Monday, January 28, 2013

93. Little Women by Louise May Alcott

First published in 1868, Little Women has since been considered a "must read" for girls. The four March sisters are very different in personality and aspirations. Each one learns life's lessons and adjusts her dreams to align with the reality she experiences. Many readers will empathize with the character they feel akin too.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

92. Norse Mythology: The Myths and Legends of the Nordic Gods by Arthur Cotterell

Laid out like an encyclopedia, this book gives detailed information about the major gods, goddesses and places of Norse Mythology. The illustrations, which add greatly to the reader's understanding,  come from a variety of sources and periods.

Friday, January 18, 2013

91. The Art Room by Susan Vande Griek & Pascal Milelli

A poetic tale of children who take art lessons from Emily Carr. Richly illustrated - a visual and literary treat.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

90.Tales from the Norse Legends by Edward Ferrie

Read by Benjamin Soames. From the Creation of the Universe to Ragnarok - the preordained doom of the Gods - this volume's 12 stories are wonderfully read and accompanied by the music of Mahler, Grieg and Smetana. A great listening experience.

89. Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott

A well researched and well written history of sugar that explains how the taste for sweets literally changed the world. From slavery in the West Indies to indentured labour in Mauritiaus to deforestation and environmental degradation in Brazil and Florida sugar plantations have left their scars.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

88. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawerence

When it was first published in 1928, this best known D. H. Lawerence novel was banned as obscene. Its explicit scenes and language and the breaking of social taboos were controversial when it was eventually published in full in 1960. Sir Clifford Chatterley returns from World War One a broken man, paralysed from the waist down. He has returned to his country seat, Wragby and a different world. Lady Constance Chatterley has an affair with their gamekeeper Oliver Mellors who has also been changed by his time abroad in the army.

Monday, January 07, 2013

87. The Bay of Strangers by Lillian Beckwith

The Bay of Strangers
This book is a collection of eight short stories set in the Hebrides and told from a variety of different perspectives. Some have happy endings others, not so much. The rugged Scottish Highland landscape and the resilience of its residence figure prominently.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

86. Making Life Rich Without Any Money by Phil Callaway

Callaway retells stories from the lives of the famous, infamous and average folk with humour and Christian insight. In these difficult economic times this book first published in 1998, has been re-released with new stories of encouragement and hope to help people find true richness in their relationships and their lives.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

85. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Teenage Matilda lives in Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea during a civil war in the 1990s. New Zealander, and sole white on the island, Mr Watts assumes the role of teacher and reads Great Expectations to Matilda and her classmates. Getting lost in Dicken's London and Pip's life experiences helps the youngsters to cope with the violence and depredation going on around them.