Good morning everyone! Hope your last week has gone well. Mine has been pretty busy.
Life in General...
We went to dinner with our daughter and son-in-law on Wednesday - Japanese teppanyaki dining - I love that! It was fun to catch up with them. Even though we live in the same area, their jobs and all of our schedules keep us from getting together as often as we would like. Still, we have plans to get together again next week. We've got some birthdays this month and that helps give us a nudge to plan to meet up.
It's time for football and so we're watching both the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. Plus high school teams have begun their seasons. I like football, but don't watch it as much as I used to. I wander through when it's on and watch a bit, but I rarely watch a full game. Our daughter has joined her husband in full football mode though. She's always reciting statistics and predicting what will happen at this game or that.
Along with football, fall (what fall we get...which isn't much) means ragweed. I hate ragweed. Almost as much as I hate cedar trees. Allergic to both. From late August until late February, my eyes are usually watering, itching, and red. And I do take allergy medicine. Ah well. It's my life. At least I get the other half of the year without the itches.
Life in Book Clubs...
I know I've mentioned many times that I'm involved with a mystery book group. I also attend another couple of book groups (sporadically) that read more mainstream books. When we were in New Mexico this summer, I visited the little bookstore in Ruidoso called Books Etcetera. I did a piece on them last year here. On this visit I had no particular books in mind to purchase, so I took a chance on their 'Blind Date With A Book' shelf. This involves books that have been wrapped in paper, clues as to the book title on the front, customer reads clues, picks book, purchases it, and then unwraps to see their 'Blind Date'. Here a picture of my book wrapped with clues:
Here's the book 'unwrapped':
It was Anne Tyler's A Spool Of Blue Thread. It also happens to be the October selection for one of my book groups. Serendipity or what? I've read a couple of Tyler's books, but it's been a long time. We'll see how I fare with this one.
The selection for the mystery group for October is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I've read that one before and discussed with another group several years ago. I'm not going to be able to moderate October's meeting, but plan to listen to The Thirteenth Tale on audio soon. I have a very capable 'sub' for October (thanks Gayle). The other group that I attend now and then is discussing The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?
Life in Book Shopping...
I attended the semi-annual Friends Book Sale at the local library that is closest to my house on Saturday morning. If you arrive at 8AM and give them a $10 donation, you get to shop early. The money goes to a good cause and you get 'first pick' on the books available. Here's a shot of part of the books I picked up:
The 4 top books on the right stack are ones that I read in my youth. I've been picking up hardcover editions of many of the Gothic suspense books I read long ago and I was delighted to find these two by Victoria Holt. I remember that Alas Babylon was the first book I read that had a 'end of world' feel. There is a nuclear disaster in it and it relates the story of a group of people and what happens to them. Joy In The Morning was written by Betty Smith, who also wrote A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I read the Joy book so many, many years ago and look forward to revisiting that one soon. The others were all books that I've meant to read, so a 'good deal' was fun. I kept suggesting books to customers around me as we perused the tables and finally I had about 4 women following me around as I said 'pick this one'. Ha!
Life in Upcoming Reading...
My own reading has been a little slow this week. Book hangover from Louise Penny's newest. I've started an advance copy of Peter Swanson's new book (I loved his The Kind Worth Killing). It won't be out until spring, but I couldn't wait. More on that one on Wednesday.
That's about it for this week. Next week is Banned Books Week and I'll have a post on Sunday about that. This update won't show up until Friday of next week. In the meantime, happy reading!!