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    Twitter Book Club Weekend Update

    I hope everyone who wants to read along with our #twooks book club has had a chance to obtain a copy of The Thirteenth Tale (or is close to doing so!). I have my copy, and was pleased to discover that it includes a “Readers Club Guide” in the back of the book; including a summary (which I have chosen NOT to read, in order that I don’t spoil any surprises), 14 discussion points, suggestions on how to enhance our reading club experience, and a question & answer session with the author! As we get along in our reading, we may find these resources helpful. So far, I’ve managed to read one page. Yes, one. But a good one it was!

    In an effort to get us all “on the same page” I want to be sure we all know who is involved & reading, so we can all follow each other & get to know who is who! Here’s who I know is reading with us so far, but I may be missing someone(s), so please tweet me or leave a comment to let me know you’re reading too! I don’t want to leave anyone out:






    @kblogger (that’s me)








    It seems like the standard book club routine is to read a chapter at a time, and then discuss. However, the “chapters” in this book appear to be relatively short (about 12 pages), so we may want to just set a page # where we’ll all agree to pause & discuss? Or, would we appreciate a more free-form approach to reading & discussing: just posting/tweeting our thoughts as we go along at our individual speeds? We could post comments on this blog, or at another mutually agreed upon “book club” meeting place, or we could @ each other in twitter, or we could meet up at a certain time on twitter, or we could just post our thoughts whenever they come to mind by using the #twooks hashtag. I’m up for anything, though, less scheduling is probably best, to keep this fun!

    I know we all have very busy lives with children, work, school, family, and everything else. I don’t want this to feel like an obligation in any way! My personal intention with this club is simply to get back into reading good books! I’ve found in my life recently, I spend so much time reading online that reading books has taken a far backseat. I’d like to change that, in as fun a way as possible!

    So any suggestions as to how we’d like to move through the book & discuss what we’re reading as we go along are more than welcome!

    I am excited to get back into reading! Welcome to #twooks!

    Posted: Sep 20 2009, 22:26 by kelly | Comments (9) RSS comment feed |
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    Twitter Book Club - First Read

    My twends & I (twitter friends, for those not in the know) have started a book club; so exciting! Would you like to join? Just tweet @kblogger with hashtag #twooks and you’re in!


    For the first read, we’ve decided on:

    The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield:


    Cover to the first edition

    We've set a goal of this weeked to acquire a copy of the book & start reading. Got to head over to the library!

    If you’ve already read the book, we’d still welcome your input! Just tweet me!

    Some other book proposed for consideration:

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

    The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland


    Storm Front by Jim Butcher

    Posted: Sep 17 2009, 09:46 by kelly | Comments (6) RSS comment feed |
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    Off-the-cuff Baked Apple Crisp

    So, I was feeling a bit down this evening after the banana pudding didn’t turn out too well: my son only ate the chocolate chips out of it & left the pudding, and my daughter said, “Mom, its kinda sweet… I’ll have a yogurt”. Sigh. Well, on to plan B!  My examination of the contents of my fridge, combined with the temperature of the air coming through the back window (cool and oh-so-wonderfully autumn crisp), lead me to whip up a quick pan of baked apple crisp. Here’s what I threw together:

    6 small tart apples
    4 Tbs butter
    ¼ cup flour (whole wheat white is my all-around baking favorite)
    ¼ cup rolled oats
    ¼ cup dark brown sugar
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp ginger
    ¼ tsp nutmeg

    Preheat oven to 450f. Butter a baking dish. Peel, core, and cut apples into slices & place into the dish (now, you CAN leave the skin on, but I prefer them naked). Melt butter, and mix well with dry ingredients.  Scoop/crumble topping over the apples. Cover the dish & bake for approx. 30 minutes – until apples yield to a fork.  They can go quickly from that perfect state into mushy apple sauce, so watch those last 5 minutes closely!

    Allow to cool a bit & enjoy (with vanilla ice cream is of course, the best)!

    Posted: Sep 10 2009, 22:28 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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