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Friday Favorites on Saturday

I was hoping to get back on track with posting Friday Favorites on Fridays again. Obviously that didn’t happen this week. Since there’s too much fun stuff to do on a Saturday, here’s a quick run down of this week’s favorites.

  • We finally saw Wreck It Ralph at the dollar movies. It was a nice family evening of food court food and Favorite stomachcruising the mall.
  • After five stores, I finally found a short sleeve white dress shirt.
  • I finished my short story! It needs a lot of polishing, but there’s still a sense of accomplishment in finishing.
  • Pi Day at the Arizona Science Center.
  • Pie on Pi Day.
  • Book Club. I didn’t even read the book; I was there for the social time.

When I list it that way, it looks like I have plenty of reason to feel like we had a full week. How did you fill your week?


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Christmas Jars Reunion Book Club

Christmas Jar book clubOne of my favorite ways to stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas is by reading great Christmas books. I know you’re shocked that a book would make my holiday special. The only thing better than a book for me is a book club for the whole family!

If you’re looking for a book to help your family feel the real spirit of Christmas Jars and Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason F. Wright are great books to during this wondrous season. Head over to Arizona Mama to read about our Christmas Jars book club celebration! The best part of this series is it leads to its own traditions.

What are your favorite Christmas books to read with your family?

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Tenant of Wildfell Hall Book Club & Review

Tenant of Wildfell Hall Book ClubI’ve been meaning to read some of those classics that I somehow missed out on in high school and college. Thank goodness for this month’s book club to motivate m with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

Anne Brontë’s second and last novel was widely and contentiously reviewed upon its 1848 publication, in part because its subject matter domestic violence, alcoholism, women’s rights, and universal salvation was so controversial. The tale unfolds through a series of letters between two friends as one man learns more about Helen Huntingdon and the past that brought this young painter and single mother to Wildfell Hall. Powerfully plotted and unconventionally structured, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is now considered to be a classic of Victorian literature. This Broadview Edition includes a critical introduction that situates the novel in significant Victorian debates, and provides appendices that make clear Brontë’s intellectual inheritance from important eighteenth-century writers such as Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft. Material on temperance, education, childrearing, and nineteenth-century women artists is also included in the appendices. {Amazon}

I was concerned that it would be what my kids called a “boring AP book” with outdated language. I’m happy to report that I did not find it boring or hard to read. It’s interesting to see how Helen dealt with her bad marriage in an era of restricted women’s rights. The juxtaposition of her morality and her determination to protect her son is noble. It would have been so easy for her to make the best of her plight in a fashion similar to her husband.

This book made for a great discussion! We talked about women’s rights in the 1800’s, morality, and alcoholism. There was so much information, we didn’t use any pre-set questions. The conversation just flowed. I give this book 4 slices!

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Sherlock Holmes Book Club and Review

Our last book club met to discuss The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’d never read any Sherlock Holmes stories and was excited to add a little culture to my reading repertoire.

The Classic Adventures of Sherlock HolmesHis friend and cohort Dr. Watson called him the “most perfect reasoning machine the world has seen.” Sherlock Holmes, the eccentric, pipe-smoking Londoner with an encyclopedic knowledge of almost every field, could build a solution on the thinned thread of a clue, and use it to bring any criminal to justice.

In this volume are collected seven of the most thrilling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. With the cunning of a fox and the courtesy of an English man, Holmes uses his miraculous powers of observation to save a king from blackmail, capture England’s most wanted and feared bank robber, and deduce the identity of a mysterious man who has left his fiancee at the altar. With Watson as a sounding board for his questions and an accomplice to his machination, Holmes is virtually unstoppable as a detective, even in the most baffling circumstances. Yet in “A Scandal in Bohemia” he meets the woman, a foe whose beautiful face hides a mind that might be one step ahead of his own. Each chapter provides a new adventure, and each case – seemingly more obscure and hopeless than the last – never proves too difficult for Sherlock Holmes. {Book flap}

The first thing I learned was that I can only handle short story collections in small doses. This was my third book of short stories in a couple of months and I’m pretty short storied out now.

Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.Somewhere along the line I started thinking about how different Sherlock Holmes in the book is from Robert Downey Jr.’s version in the movies. I’m glad a couple of the stories at the end gave me a little insight at how the movie producers made that leap.

Our book club was split pretty even as to those that like Sherlock and those who not so much. It was a good discussion picking out pieces of his personality that came through the different stories.

Overall, I appreciated the mysteries but Sherlock Holmes isn’t my favorite detective. He’s too aragent and condescending for my taste. I prefer Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I give The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes three slices.

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