Challenges in various stages of completion

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 am

L. M. Montgomery Reading ChallengeNow that it’s February, it’s time to write a wrap up post for this year’s L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. This year, I read only one book: The Blue Castle, which was also this month’s selection for the Reading to Know Classics Bookclub.

That would have been all I did for the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge, except that I took some time Saturday (I know, not in January at all) to stitch up another article of clothing for Anne’s wardrobe.

For those of you who’ve been following me for a while, you may remember the plain dress Marilla made Anne to replace her yellow-gray wincey (that was a cross between the snuffy-colored gingham and the black and white checked sateen) and the carpet bag with the funky handle (okay, I didn’t replicate that part.)

But now, Anne’s wardrobe has a third piece: the yellow-gray “skimpy” wincey. (Note the too shortness of the hem and sleeves as well as how tight the skirt and sleeves are. The goal was to have no superfluous fabric–did I succeed?)

This marks the end of Anne’s pitiful wardrobe–so the next piece will either have to be THE dress with the puffed sleeves or an outfit from after that wonderful gift. Yay! (Both exciting and scary since I’ll actually have to do some real pattern drafting to add tucks and shirrs and doo-dads for those fancy dresses.)

To see what others have been reading and doing for the challenge this past month, check out the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge at Reading to Know.


In addition to the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge, I have been trying to sneak in at least one book for the Armchair Cybils, which will be finishing up in the middle of February. Amy wrote a fantastic review of Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire–and that title just happened to be both a Cybils finalist AND in my local library system.

I’ve been devouring it. It is SO good. Rose is an American pilot who’s in the British Air Transport Auxillary, transporting planes from factory to field and back–until she finds herself landing in enemy territory and is taken to the Ravensbruck work camp where she meets a whole host of other interesting female prisoners.

One particularly interesting note for me was the early mention of (even obsession with) the German V1 “buzz bomb”. When my parents came down to Wichita to visit us last fall, we went to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson–which has an enormous museum on the history of space. The first room included a V1 buzz bomb and gave a history of it–which made reading about it in a novel all the more fun.

I’m planning to be able to finish it up and review it by the time the Cybils winners are announced on Valentine’s Day–but it’s good enough already that you might as well put it on your watch list :-)


Finally, I’m going to be participating in Barbara H’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge this month. I plan on reading Little House on the Prairie (also this month’s selection for the Reading to Know Book club) as well as a number of biographies of Laura (as many as I can manage of the half dozen or so that I checked out of my local library).

The last time I participated, I made butter a la Ma from Little House in the Big Woods–and I’m eager to see what I can come up with to work on from the Prairie (When I was little, I wanted to build a log house like Pa and Laura did, but the closest I ever got was Lincoln Logs. I think it’s likely that’ll still be the closest I get after this month :-P)


So those are the reading challenges I’m participating in this month (or finished from last month.) Are you participating in any challenges this year? What are they?

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Reader Comments (3):

  1. Oooohhh, I see these posts and I SO wish that I could sew. Alas. (I resorted to Amazon because it had to be done. Puffed sleeves!)

    I’m glad you read along. And that Daniel did too, sorta. ;)

  2. Barbara H. says:

    Love the idea of making “Anne” dresses!

    I can imagine how neat it was to read a book that included the buzz bomb after seeing it in person.

    I’ll be looking forward to see what you do with the Little House activities!

    This is the first year I am participating in a numbers of challenges: thankfully they overlap, or it would be too much. One is a classics challenge with specific kinds of classics, and one is a challenge to read 12 books already on your TBR shelves. I wrote about them here: http://barbarah.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/upcoming-reading-challenges/

  3. Davene Grace says:

    Just had to let you know that because of your recommendation, I put Rose Under Fire on reserve through my library and just picked it up today. Tonight I sat down, just to read a page or two. ;-) As you might imagine, I was quickly drawn into the story and read well past the “page or two” mark. :) I can hardly wait to read more! (And I think it’s super that you got to see a buzz bomb.) :)

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