What I Read in April

April was a month in which I read parts of a lot of books which I will finish and post about NEXT month. I did meet my five book goal for April though!

Continuing with my re-read of the Anne of Green Gables series, I read Anne of the Island, in which Anne goes to college. On this reading it strikes me how little we actually hear about Anne’s actual studies! Also, the pacing is strange as whole years seem to pass in the blink of an eye. But I will always love this book for the chapter in which Anne finally realizes that she loves Gilbert.

Ellis Peters’s mysteries continue to delight me. This month’s read was The Devil’s Novice. Whenever my daughter brings me one of these books from the library, I immediately put down whatever I’ve been reading and proceed to devour it in a day or two.

This Is All I Got was a gut-wrenching, soul-sucking read, and if you are one of those people who believe a smart, hard-working woman ought to be able to pull herself out of poverty, you need to read this. It was one of my Georgetown book club reads for the month.

The Biggest Bluff was the other Georgetown book and it was a jarring juxtaposition to the prior one. It chronicles the author’s quest to become a top poker player, while also dabbling in psychology.  If you don’t understand poker and don’t really want to, parts of it are tedious, even though the story and some of the insights are interesting.

Finally, even though I am trying to read only one of these a month, I just could not resist cracking open Anne of Windy Poplars. This is probably my least favorite of the series, perhaps because it is almost entirely epistolary, and features too many new characters at the expense of all our old friends.

I am writing this on May 5, and I have already finished two books this month–so I am already looking forward to next month’s post!

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Answer Me This #7

It’s that time of the week again . . . time for Answer Me This, from Catholic All Year.
1. Do you have a land line?
Gracious, no.  Not in about two years.  I wanted to keep one, but we could never remember the number, and no one important ever called on it anyway.  So we got William a cell phone so he could call us if he was home alone, and we are now an all-cell family.
2. What is your least favorite food?
I love almost everything.  I mean, I eat rutabagas, and brussel sprouts, and cabbage, and other things most people think are yucky.  I can’t bring myself to eat liver or beets.  Beets taste like dirt to me, but I am still hoping to overcome that.
3. What’s on your summer reading list?
I don’t have a list, just a stack.  A very big stack that I add to faster than I subtract from it.  I went to McKay’s to get the kids movies today, and left with six or seven from the free bin.
4. Is there something that people consistently ask for your advice on? What is it?
A lot of people ask me for advice about a lot of things.  Top might be grammar, writing, and various other English related matters.
5. What’s the most physically demanding thing you’ve ever done?
Giving birth to my 13 lb. 5 oz. son, which was my first vaginal birth after three C-sections.
6. How do you feel about massages?
I’ve only ever had one, which was a gift from a friend when we did a spa weekend together.  It was fabulous.  If only they were free.
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Answer Me This #3

Linking up again with Catholic All Year for Answer Me This!
1. What’s for dinner?
God only knows.  Seriously, y’all, after almost 25 years I am tired of making dinner.
In the beginning, it was fun.  Like playing house.  The second and third years I got ambitious–clipped recipes, made monthly meal plans, made my own little cookbook of the success stories.  There were fancy dinner parties.  There was china and elaborately folded napkins (to be fair, John did that, not me.).
Then it became routine, but not a hard routine, just what I did and what we did every day.  And for a long time it worked.
But then came John working odd hours, and football schedules, and driving everywhere just at dinner preparation time, and me working at home, and pathologically picky William, and a house with no air conditioning . . . and before I knew how it happened, family dinners were a thing of the past.
Yes, you heard that right.  I am ashamed to say it but it’s the truth–we don’t all sit down together at the same time to eat any more.
That doesn’t, however, mean I am not feeding people.  I don’t feed all of them every day, but I still do a lot of cooking.  But it’s more of the short order variety.  I’m not happy about this, and I’m hoping to get back on a better routine at some point, but right now that’s how things are.
2. What’s the last thing you borrowed from someone?
I borrowed $20 (I think–but I’m sure she will remind me) from Emily a couple of weeks ago.  I can’t remember why.  I probably left my debit card at home or something.
3. What is your favorite prayer?
I know the Prayer to St. Jude by heart and I say it all the time.  Probably that’s overkill, but there it is.
4. What is the oldest thing in your house?
When I first read this I thought I was going to have to get all depressed because fire.  And I thought that my answer was going to be something like, “Everything in my house is less than three years old.”  But then I remembered that just because something is new to me doesn’t mean it isn’t old.  And since there’s no point in dwelling on the family heirlooms that are lost to me, I should remember how happy I am to have this beautiful art deco bedroom set that belonged to John’s grandmother and it about 70 years old.
(My oldest personal possession is probably my Lands End hiking shoes, which for some forgotten reason were in the basement and survived the fire.  I can’t remember when John bought them for me but they might be as much as 15 years old and I’m very happy to have them still.)
5. What’s the best concert you ever attended?
I haven’t been to many but I’m going to say the first Billy Joel concert I attended, in D.C. in 1987.  We did have an awesome time at the Jimmy Buffet concert a couple of years ago though!
john at jimmy buffett
6. Do you have a nickname?
Not really.  Some family members shorten Leslie to “Les” from time to time. (That’s LEZ, not LESS.)  John has had various pet names for me.  My baby sister still calls me “Sissy” occasionally.
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