April 28 2019:
When the Shadbush Blooms
A great book about a Lenape Indian girl, about cycles and about tradition and change. We enjoyed it!
The Old Man and the Sea
Another I cannot remember having ever read. My interest has been peaked over the years to read this story; yet, it never moved up on my list.
I checked it out from the library after reading “The True Secret of Writing” by Natalie Goldberg and the way she speaks of the book, the story, and Hemingway.
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
We finally took the time to read this as we’ve watched the black and white version of the movie several times. I read it aloud over a few weeks. We found it interesting that the movie had few similarities to the story written by Wilde.
“The humorous tale of a malevolent ghost who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rambunctious American family moves into his ancestral home.” (from the flap). I enjoyed reading this to Thomas and Lillian!
April 7 2019:
My first love of reading was in the fiction genre as a child, teen and young adult. In about 1998, I switched solely to the non-fiction genre as I discovered an entirely different world and reason for reading.
I’ve come full circle and have incorporated fiction back into my life. Although as a young adult I read some horror books, I will not be incorporating that genre again. This was my first read in re-entering fiction a couple of months ago. 💜📖📖📖💜
I mainly wanted to read it as I was deeply curious after seeing the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” and how it was portrayed that P.L. Travers absolutely did not want Walt Disney veering from her story and all of the other things she did not want done to her story. It seems the movie did veer quite a bit away from the original story.
We’ve seen Mary Poppins many times and we love it so this was the sleuth researcher in me coming out to play! Travers was in a tough spot as she was about to lose her house and needed the money. After years of telling Disney “no”, she finally gave in.
Yet, it had some threads that remained true to the book. I truly don’t remember reading this when I was younger. Glad I read it now and that my interest was peaked by watching “Saving Mr. Banks.”
A Thousand Mornings – Poems
One of my favorites from this collection:
Poem of the One World
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water
and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to
sooner or later
is a part of everything else
which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.
Lovely book of Mary Oliver poems.
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Wonderfully illustrated story of Eratosthenes who was born more than two thousand years ago. He was full of wonder and questions. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his curiosity and questions sent him from one discovery to the next.
His measurement of the circumference of the Earth was only two hundred miles different from our own calculations today. Great story about a man who always let his curiosity lead the way.
Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens –
I listened to the audio version of this book with Thomas and Lillian about seven years ago. I’m not one to let books written for specific age groups deter me! HA!
I remembered loving this book back then. Recently, I had been having the urge to experience it again. I’m hoping Thomas and Lillian decide to read it also.
A non-fiction story of an elder man, Baba, whom Chopra encountered when he was 15 years old. Chopra shares, in his beautiful writing style, the lessons he learned from Baba.
March 3 2019:
The Secret of Saying Thanks
“Perhaps you’d like to know a secret, one of the happiest ones of all. You will surely find it for yourself one day. You’ll discover it all on your own, maybe when you least expect it.”
Wonderful book about the secret of having gratitude and expressing gratitude.