P.S. Rainy long walk is by holli.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
This well-researched historical fiction novel takes place in Paris 1878. It follows the van Goethem sisters as they struggle to survive after their father dies. Luckily the oldest sister, Antoinette, once trained in ballet for the Paris Opera and uses her mischievous ways to get auditions for her little sisters. Little did I know, but they used to pay girls to train for the ballet.
Every other chapter is told from the middle sister, Marie's, point of view, although the story mainly centers around her. She wants nothing more than stability for her family. Marie is a hard worker who loves music and her family, which makes her accessible to almost all of us. One way she makes extra money is by posing for Edgar Degas. He has a smaller role in this story but is still well developed as a character.
This is an excellent sister story, but I also felt the author was making a commentary on our roles in the world. Can you truly pull yourself up by your bootstraps or were you born to your lot in life? Don't tell. I'm not supposed to quote an advanced copy of the book but I feel in sharing this you will understand an underlying theme:
Monsieur Zola's tale is not about getting a washhouse or a chance upon the stage. It is about begin born downtrodden and staying that way. Hard work makes no difference, he is saying. My lot, the lots of those around me, were cast the moment we were born into the gutter to parents who never managed to step outside the gutter themselves.
Read this book and you will be magicked away to a time and place very different from our own. Fortunately the characters will make you feel at home.
P.S. This book counts as my book Published in 2013 for my Eclectic Reader Challenge.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
State Approved CD Instruction Deliverer: Write your full name on the line.
Girl: I don't have a full name!
P.S. I got this picture from Private Arts.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Describe yourself: The Girl Who Played With Fire
How do you feel? Serenity
Describe where you currently live: East of Denver
If you could go anywhere...? The Voyage Out
Favorite form of transportation: Ruffian (she was a racehorse)
Your best friend is: I, Robot
You and your friends are: Catching Fire
What's the weather like? Day of Honey
Your favorite time of day is: After Dark
What is life for you? The Penultimate Peril
You fear: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Best advice: Animals Make Us Human
Thought for the day: You Shall Know Our Velocity!
How you would like to die: The End
Who else wants to play?
P.S. Books is by Emily Martin.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I use a template to cut 21 out of some confetti paper and added some alcohol stickers. I put my recipe on a We R Memory Keepers Project Life-type card that I thought looked like a recipe card. Alyssa loves cats so I had to add a sticker I had of a cat with a birthday hat on.
The main reason I want to share this picture is because this week, after living here for 5 years, I finally invested $25 in an electric juicer and it has changed my life. I got to make a greyhound with ease after an annoying day at school (uncommon this year, and because of adults of course, not students!). And then I tried the juice without the vodka for the first time and I liked that too. Maybe I'll be healthy or something now.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Here are some books that I already have which I will choose from:
1. Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman - I haven't read a book by him in a really long time
2. Son of a Witch: Volume Two in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire - I read Wicked in 2006 so I guess it's time to read the sequel
3. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller - I did a scene from this in a competition in high school but never read the whole thing
4. The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow - this has been on my shelf for 4 years
5. Witch by Christopher Pike - I have been wanting to reread some of my Christopher Pike books (my favorite in high school) but never find a reason to. Maybe this challenge will get me going.
6. The Truth About Witchcraft by Hans Holzer
7. The Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek
8. Witchcraft in the World Today by C.H. Wallace
If you would like to join my reading coven visit Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf.
P.S. Matilda is by Jayme McGowan.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
fictionhere on March 11th here on December 28th here on December 29th here on December 29th
non-fictionhere on September 11th