joyce (joyce) wrote,

8. The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie)
9. A Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie)
10. Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent (John F. Burnett)
11. Sorcery & Cecelia (Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer)
12. The Grand Tour (Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer)

I actually read more than this this past month; I have several books that I'm in the middle of. Also, The Grand Tour, despite being a YA book, was 469 pages and a bit of a slog. It was still lovely and charming and fun and I wish I lived in that universe, but it was definitely slower than Sorcery & Cecelia. Still, if a 19th century England where magic is taken for granted (heads of state are wizards) that comes with two young, impetuous heroines sounds like your thing, read these books. Don't be put off by the YA label; they are seriously good.

Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions was an informative, jaded look at some of the greatest news stories (and tragedies) of our time. Kosovo, Waco, Katrina, Iraq - it's all there, from someone who was on the ground at the time, and who tops off his writing with a nicely measured amount of black humor. Well worth reading.

Dame Agatha was still Dame Agatha.
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