Books 2020

Books Read

RA Read aloud
SR Shared reading

The Pastor of Kilsyth: the life and times of William Hamilton Burns: Islay Burns-January 2020 
3* The excerpts of WH Burns' diaries were well worth reading. His son's heave Victorian prose less so.
The Periodic Table Book: Tom Jackson-January 2020 SR
5* Attractive format and loads of facts about elements.
The Gospel Comes with a House key: Rosaria Butterfield-January 2020
2* I wanted to like this book more. I agree that hospitality is a Biblical command but although this was assumed, in the book, Rosaria didn't go back to the Scriptures which support this and what they mean. It also seemed to involve many stories from Rosaria's own life. I know nothing of Durham, NC but despite changing names, the stories must be easily identifiable to anyone local. It might have been more useful to engage with the long history of Christian hospitality.
Personally, I found the details of Rosaria's life as a homeschooling Mum fascinating but, on balance, I'm not sure they add to the book.
Wulfgar and the Vikings: Christina Eastwood-February 2020
4* See review
Emily Fox-Seton The Makings of a Marchioness and the Methods of Lady Walderhurst Frances Hodgson Burnett-February 2020
3* This was a bit of light relaxation at the end of a half term. Perhaps, the most telling point about this novel is the difficult role of a poor but well connected woman in early Edwardian society. Rather spoilt by some racist overtones.
Mystery of the Roman Ransom Henry Winterfeld-March 2020 SR
4* A fun children's mystery set in Roman times.
A  tree grows in Brooklyn-Betty Smith-March 2020
4* A gritty tale of life in Brooklyn in the early twentieth century.
A London Sparrow: The story of Gladys Aylward Phyllis Thompson-March 2020 RA
4* Unforgettable story of a maverick parlour maid and how she was used by God.
Then Morris Gleitzman March 2020 RA
3* My son liked this book but I found the constant references to praying to Richmal Crompton, yes-I did write that, rather trying. Faces the sad reality of World War Two in Poland.
Now Morris Gleitzman March 2020 RA
4* 70 years after Now and Then. Story of resilience in the face of Australian bushfires. I enjoyed the depicting of the older Felix.


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