I finished Pat of Silver Bush today. As expected, I cried a few times. It was so nice to be back on PEI. I loved Judy with her ould country speech, her many stories, and her love for Pat. The book is about a 7 year old girl living on Prince Edward Island. I have a friend with a 6 year old so I can easily see the thoughts and actions as described. Pat loves widely and deeply. Which means that change is dreaded, but must be faced as a fact of life. This book shows 11 years of Pat’s loves and growth through changes. I enjoyed the descriptions of her emotions, her surroundings, and how she faced each change. I am eager to read Mistress Pat now. I hope she and Jingle end up together.
Archive for January 3rd, 2009
What have I read this past month?
I read Hamlet (The New Folger Library Shakespeare) as part of the Classics Bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books. This was a combination of the George MacDonald commentary of an Old English version, a modern translation, the Charles and Mary Lamb version, and Wikipedia’s overview. I wonder if I get extra credit for reading it 4 times.
I read a loaned copy of Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon. It’s a collection of stories about the people and events in a bar in Suffolk County. The puns run pretty thick. The camaraderie of the men in the bar is to be envied. The stories are funny, heart-breaking, and entertaining. I like this guy and will be looking for more by him.
I read Curate of Glaston, The by George MacDonald. It is a trilogy of 3 novels about Curate Thomas Wingfold as he and others around him come or don’t come to a saving faith. Very interesting books. I still think about the dwarf describing how he felt the God of the Bible was a cruel and judgmental God. Then one day the dwarf scared a boy and when he tried to reach out to reassure the boy he meant him no harm the boy became even more afraid and ran away. The dwarf started to wonder if he was reacting the same way to God. He reread the Bible with a different perspective and found a different God.
I read through all 4 gospels again. It is good to take a book as a whole and read it in one or two sittings. Each has a theme that seems near and dear to the gospel writer.
I read The House of Dies Drear. It was an interesting book about a house that had been used as a station on the Underground Railroad years earlier.
I also read Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, Book 1). It was an interesting story incorporating King Arthur and knights, along with fanaticism and legalism as well as faith and courage. All magic in the book comes from God and all in all it was an interesting read, if not a perfect story.
And I read my bargain book copy of Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel. I really like the Maisie Dobbs books, even though I wish she knew it was God that was the source of her intuition and skills.
I reread most of Home to Holly Springs and finished up my character list.
I read the library book, The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition. This was a recommendation from Audrey and it was really good. I am making a list of books to look at for Connor over the next few years.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk was good. I am very glad I read this book. I found a lot of very helpful and interesting information in this book. The structure of each chapter is great. The overview of why the “old” way isn’t profitable is a good way to start. The cartoons that demonstrate the old and new methods are handy ways to see it in action. Then the practical examples from parents really trying to do it in the home help see the many ways it can be done. The chapter on praise really hit home, that would have been helpful in my house when I was growing up. I know I doubted most of the praise I got, would deny it, and probably felt threatened by it – it was usually very general and I could always think of a dozen times it didn’t apply, plus the stress I felt to always be the “good” daughter. I think more specific descriptions of what I was doing right would have given me something more solid to rely on. I’ve run into the same advice in leadership classes – intead of just saying someone is really good or smart, use specific examples of something they have done, describe what you see and what you feel. Top it off by summing up the praiseworthy behavior in a word!
I read The Iliad: The Fitzgerald Translation in two days. I have the Robert Fitzgerald translation and it is wonderfully easy to read. After trying to read the Elizabethan English version of Hamlet, this is a breeze. I enjoyed following the story. My only issue is the spelling of names that Fitzgerald uses. I was reading the Wikipedia summary before I realized that Aias in the book is actually Ajax. And I slowed down every time I read Achilleus. Now I’m ready to tackle The Odyssey.
In honor of my completing the Iliad, I give you Achilles
It’s been busy around here for the New Year beginning.
Anthony had done a few honey do’s for me. He is so sweet and awesome! Jan 29 makes 16 years, most of it qualifies as marital bliss!!!
First, he installed the track lighting in my office. I had a normal light fixture that wasn’t quite bright enough for all the reading I do in there. We had a track light fixture that we took out of the home theater 2 years ago. After much patience (and a little nagging) it finally got put up in my office (of course, after my 2 years of schoolwork in that room are done and finished, but I’m not complaining).
Then, he also installed a clothes bar in the closet. I’d been asking for that for about 2 years as well (I’m detecting a pattern here, at least now I know how long I have to ask for something). He found this bar in a closet at church and since no one else uses it, the pastor said Anthony could have it. Somehow that was the magic step to push him to get it installed. If I had known that, I would have bought one 2 years ago.
This was a lot of work, but he did get some time to recuperate.
And what was I doing during all of this laboring of love?
I read The Iliad, all 588 pages of it.
And just to include a little Christmas in here, I will post a picture of my Christmas present. Anthony got some Macbook laptop thing that he’s absolutely thrilled with, so I get his cast-off. He was going to set it up to boot to Windows but I told him I wanted my cool-factor to go up so leave it as a Mac and I’ll learn how this all works (you haven’t seen how frustrated I can get with the Mac music server, it doesn’t quite do what I expect).
Well, my cool-factor is soaring and I am very happy indeed. (Yes, that’s a second monitor, life without two monitors is just pitiful).
I have started pulling backgrounds from Smashing Magazine. They have new backgrounds every month. The background I used the last week of Dec was really cute – it was a green present with a red bow – very appropriate on my new Mac!
I hope your holidays were Very Merry!
I created a separate blog to track my reading and indepth reviews. I’ll post summary reviews here once in awhile. I did start a little early, reading some books in the last 3 weeks of December (after class ended).
Here is my reading list so far.
9 books in 9 categories in 2009!
- 1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
- 2. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- 3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- 4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- 5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevski
- 6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- 7. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- 8. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- 9. The Trial by Franz Kafka
Book Club Selections
- 1.Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
Biography / Auto-Biography
- 1. The Confessions by Augustine
- 2. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
- 3. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- 4. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
- 5. The Small Woman by Alan Burgess about Gladys Aylward
- 6. Through Gates of Splendor – Jim Elliot
- 7. Eric Liddell: Pure Gold by David McCasland
- 8. St Thomas Aquinas by G. K. Chesterton
- 9. St Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton
Books of the Bible
- 1. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
- 2. The Power and the Glory or A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene
- 3. How Long, O Lord? by D. A. Carson
- 4. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
- 5. How to Listen So Kids Will Talk and Talk So Kids Will Listen
- 6. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson
History / Philosophy
- 1. The Histories by Herodotus
- 2. The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
- 3. Lives by Plutarch
- 4. Xenophon
- 5. The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
- 6. The Republic Plato
- 7. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
- 8. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
- 9. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Drama and Poetry
- 1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- 2. The Odyssey by Homer
- 3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- 4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
- 5. Ezra Pound
- 6. T.S. Eliot
- 7. The Iliad by Homer
- 8. Metamorphoses by Ovid
- 9. The Aeneid by Virgil
- 1. Selected Writings of Thomas Aquinas
- 2. On the Incarnation by St Athanasius
- 3. Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns
- 4. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
- 5. The Curate of Glaston by George MacDonald
- 6. What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst
- 7. The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Woman To Do by Kathie Reimer & Lisa Whittle
- 8. Desiring God by John Piper
- 9. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Just for Fun
1. Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
- 4. something by Elizabeth Goudge
L. M. Montgomery
- 1. Pat of Silver Bush
- 2. Mistress Pat
- 3. Blue Castle
- 4. Jane of Lantern Hill
- 5. The Story Girl
- 6. Emily of New Moon
- 7. Emily Climbs
- 8. Emily’s Quest
I’ve also decided to do the US Presidents challenge. This doesn’t have to be completed in 2009.