At one point I thought about adding a Bookshelf page to my blog with all the books I’ve read in recent years. I find other people’s recommendations extremely helpful in determining if I’m going to
waste spend my time reading a book. I don’t read (anything other than children’s’ books) that often, so when I do I want it to be good. Instead I found an easier way to do this. Head over to GoodReads and follow the sunshinequeen. You can see my bookshelf of “already read and ratings,” “currently reading” and “to-read.”
On a related note, I just stopped at Half Price Books and was able to find Room, Reliable Wife, and Peony in Love for less than $15 total. Huge score for the thrifty in me!
A while a go a friend of mine had commented on my book reviews post, and added a suggestion of which the name escaped me. Her words of “being a dog owner whose like your child you’ll appreciate it” left a little imprint in my diminishing memory to keep an eye out for something like that!
Strangely enough this is a travel week and I was in need of a book. I stepped into Barnes & Noble to see if there were any good reads that I needed to snatch up for this trip. And one jumped out at me: The Art of Racing in the Rain. That was it, I was sure of it.
Despite my rather miserable travel day I was able to divert my frustraions by nuzzling into the pages of a book. And this one kept me devoted to finishing just few more pages at each possible occasion.
Despite the change in itinerary without letting me (the passenger) know about it and then the 2 hour wait at a curbside bench in 99 degree heat and sucking car exhaust, there wasn’t much that could divert my evil thrashings and loud obscenities. But at the end of the day I was drawn to the book….and then I had to finish it!!!
To keep in my book review form, it is about a dog and the relationship with his master as told from the dog’s perspective. It had me laughing out loud with a few strange glances from fellow passengers, to hiding tears, to an all out anger and resentment. Thankfully I was in the privacy of my room when I had an all out bawling festival. I totally give it 5 stars, but I am a fan of big dogs.
The crazy thing about all this is despite it being an amazing read, I always do these things that should draw me closer to my child when I am 500 miles away from home. Which leaves me miserable. I went and saw Marley and Me while out in Vermont this New Year’s and now The Art of Racing in the Rain while in Dallas. So this is my long distane dedication to my husband and dog who I hope are nuzzling soundly. Diesel is hopefully filling my space in bed, while snoring and occasionally nudging his dad occaisionally. I write this post as a reminder to continue to notice all of these silly things he does and imagine what is going through his mind and what he might be dreaming about. I just hope it’s not about crows!
Believe it or not I pretend to do things to make it look like I have social life…like book clubs, although recently I haven’t been able to make the festivities, I still read the books. Here are a few the previous books leading up to our most current reads.
The Shack I don’t know that I talked at all about this one yet. It was a pretty crazy story. The author pretends it really happened, but then comes out to say it was all made up- why do they do that? It’s a very interesting perspective of Christianity in a “real-life” type format. It led several of my friends into exploring some things in their personal life. If I were to sum it up I’d say the take home message is really strong on forgiveness, which given the circumstances in the book it’s pretty amazing. It had quite a few twists and turns to it…and other parts really dragged on forever! I’d say it was pretty good …how’s that for my expert-book-reading-advise. If I were to attach stars I’d maybe give it a 4 out of 5.
Friday Night Knitting Club– It’s a good read, with a few “you go girl” quotes that stuck with me. Pretty easy read, but to me I’m still amazed you can make a living off of selling yarn in New York City. I’m just saying is all! If I were to rank it with stars, it probably get 3 1/2 out of 5.
The Christmas Sweater not one I would choose, but I went along with it. It was very elementary and poorly written. I like books that keep me guessing and I can’t say this one did any of that! Although I guess that’s what I get for reading some staunch conservative author’s attempt at writing for entertainment value! Hmm…maybe 1 star.
Water for Elephants,I was SOO excited to finally read this. I’d heard so many good things about this and I would completely agree. I love the authors details and all the fun twists and turns he throws in there. A few sections literally put a lump in my throat reared some hatred from within for some of the bastards in the book! There also were a few parts that got pretty hot and heavy and totally threw me for a loop, but certainly kept my interest! I’d highly recommend it, I’d give it 5 stars!
And I think that’s all for now. I’m quickly going to jump into 3 cups of Tea and I’m still finishing The Book Thief.
Last night was book club and the events for the night were to select our books to read for the year. The rules are, there are none. Any suggestion is welcome, we choose whatever we feel we want to read. Amazing how time flies while discussing books and drinking wine.
The selections are:
February- The Shack by William P Young
March- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
April- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
May- Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
June- Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
July- Away by Amy Bloom
August- 3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
September- Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
October- The Tortilla Curatin by TC Boyle
November- Riding the Bus with my Sister by Rachel Simon
That’s it folks. Those are our picks for the year. Many were on my list to read, so I’m a bit motivated to jump on the reading train.
On a completely un-realted note, book club lasted until 10:30 in the PM. I rode with my aunt, so by the time we were back to her place it was nearly 11 and I still had a half hour drive home, only to wake up this morning and drive right past her house again on my way to see a speialist (more on that later). So I thought about the idea for about 2 seconds before I decided, my gym clothes in the back of my car were a suitable wardrobe for my appointment and a cozy bed was needed much more than frigid seat and daunting 30 minute drive. So I spent my night in luxury.
I nestled into bed last night laying diagonal atop a huge bed, I felt like I was sleeping on cottonballs. I feel asleep feeling as though I was having a 0ne-night stand with myself. I got to sleep diagonal. No elbows colliding, no dogs nose snuggling under my chin. It was so wierd! I woke up this morning and felt I needed to text my love to my loving husband and cuddly dog. Tonight I gladly take back my place on the right side of the bed in our bedroom at the end of the hall.
cold blustery days, like today, make me want to cuddle in warm fuzzy sweaters in front of a fireplace on an overstuff couch sipping coffe and reading. Since that is just not possible with my crazy schedule this month I thought I’d ponder a few worthy reads … in no particular order.
Letter to my daughter
3 cups of tea
water for Elephants
Marley & Me
The Book Thief-I still haven’t opened it, but I’ve had it for MONTHS.
Are there others that should be on this list?
I’m currenlty reading The Shack and Dreams of My Father…and quite honestly I’m half way through both of them and the intensity of their plot has me treading water. I’m not sensing so much optimism in finishing. The beginnings of both were pretty good, they got me to keep reading. I try to read everynight when I crawl in bed to help my head digest into sleepiness. After a few pages (sometimes paragraphs) I’m ready to turn off the light and call it a night. But maybe that’s due to my need for unusually large amounts of sleep and warmth. Both seem to be hard to come by these days.
Let me know your suggestions. I’m supposed to be reading The Reader and Fine Consessions for upcoming book clubs and I just don’t think that’s going to happen. I also hear Revolutionary Road is one to pick up? Others???
I’ve been contacted. Apparently I was reported for neglect to my blog. Kind of like Child Protective Servicves, if you can’t take care of a child tehy remove them from the home.
Okay, seriously I know that I failed at life, or at least blog life. You an expect 2-3 more posts to follow with all the excitement of the past few weeks, and that to come in 3 days.
Here’s a sneak peak:
Yesterday was my last day of work with my current identity…still adjusting to that.
I have found how to run again
Somwhere, amidst the choas I found a great group of girls who read books and eat amazing food, hence I’ve joined a book club and learned how to read.
The 4,000 DIY wedding projects are all completed (I have one final project that I am finishing this morning)
Stay tuned 🙂