Saturday, May 31, 2008

When to Stop Reading

I commented a few times while I was reading The Italian about how long it was taking me and how difficult it was for me to get through. Should I have kept reading it or given it up? I'll admit that I rarely abandon a book before I am done. I think the biggest reason is that I am always hopeful it will get better. And what if it does get better and I missed it because I gave up too soon?
I recently checked out Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason from the library. In the introduction author Nancy Pearl said this: "One of my strongest-held beliefs is that no one should ever finish a book that they're not enjoying, no matter how popular or well reviewed the book is. Believe me, nobody is going to get any points in heaven by slogging their way through a book they aren't enjoying but think they ought to read."
Pearl then goes on the explain what she calls her rule of fifty. "If you are fifty years old or younger, give every book about fifty pages before you decide to commit yourself to reading it, or give up." If you are over 50 Pearl suggests that you subtract your age from 100 to get the number of pages you should read before making a decision. The idea is that time is short and we should not be wasting our precious reading time on books we are not enjoying.
I thought that was a very interesting concept. I would have stopped reading the Italian if I had to decide by page 50 but then I also would have stopped ready Jane Eyre by page 50 as well.
I don't know if I'll follow this rule but it is something I will keep in mind next time I encounter a book that I am not enjoying.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Second Rescue

Title: The Second Rescue: The Story of the Spiritual Rescue of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers
Author: Susan Arrington Madsen
Genre: LDS
Pages: 148
Date Finished: 28 March 2008
My Rating: 4 Stars

This book was cited a few times by Andrew D. Olson in his book The Price We Paid. It sounded interesting to me so I tracked down a copy.
This book tells the story of Robert Scott Lorimer and the members of the Riverton, Wyoming Stake who undertook the spiritual rescue of the members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies. In the late 1980's, shortly after he was called as Stake President, R. Scott Lorimer asked the members of his stake to pray for the "Willie Project." He did not know what the Willie Project was but he did know that it would have something to do with those pioneers who had died at Rock Creek Hollow in 1856. President Lorimer said about the project, "We sought the Lord in prayer, asking that we might understand the significance of the feelings I had been having concerning the site. For some reason I just could not let go of Rock Creek Hollow."
A few years later, through the efforts of a counselor in the Stake Presidency, the Riverton, Wyoming Stake was able to receive two computers with the new Family Search program. President Lorimer then realized that the Willie Project was a project to complete the temple work of the handcart pioneers. Surprisingly, very few of the pioneers who had died during the trek had received their temple ordinances. "The rescue effort initiated by Brigham Young in October of 1856 brought the surviving pioneers safely to the Salt Lake Valley. Now, a 'Second Rescue' was needed to provide the sacred ordinances of the temple for those faithful pioneers."
The book begins with a short introduction to the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneer story. There are also quotes from those pioneers scattered through out the book, helping readers to remember the harrowing experiences of the pioneers. There is also a short introduction to the doctrine of temple work. The book then follows the story of the Willie Project as the idea formed and grew. Each member of the stake was asked to take one name and do the necessary research and complete any needed temple work for that person. Many spiritual experiences of those involved in the Second Rescue are shared throughout the book, including one chapter devoted to the testimonies of many members of the stake. The final chapters of the book describe efforts to make plaques and memorials for placement at pioneer sites and acquiring lands, including Martin's Cove and building facilities for visitors.
The appendix lists all the members of the Willie and Martin Handcart companies and the Hunt and Hodgett Wagon companies.
In all, more than 4,000 temple ordinances were completed for the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers and their families.
This is an interesting story filled with examples of faith and determination.

The Italian

Title: The Italian
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Genre: Classic, Gothic Romance, Northanger Cannon of Gothic Novels
Pages: 415
Date Finished: 26 May 2008
My Rating: 2 Stars

The Italian by Ann Radcliffe is the second book in the Northanger Cannon of Gothic Novels that I have read and it was definitely a challenge for me to get through. (To get more information about the Northanger Cannon of Gothic Novels you can read this post from Austen Prose and this post from Old Grey Pony.)

"The haughty, manipulative Marchesa, determined to thwart the romance between her son, the young Neapolitan nobleman Vincentio di Vivaldi, and Elena di Rosalba, has enlisted the help of the villainous, scheming monk, Schedoni. With a livid paleness of face and a melancholy eye, whose brooding presence dominates the novel, Schedoni has become an archetype of Romantic literature. Set in the mid-eighteenth century against the dramatic, lush backdrop of the Bay of Naples, The Italian is a tale of passion, deceit, abduction, and the horrors of the Inquisition."


The novel has all the elements of a Gothic romance, separation of lovers, dark ruins, good and evil monks and nuns, mistaken or unknown identity, supernatural occurrences, and revenge, but for me, I thought the book was rather slow paced for a Gothic novel.
The beginning of the novel seemed to have the elements of a Romeo and Juliet story as the nobleman Vivaldi tries to win the love of Ellena against the wishes of his family. As the story continued it became confusing with all the kidnappings, strange messages and half told narratives. And then it became even more confusing and convoluted at the end when all these elements were brought together to conclude the story.
The prose was exceptional in its descriptions but it was also these descriptions that slowed my reading almost to a halt.
Gothic romances are by no means modern tales and this was far from a page turner, but it was interesting to read a book by "the queen" of the Gothic romance.
After reading two Gothic romances, I think I can see why Jane Austen wrote a parody of these melodramatic and complicated stories. I can also better understand how the works of Jane Austen were a force in changing the way novels were written.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Still Reading...

If I do not finish The Italian by the end of Monday I am abandoning it. There are too many other books I want to get read to spend anymore precious reading time on this book....
Hopefully I will get it done and do a write up on Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Reading with my Kids-Knuffle Bunny

I've heard a lot about Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams but it is a popular book and therefor difficult to find a copy of at the Library. A few weeks ago I saw it sitting on a display and made a bee line to it so I could snatch it up.
The book instantly became a hit with Red. When we left the library that day we headed to run some more errands, one of which was about an hour away. A few minutes down the road Red, who had a stack of library books he was reading on his lap, asked me if we could go home so I could read this book to him. He held up Knuffle Bunny. The whole hour long car ride he kept asking me if we were almost home because he wanted me to read the book to him. When we pulled into Costco he started crying, "no! I don't want the store! I want to read stories!!" He was pretty upset so we sat in the car and read the book.
Knuffle Bunny is the tale of a pre-verbal toddler, Trixie along with her Knuffle Bunny, and her father who take a trip to the local laundromat. Trixie starts to throw a tantrum on the way home when she realizes that Knuffle Bunny has been left behind. Her father does not understand what she is throwing a tantrum about and gets frustrated. My favorite part of the story? When they get home the mom knows instantly what the problem is.
I thought Williams did an excellent job at capturing Trixie's attempts to communicate with her father. "Aggle flaggle klabble!" When that did not work the tantrum just mounted until she was bawling and going boneless. What parent has not been there?
The other night after reading to Red I was downstairs when I heard him talking. I walked to the bottom of the stairs and asked him if he needed something? "Nope. I'm reading." It was then that I realized he was saying "Aggle flaggle klabble!"
The illustrations in the book are laid over black and white photographs. This is what really caught Red's attention when he first looked at it. It also is great because as we read I can pause and we can talk about what we see in the photos and illustrations.

Since Knuffle Bunny was such an instant hit with Red I got onto the library's online catalog and put a hold on Knuffle Bunny Too. We just picked it up yesterday and Red has been carrying both books around all day. Trixie is very verbal now and taking Knuffle Bunny to school. Problems ensue when, gasp, one of her classmates has a Knuffle Bunny too.

Mo Williams' blog

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Queen of the Castle

Title: Queen of the Castle
Author: Lynn Bowen Walker
Genre: Homemaking, Non-Fiction
Pages: 311
Date Finished: 7 May 2008
My Rating: 2 Stars

I pretty much completely forgot I read this book until it came up on my list of books that have to go back to the library today. Tells you how much I liked it.
In the first chapter of this book Walker says that she could not find one book that was all encompassing about what it is like to be a mother so she decided to write one. Only as I read this I could not figure out what I was reading. A self-help book for mothers? A book about holidays? A book about faith? A cook book? A book on nutrition? An organization book? In my opinion there were too many varied topics in this book and it jumped around from topic to topic to much. Most of the book the author just quoted from other books and then threw in a few personal stories. Even when she was not quoting she was explaining what others have written in their books. There just did not seem to be many original thoughts. It was almost like I was reading an anthology of homemaking and organization books. It is set up with 52 chapters that are to be read over the course of the year and I read them all in two days, so maybe the flow works better when you only read one chapter a week.
I also did not agree with many of the author's philosophies. In one chapter she writes about how we as mothers should schedule less for ourselves and our kids and spend more time at home as a family. I totally agree with this but then the rest of the book was filled to the hilt with her personal stories about her kids being in so many activities at once that she was always driving around in the car and how they rarely have a homemade dinner together as a family etc etc. It was more about how to cope with your kids 7 extra curricular activities than cutting some of those activities out. In fact, she filled the book with so many ideas for activities that I almost started feeling the pressure of not doing enough for my kids.
I also whole heartedly disagree with her definition of the Sabbath. In her book, Walker says that the sabbath is anytime we take a break and do something to recharge our batteries. While I whole heartedly believe that we as mothers do need to take some time for a break and a little recharging, I also believe that the Sabbath day is much more specific than just any time we take a little break. The Sabbath day (Sunday) is a holy day reserved for worthy and holy activities. We abstain from work and recreation but we do not just lounge around. We attend church, pray, meditate, and study the scriptures. There are many other worthy sabbath day activities that we can involve ourselves in as well. Things like writing letters to family and friends, visit the sick or distressed, read, or spend quite time with family.
There were some things about this book that I did like. Walker did have a very supportive and encouraging attitude towards mothers and women who choose to stay home full time with their children. The book was also peppered with many, many yummy sounding recipes that I have copied and look forward to trying.
Overall, I was just not impressed with this book.

Winners

Who would have thought this would be so much fun? This morning I put everyone's name into a cup, shook it up and pulled out two names.


The winner of the signed copy of Rules by Cynthia Lord is Grandma Rozla.

The winner of Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson is Leslie.

Congratulations you two! Send the info for where to send the books to me at bennetsister (at) gmail (dot) com.

If I can keep getting authors to send me free books than I will keep giving them away. This was fun.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon.com

Or is it Monday Salon? Yesterday was my anniversary so I did not post and I since I did not do a Salon post last week I thought I would pop in and write one real quick.

Every reader needs a challenge, right? I am still reading The Italian by Ann Radcliffe. I think it has been almost two weeks since I started it and I usually read about 2 books a week. I have thought about abandoning it but so far I've decided to keep at it. It is not that I don't like it, it is just a book that I can only read short snippets of at a time. It is interesting, for the most part, and so I am just going to keep pushing through.
I needed a break from The Italian and pulled the History of Joseph Smith by His Mother off my shelf. This is not exactly a light and easy read either but it is something different. I've read it before, probably about 10 years ago. So I am breaking one of my own reading rules by reading more than one book at once. I usually only read one book at a time because I don't like going back and forth between books.
I also started reading the Merry Wives of Windsor over the weekend but I will probably set it aside until I finish The Italian.

So, that is how my reading is going. Slowly plodding along.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Reading with the Kids-Cinderella

Walt Disney's Cinderella
Retold by Cynthia Rylant

Pictures by Mary Blair


"This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love."

What a pleasant surprise this book was! Even though this is a Disney book, this is not your typical Disney Picture book. The illustrations are the original conceptual designs of Disney artist Mary Blair. These are the pictures that the animators used when they made the animation that we are all familiar with. I was fascinated by the pictures and flipped through the book looking at all the pictures before I read any of the text. It was so interesting to look at these concept drawings and then compare them to the final animation. Blair also did the concept designs for Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and did a lot of the design work at Disneyland.
The text itself was also much more sophisticated than I was expecting. Rylant left out the talking mice and singing birds and gave the reader a very poetic story. "She lived a dark life in a dark house, with people who did not love her. Each morning when she rose up from bed, Cinderella felt this darkness all around her. Still, she always went to her window and made a wish for her life. Cinderella looked out toward the world that stretched far and away from her small dark room, and she wished for one thing only: Love." Cynthia Rylant has been awarded a Newbery Medal and Honor and has written more than 100 children's books. She did a beautiful job retelling this oft told tale.
Rylant's writing and Blair's artwork make this a book to be treasured. I know my kids are to young to appreciate all this in the same way that I do but I'll keep reading it to them anyway. :-)
This is a Cinderella like no other that I have read or watched.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Book Bags

I am reading Ann Radcliffe's The Italian right now and as I suspected it would, it is taking me a long time to read. It is only 400 something pages but the print is tiny. I would love to finish by tomorrow but I know that will never happen and will really be thrilled if I can get it finished by the weekend. It is pretty good, jut not a book I can sit down and read for long stretches at a time.
So, in the meantime, I thought I would share my book bags with you.
The big green one is the library bag. It is actually a diaper bag but is way to big for me to carry around as a diaper bag and it is just one big bag with no pockets so everything would just get lost and I'd be digging and digging every time I needed something. While it makes a large and cumbersome diaper bag, it make the perfect library bag. Every Tuesday we fill the bag to overflowing with books from the library.

The smaller black bag is my reading bag. This bag has all my current reading material. Generally, it goes everywhere I go, even around the house. When I am going to feed the baby I grab it and take it with me. At night I take it upstairs so I can read in bed before I go to sleep. If I leave the house, it comes with me. I don't usually carry it around at stores etc but it is in the car in case I have some down time where ever I am and need something to read.
Here is a picture of the bag's current contents:

  • The Italian by Ann Radcliffe
  • The two most recent issues of the New Era
  • The conference issue of the Ensign
  • Cinderella, (I read about this book on some one else's blog and so when I saw it at the library I grabbed it. I've been carrying it around for a few days but have not started reading it yet.)
  • The Joseph Smith lesson book for RS
  • The Joy of our Salvation: Talks from the 2004 BYU Women's Conference
  • Book of Mormon
  • Some talks I printed off the computer
  • A pad of paper and pens for jotting down notes and thoughts
I try to never be without something to read! :-)

Don't forget, I am giving away two books this week. Just go to this post to get all the details.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Newbery Book Give Away



A few months ago I set a personal reading goal to read all the Newbery Medal and Honor books. This is something that will take me years to accomplish but I recently met a mini-goal towards the ultimate goal by reading all the books from 2007. To celebrate I am giving away a copy of my favorites from 2007.
The winner in 2007 was the Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. I read this before I started blogging about the books I read so I don't have anything written up about it. I didn't care for it, I will say that much. In fact, it was my least favorite of the 2007 Newbery books. The honor books were Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and Rules by Cynthia Lord.
I loved Hattie Big Sky and Rules. I tried to pick just one but couldn't decide which I liked better so I am giving a way a copy of each! Here is the bonus: Cynthia Lord was kind enough to send me a signed copy of Rules to give away so one lucky winner will be getting an autographed book.

Here are some book bloggers reviews of Hattie Big Sky:
Big A little a
Abby (the) Librarian
Maw Books
A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Deliciously Clean Reads
Bloggin' 'bout Books

Here are some book bloggers reviews of Rules:
Maw Books
Abby (the) Librarian
Deliciously Clean Reads
In the Pages
Semicolon

To be entered to win one of these books just leave a comment on this post between May 14 and 19. If you have a blog and mention this give away in a post than I will enter you to win twice.
This contest is only open to people in the States.
You don't have to have a blog, just leave an e-mail in the comments so I can contact you if you win.
I will post the winners on May 20.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Confession and a Give Away

I have a confession. Are you ready? Here it comes....
I have never read anything by Stephanie Meyer. After hearing so much about her and the Twilight series I went out and bought Twilight several months ago. Like around the time my baby was born, so about 9 months ago. But I never read it. In fact I have not really even looked at it since I bought it.
There I said it. I feel much better.
There are more then 200 books on my TBR list right now. I keep saying I will read it soon but it keeps getting pushed further down the list.





In other news...
I recently accomplished a personal reading goal and to celebrate I am having my first give away! I am really excited about this. I have family in town right now but as soon as they leave and life gets back to normal I will post all the details.
Here is a little teaser. It is signed by the author and it is one of my recent reads that I loved and rated A.
Stay tuned for more details! :-)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Price We Paid

Title: The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers
Author: Andrew D. Olson
Genre: Non-Fiction, LDS
Pages:540
Date Finished: 6 May 2008
My Rating: 5 Stars

I think this has to be the most in depth and complete telling of the Willie and Martin handcart companies.

(From the publisher)Although the story of the Willie and Martin handcart pioneers feels familiar to many of us, most of us know only selected anecdotes from this dramatic saga. In this new book, Andrew Olsen provides the most comprehensive and accessible account of this epic journey—all the way from Liverpool to the Salt Lake Valley. Along with a broad perspective of the trek, readers also get compelling personal stories from members of the company, many told in the first person. These memorable accounts include many inspiring miracles, plus clues to how the brave survivors were capable of successfully enduring so much travail. This story will motivate those who are seeking to be inspired and lifted, those who are struggling with personal difficulties, and those who are striving for greater consecration.

The first thing I did when I picked this book up was to check the index for my ancestors names. They were there, just a short paragraph but they were there. "The rescuers who met the Martin company on Rocky Ridge were led by Anson Call. He had returned from a colonizing mission about a week after Brigham Young issued the initial call to rescue. Soon after returning home, he was asked to leave again to to lead a group of rescuers from Bountiful. It is significant that this group did not turn back despite what could be considered good reasons to do so. Anson Call's rescue team met the Willie company at Fort Bridger on November 3. Some of them felt that they had fulfilled their duty when they met the Willie company, but Anson encouraged them to keep moving forward...Their timeliness in meeting the Martin company on Rocky Ridge is clear from Anson Call's own words:'We found them starving and freezing and dying, and the most suffering that I ever saw among human beings.' " (391-392)
Below that is a little blurb that says "Anson Call later married Emma Summers of the Willie company and Margaretta Clark of the Martin Company."
Anson Call and Emma Summers are my 3rd great grandparents. I am also actually related to Margaretta Clark who is a sister to another of my 3rd great grandmothers.

The title of this book, The Price We Paid, comes from a quote by handcart pioneer Francis Webster. Years after his experience Webster was in a Sunday School class where there was a discussion criticizing the handcart tragedy and the church leaders for allowing it to happen. "When he could bear the criticism no longer, he stood and asked the people to stop. Speaking calmly but with emotion, he acknowledged that is was a mistake to send the handcart companies so late. He also acknowledged that he and others in these companies had suffered greatly. 'Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin handcart company.' " (2-3)
Olson brought the experiences of these pioneers to life again by telling us the details of their life in their homeland, their conversion stories, their experiences on the trail and what happened to them after they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. While learning all the historical details of these handcart companies you are also learning about the people and what was happening to them during each phase of the migration to Utah. This is also where my only criticism of the book comes in. Because there are so many stories of the different pioneers, Olson got repetitive at times in telling the stories. At times it was welcomed, and helpful in remembering who all the different people were but at other times I just kept thinking I already read this story about 50 pages back. I did appreciate the thorough telling of the lives of so many of these pioneers, especially the histories of Captains Willie and Martin. I don't think I have ever read about these men and their lives before and after the trek.
Unlike most of the books written about the Willie and Martin handcart companies, Olson separated the stories of these two companies, making the time line of events more clear. Most of the time the experiences of these handcart companies are lumped together as if they were one but they were in reality two completely separate groups that were only together for a few days in Iowa City. Each companies experiences were vastly different from the others in many respects.
One of the stories that stood out the most for me was the difference between Franklin D. Richards and Brigham Young. Franklin D. Richards was the president of the Great Britain mission and was in charge of implementing the first season of handcart treks. He worked hard and tirelessly to get all the saints who wanted to immigrate ready and on the ships to America. But when the last two arrived so late in the season he did not encourage them to pass the winter in the Midwest instead of starting on the trail so late in the season. He believed that since they were so righteous in their desires to get to Zion that the Lord would make the way easy and hold back the bad weather. Even when he reached the Salt Lake Valley ahead of the handcart pioneers and made his report to Brigham Young, he did not seem overly concerned about the safety and well-being of those on the trail. Brigham Young, on the other hand, was very concerned. I think it is interesting that even though it was in the 70s and the first winter storms were still two weeks away, Brigham Young knew that rescue teams with provisions needed to be sent immediately. Following the handcart tragedy Brigham Young made it very clear that in no case was anyone to leave the Midwest for the Salt Lake Valley after August 1. Faith is important but faith needs to be practiced with a little common sense. Olson writes about a meeting held in the old tabernacle after the handcart tragedy during which Brigham Young gave an address saying that "emigration leaders could have made the right decision if only a bird had chirped it in their ears. He [Brigham Young] concluded by saying that a spirit of pride and arrogance is what had caused 'men and women to die on the Plains, by scores.' How were pride and arrogance manifested? By expecting God to mitigate the consequences of an unnecessarily risky decision."
Olson did not hide or try to ignore the mistakes or human weaknesses that lead to this tragedy that left more than 1,300 people on the trail with low provisions, dealing with storms, starvation, frostbite, dysentery and death. Olson also gave us the beautiful and uplifting story of these handcart pioneers and their faith and the sacrifices they made, many with out criticism and complaint, to reach Zion.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Oxford World Classics and Cranford

Oxford World Classic is issuing all new editions of their books and their website has this neat quiz you can take to see which Oxford World Classic character you are. It is short, only 5 questions. Apparently I am most like Alice in Wonderland because I am a "dreamer with a vivid imagination, someone who thinks outside the box, with a tendency to end up in unusual situations." Hmm...interesting. Not sure how well that describes me but I'll take it! :-)
Incidentally, all my Jane Austen books are Oxford World Classics, as are many of my other classics. I guess I am going to have to start buying all the new editions. :-) I actually own 3 copies of Pride and Prejudice. One for the car, one for downstairs and one for upstairs, but shhh, don't tell anyone because that is just crazy!
I really hope you all watched Cranford on Sunday. It was absolutely delightful and I don't think I have ever laughed so much while watching PBS. I loved it and can't wait to see the rest! If your missed it, you can watch the first episode at PBS. If you have never read anything by Elizabeth Gaskell, I highly recommend you go pick one of her books up and read it. I should be re-reading North and South in the next few weeks.


Cross posted at Strong and Immovable

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Sunday Salon

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This has actually been a slow reading week for me. I finished It's A Mall World After All and read Ramona the Pest. I am currently a little more than half way through The Price We Paid: The Complete Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers. I am really enjoying this book and learning a lot about a topic I thought I knew more about than I apparently do. This book will get a high rating when I am done reading it.
Do you know what happens when I get to go to the library without my kids? Without a baby who gets impatient and fussy after being in her stroller for 5 minutes? Without my 3 year old who likes to pull books off the shelf and say "Here mommy, you should read this one?" I get to browse! And what happens when I browse? I check out more books than I will ever read in the three weeks I have to read them.

Since I checked all these books out and I've had a few ILL books come in I've had to rearrange my up-next reading list. Since I can't renew ILL books they always get moved to the top. This week I plan to finish The Price We Paid and Queen of the Castle (both ILL books) and try to read the Italian as well. Like last week, I hope to finish these and then start I am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson. Of course, if more ILL books come in, that will change again. :-)

I added 13 books to my TBR list this week. A lot better than the 31 I added the week before!
Some of the highlights include:
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Consequences by Penelope Lively
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman

I hope you all have a great week of reading!