Look! It’s a book…in a tree!


Yes, I am  trying to distract you all. I have nothing to write today. All has been quiet on the western front the past couple of days. The most fun thing I’ve done is go to the library, which for me is quite a lot of fun actually. I get lost in libraries, and bookstores. Well, not really lost but I do lose track of time. My mom used to say you could put me in a room with a book and come back hours later and still find me there. It was pretty accurate. I used to get in trouble for reading so much, too, because I’d read and fatigue my eyes and get headaches. I still do that occasionally, especially when there’s a really good series of books out. I did it with all of John Grisham’s novels, the Harry Potter books, and Diana Gabaldon. If I were stuck alone on an island I’d definitely have to have a library. I think that’d be one of the best things about being a vampire. You’d have all of time to read. Of course, the downside is drinking blood, losing your loved ones, and vampire hunters. Oh well, c’est la vie!

I have been doing an inordinate amount of reading lately, though. I keep finishing a book, returning it to the library, and then finding something else interesting to read despite having several other books checked out and waiting. Plus, I visit two libraries which are local to me. Currently, I have finished Running With Scissors and two knitting murder mystery books. Yes, you read that correctly. Knitting murder mysteries. I know, it sounds funny, but they are really pretty good. They are centered around knitting, obviously, and a female CPA who knits and helps solve murders. There’s a whole genre of mysteries like this. Some have to do with tea, some with sewing, and there’s even one dealing with chocolate and desserts. I haven’t read any of those, but I’m sure they are just as good as the knitting mysteries. Honestly, I feel like I’m reading Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden again. They are light reads and I can finish one in a regular day. Plus, the series I read by Maggie Sefton is actually based on a real place in Colorado. She has one other series called Deadly Politics that I’ve begun, and a book about real estate that I have read and have been waiting for a series for it. I like Ms. Sefton’s style.

Running With Scissors was fantastic, by the way. It really puts things into perspective when you hear or read about another person’s life. I like biographies. I’ve been reading them since I was about 10. I remember the first two I ever read was one about Amelia Earhart and the other about Queen Liliuokalani, the last Queen of Hawaii. (Yep, they had a queen. She was an incredible woman. Go read up about her.) Augusten Burroughs had an unbelievable childhood. Even as I was reading it, I couldn’t believe that I was reading a true story. It seems almost impossible. Then, I began thinking about my own childhood and things I’ve told a few people about my past. It made me realize something. The life I had was all I knew back then. The things I survived, the things Burroughs survived, were the only life we had and we got through it the best way we could. We are survivors. We bent, like reeds, and became flexible so we could live. It wasn’t the best of lives, and we sure would have done better in a better environment, but it is what it is, and here I am, the person I am, because of it. I’ve never seen the movie and will now be on the lookout for it, but the book was incredible. It’s definitely a must read if you get a chance.

What I am currently reading now is two different books of poetry, another knitting murder mystery, and Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. What I have to read next is:

four Billy Collins collections

Hyde by Daniel Levine

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Furies by Mark Alpert

Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton

Words That Ring Through Time edited by Terry Golway

The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Wideacre by Philippa Gregory

Kiss Off: Poems To Set You Free by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Vélez

So, you can see the dilemma. Actually, I’m not having a hard time keeping up with the reading. I get three weeks with the books and can re-check them out online unless someone puts a hold on the book. But, fortunately, most of the books are small ones that I can read in a day and so I finish them quickly and return them. The problem is that while I’m returning them, something else catches my eye before I can begin one of the thicker books (like Hyde). So, I’m going on a book diet as of today. No more checking out books until I read all that I have right now. I know, I know. Once I go into the library I’m done for; it’s those darn book fumes. But I’m not going to go inside the library. Luckily we have drive-thrus. *wink* Maybe that will help with the fumes. We’ll see.

Anyway, I hope you’re Tuesday has gone by quickly. Mine has actually dragged on. I’m chalking that up to the fact that I’ve finished the Sherlock series and have to wait now for the next season. So, I’m going back through other series and movies now. I still have plenty to catch up on. Not sure what I’ll begin tonight. It will be fun choosing. So, TTFN (ta ta for now)!

xo Jesi