Wow, 4 posts on books in about a month. If it wasn't April this post I might say I was getting caught up. Only 8 books this month and not all are keepers.
Miss Pickerell Goes To The Arctic by Ellen MacGregor has Miss Pickerell go on a rescue mission to the Arctic. It all started with her asking the weather man is there might be a big snow fall in the coming winter. She has to leave her cow behind. I like the cow. Better to enjoy the cow in a book than in real life. The book was OK. There's a bit of science and some humor. This is the last of the four original novels that Ellen MacGregor wrote about Miss Pickerell. MacGregor died in 1954, three years before this book came out and 10 years before Dora Pantell started the series again. She wrote 14 books which I don't plan to read. I got the 4 originals for my Kindle cheap but they didn't have a download for the rest. I have so much to read currently that I can't see going looking for these.
Nancy's Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene is the 8th in the Nancy Drew series. I like the series enough to post two covers. The original cover to the 1932 book is up top. Not a very nice cover. The later cover, while not great, is much more interesting than the original. As you can guess from the title Nancy gets a letter. What's mysterious about it? It's a letter about an inheritance meant for another Nancy Drew. Nancy goes looking for that other woman and that starts the story. Soon Nancy gets involved with a crook trying to steal that inheritance. Not a bad story, I sped right through it, often the case with the Hardy's too, and one I'll put on the shelf. I'm collecting first 34 books in the series in the original versions. Like the Hardy Boy series Nancy's books were revised starting in 1959. I'm much less interested in reading the series after that.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Magical Car by Ian Fleming was kind of OK but I decided not to keep it. I won't read it again. I wasn't much of a fan of the illustrations. I see Flemming was sick at the time he wrote it and that he died two months before it was released. It was first released as three slim volumes and later collected into a single book.
Roy Rogers And The Gopher Creek Gunman by Don Middleton was more entertaining than the previous book. It's just a typical Western plot, Roy up against a crook, but there was plenty going on to keep me interested. I have three or four of Roy's Whitman adventure series and they're all OK. I'll keep them until I decide to get rid of the Whitman's someday. I did not think much of the cover to the book.
Flights And Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne is set in an alternate universe London that's all steampunky. I don't really remember much of anything about the story at this point. It went up into the attic so I must have liked it enough to want to read it again.
May Bird And The Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson is the first book in the series. May disappears into the swamp near her home and winds up in the Ever After. It's where the dead go and she's got to get out of there. An annoying ghost named Pumpkin and her cat follow her to the Ever After. They have an adventure trying to find a way back to the human world before the evil Bo Cleevil gets her. I've got the other two books to read. I liked May and her cat but that Pumpkin is a right ass-wipe. He screws things up by being a complete idiot. There are other better characters to enjoy. I haven't decided to keep these yet. We'll see what the sequels bring.
Mrs Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald is the first of the series. Mrs Piggle-Wiggle has some magical methods of making kids behave. Who wouldn't like that, huh. Parents in the town ask her for help when they can't change their kids behavior. I found the short stories slightly amusing but kind of repetitive. I got tired of them before the end of the book. which was kind of sad. I had a three volume collection and a single book, bought and paid for, and I hate buying books that I don't read. I had like MacDonald's Plum And Nancy and these stories are nothing like that and nothing near as interesting. Admittedly the Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books are aimed at an even younger audience. I will work through the whole pile of them and put the books on the to go pile.
Only Joking by Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves is a book about jokes. There's a bunch of jokes and some history and joke theory. It was an OK read. I got several laughs out of the jokes included as examples. Carr and Greeves have another book but it's not at the library here and I haven't decided to buy a copy on Amazon UK. I didn't think I'd need to read it 10-12 bucks worth.
Now I've done a third of the year and there are only 9 months to catch up. I wonder what May will bring.