Sunday Bookends is my week in review, so to speak. It’s where I share what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been reading, what I’ve been watching, what I’ve been listening to, and what I’ve been writing. Feel free to share a link or comment about your week in the comments.
This week, especially toward the end, I have needed distractions from real life. Lots of distractions. That’s where the reading and writing has come in.
What I’m Reading
I mixed my reading with both lighter and “more challenging” reading this past week.
For the “light reading” (you know, if you consider a book that starts with the death of the main characters’ best friend and sister “light reading”.), I’m reading Just Like Home by Courtney Walsh, which is her latest book.
Here is the Goodreads description:
Prima ballerina Charlotte Page has a life any dancer would envy, but the tragic loss of her best friend, Julianna, leaves her wanting more. Or maybe—less. In an effort to make her life about something other than accolades and applause, Charlotte leaves professional ballet to save Julianna’s small-town dance studio. This lands her directly in the path of cranky high school football coach and Julianna’s older brother, Cole Turner.
Fresh off a state win and a bitter divorce, the last thing Cole expects is for a prima ballerina to chip away at the wall he’s grown quite comfortable hiding behind.
Will their fledgling relationship be strong enough to weather the storm of old secrets and a haunting past? Or will Charlotte lose the new, simple life she’s given up everything to gain?
For my “more challenging” reading, my son and I are reading Silas Marner by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). I have never had to read George Eliot, so I never knew George Eliot was actually a woman and when I say I’ve never “had to read George Eliot” I think people probably only read her when they are forced to. My son and I are “forced to” for his Economics curriculum, which seconds as English. I had a feeling no one reads Eliot for fun based on two things: my brother asking if we were reading her on purpose and the first long-winded, run-on sentences-out-the-wazoof irst page of the book. Listening to the book being read out loud on Youtube (audio only) is helping us push through and we are already on Chapter 3. To be honest, the story itself is not that bad. It’s the old-fashioned language that is a bit hard to push through. In all seriousness, Evans really was a good writer for her time, if not a bit long-winded
In case your dying to read a book that is thought of as a classic, here is the description from Goodreads:
George Eliot’s tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics.
Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of Eppie, the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot’s favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.
If you ever really want a crazy, trippy story about a slightly crazy, trippy lady, look up Evan’s story (if you haven’t already.) We watched a documentary on her this past week and I got a lot of weird looks from my son when they discussed the sex life of some of the people during the victorian age. That’s all I’ll say about that.
If we make it through this book we plan to watch the movie with Sir Ben Kingsley.
What I’m Watching
My husband and I started Murdoch Mysteries this week and my son and I watched Guarding Tess for something different. I’ve seen Guarding Tess before but thought my son should be exposed to movies other than Harry Potter and Star Wars. Sadly, the language in Guarding Tess isn’t the best, but the rest of it is still cleaner than a lot of movies.
The description of Murdoch Mysteries on the CBC website (yes, it is Canadian):
Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.
Murdoch’s circle of associates includes Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager and often naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. All are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian-turned-Edwardian society.
What I’ve Been Writing
I’m working on rewrites and corrections from my “editor” (husband) for Quarantined, the novella I shared here on the blog and plan to publish Oct. 20. I finally decided on a cover design for it.
I shared another chapter of The Farmer’s Daughter on Friday and on Thursday I shared some fall photos, a story of my dad burning one of his favorite hats, and a book review for Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner.
What’s Been Occurring
This week we celebrated Little Miss’ sixth birthday. I should probably write a separate blog post about that, but I’m not sure I can handle that emotionally. I’m amazed with how fast these six years have gone by.We spent her birthday going clothes shopping at a small second hand shop near us, buying her a treat of cupcakes and going to pick up her take-out dinner from a local diner down the street. Yesterday we held a small party for her with a little girl she’s befriended since we moved here and her grandparents.
Someone from our family finally saw the bear and cubs that have been wandering around the neighborhood. My son saw them out his window about 12:45 a.m. and texted me but oddly, I had actually fallen asleep early that night and didn’t get the message until the morning. He said he saw one of the cubs on our back porch and the mom and other cub out in the yard. In the morning my husband found our burn barrel shoved into the garden fence. Alas, it was too dark to try to get a photo of them. Last night we thought we heard them again and turned all the lights off to look, but whatever was moving out there wasn’t interested in letting us see it. Something ran into the woods when we let out our dog for her final “pee session” of the night, according to my son.
So what’s up with all of you? How was your week? Let me know in the comments!
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11 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: The new six year old, I need distractions, and suffering through – I mean, reading the classics”
I started reading the description of Silas Marner and was like, I KNOW that. So I have never read the book 🙂 but I have seen the movie a Simple Twist of Fate which is based on the book. Not sure how closely though, lol. I have to be able to concentrate to read some of the older “classics”, which means they don’t get read right now! Maybe someday. Bears are no joke. Don’t leave any trash out or they will be all over it. Ask me how I know, lol. At least the weather is starting to turn (for us anyways!) and they will be looking for somewhere to sleep for the winter! God Bless!
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The concentration issue is why we’ve had to listen to the audio while reading. I really am having a hard time focusing with all the stress of life these days — even when I don’t watch the news!
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I’ve been wanting to try Murdoch mysteries for a long time! This post is going to give me the incentive I needed to finally sit down and try it out 😁
Murdoch Mysteries is such a good show .. I love it 🙂 Lovely photos but bears in your yard…wow. I would have been scared lol
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At first I thought having a bear around would be cool, but now we have three – sometimes four wandering around and I am a bit freaked out when I put our dog out at night. We have a really bright light in the backyard that helps illuminate the yard so I can check before I hook her up to the lead but I always check before I open the door in case one of them is on the porch next to the door! Yikes! Lol!
Wow. They love your yard! I dont have bears where I live but if I did I think will surely be like you and peaking out to see them and have a big bright light lol. Be safe
Oh, meant to add that we were surprised (pleasantly) to see Murdoch Mysteries is still on in Canada too.
Wow, Happy Birthday to your new Six year old! We have foxes and deer and a stray coyote now and then, but a bear??!! Crazy. We will have to look for Murdoch Mysteries. Thanks for the great photos to cheer me on for the week again. I love your fall colors there. Blessings to you.
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Blessings to you too, Bettie. I hope you are doing well.
Oh my goodness! Your post made me smile. The delight on your little one’s face, the umbrella photo, the one of your dad and his hat.. beautiful photos. And happy birthday to your little miss. These years do go by so fast.
The bear was on your porch!!!!! EEK!!! I would pass out. And hide in a closet. Or something that didn’t involve getting a closer look. 🙂
I will have to try Murdoch Mysteries! We are looking for a few new shows to watch. I think I will give a hard pass to Silas Marner though, and just learn about it through you.
Based on what you watch, I think you might like Murdoch Mysteries. It is a very light mystery show – little violence, gore, or bad language. Maybe even a bit cheesy at times but we still like it. We are confused why the actor wears heavy eyeliner in the late 1800s so I spend much of the episode trying to determine if that is his natural eyelashes or really dark eyeliner.
I keep thinking I want a look at the bear and her cubs but each time I look out to see if she is there, I get all nervous! It’s like I think she will develop opposable thumbs, open our back door and come on in! 😂
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