Spring Reading Thing 2011

Dear fellow Bookworms,

Thought I’d share this low-to-no-pressure reading challenge! (Did you catch that?… LOW to NO pressure!!) Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hosting a Spring reading challenge (March 20-June20.) I’d encourage you to check it out and maybe even sign up! It doesn’t matter what your reading goal is… 2 books or 20! If you sign up by March 24th you can have a chance to win some Amazon $$!

Here are all the details! Let me know if you link up. I’d love to see your to-read lists!! Here’s mine list in case you’re interested: reading goals.

fellow book lover,

PS: Spring is just the perfect time to read, don’t you think?! Windows open, curtains blowing in the breeze and adventures to be had on the pages of your next book!


Pre-Friday Funny…

I don’t know about you, but for me this has been an extremely long week. And it was supposed to be a short week following the holiday weekend! A literary agent’s blog that I enjoy reading had linked to this video. Since we’re reading Jane Austen this month, and our heroine of Mansfield Park makes an appearance, I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

Hope this brightens your Thursday! Enjoy the Jane Austen fun!

In the news….

Michelle, one of our members, writes for Modern Handmade Child, an online magazine. In the current Autumn issue she wrote an article about starting a book club called Expanding Your Horizons. You might recognize some of the ladies in the pictures! If you’d like you can subscribe to Modern Handmade Child for free on their website.

In other news, our September book club discussion with be the same day and time as usual… BUT we’ll be meeting at Jodi’s house for a fancy dinner party! Watch for more details this week.

Discussion Questions Coming Soon…

Sarah was supposed to write a post today to get us thinking about our Shane discussion, but due to some internet issues, she’ll be writing it later this week.

In the meantime, here is some literary news that we thought we’d share just for kicks.

50 years ago, a classic was published. To Kill A Mockingbird is considered by many to be one of the best books of all time. You probably think so, too, if you’ve read it. If you haven’t, don’t despair! Who knows? Maybe it will make it onto our reading list sometime! Come on, who doesn’t love a little girl named Scout? (Article on the anniversary of the novel.)

Also, last year we read what was probably the most talked about/loved/hated book of the year, The Shack. Sadly, the author and publishers, once friends, have begun quarreling over what it is that always seems to divide people: money. (Read more about their shenanigans here.) Regardless of your opinion of the book, it’s always sad when friendships become lawsuits 😦

Well, stay tuned for discussion questions, I can’t wait to see you all next Monday! (and if you haven’t read Shane yet, there’s still time! Seriously. It’s really short. It’s really worth it.)

A sustaining book

My goal is that all the books we select be sustaining ones.

Have you ever thought about a book being “sustaining”?

Have you ever thought if the books you read your children are sustaining?

Many of you are mothers, some are not. Today I’d just like to talk about reading to children… yours, other peoples, everyone’s!

Jodi has blogged about this before, but it’s such an important thing it’s worth a repost! She started her own meme called “If You Give A Mom A Book.” I would encourage you to link up and share what you and the children in your life are reading!

Before I send you to the whole post here’s a snippet…

But what exactly is a Sustaining Book? Gladys Hunt, in her book Honey for a Child’s Heart, quotes Ruth Sawyer’s suggestion of “proper fare for a child’s mind” as

Stories that make for wonder. Stories that make for laughter. Stories that stir one within with an understanding of the true nature of courage, of love, of beauty. Stories that make one tingle with high adventure, with daring, with grim determination, with the capacity of seeing danger through to the end. Stories that bring our minds to kneel in reverence; stories that show tenderness of true mercy, the strength of loyalty, the unmawkish respect for what is good.

I have to strongly second that book! (Honey for a Child’s Heart) It’s often the gift I give to new mothers. My copy is well worn and marked up! Gladys Hunt also has Honey for a Woman’s Heart… another excellent one in my collection!

Take a minute and check out this post of Jodi’s, If You Give A Mom A Book. And here‘s the most current post from the Granola house.

At our house this week we read the old classic Tawny Scrawny Lion. Remember that one?

Happy Reading,

currently reading:
The Sunny Side and The Mission of Motherhood

local book sale

At the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield
Choose among gently-used books,
magazines, CDs, movies, and audio books.
Proceeds help fund library programs.

Members-Only Previw
Fri., Nov. 6, 6-7:30 PM
(Join at the door $10)
Public Sale
Sat., Nov. 7, 9 AM-4 PM
Sun., Nov. 8, 1-4 PM
Close-out Sale
Mon., Nov. 9
9 AM-2 PM
Paper Grocery Bag $2
Plastic Bag $1
Bring Your Own Bag.

this Saturday…

But anyway! This Saturday we are going to have some social time just hanging out!

My house.


Bring your creative juices! We’ll be making magnetic bookmarks! I have all the supplies (like photos, paper, stamps, markers, ribbons and of course magnets) If you’d like to bring anything for yours or to share, please do! My sister saves magazine pictures she likes and made a few very cute ones from them. You can also bring any photos you have that you like. I made the square-ish one below from a photo and the other with a stamp and markers with some chalk dust in the background.

I seem to have a flower theme… can you tell I’m ready for spring! If you think they look cheesy then you should come and show me how to make them look cool! 🙂 🙂 I think this growing baby belly might be taking some of my creativity. Haha!

Also bring something yummy if you’d like. So far I think we have mini scones and madalines. I’ll have an assortment of tea flavors and strawberry lemonade.

Stay as little or as long as you’d like and just come!

Hope to see you in a few days!!!

Book Game

My friend gave me this book tonight… but with conditions…

After I read it, I write my name, city and state and date that I read it.
Then I must give to to someone else to read.
Who knows where the book will travel or even how many years it might get passed around!

I thought this was a fantastic idea!!! I like all things book related anyway! Why wouldn’t I love this?!! Maybe we can do this with our book club. Each pick a book, maybe even one we already own (and wouldn’t mind giving to the game) and start passing them around! It doesn’t even have to just be with the others in our club, although it could start there. I’m going to look into a website that we could write in the books so those who get the book can log their name and location and we can see where they travel! (I’m sure we aren’t the first to do this, maybe a website already exists!)

Let me know your thoughts on the game!


Renee already has this blog set up. It has all the details and info. If anyone is interested in reading The Christmas Sweater next let me know. 🙂