Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fun In Between Question

I realize that this isn't a blog that we usually visit everyday, but I thought I'd put a little post on here for those who stopped by in between book posts. I was at the blog of a fellow book lover, Smilingal, who is a book reviewer, and she asked the question:
Who is your favorite literary couple?

Hers was Romeo and Juliet, written, of course, by William Shakespeare.
While I LOVE Shakespeare, I have to admit that I felt very let down at the end of Romeo and Juliet. I wanted them to live "happily ever after", not croke! lol
I think my favorite couple is Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blyth from Anne of Green Gables. (by L.M. Montgomery)
But I can't have read this months selection and not say, I also love Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
More of my favorites include:
The parents in Swiss Family Robinson, (by Johann David Wyss) I love how their trials only strengthened their relationship, their family and their faith in God.
Lastly, I LOVE a very little known book called Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke. It is the first in what is refered to as the Love Series. (It was made into a Hallmark movie, but it was NOTHING like the book.)
So I'd have to say that Marty and Clark are one of my favorite couples. I loved watching their relationship turn into love throughout the pages.

So how about you? Who are your favorite literary couples?


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Updated Buttons

I'm finally getting to updating the blog address in the publicity buttons. Here's two that are finished, and I hope to get to the others soon.

Are there any particular images/art you would particularly like to have made into a button? Let me know!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Knew You Were Going to Pick Jane Eyre

I read Jane Eyre in high school and absolutely hated it. I proceeded to write a scatching review of it for my English class, not knowing that it was my English teacher's absolute, most favorite book in the entire world.

She gave me a big, fat "F" on my paper. True, I didn't do a very good job of backing up my opinion with anything from the text (I was still just a baby freshman); I just wrote that I didn't like the story and that I thought it was dumb and a bunch of senseless garbage. She wrote me a note saying that my paper showed how ignorant and close-minded I was as a reader and that I needed to keep my opinions to myself unless I could back them up with relevant information.

I guess we'll see how I like it this time through...

Thanks for sticking with us while we figured out what's going on around here!

Friday, October 10, 2008

We're Still Alive

Hey there everyone,

It's me, Shimmy Mom, I just took over the blog for Mrs. Brooke. And like all of you I wish her the absolute best and hope that she is back to leading us soon, and especially hope she will still join us in our reads and comments.

We are a little late this month, but did anybody read the assignment for Sept.? I must admit that my family moved in Sept. and I did not get it all read. I have, however, sort of cheated. When my family lived in St. Louis, they we in the middle of making a huge memorial library dedicated to Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea. So I would love to hear your thoughts on the reading. So we will extend the commenting time to Oct. 15th this month.

Remember that this months book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. If you haven't started yet, you still have time. We will be back to our normal discussion schedule in Nov. and will have open forum from Nov. 5th to the 10th.

Don't forget to go over to the side bar and vote for our Nov. read. We have three great options.

Now, as to business. I don't plan on changing things. I would like to pose the question though, if it would be helpful to anyone for me to send out emails to remind you that it is time for the book discussions, that voting is open for the next months book etc? If so please let me know in the comments and I will make sure that everyone gets their reminders.
I'm really excited to keep this going and hope that you all decide to stay in the group. Feel free to contact me or ask questions in the comments. Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hold onto your hats!

Sorry there folks.

RTH is in the process of being transferred to someone else's authority and will then continue on...I'm sorry to leave you, but personal priorities make it incredibly difficult for me to keep up with this at this point in time.

October's book is Pride & Prejudice, so get reading!

For discussion this month, you can leave your comments here or on your own blog. Just let us know.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Other Classics Discussion Sites

Jolly Roger

Here's a place that looks like a good find. I'm having a hard time keeping up with things lately, so I thought I'd point you in other directions for discussion just in case I have to permanently pull the plug on RTH. If you find other sites, please leave a link in the comments section.