Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cozy Summer Reading: IMM # 6

Hello my peaches and welcome to another IMM! Yay! *waves a little flag*

(For those of you who don't know: IMM is a weekly meme that is hosted by THE STORY SIREN. Go on! Check it out!)


This one's going to be a bit of a long one because it's been a while since that last one so, here we go!

 ❀ Septimus Heap: Magyk

Title: Septimus Heap: Magyk
Author: Angie Sage
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: 2005 
Pages: 564

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
❀ Septimus Heap: Flyte

Title: Septimus Heap: Flyte
Author: Angie Sage
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: March 27, 2007
Pages: 521
As apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, Septimus Heap is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess. But they soon realize there is something sinister at work in the second book of the series.

❀ Septimus Heap: Physik

Title: Septimus Heap: Physik
Author: Angie Sage
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: March 11, 2008
Pages: 544
When Septimus Heap's father unseals a forgotten room in the palace, he releases the ghost of a queen that lived 500 years earlier who is as awful in death as she was in life. It's up to Septimus to stop her, in this third installment of the heart-stopping series.

❀ Princess Academy

Title: Princess Academy
Author: Shannon Hale
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: April 17, 2007
Pages: 336
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

❀ Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published:  October 1, 2008
Pages: 472
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

     With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

❀ Fairest

Title: Fairest
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published:  September 19, 2006
Pages: 326
From critically acclaimed author Levine comes "Fairest," a spellbinding retelling of "Snow White" set in the same magical world as Newbery Honor Book "Ella Enchanted." 

❀ Remember Me

Title: Remember Me
Author: Christopher Pike
Genre: YA Supernatural
Published:  July 6, 2010
Pages: 789
Shari Cooper hadn't planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow - a thing more horrible than death itself - is the key to Shari's death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again 

❀ The Giver

Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: YA Fiction
Published: January 24, 2006
Pages: 179
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

❀ Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window

Title: Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window
Author: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Genre: Historical Biography
Published: May 15, 1996
Pages: 232
This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi-who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity. 

In real life, the Totto-chan of the book has become one of Japan's most popular television personalities-Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her success in life to this wonderful school and its headmaster. 

The charm of this account has won the hearts of millions of people of all ages and made this book a runaway bestseller in Japan, with sales hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year.

❀ Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South

Title: Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South
Author:Shirley Abbott
Genre: Historical Biography
Published: April 30 1998
Pages: 224
In a rich blend of memoir and meditation, Abbott focuses her graceful and witty attention on mothers and daughters of the South. Theirs is a world of red dirt and backbreaking chores and roof-raising revival meeting--a far cry from the magnolias and mint juleps of Gone with the Wind.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil❀

Title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Author:  John Berendt
Genre: Fiction
Published: May 12, 2010
Pages: 386
   Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981.   Was it murder or self-defense?   For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.   John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction.   Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight.   These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience.   Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

A Term of Ovid ❀

Title: A Term of Ovid
Author:  Ovid/ Clarence Willard Gleason
Genre: Latin Fiction
Published:  1900
Pages:  228
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 (I have an original copy from the early 1900's!!!) . This book may have occasional imperfectionssuch as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed worksworldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to ensure edition identification: ++++ A Translation Of The First Book Of Ovid's Tristia: In Heroic English Verse; With The Original Text Ovid Francis Arden C. S. Van Winkle, 1821 Fiction; Classics; Elegiac poetry, Latin; Epistolary poetry, Latin; Exiles; Fiction / Classics.

Our Invisible Allies ❀

Title: Our Invisible Allies
Author: Ron Phillips
Genre: Spiritual Guidance
Published:  September 24, 2009
Pages:  224
Open your eyes to a whole new world

Beyond our normal range of understanding there lies another dimension more real and lasting than anything we can imagine. Angels are a key connection to that realm for us. Created by God, these timeless beings have a history and a story all their own.

In Our Invisible Allies, Ron Phillips brings you a definitive guide to angels, describing where they originated, how they operate, and how you can engage their help in your own life. Angels are indeed your allies—close friends who are willing to:
Love and protect what you love Face a common enemy with you Share your allegiances and loyalties Operate covertly for you in the enemy’s territory
With the ability to come and go between the eternal dimension and our world, angels comfort us, speak to us, monitor the spiritual climate around us, teach us, and help us. But above all else, angels work for the Master of the universe and share in our desire to worship God and accomplish His will.

The Prince and the Page ❀

Title: The Prince and the Page
Author: Charlotte Mary Yonge
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: 1909 (I have an original of this one too!)
Pages: 172
Yet what a glorious sight must it not have been when it was fresh from the hands of the builder, the creamy stone clear and sharp at every angle, and each moulding and flower true and perfect as the chisel had newly left it. The deep archway of the west front opened in stately magnificence, and yet with a light loftiness hitherto unknown in England, and somewhat approaching to the style in which the great French cathedrals were then rising.


A Knight of the Cumberland ❀

Title: A Knight of The Cumberland
Author: John Fox Jr. 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published:  1906  (Original Copy!!! Woo!)

The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and of feudsman. The knight is a moonshiner's son, and the heroine a beautiful girl perversely christened "The Blight." Two impetuous young Southerners' fall under the spell of "The Blight's" charms and she learns what a large part jealousy and pistols have in the love making of the mountaineers.

Corleone - A Tale of Sicily ❀

Title: Corleone - A Tale of Sicily
Author:F. Marien Crawford
Genre: Fiction
Published: 1896 (YES! I HAVE THIS ONE TOO!)
Pages:  686
1896. With frontispiece. F. Marion Crawford was one of the more famous authors in the English-speaking world at the time of his death in 1909. He wrote over forty novels, most of which were in the style of disposable romances popular at the time. He also wrote stories of the horror and occult, which are generally the ones for which he is remembered today. Corleone begins: If you never mean to marry, you might as well turn priest, too, said Ippolito Saracinesca to his elder brother, Orsino, with a laugh. Why? asked Orsino, without a smile. It would be as sensible to say that man who had never seen some particular thing, about which he has heard much, might as well put out his eyes. The young priest laughed again, took up the cigar he had laid upon the edge of the piano, puffed at it till it burned freely, and then struck two or three chords of a modulation. A sheet of ruled paper on which several staves of music were roughly jotted down in pencil stood on the rack of the instrument. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


The Cabinet of Earths ❀

Title: The Cabinet of Earths
Author: Anne Nesbet
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 3, 2012
Pages:  272
On their first day in Paris, Maya and her little brother, James, find themselves caught up in some very old magic. Houses with bronze salamanders for door handles, statues that look too much like Mayas own worried face, a man wearing sunglasses to hide his radiant purple eyes . . . nothing is what it seems. And what does all that magic want from Maya?

With the help of a friendly boy named Valko, Maya discovers surprises hidden in her family trees brother. And now the shimmering glass Cabinet of Earths, at the heart of all these secrets, has chosen Maya to be its new Keeper.

As she untangles the ties between the Salamander House, the purple-eyed man, and the Cabinet of Earths, Maya realizes that her own brother may be in terrible danger. To save him, Maya must take on the magical underworld of Paris . . . before it is too late.

Magic Below the Stairs ❀

Title: Magic Below the Stairs
Author: Caroline Stevermer
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: June 10, 2010
Pages:  208
Young Frederick is plucked from an orphanage to be a footboy for a wizard named Lord Schofield in Victorian England. Is his uncanny ability to tie perfect knots and render boots spotless a sign of his own magical talent, or the work of Billy Bly, the brownie who has been secretly watching over him since he was little? No matter, for the wizard has banished all magical creatures from his holdings. But Billy Bly isn?t going anywhere, and when he discovers a curse upon the manor house, it?s up to Frederick and Billy Bly to keep the lord?s new baby safe and rid the Schofield family of the curse forever.

Troubletwister ❀

Title: Troubletwister
Author: Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: May 1, 2011
Pages:  304
Are you a troubletwister?

Jaide and Jack Shield's lives are changing in a very, very strange way. The weather is turning against them. Magical disasters occur when they're around. And a mysterious explosion has just destroyed their house...from the inside.
Without knowing why, the twins are stolen away to live with Grandma X--a relative they've never, ever met. At Grandma X's house, things are even stranger. Weather vanes point in the opposite direction of the wind. Doors appear and disappear. Cats talk.
Jaide and Jack don't know the reason behind all this strangeness. They don't know that they're troubletwisters, and that they must defend the world against a dark, evil force. The time has come for them to discover the truth--and the powers that come with the truth.
Are they ready?

The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan ❀

Title:  The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan
Author: Henry H. Neff
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Published: September 25, 2007
Pages:  432
MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.

But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he'll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.

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I'm so happy to have gone to my local library book-sale. I lot of the really old books that I posted here were present there and they were original copies of the stories, so many of them were well over 100 years old. I was very excited to pick them up for an extremely cheap price.

Thank you library sales!

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Anyway my dearies, that's all for this week's IMM.

Stay tuned for more reviews and have a fantastic Sunday!

Until Next Blog,

Read on!


1 comment:

  1. Hi, Auggie! I'm a new follower of your beautiful blog!! I found you through Book Blogs.

    I LOVE your recent acquisitions!! I was especially happy to see a nonfiction book on angels included. Such books interest me greatly, because I do believe in angels and enjoy reading about them, especially if the stories happen to be true.

    I also like the fantasy books you've got here, as well as the classic (Ovid) and other nonfiction. It sure looks like you're an eclectic blogger. Just like me!

    Happy Reading!! :)