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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reading List: November 2012

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Happy Halloween, everyone! Just a quick update about Hurricane Sandy....we got the wind and the rain, but other than that our area fared really well! We did loose power, though, and are still out....hopefully it will come on soon! Really, though, it's not too big of a problem...we collected enough water to flush the toilets and feed the animals, and we have a generator so we can run the fridge and one other thing at a time...usually the radio or a lamp. :)

This fall is just flying by. :) I honor of the chilly weather and approaching holiday season, I've selected two books that are perfect to curl up with near the fireplace!

A Coal Miner's Bride, The Diary of Anetka Kaminska by Susan Campbell Bartolettie: A part of the Dear America  series, this book, written in diary form, follows the story of 13 year old Aanetka Kaminska. Though just 13 years old, she is forced to leave her native Poland because her father has promised her in marriage to a coal miner in Pennsylvania. Accompanied by her brother and friend, she sets out to form a new life amidst the dirty and dangerous existence that was Lattimer, Pennsylvania in 1896. She faces many struggles, and the story is one that leaves you with a feeling of determination and respect for immigrants. Definitely my favorite of the Dear America books. 
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer: 14 year old Enola Eudoria Hedasa Holmes, younger sister to Sherlock Holmes, sets out to become her own detective. Very used to being alone (afterall, Enola spelled backwards is alone), she runs away after her mother's disappearance  and her elder brother, Mycroft's, plans to put her in a boarding school. Although independant enough to take care of herself, Enola holds on tight to her last links to her mother; a handmade watercolor book of the language of flowers, and also a small book of ciphers. With only her smarts and wits to help her, she sets off to London and begins unraveling the mystery of the missing marquess...while still struggling with her own questions. The first book in the Enola Holmes series, Nancy Springer does a great job in bringing new dimensions to the long loved Sherlock Holmes mysteries, while still staying true to the original characters and plots. More information on Nancy Springer and her other books can be found here. 

That's it for today! Happy Halloween, Happy November-Eve, and best wishes to you as you work through the effects of Sandy!

Thanks for reading! :D

P.S. I am also linking up to The Glamorous Housewife. Check it out!

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