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.
Monday, May 19, 2014
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