Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wrapping Up and Tapped Out!

Well hello there! I sort of disappeared over the weekend without actually meaning to, and whether y'all noticed or not, I've been a bit out of touch this first half of the week, too! Replies to comments? What??

Greyson came home from his daddio's house on Sunday afternoon, and as of Sunday night he was crankin' a 102 fever. Eeek! Needless to say, I took him to the doctor on Monday morning, and as it turns out he has some strain of pink eye that causes fever, too. Or that's all she could figure, anyway. So it stayed high through Monday and Monday night, and Tuesday we saw some improvement. As I'm writing this, I'm curious if it'll continue to go down or if we'll be home again on Wednesday!

I've been working at home as best I can, and as you might imagine, there hasn't been a ton of reading going on. Even when Greyson is sick he's usually in good spirits which means he'll play play play and then CRASH. Keeps me on my toes...that's for certain!

One minute he looks like this.
Then this. That's my mom, btw. 

So, on the to wrap-up part of this post.

I am very proud to announce that I finished up my commitments for the Estella Project! I read three books from the Estella Project list which was compiled when our readers submitted their "best of the best" book choices. While I had originally intended to include Kindred in this list, I bumped it when we decided to group-read Owen Meany.


And in my opinion, the Estella Project was a rousing success. I rated all of these books 5/5 stars on Goodreads!!! I would consider The Glass Castle amidst the best memoirs I've ever read. And I have inducted Owen Meany and The Sparrow into my all-time favorites list! 

As we bookworms know, that doesn't happen every day, and for me it happened twice in one summer. That's some good readin'. 

There's a written review of The Sparrow coming soon, but in the meantime, here's a gushing vlog about it.

 

22 comments:

  1. Sorry the little guy is under the weather. I hope he's feeling better this morning!

    I am so glad you finally got around to reading The Sparrow and that you LOVED it!!! Now, do you plan to read the sequel, Children of God? It answers some questions, but I didn't love it nearly as much as The Sparrow.

    The Sparrow is on my lifetime favorites' shelf, too. I've read it twice and your video review has inspired me to read it a third time. Can't think of a single book I've read three times, so that should tell you how much I loved it.

    About the book, isn't the creation of the language fascinating? Russell is a linguist, so it's no wonder she does such an amazing job with that aspect of the book. Love and miss those characters...

    BTW, when I read it for the first time, the technology seemed pretty cool. Not too futuristic, but still cool.

    Awesome video review, Andi.

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    1. It was SO STINKIN' AMAZING!!! It does make sense that she's a linguist, because I don't know anyone outside of linguistics who understands all those linguistic terms and could make up a language with any sort of believability. Tolkien comes to mind, too.

      I definitely plan to read Children of God, but I don't think for a minute it will strike me the same way this book did.

      Just so good. So good all around, and I know it's a book I will re-read. THANK YOU, Les, for never letting me forget about this book. And for recommending it all those years ago. :D

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  2. Hope Greyson feels better soon! Loved the vlog. And seriously, if a book is one of your all-time faves, I'm sure I'll love it, too. :)

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    1. He's much better today. He's back at school, and I'm back at work. Although, he was not happy about it. :) I hope you adore The Sparrow!

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  3. I loved your vlog on The Sparrow. I must read it! I hope little man feels better soon!

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    1. Thank you, dahling! I think you'll dig it.

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  4. Poor little man :( It's Wed. evening as I type this and I sure hope he's feeling better now!

    The Estella Project was FANTASTIC. Bravo! I read a bunch of books I wouldn't have picked otherwise and I'm so so glad. So thanks! I ended up reading The Spirit Catches You, Kindred, and Owen Meany. I didn't read The Sparrow so I'm off to watch your video right now :)

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    1. He's feeling much better. His fever broke FINALLY on Tuesday, and we were back at school/work on Wednesday.

      And The Estella Project really did turn out great. I was so thrilled. I want to read more of the books from the list now! I hope you like the video and I hope you read The Sparrow!

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  5. Aw, poor little G. I see he's back at school. I'm glad he's better; sorry he wasn't happy to go back.

    I opted not to listen to your thoughts on The Sparrow beyond the point that you said it's a new all-time favorite. Okay, that's enough for me. Prairie Horizons Les gushed about it, too, as I recall. Onto the wish list it goes.

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    1. Oh yeah, he was definitely not pleased to have to put on real clothes and leave home. He wanted to hang out with mama (which makes me feel good).

      I hope you can get around to The Sparrow! It's so amazing.

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  6. I hope the little guy's fever comes down. We battled that a few months ago. Gage had a fever for about 5 days and kept taking him to the dr. One day it just went away and no harm done. No fun though. The Sparrow and The Glass Castle are two of my all-time faves too. I was not so much an Owen Meany fan. I thought the end was fantastic but had to struggle to get there. I know I;m in the minority on that one.

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    1. All better now, Stacy. He had one of those instances a few years ago where he ran fever for 5 days for no apparent reason. So weird! And worrisome. I'm glad he's back in good spirits and feeling better.

      The Sparrow and Glass Castle were so awesome! Owen was a slog at times, but I loved the journey once I was done.

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  7. Well bravo for setting goals and sticking to them. I'm still working on that concerning reading. I'd like to propose we read Kindred together. When do you think you wopuld be available for that. I'm good just not the month of September.

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    1. I'm not always good at it. I think I accomplished about 1/2 of my actual TBR list I'd intended for this month. But at least I considered everything I had options to read!

      I would LOVE to read Kindred together. September is out for me, so October or November would probably be best. So excited!

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  8. Aww poor Grayson! Even when he's not feeling well he's super cute though. Looks like a lil sweetie!

    And yay for the Estella Project being a success! If it brings you to some great books, they that's definitely a good thig. Good job on sticking with it :)

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    1. Awww, thanks! He's feeling much better now, thank goodness.

      It definitely delivered some wonderful reading. :)

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  9. I wish my boy could lay his head on my shoulder now...such a charming picture (and memory for me!).

    Didn't love Owen Meany, by the time I got to the end I was done, but I know everyone else is bananas over it. Somehow, I liked the film, Simon Birch, better and that never happens for me with a film based on a movie!

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    1. I know. We take the snuggles every chance we get. As he's gotten more independent he snuggles with my mom less, so she was eating it up.

      I can see how it could be tiresome. From what I've heard of the movie, it's a lot more condensed, which is not necessarily a bad thing. :)

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  10. Hope Greyson's feeling better! You did have quite a success with the Estella Project.

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    1. I certainly did. Now to read more books from the Estella Project list!

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  11. I hope that Greyson is all better now! Nothing worse that sick kiddos. Great job with the Estella Project *throws confetti*

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  12. I hope Greyson is all better by now!

    The Estella Project and three 5 star books sounds amazing! The Sparrow sounds intense and lovely and I want to read it! It sounds like everything I like in a book! My library has copies so I'm going to try to request it for when I take my current books back! I'm excited about it!

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