The July book list

The Quiet Gentleman
Devil’s Cub
A Civil Contract
April Lady
Friday’s Child
Charity Girl

All by Georgette Heyer. Yes, I read too much Georgette Heyer.

Here Lies the Librarian–Richard Peck. Not as good as The Teacher’s Funeral, but still a fun read.

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones. A sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which, if you’ll remember, I loved. Not as good, but it was nice to meet up with Howl and Sophie again.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. A much beloved book in need of a re-read.

Thrones, Dominations by Jill Paton Walsh. It’s sort of by Dorothy Sayers, but Paton Walsh wrote most of it. It’s not D.L.S.’s Lord Peter, but the story didn’t bother me too much.

Iris, Messenger by Sarah Dewing. All right, but for modern adaptations of Greek myths go with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

Larklight by Philip Reeve. Great book! Zany sci-fi set in a pseudo-Victorian world.

The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones. Just as amazing the second time through.

The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander. Very nice Alexander.

The Problem Child by Michael Buckley. I remember absolutely nothing about this book. Oh wait! It’s a somewhat wild re-imagining of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It’s meant for children/young adults. I wouldn’t let the children read it and I’d recommend Jasper Fforde for the young adults.

The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones. Another great DWJ, this one in the Crestomanci world. I definitely enjoyed it.

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages. Very beautiful, haunting book about the Los Alamos community during World War II.

Fair Weather by Richard Peck. All about the Chicago World’s Fair. Lots of fun.

A Tiny Step from Deepest Faith by Marjorie Corbman. This book was amazing–I highly recommend it to young adults and teenagers.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I. Love. Eugenides.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I love this book, although part of me longs for a sequel because I like tidy endings.

Farthing by Jo Walton. There are some content issues with this book, unfortunately, because it says some very important things. Set in an alternate universe type thing, it’s a detective story set in an England which made peace with Hitler.

The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones. You very seldom go wrong with Diana Wynne Jones, and this was at the top of her form.

Howl’s Moving Castle by DWJ. Yes, again.

The Queen of Attolia. I. Love. Megan Whalen Turner. (I also kind of want to be her when I grow up.)

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers. This has always been one of my favorite Lord Peter Wimsey books, although it doesn’t touch Gaudy Night.

The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable. Quite respectable fantasy. Not sure I’ll ever re-read it, but it wasn’t bad. I definitely sense a series coming on though.

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Latest in the Percy Jackson series. I still loved it, although I have to say that the whole “I like Annabeth but I can’t tell her, aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!” thing is getting old.

House of Many Ways by DWJ. Another Howl sequel. I liked this one better than Castle in the Air, but not as much as Howl.

Welcome to Wahoo by Dennis and Ellen Carr. Waste of time.

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