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, 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.


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

    Time does fly doesn't it??

  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

  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.

  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.

  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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