Friday, December 26, 2008

The Little White Horse

It would seem as though I'm on a bit of a horse book's not intentional!
I just finished reading this book, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge and I'm wondering where it's been hiding all of my life. It's amazing!
I found out about it because of the new movie The Secret of Moonacre coming out in the UK and I've been glued to the friend AnnaMae was kind enough to tell me about the book. :)
The book is about a young girl named Maria Merryweather as she goes to live with her uncle Sir Benjamin. She soon finds that there is more that has brought her to Moonacre manner than she realized and with the help of a shephered boy named Robin, and many other friends, she fulfills her destiny.
It's a warm story filled with adventure, beauty, love, and light overcoming darkness. I warn you, you may want to have a plate of snacks on hand for this one! The way food is described it made my mouth water (especially when they mention Cornish pasties from my beloved Cornwall!). The way the costumes are described made me long to pull out my sewing. :)
This is now one of my favorite children's books. I simply couldn't put it down. If you've read it or decide to read it...tell me what you think of it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Horse and His Boy

I got in a mood the other day and just felt like picking up The Horse and His Boy and before I knew it I was hooked and didn't put it down until I'd finished it. I've always said Prince Caspian is my favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia series but reading The Horse and His Boy I almost feel like this is my new favorite. I think the truth is, they're all my favorite. ;)

I hadn't read it in awhile so I'd forgotten just exactly how everything turned out, but everything turns out exactly as I should have wished it. It's amazing. :)
One of the things I love best in this book is Aslan. He's amazing in all of the books, but in this one it truly got to me just how gentle yet fierce he can be. Here's just a small excerpt, a conversation between Shasta and Aslan, that really touched me:
"Who are you?" he said, scarcely above a whisper.
"One who has waited long for you to speak....tell me your sorrows."
Shasta told him how he had never known his real father or mother and had been brought up sternly by the fisherman. And then he told the story of his escape and how they were chased by lions and forced to swim for their lives; and about all their dangers in Tashbaan and about his night among the tombs and how the beasts howled at him out of the desert. And he told about the heat and thirst of the desert journey and how they were almost at their goal when another lion chased them and wounded Aravis. And also, how very long it was since he had had anything to eat.
"I do not call you unfortunate," said the Large Voice.
"Don't you think it was bad luck to meet so many lions?" Said Shasta.
"There was only one lion." said the voice.
"What on earth do you mean? I've just told you there were at least two the first night, and--"
"There was only one: but he was swift of foot."
"How do you know?"
"I was the lion." And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued. "I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you."
"Then it was you who wounded Aravis?"
"It was I."
"But what for?"
"Child," said the Voice, "I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own."
I found this such a comfort, as I often forget who is in control and that I am not seeing the big picture. How often do we complain and consider ourselves unfortunate because of some inconvenience when it could just be God has put that diversion there to save you from something worse. We serve a loving and majestic God, and yet so often I find myself asking..."Why is this happening?" We can't see the whole picture...and most often, we aren't going to understand what He's doing in other people's lives. We just need to continue on doing what He is leading us to do.
Well, that's just one little thing I pulled out this time reading through this book. There were lots of other things but I'll let you read the book and discover them for yourselves. ;) And most likely you'll find something I didn't even see.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Favorite Authors

Here is a post about my favorite authors on my other blog. :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dear me, let us be elegant or die!

Yes, it is time for my annual reading of Little Women. Thanksgiving night I always read the first chapter. This is the third year in a row to do this. I've read it more than that just not at a specific time of the year. I always write the date finished in the front of the book so that I can look back and see how many years I have read it.

It's been very fun! I love looking forward to reading it every year. It's always different because each year I'm coming from a slightly different perspective. Some years I identify with Jo most, sometimes Meg, even Beth one time. Not sure if I've ever identified with Amy but who knows? Maybe one year I will? Maybe I'll marry someone with all older siblings and I'll be the baby of the family.

Hoping you are enjoying to the fullest every moment of this fast fading year!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Used Book Store Find

I love this old copy of Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott! I think it a very charming edition. I love the sweet illustrations and the colors on the cover. I'm always excited to find L.M. Alcott books in good condition. Especially Little Women. I have a small collection of them right now and I would love to find more in the future. That's usually the first book I look for in used book shops.

So, now I just need to read it!

Baedeker's Great Britain

I just wanted to share with you, what I think is one of the coolest books ever. :)
I found it burried in the Goodwill bookshelves for a mere $4.00 one day.
It's dated 1910 and as these amazing pull out maps...

Don't you agree, it's one of the coolest books ever? It looks like it's seen a good bit of the world. It's like finding an old friend. :) I hope to take it to England with me next trip and see if anything's changed.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Book

Hey all! I absolutely LOVE North and South. *sigh* It is so good. Those of you who love the movie or other Mrs. Gaskell novels will adore it. To quote Kathleen Kelly, "Read it. I KNOW you'll love it." (Lizzie, we need to watch that movie!!).

But that is not what I was going to blog about. I will post about that soon. I just wanted to show you a new book I got. It is so lovely! It is called Artful Storybook by Terry Taylor.

It's a book on making your own story books. It has a few instructions on some basic bookmaking but is mostly made up of pictures of actual artsy storybooks that different artists have made and how they made them. Very interesting! And I love that it has such different styles mixed in. One was made by a knitter/quilter and she made a fabric book. Others took old books and decorated the pages or illustrated a well known fairy tale. Like this book illustrating Hansel and Gretel. A tale that has always seemed to me kind of creepy, but I love the photos and style the artist used to tell the story.
Just wanted to share it with you. If you are interested in writing, stories, fairy tales or any kind of art I would encourage you to check it out at your local library. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Trip to the Library

Yes, my curent interest is Fashion. :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Book Shelves

Recently I organized my book shelf so I thought I should post a few pictures here as proof. :) For now, it is all alphabetical by author. I cannot say that it will be long until that is messed up.... :) They are all my books except for the pink Elsie Dinsmore book. I was babysitting them until Lizzie got back from England. She is here now and the books are safely back in her possession. So glad you're home my friend!!

This is not all of the books I own. I have packed some away for now. I'll get them out when I have a bigger book case.

Yay! Good book.... :)
My sister got this bust for me awhile back. Isn't she lovely? It makes a great book end. It is quite possibly my favorite item in my room.
I hope this glimpse of orderliness has inspired like stirrings in all of you to give your books a good going through. :) We should take care of our good friend, the book.
Happy Reading to you friends.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Holding Nothing Back

I picked up this book at Soul Survivor last month and just finished it this week. It's pretty small but boy is it challenging! I'll just write out the description on the back to give you a better idea of what this books about:
'How should we worship God, the One who exists in and for himself, unchanging, eternal, everywhere, and beyond our powers of description? Tim Hughes finds answers in scripture, in creation, and in the pains and stryggles of humanity. The goal? A life of full-on-worship-where joy makes space for lamentation, and anger keeps close to humility. God held nothing back-can we do less?'
A bit about the author:
Tim Hughes is the worship director at Holy Trinity Brompton in London. He is the author of many well-loved worship songs, including Here I am to Worship, Beautiful One and Consuming Fire. He also leads a school of worship called Worship Central.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Magician’s Nephew Chapters 1-3

I’m a bit behind on reading as we skipped reading for two nights. We had a power outage last night so we lit some candles and I read two chapters to mum and dad which now puts us through chapter three.
What have you thought so far?
I loved these chapters. I love being just on the edge of the adventure, which is right where the end of chapter three leaves you.
Something that really stood out to me was Digory’s chivalry in going after Polly. I love the line “And he thought then, as he always thought afterward too, that he could not decently have done anything else.” What a hero. J
Then there’s Uncle Andrew, who is so horrid yet he comes across as so funny. I love C. S. Lewis’ writing. He writes the best dialogue between characters!
What do you think of the wood between the worlds? It makes me think of the feeling you have just before you fall asleep, where your all comfy and almost dreaming. It sounds nice, but also a bit scary. I wouldn’t like to be stuck in a place like that.
On to chapter four! What are your thoughts so far?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Magician's Nephew

I'm going to read the Chronicles of Narnia series in chronological order, so I am starting with The Magician's Nephew. I'm going to read through it rather quickly since I would like to finish it before I leave for England so I am going to read 2 chapters a day. If this is too fast for any of you to read through it, feel free to comment later on!

So, read the first two chapters and let me know your thoughts of them! I'm excited to share mine as well. :) I love these books!

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia

I have a serious craving to read this series again after just seeing Prince Caspian in theaters. If anyone else wants to read through it with me please join in and post comments! I'm not sure when I'll start...probably next week or so.

I love these books so much! :)


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Eight Cousins

Well hello there! I'm Jane. Nice to meet you! I hope that you will enjoy this little book blog we have created. We will update it as often as we can with reviews and thought on the books we love or don't love. We hope that you will feel free to comment and let us know what you think of these books!

I found this wonderful old book (above) at a used book store recently for $1. Yay! When I go into used book stores I look for Louisa May Alcott books first. I would like to have a collection of them. So far I have Little Women (given to me by my very great friend, Lizzie. Thank yoooou!), Little Men, Jo's Boys and Eight Cousins. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more.

Eight of my favorite books written by Louisa May Alcott. This cozy little read is about a little girl named Rose who has recently lost both her parents and goes to live with her extended family on "The Aunt Hill" where she meets her eight cousins who happen to be all boys. As you can imagine it is full of funny antics and mischief that can only be thought up by little boys, great capers and scrapes and boatings that make you wish you had grown up at the Aunt Hill. Oh, let's not forget the aunts! They are as funny as the cousins. Each one different but strangely similar (reminds me of me and my sisters....). Aunt Plenty is the Homemaking hero. She's happiest when she's feeding a brood..reminds me of my older sister. :) Aunt Jessie who has four of the boys and loves every ounce of her rowdy boys and the strange things they bring home for her to see. Aunt Peace is peaceful, in spite of her romantic disappointment early in her life, and a wonderful seamstress. She encourages everyone with her peaceful and patient ways. Then there's Dolly, a hilarious little girl who tries to tag along with the big boys. There are many more equally entertaining characters but I will let you get to know them for yourself. So, pick it up and read it. You will not be disappointed. :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

When Wallflowers Dance Becoming a Woman of Righteous Confidence

I just finished reading this book by Angela Thomas. I found it so encouraging and uplifting. A must read for any girl who tends to be a wallflower, but longs to dance.
This book helped me let go of so many fears and embrace the freedom and love of Jesus. God wants His women to be strong and beautiful. Reading this book helped me grasp a little bit of that.
I also recommend, if you long to be a strong woman of righteous confidence, to read the books of Ruth and Esther in the Bible. I find them to be two of the most encouraging books.
If you are encouraged by any of these books, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of them! I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)