A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, August 24, 2007

#63. The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George

The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets by Jean Craighead George

Pages: 134
Finished: Aug. 24, 2007
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1996
Genre: children, non-fiction, memoir
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

My children, Twig, Craig, and Luke, were the third generation of Craighead children who brought home wild birds and beasts to have and to contemplate.

Recommend: I don't think I would recommend this book, I'm sure there must be a better nature book out there than this one. That said, this wasn't bad, just rather ho-hum. Most of the humour went over my 7yo's head and there were quite a few parts where he zoned out. But on the other hand there were some parts that we enjoyed, that were funny and interesting. The majority of the tales take place in New York state and since we live in the neighbouring province of Ontario the wildlife discussed is native here also. The 7yo is quite excited when he sees crows now, and calls out "Look Mum, there's Crowbar!"

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