Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Salon

Can you believe I'm still reading Cutting for Stone? I'm really enjoying it but just haven't been able to carve out much reading time this week.

Plus, it's not the kind of book I can rush through. It takes place in Ethiopia and all the names are so...well, foreign! that it took me a while to become comfortable with them.

I'm over halfway and it's an excellent portrayal of twin brothers coming of age during Haile Selassie's reign. It's not heavy on politics, though.

Foggy and rainy here in northern NH today so, hopefully, I can curl up and read for a bit.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Cold Week

It's a gray morning here in NH and that fits my mood perfectly. I'm still hacking away from this nasty cold that I've been fighting for over a week now. I'm sitting here in my navy blue flannel pajamas with stars and moons on them and I might just stay in them all day.

This is a new book of poetry I just got. I read Alison Townsend's poem "Smoke" a few years ago and loved it and have been a fan ever since.

I think today will be a good day to get started on it.

I'm also still reading Cutting for Stone. It's a long book and very well written but not one I can race through.

So, I'll have plenty to read in between blowing my nose and coughing!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Three Weeks... and Ka-Ching!

Good Sunday morning! Our snow is finally beginning to melt and recede here in NH. I think there really will be a spring!

I literally could not put this book down and stayed up reading until I finished it Friday night.

Jack and Melissa have a beautiful adopted nine-month-old daughter. There was a glitch, though, with the final papers and the biological father did not sign off. Now, he and his father, a federal court judge want Angelina back. But what kind of parents would they be? And how far are Jack and Melissa willing to go to keep thier child? Great human characters and a non-stop plot make for a winner.

Poem: A Virtual Poetry Group is featuring a poem by Denise Duhamel called "Delta Flight 659: to Sean Penn" this month. I liked the poem so much that I ordered the book and picked it up Friday afternoon.

And I loved it! On first reading the poems are easy to understand and on a second reading, unveil even deeper meanings.

So, it's been a very good reading week. What about you?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I really tried to like this novel, I really did! But, somehow, I just couldn't get into it.

Theresa is a medical examiner engaged to Paul who is a cop. One day, while investigating a murder, Paul gets taken as a hostage in a bank heist. The whole book is about that and the characters just didn't appeal to me.

Maybe it was me and I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for this novel but I plugged away and was so glad to be done with it.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ordinary Genius

I finished this book about how to write poetry today. I've been taking my time so I could savor it.

Kim Addonizio has a nice, everyday style of writing sprinkled with many analogies that really get her point across.

If you like to write poetry or even if you've never written but think you might be interested, pick up this book and you'll be poeming before you know it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The fog is lifting and the sun is beginning to slide through the clouds on this the first day of Daylight Savings Time. I really don't like DST because it'll be dark when I leave for school in the morning. Plus, it makes this weekend an hour shorter. I know that doesn't seem like much but it does make a big difference. I even wrote a poem about it that you can read

I'm still reading Takeover by Lisa Black and it's pretty good. I did have a little bit of a hard time getting into it because of how much I enjoyed my previous book, Midnight Rambler by James Swain and probably started this one too soon. But, now, it's growing on me.

I picked this little poetry book up last week when I went to the bookstore with my granddaughter, Kylie.

This is the one Kylie picked out. The bookstore we visited was the Village Bookstore in Littleton, NH and it has toys as well as books, with several toy displays so the kids can play with them. She was more interested in playing and I had a hard time getting her to leave. Couldn't blame her, though; it is a child's paradise!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Midnight Rambler

I'm in love with Jack Carpenter! I read Swain's second book about him first but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of Jack's debut in this novel.

Jack is an ex-cop who hunts for missing children and is just so darn good at it. He has a heart and will break rules to protect the ones he cares about.

I certainly hope James Swain is hard at work on a third installment!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Reading Woes

Well, here it is Sunday afternoon. We've had company all weekend and they just left.

On top of that my husband had a breakdown on his skidder and I've been helping him repair it.

And if that wasn't enough, my washing machine bit the shed yesterday! I got a new one today and my son helped me install it.

Reading? Ha! I'm about half way through Midnight Rambler and loving it but just haven't had much time. I guess I was optimistic in thinking that I'd have more reading time this week during vacation.

Back to school tomorrow and back to our regular schedule. Phew!

Hope you are all doing better than me!