Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Crock Pot Update and Other Rants

I didn't let it beat me! After three failed attempts at cooking a crock pot meal (1st fail - forgot to plug in, 2nd fail - forgot to turn on, 3rd fail - plug only halfway in socket), I finally made a meal! Last Friday I got it right and my boys got to enjoy a pot roast!

Darling Daughter and I went on a Girl Scout retreat, so I left the roast for the guys to eat when they got home Friday night. The retreat was fun. The girls were great, though what they most wanted to do was play/hike outside. That's good, but it was just so COLD outside! I am not a cold weather person. Plus, I didn't take any Diet Coke (wanted to be a good example), and boy - did I regret that! I was dragging!

As for my other rant - OK, here it is. You know I love books. I love to read. But, books are expensive. I try to check them out at the library, but some just aren't available there. What irritates me - are some of the series books. Now, I like series books to a point. I read some of Beverly Lewis's Amish series books, but eventually I tired of them and quit. I read some of a series that took place on the wild frontier - but more and more books just kept coming and I tired of it. But, those series don't "bother me". What "bothers me" are series like the Left Behind series and the Kingdom Series - they seem to me to not have enough "content" in them, to be too short, not have enough significant events, etc. To be blunt, it seems to me that they write them to pull you in and make you buy more. For them to make more money, and sell more books.

I think 3 books in a series is a good amount. And authors should write each book as a stand alone - with content, events, and substance that warrant the consumer spending their money on it. Don't string me along! Don't make me HAVE to buy the next book to find out what happened. OK to buy the next book to continue a journey - but don't leave a cliffhanger!

That's my 2 cents worth on the subject. Do you have any thoughts? Agree or Disagree? What's your favorite series? Any you disliked?

One of my favorites is the Spa Girls Series by Kristen Billerbeck. It is 3 books, each written from the POV of a different girl. Loved it!


Angie said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN on the "Left Behind" series. I stopped reading after the 4th book. They really are not well-written books anyway. I understand the purpose of the books is more than just a literary creation, but I think, if I'm being honest, they *stink.* And then to have to buy like 316 of them to get through the series... I lost a lot of respect for "the cause" when the books seemed to have about 50 pages of content in a 250 page book. Seemed like it was more of a money maker than anything.
Congratulations on the roast!

Shawna said...

I think 3 is a good number for series. Sometimes you just get burned out on the same characters. I haven't read any of the Left Behind Series. And the series I've read haven't ended with cliff hangers. I would hate that. I do tend to read books in between series books so that I'm not so burned out.

Mel's World said...

I LOVED the Spa Girls Series and couldn't agree with you more about not having to buy ALL the books in the series to find out what happens next...