Awww, Bette Davis and Coco were sleepy. So cute. They're store kitties at my local indie, Lorelei Books. I don't go there often, mostly because there isn't a very big selection (and I already own several thousand books so I'm not a big spender in bookstores, these days), but I probably should. The owner is lovely, the cats are friendly. It's a great place.
So, I took these two snaps with my new little handy, dandy point-and-shoot camera. One day I was at my friends' photo-developing store and I pulled out my little point-and-shoot to show to . . . uh, I don't know if they want me to share their names. We'll just call them Tarzan and Jane for ease. Tarzan said, "Oh, Sony, pfffft. I got the first in that Cybershot series and it lasted all of three months. When people come in to ask if I know where to get their Cybershot repaired, I take their camera, switch it with mine and do this --." He pretended to trip and tossed the camera halfway across the store. Tarzan is funny.
I flipped through my photos while Tarzan was telling me Sony horror stories and showed Jane my shot of snowflakes . . . on my sleeve. Remember that one? Jane said, "How did you do that?" I said (very quietly), "It's not a bad camera."
I mentioned earlier that my sidebar hasn't changed, lately. Well, Mr. Darcy's Great Escape has been there for weeks but I kept setting it aside to finish other books, for a while . . . which is not a negative statement about the book. It's just that it's 500 pages long and I'm not much of a chunkster reader (which explains why I came up with the Chunkster Challenge back in 2006 or 2007 -- or, whenever -- and then handed it over to Dana after a single year). I'm enjoying it. I'm still only on page 300, but I swear I'm going to finish it soon.
The other book, The Things They Carried, is one that's been there for a while because I'm stretching out the joy, so to speak. It's such an amazing read that I don't want it to end. Good news, though. I got a copy of Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato from PBS, this week, so I can just chug on through and know that I've got more O'Brien to read, after I finish. There's some comfort in that.
Speaking of things that have arrived, here's a list of recent arrivals at the House of Bookfool:
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: We the Children by Andrew Clements - from Simon & Schuster (unexpected and it just happens that I love what I've read of this author).
Beyond Blue by Therese J. Borchard - A drawing win from The Book Tree
Eli the Good by Silas House - A purchase from Lorelei Books, on SuziQ's recommendation
False Colours by Georgette Heyer - from PBS because I love Heyer's books
The Founding by Cynthia Harrod Eagles - from Sourcebooks for review
This is actually a couple of weeks' worth I'm listing, since I've stopped regularly accepting review books. Today, the postman came to the door with a box crammed full of children's books -- 6 of them!!!! -- for review (again, surprise books), all wrapped in pretty polka-dotted tissue. The publisher said please don't review till the release dates, which is funny because I sat down and read all 6 of them, immediately and then read the letter about when to review.
So, now I have to hold my horses, when I'd really love to babble about them. Fortunately, they're worth rereading a squillion times. I would so love to tell you about my favorites, right now. But, I'll have a Children's Day or two when they're released. You'll be so thrilled. There's some fun stuff. See, this is another reason I need kittens. Children's books practically require an audience, so I need to adopt a new audience.
I have to go, now. Please be patient with me. I keep saying I'm going to bang out bunches of reviews and then I end up staring at the screen. So, let's just say I'll get to them when I get to them. We're supposed to have storms for the next two days and that means I may not even manage to get online. I'm okay with that. I can use the reading time.
Happy reading to all you lovely bookish people!
Bookfool, hoping she'll get her groove back, soon