Booking It: All In Good Time

This month for Booking It 2012, I read All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home by Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman.

I’m kicking myself because I read ahead this time around. I read this back in April {instead of May}. I have this little rule with myself that as soon as I finish my Booking It book that I have to write the review before starting anything new.

Well, can you tell where this is going?

I didn’t follow my little rule. So now I’m writing my review on not so fresh memories. And since I borrowed the book from the library and already returned it, I don’t even have it in front of me to refresh myself.

Bad, book review blogger. :(

But if you still want to read my not-so-fresh take on the book – here you go!

All In Good Time is one of those kinds of books that you want to have on your shelf. It’s a resource kind of book. A reference kind of book. A “we need to replace the stove, so let me look up when I’m going to get the best deal on stoves” kind of book.

Though I read it from cover to cover, that’s not really the idea of what the book is about.

All that said.

I LOVED it as a reference book!

Want tips on when to buy a mattress, how to get a good deal, and how to care for it? Check!

Tips and ideas for vacationing on a budget? Check!

Want to know when the best time is to schedule a doctor’s appointment or book a flight? Check!

They cover so many topics, I’m pretty sure everyone would learn something new.

Kuczykowski and Ehman did such a good job of keeping the book from being just any old boring reference guide to life kind of book. Even though it’s referency kind of stuff, there were tidbits from their lives scattered throughout that kept the book fresh and interesting.

While I have not yet purchased my own copy {the one I read came from the library}, I would like to!

Linked up to Life as Mom who hosts the Booking It club.

Books I also read this past month:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. – Okay…deep breath…cue the rotten tomatoes. There has been a lot of hype over these books and the movie. And I can understand why. The book was pretty engaging, well-written, and gripping. However, I can’t say that I would recommend it. ::whew:: There I said it. I’m not an overly sensitive kind of person, but while I was reading this book I had some realllllllly scary, violent dreams that I can only think point back to what I was reading. Also, I felt like there were some undercurrents in the book that I don’t feel where wholesome {and that’s beside the obvious brutality of the Games}. Knowing these were written for young adults… I would not let my child read them. Maybe in high school where we could discuss, but probably not before. Sorry to all you Hunger Games fans out there, I just can’t give them my full recommendation.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This was … interesting. Lol! About a girl growing up in Nazi Germany. But it had a very different feel than your typical WWII stories. I felt like it portrayed a piece of what life might have really been like for a typical country German girl. The girl learns to fall in love with books, with her foster parents, and to give of herself as she helps in caring for a Jewish man they have hidden in their basement.

On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I’ve been a Little House on the Prairie fan for as long as I can remember, but I never knew this book existed. It was a quick read, following Laura’s diary when the moved back east. Nothing phenomenal, but it was really neat to see more of the story!

Little House in Brookfield (The Caroline Years) by Maria Wilkes – I told you I’ve been in love with Little House on the Prairie! And again with the never knowing these existed. These novels are based on the true story accounts of Laura’s ma, Caroline, as a child. Obviously, these aren’t written for adults, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about what Ma was like as a little girl.

Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook by Paula Deen {of course!} – I’m feeling a little so-so on this one. I’ve really only tried a handful of main dishes, and I wasn’t that impressed. In fact, there was only one that we really liked. She has a lot of main dishes that have seafood in them, which might be great, but Nolan is not a seafood eater, so….There are TONS of other recipes, of course, but I can’t try everything before I return it to the library. :) And if I’m going to add it to my collection, it needs to have some winner main dishes.

With the boys:

Lad: A Dog by Albert Terhune – Lad was an incredible collie and this book chronicles some of his adventures! I think these were originally written as short story magazine installments, so there isn’t a story flow, each chapter is a stand-alone story about Lad. I love that these stories were {for the most part} true happenings in the life of this dog. T especially liked the book and he said, “this is making me want a dog.” Lol. It was making me want a dog too! {Not gonna happen any time soon!}. Lad is loyal and smart and strong and brave and everything a good dog should be. Couple of FYI’s if you are interested in reading it to your children:
This was written in 1919 so the language is “old.” Verandas, piazzas, hinterland, and plenty of other fascinating yet old verbage throughout. I know there were definitely things that went over the boys’ heads, but they still were able to catch the gist of the stories.
The master and mistress were often referred to as the dog’s “deities” or “gods” and were “worshiped” by Lad. Now I understand the idea of what was trying to be conveyed, but since my boys wouldn’t understand, I would switch up the text a little. I didn’t want them to think Lad was a bad dog for “worshiping” his master and mistress since they know we should worship no one besides God.
Finally, occasionally the author would say, so and so “swore violently.” Instead of trying to explain to my 5 year old and 3 year old what that meant, I chose say something like “they got really mad.”
Overall, I’d say we enjoyed this book.

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  1. Interesting take on the Hunger Games. I, personally, loved all three books and have read them twice (once before the movie and again after) BUT I completely agree that they are NOT meant for young adults. There are way too many distrurbing ideas and depictions in that book for the young adult crowd. I didn’t learn that the target audience was the younger crowd until I read Book 1 and was quite surprised.

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