Monday, April 16, 2018

Book o' the Month: The Enchanted April

This book was excellent! Imagine, I didn't even know it existed until I was telling a dear friend about the movie. She didn't know there was a movie! We have both been enlightened this April.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book o' the Month: The Long Winter

Andrew and I got through The Long Winter and I really think it took us all winter to do so!  This book is quite the document of the winter of 1880-1.  Wow!  Now on to the next Laura Ingalls Wilder book. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Books o' the Month: By the Shores of Silver Lake, Beautiful Ruins, Cocoa Beach

Andrew and I continue to work our way through the Little House books and they are so great!  We usually read a chapter or two in the morning before school.  Andrew is going on ten now, so I read to him whenever he asks, because, you know.  Time flies. 

I got this book suggestion from The Skimm (which I highly recommend).  It was a really fun read, which I also highly recommend.

The most recent Williams book did not disappoint.  I love the way the there are characters in all her novels that are related in some way. This novel ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see what happens next, and to whom!

See you in 2018!  Happy New Year!

Books o' Last Month: The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, The Forgotten Room, The Wicked City

 Have you seen Hamilton?  I have not, but I did read a biography of the man who caused his death.  Quite the tragic life--and I'm still not sure what his real motives were.  We may never know.

Another Beatriz Williams book, written with two other authors.  Three main characters in three different times, one forgotten room.  Just as much fun as the other Williams books I can't get enough of including...

This one was a little more intense, but equally as fun.  What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Books o' the Month: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, A Hundred Summers, Extraordinary Life of an Army Wife, Making Masterpiece, On the Banks of Plum Creek

I have been absolutely prolific in my reading lately.  Prolific, I tell you, which is different than obsessive--search my blog for Diana Gabaldon and Paulina Simons, not to mention Austen and Bronte, for obsessive reading!

Let's start with Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim, AKA Nellie Oleson.  I had to read it after enjoying Melissa Gilbert's memoir.  Take all your preconceived notions of Alison/Nellie and throw them out the window.  Then read this book.  She is an amazing woman who has been through hell and now spends a great deal of her time and energy helping others.

Oh, Beartriz Williams, please never stop writing!  I love her style and her characters and her settings, etc., etc., etc.  A Hundred Summers has it all and was pure fun to read.

I finished reading Extraordinary Life of an Army Wife right before my dear sweet Grandma died.  Jacky Cagwin was another woman of her generation, and what they had in common was being army wives.  True tales from mid-century America, plus Mrs. Cagwin met a lot of interesting people (JFK? check!) and led an interesting if sometimes painful life.

After reading Making Masterpiece, I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to bring my favorite TV show to my living room.  I have zero regrets about signing up for KQED Passport.

Andrew and I are still working our way through the Little House classics.  On the Banks of Plum Creek was the next fascinating installment.  I love these books!  (As a family, we are now on season five of the television series.)

More books coming next month--you betcha!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Books o' the Month: A Gentleman in Moscow, Overseas

My reading-like-crazy streak has not stopped!  (And the house isn't getting any cleaner or less cluttered.)  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles?  Believe the hype.  This is a wonderful book.  Wonderful!

I am cruising through all of Beatriz Williams' books, including Overseas.  Time travel with a twist.  Her books are fun to read, hard to put down.

Need a good rec for October?  A brooding classic with darkness and danger?  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  One of my all-time favorite novels, perfect for the spooky season.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

She Goes On

My dear sweet grandma died today at the age of 103 years, 11 months, and 6 days.  She was my role model and the world seems less bright now without her in it.

Ever since I first heard this song years and years ago, it has been about her.

She Goes On
by Crowded House
Pretty soon you'll be able to remember her
Lying in the garden singing
Right where she'll always be
The door is always open
This is the place that I loved her
And these are the friends that she had
Long may the mountain ring
To the sound of her laughter
And she goes on and on
In her soft wind I will whisper
In her warm sun I will glisten
Till we see her once again
In a world without end
We owe it all to Frank Sinatra
The song was playing as she walked into the room
After the long weekend
They were a lifetime together
Appearing in the eyes of children
In the clear blue mountain view
We're coloring in the sky
And painting ladders to heaven
And she goes on and on
In her soft wind I will whisper
In her warm sun I will glisten
Till we see her once again
In a world without end
In her soft wind I will whisper
In her warm sun I will glisten
And I always will remember
In a world without end
She goes on
She goes on
She goes on
She goes on