Archive for category Bookishness
by Julie Andrews. Very interesting.
… and because I don’t often read one book at a time…
also very good. But it’s a reread.
What are you reading?
We so often focus on the longing to keep our babies small. I often do. Just look at this recent post. But there are really some great things about kids growing up.
I mean, for one, my ten year old can do laundry, dishes, and help with the baby. I think everyone needs a ten year old before they have a baby. No clue on how to make that one happen yet. I’ll get back with you if I figure it out.
But my favorite, or my favorite tonight (the help with the laundry sometimes gets to the top of the list) is being able to share literature!
But now that she’s reading my books, the things I read for pleasure, it’s just too much fun. Shiloh started Anne of Green Gables a few days ago. I love to hear her laughing in her room and when I inquire find out that Dianna got drunk while having tea with Anne, or Anne just managed to dye her hair green and the such. It’s so much fun to sit on her bed, or the couch and discuss the finer points of Anne’s horror at having to be rescued by Gilbert, and rejoicing when she finally got a dress with puffed sleeves.
Tonight, when I checked on her it was, “Oh Mom! Matthew died! Why did it have to be Matthew?”
And I patted her head.
I remember. I , too wondered why it had to be Matthew. I still wonder.
And I’m loving this bit of my daughter’s life.
Do you ever lose your book?
I’m always losing my book and it drives me mad! I only have a few chapters left. I know I fell asleep reading it on the couch last night. Now where could it have disappeared to?
I could always start another book, but it’s simply maddening to not be able to put my hands on my book.
Ah well. Maybe I’ll find it. Just after my blood pressure skyrockets through the ceiling.
By the way, I’m reading All Things Wise and Wonderful, by James Herriot. Good stuff. Who would have guessed I’d be interested in a Yorkshire vet from the 1930′s? Not me. But it’s seriously good reading.
Update: Yay! I found it. Looks like one of the kiddos reshelved it! I would never have guessed someone would put it where it belonged!
I’m not usually quick to jump on bandwagons. When things quickly become popular, I generally head the other direction. Especially where literature and entertainment is concerned.
I pride myself in liking classics. Or obscure things others might not like. And staying far, far away from things that make people stand in line for hours to get their hands on. Or stay out all night waiting for. I pretty much despise pop culture. Sorry Hanna Montana. You and yours just aren’t my thing. I’ll take Little Women.
So, when Harry Potter became the latest craze I was wary. It just made people crazy. Kinda like Hanna Montana is doing now. I wrote it off as not being for me. I had a bad taste about all the hype.
Well, that was years ago. Eragon did the same thing. It just became too popular, too fast. Surely it couldn’t have any substance. Kinda like Hanna Montana. (Sorry. I’m sure she’s a nice girl, she just drives me nuts!! If you hadn’t noticed….) When I did finally read Eragon, I loved it! (I haven’t seen the movie yet. Anyone know if it’s good?)
Well, my daughter grew up and became an avid reader. I managed to keep her from all the hype over the teen stars, and the most popular trends, etc. The kid loves classics. But Harry Potter fell into her hands. She quickly read the entire series and loves them.
I also had several people I trusted in the literary arts (like my husband) assure me the reading was great. Still I was skeptical. It’s too dang popular! Do you understand me???? I have issues with this!
Well, someone talked me into watching the first Harry Potter movie. I didn’t want to. I was uninterested. I didn’t want to like it. It also went against everything inside me to watch a movie that I haven’t read the book for. We generally have a rule that if the movie comes from a book, the book must be read before the movie can be seen. (We don’t actually start this until about seven or eight years old, so they all get to see Charlotte’s Web before they read it…)But, I was surprised to find that it was interesting. Hrmmmm…..
I was book shopping with Shiloh and Landon last week when I finally gave in and bought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This is about a year after I watched the movie. I finished reading it today.
I’m heading out to get the next book tonight. I’m afraid I’m hooked!
And I’m ashamed for having ever compared it to something like Hanna Montana.
A great bedtime story!! It’s so much fun…my husband loves reading it!
Other bedtime favorites of mine include:
Anything and everything by Beatrix Potter….
Yes. There is a definite bunny theme here. Only about four of our favorite bedtime books aren’t about bunnies!
What are your favorite bedtime stories?
Susanna tagged me for this book meme. And since I’ve recently had a hard time coming up with things to blog about I decided a meme was a great way to post something without having to think too terribly much. (At least I didn’t have to come up with a topic!)
(I’m not using The Bible since it basically could go in most of the blanks.)
1. One book that changed your life:
I cannot really think of a good answer to this. A Little Princess got me hooked on classics. Gone With the Wind and Jubilee Trail made me want to walk around carrying ginourmous books in junior high school. The Good Earth turned me off of summer reading lists. (Could they never recommend anything really good to read?) Mere Christianity got me interested in C.S. Lewis. A book I read in college made me reconsider my major and change from social work to education…and I don’t remember the name of it.
Can I name all those?
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
One? I love rereading books! But the one I’ve probably reread the most is The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery. My current copy has a taped/stapled spine and many pages taped back in.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
How To Get Off a Desert Island
4. One book that made you laugh:
I just finished reading the Emily series by L.M. Montgomery not too terribly long ago. I remember laughing all through it. Other books have made me laugh…but those are fresh on my mind.
5. One book that made you cry [or feel really sad]:
Maus I and Maus II. I read them in high school and cried several times. At one point, after reading what the Nazis had done to some Jewish babies I was unable to eat.
6. One book that you wish had been written:
How to Keep Blogging While Working and Dealing With Pregnancy Fatigue!
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Merlin, by Stephen Lawhead. Really great book. I’m enjoying it thouroughly. You should read it!
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
10. Now tag five people:
Nah. But let me know if you wanna play!
…is the book I’m reading right now. It’s an old favorite of mine….I’ve always loved it. I’ve probably read it hundreds of times.
all most L.M. Montgomery books but the Emily series has always been at the top of my list. I really, really love Emily. She rocks. (Although I doubt she’d take that as a compliment….maybe I should call her a devilish little imp. I think she’d appreciate that more.)
Anyway, I happened upon one of those silly internet quizzes that for some reason I always seem to take. It was Which L.M. Montgomery heroine are you. I had to take it you see…I’m reading the book!
And guess what??!! I’m Emily! Yay!
The only character I like better would be Valancy Stirling.
So, which character are you?
Last Thursday was Dr. Seuss’ birthday…which happens to be my sister’s as well. In honor of his birthday we always have Read Across America week. It is the week after his birthday this year due to the wonderful Mardi Gras holiday.
So, in honor of his birthday and my lovely job, I thought I’d share a bit of Dr. Seuss’ work for you!