Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wish List Challenge 2013

Wishlist Challenge 2013
Uniflame Creates is hosting the Wish List Challenge for 2013.
Read 12 books (one for every month of the year) that you would like to read, but don’t already have on your shelves.
This is a list of novels I have seen online and in the bookstore or through Goodreads and would like very much to read.
  • The Bird Sisters – Rebecca Rasmussen
  • The Secret Life of Dresses – Erin McKean
  • The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
  • The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
  • The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  • The Distant Hours – Kate Morton
  • The Dove Keepers – Alice Hoffman
  • The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
  • The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Dry Grass of August – Anna Jean Mayhew
  • The Violets of March – Sarah Jio
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

2013 Woman Challenge

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The 2013 Woman Challenge is hosted by Peek a Book. I chose the Girls Power level of reading six to ten books by women authors. I have picked out three authors and various novels from each author.
- Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea & The Sovereignty of Good
- Nancy Mitford, Love In A Cold Climate & Wigs On The Green
- Elizabeth Bowen, The Little Girls & Eva Trout or Changing Seasons

Essay Reading Challenge


At Books and Movies there is the fifth annual Essay Reading Challenge. The challenge runs from January 2013 through December 2013. My goal is to read twenty essays in the coming year.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Stories

Christmas TreeA nthony Trollope’s short story writing covers the period from 1866 until his death in 1882. This also was his prime fiction-writing time. He was loved by the British public and during his last illness treated by the Queen’s physician. He is by far my favorite male author.

Christmas Day at Kirkby Cottage, is a tender love story of a young girl, Isabel Lownd deciding if she would marry Maurice Archer. The young man has somewhat angered Isabel with his comments of the coming Christmas Day, '’After all, Christmas is a bore.” Isabel is the daughter of the parson, Rev. John Lownd. Isabel decorates the church at Kirkby Cliffe and has enlisted Maurice’s help in doing so.

“ Isabel desired to greet the morning of her Savior’s birth with some special demonstration of joy.”
“A prettier little church or graveyard you shall hardly find in England.”

The church is decorated and Christmas Day arrives with a first refusal from Isabel of marriage to Maurice. The story continues its travels and one sees love to triumph with a promise that Christmas Day will never be worded as bored again.


It has been said, “Christmas at Thompson Hall” was Trollope’s funniest short story written. A woman, Mrs. Brown, traveling to family with her sickly husband, hoping to arrive on Christmas Eve finds herself in grave straits after applying a mustard plaster to the wrong man, in the wrong hotel room. By avoiding her mistakes and not giving explanations she arouses many suspicions by everyone. Her and Mr. Brown arrive at their destination and so does the man given the horrible treatment in error. Mrs. Brown and Mr. Jones soon find they will be family members.

“Then all went to church as a united family ought to do on Christmas Day, and came home to a fine old English early dinner …"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Classics Club

On January 5th, 2013 there is a twenty – four Readathon taking place.
At Goodreads starting in January the group will be reading The Princess and the Goblin by, George MacDonald and Mrs.Dalloway by, Virginia Woolf.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Social Justice Themed Read

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From, Resistance Is Futile, during the month of February and in celebration of  World Day of Social Justice there is a themed read along. I find the topic very interesting along with some of the titles listed for this Social Justice Theme Read.  I would like to take part in reading To Kill a Mockingbird should it materialize and also read Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Some of the suggested titles are on my Classical Reading List and TRB Pile, The Jungle and To Kill a Mockingbird which works out well during the coming New Year.