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The Perfect Saturday

A few days ago,
I received my copy of The Perfect Life.

Thanks to Janna at the Cornhusker's Academy who offered this contest so I could win the book!

Now I definitely don't need to be starting any new books. I need to finish all of the ones I am in the middle of!
But I decided to just take a little peak inside.
And what did I find?
The perfect Saturday.
By tradition, Saturday mornings were savored in the Clarkson household. My husband, Brad, usually prepared breakfast, and then the two of us--still clad in our pajamas--read snippets from the newspaper to each other while we dined on French toast or omelets or hash-brown casserole.

Aloha Friday

My Aloha Friday question today is...
If you had to give yourself a new name what would it be?

Aloha Friday is a laid back, just for fun, meme created by Kailani at An Island Life.
We all post a question and have fun going around answering each others.

My answer:I don't have one yet! I am going to read what you all say and see if it inspires me. I have decided on either Ireland or December, or maybe some combination of the two.

Answer the question for yourself in the comments and then ask a new one on your own blog! Have fun!

Booking Through Thursday: Literature

When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?) Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must? When I think of literature one name immediately pops into my head, Nabokov.

“Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.”

I love to read all kinds of books includingliterature for pleasure. I am surrounded by piles and piles and piles of books and I just pick one up and then another and just see what grabs my interest. If it is a romance novel or a classic or whatever grabs me that is what I read next. I have this very strong feeling that you read books when you are meant to read them. I picked up Pride and Prejudice many times before I actually read it for the first time and fell in love with it.

I love to read literature when I am forced to read it as well, especially when I am able to discuss it with others during the process. Many times …


I am running a little behind on my intended post today.
But I wanted to make sure I shared some my notes and thoughts on Speak as promised.

First, I want to say that I was not impressed by my first impression of the voice/narration of Speak.
It took me a little while before I discovered what was disappointing in it.
The text is generally boring.
But when I was discussing this with a friend, I made the epiphany that this was perhaps INTENTIONAL.
That this part of the story is boring because the narrator, Melinda, is BORED with her life.

First line: It is my first morning of high school.
Because the first line was so boring,
the second line:
I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
Is that much better? Not really.

This story opens with the dilemma of picking a seat on the bus. If you don't consider this a real dilemma you were either incredibly popular in high school or you have a don't have a good memory.

What clique, or clan as Melinda called them, did you run with?

Mix Tape Monday

It is true.
Idol Mania has taken over.
I have never really been a big fan of the show.
But that was before.
Before what? you ask.
Before David Cook.
So here in his honor, my mixtape.

I made this music player at

First up is the song that started it all (for me.)

Randy called this an emo version of the original.
I remember sitting there thinking
what was that?
That was different.
Next, the original "Hello" by Lionel Richie.
Do you remember that music video?
Go here to see a real life demonstration (sort of.)

Third up
is the song that made me fall.
In love that is.
He didn't sound perfect but there was something about his passion that resonated when he sang "Eleanor Rigby."
After that the original.
The name that originally came to Paul, though, was not Eleanor Rigby but Miss Daisy Hawkins. In 1966, McCartney recalled how he got the idea for his song:
“I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got th…

The Sunday Salon

I am extremely absent minded. I would read more from the same book if I wasn't constantly losing them.
As of this moment I cannot manage to find my copy of The Perfect Blend, the first Love Inspired romance novel I have ever read.

Have any of you read one of these before? I would be interested in knowing what you think.

Last night, but really very early this morning, I started Speak for Becky's Online Reading Group. We don't start until Wednesday, so there is still time to join in.
I have been intending to read Speak since I bought it many years ago. It has always had a prominent place on my bookshelf. I have never boxed it up and put into storage like hundreds of other books. I have been carrying it around with the intent of reading it, but just waiting for the excuse. And I am very happy for the excuse. Since I have been talking about coverslately, I need to tell you I have always adored this cover.

Come back Wednesday to read my thoughts on the beginning of this boo…
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