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Quote of the Day: Charles de Secondat

January 11th, 2015

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.

~Charles de Secondat

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I mentioned that Mr Chiots got me a Kindle for Christmas. I signed up for their Kindle unlimited program and have been reading away. Since January 1st I’ve managed to read: The Garden Plot, The Red Book of Primrose House: A Potting Shed Mystery, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, Giver Quartet (4 Book Series), The Ladies’ Room, and I’m working on Number the Stars right now. They’re not my usual style of book, which is biographies or older novels, but they’re quite nice for a change of pace. I don’t often read quick paperbacks, but I’m enjoying the speed at which you can read through them and move on to something else. I like that you don’t have to spend too much time thinking while reading. They’re rather like watching a sitcom on TV, great for quick entertainment.

What books are you enjoying right now? 

7 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Charles de Secondat”
  1. Bettina on January 11, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I am currently reading the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

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  2. Jaye Whitney on January 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I lean towards thrillers and mysteries in the fall and winter months.

    Currently I’m reading Stephen W. Frey’s Red Cell Seven series.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on January 11, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Susy, my book list for the last couple months as been “The dirty life: on farming, food, and love” by Kristin Kimble. It’s a book about city girl meets homestead vegetable grower. It’s a love story but mostly about Kristin’s transition from city life to homestead life. The next one was “Coop: A year of poultry, pigs, and parenting” by Michael Perry. This book is about the country life of Michael and his wife for one year. It includes a home birth of their second child and all the learning experiences they encounter at being first year homesteaders. Now I’m looking for another book to take up the rest of the winter months. My reading focus is such that a 300 page book will take about a month for me to read. I’m really thinking about maybe reading through “The Essential Urban Farmer” by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal again. This book is so filled with every possible type of growing style and technique imaginable which will get my juices flowing for Spring planting. I’m really not too much into pleasure reading unless it’s about pioneer or homestead living.

    Have a great day of reading.

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  4. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on January 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Agreed, there isn’t much in this world that can’t be resolved with an hour and a good book.

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  5. Jenny on January 12, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I am very disappointed to see that you now have a kindle. For someone who is trying to live small and local, and support those sorts of businesses, this seems like an incongruous choice. Amazon has clearly stated that they would love to drive every independent bookstore in this country out of business. A very small bit of research would have shown that ebooks can be purchased from Kobo books, which will kick back a small percentage to the local indie bookstore you sign up through. Doesn’t have to be your local store but certainly could be. Additionally, Kobo ebooks can be read on iPads, android tablets, PC and Mac computers, and so do not require the purchase of a proprietary device.
    Small and local will not survive if people don’t start voting with their dollars.

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    • Susy on January 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      The Kindle was a gift. I do still support my local bookstores as much as possible, though sometimes driving 45 minutes each way to get a book is too much. I use this for getting books from my library as well.

      While we often like to vilify Amazon and large companies, they aren’t the worst thing in the world either because they do support small businesses in some ways. I know many small business that sell through amazon because it’s easier/cheaper for them than having to manage a e-commerce website.

      Also if it weren’t for Amazon and their affiliate program I wouldn’t be doing this blog because I could not pay my bills associated with hosting. Most of my readers aren’t willing to make any kind of direct donation but are willing to click through the affiliate links when they make purchases. I am able to earn enough to cover most of my monthly hosting bills.

      Also because of an sight sensitivity I cannot read books on iPads, PCs and other tablets, I have to have an ink device, which is why this was given to me as a gift.

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  6. kristin @ going country on January 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I finally read “Radical Homemakers,” by Shannon Hayes. If you didn’t read it when it was published five years ago, you should. Then, in the same vein, I read “Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.” Also recommended.

    And one of my very favorite books is “Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey,” by Lillian Schlissel.

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