Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Big Books and Other Tidbits

First, let me congratulate the winner of Oh!Nuts Giveaway = entry #18 Christina! Christina will win one pound of bulk candy! Congratulations!

[Extra special thanks to my bloggy buddy Joy, who tweeted her heart out; Alas, the fickle had other plans...please stop by Joy's blog and show her some love so I don't feel like crap ;-)]

Here's a little cost-saving tidbit that you may want to use once your kids get to middle school and you are expected to purchase novels for their Language Arts classes. Again, I like to remind everyone that VC attends public school, not some fancy schmancy academy (although after recent events I may be rethinking this in the future ;-)

Typically the middle schoolers read 4 novels a year, in addition to their textbooks.

As soon as VC finds out he needs to purchase a novel, he tells me and I immediately drop everything, step away from the blog and put a "hold" on the book at the library. (The school bookstore inflates the prices by up to $5.00 a book) Even when there is a waiting list at the library - 9 times out of 10 it arrives in time. This saves around $50 a year figuring the books are around $10 each. Let's just say that fifty bucks can buy a lot of Smart Balance margarine.

Oh, here's a soundbite for today:

VC hops in the car after picking up the most recent book I ordered from the library (The Book Thief).

Me: "That's a huge book; are the words big?"
VC: "Looks that way"
Both breathe sigh of relief

Don't we sound like Ivy League scholars???

In other book news, would you believe what I saw on the table at the Book Fair at VC's school? .........None other than this "gem"
Lastly, thanks to all of you who have recently awarded me some generous blog awards.

Special Thanks to the lovely Lea from Snapping Panda, who graced my blog with the Best Blog Award!
If you get a chance to visit Lea's blog, you will enjoy her photography and insightful blog posts. If you are a regular commenter to my blog and don't yet have this one in your arsenal, please grab it!

My friend Dale, who blogs at Stroke of Living, awarded me this snazzy award. Dale is running a bit of a competition on Wednesdays with her Wordle Wednesday posts. I encourage you to check it out, as well as Dale's posts, which she approaches from her own unique perspective.

Thanks Dale and Lea!

[Kathie and Allison I still have blog posts in the works for your awards/tags...sorry for the delay.]


Yankee Girl said...

I majored in English in college, and every semester took at least 4 lit classes that all required reading one novel every week for the entire semester. I learned early on to use the library!

I too took a sigh of relief every time the book was shorter than 400 pages or had large print!

Janna Bee said...

I love me some library... how can you beat free entertainment?

~Kristen~ said...

To this day I still love our public library!!! Books take up space and cost way too much! Some I do have to own, but for the most part I think there is nothing like a library book!

strokeofliving said...

Thanks for the mention about WW. Now is the time to let VC use your handy little Kindle for the PC program, it's free and downloading books is cheap. Plus VC can earn his keep by doing chores and stuff to work off the cost of the books.

If VC is looking over your shoulder, he's saying, "Geez lady mind your business."

Sorry VC I'm just helping out my girl.

Randi Troxell said...

oh man.. i totally remember the cost of those college books... ri-dic-u-lous!!!!

Melissa B. said...

As a high school English teacher, I always get that from my students: "Mrs. Scribe, this book is soooooo BIG!" Or, "Hey, Mrs. Scribe, do ya think they could make the font any smaller?" But my cherubs make me laugh, too. For example, I thought of you when I posted today. Can you shove 29 cheese balls in your mouth at the same time and live to tell the tale?

Tater Tot Mom said...

That's the best feeling, opening up a book that looks like a 1000 pages and seeing font about 16pts! Woo Hoo!

Debbie said...

Aren't you the smart one! I also get my kids books from Bookins. I'm constantly sending and getting books from them.

blueviolet said...

I love when you can score at the library like that!!! You're a smart cookie!

kys said...

I love the library. We get movies, books, and video games from ours.

Laura said...

Score on the books, you rock. I love the library, speaking of that...I should really find one around here. :)

Kristin said...

What's the skinny on the "gem"?

Mommakin said...

Our school provides the books our kids need to read. I suddenly feel weirdly lucky to be paying the ridonkulous school taxes...

We are serious library patrons.

Lucy said...

My husband loves the library and now he has me make a list of books I want to read and he gets them for me. I on the other hand was bad, I use to just buy the book, read it once and then give it to charity. He is very pleased that he is saving us money.

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