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text 2020-01-18 03:38
Fridays with The Foundling: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding: BOOK I., Chapter v.-ix.
The History of Tom Jones - Henry Fielding

Fridays with the Foundling

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6593Miss Bridget shocks the housekeeper by showing actual tenderness and affection toward the (as yet unnamed) foundling. She follows that up with what could (should?) be construed as a less than compassionate move--she hunts down his mother (a far easier task than you'd expect) and brings her before the magistrate, Mr. Allworthy. Allworthy doesn't condemn her for what she does, he gives her a lecture on morality, assures her he'll take care of the child better than she could've, and then tries to get the name of the father from her. She doesn't give that up, but does so in a way that she earns the approbation of Mr. Allworthy, as well as Miss Bridget and the housekeeper (who were absolutely not eavesdropping, they just happened to hear what happened between the magistrate and mother.

 

Really not a lot happens here, and Tom is "off-screen" for almost all of it. Still, it's good to get this kind of thing out of the way and the narrator continues to be entertaining.

 

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/01/17/the-history-of-tom-jones-a-foundling-by-henry-fielding-book-i-chapter-v-ix
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text 2020-01-18 03:35
Fridays with The Foundling: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding: BOOK I., Chapter i.-iv.
The History of Tom Jones - Henry Fielding

Whoops, forgot I hadn't got this posted due to the recent outage. A quick catch-up.

 

Fridays with the Foundling

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6593

...the Excellence of the mental Entertainment consists less in the Subject than in the Author's Skill in well dressing it up. How pleased, therefore, will the Reader be to find that we have, in the following Work, adhered closely to one of the highest Principles of the best Cook which the present Age, or perhaps that of Heliogabalus, hath produced. This great Man, as is well known to all Lovers of polite eating, begins at first by setting plain Things before his hungry Guests, rising afterwards by Degrees as their Stomachs may be supposed to decrease, to the very Quintessence of Sauce and Spices. In like manner, we shall represent Human Nature at first to the keen Appetite of our Reader, in that more plain and simple Manner in which it is found in the Country, and shall hereafter hash and ragoo it with all the high French and Italian Seasoning of Affectation and Vice which Courts and Cities afford. By these Means, we doubt not but our Reader may be rendered desirous to read on for ever, as the great person just above-mentioned is supposed to have made some Persons eat.

Having premised thus much, we will now detain those who like our Bill of Fare no longer from their Diet, and shall proceed directly to serve up the first Course of our History for their Entertainment.

 

So in these opening pages, we kind of meet Tom Jones, but primarily, we're introduced to the world he will live in and those who will (I'm assuming) have care of him during his formative years. An infant is left on the metaphorical front porch of Squire Allworthy, who seems to be a kind and generous soul. He puts the infant into the care of his sister, Miss Bridget, a censorious spinster type, who enlists the housekeeper, Mrs. Deborah, to give her aid.

 

The first thing that occurred to me was: why did I stop reading this in the past? I got into the story right away, I loved the voice, and am eager to move on.

 

This narrator...he's practically chatty. He's not the impartial third-person type, for example:

Reader, I think proper, before we proceed any farther together, to acquaint thee that I intend to digress, through this whole History, as often as I see Occasion: Of which I am myself a better Judge than any pitiful Critic whatever; and here I must desire all those Critics to mind their own Business, and not to intermeddle with Affairs or Works which no ways concern them: For till they produce the Authority by which they are constituted Judges, I shall not plead to their Jurisdiction.

 

Okay, yeah, he could be more concise, sure. But you have to smile at that.

 

The last thing, I got a quick vocabulary lesson. At one point Miss Bridget is describing the infant's unknown mother as "an impudent slut, a wanton hussy, an audacious harlot, a wicked jade, a vile strumpet, [and] every other appellation with which the tongue of virtue never fails to lash those who bring a disgrace on the sex." I didn't realize that slut and hussy were so old, same for strumpet (although I figured it was more dated than the others).

 

Anyway, I had fun and did have to stop myself from carrying on. That's a good sign for this project.

 

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/01/10/the-history-of-tom-jones-a-foundling-by-henry-fielding-book-i-chapter-i-iv
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review 2020-01-16 06:47
Review: The Little Library by Kim Fielding
The Little Library - Kim Fielding

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

The Little Library is a slow burn romance charms me every time I read it. Simon and Elliott are interesting, refreshingly imperfect characters and I loved watching them go from strangers to friends to lovers to something much more.

Elliott is a college professor whose fast track to tenure was derailed when he was embroiled in his boyfriend’s scandal. Wounded professionally and personally, he has moved back to his California hometown where he teaches online classes and is mostly a hermit. When his brother points out that his love of books has turned into a borderline hoarding problem, Elliott builds a small neighborhood library in his front yard. I absolutely loved watching Elliott come out of his shell and start to interact with people again. The library is a wonderful way to do it and I adored seeing how it brought people together. It’s the kind of thing that would make any bibliophile’s heart happy (although Elliott’s book buying addiction was totally relatable).

The most important person Elliott meets in his neighborhood is Simon Odisho. The former cop is recovering from a shattered knee and is in the process of reevaluating what he wants to do with his life. Both men are at a crossroads when they meet and they start to come out of their shells together. Attraction simmers between them, but Simon is in the closet and Elliott has no desire to be anyone’s secret ever again. Still, there’s no denying how perfectly they fit and I absolutely loved watching their relationship develop. Simon has hidden vulnerabilities and Elliott has been hurt badly, so it’s not easy for them to take the risk of opening their hearts. Their story isn’t perfect, but flaws and all I was rooting for the two men every step of the way.

The Little Library moves at a somewhat leisurely pace but it never feels slow. I live in California and I’m familiar with a lot of the places Simon and Elliott go in this book, so it was an extra bit of fun for me to see where they went as they slowly fell in love. Author Kim Fielding balances romance, personal growth, and community perfectly in this story and it couldn’t have made me happier. I’ve read this book twice and I honestly can’t wait to re-read it again.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the previous publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2020/01/review-little-library-by-kim-fielding.html
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text 2020-01-04 03:18
Fridays with The Foundling: An Introduction
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling - Alice Wakely,Henry Fielding

Fridays with the Foundling


(yeah, I know, I typically hate using actor's images when it comes to discussing the source material...but, w/o Finney, I'm not doing this)

 

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6593My history with Tom Jones goes back to 1995 when we watched it in class for a Survey of British Literature class. It was the week before finals, and the professor thought we all (him included) could use a little less to do, and there was no way we could've fit the novel into our schedule. To be fair, he interrupted the movie frequently for us to learn a little about the novel.

 

And, really, who cares? We got to watch the 1963 classic.

 

But like with all good movies adapted from a book, all it really made me want to do is read the book. If for no other reason than it being one of the first things in English that is considered a novel. It literally defined the convention of what a novel is. I've attempted to follow through and read the book several times. But I've never managed to get too far into it. The reasons vary, but I've just not made this particular summit. One obstacle I do remember stumbling over repeatedly is the length. I'd start reading and decide there was no way I could finish the tome before it was due back at the library. Don't ask me why it took me until 2019 to come up with the solution: buy a copy.

 

So, I'm going to approach it differently this year. Every Friday, I'm going to read 4 chapters. Then post about those the next week. The chapters are pretty short, so I should be able to accomplish this with little difficulty.

 

Now, I reserve the right to abandon this and just finish the whole thing if I really get into the story and just can't wait for the next regularly-scheduled reading session.

Anyone else ever read this thing? Any thoughts?

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/01/03/fridays-with-the-foundling-an-introduction
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review 2019-10-24 12:01
Release Blitz - The Over the Fence Box Set

 

Release Blitz

Title: The Over the Fence Box Set

Author: Carrie Aarons

Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult

Date: October 24, 2019

 

 

 

Hit love out of the park with three college sports romances and a brand new novella in this box set from bestselling author Carrie Aarons.

 

The Over the Fence Box Set includes three standalones:
Pitching to Win

Hitting to Win

Catching to Win

PLUS: A brand new, never-before-released novella, Fielding to Win, featuring everyone’s favorite grumpy outfielder, Parker Avery.

 


More about the books inside:


PITCHING TO WIN

What do you do when the town golden boy, who never noticed you in high school, decides to make a play for your heart?

For Minka Braxton, high school has been anything but easy. After a humiliating scandal sophomore year, she's avoided the social scene and anything having to do with boys, especially of the popular variety. But with senior year approaching, Minka decides it's time to take life back into her own hands. That is, until Owen Axel, the type of guy she's always avoided, decides he wants her in his hands.

Owen Axel is the definition of popular. Good looks, all-star worthy pitching arm and a former pro-athlete father make him Mitchum's town God. Returning from college for the summer, his plan is simple. Beach, booze, and beautiful girls. But one look at Minka Braxton and he knows what he wants. He just doesn't count on her not wanting him.

As the summer unfolds, both must decide how much to reveal, how deep they should fall, and what might happen if they strike out.

 

HITTING TO WIN

After a lifetime of neglect and sorrow, Miles Farriston has hit rock bottom after his lying ex-girlfriend proves that no one in his life sticks around. On the outs with his friends, in jeopardy of losing his baseball career and this close to getting kicked out of Kappa Eta Sigma, Miles is forced to compete in the Greek Life dance competition. What he didn't bank on was getting bright, cheery Chloe Trabucco as a partner.

Ballet, friends and her sorority. The only three things Chloe Trabucco wants to focus on and excel at. So when she is asked to compete, as a freshman, in the popular Greek dance competition, she couldn't be happier. That is, until she learns Miles is her partner. The same Miles she's had a huge crush on for half of her life, and the same guy who made it clear more than a year ago that he wants nothing to do with her.

Her positivity and patience annoy him. His attitude and anger finally drive her to the breaking point. Can they hit a home run, both on and off the dance floor, or will they go down swinging?

CATCHING TO WIN

Kelsey O'Brien is the definition of a free spirit. She goes where she wants, when she wants, and takes to bed who she wants. And when she arrives back at Grover University after eight months on an African animal preserve, it’s her newly hunky best friend that has caught her eye. As their friendship turns physical, Kelsey begins to form feelings she swore she'd never have for anyone. But when the past she's not ready to face finds her, she must make a decision whether to stop running, or confront the truth.

The first time Clint Bellows laid eyes on Kelsey, he fell hard. Too bad she looked right through him. A year and countless hours in the gym later, she's back and hardly recognizes him and his new body. After a drunken encounter takes them over the line of friendship, Clint agrees to Kelsey's proposal of a benefits-added relationship. Only he's playing for keeps, and is willing to round all of the bases trying to score the self-proclaimed gypsy.

She's running from her demons. He's committed to winning her over. Can he catch her in time, or will she be out of his grasp before he can blink? 

 

 

Over the Fence Box SetOver the Fence Box Set by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the box set of the Over The Fence series. This is a collection of several books from the same series. Each book is actually a standalone novel. Works well if you read them in order. For review purposes I have chosen to focus on PITCHING TO WIN.

Minka has had one major hurt after another. The latest being the high school humiliation that everyone dreads. Only in her case it may be repeating itself.

Owen wants to have more with Minka. He is all she has chosen to avoid and more. His attraction to her brains, beauty, and sass is overwhelming and he cannot seem to stay away.

Such a great start to a very sexy series. This book jumps right in and the sparks are flying basically from the start. While the main characters are trying to not to get burned by the flame, we see them steer toward one another rather than away. I liked seeing them both grow stronger as they choose to be together.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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One-click the Over the Fence Box Set for 99 cents: mybook.to/OTFBoxSet

 

  • Author Bio:

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

 

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

 

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