Hey, everyone! Nice to be here to and share a little bit. The picture above is from my walk this morning. It shows a few of the deer (I count 12) that are wandering around our neighborhood all the time. This bunch are all does I think and they were happily congregated and munching. The bucks are out and around though and the other day there was some 'courtship' going on in our backyard. Well, the buck wanted 'courtship', but the does were saying 'no, thanks!'. Ha! It was fairly cool out there today, low 40's with a breeze, and I was moving briskly. Here's a little update:
Another two books finished, both of which are for library book groups here. I'm trying to get a little ahead of things with those four groups and also trying to select which ones I will indeed read and which I'll skim or skip.Chronicles of a Radical Hag (With Recipes) by Lorna Landvik
Land That I Love by Gail Kittleson
I enjoyed both of these books and especially liked Land That I Love. I wasn't expecting to like that one so much, but just goes to show - you never know.
I've read other books by Lorna Landvik in the past, but it's been quite a while. Chronicles of a Radical Hag is the February selection for the 'Brown Bag' Book Group and I'll share about our discussion after that occurs. I will say that this one had more overview of the time period from the '60's to almost current day and it was told partly through newspaper columns that one of the characters had written across that time period. Lots of reminders of things that I hadn't forgotten completely, but had not thought of in years. Plus recipes. The main story is about Haze Evans, the columnist, who has had a stroke and is in a coma. Her publisher, Susan McGrath, decides to republish Haze's first column and then continues republishing selected columns in order. And this is how the story is told, also with bits from the present day.
Land That I Love by Gail Kittleson is the selection for the 'Talking Texas' Book Group for January. We will meet tomorrow and talk about it and the author is supposed to be with us to share her writing journey. This event had to be rescheduled once, but it seems it will happen this time. The story is set in the Texas Hill Country, mostly north of where we are here in Kerrville, and the time period is the WWII era. I was happy to read the book, but had no idea that I would enjoy the historical and local tidbits so very much. Again, I'll share more next week after the meeting.
New Mystery Book Group:
Our first book selection is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. It's one that I've had on my list and heard good things, but not read as yet. Well, I'm in the middle of it now and liking it a lot. The second book in the series is out now and a third is promised. The Thursday Murder Club is nominated for at least 6 upcoming mystery awards. Have you read it and what did you think?
I don't have much to share in this category. Just doing the usual or what has become the usual. Volunteering for things connected with the library and the Friends of the Library, walking in the neighborhood and always getting to visit with or meet others that way. We're still working on making selections for our upcoming renovations. And we're not driving into Austin as much as we thought we would. I do have some upcoming annual doctor appointments, but that's about it.
Hope all of you are well and have had a good January. See you next week and February, here we come!