June 16 2019:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I could not wait to read this book once I discovered it through social media. The author had me with the title. I deeply enjoyed the journey with Harold Fry and learning about he and his wife. I wasn’t at all suspecting the twist that unravels near the end of the journey. Whoa!
I found it to be a journey of self-discovery and healing for Harold and his wife, Maureen. Along with a varied mix of characters ebbing and flowing throughout the journey. I was inspired by Harold’s listening to the pull to do something absolutely remarkable; without even understanding why he felt the need to do it.
Flying Solo – How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart
from the flap: “The story of a remarkable woman who chased her dreams with grit and determination, and whose appetite for adventure helped pay the way for generations of female flyers.”
We enjoyed learning about Ruth Elder who attempted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean before Amelia Earhart made her crossing. Ruth didn’t make it, yet she went on to accomplish much in aviation history.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I can’t remember that I’ve ever read this. When Thomas read it for the first time many years ago; he suggested I read it and that I would like it. He was right! I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. We’ve seen the older movie; but haven’t yet seen the new movie. Wonderful book!
Fearless Flyer – Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
We learned about Ruth Law and how on November 19, 1916 she took to the sky to fly from Chicago to New York in one day. Something no one had ever done. Especially not a woman. Beautifully illustrated and wonderful book!
“When I was a little girl I used to dream of flying, not with terror ….. but with wonder and delight. I would be a swallow flying south, or an eagle swooping down from the clouds, and then, all of a sudden, I’d wake up, just a little girl ready to cry because she had no wings.”
“I could anticipate what would happen to the motor by the sound of it.”
“To become an aviator one has to dismiss all fear.”
“The sky was my limit and the horizon my sphere. It’s any woman’s sphere if she has nerve and courage and faith in herself. She’s got to have faith in herself.”
May 11 2019:
Super duper excited to announce about a new project I’ve been working on. It’s nearly complete! Announcing it today in a writers group and can’t wait to invite all the book lovers for a visit!! 💚🎉📚📚📚🎉💚
May 5 2019:
St. Peter’s Umbrella
I have been incorporating more fiction into my reading as that was my first love. More coming … The list is already growing of what I’ve read so far …. And, there’s a fiction or two wanting to be birthed from my heart.
Written by one of the most popular story-tellers of Hungarian literature. This was one of the most popular he ever wrote. Wonderful story that held my attention. Nearing the end I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know how it all unfolded. Great story built from the ground up surrounding an elusive and honored red umbrella.
This book was purchased at a library sale years ago for Lillian. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since … 😍😍😍
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!
May 9 2013
Warm enough to take our before bed reading outside now! YAY!!!
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.”