Reading Log

August 2017

  • 21. Rooms by James L. Rubart (Paranormal Fiction) “What would you find if you wandered into the rooms of your own soul? One man is about to find out.”
  • 22. Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix (YA Regency Romance/Fantasy/Mystery) “On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt”, will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers. When the Emerald disappears….Newt sets off to recover it.”

July 2017

  • 20. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

June 2017

  • 13. Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 14. The Golden Cross by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • 15. Eleanor: Crown Jewell of Aquataine by Kristiana Gregory
  • 16. Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin
  • 17. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
  • 18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • 19. Just Write by James Scott Bell

May 2017

  • 9. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • 10. The Beacon at Alexandria: A Novel by Gillian Bradshaw
  • 11. Don’t Tell the Grown-Ups: Why Kids Love the Books They Do by Alison Lurie
  • 12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

April 2017

  • 8. Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowall

March 2017

  • 7. The Velvet Shadow by Angela Elwell Hunt

February 2017

  • 3. The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips
  • 4. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J Gelb
  • 5. The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
  • 6. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas

January 2017

  1. Thornspell by Helen Lowe
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson

December 2016

  • 38. The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • 39. Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber
  • 40. The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
  • 41. An Anne Perry Christmas: Two Holiday Novels–A Christmas Journey & A Christmas Visitor by Anne Perry

November 2016

  • 34. Forging the Sword by Hillari Bell
  • 35. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
  • 36. Curly Girl: The Handbook: Lorraine Massey
  • 37. Innocence & Experience: Essays & Conversations on Children’s Literature ed. by Barbara Harrison & Gergory Maguire

October 2016

  • 32.
  • 33. Word Pictures by Brian Godawa

September 2016

  • 30. A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron
  • 31. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

August 2016

  • 28. Lady Vernon and Her Daughters by Jane Rubino & Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
  • 29. Altered by Gennifer Albin

July 2016

  • 25. Eva of the Farm by Eva Calhoun
  • 26. Stealing Fire From the Gods by James Bonnet
  • 27. The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E.L. Konisburg

June 2016

  • 21. The Eternal City by Paula Morris
  • 22. Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • 23. The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
  • 24. Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes by Jude Morgan

May 2016

  • 18. Girls on the Edge by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 19. Lockwood and Co.: The Whispering Skull, by Jonathan Stroud
  • 20. The Skin Map, by Stephen Lawhead

March & April 2016

  • 11. Of Other Worlds by C.S. Lewis
  • 12. Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
  • 13. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • 14. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • 15. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • 16. Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
  • 17. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

January & February 2016

  • 1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • 2. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy: 20 Dynamic Essays by Today’s Top Professionals by the Editors of Analog and Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine
  • 3. Who was Edgar Allan Poe? by Jim Gigliotti
  • 4. The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin
  • 5. Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinge
  • 6. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • 7. The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • 9. Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World by Colin Wells
  • 10. Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

December 2015

  • 30. The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  • 31. Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
  • 32. A Patchwork Christmas by Kristin Eckhardt
  • 33. Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham

November 2015

  • 26. Byzantium: Capital of an Ancient Empire by Giles Morgan–an interesting overview of the Byzantine Empire
  • 27. The Ends of the Earth by T. Davis Bunn–a novel of romance and adventure and the early Byzantine Empire
  • 29. The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima–book 2 in The Heir Chronicles, just as gripping as the first. Now, on to the next!

October 2015

  • 25. Warrior’s Heir by Cinda Williams Chima–friendship, fate, and ancient magic in this first book of The Heir series

September 2015

  • 24. The Divine Sacrifice by Tony Hays~an intriguing Arthurian mystery, set in the early years after the Roman withdrawl from Britain, involving disputes within the early church and questionable use of Glastonbury Tor.
  • 25. Prisoners of the Palace by Michaela MacColl~a both fun and serious story that centers on the experiences of a rich young woman, orphaned and fallen to the position of lady’s maid to Princess (soon to be Queen) Victoria and her governess. Both intriguing and suspenseful.
  • 26. The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer~a sequel to the Sea of Trolls which brings the first book’s Anglo-Saxon and Viking characters back together and sends them on a perilous quest into the land of enchantment.

August 2015

  • 23. The Princess and the Hound  by Mette Ivie Harrison~an engaginig YA fantasy that feels like an old tale. Do not let the title fool you, however, the protagonist is not a princess, but the prince who becomes betrothed to her.

July 2015

  • 19. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir~fascinating historical fiction told from multiple (and I mean multiple) points of view making the execution as intriguing as the story.
  • 20. Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander~exotic, exciting historical mystery
  • 21. Mountain Sanctuary by Lenora Worth~a sweet romance
  • 22. Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray~gripping, endearing, Newbery winning historical fiction

June 2015

  • 15. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger–fun, fun, fun YA steampunk
  • 16. The Hooded Hawke by Karen Harper–intriguing Queen Elizabeth (the first) mystery
  • 17. The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
  • 18. Master of Souls by Peter Tremayne–marvelously medieval mystery featuring Fidelma of Cashel

May 2015

  • 11. Eliza’s Daughter by Joan Aiken–highly disappointing ending
  • 12. Daughter of Witches by Patricia Wrede–fantastic fantasy
  • 13. The Harp of Imach Thyssel by Patricia Wrede–moving fantasy-adventure
  • 14. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle–inspiring musings by an inspiring author

April 2015

  • 7. A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber–intriguing, Jane Austen era mystery
  • 8. The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman-fascinating 12th century mystery featuring my favorite queen
  • 9. The Case of the Missing Marquess (An Enola Holmes Mystery) by Nancy Springer–fun, middle grade spin-off of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
  • 1o. Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by David Gerrold–practical, informative from the creator of “Trouble with Tribbles”

March 2015

  • 5. The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
  • 6. Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber

February 2015

  • 3. American Bloomsbury, by Susan Cheever
  • 4. Mountain Dog, by Margarita Engle

January 2015

  • 1. Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Baron
  • 2. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, by Renni Browne and Dave King.

December 2014

  • 38. Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
  • 39. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
  • 40. The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
  • 41. The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson
  • 42. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

November 2014

  • 35. The Last Child of Hamelin by Ray Ballanyne
  • 36. The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden
  • 37. The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

October 2014

  • 31. The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
  • 32. Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
  • 33. The Last Rainbow by Parke Godwin
  • 34. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

September 2014

  • 27. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 28. Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 29. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
  • 30. Juliet by Anne Fortier

August 2014

  • 26. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood  by Diana Gabaldon

July 2014

  • 23. On the Threshold by Sherrie Ashcroft & Christina Berry Tarabochia
  • 24. Evasions by Melanie M. Jeschke
  • 25. The King’s Swift Rider by Mollie Hunter

June 2014

  • 17. Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
  • 18. Avalon by Anya Seton
  • 19. The Education of Bet  by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • 20. Gateway by Sharon Shinn
  • 21. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill
  • 22. Expectations by Melanie M. Jeschke

May 2014

  • 13. Inklings by Melanie M. Jeschke
  • 14. Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale
  • 15. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • 16. Crewel by Gennifer Albin

April 2014

  • 10. Born of the Sun by Joan Wolf
  • 11. An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
  • 12. Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
  • (oops–I’d forgotten this one) Lockwood and C0.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

March 2014

  • 5. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • 6. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
  • 7. Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
  • 8. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  • 9. Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon

February 2014

  • 4. The Language of the Night by Ursula LeGuin

January 2014

  • 1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • 2. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • 3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

December 2013

  • 34. Speak What We Feel (Not What We Ought to Say): Reflections on Literature and Faith by Frederick Buechner.
  • 35.  A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • 36.  A Dry Creek Christmas by Janet Tronstad
  • 37. A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
  • 38. The Last Storyteller by Diane Noble

November 2013

  • 32. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  • 33. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

October 2013

  • 30. The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry
  • 31. The Wounded Hawk by Sara Douglas

September 2013

  • 24. Baroness by Susan May Warren
  • 25. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex
  • 26. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
  • 27. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • 28. Constantine: The Miracle of the Flaming Cross by Frank G. Slaughter
  • 29. Praying in Color by Sybil McBeth

August 2013

  • 21. Heiress by Susan May Warren
  • 22. Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
  • 23. The Nameless Day by Sara Douglas

July 2013

  • 18. The Island House by Posie Graeme-Evans
  • 19. Envy by Anna Godbersen
  • 20. Pirate King by Laurie R. King

June 2013

  • 14. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  • 15. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • 16. Fire by Kristen Cashore
  • 17. Snow by Tracy Lynn

May 2013

  • 11. To Look and Pass by Taylor Caldwell
  • 12. Ithaka by Adele Geras
  • 13. Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther by Dereck Wilson

April 2013

  • 9. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  • 10. A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander

March 2013

  • 6. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • 7.  Rumors by Anna Godbersen
  • 8. A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick

February 2013

  • 3. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
  • 4. A Death at the Rose Paperworks by M.J. Zellnik
  • 5. Graine: Sailor Princess of Ireland by Louise Gherasim

January 2013

  • 1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  • 2. Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharon Newman

December 2012

  • 88 Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes
  • 89. The Lost Angel by Elizabeth Goudge
  • 90. The Story selections from NIV Bible
  • 91. At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant

November 2012

  • 87. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

October 2012

  • 85. Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge
  • 86. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow

September 2012

  • 82. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • 83. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • 84. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

August 2012

  • 78. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales edited and selected by W.B. Yeats
  • 79. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
  • 80. The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett
  • 81. Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress

July 2012

  • 75. Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment by Joan Aiken
  • 76. I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
  • 77. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett

June 2012

  • 73. The Wizard’s Daughter by Barbara Michaels
  • 74. The Fatal Crown by Ellen Jones

May 2012

  • 71. In the King’s Service by Katherine Kurtz
  • 72. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

April 2012

  • 68. Keeping a Princess Heart: In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World by Nicole Johnson
  • 69. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • 70. The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope Stokes

~started 3 but did not follow through. There are too many books I want to read to continue with ones that just don’t grab me.

March 2012

  • 64. Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
  • 65. Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • 66. Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • 67. AngelMonster by Veronica Bennett

February 2012

  • 62. Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine
  • 63. Shadow Magic by Patricia Wrede

January 2012

  • 60. Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
  • 61. Death Train to Boston by Dianne Day

December 2011

  • 58. Beyond Silence by Eleanor Cameron
  • 59. One Incredible Moment by Max Lucado

November 2011

  • 51. Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock
  • 52. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  • 53. Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip
  • 54. Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
  • 55. Deep and Wide: advanced fiction techniques for making your characters deeper and your plot wider by Susan May Warren
  • 56. A Sea So Far by Jean Thesman
  • 57. The Killing Way by Tony Hays

October 2011

  • 43. The Last Grailkeeper  byPamela Smith Hill
  • 44. Plot vs. Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction by Jeff Gerke
  • 45. George MacDonald: An Anthology.365 Readings  compiled by C.S. Lewis
  • 46. A Man Most Worthy by Ruth Axtell Morren
  • 47. The Inklings Handbook by Colin Duriez and David Porter
  • 48. Write Well: Greeting Cards by Sandra M. Louden
  • 49. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • 50. The World’s Last Night and Other Essays by C.S. Lewis

September 2011

  • 36. The Midnight Horse by Sid Fleischman
  • 37. Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
  • 38. Green Rider by Kristen Britain
  • 39. 50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn
  • 40. The Firm by John Grisham
  • 41. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  • 42. The Singing by Alison Croggon

August 2011

  • 34. Crown in Candlelight by Rosemary Hawley Jarman
  • 35. The Crow by Alison Croggon

July 2011

  • 31. The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels
  • 32. Jane and the Barque of Frailty by Stephanie Barron
  • 33. The Riddle by Alison Croggon

June 2011

  • 24. Writing as a Road to Self-Discovery by Barry Lane
  • 25. Shapers by Carol Riggs
  • 26. The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock
  • 27. Madeleine L’Engle (Herself) compiled by Carole F. Chase
  • 28. The Memory Book by Penelope Stokes
  • 29. Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap
  • 30. the tender heart: Conquering Your Insecurity by Joseph Nowinski

May 2011

  • 18. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
  • 19. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • 20. The Tale of Holly How by Susan Wittig Albert
  • 21. The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap
  • 22. The Naming by Alison Croggon
  • 23. Ghost Horses by Pamela Smith Hill

April 2011

  • 14. Godiva by David Rose
  • 15. The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
  • 16. Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • 17. Wildwing by Emily Whitman

March 2011

  • 8. Frontier Wolf  by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • 9. Sundays at Tiffany’s by  James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
  • 10. Body Language by Julius Fast
  • 11. Renaissance Brides by Barbara Youree
  • 12. My Enemy, My Brother by
  • 13. The Inklings of Oxford: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their Friends by Harry Lee Poe

February 2011

  • 4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • 5. Looking for the King by David C. Downing
  • 6. The Church of Our Fathers by Roland H. Bainton
  • 7. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

January 2011

  • 1. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  • 2. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
  • 3. Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters

4 thoughts on “Reading Log

  1. Hi Debbie, I see you’ve just read Pilgrim’s Inn, it’s probably my favourite of Elizabeth’s. Have you read the rest of the trilogy? I used to live close to where the book is set and reading it made me see the countryside around in a whole new way!
    Best wishes


    • Oh, Anna!
      You actually live near there. How Awesome!
      I’ve been a huge Elizabeth Goudge fan since the day I bought The Middle Window through a high school book club. That was many years ago, (I’ve taught high school since!)but I’ve made it my mission to hunt down and buy all her books I can find and to read them all.
      Pilgrim’s Inn has always been one of my favorite “chicken soup” books, one I turn to when I need comfort or am feeling blue. It is so illuminated with love and wonder. I often read it as a Christmas treat. I have read the others in the trilogy and, having been a child of divorce, was deeply moved by the self-sacrifice for the love of family in The Bird in the Tree.
      Hmm. Writing to you makes me think I want to read another Goudge book. Maybe City of Bells is what I need this December–with the Cathedral Christmas and Jocelyn’s cozy book store.
      Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I’m going to go take a look at yours now.
      Thanks again! Debby


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