Thursday, May 11, 2006


I have always been drawn to books but only just recently began enjoying reading. I remember when I was about 10 my grandmother bought me Little Women in the grocery store. It was some promotion and oh how I wanted that book. I had to have it. I loved it. I thought the cover was beautiful. It was thick. It made me feel smart. I remember it like it was yesterday. I have never read the book. Never. I intend to change that this summer. I will read it.

I have tons of books in my house. My boys have loads of books. I enjoy reading and my boys do as well. Chosen One, well not so much. He doesn't even enjoy reading menus. And he is a better reader that I am. He is good at it. Why doesn't he like it? Me, I struggle with words. The pronounciation, but I get through it. I know the meaning but the sounding out process is lost on me. Where was I in first grade when they were teaching us that? I was always a good student so it didn't really hold me back but as I get older I resent that I can not sound things out.

But back to books......I just finished one that was very interesting to me.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, came across my desk as a new book for the high school shelves. It was a fun read with hints of laughter and some suspense and sadness. In the end it was a pleasant book.

The Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynold, was a book that at times struck me with its harshness. But in the end I believe it all fit. There are a couple of sections that I enjoyed and I have shared with others.

"We choose our truths the way we choose our gods,
single-sightedly,single-mindedly, no other way to feel or see or think. We lock ourselves into our ways, and click all the truths to one. We put our truths together in pieces, but you use nails and I use glue. Youmend with staples. I mend with screws. You stitch what I would bandage. Your truth may not look like mine, but that is not what matters. What matters is this: You can look at a scar and see hurt, or you can look at the scar and see healing. Try to understand


"He'll talk when he's good and ready. He spent most of his life by
himself. You can't expect a man to become a talker just because he's come to a place withso many ears

On my summer list are:

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (this is the one I own with the beautiful cover)

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Starting tonight.....The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. A recommendation by my friend "e".

Mix in with some self help books, non fiction, curriculum and religious books and I will be happy!

Read the comics for a couple of quick laughs,



Anonymous said...

I don't think you will regret reading Little Women. For your fall list perhaps you could add Little Men, Eight Cousins and other Louisa May Alcott books.

I am an Anne of Green Gables fan myself. Ah, books. So many books, so little time.

Keep us posted on what you like/dislike and why. I am always interested in what other people think about books, even if they are in disagreement with my favorites.

Lyn said...

Oh I love Ann of Green Gables! And I do have Eight Cousins but have not read it yet either.

e said...

Please check your business email address for a message.

Dianne said...

Hey Lyn, thanks for checking out my blog. I'm enjoying yours as well. Good luck on your reading adventures this summer - sounds positively delightful. If you get a chance, check out Island Sparrow's blog (link on mine) - an equally good read and she lives on Prince Edward Island.

Blessings to you.