Books and Blooms

This blog is starting to turn into a book blog. Oh well, that’s what’s going on with me right now. Like I’ve said before, reading is cheap. Luckily, about a month ago, the hubby found a full time job after over two years of being out of work. It’s not the greatest job, but it has been sorely needed. So, at least money is not quite as tight as it was recently.

I finished all the Stephanie Plum books. I didn’t know what I was going to read next. It’s always a disappointment to come to the end of a series, or wait for the next book to released. The same friend who recommended the Plum books recommended Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I linked to the Wikipedia entry in particular because it didn’t give away as much in the summary as other sites. Personally, I don’t like to know that much about what happens in the story before I read. I think all I knew about this book was that the story was set mainly in Ethiopia and covered more than one generation.

I tend to enjoy novels that span many years. We see what happened before a person was born, then their whole life, and then maybe their children’s also. I think that’s why I like the Follet books I’ve read and also biographies.

I just finished Cutting for Stone today. Next: maybe Darkly Dreaming Dexter?

P.S. The amaryllis bloomed. So freaking cool.

Couch Potatoes

My office is closed this week so it’s sort of been a mandatory vacation. Not that I’m complaining. I’d been working more hours than normal lately so it’s a welcome break. As this week was getting closer I was thinking of all the things I would have time to get done. Like finish painting my kitchen cabinets, for instance. Of course I’m the Procrastination Queen and  it’s already Thursday night so that’s not gonna happen. I did get the grass mowed. And I chopped down some weeds around the backyard bushes that were taller than me, so at least it doesn’t look like our house is occupied by meth addicts.

So what have I been doing with all the other time? Mostly reading, eating, and sleeping. I think I subconsciously decided to embrace the vacation vibe and before I knew it, it was suddenly Thursday.

 

The mini-potato crawled under the cushion on her own during one of the few times it was not occupied by yours truly. The rest of the time she was on my lap or near my feet. Cats are great. Please ignore the hideousness of the couch as it becomes holey and falls apart.

I’m currently reading Eleven on Top. Yes.

Plum Fun

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Since I have to wait until September (!) for the next book in Follett’s trilogy, I’m glad a friend told me about the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. They’re just so fun. I’m ready to start Seven Up.

Can’t get enough of Morelli, am I right?

This week

Not much going on this week. The hubby and I were both sick all this weekend so the only thing good about that was having plenty of reading time. I had already finished Fall of Giants so I finally caved in to all the recommendations and starting reading The Hunger Games.

Cover of "The Hunger Games"I initially wasn’t interested when it was described to me as “set in the future when the USA no longer exists.” That was two negatives in my mind: One, if I’m actually going to read fiction I tend to read historical fiction. And Two, I tend to avoid depressing scenarios such as the destruction of our home country. (Also, I’ve never cared to see disaster movies containing floods, meteors, nuclear disasters, etc.) But I did like the book more than I thought I would and I’m currently on the second: Catching Fire.

This week I also found two more funny blogs to add to my growing list in google reader: Modg and From Nonsense to Momsense. I’ve only read a couple posts from each, but I’ll definitely be reading more. I was reading this post from Modg during lunch at work and I had to try really hard not to laugh out loud. I don’t think my co-workers would have enjoyed the poop humor. I grew up laughing about poop and always will. Poop is always funny. Well, unless maybe you’re covered in it or cleaning it up. That would be gross and totally not funny. Except for anyone witnessing this hypothetical poop event, they would totally think it’s funny.

Saturday Morning

I feel cranky when the weekend is over. It always goes by too fast. Saturday morning was perfect.

Sleeping in with hubby and Penny…

… and a good book.

What are you reading?

I am thankful that reading is a cheap hobby. Well, it is as long as you borrow or get used books rather than pay full retail. It’s been a while since I had really gotten into a book. I have about five laying around that I’ve started and just was not interested in enough to bother going back to them. At least not yet. So I stopped at the library on the way home from work on Friday and picked up this hunk of what I am sure is going to be awesomeness:

 

The last two books I read that I didn’t want to put down were Ken Follett books: The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Have you read them? Did you see The Pillars of the Earth miniseries? I was so excited to watch it but during the whole thing I keep yelling at the tv: “That didn’t happen like that in the book!!!” Hubby was all: “Geez, calm down!” And I’m all: “But Jack wasn’t even there when that happened!” Et cetera. There were so many changes I could hardly enjoy it, but I guess if you hadn’t read it or hadn’t read it lately it would be a lot better.

Have you read any of these? What else do you recommend? Do you hate it when they have to chop up books to fit into a movie?