Gone With The Wind... So Far

February 20, 2011

I have been wanting to read this book for awhile, and I'm finally doing it. When I started it I knew it was going to be a long haul since the book has over 1,000 pages. I'm happy to report I am now 600+ pages in and am loving it!

Truthfully, Gone With The Wind could be used to teach the history of the Civil War. I feel as though I was right there in the South, admist all the fighting. I cannot imagine how in the world any writer can make that subject be one people would want to read, but Margaret Mitchell did it. Not only did she do it, but she did amazingly well. From page 1 you are given carte blanche to the Southern lifestyle, but in a way that is entertaining.

I have never once gotten bored or sick of reading anything in this book. In fact, by the time I was 1/2 way through the book, the war was over and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I am repeatedly amazed at how well Margaret Mitchell was able to combine true life events with fiction.

My husband has this coming week off from teaching, so I'm hoping to finish the book. It's been a long haul so far, and I wanted to give a little something to you about this incredible reading experience. I can't wait to share my thoughts on this phenomenal book with you. Please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about this historic book- I would love to read them.

Borders Love

February 16, 2011

Well, it's official. From what I can gather, Borders has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They owe massive amounts to publishers- I've read into the billions. As part of the bankruptcy filing, they agreed store closures. 200 hundred stores are closing their doors- 2 of which are the ones I go to. I am sad to see a bookstore close it's doors at all, let alone a bookstore that I frequent and enjoy.

It hasn't been a secret that Borders has been struggling for awhile. They have been ordering fewer amounts of books from publishers and sales have goon down. The ereader they offer hasn't helped them, nor have store events or the great coupons they offer. Sadly, the inevitable has happened.

I am sad to see the store I frequented the most go. My parents have a Borders by their house, so whenever we went to see them I'd go to the bookstore. I loved seeing the books on display. I loved the smell of the place when I walked in the doors. This was the store I discovered The Secret Identity of The Pink Carnation series. This was the store my oldest daughter found books that she loved, as well. I had a tradition of visiting the bookstore and walking over to the Nestle cookie store. I am heartbroken to see that tradition come to an end.

As of now I don't know when the doors close for good. I just know that I will miss having this store to walk through. Going to a bookstore has always been one of my stress relievers. It was also my pot at the end of a rainbow. So many treasures were awaiting my discovery. I feel like it's the end of an era.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

February 14, 2011

I hope you all have a great Valentine's Day! I have a stash of chocolate I plan to hit.


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