Good Reads Set in Victorian England

I recently left a comment on blog that reviewed Michael Cox’s novel The Meaning of Night.  The blogger liked the book very much and so do I.  The Meaning of Night is set in Victorian England.  This seems to be a popular setting for many readers and I thought it might be helpful to those of you looking for books set in this time period to list them here!

 The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox

 The Glass of Time: A Novel (sequel to The Meaning of Night) by Michael Cox

The Observations by Jane Harris

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Dectective by Kate Summerscale

Count Magnus & Other Ghost Stories by Montague Rhodes James

The Haunted Dolls’ House and Other Ghost Stories by Montague Rhodes James

 These are all great books and I highly recommend each and every one.  They are all fiction, with the exception of Kate Summerscale’s book. 

If you have any to add to the list, please leave a comment!  I would love to hear from you.


Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading this book by Katherine Howe and loved it!  The setting is in Massachusetts in 1991 and the late seventeenth century.  The main character, Connie, is very likeable.  She is a graduate student just about to begin research on her dissertation and this is when the story gets interesting!

Connie is asked by her mother, Grace, to go to the family’s old home in Marblehead, MA to ready the family home for sale.  Connie finds a clue that could lead to some new and exciting research – a name, “Deliverance Dane,” in an old Bible with a key.

I hope I’ve given you enough to get you interested in this book.  I throughly enjoyed it and if you are looking for a quick, east summer read by all means pick up “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” by Katherine Howe.

Book Details:   Published by Voice, 384 pages, ISBN-10: 1401340903, ISBN-13: 978-1401340902

Experience the Oldest Bible

For those of you that love books (see my post “Do You Love Reading or Do You Love Books?”), there is a new book online.  The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world according to its Website (

The Codex Sinaiticus is made up of  just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin and contains about half of the Old Testament and Apocrypha (the Septuagint), the whole of the New Testament, and two early Christian texts not found in modern Bibles.

I think this Website will primarily be of interest to academics, but for those of you who love books – it is worth a visit.  The Website also contains links to The British Library, the National Library of Russia, St. Catherines Monastery, and the Leipzig University Library.  Have fun with this one booklovers!

Do you judge a book by its cover?

MissingDo you often decide which book to read based on the cover?  I do!  My latest pick based on the cover is “The Missing” by Tim Gautreaux.  This book is currently on my night table and I hope to post a review soon!

I first saw this book at Costco and couldn’t wait to read it!  As my mother is a librarian, I put in my request and picked it up a couple of weeks later.

Let me know if you choose books based on the cover and if so what your most recent picks were.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Bill, Thomas Memorial Library’s Cat

If you are ever in Bluff City, Tennessee and love cats, then you should definitely stop by Thomas Memorial Library.  There you will find good books and BillBill was a stray cat that has been adopted by the community around Thomas Memorial Library.  He has a bed behind the book drop and food and water dishes at the entrance.  If he is not outside the library, just take a look inside!  He has a bed behind the librarian’s desk inside as well.  He is a sweet cat!  I will try to post a picture soon.

Please say “Hello!” to the librarians at Thomas Memorial Library as well.  Kathryn and Andrea are terrific and a real asset to the community!

Do you know of any libraries with a pet?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

Do You Love Reading or Do You Love Books?

On Sunday, I was listening to a local NPR radio program called “On the Media” which posed an interesting question, “Do you love reading or do you love books?”  For me, the answer is both.

For author Ann Kirschner, the answer was more involved.  Ms. Kirchner actually read one book, “Little Dorrit” by Charles Dickens in four different formats.  First, she re-read an old copy she owned from her grad school days.  Then, she listened to an audiobook version.  The last two versions of “Little Dorrit” were on her Kindle and on her iPhone.

I don’t think that I could ever give up my books, but what about you?  Please let me know what you think!  Do you love books, or do you like to read, or both?  Please leave me a comment.

I have posted the link to the transcript of the “On the Media” interview here: