Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dinner and a Book - 7.0

Dinner: Barley Salad with Chicken and Corn
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We had this for dinner last night. It was limey and delicious. I felt compelled to share.

Also, it felt nutritious enough to warrant a late-night snack of chips and salsa and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Thank you kindly, Martha.


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A Book: The Midwife's Confession, by Diane Chamberlain



Our trip got off to a bit of a rocky start.

Long story short: We spent over an hour sitting on the run-way before take-off.

Short story long: The pilot kept saying things over the intercom such as, "Uh - it looks like the left engine is not starting...", "We've called the mechanic, but he's out-of-town, visiting his mom for mother's day...", "The on-call mechanic won't be able to head this way for 20 minutes or so, he has some other things to wrap up first..."

For the love of Pete, Captain. Censor thyself.

Thank goodness, I had The Midwife's Confession stowed safely in my 1 additional small personal item.

It grabbed me from page one. I do not say this lightly. I leaned over to Cory and told him, "I'm going to love this book." And I did. It was a quick read, but it was meaty. I didn't encounter sections that I wanted to skim over, which almost never happens. It was all important, all relevant, all interesting. Most importantly, it was well-written.

As a girl who tends to gravitate toward "quiet" fiction, without a big, shocking twist, I surprised myself with how quickly I was sucked into the lives of Tara and Emerson. I hunted down opportunities to pick it up and see what happened next. If there were none to be found, well, I made them up.

The story took on a life of its own and compelled me to keep reading, keep turning. I became wrapped up in the world on the pages, but I also found myself reflecting on my own life, taking a closer look at some of the threads of my story. I was pulled both toward the characters and back into myself. That is the sign of a great vacation read.

The twists were served up smoothly, with an even hand. At one point, I thought for sure I knew what was coming next, but I was wrong. Fiction happens to be the one outlet where I relish being wrong. Diane Chamberlain could have left me surprised, shaking my head in a good way, even without the final gob-smacker. Instead, she flipped me upside down and while I was still staggering around, not quite able to right myself, she did it again.

This is the sort of the thing that elevates a page-turner to giveaway status.

You heard me right: I'm giving it away, baby.

My personal paperback vacation read can be all yours. All you have to do is leave me a comment with the title of your favorite novel.

And, since this post is titled Dinner and a Book, the illustrious winner will also welcome a bag of barley, straight from Grandma's Pantry, for use in the Barley Salad with Chicken and Corn. Because couldn't we all use a little more barley?

Giveaway ends tomorrow night somewhere around 9 p.m. I'll announce the winner in my next post.


ps - If it's all the same to you, I think I may tack random numbers to the ends of all of my posts for a while. It just feels right.

150 comments:

  1. I love to hear first hand about how good a book is! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Gina B.

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  2. The Mark of the Lion trilogy from Francine Rivers. Love them, love them, love them!

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  3. Hey Leah said what I was going to say. But I'm still sayin' it! The Mark of the Lion trilogy from Francine Rivers. Totally engrossing reads. Never have I ever wanted to reread anything...and these books I do. Says alot.

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  4. Actually the airline recommends being very upfront with passengers I use to be a flight attendant and it was always frowned upon to give passengers the run around.

    I love that you have a good book and Lucky Magazine in holding =)

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  5. Oooh, ooh, pick me, pick me! I want to read it (and alright, I'll try the barley.) I have been reading free books on my Kindle. Just finished "Bridge to Happiness" by Jill Barnett. It was a good read. LOVE kicking back with a good book that draws me in.

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  6. To Kill A Mockingbird. I've taught it for seven years... Read it through cover to cover 20+ times... And each time I get goose bumps when Rev Sykes has Scout stand up as her father Atticus walks by.

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  7. Haha, you're a riot, FPFG 6.0!

    My favorite novel...of all time...is "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. I know! I just cain't help it! I reread it every couple of years. And when I do, I find my spirits and imagination soar, I can relax and enjoy God's simplest gifts, and my mind and pen become friends again.

    Actually, it's just about time for a reread.

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  8. "Where Are the Children?" (Mary Higgins Clark) did for me what you just described in reading "The Midwife's Confession." It was years ago, and I still get shivers thinking about it. I wonder how the two books compare?

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  9. That is hard but right at this moment two of many favorites come to the forefront of my mind...
    The Help and The Kite Runner.
    Thanks for the give away! I just added this one to my reserve list at the library but there are people ahead of me so if I win I read it sooner!

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  10. I'd love to win the book! I've been searching for a good summer read. I'm not a huge barley fan, but I'm willing to give it another chance because that salad looks delicious!

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  11. Right now....my favorite book....not my normal genre....totally might surprise you....
    The Hunger Games
    Not even written for adult women, but still I love it.
    If I win and I voluntarily decline the book, will you invite me over to your house for that salad instead. :) I need to see you. Soon.

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  12. Well, I will have to come back to read more comments later, love good book recs! I already wrote the name of yours before i reached the end of your post. As for the barley, I would need your recipe too! never tried it.....wait doesn't campbell's soup have a beef and barley selection?

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  13. Oh my gosh! You are so funny 4.0
    Seriously : )
    I want to read it JUST because I like that girls name.
    Emerson.
    Awesome 8.0

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  14. Sounds like a great book! Looks like you had a great vacation.

    My favorite novel, although it's hard to truly pick just one, is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Kahled Hosseini. It is a book that I feel every mother should read.

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  15. Samantha - Just click the blue words for the recipe!

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  16. i'm not sure of my favorite book, but i just read les miserables and fell in love. it could be my #1, i just wouldn't want to put it in writing. then i'll feel like i can't change my mind....

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  17. Oh man I have to agree with another poster who said the Hunger Games. That trilogy sucked me in HARD. I had NO idea it was a "young adult" series until a week ago or so!!!! I loved it though.

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  18. fave book, Pride and prejudice, can't get tired of mr darcy, nope.

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  19. You had me at salsa and Reese's Cups.

    I knew you loved me, I just knew it.

    So... favorite novel. You are never going to believe this.

    Are you ready?

    Are you certain about that?

    Maybe you should sit down first.

    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

    Sinful, I know.

    I could not put it down.

    I read it twice.

    And...

    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

    Stop me already.

    I read it thrice.

    I have read dozens since and still think of this one before sleep falls onto my pillow at night.

    xxoo

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  20. oh, just ONE book? i think not! in the recent past, some of my faves are The Art of Racing in the Rain, Water for Elephants, Molokai, The Red Queen, Pride and Prejudice, and um...The Secret Life of Bees. Ok...sign me up :)

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  21. I always love the book I am reading at the moment, which is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand....it is great! That salad looks amazing:))

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  22. Just finished The Help. Not my favorite but a good read.

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  23. Oooh, that sounds good. Both dinner and the book.

    My favorite novel is These is My Words by Nancy Turner. (I love the two books that come after it as well.)

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  24. I love the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer Great book and you gotta read it for the title alone! Also love Persuasion by Jane Austen.

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  25. oops. That's Mary Ann Shaffer

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  26. OH PLEASE PICK ME! It sounded wonderful and I haven't had a good read in forever.

    That meal looked amazing. I'm actually going to have to try that one I think. Wish I could have been a part of chips and salsa...bummer!

    Anyway favorite novel is quite possibly Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. So good!

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  27. The only giveaway I ever had was a book that I had read (I never buy books only check out from the library)! It's so funny that you're doing this!

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  28. Ooh, I'd love a chance to win! I just finished another Diane Chamberlain book yesterday, and would be happy to lose myself in another. I can't possibly name a favorite book! But one of the first books that struck me as an all-time favorite was "Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God" by Joe Coomer. Fabulous!

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  29. my favorites are the mitford series by jan karon. i feel like i have been to mitford many times and know everyone there personally. gotta love books that just take you there and make you a part of the story. and i would love to try grandma's barley.

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  30. I only get to pick ONE favorite book?!? Geez, you drive a hard bargain. But I'll forgive you, 'cuz you're giving a book away and all! ;)

    *goes off to wander the house and read all the book-titles contained within... would be bad to forget one...*

    I think I'll have to go with Woman in White by Wilkie Collins... but it still kinda feels like I'm picking favorites from among my kids, or something.

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  31. Just ONE book? Well, the one that's grabbed me most recently is Fiddler's Gun (and the sequel, Fiddler's Green) by A.S. Peterson - YA but very good.

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  32. one. book.? i'm pitiful cause all i can think of are the bible and destined to reign (joseph prince love.love.love that book - changes my life every time i pick it up)

    can't think of a fun vacation novel which i know is what you are really looking for. and clearly what i really need. pick me?!

    xo ellie

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  33. Just made beef and barley soup last week. Yum! It reminds me of puffed wheat cereal that my grandparents ate.
    Only one favorite? You leave me no choice but to pull out the big guns--To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  34. I read my favorite book at age 14... and have read it at least once every year since! To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Funny story... I home school and my daughter read this book last year. I perched myself in the shadows and watched her expressions as she read it. I subtly (or maybe not so subtly) asked her questions. I got giddy when she was almost done. Then, my heart pounding in excitement, I asked her how she liked it. She chewed her bottom lip, and nervously said, "it was okay." Then gave a little shoulder shrug and traipsed off. okay. OKAY?! I was crushed. When my son read it this year he asked if he needed to have me sign a contract promising to not stalk him while reading this book. I sighed. My heart could not take another rejection. But at least he liked the movie. Whimper.

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  35. I'm a barley using virgin! I would love to try the salad. Your description of it being limey intrigues me. I love citrus flavors.

    My favorite book - anything, and I mean anything by Karen Kingsbury. But all time favorite would be her Redemption series.

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  36. The Great Divide by T Davis Bunn. Amazing. And Safely Home by Randy Alcorn.

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  37. Hmm. I, too, am struggling to come up with just one title. Books I've found most compelling in the last year are Little Bee, The Help, and The Bookseller of Kabul. All have challenging content for sure!

    This sounds like a good read--I'll have to see if our library has it.

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  38. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. And I love barley :)

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  40. Some of my favorite books are Redeeming Love and Bathsheba both by Francine Rivers. I got pregnant 3 months away from my high school graduation. I read both books during my pregnancy. They were such a huge part of my healing. I could completely relate with the sinful sexual desires both women were battling. But I also could feel my Rescuer holding his hand out for me. Loving me with everything in him.
    Love books that help heal the heart!
    I have heard this book is a joy read!

    Love! Jess

    http://jessicaandesther.blogspot.org/

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  41. My favorite novel...Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. NOT a light read. Definitely a MEATY read :) Incidentally, I also LOVE barley...NOT related to the favorite novel comment.

    Oh! I also read Diane Chamberlain's "The Secret Life..." book--it was good, too.

    LOVE your blog.

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  42. Oh my - our family is a read, read, READ family, but I believe my favorite fiction novel is Hold Onto Love by Mollie Hunter. I believe it is out of print, but amazon probably has it. Or the library. I believe you would love it (or anything by Mollie Hunter for that matter) (Or Cathy Marie Hakes)

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  43. Redeeming Love...a classic! Bring on the Barley!

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  44. would love to win that book...reading some jennifer weiner lately...fun g-way!

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  45. I'll join a few of the other fans and say that "The Mark of the Lion" by Francine Rivers - that's where I fell in love with the name Hadassah and I really had a hard time putting the first and second book down! After reading your post and because I'm a bit partial to Midwifery......maybe I need to pick up a copy even if I don't win ;)
    Your food looks superb - yummo - but I may have to find a substitute for the barley :)

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  46. Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

    Havah - Tosca Lee

    and...Jane Eyre :)

    yum!

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  47. I love "The Bishop's Mantle". I don't really know why, but I've read it 3 or 5 or 98 times, and I just feel drawn to it. I picked it up for 20 cents at a yard sale some years back. I just like it. I might read it again tonight...

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  48. well that is a hard question, The Color Purple or Lonsome Dove or if I'm being honest I could NOT put down the Twilight series but really that's just sad.

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  49. I JUST added that book to my 2011 list the other day so I was so glad to see you write such great things about it. Now I'm just waiting for my library to buy it... which might take a while.

    Favorite novel as of late would be South of Broad. It took me to places I hadn't been while reading a book before.

    And barley... mmmmmmm... vegetable barley soup is one of my favorites to make for my family.

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  50. Dear and the Glorious Physician. A story about Saint Luke. It was written by Taylor Caldwell when she was just 12 years old. Its my all time favorite. Also, I have really enjoyed reading about your vacation. I love the fact that you went thrift shopping on your vaca. A girl after my own heart...or something like that.

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  51. That salad looks super yummy!

    I'm totally on the hunt for a new book to read, so reading the comments is helping me compile a summer reading list.

    As for my favorites, the two that come time mind are:
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers...first book I stayed up all night reading and have re-read several times since
    and
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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  52. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Strengthened my faith, she has.

    “I have no life but this,
    To lead it here;
    Nor any death, but lest
    Dispelled from there;

    Nor tie to earths to come,
    Nor action new,
    Except through this extent,
    The realm of You.”

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  53. That book sounds like my kind of book! My all-time favorite is most definitely Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett...but Anne of Green Gables has to be a close second.

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  54. I can never pick a favorite....I really enjoyed The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. And the two other books in the trilogy.

    Just started reading your blog and really enjoy it.

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  55. i have read "the giver" almost every year since i was twelve. it moved me then and always will. just a little piece of excellent juvenile fiction. equally loved,"persuasion" and the "lord of the rings" trilogy. seems like a weird mix, writing the titles out side by side. they are just beautiful though!!

    ps. i have officially started saving for a trip, just so you know.
    i don't have a job, so this may take a minute:)

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  56. Pick me. I used barley Sunday. I made beef stew and always put it in it. Thanks for picking me in advance.
    Janie 125.0 ( that 125.0 is the weight I wanna be....could you grant that wish too.)

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  57. oops... I loved The Help of course, and The Red Tent. I have no memory of others but I have read more than 2 good books.

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  58. I loved "A Thousand Splendid Suns" It is a page-turner for sure. I couldn't put it down.

    For a non-thinking read I love anything by Clive Clussler with Dirk Pitt. I can't help picturing Matthew McConaughey as Dirk which always seems to make my day :)

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  59. I laughed...i thought 7.0...where did this come from...now I know! The last bok I read was the Twilight series...now you pity me...and know I need a good read! I love to read and for some reason never do...and when I do I fly through the book and say I forgot how much I love to read! I'm ridiculous like that.

    signed Annie 007

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  60. Love Walked In by Maria De Los Santos and her follow up to that Belong to Me. Hope I win, I just finished my book and need a new one. The way you described this one, I'll be reading it regardless!!

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  61. My favorite book and has been for years is "Calico Palace" by Gwen Bristow. I usually read it at least once or twice a year. Don't know why I like it so much, I just do.

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  62. Have you ever read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri? "Interpreter of Maladies" is captivating!!

    Bring on the barley.

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  63. I can't wait for summer when I'm off from teaching and read at least a book a week if not two. My all-time fave is The Color Purple, but recent favorites include The Book Thief, Shanghai Girls, The Help and Wench. If I don't win your copy I'll go get this book and make it numero uno on my summer reading list. School's out 3 June!!!

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  64. Friend 'o mine. I have never eaten barley. You make it look good. I think I would stare at it for long stints and wonder if it would, perhaps, cook itself.

    That said, my favorite novel changes with every book I read. I'm still partial to "The Shape of Mercy" by Susan Meissner and "Chasing Lilacs" by Carla Stewart.

    And of course, the ever at the top of my list "Anne of Green Gables." :)

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  65. All of these comments are great for my "summer reading" list. I just read The Help and loved it. Hard to pick my all-time favorite book, probably Jane Eyre or Mick Harte Was Here (which is a kid's novel)

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  66. Oh my! Passing along a book---hooray! I can't tell you my fav, but two recent favs were The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

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  67. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers!

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  68. Ooooh, I have a long flight ahead of me and a week to spend on the beach...I'd love to have a great book to read! Instead of coming up with my favorite novel (not sure that I could!), I will tell you that the last one I read was "The Time Traveler's Wife."

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  69. Had that book in my hand at Costco the other day. I knew I should have tossed it in the cart!
    My favorite book is actually being written as we speak. The author is a friend of mine and she lives in a flower patch in Amish country. Girlfriend has a way with words, so it's a given that her book will be at the top of my list forever.
    Plus, she's taking me to New York when she does her book tour. Isn't that awesome?!

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  70. Jane Eyre. But don't pick me because it would cost you about $250 cool ones to send me that book and barley combo. Just wanted to tell you my fav.

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  71. My favorite book is Christy, by Catherine Marshall. It's what inspired me to become a teacher.

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  72. I'm not sure that I actually have a favorite novel. More like a rotating top 5 list. I used to read novels ALL the time...until seminary happened...and now most of my reading is of the theological sort. But the two that come to mind first are 1) Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and 2) Covenant by James Michener. Both were wonderfully written and compelling!

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  73. I could not put down Water For Elephants. It was super good! I haven't seen the movie - not sure I want to taint my memories of a great read!

    ~Kallie

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  74. the salad i'll pass on, but i can't wait to get my hands on that book now.

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  75. oh one night i was reading your post and you said "short stack" and immediately i had to have pancakes. just thought you might like to know that. i think it was around midnight.

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  76. Thanks for the book suggestion. No need to include me I live across the street from a brand new library, and to send to Canada is just a big pain. But I am all over this book. Can't wait to read about Emerson.
    Dana

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  77. Delicious dinner with barley and book. Sounds good. Brian Tracy and Paulo Coelo have inspired me to do great things with my life, no matter what they are.

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  78. With an endorsement like that I will have to add this to my reading list. Don't enter me in your contest, I really don't want that Barley.

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  79. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I pick it up about once a year and read it again.

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  80. Can't just pick one!! Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins, and LOVE all of Francine Rivers books. But if I had to pick my all time favorite of hers...The Scarlet Thread.

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  81. I loved The Help. I enjoyed reading through the comments. Now I have a nice resource to consult the next time I need a good book! Thanks!

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  82. I don't have a favorite book (I like too many), but I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible!

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  83. I love it when someone reads such a page turner- that they just want EVERYONE to get a chance to read it too!!

    I have come across some fantastic books via bloggy friends and their recommendations...
    my fave new one being *One Day* by David Nicholls- totally did not put it down- a peeeerfect holiday read!

    My husband started it and then sped read it so I could get to it before our holiday ended!

    Melissa x

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  84. P.S

    so happy to have had you over at mine :)
    there are just some bloggers that you find inspirational- and for me- you are absolutely one of them!

    Melissa- Miss Sew & So x

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  85. ONE?! Thats tough. I will go with my #1 slot which is a TIE (thats fair right?). I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb and of course - The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

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  86. My favorite is an old novel titled "Sherbrook" it is an OLD book I found at a thrift store. I haven't been able to find the author of the book though. The inside of the book says it's from the author of the book "Madge". Didn't help me a whole lot in my search!!

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  87. This is such a great list here! I just added so many books to my library list. I'm so excited to go check a few out for the summer:) Thanks everyone!!

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  88. This book was a course requirement and can be found in the juvenile section - "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry". It is stirs the spirit imo. Thanks.

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  89. Someone already said "Redeeming Love," so I'll have to go with my recent favorite "The Quickening," by Michelle Hoover.

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  90. Wow! You hooked me. The Midwife's Confession sounds like a good read. I would love to win your giveaway. My favorite book? I don't think I can pick just one but I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now and really liking it.

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  91. I just read The Help. An amazing page tuner. Although, fiction it could very well be plausible! Its about black maids and the families they worked for from the maids point of view.

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  92. My favorite novel OF ALL TIME is Work by Louisa May Alcott.

    I live for books but have to limit myself around my husband. Otherwise he feels neglected. I suppose that is what reading rest time is for :)

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  93. Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse. It was my first ever "vacation read".

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  94. Don't laugh...one of the Ramona Quimby books. I was passing my daughter's books on to my 8 year old granddaughter and wanted to read one through...sort of a goodbye to my little girl daughter who is now a mommy to my amazing granddaughters. Love those books. I need an "adult" book. Love you, your blog and barley...

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  95. Oh, now this is a favorite give-a-way of mine. Who wouldn't want to win a great book?!

    Have you read, "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese? If not, run don't walk and get this book. It is a fantastic read and one of my top 10. We read it for book club and we all were in agreement - well written and a great family saga. I am still thinking about the characters and read it 8 months ago...

    Thanks for the opportunity to win another great book. Love your suggestions. Often times, I've read or am reading the very same titles!

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  96. I have wanted to read that for ages! My favorite series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. SO GOOD. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. Oh to pick only one! I thought about this, if I could only read one book for the rest of my life...the first one that came to mind that I could read over and over (and have) is True to Form by our dear Eli! Btw, I hope that anyone who commented without a favorite book is thrown out the contest and also I don't suppose if I lose I could sneak in a quick read before you send it off? :)

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  98. My all-time favorite novel is "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I did my senior thesis on it and was completely absorbed in the novel for 5 months. It's a gorgeous read! I've never tried barley either, sounds interesting.

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  99. Okay! So I walked into my library (with approx 3000 books) to try to figure this question out. I've been asked before and I always just answer with the latest good book I've read. I stood in there forever and still can't choose. So here are a few. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Plum Series by Janet Evanovich, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. . . But I haven't read The Midwife's Confession yet. It's on my wish list. So would love to win. Thanks for the recommendation and also for asking our favorites. I'll enjoy reading the comments.

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  100. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is my favorite book! I loved all of the Marsh sisters and Jo was my favorite and who I identified the most with.

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  101. What an adorable post and giveaway! A book and barley? Law, I'd love to win.

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  102. The Earth, Wind and Fire Trilogy by Nora Roberts.....and yes, i'll try barley...!!

    Enjoy

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  103. I would have to say, "A Sweetness to the Soul" by Jane Kirkpatrick

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  104. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

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  105. My sister-in-law (Thee Fire Wife) just turned me on to your blog this week. Loved the clawhands post. Made me laugh out loud. Now then, favorite novel... I can't pick just one. I do love "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." "Atlas Shrugged" gave me chills. "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Catcher in the Rye," and "Pride and Prejudice" are all classics for good reason. I positively adore "Harry Potter" (I've read that series so many times)... Nope. Can't do it. Can't pick just one. I just love BOOKS. Period.

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  106. My favorite book series is the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. I can't just pick one since they are all so good! Your dinner looks really delicious. Martha Stewart always has great recipes, dontcha think?

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  107. I have so many books I cannot begin to choose only one: Good Grief, Riven, Though none go with me, Immanuels Veins, On the Edge of Eternity, Safely Home. I like a book that makes me cry because it moves me so much. And I love a book that I can't put down, that I read it so fast cuz I have to know what happens next, that I end up having to re-read it cuz I read it to fast. and a book that, when I am reading it, I transport into another world, and when I have to stop for the day, I have to gather myself and readjust to my surroundings. I LOVE a book like that! I also love barley.

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  108. First, I do apologize, I don't comment much and I will be working on that. My most favorite book so far in my life, of all times, is Perfect by Judith McNaught. It's PERFECT!!!!! I read it every winter. Love your blog, keep up the good work!!!!!

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  109. Wow. It's SO hard to pick one favorite book. I don't think I can.

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  110. My most favorite book is Jane Eyre.
    I need a new book for our book club in June and this one just may be a fantastic choice...

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  111. A good book AND barley? Girl, sign. Me. Up. :) I love Pride and Prejudice. I also love Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh, though that's a children's book....I've loved it since third grade. In fact, I was just thinking about it last night and that I should stop into the library for a good summer read.

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  112. Favorite novel--- hmmmm, I honestly cannot say.

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  113. already told ya girl, the outlander series. gruesome, awful, immoral, definate skim over parts. and yet, the best series eva. do i know how to sell a book or what?! ha! pick me. please:)

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  114. p.s. i'll echo another comment, Lonesome Dove really is a fanatastic read. i know it sounds not so, but i promise you. also, for a classic, the count of monte cristo. also, i finished last night the Forgotten Garden. I don't know why, but i think you would like it. very good. i am going back and writing a bunch of these comments down for future refrence!

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  115. "My Horizontal life" By Chelsea Handler. This book is hilarious!!! Fun book.

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  117. My favorite all time book is Jane Eyre. Nothing has come close. The only Barley I have ever had is in a beer. I may have to add this to my summer reading list.

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  118. Looks like you have a lot of comments to read through! I'll make it short....

    The Hunger Games. By: Suzanne Collins

    Best book i've read in a long time. The entire trilogy was awwwwwesome.

    P.S.

    I would love to send you a skirt I made...that is if you're still in the market for one. :)

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  119. My favorite novel?? That's like asking me to name my favorite son. It just can't be done. :-)

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  120. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite. But, I also love Gap Creek by Robert Morgan. I read it several years ago and it has stuck with me all this time. I also loved The Road..... I guess it is really too hard to narrow it down to one.

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  121. Too hard to pick one favorite, but here are a few: The Poisonwood Bible, Winter Solstice (must read during the holidays), the Mitford series by Jan Karon, and the Big Stone Gap seried by Adriana Trigiani! The Midwife book sounds just like what I need for our beach trip in one month! P.S. I like the random numbers...

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  122. I love reading and I have so many favorites. I have not read this one yet and would love to...so if I don't win it I will have to buy my own.

    My favorite of all time is ..... To Kill A Mockingbird. So much so that I wanted to name my youngest daughter Harper Lee, but there is already a Harper in the immediate family :(

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  123. Way to many to list, but if I had to pick a current one I would say The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum. Oh and you have to give it to me, both my babies were "caught" by a midwife. I have a vested interest in reading it! ;)

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  124. Would love to participate in the Give Away, but first and foremost, I would like to compliment you on a lovely, lovely blog. I love your photography! (I recently started out on my own photography blog, so I always like seeing other's work). What kind of a camera do you use?

    And the salad. Yummmm. Do you have a recipe?

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  125. It is a toss up between a Million Little Pieces by James Frey & The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver- thanks for the book review!

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  126. Yum! That dinner looks delicious, scrumptious even!!

    Glad you enjoyed your book. I've just recently taken up reading again. I also read my latest book on a plane ride to Florida. See, we should totally be best friends...we have at least two whole things in common.

    The book I read: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years. Loved it.

    XOXO,
    Angie from Ohio

    and by the way...I just finished post number THREE. I am so a blogger now ;)

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  127. I wanted to thank you for the recipe. It sounds and looks fabulous! Hubby is on a yeast/gluten free diet and this wife is running out of ideas.

    It's fun to stay up on your life through your blog. Angie told me you were a big hit. :)

    Blessings,
    Jennie

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  128. Wow if it has anything to do with midwives then im all in.

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  129. I'm a reader and love way too many books as my favorites :-). One that hasn't been mentioned is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - excellent book!

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  130. Sounds like a good summer read! I'm in!

    Let's see, favorite book? I'm always at a loss with this question...Pride and Prejudice is probably number one, with countless others vying for second place.

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  131. Nothing I love more than a good book...hmmm maybe my husband...and kids...ok nothing but them. My favorite is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

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  132. Best book ever? East Of Eden by John Steinbeck. I've read it at least 15 times. And no, that is NOT a typo.

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  133. Sam's Letter to Jennifer - definitely my favorite.

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  134. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers...it's a wowser.

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  135. Long time lurker, first time poster. Already got my "prize" ... a list of summer reading suggestions taken from these comments! Thank you everyone!

    Light reading:
    A Year on Ladybug Farm - Donna Ball

    Not quite as light but still happy:
    Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman

    I don't do "heavy". :-)

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  136. I can't pick a favorite book, but one of my favorite authors is Kristen Heitzmann.

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  137. Right now I am reading the second book in "The Hunger Games" trilogy. I heard it was being made into a movie and I always like to read the books first. They are always so much better!

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  138. Oh my, I just read this and saw the 9pm deadline! Well, just in case...The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I cried multiple times (pretty much never happens when I read a novel). Love and miss you!
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  139. The Alchemist is my favorite book, but I'm not sure I would call it a novel...So, I'll say, To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now...I know, I'm so behind the times!

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  140. Sadly, I'm not reading novels these days. I just want to be lucky comment number 143. :)

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  141. I love Emma. I have read it many times.

    Would you like to guest post on Pause Life for a Moment this summer?

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  142. Just an hour ago my 16 year old son was perusing our bookshelf for something to read as he devoured yet another bowl of soup. He grabbed one of my all time favorites, The Kite Runner, and said, "Mommy, is it ok if I read this book?" My heart melted as I recalled feeling sad because I had never had a daughter, and never thought I would be able to share my literary passion with my sons. Boy was I wrong! They hear what I am saying when I talk about the books I have read, their schools have instilled in them a desire to read great literature, and I can now begin my list of books I have loved and hope they will read in the future. I hope to add your book to our soon be list of favorites! P.S. Love your blog! Love your stories! I no longer have little kids but remember that I once did through you.

    Lisa

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  143. I'm a bit late on this and realize I can't win your paperback (so cute and funny that you're giving it away!) but I wanted to weigh in:

    the last GREAT read (fiction-wise) for me was by Lolly Winston and was called "Good Grief"..LOVED it. "The Good Mother" by Sue Miller is also amazing and I LOVED "Eat Pray Love"!! Finally.. "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand changed my life at the tender age of 27. :-)

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  144. Wow... look at all the comments!

    My favourite book at the moment is Carolyn Mahaney's "Feminine Appeal." Its about biblical womanhood -how we live, thing, do, house work... everything. I'm loving it.

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  145. Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors. Actually, at this moment, I can't even think of another one who tops her. So maybe she's my... (gasp!) very. favorite.
    You MUST MUST MUST read Breaking the Silence by her. And like you, I never encountered a part I wanted to just skim through... unless you count the numerous times that the plot captivated me to the point that I had to skip a paragraph or even just a few sentences find the (shocking, but ever-so-satisfying) reveal of the next electrifying twist! (Totally cheating.)
    Best book ever. But now I'm buying "The Midwife's Confession" so I'll let you know... :)

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  146. My favorite book is a book that I suppose really wasn't all that great, but there's a reason it's my fave.

    I was 9+ months pregnant with my firstborn. My due date was Saturday and it was Friday. It was late July in Texas (read: HOT), and my car wouldn't start when I got ready to leave work that day. I was miserable. Thankfully I had "Acts of Love" that I had picked up on a whim from the library. I started the book Saturday morning to keep my mind off the fact that I might have to go back to work Monday if the baby didn't show. Saturday came and went with no baby in sight. Sunday was depressing with still no baby. Sunday evening, I was nearing the end of the book, and, I was having contractions! This is where the book really picked up, and I HAD to finish it! I didn't even tell my husband that I was having contractions 2 minutes apart, because I just had to get through those last couple of chapters. I finally finished sometime after 10 Sunday night and only then mentioned to hubby that I had been having regular, strong contractions for the last couple of hours. Our daughter was born the next day! :)

    Leigh (spencer-5 @ embarqmail. com)

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