Three Things For Thursday


Someone gave us a $40 gift card to Chapters as a wedding gift. They know me well. The Husband? Maybe less well. Just a month or so ago, a coworker added to the Chapters moolah stash after I helped her out with a decent sized project. It's about time I actually spent this money, especially since I can now do it from the comfort of my living room and have the instant gratification of loading everything onto my Kobo and reading right away.

So, last night, gift cards in hand, I purchased and downloaded The Hunger Games Trilogy.

This book (and movie) is creating buzz, especially among my youth group kids. I'm feeling slightly out of the loop, so I broke down, decided not to wait 8 months to get a copy from the library and slapped down a gift card. I started it last night and... I'm sorry, but was anyone else not blown away by the prose in this book? I mean, it's not terrible, but it's not as great as the hype has lead me to believe it to be. The jumps in time seem awkward and contrived and the back story of Panem seems spewed out without any kind of artistry. 

The story is engaging and I wouldn't say I'm not enjoying the book. But perhaps my expectations for young adult literature are just a little too high.

After buying all three books, I have $32 left to spend. My twitter friends have been suggesting all sorts of titles. Do you have any to add?


Last night, in a fit of bored while I was buying books, the Husband pulled our range hood out of the closet and set it in the middle of the kitchen. As I got ready for bed, I asked him how long it would be there. 

Only until the weekend, he responded.


I interpreted that to mean that, by the end of day Sunday, our tile will be grouted and I'm going to have a range hood over my stove, gracing our tile backsplash with some more stainless steel goodness. I'll admit, I'm actually a little worried about how the hood is going to change the feel of the kitchen. 
We went with Ikea for this, their Luftig exhaust hood. It's pretty enough, but I feel like I've been so spoiled with a clear, empty wall, I'm nervous about giving it up. In the end, it will still be beautiful, right?


Because it seems to be kitchen week here at This Dusty House, I want to share this one with you. For no other reason than I think it's gorgeous. Also, I'm pretty sure the granite is the exact same one we have. Also gorgeous.


  1. NK@StyleINGwChildrenMarch 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    the hood will be your "cherry on top". Can't wait to see it installed :)

  2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (don't worry if you've seen the movie adaptation, the book is significantly different).

    B tells me the Game of Thrones series is very good. It's on my list of thing I will read as soon as the school term is over.

  3. I've put Hunger Games on my Kobo... but haven't started reading yet. Will definitely let you know what I think though.
    As for that final kitchen - absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  4. I'd like you to notice, the kitchen you posted a picture of, that you really like, does not have a "clear, empty wall". Not only will you like having your exhaust hood up and functioning, you'll like the extra storage space in your mud room when it's no longer sitting in your closet.

    I'm with Amber and the Game of Thrones series. It is available through your library, but they're 1000 page books. If you can't finish them in the 2 week lending period the library has, you might like to buy them.

    By the way, are you able to share "The Hunger Games"?

  5. I've been hearing a lot of buzz (not much content) about hunger games when I was recently traveling, only to discover that Battle Royale may introduce the same themes with better writing/plot devices ( Does anyone else have thoughts?

    Cant wait to see your new range hood!

  6. Thanks Amber! I read Stardust when I was in high school. Anything by Neil Gaiman is a winner!

    I've heard the same thing about Game of Thrones. Will definitely have to check it out!

  7. I hope my initial reactions don't colour your own! I'm loving the story for sure, and I'm certain I'll get drawn right in and love it by the end.

  8. Might have to check that one out when I'm done the trilogy. It is definitely not a new story... look at the Bachman Books by Stephen King, for example. Running Man or the Long Walk are both about fights to the death in a way. The Long Walk even features teenagers.

    People always crave the easy, gripping read I guess.

  9. Hmm, true... I will love getting that closet finished, painting, the shelves back in and everything organized again. Of course... Mom's always right. :)

    I'll have to look into whether or not I can share ebooks... anyone know how lending works in the digital world?

  10. Keira (The Bennett House)March 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I just finished the trilogy and loved them all. I'm a very slow reader though, so it was a great easy read for me. My problem is that my nine year old wants to read it. Not quite sure it's a good idea but don't want to censor her if she's willing to read it herself.

  11. All I can say is, great kitchen. Nicely designed.

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