Monday, May 19, 2014

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Week Gone, Oh Where, Oh Where Can It Be?

And so like the sands through an hour glass....no, no  I do not watch soap operas, but boy the days and weeks do go whizzing by.
I read a lot, finished a load of books:
A Bitter Truth   by Charles Todd---a mother/son writing team  This is part of their Bess Crawford series, she's a WWI nurse who gets involved in mysteries, it was just ok.
Map of Time      by    Felix Palma --time travel and I so wanted to like it, but except for the last third I didn't at all.
A Year of Magical Thinking   by Joan Didion---about the year after her husband's death, it was excellent
A Jane Austen Education   by William Deresiewicz---this was a reread and well worth it, what a snotty post graduate student learned from reading Jane Austen----everything!
Breakfast at Six   by Mary Scott -- life on a sheep ranch in New Zealand in the early 1950's, it was nice, but nothing special

I started 3 new books:
Daughter of Time  by Josephine Tey --another reread--a police officer in the hospital, bored, looks into the history of Richard III- I'm a huge Richard III fan so I reread this one regularly
The Alteration  by Kingsley Amis--this is an alternate history, something I don't usually read, but it's fascinating--the Catholic Church pretty much rules the world, except for the Islamic parts, and has kept things rather medieval.  A 10 year old boy who sings like an angel, the church wants him "altered" to keep the voice, the boy doesn't want it
The Help   by Kathryn Stockett --sad, sad book about an ugly piece of our history

I also watched a bad movie:  The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug ---we liked the Lord of the Ring triology, thought The Hobbit was pretty good, but the second in this series pretty well stunk.  Lovely to look at, but 90% filler, couldn't wait for it to end, we probably won't watch the next one.

When I could pull my nose out of a book I worked in the garden, mowed, the lawn,  started sewing a blouse and tried to keep up with the housework.  I'm not the most enthusiastic housekeeper, but you have to beat back the dust bunnies from time to time.


5 comments:

  1. You busy little bee! Or should I say "book worm"..haha.
    Three books..wow..I just stated one, but moving and packing are on the front burner.

    Time does fly doesn't it??

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  2. Love that Smaug one, not sure why, maybe just because its made it NZ and its unpatriotic not to. I liked all the river scenes and the scenes of the blondy people who were really old. Funny have never read Didion and must as i have been living in CA for 11 years now

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  3. That's a lot of good reading! I need to get back into reading again. I read mostly for research for my storytelling any more and can't seem to get into fiction.

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  4. My goodness you've done a lot of reading! The only one of those that I've read is The Help which I enjoyed, this month's read at my book group was The Kitchen House which was along similar lines, I would recommend it.

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  5. The only one of your books I've read is The Daughter of Time which I love and is one of very few books that I re-read every so often. Juliette and I went to see the second Hobbit film and I must say I enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the final one when it's released.

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