Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 16
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Reviews that Made Me Want the Book: September 16

Welcome to the latest edition of my reviews that made me want to read the book feature.

Running with the DemonThis one isn't a review exactly, but my brother Dana recommended a title for me, and I want to add it to my list: Running With the Demon, by Terry Brooks. I did like this from the editorial review at Amazon: "The book's matter-of-fact take on the uncanny is a bit like The X-Files."

And Only to DeceiveSarah Weinman (whose crime fiction blog I read) recently had a column on historical mysteries in the Barnes and Noble Review. She inspired me to want to read Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashton novels, starting with And Only to Deceive. Sarah said: "Tasha Alexander's Victorian England has a different feel altogether, perhaps because the sparkle and wit seem to owe more to Regency romance queen Georgette Heyer than to mystery's classic writers." And that was good enough for me.

Maybelle Goes to TeaHannah Trierweiler had a post at Kid Lit Kit in which she says: "I adore the early reader series by Katie Speck, illustrated by Paul Ratz de Taygos, and starring Maybelle the cockroach. The first book was Maybelle in the Soup; the most recent is Maybelle Goes to Tea." Since I'll be on the easy reader committee for the Cybils, I'm scooping up as many promising titles in this area as I can, and I've added this one to my list.

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Blasts Off!And for another new series aimed at younger elementary school kids, I'm interested in the Phineas L. MacGuire series by Francis O'Roark Dowell, as introduced by Bill at Literate Lives. Bill reviewed the third book, Phineas L. MacGuire ... Blasts Off!, concluding "I'm very excited to have a series for the younger readers that features a boy, and I'm even more excited that it's written by a quality author like Francis O'Roark Dowell. ... and if you are looking for a "boy"series, pick up Phineas L. MacGuire, you won't be disappointed there either." Of course, the fact that he compared it to Clementine helped, too.

AirheadSara from Sara's Hold Shelf recently reviewed (on September 9th, I wasn't able to direct link to the review for some reason) a title that was already vaguely on my radar: Meg Cabot's Airhead. Mostly Sara reminded me that I like Meg Cabot's books, when she said: "Like all of Cabot's novels, Airhead is funny and fluffy, but it is also somehow a bit darker. The situation that Em finds herself in is a bit more complicated than, say, finding out that you're the heir to the throne of a small European principality. The stakes in this case are just a little bit higher, and readers may find themselves thinking about profound questions about the meaning of life (and then, a few pages later, laughing out loud..."

The Darcys & the BingleysBecky reviewed Marsha Altman's The Darcys & the Bingleys at Becky's Book Reviews. Becky said of this Pride and Prejudice sequel "the book is good and well worth reading. The book is true to the original as far as characters and social conventions." And I'm intrigued enough to want to give it a look. It sounds a bit like another P&P follow-on series that I like, Carrie Bebris' Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, starting with Pride and Prescience.

And that's all for this week! So many great books, so little time...