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text 2017-04-30 15:02
The Shuttle - progress: 280/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Betty herself bent over the flower as she might have bent over a child. Her eyes softened, she touched a leaf with a slim finger, as delicately as if it had been a new-born baby's cheek. As Mount Dunstan watched her he drew a step nearer to her side. For the first time in his life, he felt the glow of a normal and simple pleasure untouched by any bitterness. 

 

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text 2017-04-30 14:47
The Shuttle - progress: 277/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

This has to be one of the sweetest romantic scenes I've ever read.

 

Mount Dunstan turned and looked at her - a pause in his step - they were walking down a turfed path, and over their heads meeting branches of new leaves hung. Something in his movement made her turn and pause also. They both paused - and quite unknowingly.

 

"Do you know," he said, in a low and rather unusual voice, "that as we were on our way here, I said of you to Penzance, that you were Life - you!"

 

For a few seconds, as they stood so, his look held her - their eyes involuntarily and strangely held each other. Something softly glowing in the sunlight falling on them both, something raining down in the song of a rising skylark trilling in the blue a field away, something in the warmed incense of blossoms near them, was calling - calling in the Voice, though they did not know they heard. Strangely, a splendid blush rose in a fair flood under her skin. She was conscious of it, and felt a second's amazed impatience that she should colour like a schoolgirl suspecting a compliment. He did not look at her as a man looks who has made a pretty speech. His eyes met hers straight and thoughtfully, and he repeated his last words as he had before repeated hers. 

 

"That you were Life - you!"

 

The bluebells under water were for the moment incredibly lovely. Her feeling about the blush melted away as the blush itself had done.

 

"I am glad you say that!" she answered. "it was a beautiful thing to say. I have often thought that I should like it to be true."

 

"It is true," he said.

 

Then the skylark, showering golden rain, swept down to earth and its nest in the meadow, and they walked on. 

 

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text 2017-04-30 14:33
Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (April Progress)
A Suitor for Jenny - Margaret Brownley
Cyberpunk Tales: Looking Death in the Eye: SciFi Adventure Romance Trilogy - Jordanna R. Forrest,Ashley L. Hunt
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
Weddings Under a Western Sky: The Hand-Me-Down BrideThe Bride Wore BritchesSomething Borrowed, Something True - Lisa Plumley,Elizabeth Lane,Kate Welsh
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama
Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson
Nora Roberts: The Obsession (Hardcover); 2016 Edition - Nora Roberts
A Paris Affair - Sam Taylor Mullens,Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Items in bold were completed this month. 19% completed in April; 56 % completed overall.

 

*I kept thinking I was missing two prompts. After reviewing my list with the master list on the Pop Sugar site, turns out I was. They have been added to the bottom of my list, as I was not about to try and re-format this post. I feel sane again.

  • 1. Recommend by Librarian                                   
  • 2. On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky                             
  • 3. Book of Letters  - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin                                 
  • 4. Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                               
  • 5. POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello                                  
  • 6. 1 of 4 Seasons in Title                               
  • 7. Story within a Story                               
  • 8. Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)                             
  • 9. Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan                          
  • 10. Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly                                  
  • 11. Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb                           
  • 12. Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O                     
  • 13. By/About a Person with a disability

14. Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

  1. 15. Subtitle
  2. 16. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. 17. Mythical Creature
  4. 18. Re-read a shelf keeper
  5. 19. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. 20. Career Advice
  7. 21. Non-human Perspective
  8. 22. Steampunk
  9. 23. Red Spine
  10. 24. Set in Wilderness
  11. 25. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. 26. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. 27. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. 28. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. 29. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. 30. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. 31. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. 32. Interesting Woman
  19. 33. Book with setting in 2 different time periods
  20. 34. Month/Day in title
  21. 35. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. 36. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 37. 2017 movie adaptions
  24. 38. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. 39. First Book in Series - Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
  26. 40. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. 41. Recommended by an author you like
  28. 42. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. 43. Family member term in title
  30. 44. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. 45. Genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. 46. More than 800 pages
  33. 47. UBS find
  34. 48. Book mentioned in another book
  35. 49. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

50. Based on Mythology

51. About an immigrant or refugee

52. Book with eccentric character

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text 2017-04-30 14:25
The Shuttle - progress: 272/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

I just love the way the English vicar is studying the hustling young American typewriter salesman, the way Jane Goodall studied the gorillas.

 

"Upon my word," Mr. Penzance commented, and his amiable fervour quite glowed, "I like that queer young fellow - I like him. He does not wish to 'butt in too much.' Now there is a rudimentary delicacy in that. And what a humorous, forceful figure of speech! Some butting animal - a goat, I seem to see, preferably - forcing its way into a group or closed circle of persons."

 

His gleeful analysis of the phrase had such evident charm for him that Mount Dunstan broke into a shout of laughter.

 

 

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text 2017-04-29 19:17
The Shuttle - progress: 242/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The bird upon the sapling was a robin, the tiny round body perched upon his delicate legs, plump and bright plumaged for mating. He touched his warm red breast with his beak, fluffed out and shook his feathers, and, swelling his throat, poured forth his small, entranced song. It was a gay, brief, jaunty thing, but pure, joyous, gallant, liquid melody. There was dainty bravado in it, saucy demand and allurement. 

 

 

 

 

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