Posts by Jill


If I had to sum up Little Town on the Prairie in one word it would be bittersweet. The Ingalls family has more money, but they also want a lot more. Mary is off at college, but Carrie is weak after The Long Winter. Even Christmas has lost its usual magic. Laura is a full-on teenager now, and it’s fun to see her making her way in the world. She gets a job mending shirts in town, attends dances and parties, and starts to interact...

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I love spring. Even after a year like this when we had almost no winter in DC, I look forward to those blissfully warm days before the humidity of summer comes back. On those days I love to work outside all day, then grab a beer and watch some baseball. And I read, of course. I read outside in the sun, and when the pollen counts get too high I read inside with a box of tissues. Here are my top ten books for spring reading! Books that...

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Back during the Great Recession of 2008 I had a newborn baby and a lot of anxiety. As is my way I panicked a little, and then looked for a book to read. One book that came up over and over again was The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I decided to give it a go, and my journey with the Ingalls family began. I was looking forward to getting to this book in my re-read of the Little House series! My first time through I loved this...

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In third grade I had a friend who was an advanced reader. I remember very clearly the day when she told a few of us that we were going to start a club called the PTSs. It stood for the Pre-Teen Sensations, and she taught us a chant that went, “We must, we must, we must increase our busts.” I had no idea what any of this meant, but it seemed fun and daring so I joined. It wasn’t until a few months later that my friend admitted that she...

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I had been cruising along in my quest to re-read the Little House books in order until I got to By The Shores of Silver Lake. I remember this book as the most depressing, frustrating one in the series. Finally I forced myself, and you know, this is one of those books that improve when you actually know what happens in the previous books. Silver Lake features the Ingalls family of course, but the main character here is change. The...

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