Showing posts from October, 2010


I'll be leaving early Saturday for Colorado. My husband and son Paul and I are driving there. I'll be gone several days. My sister will be staying with dad, my dogie, and fluffy cat. Look for a new posting from me in the first week of November. 

Why is it so difficult to settle on what books to take on vacation?
I only have 1 paperback settled on to take and it is a book about Kit Carson. I'm also taking my Kindle which has several books on it. 
I just received by FedEx a Book on CD that I won: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I'm looking forward to listening to the book and looking out the car window at boring west Texas, desolate New Mexico, and the rugged mountain peaks of the southern part of the Rocky Mountains. 

Blissful Reading!

Autumn Poems

"There is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be,
As if it had not been!"
Percy Bysshe Shelley

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,
And produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings,
As now in October."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The sweet calm sunshine of October,  now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak leaf falls; the birchen bough
Drop its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold."
William Cullen Bryant

"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower."
Albert Camus

"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away
And all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think,
I too, have known autumn too long."
E. E. Cummings

"Now autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt."
William Allingham

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, …

Book Review: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Published by Harper Collins, Paperback 2003, 336 pages
Non-fiction/Reading Literature

Link for book @ Publisher:

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $7.69
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ Borders:
Paperback $7.69
ebook $9.99

I purchased this book for reading/reviewing.

With light-heartedness and approachable teaching, Thomas C. Foster teaches how to decipher the "real" literary meanings behind fictional novels. I think back to when I was in College taking English literature that we could never just read a novel or short story, we had to pick it apart in order to find the hidden morsels of information…


It will be 5 years on October 31!

Book Review: How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

Originally published in 1939, it was the first novel that Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983) wrote.

Original Cover:

My copy was published in 1997 by Scribner Paperback Fiction--Simon and Schuster New York
512 pages
Fiction/Wales/Coal Mine/Coming of Age Story
Paperback $14.00

Link for book @ Amazon:
Paperback $11.56

Link for book @ Publisher:
Paperback $17.00

This book was bought by me for reading/reviewing.

I've had the book How Green Was My Valley sitting on my book shelf for a long time. I would often look at it, plan to read it, then it would be put to the back of my TBR pile. Two weeks ago I made up my mind to finally read it!

Many of you have seen the film How Green Was My Valley, made in 1941. Several well known actor's portrayed characters: Walter Pigeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowell, Anna Lee.
I've never watched the film completely throug…

Sunday Salon

My daughter in-law and I went to see a high school performance of Jane Eyre last Friday night. It was actually really good. Both of the actor's that portrayed Jane Eyre (one as a young girl and another as an adult) were excellent in their portrayal of this somber, stoic, intelligent character. The actor that portrayed St. John Rivers, a clergyman at Marsh End was also wonderful in his portrayal. There were no problems with sound or lighting. I could hear all of the actor's clearly and I was sitting towards the back of the auditorium. The special effects of the smoke in 2 scenes disturbed a few on the front rows (I could hear coughing). The actor that portrayed the mentally ill wife Bertha Mason Rochester had an ear piercing laugh and scream that could peel the paint off the walls. The end was a perfect recitation of the final words from the book of Jane Eyre.
I felt it was an enjoyable performance!

I am 100 pages from finishing How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn.
I …