Summer Corner #8
Dress up That Doll

A literary meme


I have been taged by Miss. Eagle at The Trad Pad I have to confess I mostly read children’s books (I do not have a lot of patients for adult books) so my responses may not be very interesting or deep.

1. One book that changed your life

Well there is lot but for the moment I am reading Real Love For Real Life "the art and work of caring" by Andi Ashworth. I am loving this book because it is helping me think of care giving in a whole new light. When I heard the word caregiver I think of someone like a nurse. Well I am not good at being a nurse. It is much to practical for me. So I never thought of myself as a caregiver. But Andi talks about all the different and creative ways we caregiver. How to use the talents and interests you have to helps others. Basically do not beat yourself up because you are a certain type of person, but use who you are, the way you are to bless others.


2. One book you have read more than once.

Any Miss. Read book.


3. One book you'd want on a desert island.

My favorite book in whole world. "The House At The End Of The Lane" by Elizabeth Rush. It is about a doll (Miss Lucy), Mr. Bear, a giraffe (Bartholomew), Mr. Rabbit and Chester dog. They live in the most charming estate at the end of the lane. They have lots of tea parties, midnight concerts and general merriment. I so want to live with them.


4. One book that made you giddy?

Ohh I can not narrow this down. Any book that takes something, covers it in glitter, sets it in some scrumptious setting and shows me how to do it in my own home.


5. One book that you wish had been written

A homeschool book like the one I describe above. No schedules, list, curriculum. But fun hands on learning with amazing pictures. Basically if Victoria magazine were to do a homeschool book.

Baroquerule10_36. One book that wracked you with sobs?

Holly and Ivy

Baroquerule10_37. One book you wish had never been written

Most depressing adult fiction !!!


8. One book you're currently reading

"Stone Gable" by Brenda Knight Graham. Written in in 1978. It is a true story about 10 children who were homeschooled in forties. Their father is a retired artist because of poor eyesight. They live in this old amazing stone house. They do not called themselves homeschoolers, but that is what they did. It is very engaging and descriptive memoirs of their childhood. I am only 1/3 through it, so far nothing shocking or depressing. Hopefully I will still love the book when I am done.


9. One book you've been meaning to read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. I have never read any of Ms. Austin’s books. I will confess I am very intimated by them. Even though I love books, being a dyslexic I am terrified of them at the same time. If that makes sense???

Picture by Mary Cassatt




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Pride and Prejudice is a wonderful book, I encourage you to try it out! i read it for the first time a couple of years ago and i loved it--great characters! It is an enjoyable read!


Hi Clarice,
I also enjoy children's books more than adult ones. I thought I was the only one! I will have to see if my library has any of the ones you mentioned.
We just read "Understood Betsy" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher and we are on chapter 7 of "The Year of Miss Agnes" by Kirkpatrick Hill and it reminds me alot of what a Charlotte Mason classroom would be like. I think you would like both books!


Charity Grace

I've never known anyone else who has read Stone Gables. Such a great book.


Some great reading ideas!
Thanks for your reading list, Clarice!


Have ordered the Stone Gables book you spoke of above and looking forward to reading it...cost me 12 cents plus shipping ($3.50)...ha, go figure!

Mary T.

It's a good thing that fall is soon to come and then winter. My yardwork will be put to bed until spring and I'll have time to check out some of these books. By the way, I'm enjoying another Aunt Dimity book right now when I have a chance to read.


Clarice, do not be intimidated by P&P. I think you'll adore it. I don't think Jane Austen's books are very difficult and I'm a slow reader who must really be enthralled with a book to stay with it.


I need to get out to the library more as I have never heard of so many of these books. Well of course Pride and Prejudice but that is mainly to do with my deep desire to have Colin Firth locked in my attic. I did read Jane Eyre and loved it. I had a vintage copy which is purse size which made reading it a special treat. I'm happy to loan it to you if you wish. It is in two volumes with a copyright date of 1893. I found it in a rubbish tip in Wales.


I think this is a great list and your reasons were fun and interesting. Well you know I love Miss Read, but Mitford books also fall into that catagory for me. Stone Gables sounds familiar, is that my book? I need to read the rest of Jane's books. Jane Eyre is my fav. classic book. Love, Mom


Thank you, twice. I just had to get the book "The House At The End Of The Lane" after reading your entry. For myself and for my Granddaughter.

And your picture by Mary Cassatt, inspired me to print some [from an Art site] out on plain paper and use them, for writing paper. Which has inspired me to write some notes to friends.

So see? I thank you twice, for this entry.


Miss Eagle

Clarice, I love the idea of a home schooling book by Victoria magazine. Let's give the kids style and beauty, I say. I have just published on my blog a piece I wrote about my daughter a long time ago and her love of beautiful things. It was inspired, in turn, by Lazy Cow's beautiful piece to mark the sixth birthday of her daughter. You might like to have a look.


Miss Read's books are lovely. Honestly, Jane Austen's books are not very intimidating once you finally do start them! The characters are great and sparkling, the plot zips along, and she wasn't one for long paragraphs of scenery or anything - and they're full of romance and scandal. Really, she's the most fun "Classic" author!


I love the Miss Read books and have read most of them at least twice! I like them best on a cozy winter's day with a cup of tea and a cookie or two to nibble on.
Your list was very interesting Clarice.

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