[bksvol-discuss] Re: The Idea Behind Clubs

  • From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 18:16:19 -0400

Dear James,

Your great idea to list and or discuss books we're currently reading or working on has been suggested before and never quite caught on. I love your suggestion and every time it is raised I hope again to begin hearing much more about everyone's reads and projects.

I'll second your motion by mentioning that I'm reading Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill. Grand Cindy prepared it beautifully for Bookshare and recommended it to me. It's a sweet story of two college age teenagers who bring new excitement and sense of purpose to their great aunt Jewel's life. It is mildly Christian fiction written before there was a pigeonhole for this kind of novel. Grace Livingston Hill was one of my mother's favorite authors. I imagine how it was read from her point of view so in addition to enjoying the sweet nostalgia of the story, it makes me remember, admire and miss my mother and see her as a person who found peace from difficult times in the worlds of happy endings she found in books. I'm reading it on my braillenote.

Here is Bookshare's long synopsis for Cloudy Jewel, rated excellent as are all of Grand Cindy's

Jewel Cloud has spent her life caring first for her brothers and sister and then for her ailing mother. When her mother dies, her wealthy college-age nephew and niece ask her to be a surrogate mother to them when they go off to college. They buy a house and live near campus. Julia, whom the children call Cloudy Jewel, enjoys being a mother to these young people and their friends. She re-introduces them to the pleasures of closeness with God and Christ, and the children become a vital force in the church, youth group, and college community. The young people fall in love, and have some good and bad experiences. This book was originally written in 1920. The publisher haas retained the hyphenation and spelling of the 1920 edition. Thus words that we don't hyphenate today, like today and upstairs, are hyphenated: to-day, up-stairs. Also, some words are spelled differently, e.g., clue is spelled c l e w instead of c
l u e. There is also some dialect

On a talking book from NLS I'm reading Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier Bookshare has this book, too. It's rated excellent. Here is Bookshare's long synopsis.

Ambrose Ahley leaves his young cousin Philip in charge of the estate in England and travels to Italy for his health. There ambrose meets and marries Rachel, a young half-Italian widow. But soon Ambrose dies, after having sent Philip some disturbing letters about Rachel. Disposed to be jealous of his unknown cousin-in-law, Philip swears to avenge Ambrose if his wife did anything to hasten his death. Then Rachel arrives at the estate, and everything changes. Captivated by her warm personality and delicate beauty, Philip wants to give all he has to Rachel, and she seems to respond to his love. But as rumors about her past surface and an Italian friend, Rainaldi, arrives to stir the pot, Philip's love for Rachel becomes entangled with suspicion. Is she a loving, honest woman? Is she a sly, money-hungry temptress? Or both? And is Philip's own life now in danger? "My Cousin Rachel" is a wonderful mystery by the author of "Rebecca" and just as haunting, and it also paints a vivid picture of English country life as a backdrop for this suspenseful, fascinating story.

My 5 validations in progress are

1. Mary queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George an 870 page historical fiction chunkster which has me in its clutches as the characters and their time are so believable. 401 pages down and 469 pages to go.

2. The History of Middle-earth volume 3, by J. R. R. Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien, The Lays of Beleriand, all poetry. I'm just getting started but love Tolkien's eloquence.

3. On Winding Hill Road, a Gothic novel by Diane Tyrrel -a project of pure entertainment which I haven't read. The scanner says its a good read.

4. The People Could Fly, American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton. Beautifully told folktales which evolved in the slave culture with wonderful commentaries explaining their symbols and themes. These are fabulous witty and wise stories to read aloud. 13 pages down and 164 pages to go but this one will go quickly because though the pages are large the text is double spaced.

5. When Someone You Love is Wiccan, a Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents,and Curious coworkers by Carl McColman. Imagine this Christian Catholic's relief upon learning that this faith which developed in England in the 1940s is nothing about devil worship, animal or human sacrifice, or wishing evil on anyone. It teaches love and harmony with nature and that good wished and done is multiplied. This book has calmed my concerns as the friend of a few Wiccans.Half finished. Oh, and because Wiccans honor nature, they are a positive force in the effort to keep our earth green and teaming with diverse, healthy, animal life.

Validating for Bookshare provides me with no end of entertainment as I work on the kinds of books I normally choose. I read every word of them cover to cover. It also expands my horizons as I work on books on behalf of friends with different tastes. I'm still grounded in my faith, but my understanding of other topics, cultures and beliefs keeps expanding. Bookshare has been a feast for my intellect, my funny bone and my soul.

Your turn, Jim. I hope more readers and volunteers will jump in and tell us what's on their reading menus.

Always with love,


----- Original Message ----- From: <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] The Idea Behind Clubs

Is the idea behind clubs to encourage scanning and validation? For example,
could one type of activity be that members would talk about the book or
books they have scanned or validated in the past or the book they are
working on presently? This would be a way to encourage higher activity.



James D Homme,
Usability Engineering
Highmark Inc.

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