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    Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!
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  1. @KareniHey Karen, is this the link for nook ideas? Perfect reading nook ideas
  2. Wow! What a wonderful hubby and you have a great reading / writing nook . Sandy continually impresses me with her creativity. So much detail and yes the colors are beautiful. Love the hedgehog! So sweet that the reading frog has turned into your muse. 😘 Enjoying all the detail on the quilt, plus looking at your books. Happy writing!
  3. I'm still reading The Source by James Michener and currently on page 373 out of 1100. Have traveled through time from 9834 BCE to 100BCE so far and has been quite interesting and totally draws you into the life of the characters during that period of time. Taking a break with Cleveland Amory's Cat Who Came for Christmas which is absolutely delightful so far. Amory rescues a stray cat from a New York Alley and the result are hilarious and touching. Continuing with my sip read - The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. Currently on the section on Comics and the People who Made Them. Something of interest since James is so into comic books and has gotten me reading at least one series. IDW's Sonic of course, James favorite.
  4. Week four is live - please continue the conversation in the new thread
  5. Happy Sunday and welcome to week four in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time, and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. This week we celebrate the advent of essays as well as the birthday of Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon was born January 22, 1561 in London, England and passed away at the age of 67 on April 9, 1626. He was a lawyer and statesman, as well as a writer. Due to his interest and work in philosophy and science, he is credited with developing the scientific method. His literary works include Essays, The Advancement of Learning, Novan Organum, and the The New Atlantis as well as other philosophical, scientific and religious and juridical works. Find out more about Sir Francis Bacon with 10 Major Accomplishments of Sir Francis Bacon and a round up of essays and articles by and about Sir Francis Bacon. 50 Of Studies – "Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best from those that are learned. To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar. They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need proyning[1] by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some book also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not. Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend. Abeunt studia in mores[2]. Nay there is no stond[3] or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies: like as diseases of the body may have appropriate exercises. Bowling is good for the stone and reins (kidneys) shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for head; and the like. So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathemathics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the schoolmen; for they are cymini sectores[4] If he be not apt to beat[5] over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers' cases. So every defect of the mind may have a special receipt." Sir Francis Bacon was responsible for the first works in English to be named Essays. The essay gained its name as a literary form in the renaissance period with Michel de Montaigne, a french writer who called his written conversations essai which means "an attempt" or "to try". Essayist Sir Richard Steele launched the first periodical dedicated to essays in "The Tatler" in the 1700's and later on "The Spectator" which he co-authored with Joseph Addison. In the early 1800's, many periodicals began demanding essays to fill their pages. Soon authors began producing essays such a Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, followed by American essayists Matthew Arnold, Thomas Henry Huxley, John Cardinal Newman and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few. Among the British essayists were G.K. Chesterton, Aldous Huxley and Virginia Woolf. Susan Wise Bauer's Well Educated Mind suggests reading Michel de Montaigne Essays and in the Science section added in the 2016 revised versions, Sir Francis Bacon's Novum Organum. Join me in reading Bacon, Montaigne, or the essayist of your choice during this year. [1] Proyning = pruning [2] Abeunt studia in mores = studies develop into manners [3] Stond = hindrance [4] cymini sectores = hair splitters [5] Beat = get to the bottom of ************************************************************* Theologica Reads Club - An ecumenical group for those who want to dive a bit deeper into the discussions surrounding theological/religious reads. We are currently reading and discussing The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher as well as other topics. Let us know if you’d like to join. ************************************************************* What are you reading? Link to week three
  6. Thank you for the these links. Gaiman's cousin got me all teary eyed and bookish parenting brought back many memories. I followed the link to hear and read the letter Helen wrote about reading to kids in the Polish Ghetto during the nazi occupation. Gut wrenching and beautiful. Now I want to read A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader if I can find it. I didn't read much to James in utero and the first couple months after his birth were a fog recovering from complications, so spent a lot of time, nesting with him in my arms and watching television. Later on,I remember reading Goodnight Moon to him every night and as he got a bit older, the accumulation of books and him grabbing one after the other for me to read, much like the woman in the article. There were times I spent in the waiting room while James had OT and the littles, waiting with their moms, would grab a book, shove it in my hand, then after a minute or two another. Yes, it counts. I was just reading Gaimain's thoughts about the story as he wrote it in Cheap Seats. His editor had questioned if it should be a children's book since the father was the hero of the story. Shouldn't the son, the narrator be the one to have the adventures. "I had no rational response, mostly because the book had not been written or composed or even conceived rationally. It was a book about a father who went out for milk and came back late and related his unbelievably exciting adventures to his disbelieving and unimpressed children. It was not created rationally or otherwise. I had simply described it, as if I had stumbled across it and needed to record it for the world. I could not have changed it because that was what it was." Now I want to read it. Enjoy!
  7. @Lady Florida. Hugs and prayers and good thoughts winging your way for Emma and your family! 😘
  8. Robin M

    Doctor Who!!!!!!!

    We enjoyed it and like Jodi Whitaker. Love how they incorporated the past with things remembered and how it affected her in the here and now. The writing was hit or miss and some of the episodes were totally awful with some things left unexplained or endings that left you hanging. The last three episodes were really good, along with the new year's special and it seemed they were just hitting their stride. Other doctors had equally hit or miss episodes - remember the absorbalot in David Tennant's Love and Monsters? Every time the doctor has regenerated, it's taken me a few shows to get use to them along with their various sidekicks and companions. Couple years back we started with the 2005 episodes and Christopher Eccleston and worked our way through to the present. Now we're currently watching all the old ones, bouncing back and forth a bit. Those will keep us busy until 2020. Do you think they may have decided to just film the one season and wait to see what kind of reception Whitaker got, before going ahead with writing more for another season which is why we have to wait until 2020?
  9. Have fun and we'll see you when you get back. I'll join you in reading Dante during Lent. I already read Inferno and have Purgatorio in my stacks. Come share your thoughts on the Benedict Option in Theologica Reads. I fell like I'm a student learning quite a bit from our very wise group. On Basilisk Station is free on Amazon Kindle right now. I'm still looking for my copy of Still Life. It's around here somewhere. *grin* What a great picture and glad you two got together. Loved hearing about your time together.
  10. About 1/4 of the way through The Source and fascinated by the history as well as the present day discussions on the Tell. Love the part about Cullinane reading Deuteronomy five times. Now I want to read Deuteronomy five times. *grin* I have several bibles to compare including Catholic and Jewish Study Bible. Not quite up to reading in original language though. Always interesting comparing different versions and seeing how the translation change the meaning.
  11. @JennW in SoCal Sorry you've had a spat of annoying female readers. I like Susan Ericksen, Khristine Hvam, and Alexandra Harris. I do prefer female narrators over male. I've heard far to many audio books in which the male trying to do a female voice cracks me up.
  12. Yes isn't it fabulous! One of my favorite sites and end up following lots of rabbit trails.
  13. Speaking of Science Fiction - Check out Telling the China Story: The Rise and Rise of Chinese Science Fiction 8 Riveting Sci-Fi Reads for People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi - They all look interesting and seguing to memoirs with 8 year long stunt memoirs to inspire your new year. Love A.J. Jacobs. Added Jane Christmas's And Then There Were Nuns to my wishlist. 😘
  14. Thank you for the great links. Enjoyed reading about Israeli speculative fiction and added Sisters of the Winter Woods to my wishlist. The Five Books about the Magical Post Apocalypse --- I'm still working my way through the Wheels of Time series and currently on book 11. I remember devouring all of the Dragonlance Chronicles back in the 80's. Weis and Hickman were two of my favorite authors along with Charles De Lint and Tom Dietz and Mercedes Lackey. Pretty sure I still have them all and wonder how I'd enjoy them now. Hmm!
  15. Here you go @JennW in SoCal
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