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pineneedlesandpapertrails · 8M ago

Novels Written in Epistolary Format:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Recently, I found “a window into reality” by means of the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a heart-warming novel written in epistolary form (written correspondence be...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 11M ago

I Want to Meet Jan Karon

I am a fan.  I hope not a crazy one, but I do have favorite celebrities that I follow and admire. As often as not, they are authors, not actors (though I have my preferences in that category...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 1Y ago

The Silver Chair – A Newcomer Arrives in Narnia

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may be the most familiar of the seven Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but it is not necessarily the most thrilling. That honor belongs to The Silver...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 1Y ago

Adventure on the High Seas: Horatio Hornblower saga

Are you ready to enter the naval world of the Napoleonic Wars between England and France? Sea battles, duels of honor, consummate seamanship, and heroic deeds leap from the pages of C.S. For...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Historical fiction for young and old

“No, writing is not lonely. It is a profession crowded with life and sound and color. I feel privileged to have had a share in it.” —Elizabeth George Speare Elizabeth George Speare was born ...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

Are You Ready to Be Scared? Fantasy by Jonathan Stroud

“Between the ages of seven and nine I was often ill, and spent long periods in hospital and at home in bed. During this time I escaped from boredom and frustration by reading furiously: book...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

Inspirational Stories: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Elderly watchmaker, Casper ten Boom and his middle-aged spinster daughters, Corrie and Betsie, lived a quiet life in Haarlem, Netherlands at the time of the Nazi invasion in 1940. The ten Bo...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

Jungle Jam and Friends The Radio Show – Laugh out Loud Fun for Families

Laughter is good medicine and kids stay so healthy because they take huge doses of it daily. The under-marketed audio series I recommend in this blog post offers a cure for adults as well, s...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

Plan Ahead for Summer Reading

It’s almost summertime and I am pushing my “read more” agenda again! Here are some specific ideas for getting more from your reading this summer: 1) Read more – set higher personal reading g...
pineneedlesandpapertrails · 9M ago

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Don’t Go Alone

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African proverb) This is my 58th Pine needles and Paper trails blog post and I am finally writing about my favorite b...