The last months of 2010 went speeding by, but this is a good thing. We took a family vacation, we had a lovely holiday break, and although January is starting out just as busy, I still have hope that the year will be a good one.
At the beginning of 2010, I was still writing weekly reading reports. I went to monthly reports somewhere in the middle of the year, and now, here I am, with a report on the last quarter. (more…)
I am not in the mood to do stats for the year yet (maybe early next week), so instead I share with you the 2010 edition of “My Life According to Literature.”
This year, I feel quite satisfied in my role as stay-at-home mom. I love my home, I love my little boy (I think the 5 hours a week of preschool do us both good), and I love my husband (who is my best friend) and I think the new year will just keep getting better! It seems this satisfaction with my place in life reflects in the books I selected below. I had to cheat a little bit, as April is not a time of day and solitude is not the weather, but hey, there you go.
I’ve only included books I’ve read in 2010. I also limited myself to classics (for this, books written at least 30 years ago) and adult books. The last time I did this, I included children’s titles, which just isn’t as fun. Each title links to reviews on Rebecca Reads. Click over if you wanted to know the author or read the review.
My life right now, according to literature
Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. No repeating a book title. It’s harder than you think!
Describe yourself: The Home-maker
How do you feel? Great Expectations
Describe where you currently live: Paradise Regained
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Beyond the Blossoming Fields
Your favorite form of transportation: Three Men in a Boat
Your best friend is: Kindred
You and your friends are: Wives and Daughters
What’s the weather like? One Hundred Years of Solitude
Favorite time of day: The Enchanted April
If your life was: The Masterpiece
What is life to you? The Joys of Motherhood
Your fear: Little Boy Lost
What is the best advice you have to give? Silence
Thought for the Day: Can You Forgive Her?
How I would like to die: Strong Poison
My soul’s present condition: Sense and Sensibility
The “lost generation” was a term coined by Gertrude Stein about the young American and British expatriates in Paris during the 1920s.
Ernest Hemingway was one of the young friends of Ms Stein. In 1925 and 1926, he wrote his defining “lost generation” book, The Sun Also Rises, while he lived in Paris and visited Spain. His memoir of that time in Paris, A Moveable Feast, was written in 1960 and only published after his death. Although I can’t say Ernest Hemingway himself interests me, the look at the hopelessness of life post-World War was very intriguing, and I love the simple, clean writing style Hemingway devised. (more…)
I read both Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana and The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa more than a month ago, and they were both excellent. They deserve a little bit of book blog attention. Have you read them? What do you think of them? (more…)
It is my pleasure to welcome the Virtual Advent to my blog today. I love the Christmas season for the tree lights, the music, the food, and the general feelings of good will. I also am a Christian, so I love the community-wide celebration of the birth of my Savior, even though I know a good number of people view it as a secular holiday. (I’m okay with that too.) At any rate, I am glad I can have a post today about a special part of my Christmas.
Last year, although I didn’t know about the advent blogosphere tour, I wrote a post about favorite Christmas music. I loved the non-books seasonal break. This year, I thought I’d talk about my nativity scene collection.