The Classics Club Spin Challenge and a Thank You

Two things…

The Classics ClubFirst, I am participating in The Classics Club’s Spin Challenge. Consequently, I will be reading Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by the end of this year. Initially, I was not too thrilled with this pick. I don’t particularly like the Brontë Sisters, but I have to admit that I have never read anything by Anne. In trying to figure out which Kindle version would be the best to read, I downloaded a couple of samples from different editions. They all came with forewords, which I read last night, and now I have to say that I am starting to be excited about the book. I am determined to have my review up by January 1.

Second, I would like to say farewell to Barbara Park, who died on November 15 after a battle with ovarian cancer.958275 She is the author of the Junie B. Jones books, a series that has appeared on the American Library Association’s list of challenged books because “parents and educators occasionally object to Jones’s personalized language and cheeky ways, worrying that she is a bad influence on her fans.” I have no such qualms. My kids and I have spent—and will continue to spend—happy hours reading about Junie B. Jones. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus has made Kid 1 less anxious about taking the school bus, and Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday has made Kid 2 eager to help daddy fix the downstairs toilet. Both have considered a career as a beautician after reading Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy. I can’t wait for Kid 3 to be old enough to have fun with these books. And I will always cherish the memories of us reading together. Thank you, Mrs. Park!



  1. I hope you enjoy The Tenant of Wildfell Hall! I’ve read both of Anne’s books and found her style very different from Charlotte’s and Emily’s, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

    • From the forewords I read, it sounds like her style is different. I also didn’t know that her sisters didn’t much like her writing. So I am curious how I will like it. Thanks for your comment.

    • I didn’t like WH either, but I love Jane Eyre.
      I have high hopes for Anne as well when I get around to reading her.

      Good luck 🙂

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