Aug. 6/On My Bookshelf



On My Bookshelf

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

This is one of those rare books that I can’t wait to pick up and read each day. I am savoring every word, every page. I love it! It has a vampire theme and I can’t get enough of it. I was one of those readers who read Ann Rice’s “Interview with a Vampire” and then eagerly awaited each new novel in the series. And of course watched the movie. I also immediately took to “Twilight” and zipped through that series in about 4 days. (Come to think of it, that is the last book I read I couldn’t put down.) I also don’t have cable, but have loved watching the first series of True Blood on Netflix. So that may explain part of my love of this book, but also the writing itself along with the unfolding mystery in it makes me eager to read on.

Well I’m not really reading anything else right now, but will get back to them:

The Gift of a Year
by Mira Kirshenbaum

I am about half way through this only because I forgot The Historian when I took my kids to an hourlong program at the library and had this book waiting for me. It was recommended on the French Chic Yahoo Group, I think. I like it so far.

The Art of Simple Food
by Alice Waters

This is on my list of books to buy, but until I do, I just keep checking it out at the library!

When Will There Be Good News
by Kate Atkinson

Another one to read in the future. I actually bought this at half-price books after I had some cash from turning in other books. I can’t remember who recommended it to me, but someone I respected or I wouldn’t have written it down.

Stalking Susan
by Julie Kramer

One of my many wonderful SIL’s loaned me this book after she mentioned it and I was interested. Another future read.

Chess Books

I think these will be part of my plans for winter. I want to become a chess master, but not sure I have the motivation or time to really accomplish that, so I do know I want to join a chess club and play more this winter.

5 thoughts on “Aug. 6/On My Bookshelf”

  1. I am always impressed by your reading list and how much reading you do. I love to read but find I get out of the habit a lot blaming it on time. I think if I didn’t watch tv, the time would be there and I’d much rather finish all the great books I have lying around here instead of watching yet another episode of house hunters or worse, the tragic Real Housewives of (whatever town is airing now)…..and on that note, if there were ever a show that I should not be watching it is that. These women are so crass and rude and the whole storyline is full of fighting and very un-chic behavior.

    1. Stephanie,
      I have always been a bookworm. Ever since I was a little girl I loved nothing better than sitting in my room and reading a book — Nancy Drew or Little House on the Prairie come to mind. So I would always rather read a book.
      However, I have a weakness for inane reality TV shows. If I had cable, you can bet your money I’d be watching all those Real Housewife shows and looking forward to each new episode!

  2. I love your books lists. I am always curious as to what others read and why and what they think of the books. When I am shelving books, I look to see the selection of books a patron has brought back and always interested in what they picked and of course must look through them. ;O)

    I have not been able to read any of the books I brought home and that includes The Historian. With schooling the children, my reading time is spent reading what they are reading and when I do get time at night, I’m too tired to read. You will have to share your review of The Historian.

    My husband was telling me about that article yesterday and discussed it on our way up to the seminar. I remember having a student in my class who told me that she did 200 sit-ups everyday but couldn’t get rid of her belly. I told her that she could do 400 sit-ups but unless she was willing to put some effort in burning the fat (she was not one to put a lot into her work out) we would not see her wonderful abs. I also have to say that this was one lady in our group that would join us for brunch after class and after observing her eating habits I understood a great bit of her problem.

    I have found that walking, with gusto, is a wonderful form of exercise and is not aggressive and does not do the damage that aerobics can do to your joints, etc. I love the photos you have shared and they show this gusto in high heels no less! ;O) I still have a tendency to do this walk here and everyone always ask me what my hurry is. You can take the girl out of the big city but you can’t take the big city out of the girl!


  3. Where do you like to read? Do you have a special reading spot in your house? I’m trying to create a reading corner in my home, but haven’t found the perfect lamp and comfy chair.

    1. Phyllis,
      I most often read in bed, sometimes if my dh is away, I will even go up there early in the evening, bringing a glass of wine with me to sip as I read.
      I also read on the couch. I have some great comfy chairs in my bedroom and have considered getting a floor lamp and ottoman and creating a little reading nook …
      Whoops! I just sat down to read a few minutes ago and realized I forgot the place where I read the most — the dining room table — it is central in our house and allows me to keep track of the kids when I’m sitting there. I also pull up a chair outside when they are playing in the backyard and read there. I basically read anywhere I can!

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