Well I suck...

I admit it, I'm behind on my books. I sort of had a phase where my brain decided it needed a vacation, and it didn't bother leaving a note. Hopefully it is eating bad food and enjoying the nightlife someplace fun. Maybe Milan, (as in Italy), or Reykjavík. Hey, I heard the Icelanders have some killer night life.

I digress...

This months book for July is one I haven't read since I was a kid, but I adored, (mostly because I remembered the 70's movie with Michael York and Richard Chamberlain). So it's one for all, and all for one, as we read The Three Musketeers this month. Have lots of fun with another swashbuckling tale for the summer.

I swear, I don't pick these things thematically, it just happens that way!

June selection...

' name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father...prepared to die!

Ehem, ok, I'm really bad at the sword, and my name is NOT Inigo Montoya, but I have seen The Princess Bride a zillion times...which is why I'm excited that we will be reading the book by "S. Morgenstern" for our June selection. I don't know about you, I'm in the book for romance, adventure....and 'two wuv'.

Have fun!

May selections...

Alright gang, it's time for our May selection! After two months of Dutch painters, (and I love Rembrandt, but GAH), we have a return to at least more modern fair. This months book for Time4Reading is one of my personal all time favorites, one I read and loved in high school, To Kill a Mockingbird. For those of you sad souls who haven't had a chance to read it....

(From Wikipedia)

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers, and a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explained the novel's impact by writing, "[i]n the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."[1]

As a Southern Gothic novel and a bildungsroman, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence, but scholars have also noted that Lee addresses the issues of class tensions, courage and compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. The book is widely taught in schools in English-speaking countries with lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice. Despite its themes, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the target of various campaigns to have it removed from public classrooms. Often the book is challenged for its use of racial epithets, and writers have noticed that although white readers react favorably to the novel, black readers tend to respond less positively.

As you all know, I LOVE reading books that are banned, woot!

Anyway, have fun reading this months book, and if you have a chance, when you are done, check out the AMAZING movie version of it with Gregory Peck. It really is just stunningly good, and made me fall in love with Gregory Peck as an actor.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Did I tell you guys I started another blog?

I did send an email, but to let you know, I'm lazy, and am just cross-posting my reviews from there onto our Time4Reading journal. If you like, feel free to do the same from blogs, Good Reads, or whatever. This is more a forum to share thoughts and ideas on books.

So here you least I liked it better than Wicked

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Jane Eyre

I finally finished Jane Eyre
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So I'm not working on Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, but in case you aren't done or sick of Dutch painters in the 17th century, next months book, (quite by accident), is Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

From Ms. Chevalier's website:

"One of the best-loved paintings in the world is a mystery. Who is the model and why has she been painted? What is she thinking as she stares out at us? Are her wide eyes and enigmatic half-smile innocent or seductive? And why is she wearing a pearl earring?

Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter's attention. Though different in upbringing, education and social standing, they have a similar way of looking at things. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings - the still, luminous images of solitary women in domestic settings.

In contrast to her work in her master's studio, Griet must carve a place for herself in a chaotic Catholic household run by Vermeer's volatile wife Catharina, his shrewd mother-in-law Maria Thins, and their fiercely loyal maid Tanneke. Six children (and counting) fill out the household, dominated by six-year-old Cornelia, a mischievous girl who sees more than she should.

On the verge of womanhood, Griet also contends with the growing attentions both from a local butcher and from Vermeer's patron, the wealthy van Ruijven. And she has to find her way through this new and strange life outside the loving Protestant family she grew up in, now fragmented by accident and death.

As Griet becomes part of her master's work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and even - as the scandal seeps out - ripples in the world beyond."

So enjoy, I promise you'll be sick to death of Dutch painters soon....wait till I find that bio on Rembrandt!
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March book

Hi there all...

March's book is Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by the same author of Wicked, Gregory Maguire. Here's a bit from Wikipedia on the book.

The story follows Iris, the plain younger daughter of Margarethe Fisher, as she takes care of her mentally challenged older sister named Ruth, and her stepsister, Clara. Having fled from England to Haarlem, Iris is slightly at odds with the world and often contemplates the value of beauty and ugliness. While caring for her sisters and keeping the peace between Clara and Margarethe, Iris begins to develop the eye of a painter and takes some time to apprentice with a local painter known as The Master, and his apprentice, Caspar.

On the verge of losing everything they have gained after a sudden drop in their stock market, Margerethe devises a plan for her two daughters, Iris and Ruth, to attend the ball being held in honor of the Dowager Queen of France and her godson, Prince of Marsillac. Leaving out Clara, who, she knows full well, would abandon her new family in the poor house if wed to the prince instead. While there, Ruth does the unthinkable for jealousy and love of Clara and Master. That night fairy tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage is spun, and the next morning her prince comes to collect her.

While I wasn't impressed by Wicked, we'll see how this one works out. Enjoy!