The Classics Club ~ The Song Of The Lark by Willa Cather

Great Plains Trilogy #2

Thea Kronborg is a young girl growing up in Moonstone, Colorado. She is from a large family, her mother giving birth to the seventh child, Thor, at the beginning of the story. Thea’s Aunt Tillie lives with the Kronborg family and Thea’s father is a preacher. Thea has musical talent and in The Song of the Lark the reader follows Thea’s journey to become a professional singer. In Moonstone she has individuals in the community who support her in her musical endeavors, Ray Kennedy, Aunt Tillie, Fred Ottenberg and Dr. Archie.

Professor Wunsch is her early music teacher in Moonstone. Sadly, he drinks too much. Her mother is supportive of her musical endeavors and has a room added on to their family home to accommodate Thea as she teaches piano lessons to children. She was a teenager when the door opens for her to travel to Chicago for more advanced music lessons. From an early age, she was a singer, but in Chicago she discovers her voice is her uncommon talent.

Until I read this book, I couldn’t imagine the determination, strength of character and hard work it would take to become an internationally known opera singer. I loved Thea and was happy to travel on her journey with her. She came from such humble roots. She was rich with siblings, but that was about all the family had. There came a time when Thea left home, never to return. She had very little money and was required to work because of her lack of finances, but she persevered, worked hard and kept on.

I highly recommend this book. Willa Cather wrote wonderful descriptions, and the character development shines throughout the book. This is a three-book series, and I am reading the books in order, however, that’s not necessary. Each book stands alone. O Pioneers! is the first in the series and My Antonia is the third book in the series.

Happy Reading!

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Saturday ~

Hello Peoples! It’s a new day. 😀 It’s raining and I am very happy to see the rain. Rick and I had peoples over on Saturday and we cooked on the grill. We laughed so loud! We were the noisiest people in the neighborhood. Such joyfulness! I always seem to be the one who gets teased. Always. Mmmm. 😉 I’m not sure why??? So, of course, I was picked on without mercy. Such frivolity.

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

Busy ~

Hello Peoples! It’s been a busy and fun morning. Rick and I went out for breakfast, then we visited a used book sale. I bought five hardcover books by Victoria Holt. I used to read her books when I was in high school. I loved her stories then; I’m going to discover what I think now as I read them. Then we went to the grocery store and bought food. Rick and I are having a few people over Saturday for a barbecue and I’m starting to purchase what we need for the barbecue. Then we went to the bakery for a treat. I was incredibly thirsty and drank two glasses of icy tea! 🙂 Then we went to the “natural” grocery store. I bought some lettuce and potatoes. The cashier was wearing a pair of fun glasses. The frames were multi-colored.

We have one more errand and then we are at home for the remainder of the day.

Much love ~

Kathy

Charlie Chan Quote ~

Charlie Chan in Paris (1935) Warner Oland

Hello Peoples! I like Charlie Chan movies. They’re fun and I don’t always solve the mysteries. During the course of the films, Charlie Chan, is known to have fun quips, quotes and sayings that are witty, and entertaining. Usually these diverting quotes are intended for his more than helpful sons, but they can be for anyone involved in the mystery. Charlie Chan in a witty manner quips my favorite quote in Charlie Chan In Paris.

“Mud turtle in pond more safe than man on horseback.”

Enjoy!

Much love ~

Kathy

Murder Walks The Plank by Carolyn Hart

A Death On Demand Mystery

Annie Darling is excited. She has planned a murder mystery cruise and it’s going to be a fun time. The funds raised are going to literacy and everyone who has purchased a ticket is to dress as their favorite fictional sleuth. I’m not sure who I would dress up as. Mmm. Well, maybe, Rick and I could dress as Nick and Nora Charles. Of course, I’m not sure who my favorite sleuth is. I have several. Well, when someone is suspiciously killed on said cruise, Annie puts on her best Nancy Drew and begins investigating. As usual Annie is determined to prove murder and find the killer. When another person is discovered dead, Annie is convinced the two crimes are related.

There are surprises in this mystery and Annie is dealing with family issues. Of course, Henny, Laurel and Emma are back, assisting Annie as only her quirky friends can.

I enjoy this series. I’ve been reading each mystery as I find it. When I finish the series, I’m going to read them again in order. I found this one in a little free library. Nice.

Happy Reading!

Much love ~

Kathy

The Classics Club ~ 10 Year Celebration ðŸ¥³

Hello Peoples! I’ve come to the end of the ten questions the Classics Club posted on their ten-year celebration. Below is the link to the Classics Club blog ~

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Here We Go ~

9.) Classic/s you are definitely going to make happen next year?

Well, that is a very good question? I plan to finish the classics on my list for the club this year, however, I have been wanting to reread The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so, I will definitely be reading Tolkien’s books next year.

10.) Favorite memory with a classic and/or your favorite memory with The Classics Club?

Oh my word! I really enjoy the spins. Periodically, the Classics Club has a spin. Readers create a numbered list of twenty books from their master list and there is a spin. The spin number is announced, and the reader matches the number of the book on their list of twenty with the number announced by the classics club. That is the book one reads. I just discovered; the spin is a little tricky to describe. 😉🧐

I looked forward to the spin. It seems a small activity, but I really enjoyed it.

The first book I read as a result of the spin ~

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

Have a great day! Stay cool eat ice cream!

Much love ~

Kathy

The Classics Club ~ Ten Year Celebration

Hello Peoples! Here I am again. As many of you know, The Classics Club is celebrating ten years! 🎈🥳 There are ten questions on their blog that I am answering to celebrate this occasion. I answer one or two questions a day. The link to The Classic’s Club blog is below ~

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

Onward ~

7.) What classic character most reminds you of yourself?

I have no idea. However, I haven’t finished every book I have on my list of classics.

8.) Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating?

Most of the books I read were new to me, so I can’t say I expected to dislike them. I just didn’t know. 🧐 However, I didn’t know Mark Twain’s books were going to be so entertaining and make me laugh so hard. I think The Prince and the Pauper is my favorite, however, I hooted when I read A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court! 🤣 Tom Sawyer is hilarious.

One author who surprised me was G. K. Chesterton. He wrote, The Man Who Was Thursday. It is such a unique story. I liked it and plan to read it again in the future.

That’s it for now!

Much Love ~

Kathy

10 Year Celebration ~ The Classics Club

Hello Peoples! It’s a beautiful morning. As many of you know, The Classics Club is celebrating 10 years! 🥳🎈 They have 10 questions, on their blog, that I am answering. I answer one or two a day. The link to The Classics Club blog is below ~

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

On to the next questions ~ 📚

5.) What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read?

The Hunchback Of Notre – Dame by Victor Hugo

The book is well written, and I had a clear understanding of everything happening in the story, but it was so dark. In fact, I didn’t like the book at all. And the ending . . . well, I don’t have a word. I think a shudder runs through me every time I think of this book.

6.) Favorite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favorite?

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

I don’t watch many book to movie adaptations, however, I did see O Pioneers! (1992) I saw the movie before I read the book. It’s a Hallmark movie starring Jessica Lange and it is very well done. I highly recommend the book and the movie.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite classic reads! I just love it. There has been more than one attempt at book to movie adaptation and all of them are a disappointment. Film producers just don’t seem to be able to capture this story the way it should be done.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a challenging classic or a favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptation? Leave a comment below. Have a great Augusty day! ☀🍦

Much love ~

Kathy

The Classics Club ~ 10 Year Celebration

Hello Peoples! The next few days, I’m answering the ten questions on the Classics Club blog. I’ll answer one or two questions a day. It’s the 10 Year Celebration! 🥳 Yesterday I answered questions 1 and 2. On to questions 3 and 4! YAY! The link to the Classics Club blog is below.

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

Here we go ~

3.) What was the first classic you ever read?

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

I remember vividly telling a friend about this book. I really liked it. I should read it again.

4.) Which classic book inspired you the most?

Wow! Good question. I don’t think books inspire me as much as a character in the story might inspire me. Jo March in Little Women inspires me.

Little Women (1994)

AND!

Eowyn in The Lord of The Rings inspires me.

The Return of the King (2003)

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a classic read that inspires you?

102 degrees today. Stay cool.

Much love ~

Kathy

The Classics Club Ten Year Celebration ~

Hello Peoples! Happy Happy 10 Years to the Classics Club! To celebrate the ten years, the classics club has asked 10 questions to answer, if we so desire. Well, it didn’t take me long to decide to answer said questions. There are 10! I’m going to answer one or two a day. So, come on over to the cottage and join me, over the next few days as I answer the classic club questions. The link to the classics club blog is below ~

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

Here we go ~

1.) When did you join the classics club?

I joined November 20, 2019.

2.) What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why?

Oh my word! I don’t think I can name one book. I love Georgette Heyer. Her books are so great. They’re fun, full of adventure, with a touch of romance and I have been known to laugh out loud and read excerpts to Rick. For the classics club my favorites are ~ The Grand Sophy, Frederica and Beauvallet! I highly recommend!

I also love Ann Radcliffe! She writes Gothic stories. She was such a good writer. Her books are rich and full of vivid descriptions. And! Our hero and heroine face dark challenges. She is light on the romance. I savored her books and will be reading them again. For the club I’ve read and loved ~ A Sicilian Romance, The Italian, The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho! I highly recommend!

Do you read classics? Do you have a favorite author?

Happy Reading!

Much love ~

Kathy