enjoy reading about. it had a lot of the same themes as books similar to it, which I didn’t enjoy and I also found parts of the story were predictable. But overall it was still and enjoyable read. And as much as Gladys’ flawed character irked me at times, I was shouting at her to kill the young man she was accused of killing in the end. He was barely in the book, but I was glad for his quick exit. It may not have been my favourite type of story, but I still enjoyed the overall reading experience of it.

Would I recommend it to read: This was a short, light read. It’s not my favourite by the author, but I’d still recommend it. Although I don’t know if it’s a good choice for a first time experience with the author, it’s still worth reading.

What to read next: Le Bal, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Room With a View, Glimpses of the Moon

Sunday, February 13

Book Review: The Bell Jar

Title: The Bell Jar

Author: Sylvia Plath

Pages: 234

Summary: A student from Boston wins a guest editorship on a national magazine, and finds a new world at her feet. Her New York life is crowded with possibilities, so the choice of future is overwhelming. She is faced with the perennial problems of morality, behaviour and identity.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall the book was okay. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but the overall affect of the story made it worth reading it in the end.
The writing was exception. Sylvia Plath has a very distinct voice that takes hold of the reader. I may not have been able to connect with the protagonist, which was part of the reason why I didn’t like the book that much, but the author does make the reader pay close attention to what she has to say. I also really enjoyed the author’s examination on the treatment of people who have mental illness during this time and how they were perceived by others. This was exceptionally well done. She really pulls the reader in and forces them to see just how horrible it was for anyone with a mental illness when they were being “treated.” I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, and I wish it was focused on more than it was.

What I didn’t like was that I felt that the first part of the book moved slowly, the build up to the “breakdown,” took to long to come. I didn’t care much about her life in New York. I also found that I didn’t enjoy the man character all to much, nor could I connect to her or her dealings with depression. It made it hard to fully understand her, when I was unable to actually connect to the character.

Overall I think if you look at the book as an examination of how people, were treated who had a mental illness, the book a great read and has some strong points in that regard. As for a book that examines the individual character’s plight and struggle with depression, I don’t think it is as strong as it could have been.

Would I recommend it to read: It’s not my favourite book out there, but I still think I would recommend this book to read. I think it makes a very important stance on depression and how it was dealt with back then, and the conditions and treatments people went through because they were mentally ill. I think this book shows that incredibly well, so it’s worth reading in this regard to help get the message out.

What to read next: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. I think there are some good parallels between the two protagonists from both books. The Hours

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Pages: 415

Summary: A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years--from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding--that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives--the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness--are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I really enjoyed this book, at times it shocked me with what I was reading and disturbed me, but it made the book and characters very real for me. I read the book in sitting and thought about it for awhile afterwards, which marks good story in my books when you are still thinking about the book after you’ve read it.

The author brings the life of the people, particularly the women, of Afghanistan, into the readers mind. He did a fantastic job at painting a picture in my mind, of the day to day life, the minds of the people, and the events that shaped them. The treatment of women both the bad and good was shoved in your face - there was no holding back. Although it disturbed me, down to the core at times, it the story still held me captive. The level of description that went into the book was phenomenal. Graphic scenes at times, but still phenomenal, there was one scene after a street was struck with a bomb, that was so well done, that it really made me, the reader feel like I was standing in the middle of it all.

The story of the two women, and the events that shaped them was also, beautifully done. Both characters I found myself to be very invested in. I constantly wanted to know the outcome of their lives, and was horrified at some of the thing that had happened to them. The two characters and their stories, created two very real examples in my mind, and created a very strong story. I don’t think the reader would get bored with it. My one complaint is felt that there was a lot of stuff thrown t the reader, in a small amount of pages. The amount of depth that went into the book on the history and the characters of this book, I felt that it should have been longer, because there was so much of it, sometimes it was hard to digest it all. On one side of it, this could have been ploy of the author, to make the reader experience the story in a very real sense, but I would have liked things to be a little more spaced out. Overall it was wonderful and powerful book, one I won’t forget anytime soon.

Would I recommend it to read: I would definitely recommend it to read. Although, I would warn that there are some graphic and violent scenes in the book, and I think some readers would be turned off by this. But it is worth a try, it was fantastic book.

What to read next: The Snow Flower and Secret Fan, The Kite Runner

Book Review: Unless

Title: Unless

Author: Carol Shields

Pages: 320

Summary: Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy, among them, her three almost grown daughters, her twenty-six year relationship with their father, her work translating the larger-than-life French intellectual and feminist Danielle Westerman, and the modest success she has had with her own novel. Then one day her eldest daughter, Norah, disappears and ends up mute and begging on a Toronto street corner. Around Norah's neck is a hand-lettered sign reading GOODNESS, And Reta, full of sudden anguished insight into the injustices of the gendered world, must tackle the mystery of her daughter's message.

My Rating: 9.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I couldn’t put this book down, it grabbed a hold of me from the second I picked it up and kept that hold until I finished it. What a stunning book! Shield’s was a very gifted writer; her stunning writing style and voice are really showcased throughout the book.

The story itself is beautifully told. I was anxiously awaiting the mystery behind Norah’s reason for her disappearance and reason for living on the street, and I loved the reveal to what it was linked to. This whole aspect of the story, and how well written the emotions and inner thoughts of the family and their reactions to Norah was so well done. It made the characters feel very real and concrete. I found them all to be very believable characters, and I could feel for them on an emotional level.

I also really enjoyed the aspect of how the Reta explains her struggles as a writer and a woman. It was a very good side story, although I would have liked this aspect of the story (especially the triumphs and trials as an author) to have been less emphasised, I still found it to be an interesting aspect of the story. The trial a woman faces in the world was well done, and I liked how it linked up to the story as a whole. The story did have three different plot lines in sense, but for the most part, in the end, everything linked together nicely. Although my one criticism is, as I’ve said before, the insight to the writer side of Reta didn’t seem to mesh as well with the story as a whole. It was interesting, but I could have done with less of that and more focus on Norah and the families reactions and struggle through coming to terms with what has happened to her.

The writing is beautiful and sad the same time, it is so well done and it paints such a wonderful picture and mood for the reader. I was easily lost in the book and story. Mostly due to Shield’s writing. She was a fantastic author, and this is a wonderful book, well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes! This book deals with a wide variety of things, writing, feminism (but not in your face), loss and struggle for identity. I think a wide variety of readers could enjoy the book. It is high on my recommended reads list.

What to read next: Good to Fault, A Good House

Saturday, February 12

Book Review: Moonlight in Odessa

Title: Moonlight in Odessa

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Pages: 339

Summary: In the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Daria, a whip-smart engineer, sends her days underemployed as a secretary - a job she was
lucky to get in this rotten economy. She spends her evenings interpreting at a matchmaking agency for lonely American men and beautiful-but-broke Ukrainian women. She spends her nights wondering if there’s something better out there. When an American client offers her marriage and a one-way ticket out of poverty, Daria jumps at the chance. But is the grass really greener on the other side of the world? The perfect book for anyone who’s ever been stuck in a dead-end job or relationship, Moonlight in Odessa is an affecting, darkly funny exploration of language, culture, and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of stability and love.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I didn’t like this book much at all. It started off with promise, the story interested me (from what I read on the back of the book) and it wasn’t bad story plot wise, but the overall execution and the diminishing plot, made it hard to finish.
One of the goo
d things about the book is the contrast it shows between Ukraine and the United States. That aspect of the book was very well done. The book really shows the vast differences (and in some cases, the similarities) between the two countries. I was able to get very concrete look at Ukraine and their life style. The author did good job at bringing the reader into Ukraine and experience its culture, and day to day life. Although, some things did repeat through out the book, a lot, which got old very fast (the opera house). Which is where the book started to decline - it is repetitive nature. I felt the same thing was told to the reader constantly throughout the book, whether it was information about a character, way of life, or information about the surroundings, were repeated throughout the book.
The second issue I had with the book, is the main character and narrator, frustrated me. She just wasn’t interesting, or believable. I found her to be bit flat, and to into herself, to see the big picture to what was exactly going around her. I found the “mail-order-bride” aspect of it was just not that interesting. I also felt the entire cast of American characters were very stereotypical. The husband is an example; I saw his secret hidden past, long before it was announced. Daria’s personality, just didn’t mesh well for me. She was a big problem for me throughout the book. And part of the reason why it didn’t work for me.

Finally, the story it self didn’t interest me much, and I felt it moved along to slowly. The entire execution of it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought the story moved to slowly for it to work they way the author wanted, and it seemed to follow to much of predictable path, of the trials a “mail order bride” has to face. I didn’t want a picture perfect story, but I’d have preferred someth
ing different than what I got.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I don’t think I would recommend the book. Although I think the book would appeal to some readers, it isn’t high on my recommend reads list.

What to read next: A Reliable Wife

This book is review book. It was sent to me from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

Saturday, February 5

January 2011 Wrap Up!

January is over already? How did this happen? It's been a busy month for me. My work life has gone beyond insane, hence why I can't believe January is over already, I barely remember it. I had a goal of reading at least 10 books for the month, I wanted to beat by books read during NaJuReMoNoMo, but I only managed 8 books. I'm still happy with that amount (especially consid
ering busy work life equals to being so tired when I get home, I'm asleep by 9). So 8 books is g
reat feat for me. This month I've discovered I really enjoy Stargate books (based of the hit TV s
how). They are a way I can still read when I'm exhausted, because they are easy, easy reads, but they ar
e also well done.

The Books

So I read 8 books this month. My favourite was Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, closely followed by The Birth House and Industrial Magic. My least favourite was Ri

The Challenges

It's only been a month, so I'm doing pretty well for challenges. I completed NaJuReMoNoMo Challenge, reading 8 books. I may not have reached my personal goal, but I still did pretty good. I can't say how I'm dong for challenges, as I just started in them. But progress is being made on the
m, so that's a good thing. And notice, I'm in half as many challenges as last year! Go me!

Countries Visited

New year, new map. This year I'm only going to list the countries I visited during this year. Although some places are going to be hard, as they aren't even on this planet. One is not even in this galaxy. Universe map might be what I need? So I visited America, Canada, Scotland. As well as a planet out of this solar system. And a few planets throughout the Pegasus Galaxy. Not a bad month for travels through reading. ;)
Books That Followed Me Home.....

A day trip to Toronto, with visits to 2 used bookstores and the World's Largest Bookstore = lots and lots of books. I currently have over 500 books! This month 21 books were added to my collection. Thank you sales!

1)Haunted - Kelley Armstrong
2) Broken - Kelley Armstrong
3)No Humans Involved - Kelley Armstrong
4) Personal Demon - Kelley Armstrong
5) Living with the Dead - - Kelley Armstrong
6) The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnson
7) The Dogs and the Wolves - Irène Némirovsky
8)Sarah's Key - Tatiana De Rosnay
9)Blindness - José Saramago
10)The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud
11)The Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien
12)The Englishman's Boy - Guy Vanderhaeghe
13) Jacob's Room - Virgina Woolf
14)The Lost City of Z - David Grann
15) Rising (SGA 1) Sally Malcolm
16) Death Game (SGA 14) - John Graham
17) Hunt and Run (SGA 13) Aaron Rosenberg
18) Homecoming (SGA 16) - John Graham and Melissa Scott
19)A Matter of Honor (SG-1 3) - Sally Malcolm
20) The Cost of Honor (SG-1 5) - Sally Malcolm
21) The Baroque of Heaven - (SG 11) - Suzanne Wood