Monday, June 27, 2011

What's Been Going On

I'm officially retired! 

And we've moved.  From now on we'll be spending our summers on the Maine coast and our winters in Florida.

So, not only did I have to clean out my classroom, we had to clear out our house and put it up for sale.

It's been crazy trying to squeeze a houseful of stuff into our fifth-wheel camper.

My reading time has taken a major hit!

Hopefully, now that we're more or less settled, I'll be able to get back to a normal schedule.

This is a beautiful book of poetry edited by Caroline Kennedy.  All the poems are by women or about women.  Caroline introduces each chapter with personal words about how certain peoms have influenced her life.

Each day I try to read a couple of these and I haven't read one that I didn't like.  They are easy to understand but pack a wallop. 

Really, this is one of the best anthologies I've read, lately.

I'm sorry to say that I didn't finish this novel.  I really tried.  It started out great but then got too technical and then just plain weird and I had to put it aside for now.

It's well written, I liked the main characters, but just got too bogged down in minor issues and, when it shifted into kind of supernatural stuff, it lost me.

I'm working on To Be Sung Underwater and I'm liking it so far.  I wasn't sure at first because it seemed like all it did was tell instead of show and I hate that, but, after the first chapter, it changed and caught my interest.  So, I'm giving it a chance.

The sun's out today so I think I'm going to hop on my bicycle and head to the beach to sit and read for a while.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tenth Anniversary

Yes, another James Patterson novel!  I know, I know!  But, I just can't resist. 

This Women's Murder Club edition sees Lindsey marrying Joe but, of course, their honeymoon is interrupted by a missing baby and a beaten-up teenage mother.  Lindsey's lawyer friend, Yuki, is prosecuting a heart surgeon for murdering her philandering husband.  Cindy, their newspaper reporter friend, is on the trail of a man who abducts women, drugs them, rapes them, and leaves them in alleys to wake up having no memory of what has just happened. 

Oh, yeah, it pulled me right in and I sucked it up and enjoyed it.  Will I continue buying these novels?  You can damn well bet I will!  I'm so weak!