Revised re-read challenge

I revised my re-read list a bit to include Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe and decided to hold off reading the other two books by Jules Verne and some other authors until later.  It is quite long, and I doubt I will get through it all by the end of December but having goals and a list to work with is good. 🙂  Most of the books are classics I haven’t read since high school or when I first started college.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- Jules Verne- I’m done with this one.  It was fun reading about Captain Nemo and the Nautilus again.   I need to watch the movie now.


The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis – I’ve started with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Robin Hood – Howard Pyle


Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe


Gulliver’s Travels -Jonathan Swift


The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells


Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie



The Circle Series – Ted Dekker


A book by Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters



Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne


Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne.


There is always next year to continue reading the books I don’t get to by the end of December.

Update on re-read challenge

This month has been slow going; I had to contend with a nasty upper respiratory and didn’t get too far.  That’s okay though.  I did get a late start and I’m not going to kill myself trying to get through all of my list.  I’ll read as many of the books on my list as possible.

I’m a little over halfway through 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, I should be finished with it this next week.  It’s been fun reacquainting myself with the adventures of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.  I plan to get started on the Chronicles of Narnia next.

I do think rather than read all three books by Jules Verne I have on my list, I will read Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe and save Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days for later, just to get a little variety.  I will post a revised list later.

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls


In Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, 16-year-old Bianca Monroe enrolls in the respected Miss Mabel’s School for Girls in order to break a curse put on her by the evil headmistress, Miss Mabel. She runs into quite a few challenges along the way.

This is an imaginative, well-written, thoughtful story of Bianca’a experiences at Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.  The book has enough similarities to Harry Potter to be familiar, but there are enough differences to keep things fresh.

The plot is similar to Harry Potter in that it is about young witches who go to a special school for witches. A major difference (and it is a great one) is that it is an all-female school. In fact, only two male characters are even mentioned: Bianca’s father and the school groundskeeper. Also, Bianca has a definite purpose for attending the school. She specifically is doing what she needs to in order to break a curse on her family and begins preparing to attend Miss Mabel’s early on. By contrast, Harry found out about Hogwarts by accident, and he didn’t have a specific plan for his education until after he started going to Hogwarts. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that, and for the Harry Potter character it works, but I love that Bianca has a goal from the beginning. This is a journey of someone struggling to survive.

The characters are all flawed, which makes them more realistic. Bianca is pretty focused on outwitting Miss Mabel (understandably so).   Miss Mabel is a manipulative, evil individual, and makes an excellent antagonist for Bianca.  Bianca’s friends are likable and care about Bianca, but are focused on their own issues at the same time. Mildred, the High Priestess, is business-like and gruff, but underneath the stern exterior she has a good heart. The book does touch on topics that could be considered “adult” or “mature” but this is accomplished tastefully without becoming graphic.

The interaction between Bianca, Miss Mabel, Leda, Camille, Michelle and Mildred is creative and engaging.  Ms. Cross gives the reader enough information to make the scenes interesting, but leaves out enough details to leave her audience wondering what is going to happen.  (What a sneaky writer). J Things aren’t left hanging at the end of the story, but there are also enough unanswered questions to leave things open for the next adventure.  Miss Mabel’s is excellent work and something I will be very glad to read again later.

The re-read challenge


Re-Read Challenge

I found the re-read challenge on Hannah’s site.

I thought it would be fun to just make a list of books I want to re-read and see how many I can read before December.  It’s a long list, and I may not get to all of them, but it’s worth a try.

I want to reread The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.


The Circle Series by Ted Dekker.


Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.


Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne,.


War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.


A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.


And something by Jane Austen and/or one of the Bronte sisters (haven’t decided what yet).



Books and Used Book Stores

I hit a couple of used bookstores recently and snagged five books for about $20–Not bad.

I got the Dragon Prince Trilogy by Melanie Rawn.


Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.


And-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sklott.


I’ve wanted to read these books for awhile, but didn’t want to commit to buying new books I might or might not read again, so this was a cheaper option, and I can pass them along to my local library when I’m done and either replace them on my Kindle or check them out from the library later if I want to read them again.

I also checked out  Game of Thrones from the library–I’ve read samples of Martin’s books and they seem very intriguing, but again, I wanted a chance to read the book before buying anything.


I am also revisiting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy after not reading it for a number of years, and I have that on my Kindle.  I’m going to take my time reading that one.


I am making an effort to settle into a regular reading schedule and will update on my progress.   The Game of Thrones is due on September 18, so I’m going to focus on getting done with that one first.







So I have a WordPress account; I need to get off my lazy rear and start blogging regularly.  One of my favorite past times is reading, so it would make sense for me to blog about books.  A few authors I love are C.S. Lewis (he is someone I wish I’d had the chance to meet), Ted Dekker (I have met him at a book signing), Tosca Lee (I met her at the same book signing I met Ted), Tess Gerritsen, Amanda Stevens and Max Lucado.  That’s not a complete list but it’s a start.

It’s not good to limit yourself to blogging about only one thing, though, so I’ll include T.V. shows, movies, and other random stuff I’m interested in.  I think I’m going to have fun here.