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January 14, 2010

carried away, first-class, and good neighbours
posted by soe 11:23 pm

We’re coming up on a three-day weekend and I am ready for it. Here are three beautiful things from the past seven days:

1. A girl in a cloche gets a piggyback ride from a man in a loosely looped scarf.

2. A belated Christmas note elicits a chatty card from an elderly former neighbor.

3. A mom about my age helps her small daughter with mittens. From across the street a large, fuzzy Irish Wolfhound (or a similar dog) stands on his hind legs, drapes his front ones over the front gate, and watches with a smile on his face. I imagine if I hadn’t happened by, he would have asked the woman how her week had been.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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winter words reading challenge
posted by soe 12:44 am

Winter Words Reading Challenge

I know I haven’t finished telling you about the books I read in 2009, but I’ve started joining reading challenges for 2010. Some are very specific, while others are more free-form. The Winter Words Reading Challenge falls into the latter category.

The idea behind it:

  1. Decide on the number of books (between 3 and 9) you’d like to read during the winter season.
  2. See what winter word corresponds to your choice on the challenge post.
  3. Assign books to match your selected word:

The word you pick above is an acronym & the books that you read during this challenge will have to coordinate with the letters in the acronym. You can use either of the following ways to select your books: (1) A word in the title of your books must start with a letter from your chosen word. or… (2) The author’s first or last name has to begin with 1 of the letters in your acronym. “

I have faith that I’ll get nine books read before the start of spring on March 19, so my word is “snowflake.” Here’s what I think I’ll read to correspond:

SMarcelo in the Real World, Francisco Stork
NThe Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
OAstrid & Veronika, Linda Olsson
WWhen You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead*
FShades of Grey, Jasper Fforde
LThe Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
AAustenland, Shannon Hale
KThe Help, Kathryn Stockett
EThe Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery

Since the challenge doesn’t forbid it, I do reserve the right to substitute for books that I can’t get from the library or that fail to keep my interest.

*Given that the challenge began on Dec. 21, I’m counting this novel I read last week toward my nine novels.

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