scaifea's thread #25
This is a continuation of the topic scaifea's thread #24.
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Hi, everyone! Welcome to Thread XXV!
Art inspired in one way or another by some of my current reads:
Postcards from No Man's Land:
War and Peace:
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
From the Introductions Thread:
I'm Amber, a one-time Classics professor turned stay-at-home parent/lady of leisure. I spend my time sewing, knitting, baking, volunteering at my son's school library and with the PTO, and, of course, reading.
My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.
I'm 42 going on 12 and live in Wisconsin with my husband, Tomm; our 9-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.
The five-ish or so books I have going and the On Deck books nearly all come from the following categories and lists:
1. A book from the 100 Banned Books book (at least currently. As soon as I finish this list, I'll replace it with another, and oh, I've got tons of lists).
2. A children's book, for Charlie's library. I'm trying to collect books from various award lists, and I like reading them before reading them to Charlie or deciding to add them to Charlie's shelves. For this category, I’m currently working through three lists:
a. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
b. The Newbery Honor books
c. Cooperative Children's Book Center list
3. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.
4. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.
5. A list I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob: The Hugo/Nebula/WFA/Bram Stoker (and other) lists (combined, in chronological order)
6. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
b. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. John Boyne bibliography (in chronological order, sort of)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. The NEH Timeless Classics list
g. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
h. The Pulitzer list (in alpha order by author)
7. An unread book from my shelves.
8. A book from my Read Soon! shelves.
9. A book on Buddhism or from the Dalai Lama's bibliography.
10. Book-a-year challenge: Three years ago, along with a few others in this group (*cough* Paul *cough*), I made a year-by-year list to see how far I could go back with consecutive reads. I've since been trying to fill in the gap years.
11. A book from the couple of series that I'm reading together with my mom.
12. A full-on re-read through Shakespeare's stuff.
13. A read-aloud-to-Charlie-at-bedtime book (or two).
14. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.
15. A Discworld book (so many of these are coming up soon on various lists, so I'm just diving into it)
16. This slot is reserved for books that just grab me and shout that they need to be read Right Now.
And on top of these, there will be a multitude of picture books and easy readers, which Charlie and I read together. I've decided again this year also to list our re-reads, but I'll just list them each day and not number them.
What I'm reading now:
-Andersonville (Banned Books)
-Postcards from No Man's Land (1001 Children's Books)
-The Year of the Quiet Sun (Campbell Award)
-Witches Abroad (Discworld read)
-Lincoln in the Bardo (audiobook)
-War and Peace (because Charlie wants me to)
-Ribsy (Charlie's bed-time book)
-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (and another Charlie bed-time read)
-Greenglass House (holiday read)
Books On Deck:
-The Gods of Pegana (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy)
-The Worst President: The Story of James Buchanan (Presidential Challenge)
-Revenge (Fry bibliography)
-House of Leaves (unread book from my shelves)
-The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (from my Read Soon shelves)
-Essential Teachings (Buddhist readings)
-Crime and Punishment (Books by Year, 1866)
-Unraveled (series that my mom wants me to read so we can chat about it)
-The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare re-read)
In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (VERY slowly (read: I haven't touched them in months)):
-Asinaria by Plautus (reading in Latin)
-Iliad by Homer (reading in Greek)
-Latin Literature by Gian Biagio Conte
-The Cambridge History of Classical Literature Volume 1 Part 1
1. James and the Giant Peach (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
2. The Inverted World (BFSA) - 9/10 = A
3. The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Charlie's book club book) - 9/10 = A-
4. Don Quixote (from my unread shelves) 0 8/10 = B+
5. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (from my classics shelves) - 8/10 = B+
6. Prairie Tale (from my Read Soon shelves) - 7/10 = C+
7. A Bear Called Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
8. The Dolphin Crossing (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
9. The Year of the Book (a book I picked off the shelves while volunteering at Charlie's school library) - 9/10 = A-
10. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Newbery Medal) - 10/10 = A+
11. Anna & Elsa: All Hail the Queen (Charlie book) - 8/10 = B
12. The Popularity Papers (#3) (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) = 8/10 = B+
13. The Hollow Hills (Mythopoeic) - 8/10 = B+
14. The Odyssey (audiobook in the car) - 10/10 = A+
15. Herobrine Scared Stiff (Charlie's read-aloud) - 7/10 = C-
16. Drama (Frequently Challenged Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
17. Where the Lilies Bloom (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
18. More About Paddington (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
19. When the Sea Turned to Silver (Westview library book) - 9/10 = A
20. Ghosts (Westview library book) - 8/10 = B+
21. The Inquisitor's Tale (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
22. Wolf Hollow (Newbery Honor Book) - 10/10 = A+
23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie's book club read) - 10/10 = A+
24. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy Books/audiobook) - 9/10 = A
25. Ollie's Odyssey (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
26. Gandhi, Fighter without a Sword (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
27. Sing Down the Moon (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
28. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
29. Esio Trot (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = A-
30. The Perilous Gard (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
31. Paddington Helps Out (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
32. The Colour of Magic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
33. The Stolen Child (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 8/10 = B+
34. Leviathan (Locus YA) - 8/10 = B-
35. Herobrine Saves Christmas (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 7/10 = C
36. Vaino, a Boy of New Finland (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
37. Floating Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
38. The Nargun and the Stars (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
39. Dog Man Unleashed (Charlie read-aloud) - 8/10 = B+
40. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
41. Moccasin Trail (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
42. The Paul Street Boys (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
43. The Peppermint Pig (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
44. Mr. Pants: Camping Catastrophe! (Charlie's read-aloud book) - 10/10 = A+
45. Paddington Abroad (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
46. Dark Star of Itza (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
47. Dragonsong (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
48. All Alone (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
49. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Charlie's book club read) - 9/10 = A
50. The Light Fantastic (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
51. Wildwood Dancing (Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy list) - 9/10 = A
52. Creepers (Bram Stoker Award/Audiobook) - 7/10 = C
53. Henry Huggins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
54. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (started as a 1001 Children's Books read (one of the novels) and spiraled from there) - 10/10 = A+
55. The Neverending Story (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
56. Ship Breaker (audiobook, Locus YA Award) - 8/10 = B+
57. Meggy MacIntoch (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
58. Equal Rites (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+
59. Shadrach (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
60. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers (Charlie's school library book) - 9/10 = A
61. The Freedom Maze (audiobook, Andre Norton Award) - 8/10 = B+
62. Homecoming (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
63. Old Path White Clouds (Buddhist reading list) - 8/10 = B+
64. Poems That Make Grown Women Cry (Goodreads Giveaway) - 9/10 = A
65. The Young Visiters (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
66. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
67. Paddington at Large (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A
68. Mort (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
69. Hrolf Kraki's Saga (BFS Award) - 9/10 = A-
70. The Body in the Library (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
71. Minecraft Construction Handbook (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud, 95 pages) - 8/10 = B
72. Garram the Hunter (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
73. The Island on Bird Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
74. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10= B
75. A Lear of the Steppes (Books by Year, 1870) - 7/10 = C
76. Henry and Beezus (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
77. Banner in the Sky (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
78. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids (because I wanted to) - 8/10 = B-
79. Emil and the Detectives (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
80. Norse Mythology (audiobook, Gaiman bibliography) - 10/10 = A
81. Five Little Pigs (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
82. The Thief (series re-read to get ready for the new entry) - 10/10 = A+
83. Ida B (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B+
84. Towards Zero (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
85. Sparkling Cyanide (audiobook, Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
86. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C-
87. The Secret River (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
88. Cinder (audiobook, Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from Overdrive) - 9/10 = A
89. Malevil (Campbell Award) - 9/10 = A
90. Vassa in the Night (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: close your eyes and pick a book off the library shelves) - 10/10 = A+
91. Lumberjanes #1 (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a graphic novel) - 9/10 = A-
92. Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
93. The Full Cupboard of Life (series my mom wants me to read) - 8/10 = B+
94. 4.50 from Paddington (audiobook/Christie bibliography) - 8/10 = B+
95. Henry and Ribsy (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
96. The Queen of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
97. Orbitsville (BSFA) - 8/10 = B
98. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
99. The Great Wheel (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
100. Fortunately, the Milk (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
101. Pocket Full of Rye (Christie bibliography, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
102. Murder in Mesopotamia (Christie bibliography, 264 pages) - 8/10 = B+
103. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear (Fry bibliography, 191 pages) - 8/10 = B+
104. Ready Player One (read soon shelf, 372 pages) - 10/10 = A+
105. Book, Line and Sinker (series I'm reading with my mom, 274 pages) - 9/10 = A-
106. Skein of the Crime (series I'm reading with my mom, 290 pages) - 9/10 = A-
107. Arabic Poems (read soon shelf, 279 pages) - 8/10 = B+
108. Confessions of a Pagan Nun (read soon shelf, 188 pages) - 9/10 = A
109. Postern of Fate (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
110. The Clocks (Christie bibliography/audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
111. Sci-Fi Junior High (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
112. The Raven Boys (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: Read something recommended by a librarian) - 10/10 = A
113. The Road from Home (Newbery Honor Book/Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book from the teen shelves) - 8/10 = B
114. Zootopia Comics Collection (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B
115. Murder on the Orient Express (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book before you see the movie) - 10/10 = A
116. Tobacco Road (Summer Book Bingo Challenge: read a book with a terrible cover) - 6/10 = D
117. Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
118. The Midnight Folk (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
119. The Fairy Circus (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
120. Henry and the Paper Route (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
121. A Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Re-read) - 9/10 = A
122. Abel's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
123. The Minpins (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
124. A Midsummer Tempest (Mythopoeic) - 7/10 = C
125. The Upstairs Room (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
126. Sourcery (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B+
127. The Great Gilly Hopkins (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
128. The Family Under the Bridge (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
129. The Last of the Mohicans (audiobook, NEH) - 7/10 = C-
130. The Ruby in the Smoke (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B
131. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Charlie's Book Club) - 9/10 = A
132. The Family from One End Street (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
133. Chúcaro (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
134. The Martian Chronicles (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A
135. Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
136. Boy of the South Seas (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
137. Sugaring Time (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A-
138. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Campbell) - 8/10 = B+
139. The Wyrd Sisters (Discworld) - 9/10 = A-
140. The Devil's Arithmetic (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A
141. One-Eyed Cat (Newbery Honor Book) - 9/10 = A
142. The Gammage Cup (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
143. The Poet's Dog (public library book) - 8/10 = B+
144. Shabanu (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
145. Circus Shoes (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
146. Looking for Alibrandi (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
147. Wonder (Charlie's bed-time read) - 9/10 = A
148. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (WFA) - 8/10 = B+
149. The Dream Thieves (series read) - 9/10 = A
150. The Enormous Crocodile (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
151. Out of the Flame (Newbery Honor Book) - 7/10 = C
152. A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author (Charlie's read-aloud bedtime book) - 8/10 = B+
153. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (Newbery Honor Book) - 6/10 = D
154. The Count of Monte Cristo (audiobook, NEH) - 10/10 = A+
155. Pagan's Crusade (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
156. Pyramids (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
157. A Raisin in the Sun (NEH) - 8/10 = B+
158. The King of Attolia (series re-read) - 10/10 = A+
159. The Old Man and the Sea (NEH) - 8/10 = B+
160. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud book) - 9/10 = A-
161. Foxtrot: Assembled with Care (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A-
162. Among the Hidden (Charlie's Book Club read) - 8/10 = B
163. The Ship That Flew (1001 Children's Books) - 9/10 = A-
164. Henry and the Clubhouse (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
165. Hiroshima (audiobook, NEH) - 8/10 = B+
166. Tomorrow, When the War Began (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
167. A Conspiracy of Kings (series read) - 10/10 = A+
168. Heart's Delight (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C
169. Jane's Island (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
170. Belling the Tiger (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
171. Guards! Guards! (Discworld read) - 8/10 = B
172. Thick as Thieves (Queen's Thief series read) - 10/10 = A+
173. Rowan of Rin (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B+
174. The Truce of the Wolf (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B-
175. A to Z Mysteries: The Bald Bandit (Charlie's read aloud) - 8/10 = B
176. No Talking (Charlie's book club) - 8/10 = B
177. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (series read) - 9/10 = A
178. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
179. The Loner (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
180. Switchers (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
181. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet (Charlie's bedtime read-aloud) - 10/10 = A+
182. The Raven King (series read) - 10/10 = A+
183. The Animal Family (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
184. The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
185. The Virginian (audiobook/NEH) - 9/10 = A-
186. The Infamous Ratsos (CCBC) - 8/10 = B+
187. The Forever War (Hugo, Nebula & Locus SF awards) - 8/10 = B+
188. The Westing Game (Charlie's bedtime read) - 10/10 = A+
189. The Moorchild (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
190. The Jungle (audiobook, NEH list) - 8/10 = B+
191. The Cherry Orchard (audiobook, NEH list) - 6/10 = D
192. Five on a Treasure Island (1001 Children's Books) - 7/10 = C+
193. Eric (Discworld series) - 8/10 = B-
194. Ramona and Her Father (Charlie's book club read) - 8/10 = B+
195. Children of the Soil (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
196. The Noonday Friends (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
197. The Age of Innocence (NEH/audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
198. To The Lighthouse (NEH/audiobook) - 8/10 = B
199. Swords of Steel (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
200. Man Plus (Nebula) - 8/10 = B+
201. Moving Pictures (Discworld) - 8/10 = B
202. Born a Crime (audiobook) - 9/10 = A
203. The Best Man (audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
204. River Boy (1001 Children's Books) - 8/10 = B-
205. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Charlie's bedtime read) - 9/10 = A
206. A Midnight Clear (holiday read) - 7/10 = C-
207. A Christmas Memory (holiday read) - 10/10 = A+
208. The Magic Finger (Charlie's bedtime read) - 8/10 = B+
209. The King's Fifth (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B
210. Native Son (NEH, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
211. All's Faire in Middle School (Joe recommended) - 9/10 = A
212. Lord of Misrule (NBA, audiobook) - 8/10 = B-
213. The Girl of Knossos (Newbery Honor Book) - 8/10 = B+
214. Redeployment (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A-
215. Thursday's Child (1001 Children's Book) - 8/10 = B-
216. Reaper Man (Discworld) - 8/10 = B+
217. The Round House (NBA, audioook) - 8/10 = B+
218. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings (holiday read) - 9/10 = A
219. Brontomek! (BSFA) - 9/10 = A
220. Three Junes (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A
The Bonus Question:
Charlie's holiday music program is this evening, so in honor of that: did you have holiday school programs as a kid, and if so, do you have a favorite memory of one?
For me, my favorite memories of those programs was that my mom, an amazing seamstress, always made my dresses, and they were FABulous. I'd get oooohs and aaaahs when I walked into the room, and that was pretty fun.
Happy new thread, Amber!
Not sure about the bonus question, you mean school activities related to holidays?
Look at that handsome young man in his holiday finery! And of course, two very fine doggos in their everyday finery. :-)
I think we had holiday programs when we lived in New York (so up to 3rd grade), but I don't remember any after we moved to Illinois. It's funny that I remember rehearsing/practicing during Music class with Mr. McKey but not the actual performances. Not sure if that's traumatic blackouts at work due to my stage fright or what. :-)
>7 FAMeulstee: Anita: Yep! Here (or at least at my school growing up and now at Charlie's) the music teacher organizes a singing concert for each grade. At Charlie's school, the grades alternate, with 1st and 3rd grade having spring music concerts and 2nd and 4th having 'holiday' concerts in December. Charlie is a third grader, but because he's part of the 3rd/4th multi-age classroom, his class is joining the 4th graders for a holiday program this year.
>8 rosalita: Julia: Thanks! Yeah, he's pretty handsome, isn't he? I may be partial, though... And of course The Gals always look fabulous, no?
You know, I don't remember the actual concerts, either, just my dresses and people loving them. I do remember rehearsing during music class, though, but I can't remember my music teacher's name (I did love him dearly, though).
>9 scaifea: Those I remember were with Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) on 5 december, involving gifts. A week or two before we all got the name of a classmate, for whom we bought the gift.
>10 FAMeulstee: Anita: Oh, neat! We used to do Secret Santa gift exchanges, too, but Charlie's school doesn't.
How grown up Charlie looks! Happy new thread, Amber, and happy holidays.
>12 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I've just started Round House so I don't really have an opinion yet, but I can say that I'm excited to give it a go. And I hope you love Moore - I don't think his humor is likely for everyone, but I sure love it.
>13 BLBera: Beth: We measured him today and he's a whopping 4'9". Only 8 inches shorter than me at this point. Yoicks.
Happy new one, Amber.
We didn't really have a school holiday programme but at Christmas us intrepid boys would be out with the mistletoe trying manfully to persuade any girl within reach to get into the holiday spirit!
>14 scaifea: Well, you'll have someone to reach the high shelves for you soon.
Happy new thread! I can’t think of any special school holiday programs, but I do recall being a star (literally) in a church pageant.
Happy New Thread!
Charlie looks great in his suit.
BQ: We did. I don't.
Morning, Amber! Happy New Thread!
>20 scaifea: Go Charlie! He is definitely stylin'...
>25 msf59: Morning, Mark! Thanks!
Charlie is one stylin' dude, for sure. *grins*
I remember one holiday concert in elementary school that was more like a piano recital. I believe my song was 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' which I carefully picked out on the piano with just my right hand because I wasn't a very advanced student :-) In high school, we had a "Candlelight Service" in the chapel every year the last night before leaving for Christmas vacation, but it was mostly non-religious. I read 'The Little Match Girl' my senior year. And then in college (I went to a Catholic college - long story) they had a beautiful service of lessons and carols and much pageantry, because Catholics do pageantry really well...
>27 katiekrug: Katie: The Little Match Girl, eh? I don't think I could get through that without sobbing...
Happy Tuesday and happy new thread, Amber
>6 scaifea: Actually, I do have a holiday program story. Way back when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I was cast to play the part of the angel announcing the birth of Jesus. My dad (a machinist by trade) was very proud of me and my first big role so by going into work a little earlier and using scrap metal the factory was throwing away he made a very long gold trumpet for me to use when I declared my important message. xoxo
>29 Carmenere: That's a lovely story, Lynda. What a great dad thing to do.
215. Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett (1001 Children's Books, 261 pages) - 8/10 = B-
This one follows the story of a young girl and her family in Australia during the Depression, living in a rough shack and barely getting by. The writing is good, but there issues for me with the plot: one of her brothers lives almost exclusively in the system of tunnels that he digs (starting when is only something like 5 years old) under their house and spreading for what seems like must be miles. I can't quite put my finger on what didn't work for me; the story seems a little directionless and I just couldn't quite be okay with that tunneling brother or his part in the story. However, the suspense of the thing kept me reading despite my quibbles.
>20 scaifea: Omigosh, Charlie's becoming the best-dressed guy I know. You should be proud, Amber - of the clothes and the model!
Happy Tuesday, my friend.
Okay, I need help: I thought that I had left a tab open in my browser with a link to a list of various 2017 Best Children's Books lists, but I've accidentally lost it. I'm 72% confident that I clicked on the link in someone's thread here... I'm also possibly losing my mind and am making the entire thing up. Help?
Charlie looks very dapper!
I have two holiday concert/program memories. One was getting to be one of the Cratchit children in the musical we did for the holidays that year. We had to sing a song and do some strange circle dance. I must have been 10 or so with that one. And then there was the year I had the chicken pox and missed the Christmas concert and was super bummed about it because we were doing Handel's Messiah that year (I grew up listening to that one a lot as my Dad would play it often and was of the strong opinion it wasn't just for Christmas).
Happy new thread Amber my dear and a great photo of Charlie in his new threads, very dapper.
>20 scaifea: Fabulous suit! Charlie looks very grown up.
ETA: It wasn't my thread, but here are a couple of lists that I have open in my browser:
What browser do you use? Control-H usually gives you a history of the tabs you've opened in non-Mac environments.
>39 MickyFine: Micky: Aw, I'm sorry you missed out on the Handel thing, but how cool that you got to be a Cratchit?!
>40 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!
>41 nittnut: >42 richardderus: Thanks, Jenn & Richard, but it was a false alarm - turns out the list of lists was in an email from Book Riot and is *still* in my inbox. Yoicks, what a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.
ETA: It speaks volumes about my modus operandi that I've spent most of the afternoon full-on upset about losing a link to a list of book lists, only to discover that it's right there in plain sight and not lost at all. *opens nutshell and crawls back in*
There there, Ninnymuggins dear, we all have brain outgassings on occasion. And that Control-H trick is a great one to have on hand!
You finished the jacket and my does he look fine! You are Super Sewer, Amber!
Re the bonus question: I don't remember any concerts when I was in school. We did the secret Santa thing. I do remember my son's first concert, all those grade one's up there singing and looking so cute. This was many years ago. They sold tickets towards prizes at the concert. I won the Gingerbread House and I was standing there with it when someone asked me who had won the main prize, the Gameboy. (I told you it was a few years ago.) I said I didn't know who won but the name hadn't been called yet. Then called it and it was my name again! I can remember going to pick up my son in the classroom where the kids were stashed during the concert. I waved the Game Boy at him and his face just lit up!
>46 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! And wow at the door prizes! What a neat early Christmas present for your son!
On the agenda today:
More sewing room time: I've got to figure out what to make for those nieces (I puttered around yesterday and didn't get much done). Then off to library volunteering, and then Charlie has ballet class this evening.
On the reading front:
I managed a bit of Reaper Man yesterday and also a bit of The Round House, but that's it.
Morning, Amber. I am starting A Christmas Memory today. My first time. Have you read it?
I'll have to chase down A Christmas Memory. Your enthusiasm is contagious.
>52 jnwelch: Linda (Laytonwoman3rd) and Laura (lycomayflower) introduced Charlie and me to it a couple of years ago and I'll never be able to thank them enough. It's wonderful and you'll adore it. It would make a fantastic read-aloud with MBH.
I've been buried in travel/Christmas concert/Christmas cookies and just now trying to catch up on LT. Love, love, love Charlie's outfit!! To bad kids grow because that could be a holiday outfit for life otherwise.
I'm sitting here waiting for my order of apple-pie flavored Oreos to arrive so I can binge myself into nausea and hyperglycemia.
I just thought you should know.
>56 RebaRelishesReading: Reba: Welcome back! You *have* been busy! And thanks so much - I know Tomm thinks I'm crazy for putting so much time into something that Charlie will outgrow soon, but a boy needs a suit, I feel, and were I to buy him one of the same quality fabrics, it would have been upwards of $200. I very much did not have that much money in it and loved every second of making it.
>57 richardderus: Richard: Oooh, I've had those Oreos and love 'em. Enjoy, friend.
Well, I went to school for my library volunteering and pretty much came straight back home with a fevery Charlie. Poor kiddo, he always seems to miss the last few days of school before Christmas break and so misses all the parties and such.
Sorry to hear Charlie is feeling less than top-notch. Hopefully the bug passes before Christmas.
Twenty-five threads. I don't know how you do it.
I commented on Charlie's handsome self on FB but I'll repeat myself here. It's not only a dapper outfit, he is a handsome kid. I'm sorry he's under the weather. I am home sick my own self and it's not fun to feel this way around the holidays. I hope he feels better quickly!
>60 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky. I hope so, too. When he was in kindergarten, he was really, really sick for the whole week before Christmas and missed all the fun stuff at school. He went to bed on Christmas eve still with a high fever and not keeping anything down (that was the super-fun year that he projectile vomited into the heating vent), but he woke up on Christmas morning feeling better, the week-long fever having broken - finally! - in the night. He called it a Christmas Miracle. Ha!
>61 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen! I'm consistently surprised that you all are interested enough in my nattering to keep coming back for more threads!
And thanks! Of course I won't argue with your assessment of his handsomeness. That smile gets me every time.
I'm sorry that you're not feeling well, either! You're right that it's definitely not a fun time of the year for it. I hope you both feel better toot sweet!
I'm keeping Charlie home from school today - the fever seems to be down this morning, but just in case - so I'll be going back and forth from taking care of him and working in the sewing room.
On the reading front:
I spent my sewing time yesterday listening to The Round House and a read a few pages in Reaper Man, but not many before I conked out last night; I may be getting what Charlie has because I have a nasty sore throat. Woot.
Morning, Amber. Sorry, to hear that Charlie is not feeling well. I am sure he will be very pampered adequately.
Morning, Mark! And thanks. Yep, he'll have a day of being cozy on the couch watching movies and drinking homemade Orange Julius drinks (my version of a cure-all).
Hang in there, Master Charles! A day off to make sure the germies have been vanquished is a good idea. Hope you're back on your feet soon.
>67 rosalita: Thanks for that, Julia - I'll pass the message along. Right now he's cuddled up under a blanket on the couch and watching If You Give a Mouse... episode on Amazon.
I saw that Megan has posted her five-star reads for the year over on her thread and I was inspired to do the same, so here are my 10/10 reads for 2017 (not including 10/10 re-reads):
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Vassa in the Night
Ready Player One
The Raven Boys
The Count of Monte Cristo
Thick as Thieves
The Raven King
Out of these, I'd say that The Count of Monte Cristo tops them all. So fabulous.
I'm with you on The Count of Monte Cristo. Love that book.
Hope Charlie continues to mend and that you keep your throat bug at bay!
I keep nudging myself to find out more about Alexander Dumas. As far as I can tell, he was quite an interesting character in his own right.
I'm glad you're keeping Charlie home today but sorry he still feels lousy. Me too. Charlie and me, we're in this together.
Sorry to hear Charlie isn't feeling well. Hope he's better really soon!
Hi Amber, sorry to read that Charlie is unwell, poor lad. Some rest, cuddled up in a blanket watching some movies and with mom's cure all drink will do the trick and get him well for the 25th. You are going to be busy my dear making sure Charlie is ok and doing some sewing, make sure you don't do too much dear friend, sending love and hugs from both of us.
On the agenda today:
A quick run to the shops for a few odds and ends to get us through Christmas (we leave the day after for a week of traveling), and then more sewing room time to finish up the skirts for the nieces (and Charlie saw Boris and Barnaby and requested a stuffed animal, too, so I'll try to at least get started on that today). Then library volunteering this afternoon. Charlie's feeling better and so will be able to go to school today and maybe even to ballet class this evening.
On the reading front:
I didn't get any listening in yesterday, but I did manage a bit of Reaper Man.
>82 scaifea: Love these!
Glad to hear that young Charlie is feeling improved.
>88 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Boris and Barnaby are cuties, no? I remember when I was little and hanging out in my mom's sewing room that she would talk to the dolls she made as she was making them. I find myself doing the same thing these days. So fun.
And yes, Charlie is well and at school enjoying the last day festivities - woot!
Morning, Amber! I am late to your newest thread, but not too late to say how very dapper Charlie is looking in his new duds. And I am very happy that he is feeling better today. Hooray for that.
>90 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! Thanks! He's a handsome fella, no? And yes, I'm happy that he's better too - Hooray!
Boris and Barnaby are adorable!
Muppet Christmas Carol is also my favourite version. I watched it with The Boyfriend this year who hadn't seen it since his teens and it was fun to see his reactions to it all. :)
Good luck with all the sewing!
>92 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! First skirt is finishing and I'm about halfway finished with the second one.
Muppet Christmas Carol is fabulous, isn't it? Just so well done.
Just catching up, here. EVERYBODY should go read A Christmas Memory! Including me. Haven't done it yet this year. For that matter, we haven't watched any Christmas movies either yet. Humbug.
BQ My memories of Christmas programs are all church-related, although I'm sure the orchestra and chorus must have done holiday programs in school. They don't stand out, though---I more clearly remember the performances we did for graduation and senior plays. We did a modified version of A Christmas Carol at church once that sticks in my memory. I was Mrs. Cratchit.
>94 laytonwoman3rd: Linda: No Christmas movies yet?! Tick tock, lady. I think fondly of you and Laura every year now, when we watch A Child's Christmas in Wales, Emmett's Jug Band, and when I read A Christmas Memory. All amazing things that the two of you bring into our lives.
And yay for Mrs. Cratchit! Because I love the Muppet version so much, she will always be Miss Piggy in my mind...
Glad to hear Charlie is feeling better and able to enjoy school festivities today!
Those stuffed animals are excellent! I can see their personalities from all the way over here!
What a nice job you did on Charlie's suit! I'm getting kind of an HP marauders vibe off that picture. Dapper clothes plus the hair maybe?
As always a whirlwind of activity...slowing down would probably prove fatal at this point...*smooch* in the direction of Amber's slipstream.
>96 lycomayflower: Laura: Thanks for the Boris and Barnaby love! Charlie has requested a dog instead of a bear, and has already pre-named him Meatloaf. I'll likely sew him up tomorrow.
And thanks for the suit love, too! Funny you should say that about an HP vibe - he's going for Fred & George hair.
>97 richardderus: Hi, Richard! Thanks for the smooch!
On today's agenda:
More of a long weekend agenda, really: Before we leave on Tuesday for Indiana and Parts East, I need to finish sewing Bella's skirt, make Charlie's stuffed animal, clean the house, wrap the last couple presents, laundry, and packing. Angling for the sewing and wrapping to get finished today.
On the reading front:
I made progress on The Round House and finished The Reaper Man (more on that in a minute).
216. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, 336 pages) - 8/10 = B+
This is my favorite of the Discworld books I've read so far, most likely because Death is my favorite of the characters and, as it says on the tin, this one focuses on him. I also enjoyed the Dead Rights movement and Windle Poons is a hoot.
>99 scaifea: Whew, that's a hefty to-do list for a holiday weekend. Hope it all goes smoothly and quickly so you can relax too! (I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who insists on cleaning the house before leaving on a trip!)
>98 scaifea: I definitely can see a Weasley twin look going on there!
>99 scaifea: Laura: I love visiting my family, but getting the house ready and packing up is so stressful. Gah. We have someone come to look after the dogs while we're gone (we don't love the idea of kennels) and I can't stand the thought of her thinking, "Doesn't this woman ever vacuum or dust this place?!"
And yeah, he's got the Fred & George I'm-probably-up-to-something grin down, too, no?
Morning, Amber. Happy Saturday. Not a bad winter day out here. The sunshine helps.
Hmmm love the bears and wonder...will Basil and Burt and Bella and Bitty be coming along?
I'm glad Charlie is feeling better ~~ and I wish I could say the same for myself! I'm hoping one. more. day. in. bed. will do it..... I'm starting to get stir crazy!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
>110 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! Both the bears and the skirts were really fun to make.
>111 richardderus: Richard: Ha! Well, one of the nieces *is* a Bella...
>112 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen - Charlie is all the way better; in the meantime, I've come down with a nasty cold. *sigh...cough*
I hope you're right that one more day will do it for you, too.
217. The Round House by Louise Erdrich (NBA, audiobook) - 8/10 = B+
Set on an Indian reservation in the '80s, this novel reminds me of Stephen King's The Body. It follows a 13-year-old boy, Joe, and his friends through what would have been a typical boyhood summer, but for his mother's attack and rape. Joe and his friends bike through the summer trying first to solve the mystery of who attacked his mother and then plotting revenge. This main plot is tempered with wonderful little asides about reservation life and family relationships that are dovetailed into the story beautifully. It's an excellent read, so well-written that it's easy to see why it won the National Book Award. My only small issue is that the ending seems too rough-edged and abrupt.
Hi Amber, stopping by to wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness this holiday season and for 2018!
It is that time of year again, between Solstice and Christmas, just after Hanukkah, when our thoughts turn to wishing each other well in whatever language or image is meaningful to the recipient. So, whether I wish you Happy Solstice or Merry Christmas, know that what I really wish you, and for you, is this:
Love the bears Amber - and I would have loved a brightly coloured skirt like that as as kid.
Hope Santa brings all you asked for!
Morning, Amber. Have a great holiday with the family. We are hosting our family gathering, later today but I should be able to bookhorn in some reading.
Thanks for all the holiday wishes!
>117 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! My mom made me a similar skirt when I was little and I loved it, so I thought it would be a good gift - I'm glad you think so, too!
>118 msf59: Morning, Mark! Have fun with the family and fingers crossed that you get some reading time in, too. I'm hoping for some time in the rocking chair with a cuppa and a book today, too.
Hi Amber, wishing you, Tomm and Charlie a very Merry Christmas my dear and sending love and hugs to you dear friend from both of us.
On the agenda today:
I still need to do the laundry, bills and photos, bake Santa's cookies (gluten-free peanut butter is what he prefers here at Scaife Manor) and get both my and Charlie's ipads loaded up with audiobooks for the drive (Charlie picked out The Wonder Story: The Julian Chapter and three A to Z Mysteries: The Haunted Hotel, The Invisible Island and The Jaguar's Jewel. I'm loading up Three Junes, The World According to Garp, The Road and Lincoln in the Bardo. I won't get to all of those, but one needs to be prepared, of course). The rest of the day will be relaxing with a book, possibly with some family board games and video games sprinkled in there, too.
On the reading front:
I finished The Round House (see above), and read a nice chunk of A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, and I plan on spending my reading time today with that one, too.
>121 johnsimpson: Thanks, John! Happy Christmas to you and Karen, too!
Hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018, Amber.
Happy holidays! I am thankful this holiday season for all the good friends I have made in this group. You are all so supportive. I don't know what I'd do without you!
May you and your family have a very Merry (and cilantro free) Christmas, Amber!
Thanks for the Christmas wishes, everyone!!
Unwrapping is done here and now a day of relaxing (after I've finished packing), puttering with our presents and reading begins!
On today's agenda:
We're packing up the car this morning and headed out for a week to visit family; we'll be with my parents in Indiana through Thursday morning, then we'll drive to Tomm's brother's house in Cincinnati, then on to Columbus Friday and Saturday and then we'll drive home on Sunday. I'll try to check in occasionally, but won't be here much for the next week. Happy new year, everyone!
Still a bit under construction, but here's the new group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2018
Happy Boxing Day!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!
(PS the bears in skirts are adorable!)
Wishing you a wonderful 2018 and a year of fabulous reading!
Happy belated Christmas greetings to you and yours and all the best in 2018!
Hi Amber, just stopping by to wish you, Tomm and Charlie a Very Happy New Year my dear and hope that 2018 is a really good year. Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.
Some time when you come to Columbus, we'll have to meet up! Hope you had a great trip.
Hi, everyone! We arrived home last night, safe, sound, happy and exhausted. Thanks so much for all of the good wishes! We had a great trip. Today will be busy with loads and loads of laundry, taking down the Christmas decorations, menu-planning for this week and possibly a run to the grocery story (I'd love to get it done today and not have to do it tomorrow). So, I may not have time to get back here and wrap up my last 2017 thread (I have a couple more books to report) and then start my 2018 thread until tomorrow. In the meantime, Happy New Year, all!!
>152 rretzler: Robin: Definitely!! We were only in Columbus for two days this time, but we're generally there longer in the summer.
^Hugs to all at the Scaife Manor! Glad you made it back home safely. Hope to see you over on the 2018 threads!
>155 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'll get over there sooner or later - hopefully by this evening, but it may be tomorrow before I can manage it. I feel so behind things!!
Glad to see you are safely home, Amber.
Lots to do when you have been away, we return home on Wednesday.
Happy New Year!
Hi Amber, glad you had a nice trip and a good time away and sending love and hugs and New Year best wishes dear friend.
And here are my last three reads of 2017, bringing my total up to 220 for the year:
218. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens (holiday read, 288 pages) - 9/10 = A
A lovely holiday read. A Christmas Carol is still my favorite, but the other stories were wonderful too.
219. Brontomek! by Michael Coney (BSFA, 254 pages) - 9/10 = A
Brave New World on a struggling colony planet, with a very likeable main character and some cool twists along the way. Definitely recommended.
220. Three Junes by Julia Glass (NBA, audiobook) - 9/10 = A
A beautiful book with wonderful characters, whose fascinating stories interweave in such a lovely way. Excellent writing and well worth its National Book Award.
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