Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thomas' 19th Illustrated Story -- Book 4

         Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  Thomas doesn’t have a girlfriend.  It’s good that Thomas doesn’t have a girlfriend because if Thomas were a praying mantis, his girlfriend would eat him.
The End.

Book 594

Puppies for Dummies, by Sarah Hodgson, Wiley Publishing, 2006.

This book is an excellent source of information for anyone who is even thinking bringing a puppy into their home. And the center photos, while not necessary, are completely adorable.

Book 593

The Innocent Mrs. Duff/The Blank Wall, by Elisabeth Panxay Holding, Quality Paperback, 2002.

Both of these stories are suspenseful and very well-written.  The first story is not so much about Mrs. Duff as it is Mr. Duff; she doesn't even get to react very much.  The second story is about a middle-aged mother of teens, but she is more of a reactor than actor. 

Book 592

A Knight in Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, Pocket Books, 1989.

This book was my guilty pleasure in my early twenties.  I probably read it at least three times back then.  After that, I put it away and didn't read it again for several years -- until now.

Most of what enchanted me in the first place still at the very least held my interest.  I remember being struck then how well this book was researched for it 'just being a romance'.  I still found it well-researched.  I may have found the motives of the main character a little difficult to understand now, but in my twenties, they would have made perfect sense to me.

Book 591

Sleeping Murder, Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1976.

This book was a delightful two-for-one.  It was interesting reading the last Miss Marple story first, and then reading the first Miss Marple, but if you are feeling rebellious, read them in the opposite order.  It doesn't really matter; they both are wonderful and should be read.

Book 590

The Blank Wall, by Elisabeth Panxay Holding, Skeffington, 1947.

This book is supposed to be about Lucia Holley, a mother trying to raise her two teenage children while her husband is a captain in the second world war.  It is supposed to be, but Lucia is a reactor, and not an actor.  All of her reactions are to protect her children and live-in father.  Far more interesting is Donnelly.  His motives are as murky as his morals.

Book 589

God's Guest List, Debbie Macomber, Simon & Schuster, 2010.

This book takes a very long time to say that God brings people into our lives for a reason.  If you like the long, winding, rambling path, you would probably like this book.  If not, leave this book on the shelf, and just know that God brings people into our lives for a reason.