Again, Again (Favorite Authors)

Anthony Trollope: The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage. The Small House At Allington. Last Chronicle of Barset. The Way We Live Now, Lady Anna, He Knew He Was Right. Cousin Henry.

L.M. Montgomery: The Blue Castle, A Tangled Web, Chronicles of Avonlea, Further Chronicles of Avonlea. Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily's Quest, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Kilmeny of the Orchard

Georgette Heyer: Civil ContractThe Foundling, April Lady, BeauvalletConvenient Marriage, Audiobook. Venetia, Bath Tangle, Black Sheep, SylvesterCotillion, The Nonesuch, Lady of Quality, Cousin Kate, Regency Buck, The Reluctant Widow, Charity Girl, Convenient Marriage, Frederica, The Talisman Ring, The Grand Sophy, The Corinthian, Arabella, These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, The Black Moth, The Toll Gate, and Sprig Muslin.

Elizabeth Gaskell: Wives and Daughters. Mary Barton. Cranford. North and South.

Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone, Man and Wife, Armadale, Evil Genius. The Woman in White. After Dark.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath. Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday, Tortilla Flat, Travels with Charley, The Moon is DownThe Wayward Bus, Burning Bright, Winter of Our Discontent, To A God Unknown, Of Mice and Men.

Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles. Murder on the Orient Express. Murder at the Vicarage. A Miss Marple Mystery. The A.B.C. Murders. (Hercule Poirot). The Body in the Library. (Miss Marple). Five Little Pigs. (Hercule Poirot), A Murder is Announced. 4:50 From Paddington. Cards on the Table. Appointment with Death. At Bertram's Hotel. Cat Among the Pigeons. Sad Cypress. And Then There Were None. The Moving Finger. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. A Caribbean Mystery. The Big Four. Evil Under the Sun. Taken at the Flood. Dead Man's Folly. Nemesis.They Do It With Mirrors. Elephants Can Remember. A Murder on the Links. A Pocket Full of Rye. Dumb Witness. Hercule Poirot's Christmas. Mrs. McGinty's Dead. Man in the Brown Suit. One, Two Buckle My Shoe. Secret Adversary. Secret of ChimneysSeven Dials Mystery. Poirot Investigates. Mystery of the Blue Train.

Rex Stout: Black Orchids. Silent Speaker. Some Buried Caesar. The Golden Spiders. Death of a Doxy. Three at Wolfe's Door. Too Many Cooks. Fer-de-lance. Too Many Women. Champagne for One.

H.G. Wells: The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Food of the Gods, When the Sleeper Wakes. Star Begotten.

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, Quicker Than Dead, A Pleasure To Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories.

Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, Blackout, All Clear. Firewatch. Revisiting Doomsday Book. Revisiting To Say Nothing of the Dog. Revisiting Blackout.

Margaret Peterson Haddix: Just Ella, Turnabout, Shadow Children series--seven books in all, Running Out of Time, Because of Anya, Double Identity, Escape From Memory, Takeoffs and Landings, Found. Sent. Palace of Mirrors. Uprising. Sabotaged.

Elizabeth Scott: Miracle.  As I WakeGrace, Living Dead Girl, Unwritten Rule, Love You Hate You Miss You, Something Maybe, Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, Perfect You, Bloom.

Kate diCamillo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux, Mercy Watson Thinks Like A Pig, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride, Mercy Watson Fights Crime, Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise, Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes. The Magician's Elephant.

C.S. Lewis: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, Magicians Nephew, The Last Battle, The Screwtape Letters.

Julia Quinn: The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From A Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, The Lost Duke of Wyndham. Mr. Cavendish, I Presume.What Happens in London. Ten Things I Love About You.

Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Emma, Lady Susan, Pride and Prejudice

Carrie Bebris: Pride and Prescience, North by Northanger, The Matters at Mansfield. Intrigue at Highbury.

Charles Dickens: Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend. Little Dorrit. Pickwick Papers. Oliver Twist. David Copperfield. Dombey and Son.

Dorothy Sayers! Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Five Red Herrings. Strong Poison. Have His Carcase. Murder Must AdvertiseGaudy Night. Nine Tailors. Busman's Honeymoon.

A.A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh, House at Pooh Corner, Now We Are Six, When We Were Very Young

Laura Ingalls Wilder:  Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; On the Banks of Plum Creek; By the Shores of Silver Lake; The Long Winter; Little Town on the Prairie; These Happy Golden Years; The First Four Years.

Beverly Cleary: Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona's World. Fifteen.

Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew Itthe dead and the gone, This World We Live In.

Rick Riordan: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of FireThe Maze of Bones, The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth. The Last Olympian. The Lost Hero. Son of Neptune.

Shannon Hale: Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, Forest Born. Rapunzel's Revenge. Calamity Jack. Princess Academy. Book of a Thousand Days. Austenland.

Jessica Day George: Princess of the Midnight Ball. Princess of Glass. Dragon Slippers. Dragon Flight. Dragon Spear. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.

Frances O'Roark Dowell: Chicken Boy, Dovey Coe, Falling In. Shooting the Moon.

Neal Shusterman: The Schwa Was Here, Antsy Does Time, Unwind, Everlost.

Scott Westerfeld: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras, Peeps, The Last Days, The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, Blue Noon, Leviathan, Behemoth.

Terry Pratchett: Nation, The Wee Free Men. A Hat Full of Sky. Wintersmith. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Wyrd Sisters

Philip Reeve: Larklight: Or The Revenge of the White Spiders, Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel, and Curious Hats. Mothstorm: The Horror from Beyond Uranus Georium Sidus. Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, A Darkling Plain, Fever Crumb.

Megan Whalen Turner: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. A Conspiracy of Kings

Carolyn Meyer: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess; Kristina, The Girl King; Doomed Queen Anne; Mary, Blood Mary; Beware, Princess Elizabeth; Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de Medici; Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette; White Lilacs, In Mozart's Shadow. Where the Broken Heart Still Beats; Loving Will Shakespeare.

E. Nesbit: Five Children and It. The Phoenix and the Carpet. The Story of the Amulet. The Book of Dragons. The Story of the Treasure Seekers. The Railway Children.


Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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Early readers and chapter books = new is anything published after 2013
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Speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy = new is anything published after 2007
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