- Tsuruoka, Ya, Japan
- member since June 18, 2010
I am in the midst of MY ANTONIA and finding it difficult to stay awake. It is filled with lots of description of the land, the colors, etc. The story is rather bland, also. Perhaps it will pick up although I am now almost 1/2 way through it. I am anxious to find out what the rest of the book club think of it. We meet on Monday. (I hope I am able to finish it in time for our discussion).
Our weather has been mild but the forecasters are warning of exceptionally cold days ahead. Next Thursday we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. I am looking forward to roasted turkey!
I haven't had magazine subscriptions in quite a while. I do feel rather lost when friends chat about the different Hollywood stars, as I do not attend movie theaters or follow their lives. Somehow, by interests took me in other directions.
I am still waiting for the new Elizabeth George book to become available. It is over 700 pages so I will need some free time to read it.
Time to turn out the lights and turn in so
Helen, I hope you did not experience any more bad weather. Did you see on the news the terrible winds that swept across so many country's in Europe? The weather around the world is so scary anymore.
Tomorrow will be Halloween for us. They make such a big deal of the day here in USA. and I really dislike it. The colors (bright orange and black) turn me off. Many people are decorating their houses with witches, cob webs, grave-markers, etc. The stores are having candy sales for the trick or treaters. We turn our lights out and play nobody home!
Our book club selection for November is MY ANTONIA. = I believe it is a classic. I hope it is nearly as good as last month's book.
I have been reading Jules Verne's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. It really is a travelogue story. I don't know why I never read it before. And I never saw the movie. It's okay for a quick read.
My cell phone is giving me trouble and I am shopping for a replacement. I need to find something simple to use as hubby is not very tech-smart. We rarely use it (unlike most people who seem to have them glued to their ears) and keep it only for auto emergencies.
Happy reading TTYL
How nice to find yourself in Canada for your holiday. Hope you had a wonderful time.
I saw my eye doctor today and he said everything was good and he will see me in six months.
I have read about 7 or 8 books by Alexander McCall Smith, but they were all the No. 1 Detective Series tales, and I enjoyed every one. I never heard of the one you mentioned. I'll will look for it next time I visit my library.
For my book club, I am reading THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. I only have a few more pages to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story concerns a lighthouse keeper, his wife and the baby that comes to their island in a boat with her dead father. The wife has had three miscarriages and feels God has sent her this child. The story takes a turn when the couple discover the real mother is still alive and is grieving for her lost baby. Guilt prompts them to act in different ways. I think you would like this book too.
Our weather has been ideal for this time of year. Warm days and cool nights, a bit of rain here and there, but no storms. Too bad it can't last.
Take care and TTYS
September has brought us some cooler weather after a bit of rain. I look forward to a quieter time as most of the lawn mowers will be gong to bed. With windows open all one can hear is one property after another having their grass cut. Very noisy.
Today, I drove the car by myself for the first time since May. It sure felt good. Most of my regular activities will be back in full swing so I am glad my vision is back to near normal.
I just finished THE WHISKEY REBELS and liked it very much. As I said before, whenever I can gain knowledge of history through reading a novel is something that pleases me. The book had me looking up different facts on the internet so I was able to learn even more. Perhaps I had some of this when in school, but at the time my interest was low, so I just let it pass by instead of trying to retain it. Odd how one's taste change.
I believe I read Mrs Polifax on Safari but it was quiet a while ago. . I think I read most of the series. They are so enjoyable.
I will be gong to my library on Saturday to pick up FRIENDSHIP'S BREAD and while there maybe choose one or two more. I keep waiting for the latest Elizabeth George book to come it. It is still on order and I imagine a long waiting list to get it.
At last I am able to function a bit with my eye. All that blurry mess has just about disappeared. It took me five weeks to read a simple book normally read in a day or so. Now I am reading a historical novel that is a bit more interesting. It is called THE WHISKEY REBELS and is about the history of USA in the late 1700's. The hardships suffered by the earlier settlers are almost unbelievable. It really makes me glad I was not living in those days!
Our weather has been hot, then warm and back to hot again. Luckily, we do not have the humidity you spoke about. The last holiday of the summer season is coming this Monday and after that, we should have better weather. My regular activities should be starting and I will be glad to look forward to enjoying my book club again. Our selection for September is FRIENDSHIP'S BREAD. i have no idea what it is about, just that there are not many pages.
I hope you are well and enjoying a bit better weather.
Latest on my eyesight. I waited over a week past the promised date to get my eyeglasses. They have improved my sight just slightly. I still have that fuzzy blurry picture with my one eye. TV has become possible and reading just a bit better, but I still can't take a chance driving. Where I live, public transportation is almost nil so I depend on my husband and friends for transport. Since most of the activities have stopped for the summer,, there aren't that many times I need a ride.
Have you joined in the celebration for the new prince? Such a great deal of media coverage for one little baby.
My library has not yet acquired the latest Elizabeth George novel. I hope I am back to reading by the time it comes in. Have you read it yet?
We just had a prolonged heat spell that would have been perfect for reading a good book by the aiir conditioner.
Talk to you soon.
Just a bit of an update - I have been back to the doctor's several times and have now received a prescription for new glasses. I don't know how this will correct the blurry vision but I am willing to try anything. I still can't drive, or read, and TV is difficult. I get my glasses next Thursday and hope they do the trick.
I see you have read Dick Francis Gamble. I agree with your comments. Sure do miss his writing.
Hope you are well
This will be brief as I am really having problems with my eyesight. I did see an eye doctor was diagnosed and had surgery on my one eye. Now my vision is so blurred, I am even having grouble walking. I think it s because I am unable to focus correctly. When I saw the doctor this week, he said the operation was successful, but my recovery may take some time but will be gradual. Of course I want immediate results. Sorry to write such gloomy stuff, but wanted you to know why I am not answering quickly.
Take care of yourself
My book club met for the last time till September. The selection was Buddha In The Attic -- about Japanese war brides brought over to U.S. in the early 1900s. They thought they were moving up to a better life, but found life either the same or worse than what it was at home in Japan. The story was written in plural form which I had never experienced before. Only one of the members liked it. the rest (including me) gave it only a fair rating. Now I am free to read anything that comes along. I have a great many books on my TBR shelf, but seem to have lost interest in reading for a bit. Most likely because my eyes are bothering me.
We have been really enjoying a beautiful spring. Not much rain, mild days and cool nights. This weekend is our Memorial Day weekend, which marks the "unofficial" start of summer as many people head to the seashore for a 3 day holiday. Many city pools open for the first time. I doubt there will be any swimmers as the weather is taking a turn toward fall and light jackets are in the forecast.
I hope you have finished your Mr Darcy tale by this time. Light reading is fun and uplifting, but too much becomes boring.
I am still having problems getting around Shelfari since they made these changes, therefore, I have not been visiting this site as often as I did before.
I just finished my book club selection: CALEB'S CROSSING. I thought it was very well written and once again made me aware of the benefits of being born in modern times. The story revolved around a girl who was the daughter of a missionary. He tried to convert American Indians living on what is now Martha's Vineyard. His daughter surreptitiously meets an Indian boy and becomes fronds with him (they are both 12 years old). She teaches him English which helps him to go on to higher education. It is based on a real Indian who graduates from Harvard University. Her life is spent serving others as she strives to educate herself. Her father believes an educated woman would be an embarrassment to her husband.
Other than book club, I haven't been reading much. I tried reading THREE MEN IN A BOAT, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG., but I can't really get into it. I think perhaps if I lived in London, where it takes place, I might find it more interesting. I do think it would make a funny film.
Our weather has been on the cool side, but a few warm days here and there have brought the trees in bloom. It is such a beautiful time of year. Most of the lovely blooms do not seem to last long. Already, the lawn mowers are bringing all their terrible noise to us. The winds have been blustery which certainly does not help my allergies.
Nothing much happening here.
Bye for now.
Thanks for the information on your husband's computer. I always like to learn about new things - especially something that never occurred to me!!
My book club met and discussed AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Everyone gave it a good rating. One strange thing - one of the reader's books substituted "soldiers" for "Indians" in the verses and of course the original title was Ten Little Indians. I don't know why the powers that be consider the use of the word Indian in this book's context to be "politically incorrect". I don't like any book's words to be changed years after they have been written. The words that are unacceptable now were part of the environment then.
Here it is April 1st and the weather is more like February. I looked yesterday for any budding on my plants - they are there , but rather tiny. Just one of my spring plants has poked its head above ground.
We celebrated Easter yesterday. and I bought a rotisserie turkey breast from my local market. I have often bought their whole chickens which have proved to be very tasty. NOT this turkey breast. What a disappointment. It was tough, with gristle and did not even have the turkey taste. My guests filled their plates with the other vegetables etc. At least we had a delicious dessert !
i am almost finished my James Patterson book: PRIVATE LONDON which is about a security firm that is hired by very wealthy people. This plot involves terrorists. (Aren't all the newer books involved with terrorists in some way?)
Have fun with your crafting. TTYL
Congrats on using your husband's computer. Must be very difficult. That was something that never crossed my mind Are there many more keys to press?
My husband is fully recovered from his terrible time with his illness -- thanks for asking.
We have been having a bit of snow this month, but it is the kind that is easily tolerated. Not more than a dusting which makes a beautiful sight to see and then melts before becoming a nuisance. Others have not been so lucky as the Midwest has been buried closing businesses,, airports, etc.
I read one of those Darcy books. I think it was about Darcy's sister. A nice light read and a break from some of the more explicit reads.
Our book club is now reading Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, originally titled TEN LITTLE INDIANS. We don't meet until the end of the month so I have plenty of time to read it as it is not a long book. In the meantime, I am reading one of my favorite authors David Balducci's THE INNOCENT. which I am finding very good.
Don't worry if you can't write. Without your computer it is just too difficult.
Keep well and hope you have really great weather.
I am glad to hear you are feeling so much better. Odd that you mention a temperature change might set you coughing. I find that when I take a hot shower it starts me coughing.
We are having snow almost every other day, but it is only enough to turn everything white, then usually is melted by late afternoon.
My husband had been very ill with a terrible chest cough. He was unable to sleep at night for the constant cough. First the doctor gave him an antibiotic that he took for 6 days but he was still very ill. Finally a prescription cough medicine with codeine seemed to help. It was just today that he ventured outside for the first time. Meanwhile, I have been doing all his chores along with mine and trying to cook something that would tempt his appetite. Now he is eating again and is taking an interest in reading the newspaper again.
I was able to attend my book club meeting on Tuesday. We went to a Brazilian restaurant that featured a buffet of appetizers. There were a variety of cold dishes and five hot pasta platters two soups. Everything was so artfully arranged, it made the food very enticing. There was an option to also have meat which was an additional cost. We all decided that there was more than enough to satisfy our lunch appetites. The book discussion was The KITCHEN HOUSE which was enjoyed by all of us. It was about an orphan girl of 7 years on a ship from Ireland. She lost her parents on the journey and the captain took her to his southern plantation, and settled her in the kitchen run by his slaves. She grows up making her family among the black workers until she runs into difficulty as she matures.
I am now reading THE DISAPPEARANCE which. is the second book is a trilogy that was a free download to my Kindle. The author had mentioned it here on Shelfari and would like me to write a comment about them. The first book was good, but this second one is a bit better.. I don't know that I will be able to comment on the books.
I have the news on as I am writing this and that Carnival Cruise ship has just docked in port after all those days at sea with no power. We have been on several cruises and never had any problems, but after seeing this (and the other recent tragedies, I think I would think twice before booking another !
First, I hope you are feeling much better and your rib pain has gone away. I also cough a great deal and now wonder about breaking a rib. Are you on any medication?
Today was my book club meeting and I was really looking forward to it. We had a little snow storm last night, but just enough to put an icy coating on our drive. Because my husband had fallen on the ice less than a few weeks ago, he has become very leery of me falling and almost insisted I cancel my lunch. The rest of the members all made it without a problem and one called me later this afternoon to report on their meeting. The book was a good one and there was a lively discussion. The book THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE is worth reading. There is an historical background - the story takes place in the early 1900's until 1945.
We are in a midst of a very cold blast of Canadian air with temperatures in the single digits and wind chills even lower. I don't even want to think of going out.
My sister-in-law stopped last night for a few minutes and that's when our snow started. It was like a blizzard for about and hour or so. The roads iced immediately with lots of accidents, so she stayed overnight. Then she stayed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and TV viewing. Phew I really like her but it was a long long day.
My eyes have been bothering me of late and it is slowing my reading. I see the eye doctor in March - I hope he can give me some good advice.
Take care of yourself. TTYL
Just a note to keep in touch.
I read 53 books last year when I set my goal for 60. I think that's the same amount that I read last year. Just a drop in the bucket compared to so many readers on this site.
I understand Elizabeth George has a new book coming out this year - JUST ONE EVIL ACT = I suppose I will try to get hold of it - I need to find out what happens next to Inspector Lynley and Barbara!
I am rather glad the holidays are over. I was so mixed up with the days, I kept thinking Christmas was on a Wednesday. I almost did not get my food shopping done in time. We had a quiet New Year's Eve. Just sat with a martini and watched the ball drop in New York City's Times Square. It was bitter cold that day and all those people were packed in the streets most of the day. I was glad to be at home nice and warm and cozy.
Hope you are well. Take care.
I am just so upset over the news today. I am sure you are also aware of the school shooting of 20 youngsters, as all the major TV stations have been broadcasting all day long. Natural disasters are bad enough, but when someone deliberately shoots young children - the youngest was 5 - it is unbelievably.
I don't know why this has affected me in such a way, I can't do or think of anything else. There was a Mall shooting just a few days ago where 2 were killed - plus the killer took his own life that did not bother me as much.
I suppose its because the son of a very close friend is in serious condition in hospital as the result of a car accident. He is only 18 years old - driving with four other boys in his car when the car left the road sheared off a utility pole and crashed into a tree. One of the boys was killed and my friend's son is very bad.
On a lighter note, I suppose you will not be going back to Canada this Christmas. I think you said you try to make the trip every other year.
Hope you have been able to cross off many of the items on your to-do list.
Take care TTYL
Of course I understand that you have a great deal to accomplish in the next month or so -- there is nothing to forgive -- just complete your work and say hello when you can.
Things have quieted a bit without all the election ads and telephone calls. I wasn't happy with the outcome, but I hope there will be a turn around and more jobs will be available for all those that are out of work.
I have read two or three books by Anne Rivers Siddon and enjoyed them.
My book club met to discuss THE PARIS WIFE which was about Hemminway's first wife. Several of the members thought it was a great book, but I was a bit disappointed with it. Perhaps because there were such good reviews by members of Shelfari, that I expected more.
We are not reading a book until the later part of January so I am reading from my TBR shelf. I don't think I will ever catch up as I keep receiving books from friends who have read something they want to share with me. Of course, I can't turn them down.
Our weather here has been vacillating from winter to spring. (I'll take the spring anytime). Have you seen the stories about global warming? There are so many indications that it must be believed.
I hope you are feeling better and rid of the cold that has plagued you.
Well we lost power for over two days which meant no lights, heat, water (well), telephone (even my cell phone tower was down), refrigeration, etc. It was very cold and flashlights at night were difficult to maneuver But we felt fortunate when power was restored and we saw the devastation in nearby areas. Some are still without power and others lost everything. Now there are long lines for gasoline both for vehicles and generators. Mother Nature can be violent, as Japan well knows,.
My last book club meeting was at a tea house, where we each ordered high tea. This consisted of 2 scones with clotted cream and jam, 5 small finer sandwiches a cup of "wedding" soup and a tiny brownie and an one inch square of layer cake. We were seated in an enclosed unheated porch and kept our outer garments oni As you can read between the lines, I was not thrilled with this. Besides the cost was too high. On top of that the book CLEANING NABOKOV'S HOUSE was not a good one. Well this month we are reading THE PARIS WIFE which should be rather interesting.
I did read a good thriller THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Jussi Alden-Olsen. and a couple of light romance type stories. I alternate from actual books and my Kindle. One thing about the Kindle is that I can read in bed without the light on and my glasses off!
Our presidential election will be voted on this coming Tuesday. We are being inundated with TV ads, political mailings and telephone calls. The money spent on this should be diverted to those suffering from the storm. The vote is very close and we may not know the outcome for days because of the storm and write-in votes. I'll be most happy to see the end of this.
You must be careful with catching cold or other problems with asthma. I hope you are better now.