A Literary Menu

Books for breakfast, books for lunch and books for supper! I have regained my passion for reading once again, and it’s amazing how much books I’ve devoured within two months!

1. Week-End Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse

  • Although I haven’t finished reading this yet, it is one very witty (and at times hysterically funny) collection of stories set in the 1930’s where unwittingly scheming lords and ladies often find themselves in an absurdly humorous pickle — which is often resolved by their discreet gentlmen’s-gentlemen. Wodehouse popularized the butler, or rather the ‘valet’ named Jeeves (from which the AskJeeves.com originally got their name from).



2.The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

  • The famous author of “Winnie-the-Pooh” turns out to be a colleague and the controversially ‘former’ friend of the Wodehouse himself. What’s even more surprising is that the former wrote a whodunnit book — his one and only work in that genre! This crime and mystery novel of his is pretty surprising as its got a bit of a Wodehouse feel to it — except of course that the humor is darker, and the theme is crime. Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite gripped me just yet so it’s now stashed under the ‘pending’ books to read.

3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

  • What a delightful little book this is! It’s an adventure-filled children’s book with plenty of puzzles and mysteries that both young and old can enjoy. I especially love the very gifted characters in it and the friendship they formed throughout their ordeals.



4. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

  • The second book in the series continues the adventures of the four children as they go on a dangerous treasure hunt necessary for the rescue of their narcoleptic leader, Nicholas Benedict. 🙂




5. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

  • The last book of the series which marks the end of the four gifted children’s dangerous missions — after they of course underwent one final dangerous mission. It is quite a page-turner and a heart-rending end to the series. It is followed by another book focused on the past of their leader, and its entitled “The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.”



6. The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series) by Pseudonymous Bosch

  • I find this book most entertaining and a real joy to read. It deals with a very dangerous secret that can destroy the world, which therefore forces the author to withhold the identities of its characters, their locations, and pretty much their activities — if the author can help it.




7. If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late (Secret, Book 2) by Pseudonymous Bosch

  • The adventure and secrecy continues as the main characters had the immense privilege to meet a homunculus — who happens to be a cannibal! Oh what disaster awaits them as they accidentally let him loose.



8. The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series) by Pseudonymous Bosch

  • The third of the Secret series, this time our secret characters find themselves investigating chocolate! This is the most delectable book in the series, and what a pleasure it is to read it! I haven’t gotten my hands on the other 2 sequels so, we’ll just have to wait and see.



9The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (Bantam Classics) by Henry James

  • I started reading this when I was 12 and found that I could not understand it. I waited till I was in HS and tried re-reading it again, and still could not get past the 2nd page. By college, nothing seems to get me to comprehend that blasted book! And finally, now that I think I can handle ‘challenging’ books, I had finally finished it — and still find  myself perplexed. It calls itself a horror ghost story, but it has accomplished nothing except to give me a massive headache! No screws were turned — except either the author’s or the narrator’s who had seem to have lost it.

10. H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

  • I am not usually drawn to action-packed, hi-tech-plenty books like these, but this young adult read is pretty interesting! I don’t know if I want to buy the 2nd book though as there seems to be a lot of sequels to this. There are seven the last time I counted. I don’t think I’m up for that.

Below are books I am currently reading in-between, or rather, juggling to read:

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

  • I love translated books. The flow of words are often very beautifully fluid and eloquent, and the story of this particular Russian book is very intriguing. The main character seems to have some modus operandi up his sleeves and I am eager to find out what!

The Search for WondLa (Search for WondLa, The) by Tony DiTerlizzi

  • This beautifully bound and beautifully illustrated book caught my attention right away! It is another young adult book which is set at some distant future wherein our heroine finds herself to be the only living human being in a very strange world — all left alone to fend for herself.



Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

  • I have an immense fondness for fairy tales, and so to find this ‘More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories’ of Hansel and Gretel or The Little Mermaid, it was something I could not just resist passing it by. I’m glad I purchased this book and have found myself thoroughly amused by this more politically-correct adaptation of my favorite fairy tales.



To see more of the books I have read or am currently reading, see the Goodreads widget on the sidebar.

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