June 2010 Reading List

1.  Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston:  I love all of Aston’s Pride and Prejudice “sequels”, but this more contemporary book was just OK.  It’s not because it was contemporary.  It just seemed kind of plodding.  I felt that the “romance” was underdeveloped.  And I felt that the wonderful character of Maud was educationally shafted–I know homeschooling is legal in England.

2.  Blood and Gold by Anne Rice:  This is one of the Vampire Chronicles that I never got around to reading.  This book fills in the story of Marius between his creation as a vampire and the events of The Queen of the Damned.

3.  The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy:  Another look at the plotting and intrigues of the French Revolution in which the English hero of the French aristocracy must rescue his own wife who is being held as bait to entrap him.

4.  Runaway by Meg Cabot:  This is the third and final book in Cabot’s Airhead series.  I thought it was kind of an abrupt and underwhelming ending to the otherwise wonderful series.

5.  Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid (editor):  This is a compilation of eleven stories from converts to the Catholic faith.  While the stories make a lot of good points, they start to feel dated and redundant after awhile.

6.  Star Wars:  Fate of the Jedi:  Allies by Christie Golden:  Just another expanded universe sequel.

7.  Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish:  I reread this book from my personal collection about once a year.  I should probably reread about it once every three to six months.

8.  Angel Time by Anne Rice:  This book was written after her reversion to Catholicism.  I was less than impressed; it seemed a bit disjointed.

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