A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

First book finished in 2014! And what a great book to start the new year with. I’ve read other Ursula K. Le Guin books (see here), but none of them blew me away like A Wizard of Earthsea did. I loved the world of Earthsea, which is kind of like a medieval-ish magical ocean-based society. I loved the characters, though they weren’t as fleshed-out as they might have been had the story been less focused Read More …

REVIEW: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Ballet and sisters and pre-WWII London! This book is full of things that make my heart go ping, not least of which is the characters and their adorableness. I don’t mean just the kids (though they’re cute enough); the adults are lovely as well, which makes a nice change from books with absent/neglectful parents. And for once the adults aren’t trying to impede the children from having their adventures, and neither do they suck all Read More …

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster (reread)

Probably there are some spoilers here! Just fyi. The first time I read this I was all grossed out by both the age difference between the two leads AND by the deceitfulness of Daddy Long-Legs himself– I’m just not into that whole “I am secretly dating you but you don’t know it, haha” thing. (It’s why I have a hard time watching You’ve Got Mail, despite its amazing New York-in-the-fall-ness.) This time around, though, I Read More …

REVIEW: Magic or Not? by Edward Eager

I don’t remember ever reading this book AT ALL before (so it’s probably not the one I was thinking of when I read Half Magic), but now that I’ve read it I’ve realized just how GOOD Edward Eager’s books can be. Half Magic has got problems, right? Sexism, racism, kinda boring. Magic or Not? has none of those problems. The girls are just as active and fun as the boys, and they’re not obsessed with Read More …

REVIEW: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I haven’t read the Little House books in SO. LONG. A reread of the series has been on my mind for the last few years, but I stupidly sold my box set a few moves ago and I haven’t replaced it yet. I finally got up the courage to wander into the children’s section of the library the other week, so now I can finally get reacquainted with Laura and her family. The writing style Read More …

REVIEW: Half Magic by Edward Eager

This isn’t my favorite Edward Eager book, but it’s the only one I have so far. So! Half Magic is a cute book, though not without its 1950s problems of light racism/sexism. The girls are all preteen housewives, and there’s a semi-uncomfortable scene with the kids and an Arabian villain. However! There’s ALSO another scene where Katherine turns herself into a knight and kicks Lancelot1 in the rear during a tournament.2 So it kinda balances Read More …

REVIEW: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

It’s been about 12 years or so since I last read The Princess and the Goblin, and all I could remember was that the cover on my copy is super pretty.1 I don’t actually know where my copy IS, so I had to read the ebook version. There’s something about fairy tales– especially older ones– that makes reading them in paper format more pleasing than doing so in ebook, but we can’t have everything so Read More …

REVIEW: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The first time I read Heidi I was about 9 years old. My copy was that abridged version with lots of illustrations– part of that series that introduced kids to lots of classics, including Dracula and Charles Dickens. You know the ones I’m talking about? They’ve got huge fonts! Anyway, I don’t remember much about that experience, but I suppose I must have been bored out of my mind because otherwise I would have retained Read More …