Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

top ten books...sort of a rehash. forgive me. and the reason i'm giddy today.

thanks for all your book suggestions, my summer reading cup overfloweth! all the book love reminded me of other favorites on my top ten list. which made me think: "i should post that" and also: "will you post yours?" i'll go first:

top ten:
Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns
To Kill a Mocking Bird, by harper lee
Dark Angel, by Robert Kirby
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusack
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtney
A long way from chicago/a year down yonder, by Richard Peck
Peace Like a River, By Leif Enger
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
tie (cause i can't decide) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith/A River Runs Through It, by Norman McClean
Tie(because, again, i can't decide): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society, byMary Ann Shaffer/and The Ladies of Missalonghi, by Colleen McCollough

so i cheated a bit. but i allow cheating here.

And the most important news of all:

this is were mike has been living the past 6 months. he's not there anymore. he is on his way HOME! and i can't wait, and the suspense is killing me. Hooray!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

burning question of the week

it's summer reading season!! time to vacay and read at the beach or while your camping, or herding cats, i mean kids, to various parks and hikes and other errands. so the burning question is this: what is the best, the best, book you've ever read? i mean numero uno! my time here in alaska will end soon, and i'm gonna need a few good books to get me through the 10 day road trip through canada and the u.s. (although british columbia is so beautiful there will be no time for reading. only staring and sighing at beautiful country) so keep 'em coming! Here are a few of mine:

Richard Peck is one of my favorite authors of all time (2nd only to Roald Dahl) technically these are two books, but the both of them together make a wonderful story. it's the story i wish i could write. it's beautiful. but it's not my favorite.
I love robert kirby. he's a rebel and he is irreverent, and lots of times he's wrong, but he hits the nail right on the head with this wonderful story of love. it's not mushy and filled with cheesy one liners, it's about real love, in it's many forms and also about an 11 year old girl who swears alot. it's hysterical. i've read it three times. but it's not my favorite.

this is:

for so many reasons. 1. i've read it at least 5 times, maybe more. 2. i cry, i laugh, i yearn for fried chicken and coconut cake, 3. i swear i can hear miss effie belle and her wart coming. the characterization is that good 4. and i love the voice of a coming of age kid. ( i used to wish i was a boy, this book was at fault.) everyone has that coming of age moment. when you finally shake yourself of childhood restraints and make your choice. it's that moment when you look down a path to see "where it bent in the undergrowth," (thank you robert frost) and you know where it is you are going. and it's scary but your free and the air is suddenly full of wonderful, and possiblity. if you haven't read it. i obviously recommend.

you can thank my good buddy mary for reminding me about the burning question! i totally forgot about it!

oh it's so hard to choose: eeny meeny miney mo.......

Thursday, May 6, 2010

early mother's day

austin refused to ride his bike to school today. which is really confusing to his poor mom whom he has BEGGED for 2 cold alaska weeks to do that very thing. but when he came home and presented me with the most beautiful flower and said, "now ya know why i didn't wanna ride my bike today," i wasn't confused anymore. but i was a little teary.
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