The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The Ringed Castle, Book Five in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Checkmate, Book Six in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. I can’t believe I read the whole thing, but I’m glad I did. I began reading this six volume series back in December 2013 with Game of Kings, the first book in the […]


Come With Me to . . . by Gloria Fowler

Posted by Sherry on 5/22/2016 in England, France |

Come With Me to Paris by Gloria Fowler. Illustrated by Min Heo. Come With Me to New York by Gloria Fowler. Illustrated by Min Heo. “Min Heo is an illustrator and recent graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area of […]


Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]


Happy Birthday, Monsieur Montaigne

Posted by Sherry on 2/28/2015 in --February, Around the World, Birthdays, France |

Michel de Montaigne, b. 1533. Advice for bloggers from Montaigne: Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved. When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and […]


The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

Posted by Sherry on 7/3/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, France, General |

“Child, you do not forgive because the person who wronged deserves it. You misunderstand the point of forgiveness entirely. The only cage that a grudge creates is around the holder of that grudge. Forgiveness is not saying that the person who hurt you was right, or has earned it, or is allowed to hurt you […]


Links and Thinks: June 4, 2013

Posted by Sherry on 6/4/2013 in --June, Current Events, France, General |

Telephone booth transformed into a library. What a wonderfully British idea! I wish I had a telephone booth to metamorphose into a little library. June 4th is Aesop’s Day. Also, on June 4, 1989, approximately 300-800 Chinese students and others died. Do you know what happened on this date? Paris Books for Kids. Chapter books […]


The Resurrection and the Life

I thought I’d post a few times today and tomorrow about the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and what it means to me and to some of the authors and fictional and actual characters that I have on my bookshelves. I’m going to take turns blogging and house-cleaning and see how […]


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Posted by Sherry on 2/9/2013 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, France, General, Literary fiction |

Victor Hugo’s epic novel is divided into five volumes: Volume 1: Fantine Volume 2: Cosette Volume 3: Marius Volume 4: Saint-Denis Volume 5: Jean Valjean In January I read, or rather re-read, the first two volumes, but I’m sort of stuck. I first read the entire novel when I was in college. This reading was […]


Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

Posted by Sherry on 2/1/2013 in 2012, Around the World, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, France, General |

Time travel at its most historically teach-y. I learned a lot about the Dreyfus affair, but the time travel elements of this story were too unbelievable. Mira keeps traveling back and forth from our time to various times in the late nineteenth century, and she meets many of the same people at different key points […]


The Summer of Katya by Trevanian

Posted by Sherry on 6/21/2012 in 1914, 20th Century History Project, Adult Fiction, France, General, World War I |

A couple of weeks ago when we played Book Tag with the theme of Summer Setting, Summer Reading, Debbie at ExUrbanis recommended this novel, saying that is was “part mystery and part love story.” So I borrowed a copy from the library. And it is part mystery and part love story with a bit of […]

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