This past weekend, I was “cat sitting” … don’t ask.
The Cat Lady’s computer … has a processing system that would frustrate Job, so I was off the internet.
She is also one of the two dozen people left on the planet that only has the “basic cable” she gets for free from her community.
Therefore I had … no DVR … no Ted Turner Channel and not much going on PPS this month. I could not lose myself in my customary two hours of taped movies. I brought no crafts or crochet projects.
Just me, my WIP on a flash drive, three books, my Kindle and the cat. . No checking my two Etsy shops, reading or commenting on blogs … no Facebook or answering emails. Since most of us read to write, it was a most perfect lost weekend.
I started with a book I purchased from The Friends of the Library, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Amy Tan. I then moved on to a cozy mystery, Prime Cut, by Diane Mott Davidson. I also read half of two cozy mysteries on my Kindle which I got for free. They shall remain nameless. I ended the weekend with John Sanford’s book, Hidden Prey, a Lucas Davenport story.
Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you come to the last page and wish there were more.
My dad used to come into my room and find me reading at all hours of the night. He warned me that I’d never wake up on time for school if I didn’t get some sleep. I’d smile at the poor man. How could he know, I had three more chapters and sleep is so overrated?
Someone once sent me the Top 100 Books of All Time, published by the New York Times. I was embarrassed to admit that I had only read half of them.
Barns & Noble; Goodreads, and USA Today, also have Top 100 Books of All Time lists. The Times for instance, doesn’t usually include genre fiction.
Goodreads leans towards genre fiction. I must admit I’ve never gotten around to marking off all the books I’ve read on my Goodread’s page. Then I’ve read hundreds that are not on their site.
The Cat Lady has a book called, 1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die. She is a born traveler, a wandering soul who has been to the four corners of the globe and back and will not stop until nature and gravity ground her.
I have a list of at least that many books I want to read before I die.
It pleases me to read three books in three days. It pleases me to be immersed in the new novel and the frantic submission stage of another, to talk out loud to my characters and ask them what’s going to happen next. And it pleases me the most that when I am quiet or riding down the road, the answers to what I have been seeking are there … like they were waiting for me to be still to find me.
Of course, when I am not pleased or when my brain needs a rest, I brew a strong cupper of decaf and kick back to refuel.
Naturally, this is the perfect moment to add to my TBR list. Please leave me a recent title in comments. I have Laura, Christi and another half dozen of my readers in my “already read” pile, so give me new fodder for my curious mind.
What say you, reader?
What good books have you read recently?
fOIS In The City
Note: My book club had to cancel the selection for May because our facilitator is stranded in Manhattan. We are going to choose a new selection and begin our list for the Fall. I’ll start the list with my three suggestions for May and carried forward to October.
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hassein
The Luminaries, Eleanor Cotton