Happy Veteran’s Day


This is the flag that flies in front of our home. It is there in honor of Poppie, who bravely fought in the Vietnam War. It is there in honor of my grandfather, Francis Heilman, who courageously fought in World War II. It is there in honor of my friend, David Poppas, who served fearlessly in Iraq. It is there in honor of all veterans and soldiers, young and old, who have served our country with their hearts and souls while we sleep safely in our beds. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.


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Will You Look at Who Crawled Out From Under Her Rock?


Well, friends, I. Am. Back. It’s been a crazy couple of months for us here at the Pathologically Literate Household and my good ol’ OCD brain couldn’t focus on reading books & blogging about them while dealing with other, more pressing matters. LIke what, you ask? Well, in mid-August I made the long-considered yet last-minute decision that I was going to homeschool The Boy. Yes, indeed. Major changes, fo sho. It’s rather a long story, and I’ll go into it in a later post. But suffice it to say that I’ve been busy researching homeschooling methods, choosing curricula, organizing our schoolroom, and obsessing about the subject in any and every other way possible. With the exception of homeschooling blogs and books, I think I’ve only read about three or four actual novels in the last two months. That used to be my weekly consumption – yikes! Hopefully once things settle down, my reading will pick back up – I miss it.

So here’s the deal, folks. I started this blog as a book blog. All the “experts” say that you need to pick a blog topic and stick to it, never straying into other territory. But, but, but… I really, really feel the call to blog about our homeschooling experience in addition to my adventures in reading. I hope this decision doesn’t drive any of you away, and I hope that new readers will find something worthwhile in what I have to say. I’ll still be reading and reviewing books, just… not as many. I hope that you will stay with me during this journey of change, growth, and learning – for both The Boy and myself.

Thank you so, so much for sticking around while I was gone, y’all. It’s good to know I’ve got my peeps!

Missing: Pathologically Literate


Well, friends, I have to apologize for the lack of a post yesterday and today. Unfortunately, there won’t be one this weekend, either – although you may see the Weekly Review on Sunday! We’ve got some… how shall I say… DRAMA here at the Pathologically Literate Household that needs handling, and I’ve had little time for anything else. I promise I will be back very soon with more of those fabulous, intelligent, and witty posts you all adore so, so much…

Thanks for your understanding. See you soon!

Library Love – August 8, 2013

librarylovelogo1Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from the public library.

Let’s just face it, y’all: I am simply never going to get around to reading any of the books I personally own. It just Isn’t. Going. To. Happen. Something happens when I am around library books. I cannot help myself, people! It is a sickness. A sickness, I tell you! I bring to you, in shame, my library haul for this week:

I have been wanting to read The Middlesteins fo-evah – I’m so glad I waited patiently while it was on hold. I have to desperately read The Boy in the Suitcase and Invisible Murder as fast as I can because I’m going to be reviewing the third book in the Nina Borg series soon, and you know my whole OCD thang about reading the books of a series in order, right? Oh, yes – speaking of OCD issues, here is a biggie… the book Six Years by Harlen Coben? It’s in PRINT! As in, not in Kindle form! Don’t worry, folks – I inspected it thoroughly for bedbug eggs before bringing it into my home… I’m also thinking of making The Boy inspect it ahead of time for boogers and the like {that doesn’t count as child abuse or anything, does it?}. I don’t know if I’ll actually touch it enough to read it, but hey – baby steps, right?

When was the last time you made it to the library? What goodies did you find while you were there?

Want It, Need It, Gotta Have It…


Introducing… My future new bedside table lamp:

Meet Lumio : Lumio is a modern lamp that unfolds from a book. It has a minimalist yet poetic design aesthetic that blends hand-crafted wood cover with durable water resistant “pages” containing high performing LED. Its unique design allows you to transform its shape based on your needs.”

How awesome is this?! It hardly takes up any space during the day, and at night it’s as simple as opening and closing a book! So, so tres cool. Want it, need it, gotta have it.

Lumio Video

See my future new bedside table lamp in action!

We Interrupt This Program…

Keep Calm-No Internet

I must apologize for the lack of a post today, y’all. The internets are on the fritz in the Pathologically Literate Household. We shall return to our regular programming tomorrow {we hope}.

In the meantime, never fear – I shall read on in the face of such disaster and tragedy. I shall not surrender. I. Shall. Read. On!


I know your day won’t be as bright and happy without my usual intelligent and witty post to read, but please – try. Pour moi.

Happy Reading, y’all!

Yet Another Failure of the Public School System

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From Kindergarten through Third Grade, my absolute favorite book to check out from the Bryant Elementary School library was The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I absolutely adored that book, I adored every single thing about it. I cannot even tell you how many times I read it. If you looked at the library card in the back of the book, all you saw was pretty much my name, over and over. And they knew! The librarians knew how much in love I was with The Borrowers! And yet. And. Yet.

I now stumble upon the fact that it is a freaking series?! A series?! A series of five entire books about Arietty, Pod, and Homily?! WTF?! How did those so-called school librarians fail to inform me of this so many years ago? Were they really that heartless and uncaring? Or were they simply just ignorant?

Devastated. I am simply devastated at all of the years that were wasted, when I could have been cherishing the Borrower-y goodness of the final four books. Oh, the humanity!


These are going on my Christmas list this year fo sho:

  1. The Borrowers {1952} by Mary Norton
  2. The Borrowers Afield {1954} by Mary Norton
  3. The Borrowers Afloat {1959} by Mary Norton
  4. The Borrowers Aloft {1961} by Mary Norton
  5. The Borrowers Avenged {1982} by Mary Norton