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Booking Through Thursday – Worse?

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Which is worse?
Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?

I think finding a book I love and then hating everything else by that author is worse than reading a disappointing book by an author I love.

Some examples of this – I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and absolutely loved it. Then I read Villette by Charlotte Brontë and had such a hard time understanding the main character. I thought I understood her, but then she would do something and I was left confused. Charlotte has two more novels, but I have not read them yet. I plan to, but am a bit hesitant, since I don’t know if I’ll enjoy them or not…

John Grisham is one of my favorite authors, but I was disappointed by A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, and Bleachers. I have read almost all of his legal fiction, and enjoyed those books, although some on different levels.

I was definitely more disappointed to not like Villette than I was not liking A Painted House.

View more responses to this question at Booking Through Thursday.


While looking over the complete list of books John Grisham has written at Wikipedia, I noticed that he has another legal fiction novel due out this year in October. Yay!

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April 30, 2009 at 10:35 am 3 comments

Tuesday’s Tip Jar – Bargain and Clearance Items

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Everyone body likes to get a deal when shopping. My tip is to always check a store’s bargain/clearance area, just in case there is something you need there. You may need to have willpower though. Just because you see a great deal, doesn’t mean you need to purchase it. If it’s something you need, could use, or would make a good gift, and it’s in the budget, buy it. Otherwise, walk away. I have discovered many great items by checking clearance racks and bargain rooms in stores.

Check out more tips at BlogMommas.com.

April 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm 2 comments

Menu Plan Monday

Here is my menu plan for this week:

Tuesday: one pan stroganoff and salad or steamed veggies

Wednesday: tangy tender chicken with bulgar pilaf (never got to the chicken recipe last week, we had lots of leftovers from other meals!)

Thursday: loaded baked potatoes and salad or steamed veggies

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: hamloaf, perhaps twice baked potatoes, and salad or steamed veggies

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: spinach and potato soup with leftover biscuits

April 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm 2 comments

Link Love – Home, Family, and Money

It feels like summer today, it’s in the 80s and will be for the next several days! I don’t like to complain, but I hope spring returns soon, I prefer 70 degree weather over 80 degree weather.

Anyway…here are various links to articles I’ve read recently. I hope they will be helpful to you, and/or that you enjoy them.

Job:
How to Make Money with a Blog at ChristianPF.com

Stay Employed During a Recession at GatherLittleByLittle.com


Helping Others:
Bee Well and Raise Money at FabFoodFriday.com


Recycle:
Don’t Throw It Out at BeCentsable.net

Tips to go Green at Home at SimpleMom.net


Cleaning:
All Natural Cleaning Solutions at RealSimple.com

Use Simple Cleaning to Keep Germs Away at RandomAngie.Blogspot.com


Crafts/Hobbies:
How to Make a Magazine Reed Box at CraftStylish.com

Birthday Banner at VanillaJoy.com

Create Your Own Fun Foam Stamps at CraftIdeas.info


Money:
How to Get Out of Debt at BeingFrugal.net

Self-Employment Tax Lessons Learned at FrugalDad.com

Avoid Breaking Up Over Money Issues at BlissTree.com

Tips for Dealing with Teen Money Issues at BlissTree.com


Misc.:
Birthday Tradition Ideas at VanillaJoy.com

The Jack-of-All-Trades – Why Its Valuable and How You Can Become One at TheSimpleDollar.com

5 Steps to Having a Successful Yard Sale at SenseToSave.com

Global Rich List – see where you rank on a world-wide scale of income

Time is On Your Side at RelevantMagazine.com


Free:
Simple Scoring the Best Freebies Resource List at MomAdvice.com

First 500 Each Day Receive a Free Gillette Fusion Razor at CouponCravings.com


Gardening:
How Much Should I Plant? at NewLifeOnAHomestead.com

Paper Pots for Starting Seeds at NewLifeOnAHomestead.com

One Pot Spring Garden at JoyTheBaker.com

Is Your Garden Hose Safe? at NewLifeOnAHomestead.com


Green Living:
Does Living Green Save You Money? at BlissTree.com

Considering God’s Creation at PassionateHomemaking.com


Marriage/Family:
Help, We Just Can’t Seem to Communicate at SimpleMom.net

April 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm 1 comment

Watch Little Dorrit Online

This year on Masterpiece Classic they are showing various Charles Dickens’ classics. My husband and I watched David Copperfield, and I am currently watching Little Dorrit. Little Dorrit is rather long, part 5, the final installment will be aired this Sunday evening. The entire movie is around 8 hours. It is available online, just make sure you choose episode one first. The final episode will be available to watch online from April 27 – May 3, so if you plan to watch it, start soon.

Overall, I have enjoyed this year of Masterpiece Classic. Tess of the d’Urbervilles was the first film, and while I enjoyed the first half of the movie, the end of it was terrible. I guess I was hoping for more of a Jane Austen ending…And I didn’t watch Wuthering Heights, although I had planned to. An encore presentation of Sense and Sensibility (the BBC version that came out last year) was also great to see again. I am definitely looking forward to Masterpiece Classic next year, I hope there will be many good movies to see.

The final movie this year is The Old Curiosity Shop, which will be shown in May.

April 24, 2009 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Food on Friday

Happy Friday to you! Yesterday, I went to Borders and purchased Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Several of the blogs I read constantly refer to Sally, so I wanted to see for myself what she has to say. I ended up getting this book for just under $6, because I used a 25% off Borders coupon, and $15 in BordersBucks that I received from e-rewards.com. Yay! It was priced at $27, which is pretty high, considering it’s around $18 at amazon, but I still got it for a good deal. I will be sharing my thoughts on this book as I read it.

I visit Apple.com/trailers about once a week to see if there are any good new movies coming out. Even though I only go to the theater once or twice a year, I like to see what movies are in the works. This week I watched a trailer called Food, Inc.. Here is the synopsis, taken from the movie’s website:

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli–the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

This movie seems to go right along with some of the books I’ve been reading – The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Even though I doubt I will see this movie at the theater, it is one I can’t wait to see. I suggest you view the trailer, just to get a little taste about this topic.

Here are some of the food links I came across this week that I wanted to share:

Peanut Butter Smoothies and Baked Oatmeal at KeeperOfTheHome.org

Cooking Healthy Food with Young Children at TheNourishingGourmet.com

Celebrate Spring with Two Seasonal Tarts at SimpleMom.net

Homemade Coconut Milk at TheNourishingGourmet.com

April 24, 2009 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Booking Through Thursday – Symbolic? Or Not?

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Question suggested by Barbara H:

My husband is not an avid reader, and he used to get very frustrated in college when teachers would insist discussing symbolism in a literary work when there didn’t seem to him to be any. He felt that writers often just wrote the story for the story’s sake and other people read symbolism into it.

It does seem like modern fiction just “tells the story” without much symbolism. Is symbolism an older literary device, like excessive description, that is not used much any more? Do you think there was as much symbolism as English teachers seemed to think? What are some examples of symbolism from your reading?

I agree that is seems that modern fiction typically tells a story and that the author has not filled the book with symbolism, at least this is true about the books I read. Although, I am sure that some authors will place symbolism in books, whether or purpose or not and I have missed it.

It seems to me that symbolism was used more frequently in older books and much less today. I also think that most people just want to read a book for pleasure, and not dig too deep into what may or may not be going on in the background. Of course, some people love to dig deeper and there are authors that cater to this crowd. It seems that there is always so much going on in everyone’s lives that they just want to pick up a book to read it, not to look for symbolism. And since this is what sells, this is what is written.

This is very general, and I am not saying that authors only write what people buy, it just seems that symbolism is something that has fainted away and because there is not much of a market for it, it is not seen as frequently.

Check out more responses at Booking Through Thursday.

April 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

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