Friday, February 12, 2016

Celebrating Two Good Reads


It's celebration time again, and I'm celebrating two good reads -- one based in Victorian London, the other based in Belle Epoque Paris.


But first a reminder that this fun blog hop is co-sponsored by Lexa Cain @ Lexa Cain , L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge , and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog, who co-host this "Celebrate the Small Things blog hop. You can go to any of these sites to get all the links and add your name to the links. 








The Victorian London read is a scientific picture book for children, BURN, by Darcy Pattison. It's a distilling, so to speak, of a Christmas lecture for children given by Michael Faraday in 1848 at the Royal Institution in Victorian London. I found this a delightful book, thoroughly engrossing, one adults will enjoy as much as children. It would be a lovely addition to an elementary classroom, both for the scientific emphasis and Faraday's approach to experiments, and for a glimpse of Victorian England -- Peter Willis's  quirky illustrations show how people dressed in the era.
(Darcy Pattison also has an interesting website about writing, called, Fiction Notes .





The second  book is a mystery, Murder on the Eiffel Tower, by Claude Inner (a pen name used by two sisters who are book sellers on the banks of the Seine.) By now, most of you know I love mysteries, and I am entranced by anything to do with Belle Epoque Europe. Especially France. Even more especially, Paris. This mystery immerses a reader beautifully in the time and place -- although I have a quibble with how the murderer and the murderer's motive was revealed at the end. (No spoilers here, because others may find the ending just right.) This is the first of a series, so a reader can plan on more journeys through 19th century Paris. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a website for the author(s).


I would recommend either book, depending on your interests. Meanwhile, check out the other links on this blog hop, and have a great week-end and a great week.

What are you celebrating today?

19 comments:

  1. Both of these sound interesting.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog - funny about the name of our recent storm and your protagonist!
    Happy weekend :)

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    1. Hi, Suzanne, yes, I'll have to remember that her name was given to a storm when I write the sequel. :-)

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  2. Thanks for these great book recommendations, Elizabeth. Putting them both on my TBR list!

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    1. victoria, I think you will especially like Burn, since you write picture books. And it's a quick read, although it's so pithy, it's worth a second read, even more.

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  3. Both books look good. I'm always on the look out for non-fiction children books (good ones), so I'll be taking a peek at that one. And the mystery sounds fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hi, T. I think you will enjoy it. I found it fascinating.

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  5. Murder and the Eiffel Tower? That's an intruiging mix. ;)

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    1. I thought so, too. I couldn't resist a title like that! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Thanks for letting us know about the Pattison book and the mystery. What mystery would be cooler than one set on the Eiffel Tower?! Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  7. Hi, Lexa, I agree. When I saw Eiffel Tower in the title of a mystery, I knew I had to read it. Especially because it was set in 1890. That era grabs me. Blame it on the Impressionists. :-)

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    1. You're very welcome, Cathrina. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  9. Thanks for telling me about these books. I will try to check them out.

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  10. I think you would especially like Burn, Rosi, since you write nonfiction as well as fiction for that age group. Thanks for stopping by. Hope things are going well with the move.

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  11. I like mysteries too. The books seems enjoyable, and I may just add it to my ever growing list. Nice of you to share, warm greetings!

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    1. Hi, Blogoratti, thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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  12. Sounds like some good reading there. Will have to try and check them out.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by, Kate. When you have time, they both are good. (I love to read, but sometimes don't find the time to. Trying to remedy that, though.)

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  14. Both books sound like good ones. I enjoy books with history in them. Will have to take a look at Burn.

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