Guessing Games to Play

Place three books on the table, in a pile, each one projecting just a little beyond the others. Two people in the group have to be in on the ‘secret.’  One of those two goes out, and then any other person in the group points to any one of the three books. The absent guest is called back by the other person in the know, and points to the correct book.

There are two ways of doing this. One is by means of the words used in calling the child back. The signal for the top book is the word ” Ready!” for the second book the word “Come” and for the third or lowest book the words, “Come on,” are always used when calling the absent person back.

Another way is for to use handmovements.  Decide in advance how you  should know the correct book by watching the other person’s movements with her hands. If the top book is the correct one, she will, in a casual way, place her hand to her forehead. If the second book is the correct one, she places her finger on or beside her nose, and for the third or lowest book, she places her hand against her chin.

As soon as another guest thinks that he has discovered the secret, let him try to do it.

the-book-game-the-commonroom Still another book number game is to first place 9 books in a grid, 3X3, and again, two people must know the secret. One of the two people who know the trick leaves the room. Anybody else chooses a book.  The person is called back, and the one who knows the trick points to a book and asks “Is it is this one?”

We find it works best to lay the books out on the floor and use a pointer- like a broom stick or a yard stick. Or if you have a very small group, use 9 playing cards and a pencil for a pointer.

The trick is that you basically see the book as a map of the grid of nine books. If the chosen book (or playing card, if you haven’t 9 books) is the second book in the top row, you point to any book in the grid, but you *touch* it in the center  of the top edge.  After that, it doesn’t matter what you do or how you ask, you have already told the other person which book it is and it only remains for you to tap the correct book at any time and he will say yes.

If the chosen book is the center, the first time you ask ‘is it this one?’ you tap the book in the middle.  If it is the one in the bottom left, you tap the book in the bottom left corner.

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Free for Kindle: By reading…

…we enjoy the dead ; by conversation, the living ; and by contemplation, ourselves. Reading enriches the memory ; conversation polishes the wit ; and contemplation improves the” judgment. Of these, reading is the most important, as it furnishes both the others. — Colton.

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  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. And yet, still some duds slip through.

 

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Books by Alfred Edward Wooley Mason: He was born in 1865. He was educated at Dulwich College before being sent up to Oxford University. Once his formal education was completed, Mason went on to become an actor. He began his writing career with historical fiction and then moved into the arena of politics, becoming a Liberal Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1906. But his love of writing carried on and Mason developed his style to incorporate detective fiction, introducing one of the earliest fictional detectives, Inspector Hanaud, the Gallic counterpart to Sherlock Holmes. His detective fiction contains material clues and spontaneity. Throughout the course of his life he produced over thirty titles. A E W Mason died in 1948. (from Amazon)

Clementina

The Four Feathers (it used to be the practice to give a white feather, representing cowardice, to men who did not volunteer for the military during a war.

Reader Review: A.E.W. Mason’s classic story of love lost and courage found is over a hundred years old, but its themes are timeless: love, friendship, and courage, along with the human desire to make right the wrongs of the past.
Harry Feversham is a young officer in the British army whose greatest fear is to be seen a coward, and disgrace those whom he loves. On the night he finds out that he is to be sent to war in Egypt, he resigns his commission in order to avoid any possibility that his fears may be realized. In response to Feversham’s act, three of his friends send him three white feathers as a symbol that in their eyes, the decision makes him a coward. When Feversham’s fiancee, Ethne Eustace, finds out about Feversham’s act and the three feathers, she gives Harry a fourth feather, and casts him out of her life. A broken man, Feversham quitely resolves to redeem himself by proving his bravery to each of the four, forcing each to recant their accusation of cowardice and take back the feather that each person gave.
What evolves is a grand tale of adventure, as the lives of Feversham and his closest friends move along through the next few years. Ethne moves on with her life, while not entirely forgetting Feversham, nor forgiving herself for her harsh treatment of him. Harry’s best friend, Jack Durrance, is blinded in the Sudan and returns to England to marry Ethne, but never forgets about Feversham, and wonders what happened to his friend. As details of Feversham’s deeds begin to emerge, both Ethne and Durrance begin to understand Feversham’s character; they realize their true feelings about him, and about each other.
The characters in Mason’s story have a Victorian simplicity, which, while limiting their outward emotions, adds to the conflict with which they have to deal.

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Evan Harrington, by George Meredith

From a 1903 review:

A social comedy. Evan, the son of a fashionable tailor brought up in the tastes and associations of a class higher than his own, suddenly finds himself confronted with the responsibility of his father’s debts. On the one side is duty, on the other are his love for a well born maiden and natural inclination. How Evan solves the problem happily, yet without abjuring his manhood is the business of the plot. The subtle play of motive and of class prejudice arising from such a situation produces abundant comedy. Evan and Rose Jocelyn, the glittering father and his stern featured spouse and the fascinating and unscrupulous Countess de Saldar are each in their way thoroughly Meredithian creations. The book has the merit of being easy to read.

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Little Novels of Italy published in 1899: 1906 review-  Five stories of Renaissance times, the work of a scholar learned in the history and the literature of the period. The Duchess of Nona tells how an Italian adventurer brought home his beautiful and stupid English bride and tried to make her a tool in his ambitious schemes but was checkmated by her simple fidelity. Madonna of the Fig Tree is the apotheosis of a peasant girl, a half poetical fantasy of which the materials are taken from ordinary life in mediaeval cities. All reflect the swift changes from comedy to tragedy, the dramatic contrasts of exquisite culture and diabolical crime that characterised the epoch. The pregnant and nervous prose resembles Meredith’s.

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The Skipper’s Wooing, by William Wymark Jacobs

1906 review: Broad comedy from beginning to end. The skipper and his crew go port to port in search of a missing man, his sweetheart’s father, and meet diverting adventures. Another short tale, The Brown Man’s Servant, is appended

 

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

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Thanks for reading!

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Easy Light Supper Soup

soup from scratchRice Jambalaya

Ingredients:

1 cup Rice

1 lb pork

1 lb chopped ham

2 or 3 onions

pepper red or black to taste

1 heaping tablespoon lard

1 quart hot water or soup stock

Directions: Melt lard in deep saucepan. When hot add onions, chopped fine, pepper and pork cut into inch square pieces. Stir until brown, then add ham. When all are nicely browned add hot water or preferably stock. Cook ten minutes and add the rice. Let boil until rice is tender, stirring frequently to keep from burning.  Will serve six to eight.

P.S. This delicious dish may be varied in many ways. Cooked shrimps, oysters, fresh fish, salt fish, cooked cold fowl, roast beef, mutton, liver etc may be used instead of pork.

From a 1922 Good Housekeeping

You can also make it entirely with leftovers- including a couple of cups of cold cooked rice.  Just mince up the meats and some leftover cooked vegetables and add with rice to a quarter of water or soup stock.

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Free4Kindle: He that loves not books

before he comes to thirty years of age, will hardly love them enough afterward to understand them— Clarendon.

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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. And yet, still some duds slip through.

 

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Many Cargoes: Many Cargoes Miscellaneous yarns in sailor’s lingo, love scenes on shipboard- A Lore Pax, sage histories of practical jokes, and funny misadventures, portraits of old salts, bigamous captains,love lorn mates and the like.

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Books by Andy ADAMS, b 1859 (reviews from 1906)

The Log of a Cowboy 1903: A very direct and realistic narrative of a great cattle drive from Texas to the north. An excellent account of the cowboys of thirty years ago by a man who worked in that capacity for ten years.

A Texas Matchmaker

Cattle Brands, Western Camp fire Stories

These convey with the same knowledge and fidelity the actualities of ranch life. The growth of a big cattle ranch during the great cattle boom and all the various incidents of the life of a cowboy are vividly described.

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Joseph Altsheler’s books, described in one publication as exciting and instructive tales for boys.

The Young Trailers, a Story of Early Kentucky

The Guns of Europe

Reader REview from Amazon: A fun fictional account of a factual event. Because it is written in the post Victorian period the conversations between the characters have a bit of an overly “respectful” and less familiar tone to them. Other than that, it is a nice read and good for those looking for WW1 literature other than Hemingway or Trumbo styled heroism.

Texan Scouts, the story of the Alamo and Goliad

The Forrest Runners, story of the great war trail in early Kentucky

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Oldfield, a Kentucky Tale of Life in the Last Century: Life and manners in a country town in Kentucky.

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

To organize the books on your kindle

Thanks for reading!

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Free for Kindle: If a book comes from the heart

it will contrive to reach other hearts. — All art and authorcraft are of small account to that.— Carlyle.colorful book border

  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. And yet, still some duds slip through.

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Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin (retellings by the man who wrote the popular Fifty Famous Stories)

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Studies in Early Victorian Literature, by Frederic Harrison

Excerpt:

The following essays appeared in the Forum of New York, and simultaneously in London, during the years 1894-95. They have been carefully revised and partly re-written, after due consideration of various suggestions and criticisms both in England and in America. The aim of the writer was to attempt a mature estimate of the permanent influence and artistic achievement of some of the principal prose writers in the earlier half of the reign of our Queen. The work of living authors has not been touched upon, nor any book of poetry, philosophy, or science.

CONTENTS

I. CHARACTERISTICS OF VICTORIAN LITERATURE II. THOMAS CARLYLE III. LORD MACAULAY IV. BENJAMIN DISRAELI V. WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY VI. CHARLES DICKENS VII. CHARLOTTE BRONTË VIII. CHARLES KINGSLEY IX. ANTHONY TROLLOPE X. GEORGE ELIOT

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Introduction to the Study of History, vintage book for high school and up, best suited for those interested in history as a profession, or in the history of history as a profession.=0

Excerpt:

The books which treat of the methodology of the historical sciences are scarcely less numerous, and at the same time not in much better favour, than the books on the Philosophy of History. Specialists despise them. A widespread opinion is expressed in the words attributed to a certain scholar: “You wish to write a book on philology; you will do much better to produce a book with some good philology in it. When I am asked to define philology, I always answer that it is what I work at.”[4] Again, in reference to J. G. Droysen’s Précis of the Science of History, a certain critic expressed an opinion which was meant to be, and was, a commonplace: “Generally speaking, treatises of this kind4 are of necessity both obscure and useless: obscure, because there is nothing more vague than their object; useless, because it is possible to be an historian without troubling oneself about the principles of historical methodology which they claim to exhibit.”[5] The arguments used by these despisers of methodology are strong enough in all appearance. They reduce to the following. As a matter of fact, there are men who manifestly follow good methods, and are universally recognised as scholars or historians of the first order, without having ever studied the principles of method; conversely, it does not appear that those who have written on historical method from the logical point of view have in consequence attained any marked superiority as scholars or historians: some, indeed, have been known for their incompetence or mediocrity in these capacities. In this there is nothing that need surprise us. Who would think of postponing original research in chemistry, mathematics, the sciences proper, until he had studied the methods employed in those sciences? Historical criticism! Yes, but the best way to learn it is to apply it; practice teaches all that is wanted.[6] Take, too, the5 extant works on historical method, even the most recent of them, those of J. G. Droysen, E. A. Freeman, A. Tardif, U. Chevalier, and others; the utmost diligence will extract from them nothing in the way of clear ideas beyond the most obvious and commonplace truisms.[7]

We willingly recognise that this manner of thinking is not entirely wrong. The great majority of works on the method of pursuing historical investigations and of writing history—what is called Historic in Germany and England—are superficial, insipid, unreadable, sometimes ridiculous.[8] To begin6 with, those prior to the nineteenth century, a full analysis of which is given by P. C. F. Daunou in the seventh volume of his Cours d’études historiques,[9] are nearly all of them mere treatises on rhetoric, in which the rhetoric is antiquated, and the problems discussed are the oddest imaginable.[10] Daunou makes merry over them, but he himself has shown good sense and nothing more in his monumental work, which at the present time seems little better, and certainly not more useful, than the earlier treatises.

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The Old English Baron, a gothic story by Clara Reeve

Excerpt: In the minority of Henry the Sixth, King of England, when the renowned John, Duke of Bedford was Regent of France, and Humphrey, the good Duke of Gloucester, was Protector of England, a worthy knight, called Sir Philip Harclay, returned from his travels to England, his native country. He had served under the glorious King Henry the Fifth with distinguished valour, had acquired an honourable fame, and was no less esteemed for Christian virtues than for deeds of chivalry. After the death of his prince, he entered into the service of the Greek emperor, and distinguished his courage against the encroachments of the Saracens. In a battle there, he took prisoner a certain gentleman, by name M. Zadisky, of Greek extraction, but brought up by a Saracen officer; this man he converted to the Christian faith; after which he bound him to himself by the ties of friendship and gratitude, and he resolved to continue with his benefactor. After thirty years travel and warlike service, he determined to return to his native land, and to spend the remainder of his life in peace; and, by devoting himself to works of piety and charity, prepare for a better state hereafter.

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

To organize the books on your kindle

Thanks for reading!

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