Sunday, June 15, 2014
Weekly Update: More Blogging Means Less Reading
Good morning, friends. As the week passed, it occurred to me that balance is becoming a problem. Two weeks ago when I was mostly reading, blogging suffered. The opposite was true this past week. My total reading amounted to barely 100 pages, but a blog post appeared nearly every day. We'll see what the week ahead holds.
I'm reading Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, still. Not sure whether to attribute the slow start to the my reading habits of the past week or to the story itself. Either way, I read over half of it yesterday evening and can't wait to pick it up again later today. I may even finish tonight.
What should I read next? Two great book came through inter-library loan this week: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and The Vacationers by Emma Sraub. They're both fairly short, but I prefer the cover of The Vacationers. How's that for shallow? I may have to flip a coin.
I started listening to Five Days at Memorial by Sheir Fink. It examines the events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during and immediately following Hurricane Katrine in 2005. The book is amazing but, given my experience working in a teaching hospital, I am totally horrified. So compelling and though-provoking...
On the blog:
- Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I've Read (so far) This Year
- Summer Shorts '14: "An Ancient Gesture" by Edna St. Vincent Millay Read by Kathe Mazur
- Summer Shorts '14: Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell, and Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, and 6 from Renascence & Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- A quick review: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
Book club meeting:
Eight of us met Friday morning to discuss Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. The story of Huguette Clark is fascinating, but the reaction to the book was only lukewarm. I was the most enthusiastic, perhaps because of the read/listen combination. A complete review is in the works.
Next month is our annual potluck dinner. For this meeting we choose a book with recipes and each of us prepares one of those dishes to share. The tradition started in 2010 with A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. I wrote about that meeting here.
This year we're approaching it a little differently. Since it tends to be our most social meeting (i.e. no serious book discussion), we'll each read a foodie title of our own choosing, bring a dish from the book, and, hopefully, come away from the meeting with several new books for our TBR lists.
I'm considering The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz. It would be perfect for Paris in July, but I'm open to other suggestions.
What's the best "foodie" book you're read in the last couple of years?
This week's random observation:
I bought a Fitbit One last month and set a daily goal of 10,000 steps. It didn't take me long to realize the goal was practically unattainable without a daily walk or time on the treadmill. There was no walk yesterday, but I spent a couple of hours at the mall and hit 10, 000 steps... a first! Another benefit of retail therapy ;-)
It's Father's Day, and I'm happy to have two of my three daughters home to celebrate. We're hosting a family dinner for my parents and siblings later this afternoon... ribs with all the fixings. Hopefully we'll be able to get out on the lake, too. It was very cold (for June) yesterday, barely 60 degrees, but we should recover to the mid 70's today. Just about perfect, I think.
This post will link to It's Monday! What are you Reading? hosted at Book Journey.