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Yeah, We’ll Rate it!

I am going to delay I,Claudius yet again.  I don’t know what it is about the book that I can’t bring on the prose.  I just can’t seem to get the words down on paper.  I did like it.  I am hoping this snow storm ‘cocooning’ causes some inspiration.  Instead, let’s discuss some additions to our blog!

First, I hope you don’t mind but I will add a different type of review to the blog – audiobooks.  I have a 1 hour and 10 minute commute to my new job.  (Which I really enjoy, by the way)  To help pass the time, I download audiobooks from the library to my iPod.  Plug it into the stereo in my Mom mobile and off I go.  Did you know you could do that?  Modern technology is awesome!  So far I have listened to six books and only one was awful.  I thought I would share with you my opinion.  Stay tuned for those to come.

Next,  we are adding a rating section.  Unbeknownst to me, if we read a new book and write a review it doesn’t ‘count’ unless we give it a numerical rating.  I guess the publishers can’t read and need numbers to know if it is good.  Being a numbers person, I get that but… really? (a nod to The Culture Monk)

Let me introduce you to our new rating scheme.  Heather and I emailed and texted crazy ideas for imparting our graduating rating scale.  Of course, stars or numbers are too boooooring.  Anyone can do that.  We are embracing EMME!

Each rating will be given a letter, the more the letters, the more we liked it.  That simple!  For all the teachers out there, this is our rubric.

Drumroll please….



E– Eek, spider! Luckily, this is the perfect book for bug squashing and table propping.

M– Maybe I could’ve finished sooner, but every distraction was an excuse to close this tome.

M – Make this one a bedtime book. It’s a great read, but I can close it, turn off the light, and zzzz….

E – Eventually I’ll get something done, but I can’t put this book down!!

!! – Interjection, hallelujah, hallelujah.  We’re singing Schoolhouse Rock for this one – love it!

(If you aren’t familiar with Schoolhouse Rock see 2:49 in the video.  Will always bring a smile to our faces from our youth!)

To help translate if I gave – oh let’s say – Ulysses by James Joyce an “E”.  It would be an “Eek, spider! Luckily, this is the perfect book for bug squashing and table propping.” or 1 out of 5 letters/symbols.  Get it?

We are ready to let you know what we think!

Grab a book, any book and READ!!

Get Ready, Get Set, READ!

Here it is another blog year.   In the era of EMME, it would be the year 3 P.E. (Post EMME Blog Beginning).  Heather and I are working behind the scenes setting our goals for the year and scheduling who will blog when.  Here is the plan —- Every week Heather and I will switch off the posts.  As you can read, I am the second up to bat for the New Year.  In true Andi fashion, I am bleating. You see, I was supposed to post on I, Claudius and well… I just am not feeling inspired to be witty.  The post would be as follows:

A book about Rome, I liked it. 

So, to keep with our goals, I am posting our plan and reading schedule.  I really hope I am beating Heather to it!!

To get in the spirit Heather watched, Julie and Julia, again.  The movie that started it all.

Unfortunately, I was not there in the motivation with a glass of red wine in one hand and a baby in the other.  Yet, I was there in spirit !!  I sought motivation by browsing our blog and rereading some of our wonderful pearls of wisdom and wit.  We really are interesting people!!  *Patting myself on the back and Heather’s back long distance*  It worked, here I am writing to you all once again and started the next book.

Here is the schedule for this year.  We are setting the bar low to allow us to actually meet our goals this year.  Granted it does mean we will finish the 100 novels when our 4 year olds graduate high school.  Looking back, this was started as a fun five-year project.  We are off schedule, yet on budget and the quality is top-notch.  View the goals of last year, here.  As Heather mentioned in her post, life does get in the way of reading now and again.  And a goal of one book a month takes a dismal turn downward when you hit a James Joyce or Malcolm Lowry tome.  So load up that Kindle, visit your local used book store, it…. Just get the books.

1. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf (Jan/Feb)

2. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser (Mar/Apr)

3. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (May/June)

4. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut (July/Aug)

5. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison (Sept/Oct)

6. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (Nov/Dec)

Get ready, get set… READ!!