Welcome to another week of a bit of a week in review as well as talking about what books I’m reading as part of Sunday Salon on Readerbuzz and Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Post and the It’s Monday post on BookDate.
Click on either link above to find posts by actual book bloggers because I’m not really a book blogger and book bloggers can offer some really interesting insight into what books are out there to read. I enjoy reading books and occasionally writing about them but the more niche book bloggers can give you an even broader view of the book world.
I somewhat reviewed my past week with my post on Thursday ( The weeks(s) In Photos ) which featured a selection of photos from our last week or so.
Two other posts from my blog last week and this week were:
As for reading, last week I finished The Cat Who Smelled Glue by Lilian Jackson Braun and started the following books:
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
On Writing by Stephen King.
Don’t be horrified, but this is the only Stephen King book I’ve ever read. I know. I’m a dork, but I’ve just never been a fan of horror fiction. I do remember reading one short story by him in high school, or was it college? And I don’t remember which one, but beyond that I’ve never been interested. I know. Again, I’m horrible. Cast me out of the book reading club. Maybe I’ll actually read one someday since my husband has a large selection of his books on our bookshelves. And I am enjoying his writing style in this book. Feel free to recommend any of your favorites of his in the comments.
I started the James Herriot book months ago when I found out that I had all five of them in a large, hardcover book I had maybe carried off from my parents, no idea. The book is big enough to kill someone if it was dropped on their head, so I put it aside for a while and planned to order the first on the Kindle when we got paid. While waiting for payday I found a softcover copy of “If They Could Talk” on the floor of my room and have no idea where it came from. I don’t remember ever buying it or it being given to me. I don’t even know where it came from but there it was.
I’m guessing it either came from a closet my husband was cleaning out or it was dropped on my floor from book heaven. There is book heaven, right? Either way, there it was and I started it. I looked for the same title on Kindle but instead found it under the title “All Creatures Great and Small.” When I ordered “All Creatures Great and Small” on the Kindle I thought it was the second book in the series.
“If Only They Could Talk” was released in 1970 and “All Creatures Great and Small” in 1972 so I’m guessing they renamed the first book when they rereleased the book. In addition, the edition I’m reading on the Kindle now looks like they combined the first two books because it has twice the chapters the actual print copy of the book has. I am enjoying the book, Herriot’s way of writing and his humor. It moves along quickly and the writing is simple and concise but still entertaining.
I’m still in the midst of the following books:
- A Change of Heart by Philip Gulley (part of the Harmony series)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith
- As Sure As the Dawn (third book in the Mark of the Lion Series) by Francine Rivers.
And when I’ve had a crappy day of too much national news I, of course, pull out a Paddington (Michael Bond) book to bury myself in.
I’m stalled in the third book of the Mark of The Lion series because I felt it fell apart in the middle when Rivers decided to tell practically the entire story of the Bible, which I feel was unnecessary to get the message of Christianity across to the reader. It really broke up the momentum of the book but maybe that’s only because I already know all those Bible stories she retold so well. I was also annoyed by a miracle that happened in the middle because, even though I’m a Christian, I’ve never seen a real miracle happen like that and it seemed pretty far fetched, while most of the book was more realistic. And yes, I think I was angry at the miracle scene because there are some situations in my own life that could have used a miracle like that but never did. I ended up tossing my Kindle on my bed with a declaration of “Well, that’s just crap” after that scene.
The Gailbraith book is very good, but dense, so I take a break from time to time for lighter reads. It’s not super dark, yet anyhow, but there is a lot of description, which isn’t bad, but whatever, I’m over explaining – again – and there are too many commas and conjunctions in this sentence.
Anyhow, what are you reading, watching or up to? Let me know in the comments or link to your post so I can see what you’re up to.