Review: Shepherds Abiding

Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

My rating: 4.75 of 5 stars

I’ve been making my way slowly through Jan Karon’s delightful Mitford series, relishing the many unique characters as they deal with their individual crises in the picturesque small-town setting that by now feels like home when I read the novels. However, I found the last couple I read plodding. Shepherds Abiding, which takes place in the months leading up to Christmas, though, is fast-paced and particularly heart-warming. With a slightly smaller cast of characters and narrower time frame, it is more focused and happier in tone than the previous books. It was the perfect read for the busy holiday season and a story that can be read over and over again.

If you enjoy a gentle read or heart-warming Christian fiction, I highly recommend reading the entire Mitford series.  It has an open-minded, open-hearted message and a leisurely pace needed when the world gets to be too much.

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Comics, Quotes

Quote of the Week

You try for a little happiness, and what do you get? A few memories and a fat stomach.

-Charles M. SchulzThe Complete Peanuts, Vol. 8: 1965-1966


I think Sparky just summed up Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, just take a few moments to remember what you have to be grateful for.  

Halloween, Quotes

Quote of the Week

The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.
Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.

-Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

Happy Halloween!

Audiobooks, Halloween

Review: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

3.5 Stars

I’ve read a few of Poe’s stories and poems and I’ve attempted to read others only to come to the conclusion that they, like the plays of William Shakespeare, are most enjoyable when performed. In this case performed by two great dramatic actors – Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price.  I don’t often listen to audiobooks but their interpretations of Poe’s tales and poems were thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling – a perfect addition to my Halloween reading.

comedy of terrors

If you enjoy listening to or reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe, you may also enjoy the over-the-top campy film adaptations starring Vincent Price.  And if you enjoy those movies, do watch Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone (along with Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and comedy icon Joe E. Brown) in The Comedy of Terrors and have a wicked Halloween.