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Scaifea's 2012 Challenge - Thread #6

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1scaifea
Edited: Jun 18, 2012, 7:12am Top

Time for another new thread.

For this one I just can't help but return to Waterhouse, and his Jason and Medea He so nicely captures her anguish at what she is doing (betraying family for the love of a man who will ultimately betray her in turn) and Jason's child-like dependence on her:



Below you’ll find an explanation of my reading habits, which, I warn you, is a bit crazy. Usually I have about 10-12 books going at once, one each from the following groups (and occasionally other books slipped in there too):

1. A library book. In Library of Congress call number order. So, yes, from the beginning of the library's shelves. Crazy? Or crazy like a fox?...

2. 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).

3. 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 working through a few different lists:
a. Newbery Winners list
b. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
c. Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids
d. John Bellairs' bibliography
e. The Black Stallion books/Farley bibliography
f. Beverly Cleary's bibliography
g. Shel Silverstein's bibliography
h. L. M. Boston's Green Knowe books
i. L'Engle's Time books
j. The CYOA books

4. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.

5. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.

6. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.

7. Lists I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob:
a. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
b. The Pulizer list (in alpha order by author)
c. The Hugo/Nebula/WFA lists (combined, in chronological order)

8. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. A book from my shelves which I haven't yet read
b. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. Stephen King's bibliography (in chronological order)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
ask)).
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
g. The NEH Timeless Classics list

9. A bath-time book: I read aloud while Tomm gives Charlie his bath.

So, now you've got a glimpse of just how neurotic I am.
Please feel free to post comments, recommendations, or whatever else strikes your fancy. And Happy Reading, everyone!

What I'm reading now:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-A Swiftly Tilting Planet (toward completing the series)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-The Demolished Man (Hugo award)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)
-Play These Games (picked this one up at the cool indy bookstore and wanted to read it right away, so I'm adding it to the Current Reads pile)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

Books Read:
92. A Wind in the Door (toward completely the series, Charlie book) - 3 stars
91. A Manatee Morning (public library book) - 2 stars
90. Dear Mr. Henshaw (Newbery list * Cleary bibliography) - 4 stars
89. Tickle Teddy (public library book) - 2 stars
88. Dicey's Song (Newbery list) - 4 stars
87. Kaleidoscope (Charlie book) - 3 stars
86. Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Lift-and-Look Book (public library book) - 3 stars
85. Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake (public library book) - 3 stars
84. Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (1001 Children's Books list) - 4 stars
83. Millions of Cats (1001 Children's Books list) - 3 stars
82. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (public library book) - 3 stars
81. Fifteen Animals! (Charlie book) - 4 stars
80. I'm a Tractor (public library book) - 2 stars
79. The Brave Cowboy (public library book) - 3 stars
78. Time for School, Mouse! (public library book) - 4 stars
77. Stone Soup (1001 Children's Books) - 4 stars
76. For One More Day (audiobook) - 2 stars
75. The Harvard Classics: The Five Foot Shelf of Books, Vol. 25: John Stuart Mill: Autobiography, Essay on Liberty; T. Carlyle: Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book) - 2 stars
74. The Ghost in the Mirror (Bellairs bibliograpy) - 4 stars
73. The Black Stallion and the Girl (Farley bibliography) - 3 stars
72. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids list) - 4 stars
71. My Shape Book (Charlie - public library book) - 3 stars
70. I Want to be a Doctor (Charlie - public library book) - 3 stars
69. Maggie's Moon (Charlie - public library book) - 3 stars
68. Fish Eyes (Charlie - public library book) - 3 stars
67. When Marian Sang (Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids list) - 3 stars
66. Lafcadio (Silverstein bibliography) - 3 stars
65. Ramona the Brave (Cleary bibliography) - 3 stars
64. The Egypt Game (Charlie book - Newbery Honor book found on the library sale shelf) - 4 stars
63. A Visit to William Blake's Inn (Newbery list) - 4 stars
62. Jacob Have I Loved (Newbery list) - 4 stars
61. The Magic Pudding (1001 Children's Books list) - 2 stars
60. The Dutch Twins (1001 Children's Books list) - 3 stars
59. Terrific (public library book) - 4 stars
58. Nothing (public library book) - 4 stars
57. A Dirty Job (Moore bibliography) - 5 stars
56. Milo's Hat Trick (public library book) - 4 stars
55. My Rhinoceros (public library book) - 4 stars
54. Paddington Helps Out (bath-time book) - 4 stars
53. Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (NEH list) - 3 stars
52. Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane (NEH list) - 3 stars
51. The Swiss Family Robinson (NEH list) - 3 stars
50. Rempelstiltskin's Daughter (Charlie book) - 3 stars
49. Night of the Gargoyles (Charlie book) - 3 stars
48. The Children's Book of Virtues (Charlie book) - 3 stars
47. The End of Everything (audio book) - 2 stars
46. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (a gift from the In-Laws to Charlie) - 3 stars
45. Stuart Little (NEH list) - 2 stars
44. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (a gift from the Ladies Next Door) - 3 stars
43. Blink (audio book) - 3 stars
42. Mickey's Easter Hunt (Charlie book) - 3 stars
41. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs (Charlie book) - 3 stars
40. Dinosaurs Roar! (Charlie book) - 3 stars
39. Treasure Island (NEH list) - 4 stars
38. Mary Poppins in the Kitchen (NEH list) - 2 stars
37. Mary Poppins from A to Z (NEH list) - 2 stars
36. Mary Poppins in the Park (NEH list) - 4 stars
35. Mary Poppins Opens the Door (NEH list) - 4 stars
34. Mary Poppins Comes Back (NEH list) - 4 stars
33. The Children's Hour Volume 8: Myths and Legends - 3 stars
32. Coraline (Gaiman bibliography) - 4 stars
31. Four Past Midnight (King bibliography) - 4 stars
30. Duck and Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny! (Charlie book) - 3 stars
29. Are You My Mother? (Charlie book) - 3 stars
28. Blue Hat, Green Hat (Charlie book) - 4 stars
27. Moo, Baa, La La La! (Charlie book) - 4 stars
26. Barnyard Dance! (Charlie book) - 4 stars
25. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (Charlie book) - 4 stars
24. Mary Poppins (NEH list) - 4 stars
23. The Know-It-All (audiobook) - 2 stars
22. The Children's Hour, Volume 7: Favorite Mystery Stories - 3 stars
21. A Dance with Dragons (series) - 4 stars
20. Ulysses Annotated (for help with #19) - 2 stars
19. Ulysses (Banned Books list) - 1 star
18. Socks (Cleary bibliography) - 3 stars
17. The Mansion in the Mist (Bellairs bibliography) - 4 stars
16. The Black Stallion's Ghost (Farley bibliography) - 3 stars
15. Ramona the Pest (Cleary bibliography) - 3 stars
14. Heidi (NEH list) - 2 stars
13. Bridge to Terabithia (Newbery list) - 4 stars
12. The Black Stallion Challenged! (Farley bibliography) - 3 stars
11. The Black Stallion and Flame (Farley bibliography) - 3 stars
10. The Secret of the Underground Room (Bellairs bibliography) - 4 stars
9. The Light in the Forest (NEH list) - 3 stars
8. Orlando Furioso (for a group read, of sorts) - 5 stars
7. The Horse-Tamer (Farley bibliography) - 3 stars
6. Kids Go! (found in Walmart sale bin for $4!) - 3 stars
5. A Gathering of Days (Newbery list) - 3 stars
4. The Chessmen of Doom (Bellairs bibliography) - 4 stars
3. The Black Stallion Mystery (Farley bibliography) - 4 stars
2. The Growing-Up Feet (Cleary bibliography) - 2 stars
1. The Trolley to Yesterday (Bellairs bibliography) - 4 stars

2scaifea
May 14, 2012, 1:20pm Top

And, to start off the new thread properly, here's Charlie in our back yard (you can see our piddly little garden in the background):



3laytonwoman3rd
Edited: May 14, 2012, 1:50pm Top

Any garden beats no garden. I wish I just had some mint or rhubarb. I think my oregano MAY be coming up again, but that's all I'll have.

(Why so pensive, Charlie?)

4Ape
May 14, 2012, 3:00pm Top

Hi Amber! I'm shocked you found a painting you like without a naked lady in it. :P

Oh, and AWWWWW CUUUUTE!!

5scaifea
May 14, 2012, 3:49pm Top

Linda: Mint I can do without (the smell gives me an instant headache), but I've got the best of both worlds with the rhubarb - my friend, Elizabeth, lets me have as much of the stuff in her yard as I like! And yes, he's very pensive and somber in most of his pictures, which isn't really indicative of the true Charlie, who is quite a little cut-up most of the time.

Stephen: *snork!* I almost picked another one with a naked lady (Andromeda), but thought I'd catch hell from you for it...

6DeltaQueen50
May 14, 2012, 6:32pm Top

Hi Amber, looks like Charlie's ready to kick that ball around. I loved your description of your Mother's Day, sounds like you were treated and pampered!

7Ape
May 14, 2012, 8:43pm Top

I'd be too distracted to give anyone hell over something like that. :P

8PaulCranswick
May 14, 2012, 8:56pm Top

Amber congrats on the latest thread. A caption for Charlie anyone:

Hey Mom why do you need to read 16 books at a time when we should be playing soccer?

9laytonwoman3rd
May 14, 2012, 9:15pm Top

#8 Funny, Paul...I had this thread open on my computer at work during my afternoon break today, and a co-worker walking by said "What a cute little boy. That picture just begs for a caption!".

10Luxx
May 14, 2012, 9:39pm Top

Oh, he is such a love.

11scaifea
May 15, 2012, 7:05am Top

Judy: I did indeed feel pampered!

Stephen: Again I say, *snork!*

Paul: Ha! I rarely read when Charlie's awake - it's just too impossible. He's more likely thinking, "Aw jeez, not again with the pictures!"

Linda: You'll get no argument from me on the cuteness issue, for certain. :)

Luxx: Aww, thanks! That means something coming from a mom with such adorable little men herself!

12maggie1944
May 15, 2012, 8:54am Top

"Really? I have to wait for you to pick up after the dog? Why can't I just play soccer right now?"

13tiffin
May 15, 2012, 9:47am Top

I appreciate that Charlie's wearing rubbers. Himself was a rubber boot child (winning a running race wearing them) and little Sophie next door seems to be too, although hers are often on the wrong feet, pointing at 10 and 2 o'clock. Charlie is lengthening! I love his pensive photos.

14Donna828
May 15, 2012, 9:52am Top

Hi Amber. From the last thread... Oh my, I need to start going to garage sales again. I used to go to neighborhood sales where you can park, walk, and shop for bargains but then got tired of looking through other people's cast off "treasures." Sounds like you hit the jackpot with the sewing machine. I have a burning question... What scent did Charlie finally decide on for your Mother's Day candle?

Love the expression on C's face in the second picture. It mirrors mine after finishing my last book!

15scaifea
May 15, 2012, 3:29pm Top

tiffin: Yep, Charlie's crazy about his rain boots - insists on wearing them, even with shorts. And yes, he's certainly growing. I measured him this morning (as I do every 15th of the month), and he's grow another 1/4 inch since last month. Sigh.

Donna: I don't think I could ever get tired of yard sale-ing; I've been doing it since I was little, with my mom, uncle and brother. I really wish my mom could have made to trip to go with me last weekend, but we'll catch a few together this summer on Charlie's and my trips to Indiana. And the candle is Spiced Apple scent, which is indeed one of my favorites. I light candles in several rooms every afternoon during Charlie's nap time, and he helps me blow them out when nap time is over, so I'm sure he remembered the scent and picked accordingly. What a sweet thing.

16scaifea
May 15, 2012, 3:35pm Top

62. Jacob Have I Loved by Katerine Paterson (Newbery list, 244 pages) - 4 stars

A young girl growing up on a tiny, crab-fishing island lives in the constant shadow of her dainty, beautiful, talented twin sister. The book follows her coming of age story, in which she finds a way to move out from underneath that tormenting shadow.

Oh my. This is an emotional read, or at least, it was for me. As I was reading, I had complete sympathy with the main character, but at the same time I felt as if she might come off as too whiny for other readers. At any rate, I very much enjoyed getting wrapped up in her emotional growing-up years - actually breaking into tears in a couple of low spots and then silently cheering for her triumph at the end - and definitely recommend it as a good read.

Updated Current Reading List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-The Egypt Game (Charlie book - Newbery Honor Book found at library book sale)
-A Visit to William Blake's Inn (Newbery list)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

17Ape
May 15, 2012, 4:20pm Top

You snork at me a lot...that's a positive thing, right? *Scratches head*

18scaifea
May 15, 2012, 5:15pm Top

Stephen: It is. It means you've made me laugh hard enough to snort, and a funny guy is definitely a good thing... An adorably clueless one is also good (referencing the head-scratching). :)

19scaifea
May 15, 2012, 5:32pm Top

63. A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard (Newbery list, 45 pages) - 4 stars

A tribute, of sorts, to William Blake, in the form of a wonderfully fanciful tale, told in verse, and featuring the famous poet, who has long been a favorite of mine. This was a library book, but there will soon be a copy living on Charlie shelves - highly recommended!

Updated Current Reads List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-The Egypt Game (Charlie book - Newbery Honor Book found at library book sale)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

20msf59
May 15, 2012, 7:25pm Top

Amber- Your current reading list always get's my head spinning! How do you juggle so many? I can do one print book, (on a rare occasion 2), an audiobook and a GN. That's all my little mind can handle.
I love the Charlie photos! That kid should be in commercials.

21scaifea
May 16, 2012, 7:00am Top

Mark: I think grad school did it to me - it mutated my brain in such a way that I can keep track of several texts at once without getting terribly confused. However, it also nearly completely eroded away my other memory capabilities, and I can't remember what someone told me yesterday, most of the time. It's sad, really.

22Morphidae
May 16, 2012, 8:17am Top

I used to have a great memory. Now my short-term memory is shot to hell. I can ask MrMorphy a question and a minute later I've forgotten the answer. Sometimes I've forgotten if I even asked the question!

"Did I ask you if you did so-an-so?"
"Yes."
"Well... did you?"

23scaifea
May 16, 2012, 9:12am Top

Morphy: Ha! That sounds just like Tomm and I! Poor, long-suffering menfolk.

24scaifea
May 17, 2012, 7:09am Top

So, I picked up the latest Dark Tower book at Sam's yesterday, which makes it, for me, fairly official: the next time I come round to a King book read, I'm going back to the first Dark Tower and reading them all in one fell swoop. I announce this because, for me, as Fawlty Towers would put it, "eez deeficult" in two ways: 1) I normally don't do re-reads, and I'll be re-reading the first two Tower books, and 2) it means leaving my normal, comfortable, the-world-makes-sense-this-way chronological schedule for reading my author bibliographies. But, it must be done; otherwise, I know I won't remember what happened in any of the previous Tower books if I keep taking them in order. Sigh.
Okay, anyways. Ridiculous announcement over.

25Ape
Edited: May 17, 2012, 7:39am Top

It's why I hate series, I just can't enjoy them when I read potentially HUNDREDS of other book between installments. I try to stay away from them unless I know for sure they are complete.

I keep winning series books from Early Reviewers/Members Giveaway though, without knowing they are a part of a series, which is frustrating...

26scaifea
May 17, 2012, 8:03am Top

Stephen: Oh, that would be frustrating!

27lauralkeet
May 17, 2012, 8:09am Top

>26 scaifea:: ditto! What do you do then? Read the previous books or just read the ER book and try not to worry about it?

28tiffin
May 17, 2012, 9:31am Top

And those series that go on forever with no foreseeable end in sight... I like a nice tidy 3 book trilogy, bought in one fell swoop and read at a gulp.

29scaifea
May 17, 2012, 10:14am Top

tiffin: Agreed!

30Ape
May 17, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Linda: Ah! Well I've been lucky not to win a book in the middle of a series, but I've won at least 3-4 books that are the first installments of series, which I doubt I'll continue reading simply because I'll forget them in the coming months/years it takes for the next book to be released.

31scaifea
May 17, 2012, 3:56pm Top

64. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Charlie book - Newbery Honor book found on the library's sale shelf, 215 pages) - 4 stars
April moves in with her grandmother, only for a while as her mother says, but somehow she knows that's a lie, and she's determined to be difficult and disgruntled. Then she meets Melanie, a girl her age living in the same apartment building, and together they discover a seemingly forgotten fenced-in lot nearby, which, with their combined fascination with all things Ancient Egyptian and their wild imaginations, becomes The Land of Egypt, and thus begins the Egypt Game. Their adventures in Egypt take place during a time of unease in their neighborhood - two children have been murdered and the killer has not been found - and a time of change for all of them. And what part does the mysterious old man who runs the junk shop attached to the abandoned lot play in all of this?

Predictable? Yes. But I don't care. It's a fantastic little story and I'm delighted to have stumbled upon it. Maybe I love it so much because I so completely identify with the two girls and their game - it's something that my childhood best friend, Shelley, and I would have come up with. We used to feed off of each other's imaginations and come up with the craziest and long-lasting (months, at times) games. Such great memories. At any rate, I definitely recommend this one.

Updated Current Reads List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-Ramona the Brave (Cleary bibliography)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

32scaifea
May 17, 2012, 6:44pm Top

65. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary (Clearly bibliography, 176 pages) - 3 stars

Ramona is now in 1st grade and is trying very hard to grow up. She meets with a few set-backs along the way.
Cleary is so good at expressing childhood triumphs and tragedies. Another solid entry in the series.

Updated Current Reads List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-Lafcadio (Silverstein bibliography)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

33maggie1944
May 17, 2012, 7:54pm Top

I loved The Egypt Game, too. Loved recommending it to my students.

34lauralkeet
May 17, 2012, 8:44pm Top

I think my daughter read The Egypt Game. Or The Gypsy Game. Whichever one it was, she really enjoyed it.

35scaifea
May 18, 2012, 6:59am Top

maggie & Laura: Yay! It's always nice to hear that others enjoy the same books I have.

36scaifea
May 18, 2012, 7:43am Top

66. Lafcadio by Shel Silverstein (Silverstein bibliography) - 3 stars
A lion in the jungle decides not to let the hunters shoot him, and himself becomes a great marksman. But where does this leave him, in the grand scheme?

Silverstein is hit and miss for me, but I decided to read through his stuff and pick out the good ones for Charlie's shelves, because I know there's some good stuff in there. This one is okay, but not my favorite. There are definitely some good lines in here - typical Silverstein silliness - but the general story is predictable and a bit too preachy for me. *shrugs*

Updated Current Reads List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-The Black Stallion and the Girl (Black Stallion series)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

37AMQS
May 18, 2012, 4:34pm Top

Love the photos of Charlie! I love your children's book reviews too. Callia didn't care for The Egypt Game very much, but I really want to read it.

38Donna828
May 19, 2012, 8:04am Top

31: "Predictable? Yes. But I don't care"

I love that line, Amber, and agree that predictability has its place in literature. I was going to add the clause 'especially in children's books' but I think it applies to adult reading as well. There is comfort in reading a well-told familiar story.

On another note, I made your Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pinwheels for a reception at church on Thursday -- and they were a big hit. I doubled the recipe so I could put some in the freezer for June company. Thanks!

39scaifea
May 19, 2012, 1:59pm Top

Anne: Yes, do read it - it's a lovely little read.

Donna: Agreed - there's nothing at all wrong with predictability sometimes, and comfort has a lot to do with that, I think. I'm so glad you liked the cookies! And I bet they'll do really well as a freezer cookie, too.

40Ape
Edited: May 19, 2012, 2:37pm Top

Hey Amber! I'm loving A Dirty Job so far, despite the sad ending to the first chapter. *Sniffle*

Actually, I started it last night and was thinking "Oh, I'll read 10 pages or so and then I'll really dig into it tomorrow." Instead I accidentally read over 50 pages, which is significantly higher than my daily average for most books. Yeah, I guess that means I like it. :D

41Luxx
May 19, 2012, 2:49pm Top

I read The Egypt Game when I was very young, and it was one of my favorite books because I was then obsessed with ancient Egypt (which is probably why my mother picked it up for me in the first place). I still love it, as a matter of fact, and used teaching grade school as an excuse to share it with other young people. :)

42scaifea
May 19, 2012, 5:44pm Top

Stephen: Yay!! I knew you'd like it.

Luxx: Funny, my mom buys Egyptian stuff for me (knick-knack sorts of things) because, bless her heart, she thinks that since I study old stuff, I must study *all* old stuff, including the Egyptians. Good thing that I do kinda like them, too.

43Luxx
May 19, 2012, 11:46pm Top

*snort*

Oh, I know those kinds of intentions well. Did you know that I am an expert on Dickens? *shakes head at the musings of relatives*

44scaifea
May 20, 2012, 9:45am Top

Oh, I get that too, when I tell people that I have a degree in Classical Studies, they think that's Shakespeare and Dickens. Sigh.

45tiffin
May 20, 2012, 11:12am Top

Funny! A woman at work made the mistake of mentioning that she liked elephants. Incoming! Another liked frogs. The latter said her living room looked like one of the plagues of Egypt.

46dk_phoenix
May 20, 2012, 10:28pm Top

>44 scaifea:: Most people just look at me with a blank, vacant stare. Some ask "what's that?" and when I try to explain, the topic somehow inevitably gets changed... o_O

47scaifea
May 21, 2012, 7:03am Top

tiffin: *snork!*

Faith: Yeah, been there too.

48scaifea
May 21, 2012, 7:17am Top

I finally managed to make some progress on the playhouses I've been sewing for what seems like years; nearly finished with the two little girly houses, and did indeed finish Charlie's barn:





I need to be finished with one of the houses by this time next week, since next Tuesday Charlie and I head for Indiana for a few days and I want to be able to take it with us to give to my friend's niece.

So, my current sewing/crafting projects, for those interested:
-The two remaining playhouses, nearly finished
-A baby blanket (knitting, for the etsy shop)
-A Bender TP cozy (knitting, for Charlie, since he loved the other one I made and sent to my friend)
-A baby sweater (knitting, for the etsy shop)
-A bookmark based on a fractal pattern (cross stitch, for a friend)
-Waterhouse's Psyche Opening the Golden Box (cross stitch, for me)

On today's agenda is our weekly trip to the library this morning, then, this afternoon (if the weather holds), we'll be off to the park for a bit. Must try to fill up the day with activities, since Tomm will be working late this evening and so I'd like Charlie to be nice and tuckered out by bed time. All this is dependent, though, on the dizziness that I work up with a 2am this morning going away. What the what? I'm hoping it's just a symptom of my sinuses being off lately...

49Morphidae
May 21, 2012, 7:52am Top

Between the crafting, baking, and reading, when do you get to the "mom-ing?" LOL.

50scaifea
May 21, 2012, 8:11am Top

Ha! The trick is that you're *always* doing the mom-ing, no matter what else you're doing too.

51maggie1944
May 21, 2012, 9:09am Top

I love the barn. You could sell those on Etsy, I'll bet! I might even buy one.

52scaifea
May 21, 2012, 9:38am Top

maggie: Yeah, maybe. The only problem is I intensely dislike making the silly things. So, no more. Ever.

53tiffin
May 21, 2012, 9:51am Top

That's a great barn--is it over a card table?

54scaifea
May 21, 2012, 9:54am Top

tiffin: Yep, it sure is.

55maggie1944
May 21, 2012, 10:49am Top

oh, well, if you intensely hate making them, please, do not waste any more precious life time on them. Lucky Charlie that you made the ones you did! You are a good Mom.

56scaifea
May 21, 2012, 1:30pm Top

maggie: Also, there's a significant amount of fabric in them, so I'd have to charge more for them than people would likely be willing to pay. But, yeah, I'm done with them, I think. I'm excited, though, to give the two I'm finishing up now to the little girls for whom I'm making them - that's the best part!

57scaifea
May 21, 2012, 4:13pm Top

67. When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan (Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids list, picture book) - 3 stars
Tells the story of the singer Marian Anderson.
The story-telling is okay; it's the pictures - by Brian Selznick - that make the book.

Updated Current Reading List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-The Black Stallion and the Girl (Black Stallion series)
-Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids list)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

58ChelleBearss
May 21, 2012, 8:00pm Top

wow, that barn looks awesome! Charlie is one lucky little fella!

I recently read the new Dark Tower book and you don't really need to re-read the others as this one stands alone pretty well. However, if I ever get some extra free time and run out of books to read (doubtful) I would like to reread them all again.

59cal8769
May 21, 2012, 8:52pm Top

Run out of books to read!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA That is a funny but terrifying thought.

60maggie1944
May 21, 2012, 9:19pm Top

What? Someone might run out of books to read? Incredible. Weird. Can't be true, not here, any way.

61scaifea
May 22, 2012, 7:08am Top

Chelle: Thanks! I've only read the first 3 Dark Tower books, so a reread won't be a tremendous undertaking, and I think reading them all at once is the best plan for my super-forgetful brain.

Carrie & Maggie: *snork!* That definitely is a terrifying thought. And a weird one.

62DeltaQueen50
May 22, 2012, 10:33pm Top

Hi Amber, I am home from my Mother's 91st birthday party. I see you are busy with your sewing, knitting, crafting, baking, etc. I love to see all the different things you put together. I used to knit and crochet a lot but now my stiff fingers and older eyes have trouble with the fine work, so it's great that I get to enjoy yours!

63scaifea
May 23, 2012, 7:10am Top

Judy: Oh, I need to head over to your thread to see how the birthday visit went! It's great to see you here, at any rate. I'm starting to wake up mornings with sore, stiff fingers, which makes me nervous...

On today's agenda:
It's Tuppence's birthday today! And since we don't know when Susie's (the cat) birthday is, we celebrate them together. Charlie and I went out yesterday and bought each of them a little treat (a peanut butter flavored bone for Tuppence and a tin of moist cat food for Susie, who only gets dry food except for birthdays and Christmas), and Tuppence gets a new ball, too. We'll 'wrap' them today (stick them in a gift bag so they'll have easy unwrapping access), and bake a cake, which we will eat for them, of course. Charlie's excited, and kept whispering to Tuppence and Susie what their presents are all afternoon yesterday. Ha! Otherwise, it's laundry day, and I'm hoping to fit in some sewing time, too - nearly finished with those playhouses!

64scaifea
May 24, 2012, 7:31am Top

Well, Tuppence's & Susie's birthday party was a success, I think. Charlie had a grand time giving them their presents and singing Happy Birthday Cake (his (better, I believe) version of the old standard), and the cake turned out lovely. I just made one from a mix, but it was really tasty: Pillbury's Pink Lemonade Cake & Icing. Recommended.

On today's agenda: We're having a playdate at the park with one of Charlie's friends this morning, and then this afternoon we're off to a garage sale, the ad in the paper for which sounded promising...
One playhouse is finished and I hope to polish off the second one today - I'll post pictures when I get a chance. Next sewing project will be some new pajama pants (shorts, actually) for Charlie, and then a new quilt for him, too, since we'll be moving him into a twin-sized bed very soon (!).

65tiffin
May 24, 2012, 10:19am Top

Is it "Happy Birthday Cake to you"? or just Happy Birthday Cake?

66scaifea
May 24, 2012, 12:35pm Top

It's "Happy birthday cake to you...happy day cake to you..." over and over. Can you tell what the most important aspect of birthdays is to him? Ha!

67DeltaQueen50
May 24, 2012, 2:55pm Top

It's good to see that Charlie has his priorities straight. Cake should always come first! (Especially if it's Pink Lemonaide Cake)

68scaifea
May 24, 2012, 3:04pm Top

Judy: True! :)

Well, cue the chorus of angels: the ridiculously annoying playhouses are finished!









Updated Current Projects List:
-Pajama shorts for Charlie, then the quilt for Charlie (sewing, quilting)
-A baby blanket (knitting, for the etsy shop)
-A Bender TP cozy (knitting, for Charlie, since he loved the other one I made and sent to my friend)
-A baby sweater (knitting, for the etsy shop)
-A bookmark based on a fractal pattern (cross stitch, for a friend)
-Waterhouse's Psyche Opening the Golden Box (cross stitch, for me)

69laytonwoman3rd
May 24, 2012, 3:53pm Top

The kids are going to love those!

70ronincats
May 24, 2012, 5:42pm Top

Congrats on getting the annoying playhouses done--but I agree, the recipients will love them.

71tiffin
May 24, 2012, 6:55pm Top

Those are just too cute! I think their parents are going to love them too: much tidier than two old sheets with books on top to hold the sheets in place (our old card table fort).

72scaifea
May 24, 2012, 7:02pm Top

Aw, thanks, folks! I'm pretty excited to see the reactions the houses will get. I'll give one next week when we go to Indiana for a visit, but the other one will have to wait until August, when we'll next be in Ohio...

73lauralkeet
May 25, 2012, 6:09am Top

Those are really fabulous Amber!

74scaifea
May 25, 2012, 6:58am Top

Thanks, Laura!

Charlie and I are headed to his playgroup this morning, and then, hopefully, the rest of the day will be spend relaxing at home. I'm hoping to get some time to start the new sewing projects, plus some reading, which has been very sparse lately. I'm trying to finish up Where the Mountain Meets the Moon before we head off to Indiana on Tuesday - I'm really enjoying it so far.

75scaifea
May 25, 2012, 9:39am Top

68. Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert (Charlie - public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
Cute little book about a fish who wishes to look like other fish, plus, it's a counting book, too. Cool illustrations; Charlie loved it.

69. Maggie's Moon by Martha Alexander (Charlie - public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
A little girl and her dog sneak out of her room at night to try to catch the moon. Cute story; lovely illustrations.

70. I Want to Be a Doctor by Liza Alexander (Charlie - public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
Big Bird learns about being a doctor when his granny falls and sprains her ankle. Not anything spectacular, but Charlie is a big fan of Sesame Street, so he liked it.

71. My Shape Book (Charlie - public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
An English-SPanish picture book that teaches shapes in both languages. Pretty cool, and Charlie had fun with it.

76scaifea
May 27, 2012, 11:26am Top

72. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids list, 278 pages) - 4 stars

Minli, a young girl living and working with her poor parents in a drab and destitute village, sets out on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how to change their fortunes. Along the way, she both touches the lives of others and finds herself changed by them as well.
This is a lovely fantasy tale, inspired by Chinese mythology but with many wonderfully original aspects to the story added by Lin. She has interwoven stories within stories in a way reminiscent of Ovid's Metamorphoses, and the book itself is beautifully crafted as well - the layout is nice, with lovely illustrations on nearly every page, and varying fonts to indicate when a new story is beginning. Highly *highly* recommended.

77ronincats
May 27, 2012, 9:57pm Top

SO glad you appreciated WTMMTM the way it needs to be appreciated!

78scaifea
May 28, 2012, 6:59am Top

Roni: It's a wonderful book, and I'll definitely be purchasing one to live on Charlie's shelves (this one was a library book). It would be a fantastic read-a-chapter-every-night sort of story, since the chapters are short and flow so nicely into one another.

79scaifea
May 28, 2012, 7:05am Top

We accomplished a crazy amount of stuff yesterday: flowers (and the rest of the 'garden') are planted, trees are planted, I finished up sewing Charlie's summer pajamas and managed to get all the blocks cut for his new quilt, and I even managed some reading time. Whew! We woke up very early to get started on the outside work, and a good thing, too, since it quickly reached the 90's here yesterday. Charlie was so adorable helping with the flowers, with his little wheelbarrow, spade and gardening gloves!

Today will be a different sort of busy: packing for our trip to Indiana. We're leaving tomorrow and won't be back until Sunday, so I'll be lurking at best here until then. I get to give away one of the playhouses this week, so I'm excited!

80lauralkeet
May 28, 2012, 7:06am Top

Have a great trip, Amber!

81Morphidae
May 28, 2012, 7:20am Top

Hope you had a good trip!

82ronincats
May 28, 2012, 12:01pm Top

Have a safe and enjoyable trip, Amber!

83scaifea
May 28, 2012, 12:20pm Top

Laura, Morphy & Roni: Many thanks! I'm sure we'll have a lovely time, as usual.

73. The Black Stallion and the Girl by Walter Farley (Farley bibliography, 193 pages) - 3 stars
Alec hires a young woman to help train the 2-year-old colts at Hopeful Farm without hesitation once he's seen her ride. However, Henry and everyone else isn't as easily accepting of a woman in the man's world of racing. Will she be able to prove herself once and for all by racing The Black? Or will she end up getting herself hurt? Or will it be Alec who will be hurt - can he hold on to this new love in his life?

Sigh. Here, finally, at the beginning of the end of the series (there are only 3 more books to go), Farley is slipping closer to that shark jump. This one felt preachy and silly. Plus, I hate the idea of anyone but Alec riding The Black. Humph!

Updated Current Reading List:
-John Stuart Mill Autobiography, Essay on Liberty/ Thomas Carlyle Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book - call #AC1.A4. v.25)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-The Ghost in the Mirror (Bellairs bibliography)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-For One More Day (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

84scaifea
May 28, 2012, 6:42pm Top

74. The Ghost in the Mirror by John Bellairs (Bellairs bibliography, 169 pages) - 4 stars
Mrs. Zimmerman and her young friend, Rose Rita, find adventure in the past while trying to re-discover Mrs. Zimmerman's lost witchy powers.
Another solid entry in the series. Love these books.

85laytonwoman3rd
May 29, 2012, 8:02am Top

Have a safe trip, and enjoy!

86dk_phoenix
May 29, 2012, 9:22am Top

I kind of wish I had a playhouse to disappear into some days... :P

87Luxx
May 29, 2012, 9:25am Top

86 - I'm going to drape my bedroom in fun fabric and put up a sign that says "No Boys Allowed"

88Ape
May 30, 2012, 9:43pm Top

I think the laws of nature state that doing such a thing would only make boys want to enter it even more.

89Luxx
May 30, 2012, 11:33pm Top

Fine - then they can stay in there and I can have the rest of the house!

90Ape
May 31, 2012, 7:47pm Top

Genius!

91ChelleBearss
Jun 1, 2012, 3:58pm Top

Hope you are having a great time!

92scaifea
Jun 3, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Hi, everyone - we're back home now, after having a great time with my family. I didn't get much reading done, but I did manage to finish one book...

93scaifea
Jun 3, 2012, 7:23pm Top

75. The Harvard Classics: The Five Foot Shelf of Books, Vol. 25: John Stuart Mill: Autobiography, Essay on Liberty; T. Carlyle: Characteristics, Inaugural Address, Essay on Scott (library book, 468 pages) - 2 stars

Although I did learn quite a bit about Mill, and I'm happy about that, I didn't really enjoy this volume; to be blunt, it bored me near to tears. I usually really like reading biographical stuff, but, ugh, this was tedious.

Will update the Current Reading List tomorrow, once Charlie and I return from a trip to the library.

It's good to be back, and I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you!

94drneutron
Jun 3, 2012, 7:45pm Top

Congrats on 75!

95ronincats
Jun 3, 2012, 7:45pm Top

Welcome home, Amber! Glad you had a great time, but gladder you are back here on LT.

96DeltaQueen50
Jun 3, 2012, 10:50pm Top

Hi Amber, welcome home. It's always great visiting the family, but like you, I am also always glad to be back home.

97scaifea
Jun 4, 2012, 7:11am Top

Jim & Roni: Thanks!

Judy: Among other things, my back was killing me from sleeping in a bed other than my own, so last night it felt wonderful to sink into my own bed with my own pillow!

98scaifea
Jun 4, 2012, 7:15am Top

Today will be a bit hectic: I need to get to the grocery store this morning to get supplies for the week, then Charlie and I need to make a trip to two different libraries (the public one, to return some books due today and pick out new ones; and the university one, to return my last read and get a new one). This afternoon, I want to get started on re-arranging my sewing room - my mom gave me her old sewing machine table, made specifically to fit the kind of sewing machine that she has and that I found at the garage sale, so I'm excited to get that set up and everything better organized in there. This week will also be filled for the coming of the In-Laws this coming weekend. Ugh. Not exactly excited about that.

99Morphidae
Jun 4, 2012, 7:16am Top

Ewwww, not again!

Did the nieces get the tabletop pieces or is that at a later time?

100scaifea
Jun 4, 2012, 7:19am Top

Morphy: I know! I thought that one benefit of moving this far away from them would be not seeing them but 2-3 times a year. Sigh. And yes, one little girl got her house and loved it! So much fun giving it to her. The other house will be bestowed in August, when we visit Tomm's family (and let me tell you just how much I'm looking forward to *that*. Again I say Sigh.)

101Ape
Jun 4, 2012, 8:36am Top

Glad to see you back, Amber!

102Luxx
Jun 4, 2012, 9:53am Top

Wow, I think you see your inlaws more than I see my father, who lives 1.5 miles away...

Welcome home, even if it means house invaders!

103lauralkeet
Jun 4, 2012, 9:58am Top

Welcome home Amber! And also, a quick note of thanks for the Peanut Butter Pinwheels recipe. My daughter is off visiting her boyfriend in Boston this week, and brought several batches of cookies with her. When she told me, "he likes chocolate and peanut butter," I dashed to the computer and printed off the recipe. They are very tasty indeed and we will definitely make them again! Kate sends her thanks for your contribution to young love. :)

104jnwelch
Jun 4, 2012, 10:52am Top

Good to see you back, Amber. I'd fall for that "No Boys Allowed" trap in a blink.

105tiffin
Jun 4, 2012, 11:23am Top

Funny but when I read late last night that you were home, I almost posted "ahhhh your own bed again". It's always THE best thing about coming home.

106scaifea
Jun 4, 2012, 1:00pm Top

*waves at Stephen*

Luxx: Ugh, I know! At least they don't stay here with us when they visit.

Laura: Yay! I'm glad everyone liked them. Your story immediately made me think of Sookie from Gilmore Girls, singing, "With the Dean and the love and the cookies!" Ha!

Hi, Joe!

tiffin: Definitely agreed.

107scaifea
Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 1:11pm Top

76. For One More Day by Mitch Albom (audiobook) - 2 stars
Chick Bennetto has hit a low point in his live, and when he unsuccessfully attempts suicide, he spends another day with his dead mother.
Pretty sappy hollow stuff, this. Not exactly recommended.

Updated Current Reading List:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-(reserved for the next Charlie book)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

108lauralkeet
Jun 4, 2012, 2:59pm Top

>106 scaifea:: Ha! I loved that show ...

109laytonwoman3rd
Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 3:11pm Top

#106, 108 "Oy! with the poodle already!"

110scaifea
Jun 4, 2012, 4:44pm Top

Linda: *snork!*

111scaifea
Jun 5, 2012, 7:51am Top

Woo! So excited - my best friend and I have agreed to embark on another book list together (he's in on a few of mine with me now - he a bit of a list enabler, really). He's compiled all of the Hugo, Nebula and WFA winners in one big list (chronologically, of course). We'll start soonish - he's a bit behind on a couple other lists and wants to catch up on those first. Did I mention that I'm excited?!

112norabelle414
Jun 5, 2012, 10:08am Top

Nice! I wish I had a best friend like that!

113jnwelch
Jun 5, 2012, 10:33am Top

Very cool, Amber. So is your plan to read all those Hugo, Nebula and WFA winners?

114ChelleBearss
Jun 5, 2012, 11:18am Top

I echo Norabelle in that I wish I had a friend to do that with! Mine usually wait to see what I think about a book and then borrow it from me ;)

115Ape
Jun 5, 2012, 11:47am Top

Neato! The only thing stopping me from reading through lists like that is that there are just so many books I want to read already, plus I don't always have guranteed access to every book. Still, hurray for cool bookish freinds. :)

116scaifea
Jun 5, 2012, 12:05pm Top

Nora & Chelle: Yeah, I'm pretty lucky; we've been best friends since high school, and he's very awesomesauce.

Joe: Yep, we want to read them all, in order by award year. When he was putting together the list, Rob realized that no book has yet won all three awards, although some have won 2 of the three.

Stephen: I pulled a you this morning and went to the Dollar Tree to raid their book shelves; came home with The Forgery of Venus and The Reincarnationist, both hardbacks, for $2!

117scaifea
Jun 5, 2012, 2:45pm Top

Well, I've *finally* managed to get the whole drum set put together! I'd like to think that Steve would be proud of me, but I suspect that he'd find something here to make fun of me for... Older brothers. Sigh.

118Ape
Jun 5, 2012, 5:31pm Top

116: Ha! Isn't it awesome? Sometimes their selection is lousy but sometimes you can find some great things, and who can argue with $1 hardcovers? :)

I also bought The Reincarnaciontist (the cover is so eye-catching, no?), and I've seen The Forgery of Venus but didn't buy it because...well... *Blushes* It wouldn't be so bad, but they always have trouble scanning them and I didn't want to be shuffling around awkwardly while the girl who is younger than me is trying to scan the book with the naked lady on it. That's perfectly reasonable, right? *Blushes more*

Oh, and cool drum set! I can make fun of you if you want. *Scrutinizes drum set* Well, Amber my dear, how can you possibly play death metal with only 1 bass drum!? ;)

119jnwelch
Jun 5, 2012, 5:35pm Top

Very cool re the list, Amber. I look forward to following along vicariously. I've read a slew of them over the years, but not all.

120scaifea
Jun 5, 2012, 5:38pm Top

Oh, Stephen, you're not being nearly mean enough - you're clearly not an older brother.
Damn, I miss him, though. I'd give anything for him to be here making fun of me right now.

PS: You don't need 2 bass drums to play death metal, just a double bass pedal...

121Ape
Jun 5, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Actually, I am an older brother, to a younger sister no less. Unfortunately I was only good at being mean when I was under the age of 12. :(

Couldn't you use double bass pedals on two bass drums? :o

122scaifea
Jun 5, 2012, 8:55pm Top

Ha! That's right - I forgot about your sister! Well then, clearly you have a weird nice-type relationship with her. Humph!

Uh, only if you had 4 feet...

Oh, and I was telling Tomm about you not buying the book with the naked lady on it, because I thought that was so adorably backward of you, and he said that he wouldn't have been able to buy it either. He also said the he thinks you're the kind of guy he's like to play Penny-Can with...

123Ape
Jun 5, 2012, 9:27pm Top

My sister and I bickered and fought endlessly growing up, but now we are so similar in our taste in just about everything (video games, music, movies, and I've been working her over on reading by supplying her with zombie books.) Which reminds me, she's also a zombie fiend. So yeah, we get along quite well.

Penny Can is a drinking game, isn't it? I'm a teetotaler, I'm afraid. The naked lady embarrasment is perfectly logical though...I mean, I'm still in my early 20's, and the 19-year-old girl will probably think I'm some creepy pervert or something. It'll be so much harder to follow her home and stare at her bedroom window from across the street if she thinks I'm a creepy pervert, sheesh! :P

124scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 7:18am Top

Hahaha! No, Penny Can isn't a drinking game (Tomm doesn't do those, either). It's from one of our favorite shows right now, Cougar Town: set an empty coffee can some distance from you, then throw pennies at it. Essentially that's it, but seriously it looks so fun on the show. He meant it as a high compliment, I believe.

I think the fact that Steve was 11 years older than me made a difference - we didn't really bicker back and forth; he just teased me endlessly. And it didn't stop when I got older - he was teasing me right up until the end.

125Ape
Jun 6, 2012, 8:17am Top

Ah, see, when I Googled it I was getting a lot of Cougar Town stuff. I wasn't exactly sure where he was going with that but I wasn't about to disapprove. :P

Well, let me assure you that I do indeed tease my sister, and quite a bit. She is, shall we say, vertically challenge, as she is barely over 5 feet tall, so there is an endless barrage of short jokes when we're together. My mom just bought a pool that's a maybe 3 feet deep and I told her she wasn't allowed to swim in it without me as a lifeguard around since there wasn't a shallow end for her to swim in. :P Strange that despite that she insists on hanging out with me all the time anyway.

I am sorry about what happened to your brother. It makes me feel bad about my own animosities and feelings of self-worth, and my tendency to close myself off from all human contact, when my own sister might feel the same way about me. She is literally the only person I talk to at all, however shallowly, and though she has plenty of friends and a normal social life I'm sure things would be a lot different with me around.

126scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 10:03am Top

Just give her a hug and tell her you love her sometime. :)

127Donna828
Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 10:15am Top

Hi Amber, the playhouses upthread are wonderful. Considering my uncraftiness, I'll have to continue throwing a blanket or sheet over the card table when the grands want a fort!

I appreciate your comments on For One More Day. Mitch Albom rubbed me the wrong way with his Tuesdays with Morrie. I hate it when authors take advantage of life's sadness to sell books.

I think your brother Steve would approve the awesomeness of the drums. It's a lovely tribute to him.

128lauralkeet
Jun 6, 2012, 11:15am Top

Mitch Albom. gak gak retch.

129scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 11:22am Top

Donna: Thanks for the kind words about the playhouses and Steve. And no, I won't be picking up any more Albom, ever.

Laura: Unfortunately, there's apparently a large audience for his sort of writing. So many poor souls out there who don't know what other good stuff is out there, I guess.

130laytonwoman3rd
Jun 6, 2012, 11:44am Top

"I hate it when authors take advantage of life's sadness to sell books." Thank you for articulating that. My radar always tells me "ick" (or, as Laura put it so eloquently "gak gak retch") about such books, but I've never been able to quite tell anyone why. That's it, though...the exploitation factor. A lot of popular fiction strikes me that way as well. And now, our local TV station is hyping its coverage of the upcoming trial of Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges, as if it were a new reality show. Which, I guess it will be, for some people. It amounts to abusing the victims all over again, in my opinion. Sorry, Amber, I'll move my soapbox out of your room now!

131scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 12:10pm Top

Linda: Ha! You and your soapbox are welcome here, since I agree with you completely!

132Morphidae
Jun 6, 2012, 1:17pm Top

>130 laytonwoman3rd: I feel that way about certain contemporary Christmas songs - that one about the dying mother's shoes comes to mind. How manipulative can you possibly get?

133scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 2:05pm Top

There's a Christmas song about a dying mom's shoe?! What the what?!

134tiffin
Jun 6, 2012, 4:01pm Top

gak gak retch says it all. But a Christmas song about a dying mother's shoes might just need a stronger form of expression.

135maggie1944
Jun 6, 2012, 4:37pm Top

Devil's Advocate Here: sometimes I think books like the Tuesdays with Morrie one might be a comfort to the person's family, and may provide some thought provocation for people who do not think deep thoughts all on their own. I have no information which leads me to these ideas but they just occurred to me. Exploitation does not make me happy, though.

136scaifea
Jun 6, 2012, 5:35pm Top

maggie: Well, if there *were* any deep thoughts in his books... Instead, it's just sappy fluff.

137maggie1944
Jun 6, 2012, 7:30pm Top

Good point.

138PaulCranswick
Jun 6, 2012, 11:00pm Top

Cool cool drum kit Amber - Charlie will have some fun with that I'm sure. Congrats on passing 75 by the way.

139Ape
Jun 7, 2012, 6:03am Top

Yeah...I didn't like that one either...

140scaifea
Jun 7, 2012, 7:11am Top

Thanks, Paul - I'll certainly be giving him lessons in a couple of years, if he's interested. Yesterday I let him play around a little bit with them and he had a blast.

Stephen: I remember reading your review not too long ago, right before I started it, and thinking, "uh oh..." Ha!

141scaifea
Jun 7, 2012, 9:44am Top

77. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (1001 Children's Book list, picture book) - 4 stars

A re-telling of the old folk tale.
My high rating may be influenced by my deep-set love for this story, which I first read when I was a grade-schooler. However, Marcia Brown is no slouch when it comes to classic children's books. Definitely going to get this one for Charlie's shelves (I read a library copy).

I woke up with a border-line serious headache this morning. Could be the weather, but more likely it's atmosphere sensing an on-coming evil; the Mother-In-Law approacheth.

142maggie1944
Jun 7, 2012, 9:58am Top

Would it help any to remember my favorite cliche? "Be nice to difficult people, they need it more".

143scaifea
Jun 7, 2012, 10:05am Top

Nope, that's not helpful. I don't like being nice to her. ;) I'm more of a believer in the squeaky wheel gets replaced, not oiled, and difficult people need a kick in the pants, not my sympathy or niceness. Gah.

144maggie1944
Jun 7, 2012, 10:34am Top

Well, having dealt with difficult people on and off all my life, you have my sympathy and empathy, and hopes it goes better than last time!

145norabelle414
Jun 7, 2012, 10:41am Top

Good thing you have several cute playhouses to hide from her in :-)

146laytonwoman3rd
Jun 7, 2012, 11:01am Top

How I loved Stone Soup---and I'm going to age myself badly here, but my first exposure to that story was through Captain Kangaroo, who used to read it--I'm fairly sure from that edition--on his program when I was a kid.

147scaifea
Jun 7, 2012, 12:59pm Top

maggie: Thanks - I'll take all the sympathy I can get!

Nora: *snork!*

Linda: I grew up with Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans too!

148ronincats
Jun 7, 2012, 1:15pm Top

Oops, when I welcomed you back, I forgot to say, Congratulations on hitting the 75 book mark!!!

149scaifea
Jun 7, 2012, 2:37pm Top

Thanks, Roni!

150scaifea
Jun 8, 2012, 8:20am Top

78. Time for School, Mouse by Laura Numeroff (public library book, picture book) - 4 stars
Another solid entry in the 'If you Give a Mouse..." series. Love these books.

79. The Brave Cowboy by Joan Walsh Anglund (public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
Cute little stories and lovely illustrations.

80. I'm a Tractor by Nancy Parent (public library book, picture book) - 2 stars
Cheapish-made board book but virtually no story to speak of.

81. Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton (Charlie book, picture book) - 4 stars
We in the Scaife House love all things Boynton, and I found this one yesterday at the Goodwill! Hilarious as usual.

151DeltaQueen50
Jun 8, 2012, 3:53pm Top

Hi Amber, sorry about the impending in-law invasion. Perhaps Charlie can help mellow the situation. Are they staying long?

152scaifea
Jun 8, 2012, 5:29pm Top

Judy: Four days. Four. Days. Sigh. She was here a total of 3 hours before suggesting that, because she can't quite understand everything that Charlie says, he needs speech therapy. ARRRGGGHH!!! SERENITY NOW!!!

153DeltaQueen50
Jun 8, 2012, 5:47pm Top

Oh dear, you have my sympathy and remember you can always come here to unwind. Why are in-laws so difficult - my eldest daughter's mother-in-law is a real piece of work. She obviously prefers girls as she slights my grandson terribly and spoils my granddaughter. When she came home from Palm Springs last year she brought a new wardrobe for the girl. For the boy - a pair of socks!!! Her excuse was that girl's are more fun to buy for. I felt terrible for my grandson.

154tiffin
Jun 8, 2012, 5:58pm Top

I'm taking mother-in-law lessons in case I ever get to be one.

155maggie1944
Jun 8, 2012, 6:01pm Top

My mother was also a mother-in-law from hell. When the oldest of my brother's girls went to visit her, at age 12 - ish, my mother whisked her off to the "beauty salon" to cut her hair. Granted these girls were living in a kind of "out back" existence on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands, Washington State; and had probably never once been to a "beauty salon" but you do not cut a girl's hair without her permission, IMHO.

Today, neither of my nieces will have any thing but long hair! And they are well grown up, but boy, howdy, my mother did imprint on them.

156Ape
Jun 8, 2012, 6:23pm Top

4 days!?!?!

157ronincats
Jun 8, 2012, 8:36pm Top

A speech therapist would tell you his mis-articulations are developmentally appropriate and refuse to treat him! Shheeee-it!

158Luxx
Jun 8, 2012, 10:52pm Top

Oh good gracious, I hate when people just go dumb.

Mommies always have to translate for toddlers- that's kind of how this whole learning-to-communicate-thing goes. She must have difficulty herself...

159scaifea
Jun 9, 2012, 8:15am Top

Judy: Oh, that's terrible! My MIL is a bit that way too with her other son's little girl, Bella, but it's because Bella's parents are good Christian parents raising a good Christian daughter, as opposed to us, who are heathens raising a poor, unfortunate heathen. Argh.

tiffin: *snork!*

maggie: Fortunately, nothing like that will happen with Charlie, since I won't allow my MIL to be alone with him, even for a second. Don't trust her at all.

Stephen: I know! One down...

Roni & Luxx: Sing it, sisters!

160tiffin
Jun 9, 2012, 12:20pm Top

>155 maggie1944:: Maggie, when my twin lads were 7, my father-in-law carved their first name initial in the back of their hair with the dog clippers so he "could tell them apart". They would take the lads for 2 weeks every summer to help us out when school was out, bless 'em. They aren't identical twins so I knew he was just being a divvil. Happily, hair grows, so I didn't get spun out about it--and Les Deux thought it was hilarious! Their grandpa is 94 now and they are very, very close.

161maggie1944
Jun 9, 2012, 1:59pm Top

That is a wonderful story!!! I'm glad the twins and their grandpa are close. It is a precious thing for children to have adults of all ages to love and cherish.

162scaifea
Jun 11, 2012, 9:41pm Top

82. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae (public library book, picture book) - 3 stars

A boy goes into his classroom's supply closet for more markers and finds instead an adventure on the high seas, Lion-Witch-Wardrobe-style.
Bute, with interesting illustrations. Readable but not over-the-top memorable.

163Ape
Jun 12, 2012, 7:16am Top

Pirate dinosaurs!? ...awesome...

164scaifea
Jun 12, 2012, 7:32am Top

Stephen: It was a cute little book, but could have been cooler, considering the subject matter...

Cue the angel chorus; the in-laws are gone!! WOOHOO!!!
My Gawd, that was a long visit. At least the speech therapy bit was the worst thing she came up with this time. The other thing that really got me this time was her habit of snacking in front of Charlie without offering him anything. She'd go get herself an apple, or a cup of yogurt, and then just start eating it in front of him without offering to share or asking if he wanted one, or asking me if it would be okay for him to have one. Nothing. And Charlie would be looking up at her with those, "really? You're not gonna let me have any?" eyes. So, every time she did this (which was at least once a day), I pointedly asked Charlie if he wanted one too. Jesus, woman!

So, today will be a relaxing (I hope), stay-at-home, try-to-get-back-to-normal type day. A little cleaning, maybe some brownie-making, perhaps a trip to the park this afternoon (it's supposed to be lovely out today - sunny and only mid-70's).

Oh, and I've been offered a free-lance job with a publishing company! Just a trial thing to see if we're a good fit for each other. So, we'll see how that goes...

165laytonwoman3rd
Jun 12, 2012, 7:48am Top

Oh, Amber... so sorry about Gruesome Granny! You do seem to handle it very well, I must say. Take comfort from the fact that she isn't constantly offering Charlie something tantalizing that you don't want him to eat...that would be worse.

166scaifea
Jun 12, 2012, 7:52am Top

Linda: Ha! True. There's no danger of that ever happening - she has not one lick of a generous spirit in her, I'm afraid. Honestly, her personality is like a cartoon caricature - I've never met a more ridiculously self-centered, self-deluded person. If I didn't dislike her so intently, I'd feel sorry for the poor wretch. Sigh.

167Ape
Edited: Jun 12, 2012, 7:54am Top

I think Tomm deserves at least big giant hug for spending his entire youth with her, don't you think?

168scaifea
Jun 12, 2012, 7:56am Top

Stephen: Oh, agreed. Wholeheartedly. I have no idea how he and his brother survived childhood. Honestly.

169Ape
Jun 12, 2012, 8:03am Top

I can imagine. Hm, I wonder if it's common for nerdy awkward men to have been raised by insufferable women...

170Luxx
Jun 12, 2012, 8:27am Top

Gruesome Granny - I like it. Sounds like the perfect villain for a children's book.

171Donna828
Jun 12, 2012, 10:12am Top

Amber, I'm glad you have your life back again. I'm also glad not to have any relatives I don't like to be around. Sounds difficult! You've earned another star for your crown. :-)

Tell us more about the free-lance job. Would you be editing? Hope it works out for you.

172scaifea
Jun 12, 2012, 12:27pm Top

Stephen: You could be on to something there...

Luxx: It does sound like a good villain - very Roald Dahl.

Donna: It's a foot-in-the-door sort of job; I'll be looking at the book ads they place in classical journals and trying to come up with ways to "spice them up". I'm a little nervous about it because I'm not an ad person, but the woman who offered me the job knows that I'm a classicist and not in advertising, so I'm hoping it goes okay...

173ChelleBearss
Jun 12, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Glad to see your in-laws are gone, yay! Back to normal life eh!

Congrats on the free-lance job!

174lauralkeet
Jun 12, 2012, 7:52pm Top

Freelance job ... Woot!

175scaifea
Jun 12, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Thanks, Chelle & Laura!

176scaifea
Edited: Jun 13, 2012, 7:44am Top

Breaking News: I have re-organized my lists! So, for those of you who are fascinated by how crazy my reading habits are (I'm certain there are dozens of you, of course), here's the newly-vamped Modus Operandi (also, for certain, changed up above as well):

1. A library book. In Library of Congress call number order. So, yes, from the beginning of the library's shelves. Crazy? Or crazy like a fox?...

2. 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).

3. 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 working through a few different lists:
a. Newbery Winners list
b. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die
c. Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids
d. John Bellairs' bibliography
e. The Black Stallion books/Farley bibliography
f. Beverly Cleary's bibliography
g. Shel Silverstein's bibliography
h. L. M. Boston's Green Knowe books
i. L'Engle's Time books
j. The CYOA books

4. A book from the Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List, in chronological order.

5. A book for the Presidential Challenge. Books for this category are read in chronological (presidentially) order.

6. An audio book, which I listen to as I knit/sew/otherwise craft/drive.

7. Lists I'm working through together with my best friend, Rob:
a. The National Book Award list (in alpha order by title)
b. The Pulizer list (in alpha order by author)
c. The Hugo/Nebula/WFA lists (combined, in chronological order)

8. For this category, I cycle through 7 different stacks:
a. A book from my shelves which I haven't yet read
b. Agatha Christie's bibliography (in chronological order)
c. Stephen King's bibliography (in chronological order)
d. Neil Gaiman's bibliography (in some order other than chronological (don't
ask)).
e. Christopher Moore's bibliography (in chronological order)
f. Stephen Fry's bibliography (in chronological order)
g. The NEH Timeless Classics list

9. A bath-time book: I read aloud while Tomm gives Charlie his bath.

Essentially, I've added a couple of things to the Charlie lists and separated out the lists I'm working through with Rob. I'm excited. I love lists. And tinkering with lists.

177Luxx
Jun 13, 2012, 8:47am Top

I read aloud while Tomm gives Charlie his bath.

You guys are adorable. I love it.

I've started singing through bath time to combat the splashy-crazies.

178scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 8:58am Top

Ha! Thanks, Luxx.
Charlie's pretty calm, unbelievably, during bath time - he half listens to the story and half quietly plays with his tub full of bath toys. Honestly, there's hardly room in there for him and the water!

179Luxx
Jun 13, 2012, 9:20am Top

Ha! The more toys we include the more water ends up outside of the tub, it seems. I bathe all three together, which saves time and water but is a recipe for chaos. ;) Singing gives them something to concentrate on other than creating tidal waves.

180scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 9:21am Top

Ah, I can see how multiple monsters in the bath at once might cause chaos and tidal waves.

181Luxx
Jun 13, 2012, 9:22am Top

It's also generated a healthy collection of soapy hair pictures. B favors "horns like a triceratops," while I stick to a classic mohawk for Victor.

182scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 10:08am Top

Haha! Excellent!

183scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 1:16pm Top

83. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1001 Children's Books list, picture book) - 3 stars
A lonely old couple decide to adopt a kitten, but discover more than they bargained for.
Silly (in a good way) little story, with and adorable ending.

84. Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon (1001 Children's Books list, picture book) - 4 stars
A young girl becomes the best rope-jumper in all the land, gets lessons from the faeries, and ends up saving the village with her talent.
Excellent, excellent story. Reads just like a faerie story should - magically. Farjeon is an amazing teller, and the illustrations are great, too. Definitely recommended.

184DeltaQueen50
Jun 13, 2012, 2:32pm Top

Amber, I think your list of why and when you are reading your books makes perfect sense. I love that you are reviewing books for Charlie's library. i spent some time yesterday reading from the Blue Book of Fairy Tales to my granddaughter, we chose Beauty and the Beast which we both enjoyed.

185Morphidae
Jun 13, 2012, 3:04pm Top

One of these days I should list all the lists I'm reading from.

One day.

186scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 3:22pm Top

Judy: I'm a big fan of fairy tales of all kinds - I bet your granddaughter enjoyed it!

Morphy: Hoo! I'd *love* to see that list o' lists!

187scaifea
Jun 13, 2012, 9:52pm Top

85. Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by Eilleen Christelow (public library book, picture book) - 3 stars
The eponymous monkeys try to sneak round the kitchen and make a birthday cake for their mother before she wakes, without much success, but with an abundance of hijinks.
Cute, but nothing terribly special. Charlie liked it, though - much giggling was giggled. This was one that he picked out today at the library.

188scaifea
Jun 14, 2012, 7:06am Top

A, hopefully, quiet day at home today. Time to catch up on laundry, make some brownies, maybe do some sort of crafty project with Charlie. I've got his new quilt all pieced, so I'll try to get the layers pinned together today during his nap time.

Tomm and I watched Hancock last night. Weird movie. Started out good - action-y and funny - but then turned into a different movie 3/4 of the way through...

189Ape
Jun 14, 2012, 8:15am Top

I liked Hancock, although I'm a fan of Will Smith in general. Kind of funny considering how totally obnixious I think he was in his youth, but I've liked all his stuff I've seen over the past several years. I really enjoyed I, Robot, Hancock, I Am Legend, and The Pursuit of Happyness.

190scaifea
Jun 14, 2012, 8:21am Top

I'm a Will Smith fan, too. He raps happy. :)

191Ape
Jun 14, 2012, 8:34am Top

Haha, okay, I've never actually listened to any of his music, but I'm thinking I'll be avoiding anyone who raps, errr, happy. :P

192scaifea
Jun 14, 2012, 9:02am Top

Ha! I actually do like his stuff. The 'rap happy' bit means that his raps never contain bad language or language demeaning to any particular race or sex. I like him for that. Good for him.

193Ape
Jun 14, 2012, 9:06am Top

Oh! Right, that makes sense. Hurray for happy rappers then. :D

194norabelle414
Jun 14, 2012, 9:26am Top

None of this gunnin' this, brotha runnin this,
Buffalo soldier, look it's like I told ya
Any damsel that's in distress
Be out of that dress when she meet Jim West

195norabelle414
Jun 14, 2012, 10:05am Top

On a more mature note, I saw this article and thought of you and your little reader, Amber:

http://io9.com/5917727/some-amazing-science-fiction-picture-books-for-your-kids-...

196scaifea
Jun 14, 2012, 10:17am Top

Oh crap, Nora. Not another list. You're killing me here! Enabler!

197norabelle414
Jun 14, 2012, 10:20am Top

There are only 4 of them! Easiest list ever.

198scaifea
Jun 14, 2012, 9:53pm Top

86. Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Lift-and-Look Book by Owen Bell (public library book, picture book) - 3 stars

Charlie's a big Thomas fan, and he loves lift-the-flap books, so this one was a big hit. A cute read.

199scaifea
Jun 15, 2012, 7:00am Top

On the agenda for today: Charlie and I may make a trip down to Dubuque this morning, to take my glorious garage-sale-find sewing machine in for a check-up. It runs just fine, but I have no idea how long it's been since it's had a service (maybe never!), so I think it's a good idea. Plus, I just recently found out that there's a cool-looking (at least on their website) indy bookstore in downtown Dubuque, so we may poke in there for a bit...
Yesterday evening, while Charlie and Tomm were outside putting together Tomm's new bike (he's decided to cycle to work this summer), I prepped the backing for Charlie's new quilt (which I had forgotten to do before), so I'm hoping to get the quilt sandwich pinned together during nap time today. I'm also working on putting together various things for that decorate-a-table dessert social business that I mentioned in my last thread. I decided on a pirate theme for my table, and I'm pretty excited about it...

200tiffin
Jun 15, 2012, 9:50am Top

That should hook them in. Yarrrrrrrrrrrrr

201scaifea
Jun 15, 2012, 9:56am Top

Aye, me hearty!

202scaifea
Jun 15, 2012, 1:53pm Top

87. Kaleidoscope by Salina Yoon (Charlie book, picture book) - 3 stars

Picked this one up today in Dubuque, while Charlie and I were exploring that awesomesauce indy bookstore I mentioned above. Love it, and we'll definitely be going back. It's called River Lights Bookstore (http://www.rlb2e.com/) and it's a fantastic little shop. I spent way too much money in there today, and now feel guilty, but not enough that I won't be going back soon...

203scaifea
Edited: Jun 15, 2012, 2:03pm Top

Updated Current Reads list:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-Dicey's Song (Newbery list)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-The Demolished Man (Hugo award)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)
-Play These Games (picked this one up at the cool indy bookstore and wanted to read it right away, so I'm adding it to the Current Reads pile)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

204scaifea
Jun 15, 2012, 5:57pm Top

88. Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Newbery list, 211 pages) - 4 stars
Dicey, after leading her 3 younger siblings on a journey to their grandmother's home and away from the mentally unstable mother who left them, now faces another life change - settling in and letting herself be happy.
This is a very well written tale, with excellent characters. I felt myself diving right into Dicey's world every time I opened the cover. Definitely recommended. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I didn't feel at all lost in this one.

Updated Current Reads list:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-Dear Mr. Henshaw (Newbery list)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-The Demolished Man (Hugo award)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)
-Play These Games (picked this one up at the cool indy bookstore and wanted to read it right away, so I'm adding it to the Current Reads pile)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

205scaifea
Jun 15, 2012, 9:45pm Top

89. Tickle Teddy by David Ellwand (public library book, picture book) - 2 stars
A series of photos of teddy bears, with touch-and-feel fuzzy bits, and a few words per picture, directing the toddler to tickle the teddy.
I don't much care for these not very creative toddler books, but Charlie enjoyed it.

206Ape
Edited: Jun 16, 2012, 6:36am Top

Sooooo many blue words in the past few posts. Sooooo many...

207scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 8:22am Top

Yeah, but they're mostly picture books, so... *shrug*

208scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 8:35am Top

90. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Newbery list & Cleary bibliography, 134 pages) - 4 stars
10-year-old Leigh writes fan mail to his favorite author (and also in a diary) and reveals his troubles at home and at school.
Written in the form of the letters to Mr. Henshaw and as diary entries, we see Leigh's world through his own eyes: his divorced parents (the struggling-to-get-by, hard-working mother, who still manages to stay kind and loving to her son; and the nearly completely absent truck-driving father), the tiny, run-down cottage in which they live, his troubles at school with being the new kid and getting the good stuff stolen out of his lunch. And through these letters and entries, we get a glimpse of Mr. Henshaw as well, who seems to be giving Leigh a sympathetic, yet, ironic smile throughout the story. I loved this one; one of the best of Cleary's I've read so far, and it's not hard to agree that it deserved the award.
I picked this up at that indy bookstore (they have, in their kid's section, separate shelves just for Newbery and Caldecott winners, all lined up nice and neat!) - I knew it was coming up on both lists for me, but I didn't realized that it was in fact exactly next on the Newbery list - serendipity!

Updated Current Reads list:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-A Wind in the Door (toward completing the series)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-The Demolished Man (Hugo award)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)
-Play These Games (picked this one up at the cool indy bookstore and wanted to read it right away, so I'm adding it to the Current Reads pile)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

209scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 1:28pm Top

...suddenly there came a tapping,
as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my, er, skylight...



I'm officially creeped out right now.

210jnwelch
Jun 16, 2012, 1:37pm Top

Whoa! I heard there was a movie about this . . .

211maggie1944
Jun 16, 2012, 1:51pm Top

I have had that same experience. Now, however, I do not live with that skylight. But I thought the crows were pretty cool, coming tap, tap, tapping.

212Morphidae
Jun 16, 2012, 1:54pm Top

"Whatcha doin'?"

213scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 3:07pm Top

Joe: *snork!*

maggie: I'm glad somebody thinks it cool...

Morphy: Again I say, *snork!*

214tiffin
Jun 16, 2012, 3:36pm Top

They are such an intelligent bird, the corvidae. They're trying to figure it out! "Hey lookit this, lookit this! I'm walking on nothing!"

215scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 3:47pm Top

Hahahaha!!

216ChelleBearss
Jun 16, 2012, 5:28pm Top

They probably smelled the delicious baking scents that come from your house and thought they'd drop in and see if you would share ;-)

(kinda creepy though!)

217Ape
Jun 16, 2012, 5:54pm Top

Ohhh, everyone is making such clever and witty jokes and all I can think to do is hope they don't poop. :(

218scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Chelle: Ha! Well, I did have a lemon cake in the oven at the time...

Stephen: Well, you may not think it's clever, but it's exactly what Tomm and I were thinking, especially since he and his dad just finished power-washing the house last weekend...

219scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 5:59pm Top

Meanwhile, I've spend the afternoon drawing pirate maps. What is this house turning into?!

220Morphidae
Jun 16, 2012, 6:01pm Top

There should be no CAWse for alarm.

221scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 6:30pm Top

AHAHAHAHA!! Good one, Morphy!

222maggie1944
Edited: Jun 16, 2012, 6:49pm Top

I read in my In The Company of Crows and Ravens book that a murder of crows is called that because they were associated with dead bodies, being omnivores.

"The birds feasted on the corpses that littered medieval battlegrounds. People, however, interpreted this predictable biological response as a supernatural sign and came to view crows and ravens as omens of bad luck and harbingers of death. A flock of ravens was called an "unkindness," a group of crows a "murder".

Just last week this author had a signing of his newest book (Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans) and the crowd at the bookstore was one of the biggest I've ever seen at this book store. These are such interesting birds!

223scaifea
Jun 16, 2012, 6:48pm Top

I've always loved that it's called a murder of crows. So poetically cool-sounding, eh?

Here's a picture of one of the maps - once I've hemmed them all up, they'll be the napkins for my pirate-themed table:

224Donna828
Jun 16, 2012, 10:18pm Top

Amber, we have had so many crows around our neighborhood this year that it is quite alarming. If they start tapping on my windows, I will probably freak out...and I'm truly not an excitable sort of person. Crows just seem so all-knowing. It's unnerving having so many around. I miss last year's owl family.

225scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 7:31am Top

Donna: Oh, owls would be neat! And yes, we seem to have a ton of crows here, too, this year.

91. A Manatee Morning by Jim Arnosky (public library book, picture book) - 2 stars
A rhyming little story about, well, manatees.
Charlie and I picked this one out because we used to love going to the manatee house at the Columbus Zoo, but we didn't choose very wisely, sadly. It's no good at all, really. The rhymes sometimes are so stretched it's almost funny, and there's no plot at all. But he does manage to be preachy, and I really hate that in kid's books.

226lauralkeet
Jun 17, 2012, 11:06am Top

Amber, I admit to being a bird nerd but crows are really cool. As Tui said, very intelligent. There was a fabulous PBS Nature program about them -- we stumbled upon it and were absolutely mesmerized. Watch it online and you will no longer fear your tap-tap-tapping friend!

PBS Nature: A Murder of Crows

227scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 11:51am Top

Thanks, Laura! We can't watch things online of any length right now, but I'll see if I can get it through netflix...

228maggie1944
Jun 17, 2012, 1:17pm Top

I watched it. I have one book about crows and ravens that I'm working my way through, slowly. They are fascinating.

I really enjoyed this episode and hope you find a way to see it. It definitely makes crows much more interesting to have around.

229scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 2:18pm Top

Laura & maggie: I found it on netflix, so it's now in our queue!

230tiffin
Jun 17, 2012, 2:27pm Top

I saw that one too, Laura--I already did love them but that upped my respect for them.

231scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 2:52pm Top

Okay, I have a request: I'm working on making up some Wanted for Piracy posters, which will be my place-cards for the pirate table, and I ideas for pirate crimes to list on the posters. I'd like to list at least three crimes for each 'pirate', and I need about 7 more ideas to complete the list I've already started. Here's what gathered up so far:

-smuggling
-treason
-extortion
-impersonating an officer of the royal navy
-hornswaggling
-pillaging
-crimes against the crown
-falsification of letters of mark
-impersonating a clergy of the church
-sailing under false colors
-arson
-looting
-poaching
-brigandage
-general lawlessness
-breach of the peace
-general mayhem

Any thoughts?

232Morphidae
Edited: Jun 17, 2012, 3:07pm Top

Carousing
Plundering
Raiding
Taking Hostages
Kidnapping
Sabotage
Shipwrecking

233maggie1944
Jun 17, 2012, 3:07pm Top

so are you avoiding Murder, Mayhem, and Misfeasance, Malfeasance, and Misbehavior?

234scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 3:14pm Top

Morphy: Ooh, I like carousing and shipwrecking!

maggie: I've already listed mayhem, and I'm avoiding things like murder - it's for a church thing, so for some reason murder and kidnapping don't seem appropriate to me, although the rest of my list seems okay... I like malfeasance, though...

235tiffin
Jun 17, 2012, 5:53pm Top

Disorderly Conduct
Possession of a Blasphemous Parrot
Offensive Dress

236scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 6:05pm Top

"Possession of a Blasphemous Parrot"
*SNORK!*
Thanks, tiffin!

237lauralkeet
Jun 17, 2012, 6:39pm Top

Ha! I love the blasphemous parrot, also!

238PaulCranswick
Jun 17, 2012, 7:11pm Top

press-ganging,
sartorial inelegance
mutiny
(would add transvestism but your church may not approve)

btw make sure that Janet Leigh is not living next door to you dear Amber!

239scaifea
Edited: Jun 17, 2012, 7:50pm Top

Paul: Oooh, nice ones! Thanks! I will, though, pass on the transvestism...

ETA: You know, I've met Leigh's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, a handful of times, as her (and the 6-fingered man's) daughter graduated from Kenyon and was attending while I taught there...

240msf59
Jun 17, 2012, 7:43pm Top

Hi Amber- In regards to your bird photo, #209, I just had a creepy Hitchcock flash! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

241scaifea
Jun 17, 2012, 7:51pm Top

Mark: Ha! Me too! But, yes, despite the Birds, it's been a lovely weekend.

242ronincats
Jun 17, 2012, 8:09pm Top

Wasn't it Tippy Hedron in the Birds? Leigh was in Psycho.

243Ape
Edited: Jun 17, 2012, 8:47pm Top

Surely their hook hands qualify them for reckless endangerment of doorknobs.

That's a real crime, right?

244scaifea
Jun 18, 2012, 7:11am Top

Roni: You're correct - I had to look it up, because I'm terrible with names and I haven't seen either movie in a very long time. Even more reason, though, not to want Leigh living next to one, though...

Stephen: AHAHAHA! Excellent! Just the stuff I'm looking for! Definitely using that one, and we'll see how many people get it.

245scaifea
Jun 18, 2012, 7:18am Top

92. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle (toward completing the series, 240 pages) - 3 stars
Meg, Calvin and some new friends (including a cherubim, an oddly-acting snake and a school principle) are off on a quest to save Charles Wallace's life, which will take them on a Fantastic Voyage-like journey...

*shrug* I liked it okay, just as I liked the first book in the series okay. But, this will not go down in my personal history as a favorite read, which is too bad, really. The plot ideas and the characters are great, but the writing gets annoying for me. Too, too slow in parts, which is just what I didn't care for in the first book. I'll carry on with the series, because, well, I'm a completist and simply must, but I can't say that I'm overly excited about it, and, again, that's too bad, because I could have been, were the writing just a bit less hit-one-over-the-head-ish.

Updated Current Reads List:
-The Harvard Classics Five Foot Shelf of Books, Volume 26: Continental Drama (library book - call #AC1.A4 v.26)
-Women in Love (banned books list)
-A Swiftly Tilting Planet (toward completing the series)
-The Faerie Queen (The Green Dragon 1001 Fantasy List)
-James Madison (Presidential Challenge)
-Down the Rabbit Hole (audio book)
-The Demolished Man (Hugo award)
-Making History (Fry bibliography)
-Paddington Abroad (bath-time book)
-The Children's Hour Volume 9: From Many Lands (I'm working through this series of old volumes that were my brothers' when they were little.)
-Play These Games (picked this one up at the cool indy bookstore and wanted to read it right away, so I'm adding it to the Current Reads pile)

In addition to these, I have some classics-related texts that I'm working through (quite slowly):
-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
-History of Rome by Michael Grant
-A History of Greece to 322 BC by N. G. L. Hammond

246scaifea
Jun 18, 2012, 7:42am Top

Please come join me over in the new thread!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/138586

This topic was continued by Scaifea's 2012 Challenge - Thread #7.

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