Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What's On Your Nightstand - July

What's On Your Nightstand

Normally, I feel like the month has flown by, but July seemed slow when it came to reading. Yes, I did get quite a bit read, but some of the books seemed to take up quite a bit of time. I do have a book from July's Nightstand back on for this month, but I couldn't renew it and had to wait for it.

August is looking to be a very busy month for me, so I am keeping my reading selections on the light side.

For August:
 The Question - Exodus Books 

From June's Nightstand I read:
I also read:
I listened to:
  • The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery by Agatha Christie - While working my way through the Hercule Poirot Series I came across the Tommy and Tuppence books and with a name like that how can I not read it? What a fun story. These are definitely a lighter read than Poirot. I am looking forward to reading more in the series. 
  • Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott - I have to admit I was a little over my head with this story. I persevered through it. Maybe one day I'll go back and revisit it, but for now I am sticking with Ivanhoe which is a much better read.
 See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Update - Part 1

2015 Summer Collage 1
1. We started our summer break with a visit from my mom and dad (pictured) and my in-laws. Back in March my in-laws along with my BIL and SIL moved to Minot, ND. They came back for my nephew's graduation so it a short and sweet visit. My parents spent about 2 1/2 weeks with us and even stayed a day or two longer to help with church service since Shade ended up suffering with a bout of kidney stones (including an ER visit). Even with all that, we had a lot of fun just being together.
2. Delani getting quality time with Papa.
3. Delani was trying to survive our hot weather that we had. I love hot weather, but this seemed to suck the brain cells out of my head. I think this is due to the fact that we don't have air conditioning. Oregon doesn't normally get very hot in June, but this year that wasn't true. So we had to suffer with our allergies plus the heat this year. Thankfully I think we are through the worst of the allergy season and we have had a break in our temperatures, but high temps are heading shooting up to hover close to 100 degrees this week. 
4. & 5. Chantry turned 13 years old!!!! For the next six months I will have three teenagers in the house. :)
6. "The Coach"--We finished up another season of baseball. Chantry has had his dad as his coach since we started which I think is pretty cool. 

7. After a 10 month break, Destini started piano lessons again. 
8. Yes, that is a lot of candles on that cake. Too many as far as I'm concerned!!
9. After our intense heat and I found that I could think I headed to my sewing room to get some sewing done.  This is one of the new skirts I made Delani. I will have another post sharing more of my completed sewing projects.

I notice that I didn't have any pictures of Caleb. He finished up a CAD class at the local community college and he also completed a non-credit welding class along with working at McDonald's. He works the counter and cooks along with unloading the truck twice a week and cleans several of the machines several times a month. He also helped his dad with coaching baseball.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesdays with Words (The Princess Bride)

My quote today is not deep at all. I have jumped out of my typical reading box and have picked up something a genre I normally avoid and am reading The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. I saw the movie years ago and thought it was so stupid, but so far I have found the book way more enjoyable and it is quite funny. I found this section tickled my funny bone and faintly has the feel of a scene from Don Quixote.


 "There is probably a more logical explanation," the Sicilian said. "But since no one in Guilder could know yet what we've done, and no one in Florin could have gotten here so quickly, he is definitely not, however much it may look like it, following us. It is coincidence and nothing more." 
 "He's gaining on us," the Turk said. 
 "That is also inconceivable," the Sicilian said. "Before I stole this boat we're in, I made many inquiries as to what was the fastest hip on all of Florin Channel and everyone agreed it was this one."
"You're right," the Turk agreed, staring back. "He isn't gaining on us. He's just getting closer, that's all." p. 101

Monday, June 22, 2015

What's On Your Nightstand - June

What's On Your Nightstand

June ended up not being too bad when it came to reading. I did do a lot of my reading in the end of the month since my parents were here in the beginning. Sleepless nights always help my reading list, though I can't say they help me very much.

I have four books down for the month of July. I intend on reading more, but right now I'm at a loss at what to read. I have books sitting on my shelf, but they just aren't grabbing my attention. So for right now I am leaving it as it is and will read as the spirit moves!

For July:

From May's Nightstand I read:
  • Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass - Thought provoking and deep. This is one that I'll definitely need to read again.
  • French Leave by P.G. Wodehouse - Enjoyable. Not my favorite Wodehouse, but a bad Wodehouse is much better than a lot of other things out there.
  • The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne - This was a read-aloud with my kids. While Winnie-the-Pooh is great for the younger ages, I think you get more out of it when your older. My youngest enjoyed the stories, and though my 15 and 12 year old  were kind of skeptical at first it wasn't too long before I could hear little snickers and by the end loud laughs.
  • Just David by Eleanor H. Porter - If you have read Pollyanna, or even watched the film, you can see the author's hand in this book. Some of the same themes from Pollyanna run through this story also. This was a very a great story with a very sweet end.
I also read:
  • The Blue Sapphire by D.E. Stevenson - A good little read.
  • The Duke's Dilemma by Elizabeth Chater - I read another of Chater's books last month and felt so-so about it. I didn't think I would read any more (My version is a four story pack.) Well, for some reason I ended up reading the next one, which I found to be a much better story.
  • The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge - Wow, Goudge is a wonderful writer. Beautifully written story.
I listened to:
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - To be honest I really didn't have much of a clue of the story of David Copperfield beside the fact that it is considered autobiographical. I found about two-thirds of the book to be kind of tedious, but then it seems that in the last third of the book it all of a sudden got very interesting. This was a book for The Classic Club so I will have a more thorough review coming up.
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesdays with Words (The Blue Sapphire)

I just finished reading The Blue Sapphire by D.E. Stevenson the other night after I found sleep eluding me. I found a couple of quotes that I really enjoyed.

This first quote is about books. If you saw my house you would know that books are a BIG thing here. I also work with books that are donated to the library and I am always amazed at the books that I see that have never been read.
 "...To tell you the truth it always grieves me when I see a book that's never read. There's something a bit pathetic about its crisp leaves and immaculate binding. Poor thing! What's a book for if it's not to be read and enjoyed.?..." p. 150 

These two quotes are about history and I think really resonated with Charlotte Mason's idea of Living Books. I think I'm a little strange because I found most history interesting when I was in school, but I was always disappointed that it didn't tell me enough. I wish someone would have taught me that I could go to the library and find a living book on the topic to satisfy my curiosity. And yes, reading living books for history works. My kids' favorite subject is--history!
 "I'm interested in that sort of history--I mean history about places I know--but I never could remember dates," said Julia frankly. "Battle of Hastings, ten sixty-six, and all that," said Uncle Randal, laughing. "There's not much glamour about it, is there? history books for schools are too condensed. If they gave you a rousing account of the battle you'd remember it...but there's not time, Julia, no time for anything except names and dates and battles and pacts." p. 157

Julia had been listening enthralled to the saga. She had never heard it before. History books seldom concern themselves with the romantic details of events, but merely with hard facts and dates which are liable to go in at one ear and out of the other. p. 274

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesdays with Words (A Scent for Water)

My parents are visiting right now and honestly, I'm not doing a lot of reading, but I am finding a little time at night to squeeze in this delightful read, The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge. I had to smile when I read this part since I find myself doing this a lot lately with a things I need to do over the summer plus my plans for the new school year ahead.

Like all women she enjoyed making lists, and even a list of her lists, and she lost track of time noting down repairs to the house in order of priority. (p. 60)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's On Your Nightstand - May

What's On Your Nightstand

June is upon me and that means less time to read. A pity, I know. My in-laws are coming for a visit from North Dakota and my parents are also visiting from Wisconsin, so my time will probably be spent enjoying being together--plus it requires some major house cleaning!

I had a hard time picking out books for this month. Consider This by Karen Glass is being brought over from April's Nightstand. I am over half-way through this book so hopefully I can get it finished in June. Other than that I am just going to take each day as it comes.

For June:

From April's Nightstand I read:
  • The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge - I don't know if this was the best pick to start off reading Goudge, but that is just the way the cookie crumbled. This was slow going at first, but boy, it made up for it by the end. This is such a redeeming story told in a very quiet way. (I'm not sure if it makes sense, but it is the only way I know how to describe it.) I will definitely be reading more Goudge.
  • A Season for the Heart by Elizabeth Chater - Recommended to me by hopeinbrazil from Worthwhile Books since I enjoy Georgette Heyer so much. Heyer is a much more sophisticated writer. A quick and predictable read. I know that I would have loved reading this in my teens.
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - I really wanted to like this book, except that a certain hot-topic agenda seemed to loosely pervade the story. Maybe I'll write up a review, but if you want to know more check out this one.
  • Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery - Several years ago we read The Reb and the Redcoats by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it (review). Savery does an amazing job of telling unusual stories about historical events. A review will be going up next month.
I also read:
I listened to:
  • The Green Ember by S. D. Smith - I won a copy of the audio book from Carrie at Reading to Know. I will admit that fantasy is NOT my genre and everybody was raving about it and many times I find that books like that don't meet my expectations.  I was thrilled to get it for the kids since they do fantasy. I decided to give it a listen and lo and behold this book is worthy of all the raving it has received. I still haven't got my kids to listen to it (I think they are a little hesitant like I was) so it may become a read-aloud. The other option is that one of them will finally listen to it and for some reason they can persuade each other easier the I can persuade them to give it a go. 
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


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