Twitterature November 2013 Edition

November 15, 2013 — 9 Comments


It’s been awhile since I have participated in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature. I’m glad to be back. Come join in the fun with short and sweet book reviews of what you’ve been reading.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is entering the “Author’s I Can Trust” category. She writes character-driven narrative, full of secrets, remorse, grace, forgiveness, and survival. This one centers around love and loss during the Blitz of London during World War II.

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Though it runs a bit long, I loved this biography from one of the most interesting creatives of the 20th century. I loved the behind-the-scenes stories from the sets of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, and I loved learning about how Jim Henson understood life and people.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth


The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

My boys love this book. I vividly remember my first grade teacher reading this book to my class every day after lunch, so it’s been fun reliving the memories. The plot is easy to follow, and I think it might might convince my oldest that he has the capabilities to read chapter books.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

My kids LOVE this book. It’s a silly little story about a cat who keeps losing the buttons on his shirt, but it has a great message, and if you can make up a catchy little blues rhythm to go with it, you’ll win all bedtime parenting awards.

What Are You Reading This Month?


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  • Breanne @ This Vintage Moment

    I read The Secret Keeper this month as well and loved it! And I also requested a pile of other Kate Morton books from my library. =)

    • Kelly Wiggains

      From what I can tell, everyone loves The Forgotten Garden. I liked The House of Riverton, her first one, but many think it’s too slow.

  • Mary Jo Johnson

    I love your description of Allegiant. Mine was “AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH.” I haven’t read the Secret Keeper yet, but it certainly sounds like something I would enjoy. I’m adding it to my to-read list.

    • Kelly Wiggains

      Yes, I felt a bit of the “AAARRRRGGGHHH” as well.

  • happytimesfour

    I read Kate Morton’s first book and thought it was OK–a little slow. I’ve heard good things about The Secret Keeper, so it’s definitely on my to-read list! -Esther

    • Kelly Wiggains

      From what I can tell, all fans of Kate Morton claim her first one as the slowest.

  • Stacey

    Waiting to read The Secret Keeper! Darn library! I’m really disappointed about everybody’s blah reviews of Allegiant…I was so looking forward to that one!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I know what you mean. I was so excited to get Allegiant so early from the library. But yes, I was disappointed. The Secret Keeper is definitely worth the wait.

  • Shana Norris

    I’ve been thinking that I want to start reading The Boxcar Children series to my younger kids. I remember LOVING it when I was their age. My library doesn’t have the first book in the series though. Maybe I’ll make it a Christmas gift.