I'm still here and I'm still Booking It with Jessica over at the Life as MOM blog. I had just about given up hope of finishing my Booking It selections, but then got encouragement from Peter and various blog readers to keep going. What I had to come to peace with in my own mind was that it was going to be okay if I didn't finish reading the books I selected back in January - as long as I was making more of an effort to read new books. And that I have most certainly done!
However, I did finally manage to finish Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild which was my selection for July. Once I started it I finished it quickly as it is a very easy-to-read children's book. I had already read Ballet Shoes and liked it, but Skating Shoes was, I am sad to say, a disappointment and is already in the bag to be traded in at our local used book store. I had a hard time getting into the story and felt that the character developement was lacking. Neither Lalla nor Harriet were lovable little girls (though Harriet tried), and most of the time I felt myself tired of hearing Lalla's talk about her amazing skating ability. I was also disappointed that there was very little change in Aunt Claudia's attitude - as one might expect in the end of a book. Overall I can't recommend this book - too bad because I so very much wanted to like it.
C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." Dream BIG. After going "there and back again," The Hubs & I have created a home that is full of books, stimulating conversation, and the laughter of our five kids. We have been the recipients of Amazing Grace, and our life goals can be summed up in four words: Love God, love people.