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.

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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.

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?