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Sunday Salon - A weekend of reading

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This weekend ended up being a weekend of reading for me.  Partly it was due to the Thankfully Reading Weekend challenge through Jenn's Bookshelves and partly it was due to the fact that I have a book club meeting this coming Saturday and I really need to get Mansfield Park completed, which I should be able to do.

My weekend of reading was kicked off with reading The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, which I just read during Friday afternoon.  Once lunch had been put eaten and put away, I basically sat down and just read for several hours and before I knew it, I had finished it by the time I went to bed that night (its that type of book).  I quite enjoyed it and identified with the story McClure told, except that I have only been Walnut Grove and De Smet and then only for a bit in Walnut Grove and only a little while in De Smet (my family and I were on the tail end of a cross-Canada journey in which we went through the States about 20 years ago).  I really do want to see her house in …

Weekend Cooking - Roast Potatoes

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It has been awhile since I have shared anything and yes, I am still stuck in making the same things over and over again, but I think I know why and it has to do with some health issues that arose last winter and for some reason I can't seem to get out of the mind set that  I can only eat certain things, but I am feeling that I am eating better, whatever that is worth.

One thing that I have been making regularly since this past summer, when I had a food fart in regards to my cooking, are roast potatoes. They are very easy to make and probably much better than the roast potato kits that I have seen appear in the grocery store in the past year.  I find that these are much better tasting and probably healthier for you.

Roasted Potatoes

Preheat oven to 425.

Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large mixing bowl.

Wash and dry potatoes (leave whole if they are mini potatoes; otherwise cut into halves).

Add the potatoes and mix well with clean hands until potatoes are coated with oil.

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie - Wendy McClure

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Title: The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Author: Wendy McClure
File Size (Pages): 475 KB (352)
Published: 2011
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Humor
Challenges: 2012 Support Your Library
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description:Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder — a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family—looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House — exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns. Whether she’s churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of “the Laura experience.” Along the way s…

#thankfullyreading 2012 Kickoff

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I have been looking forward to this for the past few days and have a few books that I am planning on working on this weekend:
• Les Miserables • Anna Karenina • Mansfield Park
and there are probably a few others that I am going to hopefully work on during the course of the four days, but these are the main ones that I am planning on reading.

Musing Mondays (Nov. 19)

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This week, Miz B at Should Be Reading asks:

Do you read the ending before you start a book? Do you ever skip ahead to read the ending?
I don't read the ending before I start a book; I have done that in the past and I have been really confused.   Depending on the book, I will skip ahead and read the ending, especially if I am really turned around with the storyline.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 19)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

What I have reviewed this week:
1) The Litigators by John Grisham (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• A Team of Rivals
• The Dressmaker
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew
• The Hobbit

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012

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Its that time of year again and The True Book Addict through her Christmas blog, The Christmas Spirit blog, is once again hosting her annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge.  The best thing about this reading challenge is that movies are also included in this version as well.

Here are the details that she has put up on her blog:


challenge will run from Monday, November 19, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2011 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level!visit this POST for a list of new Christmas books for 2012.  There are a lot of good ones coming out this year, including the new Richard Paul Evans novel, A Winter Dream (I just got it yesterday!).Levels:--Candy Cane:  read 1 book
--Mistletoe:  read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree:  read 5 or …

Sunday Salon - In the midst of a reading slump, but...

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I don't like it when I get into a reading slump; it sucks.  I want to read, but when I get into one of these "slumps" I am either feeling like I am not wanting to read at all or I am feeling overwhelmed.  When I am feeling overwhelmed, I somehow am able to plow through the books that I am reading and get the reading done, but when I am not feeling like reading, I don't really read and have to force myself to read.

The reason that I mention these two is because I am probably going between the two. I probably will get through it, but at the moment I feel as though I won't.  The reason that I feel like this is because of the fact that Christmas is coming and that there is so much that is going on and my head feels like it is spinning.  I am hoping that by this time next week, I will won't feel this way, as when I get my Christmas cards off, I will feel a little more sane.

Hope everybody have has relaxing Sunday, however you are going to be spending it.

Review:
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Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012

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Its that time of year again when Americans induce themselves with lots of turkey (and the stuff that goes along with it) and football.  But for some it will also include a lot of reading.  And thanks to Jenn at Jenn's Bookshleves, there is a way to do this, even if you don't live in the States.

The Reading Weekend will be taking place November 22-25 and you can follow along through the hashtag #thankfulreading.  You can find more details and sign up here.  I hope that you can join.

The Litigators - John Grisham

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Title: The Litigators
Author: John Grisham
File size (Pages): 2532 KB (352)
Published: 2011
Genre: Fiction
Challenges: 2012 Support Your Library
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description: The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.”Boutique, as inchic, selective, andprosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.

Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally …

Teaser Tuesdays (Nov. 13)

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Teaser Tuesdayis a bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Anybody can play along!  Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

~p. 3, The Hobbitby J.R.R. Tolkien

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 12)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

What I have reviewed this week:
1) All Things New by Lynn Austin (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• A Team of Rivals
• The Litigators
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew
• The Hobbit


Musing Mondays (Nov. 12)

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For this week, MizB of Should be Reading fame has decided to give us a number of questions that we can choose from that were submitted back in the summer.  Or if you are really adventurous, you can answer them all.  I am going to just going to do a couple.  My first one comes from Dr. Pepper Diva:

Do you read outside of your preferred genre? Has your preferred genre changed?
I will read outside of my preferred genre from time to time, but generally I don't.  My preferred genre has changed over time.  I used to read a lot of Christian fiction, but once when I was reading one of my typical Christian fiction, which really are historical romance, I realized how cheesy they are.  But I was always a reader that read a variety of materials and my tastes evolved over time, even though I still do read a bit of Christian fiction.

My second question comes from Lady With Books:

Do you have a favourite book/movie combo? I am assuming that this means ones favourite movie adaptation in addition…

Sunday Salon - Remembrance Day

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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly  Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
John McCrae, 1915

All Things New - Lynn Austin

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Title: All Things New
Author:: Lynn Austin
File size (Pages): 1367 KB(416)
Published: 2012
Genre: Christian fiction, Historical fiction
Challenges: Support Your Library, Historical Fiction
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description:In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Josephine enjoyed now seems like a long-ago dream. And the God who failed to answer any of her prayers during the war is lost to her as well.

Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs …

Booking Through Thursday - Blackouts

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Booking Through Thursday asks this week:


1. How do storms affect your reading? Do you go for comfort reading? 2. How do you deal with power outages? Do you read by candlelight? Flashlights? Use a self-lit e-reader or tablet? Skip reading altogether for the duration and instead play games with the family?

1) Storms do affect my reading because I am usually not thinking about reading, but rather when I am going to get power again.

2) I don't deal well with power outages.  Fortunately the longest was about 7 hours on a Saturday, but I don't do well.



The Classics Club - Question #4

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For November, the Classics Club asks:

What classic piece of literature most intimidates you, and why? (Or, are you intimidated by the classics, and why? And has your view changed at all since you joined our club?)
The piece that intimidates me is War & Peace.  I guess its just the notion that War & Peace has this mythology around it that its a difficult book to complete.  I am not intimidated by the classics, its just this particular book that I am intimidated by.

WWW Wednesdays (Nov. 7)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading.  To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll be reading next?


Answers:
1) What are you currently reading?
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• All Things New
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew • The Hobbit
• Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
2) What did you recently finish reading? Home by Toni Morrison (review)

First Chapter - First Paragaph(s) - Tuesday Intros (Nov. 6)

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This week's choice
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin Originally published: October 2005
On May 18,1860, the day when the Republican Party would nominate its candidate for president, Abraham Lincoln was up early.  As he climbed the stairs to his plainly furnished law office on the south side of the public square in Springfield, Illinois, breakfast was being served at the 130-room Chenery House on Fourth Street.  Fresh butter, flour, lard, and eggs were being put out for sale at the City Grocery Store on North Sixth Street.  And in the morning newspaper, the proprietors at Smith, Wickersham & Company had announced the arrival of a large spring stock of silks, calicos, ginghams, and linens, along with a new supply of the latest styles of hosiery and gloves.

Teaser Tuesdays (Nov. 6)

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Teaser Tuesdayis a bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Anybody can play along!  Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

On May 18,1860, the day when the Republican Party would nominate its candidate for president, Abraham Lincoln was up early.  As he climbed the stairs to his plainly furnished law office on the south side of the public square in Springfield, Illinois, breakfast was being served at the 130-room Chenery House on Fourth Street.  Fresh butter, flour, lard, and eggs were being put out for sale at the City Grocery Store on North Sixth Street.  And in the morning newspaper, the proprietors at Smith, Wicke…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 5)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

What I have reviewed this week:
1) Home by Toni Morrison (review)

What I am planning on reading this week:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• A Team of Rivals
• All Things New
• Mansfield Park 
• The Taming of the Shrew
• The Hobbit


Musing Mondays (Nov. 5)

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This week's musing asks:

What is the most recent book you purchased, or brought home from the local library? What you made you pick it? Have you started reading it, right away, or will you wait for a bit?

I have gotten a lot of library books in the last few days, so I can't just name one, so I will mention the last book that I purchased, which was A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  I bought the book a few weeks ago and I have only started it now.

I am hoping to go to the movie "Lincoln" when it comes out in a couple of weeks.





Sunday Salon - A couple of things

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It hasn't been a great week, at least reading wise.  I did do some reading, but not the amount that I have in previous weeks.   Part of the reason was that I found myself on Thursday without a book to read on the way back home (I finished my book on the way to work) and ever since then I haven't felt like reading much.

Besides that, I joined with Wallace's readalong of The Hobbit and am looking forward to starting this week and I am hoping that I will finally get Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin started.  I haven't had much progress with Les Miserables and Anna Karenina, but am hoping that I will get a bunch more done in the next coming days.

Hopefully this week is going to be a better reading and blogging week.

Review:
1) Home by Toni Morrison (review)


The Hobbit Readalong

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(if you click on the photo, it clicks to the sign up page)
Wallace over at The Unputdownables is hosting a readalong for The Hobbit.  This has been a book that I have been wanting to read for quite some time, which I think was right around the time that the LOTR movies came out about 10 years ago.  At the time, new editions of the 3 book set, along with the rest of Tolkien's books came out and couldn't resist getting the new editions (I have the full set of LOTR books, but they are still unread).

I am going to post what she has posted over on her site and please read the ENTIRE post.  Its actually quite a doable book, as most copies of the book are between 300-400 pages (mine is about 310) and has less than 40 chapters.  I hope you can join me (the information posted below can be found at The Unputdownables)

Schedule:

Beginning Friday, November 3rd and ending Friday, December 28th.  READING SCHEDULE: Week #/ Where to Stop (For example, in week one STOP and place your bookmark at…