Miss Pettigrew - Anna's Review

>> Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I adored this book. It was light, fun, charming. I think I had an ear to ear grin throughout the entire book. And, oh, Miss Pettigrew, what a day she had! If you want to read something that is sure to lift your spirits, then Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is just the book for you.


May's Pick

>> Monday, May 10, 2010


In the spirit of warm days and happy thoughts that accompany the season we affectionately call summer, I'm picking a book that I hope to be the kind you pack in your suitcase for a trip to the beach. Of course, I'm not going to the beach. But the lake might be a close second.

Here is The Sage Room's pick for the month of May:


Water for Elephants - E's Review

>> Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Water for Elephants follows the story of a young man who has been hit with some of the worst tragedy you can imagine. In an attempt to forget his past and find himself, he lands a job with the traveling circus. I found this part of the story, the part about carnies and the dark lives that they led, quite interesting. It is a cultural I know nothing about and when the added elements of romance, suspense (note: READ THE PROLOGUE), and animals that seem almost human all come together, I was unable to put the book down.

Sure there were parts I could have done without but that's when my super-mad-fast-reading skills kick in. I flew through those passages barely giving them another thought. And the further away I get from reading the book, the more dreamy it seems. Dreamy in the sense of days gone by in another time and another place.

Plus, when discussed at book club, I am fairly sure I was able to persuade Anna into liking it a little more. Or maybe she just liked MY version of the story. Either way, gold star for me! ;)



>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I've finally figured out the slump/funk/what is wrong with me cycle that I am in.

See, I never actually finished reading A Farewell to Arms which as you might know was February's book choice. My book choice at that. And because of this, I have yet to write a review. I particularly don't like it when things go unfinished. So on my nightstand it awaits, sneering at me every night. It's almost as if it knows that it has backed in a corner and is just waiting for me to make the next move.

Well, I've decided that I will finish it. Someday. But until then, I must move forward with other reviews and more reading.

Now to figure out how to not fall asleep the second I open a book...


In April

>> Monday, May 3, 2010


The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen (YA) is just fun. Take a level headed princess with a secret, a mage's apprentice, a plot to destroy two kingdoms, strange dark beasts and a dragon and well, read away!

The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede (YA) takes frontier life and mixes in magic to make the story of Eff, the unlucky 13th child. Eff's family moves to the wild frontier, a place where danger is always on the fringes and magic is used to make life easier and safer. It is here, that Eff discovers that being the 13th child is perhaps not so unlucky after all, and that she may hold the power to save the struggling settlements. Even though the story is somewhat slow and I finished the book feeling that not much happened, I enjoyed it for what it was, and am hoping that there will be a sequel.

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass (SF) follows Kira Solomon a young woman bound to fight Shadow Avatars and demons. Set in modern day Atlanta, the book blends the urban and the mystic. I'm not usually a fan of science fiction that deals with demons and demigods and this book was no different. It had its moments, but overall, for me, fell flat.

Wee Free Men: A Discworld Story by Terry Pratchett (YA) is about a spunky little girl, Tiffany, who faces off with the Queen of Fairies to save her little brother. But she's not alone on this adventure. Some quite brave, quite funny, quite blue and quite Wee Free Men help her along the way. My sister recommended this book to me, and she was right on, I loved it.


Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

>> Sunday, May 2, 2010

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
256 pages
Published by Persephone Books

When Miss Pettigrew takes a new post as a governess, she has no idea that her life is going to change in the most startling and exciting of ways.


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