Friday, November 28, 2008

A Couple Good Books

This was so good! Well written, likeable characters, believable situations, and a little history lesson all wrapped up in one book.

This is two books in one volume. The students in one of my classes are reading The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ages 13 3/4 and are actually enjoying it. They "get" most of the humor.

When I was in the school library, I saw that this book contains the sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole so picked it up and finished it last night.

Adrien is just a riot. He's so naive but thinks he's an intellectual. His home life is a mess and how he keeps his nose above the fray is so entertaining.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good Morning

Well, another week bites the dust! They are just slipping away so fast!

It's 7am here in NH, ten degrees, but the sun is hitting the mountain outside our house and the whole thing looks like a bowl of chocolate icecream with marshmello sauce dripping down over it.

I'm still wroking on The Wednesday Sisters. It starts in 1967 with five women meeting in the park on Wednesday mornings. At first they just talk and watch their kids but eventually, they begin writing. It follows these women as they traverse the changing landscape of feminism, sexuality, and politics.

I'm enjoying it especially because of the musical references and the look back at all the happenings. I remember those events like when the astronauts walked on the moon and the San Francisco Peace March, etc. so it's a walk down memory lane.

The characters are likeable and the pace moves right along. I'm about three quarters of the way through so should finish it soon.

Have a good reading day, everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Another rainy Sunday here in northern NH. Good! I can curl up with a book and not feel guilty!

I've read other Anita Shreve books and loved them but this was one I just could not get into. I honestly didn't like any of the characters and had a hard time feeling empathy for them. It is well written but...

I didn't even finish it but skipped ahead and read the last chapter. I'm glad I did that!

Now, this book was great! It is light hearted and serious at the same time. Charley is Charlotte Webb and she writes a fluff column for a Miami newspaper. A woman on death row contacts her to write a book about her crime.

The writing is fast paced and I was never bored.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Maisy Weekend

The clouds are hanging low here in NH but in our house it's sunny because our almost-three-year-old granddaughter, Kylie, has come to play with us.

We went to Wonderland Book Store and picked out two new Maisy books. This one has stickers that you have to place on different beach scenes. Even though Kylie loves stickers, she isn't crazy about this book. I think it's because there is no story to it. Once the stickers are put into place, there really isn't much to do with it.

This is her new favorite! Maisy and Talllulah are playing hospital. Panda is sick so they have to take his temperature then Maisy puts him to bed. On her way back downstairs, she's going too fast and crashes into Tallulah. Nurse Tallulah has to wrap her nose in a bandage.

We've read this one at least ten times. Kylie is always saying, "Can we read Maisy and the temperature?"

As far as my own reading this weekend, it's pretty much nonexistent. I'm still working on Testimony by Anita Shreve. The first chapter was riveting but after that it was kind of blah for awhile. Fortunately, it has picked up now that I'm about halfway through.

Enjoy your reading, everyone!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Made in the USA

Lutie and her brother, Fate, are on their own. They head to Las Vegas and try to survive. You can imagine what Lutie has to do!

Luckily, someone is watching over them and how they save each other makes for a very enjoyable book.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Good Read

Happy first Sunday in November, everyone! For some reason November feels like a reading month to me. The weather is generally lousy (around here, anyway) and I spend more time indoors.

I spent late yesterday afternoon and most of the evening reading Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts. It's the type of book I just couldn't put down. Lutie is 15 and her brother, Fate, is 11. Their mother is dead and their father is an alcoholic jerk who left them with his girlfriend and took off for Vegas to make his fortune. When she dies unexpectedly and wanting to avoid foster care, Lutie and Fate take off in the dead girlfriend's car to find their father. Their adventures in Sin City are something else!

I have to go to a baby shower this afternoon (Hate those things! If they start with the stupid games, I'm outa there!) so I don't know how much reading time I'll have, but I'm determined to carve out some to finish this book.