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Holiday Weekend with the family or not too much time for reading…
Guests / May 31, 2005

You know, sometimes you just don’t have a subtitle for a day’s topic and today my problem is I haven’t anything really exciting to share. Memorial Day weekend was spent with the family — I went to a funeral during the rain on Saturday, very appropriate weather I guess. It wasn’t bad because I never met the woman and it seems odd to meet at a funeral, but, it was important to go, so we went. Enough said, although I’ve never heard so much Willie Nelson before. So my reading for this part of the day consisted of finding the funeral home, reading the mapquest instructions and road signs. We did make it safely and in time for the event and didn’t get lost leaving. Two big pluses in my book. Then we traveled through a heavy North Texas down pour from Arlington to Richardson to meet the kiddos at the VW dealer. G wants a car by the end of summer, so she needed some impetus to save the money. Very interesting shopping for a car in a torrential rainstorm. I did get to read the marketing brochures for Jettas and Passats so didn’t totally waste my time. Another…

Weekly reading update
Guests / May 30, 2005

Well in electronic format, I’m a little more then halfway through Loki’s Sin by Saje Williams. This book is really intriguing and I’m wishing I could just sit and read non stop till I finish it. LOL In audio I finished up Face the Fire by Nora Roberts and am about 3 or 4 tapes in to Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati. It’s still early on, but I’m not enjoying this one as much as I liked the first one. And the author sure seems to like quests through the wilderness as both books have had those. There were a couple big journeys in the first one and so far two big ones in this book. It gets kinda old after a while. In paper I finished The Moon Witch by Linda Winstead Jones, the second in her Fyne Sisters trilogy. I had seen several reviews that said they found this book boring compared tot he first one but I liked it better… probably because of the shape shifter aspect in the plot here. There were several plots left hanging though that I’m sure hoping are tied up nicely in the third book that is due out…

working no time for reading?
Guests / May 29, 2005

We’re in the middle (or hopefully) the end of upgrading our server. The processor never seems to be as straightforward as advertised, so instead of reading good fiction, I’ve been reading manuals, FAQs, and other not-quite-so-interesting technical briefs. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Jedi Knight or Wookie
Guests / May 25, 2005

I just finished a book that would have made GREAT reading while waiting in line for Episode III. Too bad that’s not when I was reading it. In her latest release, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY MEN I’VE DATED, Shane Bolks references Star Wars more times than any die hard fan wearing a cheap black cape, shiny black mask and breathing heavy would. She cites Yoda as one of the greatest philosophers of all time and classifies men into two categories; Wookies or Jedi Knights. Bet you can’t guess which is better?? I thought I was really going to enjoy this chick-lit book, catchy title, cute cover, but by Chapter 5 my patience was wearing a little thin with the “Ultimate Jedi Plan”. My low tolerance for this genre (It does have the obligatory Manolo Blahnik shoes) is well known by those around me, but sheesh people, high school shouldn’t be the defining time of your life. That being said, I wanted to read more to see who Princess Leia wound up with, the Wookie or the Jedi. And, the supporting characters were quirkily entertaining. It didn’t send me into hyperdrive, but it’s not from the dark side…

Hissy Fit
Guests / May 25, 2005

I am on vacation this week, enjoying a visit from some of my family, but I have been squeezing in time to read. It helps that 2 of my sisters who are visiting a big readers too! I just finished Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed every page! I am looking forward to getting a lot more reading done on Sat. because we are going to the lake for swimming and sailing. I will be slathering on the sunscreen and catching up on my reading. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

It’s Hump Day
Guests / May 25, 2005

For those who might not know Hump day is Wednesday, becuase there’s 2 days of the week already passed, and only 2 days of the week left until the glorious weekend. It’s going to be a three day weekend, and I hope many of you have some wonderful plans. If all goes according to plan my mom is coming Friday afternoon. She’s supposed to be letting me know for sure as she had an angioplasty last week, and was to have seen the doctor to get cleared for flying. Then Saturday evening will find us watching our oldest graduate high school. Unfortunately he has to work at 10PM, because another high school is having a lock in at his job, and we won’t have time to take him out to celebrate! Because of my school year winding down I’ve decided to read something quick and easy. I read Somebody’s Baby by Tara Taylor Quinn. It’s book 10 in the Shelter Valley Stories. I haven’t read all the stories in this series, and didn’t feel like I needed to in order to know what was going on in the small town of Shelter Story. Ms. Quinn allowed enough back story, without…

Midnight Musings
Guests / May 25, 2005

Or, why I sometimes like historical fiction more than anything else… I’m babysitting a script so I thought I’d take the time to ponder on yesterday’s reading since today my reading time was limited to menus and map directions. Had lunch with my friend and co-worker M today and as usual, we discussed our reading. She’s stuck on a book verging on chick-lit (not her favorite by any stretch of the imagination) and I was extolling the historical I stayed up MUCH too late to finish — EARTHLY JOYS by Philippa Gregory. Sometimes you just feel like reading a certain type of book, and the Tudor series by Philippa Gregory being reissued by Touchstone traces the stories of characters in Tudor England. Not necessarily the main well-known actors but fictionalizations to tell much more than the surface story. EARTHLY JOYS begins the story of the Tradescants, gardeners to the royals and their advisors. Also, by the by, the founders of one of the first museums as we know them (open to the general public, or anyone who could pay a small fee) today. Isn’t history interesting? Except for the “rape” or “whatever you want to call it,” I really enjoyed…

Movies and books
Guests / May 24, 2005

Our family made a trip to the cinema and saw Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of DC’s favorite books. Even though we were the only ones laughing, a fun time was had by all. So much, the dialogue is still being quoted. Marvin the paranoid android: “Life? Don’t talk to me about life!” Mouse 1: “Rubbish, we don’t want to be happy, we want to be famous!” If you have a chance, and the lines for the Star Wars are too long, check it out at your local theatre. Definitely a DVD purchase when it’s released. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Updates, geez
Guests / May 24, 2005

Okay, trying to fix the site feed, so hang on to your hats, it’s not as easy as you think. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

What are you reading?
Guests / May 23, 2005

Time for my weekly update on what I’m reading. And I’m still trying to figure out this whole loading pictures thing and this didn’t work like it was supposed to from the directions so bear with me.In print, I finished advance copies of Susan Gable’s The Pregnancy Test last week and moved on to Holly Jacobs’ Lovehandles, which I finished this weekend. Now I’m reading The Moon Witch by Linda Winstead Jones, the second book in her Fyne Witches Sisters trilogy. In electronic I am reading an advance copy Loki’s Sin by Saje Williams. I can’t remember if it was Chapter 6 or 7 I got through last night before going to bed. In audio I am about halfway through my second listen of Face the Fire by Nora Roberts. This is the third book in her Three Sisters Island trilogy and is fairly good. It puts me in the mind of the TV show Charmed, which I love, so that’s probably why I’m enjoying the trilogy. I’m not a huge Nora fan, so I am trying to do hers in audio rather then taking the time to read them since they usually are not keepers for me. I do…