“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges
I don’t know if Paradise is a kind of library or not but I think there is a library there. I once read that whatever you need will be in Heaven when you get there. Since I cannot imagine eternity without books I am going with the thought that there is a library filled with books to make all bookworm’s happy. But there won’t be any booklouse critters! That would not be heavenly.
A friend came home from the hospital after several weeks.
It is warm during the day but the nights are chilly and the trees are putting on their fall finery.
Going to a home owner’s association potluck supper tomorrow. Will be nice to talk to people I only see in the elevator, atrium or at the mailboxes. Maybe meet some new folks.
Reading a book by an author I haven’t read before. I have read reviews of his books that made me think his books were not for me. Happy surprise! This will be a must-read author now. You would think by now I would know not to take reviews too seriously
Joining the hop
Book Beginnings On Friday
Innocence by Dean Koontz.
Here are the first and last two sentences of the first chapter.
Having escaped one fire, I expected another…For me, being set afire was merely the expectation of an inevitable conclusion. This fair world, compounded of unaccountable beauties and enchantments and graces, inspired in me only one abiding fear, which was that I might live in it too long.
I was hooked with those sentences and the more I read the more awful and wonderfuI it is. I am one-quarter of the way in and hope to finish it this weekend. I have no idea what will happen or how it will end.
Mama says it is the Fourth of July.
It’s called Independence Day.and peoples celebrate.
I’m all for independence, I am a cat you know.
If you want to celebrate go ahead,
but listen people, you can be independent and quiet.
As a cat I know this for a fact.
All this noise is crazy.
How is a guy supposed to sleep with all the racket?
Ps I told mama she could link this to Six Word Saturday.
I also told her I would remind you about In Other Words.
The book I am reading now is Patricia Cornwell’s Flesh and Blood
the first sentence of chapter one:
Copper flashes like shards of aventurine glass on top of the old brick wall behind our house. I envision ancient pastel stucco workshops with red tile roofs along the Rio dei Vetrai canal, and fiery furnaces and blowpipes as maestros shape molten glass on marvers. Careful not to spill, I carry two espressos sweetened with agave nectar.
His gloved hand turns a modern satin chrome knob that is an insult to the vintage oak front door.
“It’s completely closed now but when the first responding officers got here it was ajar.” He continues to ignore my questions.
I always like Cornwell’s Scarpetta books.
The last couple were not as good as earlier ones but
with this book she seems back on her game.
I am celebrating that after a couple of weeks of feeling like I was spinning my wheels at work and getting nothing done this week was productive. I had some help and the stack of papers has dwindled down to manageable. Another week it should be gone, gone, gone.
And I am so happy that I lucked into a great sale on Skimmies. Between the 20% off and a $10.00 coupon I saved $30.00. If you don’t what Skimmies are…they are slip shorts. Great under skirts or to sleep in.
I also celebrate that the days are getting longer though it is still cold.
Spring is on the way!
Somehow I thought I already posted this
but apparently I dreamed it.
So, here are the books I read in January.
This was really good. But I have yet to read a Grisham book that I didn’t like. A young attorney loses her job in a big firm in NYC due to the recession. She takes a job as an intern with a small law office that does free work for the folks in a small Appalachian town. At first the book was interesting but not one I couldn’t put down. I kept on because it is a Grisham book. Glad I did because the last sentence of chapter 22 was a stunner. Totally didn’t expect what happened. The young attorney finds herself in the middle of a legal battle with big coal companies. There is a killing, lots of lies, her first real trial, and the questions she begins to find answers for about what to do with her life.
This is one of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers books. Another very good one. Flowers is a police officer in Minnesota’s Department of Criminal Apprehension. He prefers fishing over work but does find himself in some interesting cases. In this one, it starts out with Virgil unofficially helping a friend solve some dognappings. Then there is a murder he is officially assigned to that leads to a professional meth lab and the school board. Interested? It is all connected and takes a while to sort out. But being the cop he is Virgil gets the bad guys. For some serious crimes taking place, there is a lot of humor.
This was a good read and fun for me because I know the author and his wife and most of it takes place here in Columbia where we live. A handsome but not too successful attorney wins a multi-million dollar case that turns his life into a circus. His wife leaves him for another woman, he is hired to do legal spots on national tv, tries to help his brother and their sort of adopted brother solve the murder of his mother and a couple other older women in Columbia and enters the singles scene after a long time away. There is a lot going on in this book with many different story lines and subplots. It’s worth reading, sweet and funny in spite of the murders.
I have told you a bit about this book before. It was an ok book just not my cup of tea. It was interesting in that the author Anne Perry had another life before she was the best-selling mystery writer. When she was a teenager in New Zealand she and a friend murdered the friend’s mother. It was a sensational case that got lots of press in the 50’s. The background of the story is rather eerie and frightening. Anne Perry has paid the price for her crime and has worked to come to terms with what she did. Her past was a secret for years then her story was found and reopened in the media.
The main emphasis of the book is her writing and the process of how she does it. There are a lot of references to and quoting from her books. To me, it just became a bit tedious. One thing I did learn is that I would never make it as a writer if it is as repetitive, aggravating, and boring as the book makes it out to be.
If you read this or have read it do tell me what you think.
You copy the first sentence or two in the book you are reading and give your first impressions.
The book I am reading is
The Search For Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton
Meg hurried back from lunch. It was Thursday afternoon and the next day was her last in the office for two weeks. The weather was warming, and she and her partner, Pim, were going to Wales for their summer holiday.
Doesn’t tell you anything about the book. Truthfully, it isn’t at all what I thought it would be. Anne Perry, a bestselling author of Victorian Era detective murder mysteries, when a teenager murdered a classmate’s mother. She spent time in prison then reinvented herself. I am half way life through the book and know very little about Perry’s life other than her writing process and the long road to success. I will finish the book this weekend only because I never give up on a book.
We go to page 56 of a book and copy a sentence or two from that page.
I am using the same book The Search For Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton.
From the safety of their domestic worlds, readers could be transported to a place that was unimaginably foreign yet vividly experienced. In the popular framework of the detective fiction genre she could also challenge readers to think about difficult and morally testing questions.
Fourth and last I am Celebrating the Small Things with Lexa Cain
I had a couple of unexpected days off this week because we were having a new computer system installed. Since 95% of my work is done on the computer without a computer I have nothing much to do. The weather was cold and sunny. Beautiful and fine for a couple of walks and some window shopping. So I enjoyed the days at home.