I learned very quickly that I have a great deal in common with Tacy. I'm extremely curious how her character will progress through the rest of the serI learned very quickly that I have a great deal in common with Tacy. I'm extremely curious how her character will progress through the rest of the series! I have nothing at all in common with Betsy, so I imagine we would have been good friends. Two extremely bashful people aren't going to talk a whole lot, I'm guessing. My friends in elementary school and my best friend starting in 6th grade were all a great deal more talkative than me. That's really not saying much, though. Most of the people I went to school with for 13 years will tell you they never heard a word from my mouth. I have to be comfortable in my surroundings to talk, just like Tacy.
Now Katie said, "This is my little sister Tacy," And she added, "She's very bashful." "Never mind," said Miss Dalton, smiling brightly. "I'll take care of that. I'll put her right beside me." And she placed a little chair beside her desk and put Tacy into that. Tacy didn't like it. Betsy could tell from the way she scrunched down and hid herself beneath her curls.
I related all too well with this scene! The last thing a bashful person wants is to be put front and center, especially when they are already out of their comfort zone.
My favorite scene in Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books) was probably when she met her little sister for the first time.
The room smelled of medicine, and the woman with the white apron was strange, and Betsy felt strange, too. And she didn't at all like the looks of her baby siter! But her mother was gazing at them with such shining eyes...Betsy couldn't bear to hurt her feelings. So she didn't say a word.
Julia actually like the baby. You could tell that she did. She "Oh-ed" and she "Ah-ed" and she said, "Oh, let me hold her. May I hold her, papa?" And she lifted up one of the tiny hands and cried, "Isn't she darling?"
Betsy was disgusted with Julia. Julia never did have much sense, she thought to herself. When nobody was looking she slipped into the kitchen and out the back kitchen door.
I couldn't help but laugh at that scene!
I'm so glad that I've finally been introduced to Betsy and Tacy! ...more
I discovered that Wodehouse's writing is kind of slow reading for me. I couldn't just sit and devour the story. I DID enjoy it, though, and I had funI discovered that Wodehouse's writing is kind of slow reading for me. I couldn't just sit and devour the story. I DID enjoy it, though, and I had fun reading The Girl in Blue. It kind of surprised me that I had a hard time getting into it. I love many of the actors considered to have a dry, British humor(Hugh Laurie, Ricky Gervais, for example), so I had no doubt I would love these books, even though it was my first attempt at reading that type of humor. When I first started reading, I was afraid I was going to have to say I wasn't a Wodehouse fan. It was going painfully slow for me. It wasn't until a nice, quiet trip to the park that I was able to immerse myself into the story enough to enjoy it.
There's quite a few mild words of profanity scattered throughout(various forms of da**, bas****, a**, he**)(God's name is used in vain pretty often....Good G**, etc) ...more
Mr. Fox and his family are being hunted by 3 farmers. The farmers go to great lengths to kill the animals, and the animals go to great lengths to survMr. Fox and his family are being hunted by 3 farmers. The farmers go to great lengths to kill the animals, and the animals go to great lengths to survive.
This has been my least favorite Dahl book, so far. I didn't hate it, but I think the resort to so many bodily functions just turned me against it. I've praised Dahl in the past for NOT resorting to such things for humor, and using his wonderful creativity to get laughs in other ways. I guess I was extra disappointed because I had higher expectations from him. It IS a cute story, if you look past the stealing(which Dahl manages to discuss within the story) and bodily humor(which really isn't overwhelming...just belches, and boils, and scratching, etc).
*Note: I AM trying to lighten up in the "bodily function" area, pertaining to my reading! ;)...more
I will admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, I was afraid it was going to be too “history bookish” for my tastes. I ended up loving ChosenI will admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, I was afraid it was going to be too “history bookish” for my tastes. I ended up loving Chosen. I didn’t take everything in the book to be true, because it wasn’t in the Bible, but it had so much background information to help me better understand Esther’s life, and the customs and traditions of the time. I gained even more respect for Esther and the sacrifices she made. It was very interesting and I can’t wait to read more of Ginger’s books about the ladies of the Bible. I'm looking forward to reading Esther's story in the Bible now that I have some background knowledge!
By the way, does anyone know how to make a separate "main" bookshelf for "not to read"? When I mark books asNot reading due to tons of bad language.
By the way, does anyone know how to make a separate "main" bookshelf for "not to read"? When I mark books as "not to read on the lower shelves, it automatically claims I've read it, and obviously, I haven't. :)...more
I've found it hard to express JUST how much I loved this book! Every time I've attempted to write my thoughts, I've had a hard time pulling them togetI've found it hard to express JUST how much I loved this book! Every time I've attempted to write my thoughts, I've had a hard time pulling them together.
It's one of the few books that I've placed in my "hug-worthy" category, meaning as I closed the pages, I just wanted to give it a hug. Now I can't believe I left it unread on my shelf for so long. For me, The Mysterious Benedict Society was THE perfect blend of fun, sweet, corny, and mystery. The characters were SO lovable! This is a set of book that I am happy to put on my boys' bookshelf.
The story follows Reynie, Kate, Sticky(George Washington), and Constance. Each of them are very intelligent children, but in different ways. They learn to put their strengths and weaknesses together to form "The Mysterious Benedict Society".
It was a bit creepier than I was anticipating, though not enough for me not to recommend it. It's one of those rare books that can(and should) be enjoyed by ALL ages. I'm not opposed to my boys reading just crazy fun books that probably won't be as enjoyable as they grow older, but I think this is an intelligent read that will grow with them.
I loved it and definitely recommend giving it a try!...more
I stopped reading this one after only two pages. There was a sexual scene involving children. I flipped through after that, and saw several words of pI stopped reading this one after only two pages. There was a sexual scene involving children. I flipped through after that, and saw several words of profanity. Not for me. ...more