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Posted on Sat, Dec 01, 2012 21:07

Happy Holidays, MM friends!

 

This month I have three questions for you:

1) What are your reading now?

2) What was your most favorite read for 2012?

3) What was you least favorite read for 2012?

 

I just finished Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery. I think it was written in the late 1970s. Returned it to the library today.  Not a very "sexy" book, but I'm on a cooking kick right now for a work related project.

This book is composed of recipes handed down through Martha's first husband's family and some of her own. The compiler also did research on cooking through the ages and made notes throughout about how methods changed from the middle ages through the 1700s. So did the spellings of English words. It seemed like people spelled the way they talked, dialect and all. The main thing I learned was how extremely complicated most of the recipes were, and exact measurements were rarely given. Cooking was quite a laborious chore back then, and meat must have been an obsession, for it seems they ate anything with 4 legs except for the family pets. ;-D

 

My vote for my favorite book for 2012 is...... Quirkology. I found it totally fascinating!

 

My vote for my least favorite book for 2012 is.... 50 Shades of Gray. The only good thing I liked was that it painted a great picture for women of the type of sick controlling men to stay away from.

 

Looking forward to your answers....................... BeWell ;-D

 



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 21:36

Quoting Tinkerbelle:

Do you know what Be Well... I am reading a collection of short stories by Guy de Maupassant. His social observations during the 18th century are still relevant in our societies today. strangely my best read ......well two best reads actually for two completely different reasons. The first is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I had forgotten how great this was and contrary to the general public opinion, I am going to have to say 50 Shades of Grey.If you read between the lines you will see it was essentially a love story. Too many women have condemned it for its pseudo sexual content and it's misogynistic character, but I think that says more about the issues of the reader as it does about the book. After all people.... Pulitzer prize winning material it's not.... A fun read it is!!


Hi Tinkerbelle and welcome!

 

Please forgive me for not responding you you until the last hour of the month. The holidays and business of keeping my income flowing had me totally captured.

 

I have read some literature by Guy de Maupassant, and Daphne du Maurier when I was in college, once a long time ago. Actually I think it was a poetry class. As far as 50 Shades, I agree it was a love story.. I guess I just prefer love stories about healthy individuals.

 

Please come back. I will be posting a January reading blog, and want you to share what you are reading and learning about.

 

Have a wonderful New Year................ BeWell........... ;-D



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 21:24

Quoting worldmind:

Hello BeWell...Thank you for your heartfelt hospitality :-)

 

Hm..oh well...I just dont want to bore you with my actual irl book readings as they are not too "fun" and more factual stuff...so well...I have hardly enough time to blog here (being a rather new blogger ever), and then the life offline is pretty busy just like most others people I guess...but Im happy to see that people are still enjoying real paper-back-books...as many times in Sweden, I come across friends and others reading books in their Ipad...hmm...well...I like books in paperformat....maybe old fashioned..well..yeah maybe I am in some ways :-)



Hi Worldmind,

 

You are welcome and thank you for your participation. Love the pic. I feel so badly that December has gotten away from me and I've not had much time to answer back to everyone. You are always welcomed on my blogs whether you share what you're reading or commenting. Hope you had a nice holiday.

 

I've been traveling and very busy trying to keep my head above water financially. Tomorrow I will post a new blog for January.

 

All the best and have a happy 2013.................. BeWell



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 21:18

Quoting silverlion:

~~ Dear BeWell ~~

 

Thanks for your report.  That  " Booke of Cookery " sounds interesting though.  Exact measurements in recipes rarely seem to work as with most art forms it's freedom of expression based on the quality of ingriedients.  To answer your 3 part question , here goes....

 

(1)  More fun stuff to ease the end of year stresses....pictured below.

 

(2)  " Roots " by Alex Haley....You probably have read this some time ago, any thoughts ?

 

(3)   With a few more days to go, shall we leave that as ..." the cliff hanger "....!

 

Wishing You more great material in the years to come and A Happy New Year.

 

Best Regards,

~~ S L ~~



Hi SilverLion,

See you're still keeping up with The Chap. Very Brit of you. ;-D

 

In regards to Roots, yes it's been a long time since I read and saw the movie. I remember how interesting it was. I particularly liked that part, I think at the beginning, where they raised the new born baby to the sky and gave it a name and kind of dedicated it to the Universe and God and projected good things for it's life. I kind of did the same thing to my daughter when she was born. Her father and the nurses thought I lost my mind. Ha! But the amazing thing is that almost all of it came true for her so far.

 

Thank you for your well wishes, and here's wishing you a Happy New Year too. I'm spending it quietly at home. We're having nasty weather here in St. Louis tonight and I cancelled on the party I was invited to go to. Too many amateur drunks out on an icy, snowy, bitter cold night makes for dangerous traveling.

 

All the best for 2013!............... and..........BeWell.... ;-D



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 21:05

Quoting MissMonteCarlo:

I'm thinking about reading the book - Life of Pi. I see the film of this book is coming out. So will need to read it before then.

 

 

 

I gave up on that other  book- casual vacancy. To gritty and depressing!

 

 

 

Sarah



Hi Sarah,

Didn't realize Life of Pi was a book first. I'll have to find it and read it. Heard it was a very metaphysical movie. I love metaphysics, so I may like both the book and film. Thanks..... BeWell

 

 



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:23

I'm thinking about reading the book - Life of Pi. I see the film of this book is coming out. So will need to read it before then.

 

 

 

I gave up on that other  book- casual vacancy. To gritty and depressing!

 

 

 

Sarah



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Posted on Sun, Dec 09, 2012 19:05

...oooh just had to share this pic...looks a bit like me when reading..see I told ya...not so funny eyh  ;-)))


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Posted on Sun, Dec 09, 2012 19:02

Hello BeWell...Thank you for your heartfelt hospitality :-)

 

Hm..oh well...I just dont want to bore you with my actual irl book readings as they are not too "fun" and more factual stuff...so well...I have hardly enough time to blog here (being a rather new blogger ever), and then the life offline is pretty busy just like most others people I guess...but Im happy to see that people are still enjoying real paper-back-books...as many times in Sweden, I come across friends and others reading books in their Ipad...hmm...well...I like books in paperformat....maybe old fashioned..well..yeah maybe I am in some ways :-)


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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 06:34

Quoting Hoping4love --  "Procrastinate today.. Why put it off?"

 

Hi Hope – I think I’ll take that up as my new motto! 



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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 06:14

Quoting BeWell:

Hi RMac,

 

You've been reading a lot lately! And sounds like some great titles. I had a feeling that you'd have Thinking Fast and Slow as your 2012 favorite. That was certainly a great book and almost a tie for me for first place.

 

Working on some clients' books right now, and hope to get back soon to the world of topics that you and I enjoy so much-- why people think and do what they do. Ha!

 

Love and appreciate your active participation on this and all the other MM blogs. You are quite an interesting man. ;-D.................... BeWell

 



Thank you.  Thank you also for your blog.  It has me about ten titles behind. 

 

A book that you all might enjoy:  “Shannon,” by Frank Delaney.  Don’t think I have mentioned it before.

 

It is a nice gentle fiction book, sort of a romance, a bit of a mystery, and maybe a “chick” book.

 

RMac



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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 23:33

Do you know what Be Well... I am reading a collection of short stories by Guy de Maupassant. His social observations during the 18th century are still relevant in our societies today. strangely my best read ......well two best reads actually for two completely different reasons. The first is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I had forgotten how great this was and contrary to the general public opinion, I am going to have to say 50 Shades of Grey.If you read between the lines you will see it was essentially a love story. Too many women have condemned it for its pseudo sexual content and it's misogynistic character, but I think that says more about the issues of the reader as it does about the book. After all people.... Pulitzer prize winning material it's not.... A fun read it is!!


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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 09:01

Quoting worldmind:

BeWell..hello and wish you well...i find your post interesting and sweet..aswell as your nickname...I must say Im finding myself not having much time to read other than the "MM-Blog Games" ;-)))



Hello Worldmind,

 

Happy to hear you enjoy this little blog, and know that even if you don't have much time to read, you are always welcomed to hang out here.  For those who are not book people, it's kind of like a place where you can read the Cliff Notes ;-D

 

Please jump in anytime you want. Your presence is treasured here.............;-D.....BeWell



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 08:56

Quoting Hoping4Love2000:

JENKNEE... LMAO!! My daughter heard Ellen Degenris say, "Procrastinate today.. Why put it off?" So she wrote it on a sticky note and put it on her bed! LOL...

 

I am currently reading "A Walk to Remember" / Nicholas Sparks... 

 

Fave or least fave read for 2012? Not sure... 

 

LOVE the picture BEWELL!! You look "radiant"... very lively and happy and pic really shows your features!

 

HI RMAC... !!! ;)



Hi Hoping,

 

Thanks for filling us in on what you're reading now. Let us know how you like it after you finish.

 

Thanks too for the compliments on my latest profile picture. I was in a very happy place when it was taken by the videographer I was working with. We were in the mountains of NC doing marketing and shooting an advertising video for a client. I'm happiest when I'm doing what makes my heart sing.

 

Another thanks to you for all your participation in this blog and all the others. Your off-the-wall humor and interesting perspectives are always welcomed with a smile, and often a big belly laugh...... ;-D..........BeWell



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 08:46

Quoting rmac22:

I just finished, “You are not so smart” by David McRainey.  My reaction to the book is that everything in the book was better covered in other books I have read.  Concluding each example with, “So, you are not so smart,” was a bit tiring too.  Still, if you have not read the other books, it is a good book to read.

 

I also just finished, “The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book,” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.   It is a good first exposure to the subject.   Depending on how deep into the subject you want to go, it may be enough. 

 

Two books I am reading now are, “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,“ tenth edition by Daniel Coleman; and “Bright-Sided,” by Barbara Ehrenreich.  So far I like them both. 

 

My favorite for 2012 would be, “Thinking Fast and Slow.

 

I can’t think of a least favorite.  I think I take those back to the library unfinished. 

 

RMac



Hi RMac,

 

You've been reading a lot lately! And sounds like some great titles. I had a feeling that you'd have Thinking Fast and Slow as your 2012 favorite. That was certainly a great book and almost a tie for me for first place.

 

Working on some clients' books right now, and hope to get back soon to the world of topics that you and I enjoy so much-- why people think and do what they do. Ha!

 

Love and appreciate your active participation on this and all the other MM blogs. You are quite an interesting man. ;-D.................... BeWell

 



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 08:36

Quoting Jenkneee:

Well...I've been meaning to read this book called Overcoming Procrastination but for some reason I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Funny but it's true :)

 

PS. Sorry I'm not much of a book reader so I can't reply to your questions.



Jenkneee,

Ha! That's OK. Love that you're keeping up with this blog and love your humor. If by chance you should ever take a notion to crack open a book, there's lots of good title suggestions here.

 

Keep coming back, even if you're not a reader right now.................. BeWell ;-D



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 07:48

BeWell..hello and wish you well...i find your post interesting and sweet..aswell as your nickname...I must say Im finding myself not having much time to read other than the "MM-Blog Games" ;-)))



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Posted on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 04:58

LOL JEN... Ellen rocks! That woman is such a riot! (A bit over the top democratically, as most Hollywood stars, but I adore her as well!) I bet she is a "fun drunk!" I could see her getting drunk with Jesus!  (He'd be mad at her... but have to laugh!) 

 

I did see "A Walk to Remember", but as most things, the book is always better! I've considered finding RMACS book, "You're not that smart?"... But this has already been been confirmed by the "Are YOU smarter than a 5th grader?" I've seen that show several times, and I come up EVERY TIME with a resounding NO!! Heeheehee (Scooby laugh!) 

 

I'm not really that smart.. I just pretend to be in blog-ville! ;)

 

Has anyone read THE SHACK? I love that book! ;) 



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Posted on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 12:39

Quoting Hoping4Love2000:

JENKNEE... LMAO!! My daughter heard Ellen Degenris say, "Procrastinate today.. Why put it off?" So she wrote it on a sticky note and put it on her bed! LOL...

 

I am currently reading "A Walk to Remember" / Nicholas Sparks... 

 

Fave or least fave read for 2012? Not sure... 

 

LOVE the picture BEWELL!! You look "radiant"... very lively and happy and pic really shows your features!

 

HI RMAC... !!! ;)



Hi Hoping. You know my daughter accused me of stealing MY joke from Ellen Degeneris. I haven't heard the quote from Ellen that you posted but I do love Ellen. I think I would like your daughter, ha!  Anyway, my daughter accused me and I told her it was my original joke, geez, she's the one who bought me the book, she should know better.

 

Have you seen the movie "A Walk to Remember"? I do think they did a good job with the movie but I haven't read the book.



One of these days I think I would like to read "The Hunger Games". I heard it's really good and I loved the movie.



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Posted on Mon, Dec 03, 2012 09:15

JENKNEE... LMAO!! My daughter heard Ellen Degenris say, "Procrastinate today.. Why put it off?" So she wrote it on a sticky note and put it on her bed! LOL...

 

I am currently reading "A Walk to Remember" / Nicholas Sparks... 

 

Fave or least fave read for 2012? Not sure... 

 

LOVE the picture BEWELL!! You look "radiant"... very lively and happy and pic really shows your features!

 

HI RMAC... !!! ;)



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Posted on Sun, Dec 02, 2012 19:05

I just finished, “You are not so smart” by David McRainey.  My reaction to the book is that everything in the book was better covered in other books I have read.  Concluding each example with, “So, you are not so smart,” was a bit tiring too.  Still, if you have not read the other books, it is a good book to read.

 

I also just finished, “The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book,” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.   It is a good first exposure to the subject.   Depending on how deep into the subject you want to go, it may be enough. 

 

Two books I am reading now are, “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,“ tenth edition by Daniel Coleman; and “Bright-Sided,” by Barbara Ehrenreich.  So far I like them both. 

 

My favorite for 2012 would be, “Thinking Fast and Slow.

 

I can’t think of a least favorite.  I think I take those back to the library unfinished. 

 

RMac



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