Sunday, December 31, 2017

Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge 2018

A book for each month.
Details of the Challenge are HERE. :-)

I am enjoying this photo/book for a variety of reasons right now. My mother bought this when she in her 20s and probably made the clear dust jacket over it sometime in the late 80s. She an AVID reader. I wouldn't dare to take off the jacket to see what the colors truly look like now for fear of disturbing delicate paper but putting it through HDR Max for this photo yielded a wonderful surprise for my 2D eyesight...I could EASILY see the perspective of the door almost opening when I hold my phone up...that is a big deal for me! Romantic Suspense is not usually my genre and I hope that the heroine doesn't fall in love with her "handsome, strangely disturbing" cousin (as often happens when dealing with authors from that time frame). This will be a good choice for my blog and a 2018 Reading Challenge.
Thoughts thus far: The hero is an emotionally messed up character...his emotional conflicts are kind of hard to believe at times BUT the peek into his conscience has been fascinating. I wish the times when people were familiar with the works of Haydn and such were not past.
History lesson: When did people stop using the term "The Brazils?" 

Hmmm....and let me see what else is on this shelf (readable stuff, that is).
Trivia: The Little Golden Book is Mother Goose rhymes a present from my Mother to my son. The silver container is my Mother's crayons that the kids will get to use up when they are better at taking care of crayons (Grandma had this careful style to her, the way the crayons were means something to me and I want to share that). Oh, and, of course, there is the movie to my favorite fiction...Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

First thing I encounter on this shelf, which I am dusting and rearranging, is a big Roget's Thesauraus from my be used by the kids in our homeschooling.
I'm obviously not reading that for the challenge but here is a picture of Peter Mark Roget (from the book)...

2. I am using the next book to flatten out a bit of damage to the Roget's cover. Though, I know books can't be preserved forever, I try to take meticulous care of mine. :-)
This is "The History of Henry Esmond" by William Makepeace Thackery. It was purchased by my mother for 50¢ in 1978.
Goodreads description:
"Orphaned in the England of the later Stuarts, Henry Esmonde is raised by his aristocratic, Jacobite relatives the Castlewoods.
As a young man he falls in love with both Lady Castlewood and Beatrix, her beautiful, headstrong daughter, and is inspired to join the ultimately unsuccessful campaign to reinstate James Stuart to the throne.
Thackeray valued Henry Esmond more than any of his other novels and it displays many of his own memories and emotions."

3. I need to get a clear, acid-proof dust jacket for this book...ideally, I will learn to make them someday.
Goodreads description:
"A novel about a state political boss, his co-workers and his loved ones. No black and white character, James Kirkland concealed his manipulations behind a front of social impeccability and devotion to his only daughter, Anne, tragically crippled by an accident."
Goodreads author description
"Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull was born in 1888 in New Alexandria, PA. After a dozen years as a short story writer, Turnbull wrote her first novel, The Rolling Years, published in 1936. In the 14 additional novels she wrote over the next 40-plus years, Turnbull built a thorough chronicle of the Scots who settled and farmed rural Westmoreland County. Turnbull died in 1982."

4.  A short, factual book that looks to read smoothly in places.


Amazon description:
With sympathy and understanding, this new novel by the author of The Outsiders tells the touching and meaningful story of a woman's return to the hometown she had run away from years before, and of her valiant efforts to make a place for herself there in the hearts of her kinfolks and neighbors. Set against the background of a lovely old New England village, the story of Deborah Brent is a drama of human relationships which illuminates the enduring ties that exist between people who live and work together in the small American communities of the present day.
---I have read that, due to the time period, this book may have some offensive parts.

Next, a pause to organize those catalogs and misc.:
---Birchland Market (a lot like Figis)
---Pipes and Cigars. The cover features a tobacco called "Plum Pudding." The Christmas 2017 catalog and, while I was organizing, the mail person arrived with the January 2018 catalog.
---Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I love getting this catalog which always has a pretty cover! Today, I am interested in the Chinese Green Luobo Radish (Qingluobo)...pickles, relish, fried, fresh.
(Company's photo not mine.)

155 pages. A book that belongs to, and I will be reading to, the kids...part of our second semester. #HomeschoolLife

I tried reading this once before but started swimming on keeping track of some of the details of what was going on...time to try again. My mother purchased this on a Florida vacation and said that good books on Indians were easier to find in Florida.


Goodreads description:
"The life of Julia Pallister in 17th century England (1641-1670 with Prologue set in 1723) includes her grandmother's ties with Queen Elizabeth, her father's fighting for Charles II in England's bloody civil war and her first love in famous architect-to-be Christopher Wren."

Over on the left are a couple of the paint colors Elementary Schooler wants for his bedroom...also a red and green...Avengers colors, of course. :-)

12. A big, boxed copy of "Portrait of a Lady" by James Henry Joyce.
There are many lovely pictures...

For now, the book shelf now looks like this. :-) Challenges help with tidying. :-)


And here's a little more that Husband got get a start on replacing some titles that have come up missing and because I love the storytelling and humor. Awesome gift!!!!!

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