20 July 2006

A great new site

I just discovered a great site, Library Thing. You can keep a record of books, rate them and tag them. Your library can be shared or personal, your choice. You can also search Amazon, Library of Congress, other libraries for books. It is possible to organize your library list.
I've started mine.
I like it!

15 July 2006

Recs from friends

Recently, three friends have recommended history/biography books. Now I have some new titles to put on my "wish list". Both my son and a friend from church have suggested Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Bushman. My history loving friend in Texas highly recommends The Widow of the South by Hicks. And although she has yet to read it, my English major friend from work suggests Franklin and Winston by Meacham. (Maybe I'll wait until she has actually read it before I put it on my list.)

06 May 2006

Book Release

I did it!
This week I released my first book with BookCrossing. It was a copy of the Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. A friend gave me a copy of the book, and after I finished reading it, was looking for a way to share it with someone else.
I tried leaving it on the college campus.
Wonder if someone picked it up? Wonder what they think?
Will go to the BookCrossing site to see if someone picked it up.
A fun new adventure!

18 April 2006

Memoir Trio

After The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, seems like I've been stuck on women's personal narratives. Just finished Under the Tuscan Sun, which bore little resemblance to the movie. The only things in common were an actual home in Tuscany and a woman named Francis. Part cook book, part travelogue, part "This Old House", and part reflections of a Southern Woman it somehow manages to work. It was easy to relate to home rennovations that turn into nightmares, and the Southern Woman focus. I don't think a summer house in Tuscany would be my dream, but enjoyed traveling along on her adventure!
This week should finish On Call by Emily R. Transue. Reads like a blog. A resident records her days and nights over the three years of her internship and residency. Many interesting stories, confirmed several things I have always suspected about doctors and opened my eyes to things I never knew. First revelation: there is the over-riding presence of death. Many patients in hospitals die. I had to adjust to the notion that many people never come home from the hospital. Because I am of a different generation, the prevelance of female doctors was astonishing! If this book is any reflection of the present medical community, medicine is becoming a female profession.
Just started Nickle and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America by Barbara . So far, so good.

30 March 2006

The Glass Castle

A friend gave me a copy of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I put off reading it because my friend's description made it sound like a real "downer." However, I found myself enjoying the book. It is a story of poverty, neglect, and hardship. But she paints the realistic family portrait with compassion and understanding. You find yourself liking and loathing family members. Just like any family, they have their problems, but also have strengths. A great read!

21 March 2006

Reading with the grandchildren

The grandchildren came. Time to get out some of our old favorites:
Greedy Cat by Joy Cowley
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Heckedy Peg and Piggies by Don & Audrey Wood
The Wheels on the Bus pop-up by Paul Zelinksy
Curious George by H.A. Rey

Is there anything more delightful that curling up with a grandchild for a bedtime story?
It warms my heart just thinking about it.

09 March 2006

To the Lighthouse

Monday I finished this early Virginia Woolf novel. Initial reading was difficult because her sentences were so long, often half a page! Often sentences seemed to end with an entirely different thought, which required rereading. Needless to say, it was slow going, especially at first.
I wasn't that crazy about her ideas, but liked the way she expressed herself.
Here is a quote from the second section, "Time Passes". I think it appealed to me as we end the long nights of winter in New York and more toward longer days.
"But what after all is night? A short space, expecially when the darkness dims so soon, and so soon a bird sings, a cock crows, or a faint green quickens, like a turning leaf, in the hollow of the wave. Night, however, succeeds to night. The winter holds a pack of them in store and deals them equally, evenly, with indefatigable fingers. They lengthen; they darken."

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