Simple Joy Saturday #59

Simple Joy Saturday #59

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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October has been atypical and unexpected, so I’m skipping all of my normal categories and just sharing three things that have brought me joy this month.

An inspiring video:

An LOL moment:

If you’ve followed this blog for long, then you know that I love Old Salem.  I’m there so often that tourists think I work there (see image below).

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A fun evening:

Last Friday my mom and I painted pumpkins — I haven’t done that since I was a little kid!

What were your simple joys this month?

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Simple Joy Saturday #58

Simple Joy Saturday #58

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. Everyone should read Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. Upper-elementary students should read this book.  Teenagers should read this book.  Adults should read this book.  You should read this book.
  2. And after you finish Home of the Brave, you should read Extra Credit by Andrew Clements because sometimes children’s books can speak more truth than adult books.
  3. But if you must read an adult book, I suggest Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt.  It gave me a new fascination with the vastness and complexity of outer space. . . and a new appreciation for computers.

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Simple Joy Saturday #57

Simple Joy Saturday #57

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1.  One of the best stories that I read for my British and American short fiction class was “An Appointment with Love.” My classmates engaged in a friendly debate about whether this story was realistic.  If you have an opinion, please share.

2. I finished the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series this month (I started the series in June), and I cannot overstate how much I love these books.  I convinced the children’s literature professor at my alma mater to give the books a chance, and she read two of them within a week.  If you find even the slightest enjoyment in reading children’s literature, you have to read this series.

3. Do you remember Stephanie Meyer?  Yes, I mean the same Stephanie Meyer that started the nationwide obsession with vampires in 2008.  This month, I discovered a book that she published in 2016 titled The Chemist, and it is so good!  No vampires or werewolves are involved.

4. I usually only share 3 stories/books, but here is a bonus treasure:  Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.  

As I said in July, I am still making steady progress on my reading from the 100 Books Bucket List, but nothing is worth recommending.  Honestly, I wonder how some of these books made the list.

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Simple Joy Saturday #56

Simple Joy Saturday #56

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

July’s edition of “Enjoyable Reads” is dedicated to short stories because I’m currently enrolled in British and American Short Fiction.

1.  If you have 5 minutes and love a good plot twist, then you need to read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.

2.  If you have a little more time and don’t mind sad endings, check out “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather.

3.  And if you just need a good laugh (and you are willing to read for a little longer), then read “Xingu” by Edith Wharton.

P.S.  American short fiction might be my favorite genre.

P.P.S.  I did read several books from the 100 Books Bucket List this month, but none were good enough to recommend.

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Simple Joy Saturday #55

Simple Joy Saturday #55

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1. This was the month of Robert Frost in my graduate studies.  One of my favorite poems by Frost is “Accidentally on Purpose,” but I couldn’t easily find a link to it online.  Instead, I will share “Fireflies in the Garden”.

2. I gave myself a break from all the heavy books that I have tackled in the past few months, and I listened to the audiobook Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein.  It is a children’s book, but it is great!  I would recommend it for anyone who loves literary allusions, venerates vivid vocab, or adores agreeable alliteration.

3.  That being said, my favorite book from the 100 Book Bucket List this month was Anna Karenina.  It’s long, but it’s much better than I expected.

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Simple Joy Saturday # 54

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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*Walking in slowly and hiding my face in shame because I haven’t posted all month long.

May has been busy!  Honestly, I didn’t know if I would even finish this post because I haven’t had time to sit down and think through all of the events that have happened in May.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything important in this roundup.

Enjoyable Reads

  1. This month, I read 1775 poems by Emily Dickinson.  (Don’t study English if you don’t like poems!) One of my favorites was “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
  2. If you want a shorter poem, “Faith is a fine invention” is also clever.
  3. Out of the very few books that I scratched off the 100 Books Bucket List this month, In Cold Blood was the best.

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Simple Joy Saturday #53

Simple Joy Saturday #53

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. In April, I went on my first on-road bicycle ride since 2006ish.  This satirical guide of hand signals was far from helpful, but I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t a cyclist.
  2. David Black was a guest lecturer at PIU this month.  I enjoyed the lectures, and I spent too much time reading his blogs about three of my favorite things–the Bible, running, and travel.
  3. For the 100 Books Bucket List, I read A Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.  It was informative in many ways, and I would recommend it!

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