Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Reader Round Up: November


Thanksgiving break proved extra relaxed this year since no traveling was involved and no expected or unexpected company . The only obligation was making two pumpkin pies. Oh, with a side of Thanksgiving dinner.

Less demands meant more reading time. Check out the links to the Goodreads reviews. Here are November’s highlights:

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
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Sometimes seeing the movie can spark an interest in the book. Of course the book was better. A brother and sister are shipped to the country as part of the WWII evacuation. No matter how many of these type of stories I read I continue to find each of them intriguing.

The movie

The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas
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The newest Appalachia story from Sarah. Her books are always provide an particular insight into the region based in some way a true story. In this case, the story revolves around a deaf boy and a murder mystery.

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
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Based on a true story of a woman who gave birth while in an iron lung. A likable tale that transcends into an implausible fairy tale with a surprise appearance of Elvis.

My Daniel by Pam Conrad
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A story of the enduring bond between a brother and sister set during Nebraska’s early settler days. An added element is dinosaur fossil hunting.

Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
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Another older Newbery find. A young girl is sent to live with her spinster aunt when her mother dies. The catch is she has a family in town and they are all on good terms, which is unusual for a story plot. Not an orphan, definitely loved—the conflict? Which family is her true home?

My reading list is still filled with a composite of classics, Newbery titles, and new releases. My favorites tend to be the old Newbery winners. Nothing like solid writing from the past where the big problems of today were not in residence.

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2 thoughts on “Reader Round Up: November

  1. I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Elizabeth Berg and didn’t know about this one. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

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