And Now For Something Completely Different


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22 Responses

  1. Barbara says:

    I’m voting for The Connecticut Yankee as our next book. I listened to it last year; there’s a pretty decent version on Librivox – the one done by Steve Anderson. The book is funny and not very difficult. I look forward to hearing your commentary on Twain and his political views.
    Also, thank you, Heather, for all your hard work on The Scarlet Letter. The background information on Puritans is fascinating! I’m loving this book and Hawthorne’s writing style.

  2. kimchi says:

    p.s. but i must admit, either book would be great and the fact that we are doing Flatland right now? Even Better! :o)

  3. kimchi says:

    I loved reading The Secret Garden but as KnittyLynn said, I want to listen/read something that challenges me. Twain has always been a challenge to me, you always have such interesting insights into the books read on your podcast (as do all the amazing listeners) and I haven’t yet read Connecticut Yankee. So my vote is for Twain.

  4. KnittyLynn says:

    Ugh. Not Secret Garden. It is one of my favorite books, but I want to read ‘Lit’..things that will challenge us, not comfort us. You can check out Secret Garden from your library anytime, but you can’t have Heather help you with Twain always.

  5. Katie says:

    I’d love to hear a Secret Garden, but confess I know nothing about Connecticut Yankee. I was also wondering about Lord of the Flies (if you haven’t already done that one?).

  6. T2 says:

    I’m torn. I read Secret Garden many times growing up and loved it, so it would be like visiting with an old friend. On the other hand, I’ve tried reading Connecticut Yankee a couple times and never got into it. I felt the same way about The Scarlet Letter until listening to Craft Lit, so part of me wants to see if the same magic can be worked on Ct Yankee. So, it’s really one of those rare win-win situations.

  7. Andrea says:

    I would love to listen to/read a Connecticut Yankee, pretty please!

  8. Ruth says:

    I vote wholeheartedly for Mark Twain! My daughter will be reading it soon for English class (10th grade) and I have attempted to read it before but realized I need HELP to get through it. I felt the same way about Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities. I wanted to read it…I attempted to get all the way through it many times but always failed…there was just so much I didn’t quite “get” on my own. I LOVED going through this book with Craftlit. It was such fun and I learned so much. BTW…a very belated Thank You Heather for this podcast. I have worked my way through all the past offerings and It’s been such a pleasure! I commute 3 hours a day to get my daughter to a really good High School and you have been a great companion on my daily journeys!

  9. Dianne says:

    Voting for Connecticut Yankee

  10. Lise says:

    I would love to hear Connecticut Yankee AND THEN the Secret Garden. Twain’s humor is needed!

  11. Kathy says:

    I love Craft Lit craft talk, I love the great books we hear read out loud, but I especially love our Lit Crit! With that in mind, I’m voting for Secret Garden. Although making fun of society is always fun (which we would no doubt do with “Yankee”), I think our group’s comments on The Secret Garden would be as spiritual and loving and wonderful as the ones we shared during Little Women! (PS– But, as Arielle points out – only if Heather can find a great reader!)

  12. Maryjane says:

    Another minority vote for Connecticut Yankee. I’m tired of Secret Garden, having read it aloud to both daughters, and watched every TV and movie version. I’ve read quite a bit of Twain, but never Connecticut Yankee so this would fill in a gap.

  13. Joyce says:

    I vote (as usual, in the minority) for Connecticut Yankee. Mark Twain is wonderful read aloud, and this is another classic that I never quite got around to reading. Please, please, please…

  14. Arielle says:

    The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books, but the thing that worries me is that much of it is in dialect–we would have to find readers who are well-versed in Yorkshire, or it will be unlistenable. (I can volunteer my husband, who grew up in West Yorkshire in the 60s with grandparents who actually spoke the broad Yorkshire that’s in the book.)

  15. Juno says:

    If you do the Prolong to the Canterbury Tales I shall have to start listening (I hang my head to admit I do not already). To this day if you get me drunk enough I can still rip out the first 18 lines. Well, most of them. 22 years have left SOME gaps.

  16. Either of those is good.
    How about something completely different? How about Beowulf?

  17. Kathleen says:

    Twain, please. His humor is always welcome.

    I don’t really remember the Bugs Bunny version, but I do remember the Bing Crosby version, the one where he sings “Thou swell, thou witty” if I am not mistaken.

  18. Caroline says:

    I’ll be contrary to the prevailing current and say Connecticut Yankee. I think I would love to listen to Mark Twain read out loud. I read a “Classics Illustrated” of the book when I was a kid and remember liking it. Fortunately I do not remember the Bugs Bunny version.

  19. Mary T. says:

    Well, Secret Garden is a favorite of mine. But, I have never read Connecticut Yankee. So, I guess what I’m saying is they are both good for me.

  20. penny says:

    secret garden please. that is a book i cherish because “aunt lil” gave it to me (along with a gorgeous peter rabbit set) and i read it again and again and again. and i’m finally going to stop being a rude arse and donate too.

  21. Deven says:

    Secret Garden, PLEASE! It would be lovely to spend the hour crafting with my girlets and enjoying this classic story.

  22. Jessica says:

    Ooh! I vote for The Secret Garden. Pretty please?