Saturday, December 27, 2014

Books 25-30

My last 6 books on my Empty Shelf for 2014 are 6 Mary Poppins books in one volume.
"Mary Poppins"
Caused me to sing almost every Mary Poppins song in my head :) This book is full of nostalgia! Great read!
"Mary Poppins Comes Back"
Not as many movie memories, but everything seemed like it very well could have been in the movie.
My one issue with the book Mary is, she is very conceited, she is so very concerned with her looks above all else. However, she almost seems to be royalty to all she comes in contact with. This could be a reason for her always needing to look her best.
"Mary Poppins Opens The Door"
The children only act well with Mary, as soon as she is gone, they are back to their old ways. She comes back & knows they have been bad & reprimands them for it. This is sad to me because in the movie she seemed to have truly made a difference in their lives & didn't leave until they had truly changed.
"Mary Poppins In The Park"
The author says before this book that the remaining stories take place during Mary Poppins' visits in the previous 3 books, because "she cannot forever arrive and depart".
The books are good for reading a chapter (possibly to a young child) & ending there to pick up again another day. Each chapter begins an adventure, & ends the adventure all in a day's (or night's) time.
"Mary Poppins In Cherry Tree Lane"
The last 2 books in this set are short stories rather than novels. This short story was told from the Park Keeper's point of view as opposed to the children's like the previous books. It was about a very weird day as the park keeper saw it, & it came across as a very weird day even for a Mary Poppins book. I finished this one in a day, so a fun short read.
"Mary Poppins And The House Next Door"
The last book in this collection (there are 2 more Mary Poppins books not in this set) is another short story. This one is about Mr. Banks childhood nanny moving in next door. This woman is made out to be strictest person you could meet, and she has a little boy living with her who she is teaching to be an upstanding citizen. This short story felt different than the other books, it focused on the kids & not so much on Mary Poppins, which I suppose has to happen if she is going to be able to eventually leave them as upstanding citizens.
At the end, in the prelude, the writer says Mary Poppins did not write down to children as she felt other authors do. I agree with and appreciate this statement. These books are a great read for everyone!
30 books in one year! Thank you for allowing me to challenge myself with this Empty Shelf Challenge! How many books did you read in 2014?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

30 Years of Literary Fun!

I am 30! I love birthdays, however, this is not a day I have been looking forward to! I am not old enough to be 30! ;)
 I do have awesome sisters though, who planned an amazing Literary birthday party!
 They decorated with all my favorite books!
 My Hogwarts letters arrived several years late ;)
 They handmade all of these for me!!!
 My family is the greatest!!!
 Of course our home library was the perfect backdrop!
 Beautiful books!
 My Great-Grandma's handmade mouse played the part of the Dormouse from Alice in Wonderland.


Tim is the fairest of them all?!?!
 There were also some themed desserts & drinks :) Not-Poisoned Apples & the Dwarfs Gems
 Nightlock Berries, District 13 Coal, Cookies from Mellark Bakery, & Eat Me Cakes
And Harry Potter Sodas :)
My wonderful Mom in Law took care of the catering dressed as Goldy the Caterer from Diane Mott Davidson's book series.
 We asked everyone who wanted to, to come dressed as their favorite book character :) I chose The Mad Hatter!
 Hubby was Perrin Aybara from The Wheel of Time Series
 Brother & sister were from the Great Gatsby
Once Luke woke from his nap, he was too :)
Aren't they the cutest?!

Oh mom, you are embarrassing me! ;)
 Jen was Katniss from The Hunger Games!
 Mom was the Tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! :) And staying in character, her letters kept falling off all evening!
The man who no longer lives downstairs was Gandalf
And his family were Superman! (Look at those big boys!!!)
 Magnum PI also slipped in ;)
 And at some point Hubby became a pirate!
 I am so glad for everyone who came! We had so much fun!
 AddieJane was very excited about the Not-Poisonous Apples!
 Ghost was very excited to have children to play with him! & the Feeling was mutual as far as Lanier was concerned!
 Cousin time :)
 Sweet babies!
 So Sweet!
 It's not sleepy time yet!
 It's party time!!
 My cousin & his fiance were so sweet & brought Ghost a gift too! He loved this toy!!
He loved tearing it apart that is ;)
 A very Happy Un- ... oh wait... A Very Happy Birthday To me! :)
 Candy!!! :)
 A gift card to get more books!!! Just what I needed! ;) & Journals, what I really did need!
 It's Ghost's twin on my card! :)

 A very cute scarf :)
 Monopoly!!! Who wants to play?!
A Scrapbooking Adventure book :) Thank you everyone!!! I loved all my gifts! Also the ones we didn't get pictures of!

 Hunger Games!!!

You have no idea how hard it was to get a serious picture! ;) 

 Sisters :)
 Silly Sisters!

Thank you to my wonderful family for putting together this amazing party!!! It was wonderful & so completely me! And thank you everyone who was able to come celebrate with us! It would have been boring without you! And thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday, sent me a card, posted on Facebook... you each made my 30th Birthday very special!!! I love all of you!!