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 #51

Simple Joy Saturday #51

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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February 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

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  • The Time Machine by H.G.Wells

I continued reading (or, more accurately, listening to) books on the 100 Books Bucket List.  Out of the 5 books I completed in February, The Time Machine is the only book that I can recommend.

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Forgive me for including two grammar-related resources, but if you consider yourself a snoot (syntax nudnik of our time), you will love Garner’s hefty handbook, which cheekily explains every grammar error you could ever encounter.

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One-Word Book Summaries: July 2018

One-Word Book Summaries: July 2018

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”

– Lemony Snicket

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Without intention, July became a month of books.   Here are my one-word summaries of the sixteen books I read in July.

Books for Grad School:

C.S. Lewis

  • Mere Christianity: Theology
  • Out of the Silent Planet: Extraterrestrial
  • Perelandra: Parallels
  • That Hideous Strength: Propaganda
  • Prince Caspian: Courage
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:  Adventure
  • The Silver Chair: Enchantment
  • The Last Battle: Hope
  • The Abolition of Man: Insight

Audiobooks for Fun:

Meg Cabot

  • Big Boned: Comedy

Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • Esperanza Rising: Awareness

Anne Tyler

  • A Spool of Blue Thread: Family

Natalie Babbit

  • Tuck Everlasting: Imagination

William P. Young

  • The Shack: Heresy

Howard Pyle

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood: Pleasure

Debbie Macomber

  • The Last One Home: Opportunity

 

 

 

 

Simple Joy Saturday #38

Simple Joy Saturday #38

On Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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Maybe I should quit claiming that I share my simple joys every week.

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July 14 – 20

1. Walking

Walking with friends at the outdoor mall.  Walking with Mom in Old Salem.  Walking with an audiobook around the neighborhood.  I just love the sunshine and movement!

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Simple Joy Saturday #37

Simple Joy Saturday #37

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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1. Village Juice Company and the friends who love it as much as I do

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

Who would have thought that I would get to read children’s fiction in grad school?!  Here’s one of my new favorite quotes from The Magician’s Nephew:

“‘But do not be cast down,’ said Aslan, still speaking to the Beasts.  ‘Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself.”

3.  Goggles and a new swimsuit

This week I learned that the right equipment can make all the difference.

Simple Joy Saturday #2

Simple Joy Saturday #2

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. The Kindle App

Current favorite: the Ivy Malone Series

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2. This shipment I received from Blind Spot Nutbutters

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3. Hanging out with college friends

Since I don’t have any photos of us hanging out this week, here is a link to the bad lip reading video that we laughed over.

 

What were the simple joys in your life this week?