Monday, January 17, 2011

Well, I was right!

I finished Of Mice and Men last night... sobbing! I wonder if anyone has ever shorted out their Kindle by crying on it? LOL

I'll start the discussions as soon as I have time to think for more than 4 minutes at a time1 :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A slight problem...

OK, first of all, I will admit that I purchased Of Mice and Men for the Kindle even though I own a paperback copy.

I'm hooked on my Kindle. ;)

Now the problem. I am, according to my Kindle, 53% of the way through Of Mice and Men. And I see bad things coming. And I can't bring myself to read on. Because there is bad stuff gonna happen. I just know there is. Bad. Bad. Bad.

And probably sad, too. Bad and Sad.

Who picked this book anyway?? LOL

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Surprise! It's a Kindle!!

Though my mom likes to surprise me at Christmas time, I'm usually able to figure out what she has gotten me. But this year she completely caught me by surprise! For one thing, she had taken me and the girls to Disney World and Wizarding World of Harry Potter the week before Christmas. We all knew that was our Christmas. I knew that she would get presents for the girls because that's just how she works, but I didn't think I would get anything. I was totally OK with that, too, because I had just spent the most wonderful week at Disney (even though it was freezing cold LOL).

But she surprised me!! And my dad sort of worked it into an even cooler surprise. You see, Dad had decided to get Mom a Kindle for Christmas and he had it sent directly to our house. We wrapped it up and set it under the tree. On Christmas morning, the kids pass out the presents to everyone but we always save the adult presents until the kids are done. So Mom opened her Kindle and was very surprised, and then she and dad told me to open my present. And look what I found:
Actually, it was a naked Kindle! LOL My husband had conspired with my mom to give me gift cards to purchase a cover! He was going to try to choose one for me, but there were too many options and he knows I'm somewhat particular. In the end, it took me 4 days to choose "the right" cover! @@
I ended up with the M-Edge Executive cover and the E-Luminator light. It's an absolutely perfect combination for me!
I've been able to find 7 of the 10 books on this year's book club list absolutely free!! The ones that are not free are Of Mice and Men, The Color Purple, and Catcher in the Rye. I already own Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye in hard copy so I may not splurge for it in Kindle form, but I don't have The Color Purple yet so that will be purchased! (Edited to add: ACK! The Color Purple is not available in Kindle form! What's up with that?? LOL)

I'm already completely hooked on it! I love having all my books at my fingertips and portable and with a light to read in the evening when my husband is watching TV. I love having all the classics that are available for free, too. But so far, my absolute favorite perk of the Kindle is the portability! SOOOO many books at my fingertips! I love to have several books going at the same time, and now I can read any of them with the touch of my finger! :)

Who would have thought I would enjoy an ebook reader so much???

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

At Last!! It's the reading list!

Bella’s Bookshelf Reading List 2011

January – Of Mice and Men

February – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

March – Pygmalion

April – The Scarlet Letter

May – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

June – The Color Purple

July – David Copperfield

August – David Copperfield

September – David Copperfield

October – Catcher in the Rye

November – Frankenstein

December – Huck Finn

I'll go back and add author's names and make it look much prettier later on when I have some more time! :) But here it is for anyone who is interested!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gone With the Wind, Parts 1 and 2: A Summary

Scarlett O'Hara was sixteen years old when we meet her in the days immediately leading up to the American Civil War. She has all the attention from all of the boys and men around, but she only desires Ashley Wilkes, a childhood friend and neighbor. Upon learning that he is to marry his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and go to the war, Scarlett agrees to marry Melanie's brother, Charles Hamilton, even though she does not love him. Charles dies of measles shortly after he leaves for the war, and Scarlett bears him a child, Wade, who she basically ignores and leaves to a slave, Prissy, to raise.

Scarlett, Wade, and Prissy all go to Atlanta to stay with Aunt Pittypat and Melanie Wilkes, Ashley's wife. The women are all in mourning, but do take turns nursing the wounded at the hospital. During a fundraiser for the hospital, Scarlett and Melanie are called upon to work a booth, even though it is deemed inappropriate because of their mourning status. Scarlett is thrilled because she is tired of being cooped up in the house, and pretending to mourn a dead husband she never cared about, while everyone else her age (now seventeen) is off at balls. At the fundraiser, Dr. Meade declares a bidding auction for the privilege of dancing with the ladies, and a blockade runner named Rhett Butler bids a large amount of gold for Scarlett. This is a true scandal because she is a new widow, but Scarlett agrees to do it. Rhett excites and infuriates her, as he was present in the room when Scarlett declared her love for Ashley before he left for the war, and Rhett teases Scarlett about that and her resulting temper.

As then next 2 years pass, the Confederacy takes a hard beating both on the fronts and at home. Supplies are hard to come by and food prices skyrocket. Rhett makes a fortune running the blockades, and by selling and buying from both the North and the South. His outspokenness about the eventual demise of the Confederacy gets him ostracized from polite Atlanta society, though Melanie insists he is a good man, and allows him to continue to visit them. He brings gifts and treats to Aunt Pitty, Melanie, and, of course, to Scarlett. Rhett and Scarlett are seen together and it is quite scandalous.

After two years, Ashley comes home on a furlough for Christmas. Scarlett connives to see him alone. He asks her to take care of Melanie for him, and she tells him again how much she loves him. With a sad look on his face, he tells her good-bye, without giving her the kiss she had asked him for. Scarlett is determined that he loves her. Three months later, she is shocked to find out that Melanie is expecting Ashley's child. She determines to leave Atlanta and return to Tara, but then Ashley is reported as missing. Rhett uses his connections in the North to find out that Ashley has been taken prisoner and is being held at the most horrible prison camp in the North, Rock Springs in Illinois.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Old Man and the Sea: A Summary

An old fisherman has not caught a fish in many days. He believes that the next day he goes out he will have luck and get a fish. He has a young boy who usually fishes with him, and who tries to take care of him in his poverty. But the young boy's father has instructed him to go fish on another fishing boat the next day, so the old man sets out alone.

He has decided to go far, far out to fish. And he does have the luck he counts on. He hooks a marlin! The marlin begins to pull the boat out and out and the old man just lets the line go out and he holds on. The boat is dragged for 2 whole days before the fish begins to tire. The old man has been cut by the line, and he is exhausted, but he gets the enormous fish to the surface and kills him. He attaches it to the side of the boat because it's too big.

On the way back to shore, sharks begin to attack the marlin and eat pieces of it, right off the side of the boat. The old man fights off the sharks the best he can, despite being exhausted. But in the end, the sharks eat all of the meat from the huge fish. The old man makes it into port with only the skeleton of the great fish still tied to the boat. He doesn't have the money from selling the fish but he has the honor of bringing in such a great fish!