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Creative Prayer: Speaking the Language of God's Heart
Chris Tiegreen
Jesus Calling: A 365 Day Journaling Devotional
Sarah Young
Shadow of Night
Deborah Harkness
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce
To Have and To Code (A Modern Witch 0.5) - Debora Geary Adorable novel, but definitely more about the romance than the magic. That's okay - I liked that it focused on Nell-the-person rather than Nell-the-witch... Or rather how they were one and the same and one shouldn't take a back seat to the other.But why does nobody in Berkeley even ever blink an eyelid at somebody being a witch? Okay, Daniel was more surprised than most, but he was the only one... seems slightly too good to be true to me.Ah well, minor nitpick, and I did enjoy this glimpse into Nell's past and her interaction with her family of origin. Not to mention I'm pretty sure we saw a recurring character from one of her short stories - but I'm too lazy to go back and check the names ;)

To Love a Witch

To Love a Witch - Debora Geary So sweet! :) But a shame it was only a "Nibble". I would have rated it higher if it had been a full novel - then it could easily have gotten the last star.

To Love a Witch

To Love a Witch - Debora Geary So sweet! :) But a shame it was only a "Nibble". I would have rated it higher if it had been a full novel - then it could easily have gotten the last star.
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life - Gretchen Rubin Fortunately I ended up enjoying this just as much as "The Happiness Project". I had wondered how much new stuff there would be to write on the subject, but I actually thought she managed quite nicely, and there were even some things I preferred about this book compared to THP (of course there were also some things I preferred about THP, but I had expected nothing else).As the title indicates, this book focused on being happy at home. It wasn't about changing your life, it was about making your home a happy place to be. With a move coming up, this meant even more to me than it probably would have otherwise. Many of Gretchen Rubin's resolutions here were more of a 'one time deal' thing than actual resolutions. Also, they were a LOT more Gretchen-specific than those in THP. Not that that's a bad thing, it just meant there were some things I had a harder time relating to.I was grateful to her for pointing me towards Demeter Fragrance Library though. They have a perfume called "New Zealand"!!!!

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire Series #1)

His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik A 4.5 star review."His Majesty's Dragon" is one of those books that I've had on my to-read list for AGES, but have never gotten around to. I think I first had it recommended to me in 2009 or 2010. I picked up the ebook version of it once or twice, but for some reason never got past the initial fight scene and had a COMPLETELY wrong impression of it.Last week I finally decided to download the audio version of it. Several of my friends rave about it, so I figured it was about time... and I was hooked immediately! I loved the story, loved Laurence and - most importantly - loved Temeraire. The idea of combining the Napoleonic wars with dragons was pure genius and gave a fascinating setting to what could otherwise have been a rather run-of-the-mill fantasy story.In style it reminded me of a mix between "Harper's Hall" by Anne McCaffrey and Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb - both among my favourite fantasy authors.I've already uploaded the next book to my mp3-player.
Shangriman - Eventyrlandet - Peter Sonne Ganske vidst er jeg aldersmæssigt noget over målgruppen for Peter Sonnes "Shangriman", men jeg blev alligevel fanget ind af historien. Han skriver i den gode, gamle fortællestil ellers ofte fundet hos Astrid Lindgren, og bogen mindede mig skiftevis om "Mio, min Mio" og "Brødrene Løvehjerte" (dog med en bedre slutning!) med en lille smule af Bjarne Reuters "Shamran" smidt ind i blandingen for en god ordens skyld -- forhåbentlig ikke forfattere Peter Sonne har noget imod at blive sammenlignet med."Shangriman" har en ganske åben slutning, så jeg forventer at den er første bog i en serie, og hvis efterfølgerne kan leve op til standarden sat her, er Peter Sonne absolut en forfatter man skal holde øje med.
The Terrorists - Maj Sjowall,  Per Wahloo Recommended by JBA
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough A quick read, which in the end turned out to be nothing like what I had expected from the first few chapters. I liked it well enough and was interested in seeing it to its completion, but despite the cliffhanger'ish epilogue I feel no real compulsion to read the sequel. I wavered a long time between 2.5 and 3, but ended up with 3 stars because it did manage to throw some twists and turns my way that I hadn't expected. It wasn't bad... just average.
Garlic And Sapphires - Ruth Reichl One of the best foodie books I've read in a long time - even if I did get ridiculously hungry for good food while reading it. I do NOT recommend reading a couple of chapters and then going out to heat up left-overs :-/The stories of a restaurant critic were fascinating to read, and the way she went about creating new characters as not to be recognized had me in stitches. I really enjoyed Ruth Reichl's writing style, and also liked the way she portrayed herself in this memoir - not arrogantly, but aware of her own mistakes and shortcomings.Really brilliant book, even if it is perhaps a tad too old to be used as an accurate restaurant guide for NYC - more's the pity, as I'd have loved to try some of the restaurants she visited!

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery With the exception of certain Anne-books I think this is probably my favourite book by LMM. The way the marriage between Valancy and Barney is depicted is probably the main reason for this. Sure, the beginning is cliché and the ending utterly unrealistic and contrived, but the middle is just delightful. Unlike most of LMM's other books, we're actually allowed a glimpse into the life of a married couple, seeing how they live together, how they interact, how they learn that silence together with somebody you're comfortable with never gets awkward. With Anne and Gilbert running a close second, I think this is the most realistic portrayal of a marriage in LMM's books.I do wish she'd thought up a better ending though. It's thoroughly disappointing.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) - Laini Taylor I had very high hopes for this book as it came extremely highly recommended, but unfortunately it couldn't deliver. Giving it two stars is being generous, as most of the time I didn't care for it at all. It had small glimpses here and there of something better, which kept me reading, but at the end of the day it only just made it to "Okay".The biggest problems were that apparently I'm not into paranormal novels featuring angels, and I just didn't care for Madrigal and Akiva's backstory at all - in fact, those chapters actively bored me. I liked Karou well enough and LOVED Zuzana, but that wasn't enough to keep me engaged, and despite a ridiculous cliffhanger (word to the wise - this is more like the first half of a book than the first book in a series) I'm not going to bother with the rest of the series.
Matchmakers 2.0 - Debora Geary Very sweet and fun novella. The plot couldn't have supported a full-length novel, but as it was it was just perfectly paced. I really enjoyed it and found myself smiling to myself on several occasions. Sam was too cute for words and I LOVED Micky's friends and their reactions to Sam :)
A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch, #1) - Debora Geary Reread of a different edition: I don't often reread books the soon after my first read, but it is that good. Besides, I found it as an audiobook, and figured, why not ;)I really enjoyed the narrator (Martha Harmon Pardee) - she did a great job keeping the voices distinct and easy to listen to.
Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? - Pete Wilson Lots of questions, but no real answers. Basically this book gave a lot of examples of situations where people were forced into a Plan B, and then related their responses to it. But the only answer offered to the subject question is "Trust" ... and perhaps "Hope". Both true answers to be sure, but nothing I wasn't aware of already.But to be fair, I don't exactly now what other kind of answer I was looking for... possibly just some more concrete examples of how to trust in God. Rather than just offering the platitude of "Let God be the editor of your life" (which doesn't even make much sense to me), I'd like specific instructions of how one goes about doing that. Probably impossible to give, as they're bound to differ from person to person, but in that case, just some examples of how real-life people set out to do it.Unfortunately that's my problem with many Christian self-help books.
A Killer Stitch - Maggie Sefton A 2.5 star review.Not her best work. The mystery in this one just didn't ring true to me (yeah, even less than in the earlier books) and it annoyed me that for once the story wasn't self-contained, but spilled over to the next book... not a huge fan of cliffhangers.I'm willing to give it another chance though, so I may end up continuing with the next book in the series after all.
Un Lun Dun - China Miéville A 3.5 star review.My expectations were totally off with this one. I'd heard it compared to Neverwhere so I expected a novel for grown-ups - or YA at the very least. But it's a children's novel. Not that I have a problem reading books aimed at children, and it was really well written, so definitely appropriate for grown-ups as well. It just meant that I had to do some serious mental readjustment along the way to figure out that the book was not at all what I thought it was.That said, I really liked the book. I thought the characters fun and quirky and liked the traditional fairytale structure to the story. The plot wasn't anything special, which is probably where my mistaken expectations come into play, as there was less depth to it than I would have thought, but once I realized that and took the story for what it was, I found it a very enjoyable tale.