{JEI} Books with #thezeliegroup

I belong to a group of Catholic Mom Bloggers called The Zelie Group, named after St. Marie-Azélie Martin, the mother of St.Thérèse of Lisieux. Each week we’ll be answering some questions and you’re welcome to join in. This link-up will happen each Thursday. We’re calling it JEI, Just Enough Info. You can take part by posting your answers on your blog and linking up or by answering in the comments. (Note: Fishbowl Fortune no longer hosts JEI, but you can find it at Sweeping Up Joy.)

This is our first Zelie Group Linky Party and this week our questions are about books.

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1. What are you reading right now?
2. Which of your kids books do you wish would magically disappear?
(or Which of your kids books have you made magically disappear?)
3. What was your favourite book when you were little?
(or If you wrote a book what would the title or genre be?)

1. What are you reading right now?

Right now I have The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Christian Fiction out from the library and I need to read it this week. My husband and I would like to write a book about our conversion experience. My favourite Christian fiction author is Marta Perry. Do you have a favourite Christian author?

After I read the writing guide, I want to read Divine Renovation by Fr. James Mallon. It’s about building an evangelical parish community that creates disciples. It’s funny how after you meet an author you then hear their book in their voice. Fr. James is our parish priest and when I read the book it sounds just like him.

2. Which of your kids books do you wish would magically disappear?

All of June’s baby books magically disappear at some point. I watch for when she forgets about them and whisk them off to goodwill. I want to keep her shelves current and age appropriate.

The book that I most wanted to disappear was The Goodnight Train by June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith. We read that one for a long time. She knew it by heart and would correct us when we got a word wrong. It’s “cling-clang” not “clang-cling”. All the sounds had to be perfect. My husband and I had to compare our sounds to get it right! There were words on signposts throughout the book and at first we read some, but not others. She held us to our choices forever!

3. What was your favourite book when you were little?

My favourite book when I was little was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was such a dramatic child. I loved reading about Sara’s sorrow and suffering. I loved imagining the garden, too. I have an abridged version for my daughter, all ready to go. I guess it’s time for me to reread the original to get ready to study it in homeschool in the next few years.

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The Zelie Group JEI

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6 thoughts on “{JEI} Books with #thezeliegroup

  1. sweepingupjoy says:

    1. When I was younger I loved Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder books,, so the historical Christian fiction was a logical step. In junior high/high school I adored Janette Oke and Lori Wick and gobbled up everything our library had in the Christian Fiction section. There was another author who wrote a series about…Scotland? Maybe?, but the library didn’t have the whole series.

    Looking back I’m so grateful I got started on the “Love Comes Softly” books and not something racier. I just found “Roses for Mama” at a used book sale, and I squirreled it away for when our oldest is a little older.

    2. Oh, kiddos! Isn’t it amazing how much they remember? It’s so funny that you had to compare notes on train noises. 🙂 So nice to be able to pass it along to other unsuspecting parents. If June eventually has a baby of her own, you HAVE to get that book for her as a baby gift. 🙂

    3. What a classic. It will be so fun to re-read it when the time comes and see things anew, both through your now adult eyes and June’s young ones.

    • Thanks for commenting! It’s so nice to have memorable books from when they are little. It’s hard to predict which ones they will remember though. I wish I had some of the books that I loved when I was little. The one that drove my parents crazy had a character named Babykins.

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