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Jan. 8th, 2007


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All Things Wise and Wonderful - Book 1

Book 1: All Things Wise and Wonderful
Writer: James Herriot
Genre: Autobiography/Short Stories
Pages: 440 (On page 203)
My Rating: (Pending..."A"?)


Description of book from http://www.bn.com :

In the midst of World War Two, James is training for the Royal Air Force, while going home to Yorkshire whenever possible to see his very pregnant wife, Helen. Musing on past adventures through the dales, visiting with old friends, and introducing scores of new and amusing characters--animal and human alike--Herriot enthralls us once again with his uncanny ability to spin a most engaging and heartfelt yarn.

My thoughts:

All Things Wise and Wonderful is the second in a trio of books by James Herriot. While autobiographical, the book is more in a short story format with each chapter being a story. While the book is very good, I can only read about 2-3 chapters at a time. James Herriot is no longer a new city boy becoming a country vet. He's now a fully certified vet and is partnered in a practice with his past mentor/supervisor, Siegfried, in Darrowby, Scotland. Herriot recounts the memories of his veterinary experiences with his animal patients and the ecclectic owners with a subtle humor. Herriot brings you with him on his calls and describes his situations with meticulous, yet not overbearingly so, detail. The relationship between Siegfried and his (Siegfried's) brother, Tristan, are always good for a laugh as well. I'd say this book is good for anyone who loves animals and the country/farm environment.

Next book in the queue: Unknown

Jan. 6th, 2007

super goddess

carryaway

Book 1 for me!

Book # 1: A Certain Slant of Light
Writer: Laura Whitcomb
Genre: Young Adult
Number of pages:  288pp
My rating of the book, F-[worst] to A [best]: A

Short description/summary of the book:  From http://www.bn.com: Helen is a disembodied spirit who "attaches" herself to humans in order to possess their bodies. Unable to remember the circumstances of her death, and with no idea why she's in this precarious state of limbo, she knows this much: she's been haunting the living world for 130 years. But when Helen inhabits the body of a high school teacher, everything changes. For though he remains quite unaware of her presence, a certain boy in his class is clearly able to see Helen. This realization, and Helen's subsequent introduction to him, rocks her world.

Uncomfortable with the boundaries of her existence, Helen continues to test them and takes hair-raising risks -- often for love. Moved by her passions, she is stymied by limits placed on her that she doesn't yet understand and is unable to control. Despite the supernatural realm it explores, A Certain Slant of Light is nothing sort of chilling in its evocation of a world that's starkly real, and a newfound love that's positively sublime. (Holiday 2005 Selection)

My Thoughts: I could not put this book down.  I read it in one day losing sleep between work shifts, but it was worth it!  I didn't even want to return it to the library.   It was so good and captivating.  What Helen went through during her being Light and her testing of the limits was so clearly described, it felt as if I was with her.  It made my heart flutter.  That hasn't happened from a book in over a year.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fantastic book to read.

Next book in the Queue: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks