If you follow my twitter stream, you may have noticed that in the last few days a few complaint tweets about the never-ending nature of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Well, it ended. This morning I finished the last fifteen pages. My book club discusses it tomorrow night, but I wanted to record my initial impressions on having finished. I’m hoping that our discussions will convince me to try it again….maybe in a decade or so. (more…)
Today, I’m using the opportunity of not having any other reviews written to share thoughts on kid’s books I reviewed a long time ago and never posted. Some of these are ones my son loved; others he was too young for at the time we read them and we will probably visit them again in the future. (more…)
I have not been in the mood for blogging or reading blogs lately, mostly because it’s been an emotional month (I suppose I could say year) for me so far.
Among other things, my grandma passed away peacefully on January 1, 2011 at age 87. She is survived by five children (one other passed away as an infant), 26 grandchildren, and 49 great-grandchildren. In the past six months, she had visited all of her children, from Washington, D.C., for her youngest grandchild’s baptism, to Chicago at Thanksgiving (my mother’s house, where I got to visit with her), to Utah, where she lost consciousness a few days after enjoying a happy Christmas holiday with another of her daughters and her family.
In short, she’s been busy right up to the end. I don’t think I’d want to go any other way, myself. (more…)
I wasn’t going to do stats at all this year, but I began reading other’s posts and I loved reading the year in review. I am a stat geek and I loved seeing other’s charts. This post includes some stats and then some thoughts on my year of reading. (more…)
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…)