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10 January 2018


I picked this up at the library last week and thought, I will never make it through this tome. Glad to read your review. I may still give it a try. I was wondering, do you have a post about how you make time for all the reading you do? I know you have two little ones and a busy career too. I'd love some tips, frankly! :)

I have never read a Little House on the Prairie book. The TV show came on when I was in my 20s and it was so goofy (the anachronism of Michael Landan's hair: discuss) that I was turned off from anything Laura Wilder. But your review might tip me towards taking a look at this world.

I finished dreading Dear Fahrenheit 451, as per your recommendation. First of all, it's a very nifty trim size! What a sweet little book, that announces its adorableness in its 5" x 7" presentation. Even before you open it, the book screams: CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! And that is not a bad thing.

And then, because of Annie Spence's snappy writing and up-to-date vernacular, you become aware that the book has sharp edges after all. I liked it very much. There is a lot of energy in each chapter, and a lot of art in the way she makes each chapter an almost completely different reading experience from the one that came before.

I read her Amazon reviews and I think it's hilarious that the readers who gave it one star did so because they took offense at her "language". Who ARE these readers whose eyeballs burn at the sight of the word "shit"? I, too, have been called out for "bad language" (on my blog, never in my books except for one F-bomb that was me quoting something my husband/traveling companion said) and I always wonder, Am I getting pranked? Or is there really a person out there who thinks such talk isn't ladylike??

Anyway, thank you for pointing me in the direction of Dear Fahrenheit 451. Annie Spence is very funny, and a very skilled story teller. Her book is a delight.

Yes, I do think this was a good read. I'll admit I skimmed some of the bits on Rose Wilder Lane's and Wilder's political choices, later on in the book, but that's because I can't be bothered with politics of any kind anymore. If nothing else you might enjoy a look at the pictures that are here, and the bits about the family making their way in Missouri, which Wilder did not write as much about, are quite interesting.

I should write a post about getting through books. I don't think about it because it doesn't feel like I AM getting through many books--there's so many more I want to read, after all! Mostly it's a matter of being lucky and able to read fast--also I do do a lot of skimming and cheating--reading the bits I'm really interested in, skipping the rest--which is really easier to do with NF than fiction. I also spend a fair bit of time ignoring the kids and not really developing much of a career, so that helps too. :) Thanks for the idea, though, that might make for a fun post to write.

I am SO glad you read the Spence. I'm so glad she wrote that cute, hilarious, awesome book--even though I'm consumed with jealousy and wish I could write one as good. Maybe someday, if I, you know, get much, much better at writing and (I'd love to be in the same general area as "snappy") up-to-date vernacular.

People are fucking ridiculous about swear words. On one level I get it because people argue that it makes you sound uneducated and there's almost always a better way to write or speak with emphasis, but on the other hand, I am an adult and I happen to feel that one of the VERY FEW pleasures of being an adult is swearing whenever I want to. Because sometimes you just need to swear. I swear around the kids too, which Mr. CR hates, but I try to use it as a moment to teach, "I am an adult, and I have to put up with trying to get health insurance and other adults, so I should get to swear. YOU are children, and do not yet get to swear. Wrap your head around that one." Mr. CR ends that whole discussion by simply telling me I'll be the one taking the calls from school.

Anyhoo. Spence's swearing in no way took away from her book, and that is why I never bother reading reviews at Amazon.

Also: If you're not really interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder, I really wouldn't take the time with this bio, as well done as it was. What I would do is read just one of the Little House books--forget about the TV series, it had no relation, basically, to the books--and I think I would make it "The Long Winter." Because that book is unbelievable. Especially in light of the cold we all just went through. Imagining these pioneers trying to farm out on the plains of the Dakotas--enduring seven months of blizzards--it boggles the mind.

I so appreciate your honesty and humor! I do a lot of skimming and ignoring too.

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