In the Bookcase


To address what is coming. . .

Something new is in the works for you who are "In the Bookcase."

For just a tiny smidge of an explanation for what I mean....

There's probably one of three reasons why you're here, reading this post on my blog right now.

a) You love falling into a good book.
b) Writing is how you breathe.
c) Or you're a fanatic about both of the above.

What's your answer?

Whichever way it is, I'm sure you're going to enjoy the next new thing to be introduced here on my blog.

Check back on Tuesday, February 1st for details.
That is when it all begins.


Favorite Finds #19

Coming to the end of the third week in January now.... time for a new Favorite Finds post to show you what I've been reading the past few days.

cute-NESS ~ The Last Rose of Summer
An entire blog post dedicated to a special store in Scotland, appropriately named Ness... such delightful clothes!

use [your] words. ~ the Mrs.
Wonderful post I just happened across... all about WORDS.

The Best of Betty Crocker 2010 ~ free download! Scrumptious recipes.

Going Green ~ Urban Comfort
Such lovely furniture! ~ "eco-friendly design and creative upcycling"

Practical Simplicity - 3rd week of givewaways on Miss Antoinette's blog.
This time it's a subscription to "The Kings Blooming Rose Magazine". Contest ends January 22.

the joy of LOVE ~
Free Photography Class
~ every day in February


Book Review: Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby

written by Eleanor Atkinson

220 pages
originally published in 1912

Bobby is a Skye Terrier who makes his abode in Greyfriars, Scotland. (When you say his name, make sure to pronounce it in a British/Scottish accent. Sounds better like that, of course.) This happy "little ruffian of a terrier" lived during Queen Victoria's reign--his true story begins in 1858 and takes the course of many years thereafter. Bobby has a very courageous story...

"It was a notable feat for a small creature whose tufted legs were not more than six inches in length, whose thatch of long hair almost swept the roadway and caught at every burr and bramble, and who was still so young that his nose could not be said to be educated."

The most important factor in Bobby's little life is Auld Jock, his constant companion and master. However, in the words of Auld Jock, "Bobby isna ma ain dog."--'Tis a sad fact, but true. Bobby is really a stray, although he knows with all his heart where his loyalties reside. Auld Jock and Bobby only have each other to rely on--no one else is let into their close-knit friendship.

"A hap, an' a stap, an' a loup, an' in ye gang. Loup in, laddie."

The Scottish accent and words grow on you as the book progresses. The glossary in the back is the only thing that guided me through some of the complicated conversations.

Bobby's merry life comes to an abrupt halt when the unthinkable happens. The very thing that made and completed his life is taken away. To other people, Auld Jock was just a shepherd, who nobody really remembers... except for one important friend. This is loyalty of a dog at its finest.

Greyfriars Bobby was written by Eleanor Atkinson in 1912. She lived in Indiana and was an author, journalist, and teacher. It is known that she at least visited Edinburgh once, giving her a starting place to write an account of this true story. Her version of Greyfriars Bobby was originally written for adults, but any age would enjoy the precious story. I think it is wonderful and delightful. Quite possibly it is my absolute favorite book.

{a photo of Bobby's statue in Greyfriars Kirkyard,
which was originally created in 1872,
and completely restored in 1985}

Download the Greyfriars Bobby e-book by clicking here. You can find more information about the author by reading this biography, reading her article on Wikipedia, and also by discovering more about this dog's legacy.

~*~click here to read more of my book reviews.

~*~this post is linked to: Book Love


Favorite Finds #18

I have a few links to share with you again this Friday. I hope you'll find something of interest below... I enjoyed reading all of these!

Elisabeth's "Favorite Finds #1" {Blogging Beth}
For my first link, Elisabeth did her own favorite finds post, which I was excited to hear about!! Make sure to take a look at her links too.

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges - Free Audiobook Download
This was one of my favorite books to read in 2010... here's a chance for anyone interested to get a free audio download of it! (until the end of January)

Precious Stains {Raising Homemakers}
A wonderful post to read!

Charles Dickens {Whisperings of the Pen}
Just by seeing the title, you can tell that this one is obviously a delightful post...

“It’s tea time!” Giveaway #2 {Practical Simplicity}
My friend, Antoinette, is giving away some lovely items each week of January. Go see what she's giving away for week 2.

"huge giveaway!" {Life is Too Short Not to Wear Red Shoes}
Another friend, Polka Dot, is having a big giveaway with lots of necklaces, earrings, and many other cute items to win.


"The Books Of Old" Reading Challenge

Hi Readers,
I'm excited to introduce something new that my friend Grace is doing. To get right on to the point, it is called "The Books of Old Reading Challenge." Sounds interesting already, no?

The Books Of Old Reading Challenge

The simple instructions she gives are "The challenge is to pick 1 to 5 books written before the year 1950. List the books on your blog, then link up your post to the linky."

So, the challenge lasts through the entire year of 2011. I already have lots of books I want to read this year... most of which are probably written before 1950... well, even written before 1900. Below I have put together my 5 books I definitely want to read. I look forward to checking each one off as I get to read it sometime.

1. Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1890)

2. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery (1911)

3. The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne (1857)

4. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott (1876)

5. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (1943)

What books will you choose to read
this year?

If you'd like to join the challenge, read the rules on Grace's blog (click on the links below), then come up with your book list. I'd like to know if anyone is going to participate!

The Books Of Old Reading Challenge:

Post One: Introduction & Rules

Post Two: Sign the Linky

Post Three: Grab a Blog Button


Favorite Finds #17

Hi Readers,
It has been a couple weeks since I last did a Favorite Finds post. Because of that, I have a bigger collection of links to share with you all today! Hope you will find something interesting below...

For my first link, I must share that Hannah Grace has recently posted some Favorite Finds on her own blog. I was thrilled! Take a look here:
Favourite Finds Friday, #1... {Walking in Thy Truth}

I'd also like to mention that if anyone else would like to post your own Favorite Finds, I'd be happy to link to your blog for that.

A list of more blog posts that I enjoyed reading lately....

Favorites of 2010 - Books {Before My Penn has Gleaned}

50 Books Reading Challenge (2010 list) {Blogging Beth}

days like pearls slipping off a string {Shirley Goodness & Mayhem} - Nifty webpage for the spelling of 'definitely'.

extra day {Ali's World Adventures}

How we are known {Resolved to Be}

Reflect. Rejoice. Resolve. {Simply Vingtagegirl}

Writer's Resources {Before My Penn has Gleaned}

Here's a section of links just for giveaways you could enter. Some are from my own friends, or from others that looked interesting.

Maria's Handmade Scarflette (Castle on a Cloud)

Health For Godly Generations by Renee DeGroot (ends January 8)

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy (ends January 9)

Samantha: An American Girl DVD (ends January 10)

"Pink Paris" Wooden Wall Hanger (ends January 11)

Rosetta Stone Giveaway (ends January 11)

Andi's Pony Trouble by Susan K. Marlow - (ends January 20)


Bookish Look at 2010

How did you fare with your reading in 2010?

How many books did you accomplish?

My total came to 53, which is about as good as it gets. I love keeping track of the books I read in a notebook. It may be a small notebook, but as the years go by, it literally contains volumes.

With 2010 gone, I wanted to share my Top 10 Favorite Books that I read this past year. I'd also like to invite anyone else to do the same... because I'd love to see what your favorites were!

Here's my list (in randomized order)...

1. Greyfriars Bobby (Eleanor Atkinson)

2. Eight Cousins (Louisa May Alcott)

3. Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)

4. The Pursuit of Holiness (Jerry Bridges)

5. Far North (Will Hobbs)

6. Sarah Bishop (Scott O'Dell)

7. Power of Kindness for Teens (Guideposts)

8. Heart of Fire (Victoria Holmes)

9. Sherlock Holmes stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

10. A Dog Named Christmas (Greg Kincaid)

What were your favorite reads in 2010?