Persuasion by Jane Austen

Author:  Jane Austen
Length:  236 pages
Genre:  Classic Literature
Content Notes:  I found it to be a bit wordy and tedious in some places.

Anne was in love with Captain Wentworth; but she allowed others to persuade her not to attach herself to him. In this classic novel, Anne has to find that balance between being open to persuasion and standing firm on her own convictions. This is a story of love, regrets, second chances, and determining when to be persuaded and when not to be. In true Austen style, it is a story of love lost and found. It doesn’t take the place of my favorite Austen novel (Pride and Prejudice); but amidst the wordiness and rambling sections, this novel grew on me.

Quotes from the Book

…there could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison; no countenances so beloved.” (Ch. 8)

A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman. He ought not; he does not.” (Ch. 20)

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever.” (Ch. 23)


The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan


Title The Bookshop on the Corner
Author:  Jenny Colgan
Length:  332 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Content Notes:  Language (includging brief strong language), Course talk, Brief Racy Content

Nina loves books and loves her job at the local library. Then she finds out the library is closing and merging into a different branch with a whole new vision. In the midst of trying to figure out what she’s going to do, she gets hooked on the idea of starting a mobile library. The thought of it is scary and exciting at the same time. She steps out of her comfort zone and what unfolds is the adventure of her life.

A fun lighter read, this novel is about being brave and stepping out to do something you love. Enjoy this look at the power of books and reading.

Quotes from the Book

…for Nina, whenever reality, or the grimmer side of reality, threatened to invade, she always turned to a book. Books had been her solace when she was sad, her friends when she was lonely. They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down.” (pg. 40)

Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies

Welcome to Silver Street Farm
Author:  Nicola Davies
Length:  72 pages
Genre:  Children’s Literature

“Gemma says that it started with eating jelly beans on the merry-go-round in the park. Karl says no, it started with Auntie Nat’s poodles. But Meera knows that the real beginning of Silver Street Farm was their very first day of kindergarten in Mrs. Monty’s class.”  (pg.1) And so begins the story of how three children and some interesting circumstances bring about a farm in their city. Funny and creative, children will have fun reading this book.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens


Title David Copperfield
Author:  Charles Dickens
Length:  791 pages
Genre:  Classic Literature
Content Notes:  This is a long book; but the length shows the author’s ability to really develop the characters.

In this classic novel, Dickens tells the life story of David Copperfield. He does a superb job of developing the characters and leaving no loose ends when you finish the last chapter. The novel deals with a fair bit of heavy issues:  hardship and cruelty, poverty, death, loss, scandal, and misplaced love. However, it’s also filled with themes of enduring friendship, unconditional love, forgiveness, kindness, and strength of character to overcome. This is obviously not a light read; yet, Dickens manages to make it feel less heavy at times by sprinkling in humor here and there. Don’t let the length cause you to look over this book. While there may be some wordiness at times, it’s truly a well-written classic.

Quotes from the Book

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

Robert Frost’s Poems


Title Robert Frost’s Poems
With an Introduction and Commentary by Louis Untermeyer
Length:  275 pages
Genre:  Poetry

This book is not just a book full of poems; it is also filled with commentary that gives insight into Frost’s poetry. With me not being a big poetry person, the commentary was really helpful. I didn’t like everything written by Frost that was included in this book; but this book shows the wide range of ability Frost had in crafting poetry in its different forms. What surprised me was that Frost even wrote some fairly creepy poems. Who knew he had some Edgar Allen Poe in him!

Quotes from the Book

A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found the words.” Robert Frost  (pg. 220)

What’s Helping Me Right Now

Last week, Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy talked about what’s saving her life right now.  Then she offered for everyone to join with her in sharing what’s saving our lives right now. These are things that are breathing life into us right now, things that are helping us get through the dreary and cold days of winter.

For the past month, we’ve had day upon day upon day of grey, overcast days…some even quite darker than the average overcast day. We’ve had back to back days of rain at times too. I like to see sun shining through my windows and these seemingly nonstop days of grey skies can make a person feel just plain’ole blah. So these are a couple of things that have really helped me right now.


Reading and Talking about Books

I know I love to read and love books and read all.the.time. But especially right now, reading and talking with friends about books is helping me through these dreary, grey days. Recently, a friend and I have been texting back and forth about what we’re reading, what we’ve read, and books we’d like to read. It’s so fun!

I’ve read some good books already in January. And these grey days are good for curling up on the couch, in front of the fireplace, snuggled in a warm blanket, reading. Obviously I can’t do this all day long (wouldn’t that be nice sometimes? 🙂 )…..but I thoroughly enjoy the moments in the day when I can.


I love coffee! But there’s something about a warm cup of coffee on a dark, dreary day…especially when it’s coupled with a good book or a good movie/show!

Sunshine Moments

Here and there amidst the grey clouds, the sun occassionally tries to pop out. When it does, nothing feels better than to turn my face towards the window and the sunshine, close my eyes, and soak in that sunshine. Sometimes, the sunshine will peak through the grey and shine through the window that my desk sits in front of. In those moments, I like to just sit at my desk, close my eyes, and do nothing but enjoy that little bit of sunshiny happiness. 🙂

Trips to the Bookstore

I love going to the bookstore. Sometimes with a book in mind…sometimes just because. Just the other day, it was so grey and dreary outside that I told my daughter, “I think we need a trip to the bookstore, what do you think?” Of course she said “Yes!” She loves going to the bookstore just as much as I do. So after dinner, off we went. It was just what we needed.

These are just a few of the things that have really helped me during this winter season. What has been helping you?

What I’ve Been Reading – January 2017

This is just a quick look at books I read in January.

robert-frosts-poemsRobert Frost’s Poems
With an Introduction and Commentary by Louis Untermeyer

Reading for Growth Reading Challenge Category
A Book of Poetry, a Play, or an Essay Collection

I am not a big poetry person; so I am trying to be more intentional about incorporating more poetry into my reading life. What I liked about this book is that it contained commentary that gave insight into Frost’s poetry. While I didn’t like every poem in the book, I did have some favorites. My favorite poems were Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, The Road Not Taken, and A Time to Talk.   READ MORE

david-copperfieldDavid Copperfield
By Charles Dickens

Reading for Growth Reading Challenge Category 
A Book That’s More Than 600 Pages

I started to read David Copperfield several years ago but never finished it. I decided it was time to pick this one back up and start it all over again. In this classic novel, Dickens tells the life story of David Copperfield. He does a superb job of developing the characters and leaving no loose ends when you finish the last chapter.   READ MORE

By Jane Austen

Reading for Growth Reading Challenge Category
A Book Published Before You Were Born

I’ve seen I don’t know how many movie/mini-series productions of Jane Austen’s works. But until last year, I had not read any of her books in their entirety. I had tried to read several of them in years past but never finished any of them. Last year, I finally read Pride and Prejudice and loved it. I found that I didn’t like Persuasion quite as much as Pride and Prejudice though. It felt tedious to read at times with its wordiness. However, the novel grew on me and I think this is one I would read again.   READ MORE

the-bookshop-on-the-cornerThe Bookshop on the Corner
By Jenny Colgan

Reading for Fun Reading Challenge Category
A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been But Would Like to Visit

England, Ireland, and Scotland are all places I’ve never been to but would love to visit sometime. And The Bookshop on the Corner happens to take place in England *and* Scotland. The main character, Nina, leaves her home in England to start a mobile bookstore in a small town in Scotland. This is a lighter read but has its moments of depth. (Heads up for language, course talk, and brief racy content.)   READ MORE

welcome-to-silver-street-farmWelcome to Silver Street Farm
By Nicola Davies

This is a cute children’s chapter book about three children who end up starting a farm in their city.