Giveaway: Sansa slotMusic Player

Remember when MP3 players first came out? You could put like a whole 128 MB of music on them (okay, I have no idea how much the first ones could hold, but my point here is, things have come a long way since then). Anyway, way back in the day, I remember commenting that, “This would be way cooler if you could put external memory in it.” That way instead of being restricted to whatever amount of memory was considered big that day, you could add bigger memory to it, over time, rather than being forced to buy a new MP3 player altogether. I held off on buying an MP3 player for a long time, stubbornly insisting that my time would come. And okay, I totally caved and own two MP3 players now, except NOW I own THREE. Because the wonderful people at SanDisk apparently agreed with me, all those years ago, and now you can buy the most nifty little device called the Sansa slotMusic Player which uses MicroSD Cards (the same kind of cards that your cell phone or camera might use). The best part? It sells for $20 – seriously, just twenty measly dollars.

The first thing I heard about this music player is that they sell you MicroSD cards preloaded with an album of music. Being the skeptical and tech savvy momma that I am, I thought, “Oh this could go badly. That album is probably locked down with security so I won’t be able to play it anywhere else – and probably only plays THEIR MicroSD cards. How limiting. I don’t do proprietary.” I was SO wrong, thank goodness. SanDisk – they are a smart company and they know what the consumer wants. Let me tell you about this little music player and how wonderfully broad your options are with this thing:

  • First off, all their preloaded albums are DRM free, which means you can do anything you want with this music – play it anywhere you can plug in a MicroSD card, rip the music to your computer, whatever, it’s yours and you own it to use as you see fit.
  • Each preloaded album sells for $14-15, which is roughly the same cost as any CD. You can buy these albums at your local Walmart or Best Buy or directly from Sansa.
  • Even better, the album is on a 1 GB music card and only takes up a fraction of the card. You can plug the card into your computer and transfer some of your own MP3s onto the card and have several albums on one card. If you decide you want a new mix, you can delete albums from the card and add new stuff. If you decide you don’t like the album you bought, just move it onto your computer, delete it, whatever and you’ve still got a perfectly workable MicroSD card to use as you want.
  • Each preloaded album that you buy comes with a MicroSD USB adapter, that allows you to plug the SD card into the adapter and the USB into your computer (to do all that moving). That’s an amazing deal, because those little USB adapters are really cool – my dad has been bragging about his for awhile now and was so impressed when I told him I had two of them that came free with my music.
  • The slotMusic player sells for $20 and you can buy it at Best Buy or directly from Sansa. You can also buy a “bundle” which means you buy a player and an album together for $35 and the player has a fun little “skin” in the theme of the album that you bought with it.
  • So basically for $35 you can buy a music player and a 1 GB music card which has one album of music on it. You can then either buy more MicroSD cards or you can work with that first card and put your own music on it, download music on the Internet to add to it, or buy CDs if you were already doing so. So after that $35 initial cost, you can spend as much or as little as you want to. You aren’t limited to anything.

Alright now for some quick pros:

  • I love how small the player is and while it’s not heavy it feels very sturdy – you know how some things feel like there is nothing to them and they just feel flimsy? The Sansa slotMusic player is not a flimsy music player, it feels just right.
  • It runs on one AAA battery and one standard battery will give you 15 hours of playtime. You could use rechargeables if you wanted to or some of those e2 lithium batteries that have a longer battery life also.
  • The sound quality, in my opinion, was excellent. An amazing quality for the cost, I was very surprised at how GREAT it sounded.

And a couple potential cons:

  • There is no shuffle mode, so you are restricted to simply playing it forwards through each of the albums that you have on the MicroSD card. You can go forwards and backwards of course.
  • There is no display, so if that’s important to you, it may be a deal breaker. Personally, I could care less and those displays are probably the biggest battery drainer in an MP3 player, so this just means more battery life and it also probably drove your cost down considerably.
  • A minor complaint, every time you turn the player on, it will be at full volume. It’s not like shatter your ear drums loud, but it might startle you if you aren’t expecting it. I got used to it very quickly.

In my opinion, this music player would be perfect for a lot of people – if, say, you didn’t use your computer very much and didn’t know much about MP3 players, this device could be perfect since they are selling preloaded albums for you – leaves the techno mumbo jumbo out for the people who need that. At the price, I think it’s an excellent option for anyone on a budget, or perhaps a clumsy person like myself who feels a bit uneasy about carrying around an expensive MP3 player, worrying they are bound to break it. And for those of us who are simply loving the idea of external memory and being able to have full control over what and how much music goes on it, I really don’t think it can be beat.

In short, I liked the Sansa slotMusic player so much that when my husband asked if he could take it on his business trip next week, I told him to go buy his own – and he did.

Would you like a chance to win a Sansa slotMusic player? We are giving one away to one very lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling us what slotMusic microSD card you’d choose if you could from the many that are available. This is mandatory to be entered.
  2. For an second entry you can tweet about this giveaway or post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with either the URL of your post or your twitter profile.
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We’ll announce the winner here on Friday February 13.

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How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls
By Zoey Dean

I picked this out on recommendation from a good friend of mine, and I think we have very different ideas of what a good book entails. I’m not a fan of the chick lit genre, preferring the classics myself.

Product Description: Recent Yale graduate Megan Smith comes to Manhattan with big plans for a career in journalism and even bigger student loan debt: $75,000. When she flails at her trashy tabloid job, she’s given an escape hatch: tutor seventeen-year-old identical twins Rose and Sage Baker–yes, the infamous Baker heiresses of Palm Beach, Florida, best known for their massive fortunes and their penchant for drunkenly flashing the paparazzi — and get their SAT scores up enough to get into Duke. Impossible job — yes. But if she succeeds, her student debts are history. Unfortunately for Megan, the Baker twins aren’t about to curtail their busy social schedules for basic algebra. And they certainly aren’t thrilled to have to sit down for a study session with dowdy Megan. Megan quickly discovers that if she’s going to get her money, she’ll have to learn her Pucci from her Prada. And if she can look the part, maybe, just maybe, she can teach the girls something along the way.

My thoughts: This book is pure chick-lit: a smart, sassy heroine in a lighter-than-air plot that makes for a fun, quick read.

I didn’t really like this book but finished it quickly because of the writing style. I have a ton of issues with it that started bugging me shortly after I finished.

Issue #1: I stopped believing fairy tales a long time ago and I guess I?m kind of irked that Megan had to have a total Cinderella makeover before she started believing in herself. C?mon! She?s a Magna Cum Laude Yale grad! She should be smarter than that!

Issue #2: [A bit of a spoiler ahead] Megan spent only 8 weeks with the twins and yet she manages to fix all of the psychological trauma associated with the death of their parents at an early age and being raised by their cold and distant grandmother while still managing to tutor them enough to pass their SATs. This one is really pushing the envelope of belief – she?s not psychologist, nor a teacher. Granted, she was a good student herself, but nothing leading up to this except for a slightly competitive relationship with her own sister leads us to believe she would have the wisdom or skill to pull this off.

Issue#3:The ending is totally unrealistic and I saw it coming from miles away. I won’t give it away here, but you’ll know exactly what I mean when you read it.

Bottom line, if you can suspend your disbelief a little bit and you love stories about high society, you?ll love How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, but if fairy tales and living happily ever after aren?t your thing you might want to pass.

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Mrs. Suzzi Heartbreaker is a homemaker, roller derby vixen,

freelance web architect, boutique owner, wife, and mother of two girls. She is a supermom and loves it.

Don’t forget to check out our giveaways: a SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer. The winner for this giveaway will be announced Wednesday February 11! And two Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. The winner will be announced Monday February 9!

Giveaway: The SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer

Imagine a magical world where your grocery shopping list was divided into neat little categories, didn’t have almost impossible to decipher words scribbled by a family member in their worst chicken scratch, and wasn’t littered with items already scratched out because someone bought an item in the middle of the week before your big trip to the store but didn’t buy enough to warrant starting a new list. It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? With all that pre-organization your trip would go by faster since you wouldn’t have to turn around and go back to an aisle you missed on accident and you wouldn’t have to call home and ask, “Does this say bananas or bandannas (I know, terrible example but my brain shut down when put on the spot for two similar looking words, but go with me – maybe lots of people buy bandannas regularly…)?” If this is sounding anything like your weekly / monthly / twice daily trips to to the grocery store, then I’ve got a very cool new gadget to tell you about!

The SmartShopper is a digital grocery list organizer that records, organizes and prints your grocery list for you using voice recognition software, a built in thermal printer (which means no pesky ink cartridges to deal with) and a preloaded list of 2,500 common items found on a grocery list. You can also add a list of errands like going to the bank or the mall. If you can’t find an item you need in their system you can add your own custom items, and you can also train the software to recognize words that it has trouble with.

I had my husband help me test out this gadget, knowing his electrical engineering mindset would think of things to complain about that I couldn’t. Overall he liked this device a lot and was fairly impressed with their voice recognition software – although he did come up with a word that completely stumped the SmartShopper. He tried (unsuccessfully) to teach the SmartShopper to recognize Fage (pronounced “fah-yeh”) for several minutes, insisting on pronouncing it correctly for awhile, then trying “fah-Jay” (which is how I pronounce it, no matter how many times he corrects me) and still no success. But I suggested trying “Greek Yogurt” which also wasn’t in the system and this worked perfectly. After you’ve recorded your new word you assign it a category like baby needs, fresh produce, dairy, errands, etc. so it can organize it along with the preloaded items. So, yes, it was incapable of hearing Fage, but honestly I wasn’t surprised. The fact that it got Greek Yogurt was good enough for me. I also trained it to recognize Joe Joe’s (Trader Joe’s Oreos) which worked perfectly. And really, if it can learn the name of my favorite cookie, then it’s got my vote.

Some technical mumbo jumbo:

  • The SmartShopper takes 4 AA batteries. I’m not sure how long the battery life of the device is but if it seemed to be a problem, you could always use rechargeables.
  • Your list will be printed on small rolls of thermal paper similar to what you’d see in a receipt printer. The box comes with three rolls and you can order replacement packages sold as 3 packs for $7.99 directly from SmartShopper.
  • The SmartShopper device itself sells for $49.99. You can also buy it with an extra package of paper (making 6 rolls in total) for $56.98
  • The SmartShopper has a built in magnet so it can be attatched to your refrigerator. It can also be mounted to your wall using the included mounting kit. The magnet in the device is very strong and felt perfectly safe hanging on our refrigerator.

Would you like a chance to win a SmartShopper of your very own? We’re giving away one SmartShopper to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling us your favorite place to go grocery shopping – is it a big chain or a small mom & pop place? Or maybe one of those natural foods stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes? If you had to do all your grocery shopping one store, which store would you choose?
  2. For an second entry you can tweet about this giveaway or post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with either the URL of your post or your twitter profile.
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  4. For the last entry follow us on twitter and leave your username so we can verify. Make sure to leave a comment here to get this last entry.

This giveaway will run for 2 weeks.  It is available to US residents only. We’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday February 11. Winners will be chosen at random using random.org.

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Book Review: Wicked: Witch & Curse

Grade: B+

It’s tough having the same title as a literary phenomenon turned Broadway musical. How do you compete and set a name for yourself? Well if you’re smart you get a really standout cover and make the book as huge as possible (even if you have to combine two books in one). Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie can consider this a job accomplished. Their book practically leaped off the shelf at me while perusing my local bookstore and I thought, “If you can judge a book by it’s cover, this is going to be a good one.”

I really enjoyed this story of Holly Cathers and her cousins Amanda and Nicole, descendants of a hugely powerful wiccan tribe, the Cahors whose long running blood feud with warlock family the Deveraux has been passed down from generation to generation as the ghosts of Isabeau Cahors and Jean Deveraux attempt to live out their destinies through each generation, resulting in bloody massacres, heart break and deception.

The book’s story is rich and complex, and grows more and more intricate with each chapter, but never feels like too much – Holder and Viguie masterfully weave their tale in just the right way, the mix of current teen culture and ancient magical history is well accomplished. I really enjoyed the story and definitely plan to read the next book, Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound. I did feel like some of the story was rushed, some tragedies seemed to simply fix themselves with little explanation.

I also think this story might be way too much for some teenagers to handle. This book has a lot of death – and a lot of the deaths are friends and family. There are some very dark passages describing magical rituals, some involving sex, though not explicit, it isn’t romantic either. I’d be hesitant to recommend it to just anyone in the teenage set. A college student and above I think could easily handle it and some mature teenagers might do fine, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

Still, all said, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next installment.

About the Momma:

Jen is a Stay at Home Mom and Loving Wife. Spends too much time online reading RSS feeds and posting in her blog. If you haven’t heard from her in awhile, she’s likely lost in a good book, sleeping or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Giveaway: Win 1 of 2 Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVDs

Last month I reviewed one of Leslie Sansone’s Walk At Home DVDs, the Walk Away The Pounds Express: Easy Walk / Brisk Walk. I was wowed by this woman and the amazing workout program she has designed and couldn’t sing her praises high enough. What exactly is walking at home, you ask? Here’s a basic rundown of her easy program:

Sansone implements four different basic types of steps – basic walking in place, stepping side to side, small kicks and knee lifts. She starts out with a warm up as she introduces the different steps, then kicks up the pace rotating between the four steps with the occasional variation thrown in (like adding your arms to the workout by tapping your knee for each knee lift, etc).

I really think that her Walk At Home workout can work for anyone, any age, any fitness level. I do not consider myself to be in shape and I don’t like exercising, but since finding this amazing workout, I’ve been doing just that – working out. Last week I popped in one of her DVD for SIX days straight, an all time high for me, I assure you, and what’s more? I can’t wait for my workout today! I want to tell you guys about TWO of her amazing DVDs, and then give them away to two lucky readers!

So let me tell you about the two DVDs that are up for grabs: The In-Home Walking: One Mile Walk and A Closer 2 Mile Walk.

The In-Home Walking: One Mile Walk is the perfect DVD for anyone new to her program, especially if you are really starting from ground up to get in shape right now. This DVD has an intimate 15 minute one mile walk with Leslie, and only Leslie, as she teaches you the four easy steps in her program. I really liked this DVD, even having done her walk before, the simplicity was a really nice change of pace and still just as fun as her normal walks which include a group of half a dozen walkers. This is the no bells and whistles, just put it in and walk disc. You’ll come away feeling renewed and invigorated and so proud of yourself for having walked a MILE in just 15 minutes of down time.

In A Closer 2 Mile Walk, Sansone shares another of her passions with you, her faith, in this high energy, high calorie burn workout. This DVD includes a 2 mile 35 minute Faith Walk full of inspirational music and a 5 minute studio blessing, as Leslie shows you how to create a healthier, fitter, more spiritual self. This workout is a very inspiring, motivational walk – Sansone and her walkers are very excited to combine two very important parts of their lives into one great workout and you can feel it in your muscles and your soul. The purchase of this DVD will support Acres 4 Life, a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to designing agricultural and development programs that will serve and teach self sustenance to the poor and impoverished in developing countries around the world.

Now I want to share the love and give you a chance to win one of (2) great DVDs – you choose the one which interests you and we’ll enter you to win! I know that you guys will be just as amazed by this program as I was, and I’m very excited to offer these giveaways. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling us which of these two DVDs you’d like to win. You’ll be entered in the drawing of your choice to win the workout of your choice.
  2. For an second entry you can tweet about this giveaway or post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with either the URL of your post or your twitter profile.
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This giveaway will run for 2 weeks.  It is available to US residents only. We’ll announce the winner here on Monday February 9. Winners will be chosen at random using random.org.

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Karaoke Revolutions Presents: American Idol Encore 2

My sister in law brought the American Idol Karaoke Revolution game to my daughter’s birthday party. We were all giddy over the concept – especially my SIL because she had played it before.  

Presents American Idol Encore 2 w/Microphone

Description of video game on the box:

Are you ready for your chance at stardom? Live out your dream as a singing sensation with Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2!

  • Sing to 40 chart-topping songs from the 70s to today.
  • Light up the stage with cool special effects in brand new venues
  • Create even more unique looks for your contestant with a variety of new accessories

Rated E for Everyone!

I went first and was told to go with the Spice Girls first.  I began the game by choosing single play where I would get judged by Paula, Randy, and Simon. Afterwards I was able to choose my player. This player is fully customizable. I decided to make mine be over the top with her clothes with a fun beanie hat and black hair and a white stripe (think of Rogue from X-Men).  Next I got to choose where I would be singing. I picked the idol audition stage because it made me think of the current auditions going on.  

 

After a quick microphone check I was off and ready to sing. I broke it down with my girl who was dancing up a storm to the intro music. Next I embarrassed myself by singing and dancing in front of a group of people – thankfully they were my family members! I know I did horrendous but Randy, Paula and even Simon (!) thought my performance was top notch.

 

Soon we will be doing duets! 

 

Here are some examples of songs on this great Wii game which includes songs from the 60s to today: 

 

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
  • YMCA by the Village People
  • Who Knew by Pink
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
  • RocketMan by Elton John
  • My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne  

Karaoke Revolutions Presents: American Idol Encore 2 was purchased at Best Buy, though almost any electronics store will carry it. It was approx. $50.00 including a microphone which can be used on other games. Such as Guitar Hero: World Tour. This can also be purchased for XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 – on these gaming platforms you can even download songs.

 We will certainly be looking to add this video game to our current collection.

It makes the best party game for large groups.

 Are you ready to be the next American Idol?

About the Momma:

Andrea from Red Knows How
Andrea is a WAHM of two young girls ages 7 and 2. 
She is never found without a book or some new product
to play with. She spends too much time watching
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Natural Foods Review: Annie’s P’Sghetti Loops

Grade: B+

Annie’s Brand In General: A+

I am a huge fan of Annie’s Homegrown. I’ve been buying their macaroni and cheese religiously for years now and I love reading the back of the box or corner of the label where they so cleverly describe their products, what’s in them and why they do what they do – they make the simple act of picking up a spoon and eating their product seem like a special occasion, an insider secret and something to be proud of. As you should be.

So when I decided that I was craving Spaghetti O’s but didn’t want me or my two year old eating such garbage for a meal, I decided that if anyone would have the answer, it would be Annie’s. And of course, they did. The first can we tried was Annie’s P’Sghetti Loops which are basic loop shaped pasta in a tomato & cheese sauce with soy meatballs. I was a bit hesitant about soy meatballs and worried that all the extra sodium that isn’t in the Annie’s products would be that magic ingredient that makes Spaghetti O’s taste good in spite of my better judgment, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. These were really good. Now admittedly the soy meatballs were not my favorite part, but they weren’t half bad and the rest was just plain delicious. And my son actually loved the meatballs and devoured them right away.

For the less adventurous readers saying, “Sorry but I’m not eating a soy meatball,” don’t worry. Annie’s has got you covered, too. They offer both Organic Bernie O’s (with both bunny and O shaped pastas) and the Annie’s All Stars which has, you guessed it, all star shaped pasta, both in that classic tomato and cheese sauce. I  think those will end up becoming favorites in our household now, or at least whenever I get that craving for a Spaghetti O’s type fix.

Annie’s Homegrown sells all kinds of foods, from breakfast cereals to macaroni and cheese, they also sell Chedder Bunnies (a variation of goldfish crackers that are bunny shaped instead), Bunny Grahams, skillet meals and fruit snacks. I’m planning to stock up on a few of these goodies the next time I go to the grocery store because Annie’s P’Sghetti Loops have done the trick of reminding me why I love the Annie’s Homegrown brand.

About the Momma:

Jen is a Stay at Home Mom and Loving Wife. Spends too much time online reading RSS feeds and posting in her blog. If you haven’t heard from her in awhile, she’s likely lost in a good book, sleeping or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

House of Dark Shadows

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House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

After reading the first paragraph, I could tell that this book is well written and attention grabbing. I loved that it is filled with modern references to movies, songs, books, and people ? a la Gilmore Girls (just more nerdy). I also liked the strong sense of family unity, genuine love, and mutual respect. I find this lacking in most modern entertainment sources ? television, movies, and literature.

Some negative points include the fact that the entire book takes place in the span of a few days. That was too surreal because it felt like the events should have spanned weeks or months. I also correctly predicted the plot twist at the end, which was too typical of this genre. Even though it was a little annoying that I predicted the plot twist, it did not take away from me liking the book in the end.

Upon reading the ending, I still wished I had book two within reach. Knowing there?s more books coming, I don?t expect a resolution of the King family problems in book two either. All in all, the author is a great storyteller with a vivid imagination that truly draws the reader into the story and I can?t wait to read the sequel.

Product Description:
Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into–as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there’s something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places–in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen’s dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

About the Momma:

Mrs. Suzzi Heartbreaker is a homemaker, roller derby vixen,
freelance web architect, boutique owner, wife, and mother of two girls. She is a supermom and loves it.

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

Which Pride and Prejudice character are you?

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

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About four months ago I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for the Classics Bookclub @ 5 Minutes for Books. It was my first time reading it, and one of the first classic novels I had attempted to read in a long time (I think Gone With the Wind was probably the last one, and that was a few years ago at least). Since then I have attempted to read a couple of classics with little result – and Pride and Prejudice is certainly still my favorite. I can’t believe, looking back now, how long I waited to read it.

One of the reasons I waited so long was because I’d already seen the movie with Kiera Knightly, which was enjoyable but confusing in my opinion, not having read the book. I’ve seen several movies based on Austen’s books and have previously had a very hard time reading a book when I’d already seen the movie. You could say I’d developed a prejudice towards the situation.

And of course, Austen’s books all seem a bit dry in many ways, with their antiquated language and tendency to blather on about what sometimes seems like nothing. Despite often enjoying them, I have not been good about reading all the classics and I think I may have been a bit scared that I wouldn’t understand it, after so many years away from a classroom – that I’d find it boring simply because I lacked the propensity to enjoy it. Oh yes, I was prejudiced.

I think, if you’ll bear with me for a moment, that you could easily compare my experience reading this book to Elizabeth Bennet’s experience with Mr. Darcy. The first half of the book bordered on dreadfully boring in my not very humble opinion, the language seemed stale and unnecessarily verbose. I thought for quite some time I’d have to force myself to finish it. But then somewhere in the middle I fell in love – I realized the language wasn’t terribly stale at all, the story was easy to understand, and the level of “wordiness” was actually just right. Her writing style began to become marvelous to me and now even as I type this, I think I’ve perhaps been reading classic literature quite long enough because it is surely affecting my writing style.

By the time I realized I was loving the book, I was no longer certain why I hadn’t liked it originally. I’m not sure if my initial dislike of the book was the author’s fault or my own. Had I become lazy after so many years of reading only modern literature or did Austen’s writing style change over the course of the book – perhaps even on purpose? Was it her intention that I feel prejudiced towards the book initially, marking it off as unworthy of my time, only to wow me in the middle, win me over the by the end, and have me quite in love when all was said and done?

In short, at first the book seemed unnecessarily dry and proud and boring – but by the end it was surely the warmest, most involved book I’ve read in awhile. I’m quite fancying myself in love with it. I might marry it. My family will be quite shocked, I’m sure. Can you see the parallel yet or should I say the same thing in a different way again? No? You’re good? Me, too.

Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Did you love it, loathe it or find yourself indifferent? What is your favorite classic novel?

About the Momma:

Jen is a Stay at Home Mom and Loving Wife. Spends too much time online reading RSS feeds and posting in her blog. If you haven’t heard from her in awhile, she’s likely lost in a good book, sleeping or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

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