Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Izzy's Turn and a Reading Update

I am a busy girl, today, so I'm giving Izzy a turn to bury you in an avalanche of cute and then I'll give you a quick update on what I'm reading. Isabel is an avid tunneler and wrapped herself in both the green towel and brown blanket shown below.

You know what I'm reading just by looking in the sidebar, but let me tell you a bit about how far I've gotten and whether or not I'm enjoying the reading. Short version: "Of course I'm enjoying the reading of all of them or I'd ditch them -- I do that, you know."

Voice of America by E. C. Osundu - A book of short stories set in Africa, they're . . . well, kind of whiny. I'm finding it fascinating that I will quickly ditch whiny/desperate/hopeless stories set in the U.S. and yet I'm fine with "whiny in a foreign land where life is justifiably worth a great deal of complaint." I'm about halfway through this one.

Christmas 1945 by Matthew Litt (history) - I've learned some fascinating little tidbits about the WWII years from this book -- how Americans refrained from lighting Christmas trees to save energy for the war effort, for example -- but I unaccountably set this one aside for quite a while. I've just started reading, again, and I'm not far into the book but I'm loving it.

The Shifter by Janice Hardy (fantasy/YA) - I just started reading The Shifter, which is about a young girl who can heal one person and shift the injury/illness to another, this morning. I'm only on chapter 3. This book sucked me right in and I have a feeling it will be a very fast read.

Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell (historical fiction) - You're going to think this is so weird because . . . well, it is. The beginning of this book takes place in Vicksburg, Mississippi (um, here) in 1863 and I had trouble figuring out where the action occurred. I couldn't bear to read on till I had that figured out, so I asked my husband. He told me where the Texas redan was located and now I "get it" and can read on. It was a weird reason to stop because I'm pretty sure the rest of the book takes place in Texas, not Mississippi. At any rate, I'm going to focus on this one, tonight.

Gunslinger by Ed Gorman (Western) - I'm not a Western reader, in general and I'm hard-pressed to figure out how I ended up with this book but I think maybe, just maybe I bought it as a closeout when the bookstore in which I used to work closed and the boss moved the store to Florida. It was on my son's shelf and he put it in the "get rid of" pile, but the book is so shiny and pretty and SHORT that I figured I could whip through it before passing it on. I've read one story, which was set during the Civil War, and it was surprisingly good.

The Mental Floss History of the United States by Eric Sass (history) - This book has very short sections and is perfect for reading in short bursts, and I've been reading it just that way. I'm about 84 pages in and it's shocking me! The lies they told us in history class!! Oh, oh, oh. Also, I'm having an awful lot of fun with the reading. Eric Sass has a terrific sense of humor.

6 books at one time -- that seems like a bit much, doesn't it? I need another readathon day, but I'm going to also require a housekeeping fairy if that's ever going to happen. There's that Christmas thing to consider, you know. We're still pondering. Tree? No tree? Tree somehow tied to ceiling and bolted to wall? It's a dilemma when you have one kitten and one kitten-at-heart who routinely rock their 6-foot kitty tree whilst playing chase-up-and-down.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Aw, Izzy is so cute!

  2. Hee hee. i can't remember what I was going to say.


    yes, 6 books = too many?

    Housekeeping fairy?!

  3. SuziQ,

    Thank you! My girls are snuggling, right now. So adorable!!


    I think it's a bit much to juggle, but I'm a flighty lass. You just have to expect these things.

    Yes, a housekeeping fairy. Magic. We need lots of magic.

  4. Izzy is so precious!!! My cat doesn't tunnel; though I really would like her. Makes for adorable photo ops! :) The Shifter sounds fantastic; just the kind of YA book I've been looking for since The Hunger Games.

  5. Love the Christmas-y look of Tunneling Izzy!

  6. Rosemary,

    Tunneling does make for good photo ops. I had to actually peel back the blanket and towel just a bit to expose Izzy's face. She often wraps herself so completely that you don't know she's inside a blanket until you sit on her . . . or step on her, if it's dragging the floor. Last night she and Fi were playing chase and she dived right into the laundry pile and tunneled through. Fiona was so stunned she just sat there and gave Izzy a couple of licks when she emerged. LOL

    I didn't read any more of The Shifter, last night, but I liked what I read. It's much lighter than what I've read of Hunger Games (I didn't get far, although my son has gobbled up the entire series, so we own them).


    Thanks! That towel does look a little Christmasy, doesn't it? She's so cute when she tunnels.

  7. Happy reading! I love having a lot of books going at once. I absolutely love that first photo (probably has something to do with green being my favorite color).

  8. Thanks Alyce!

    I do, too. If I'm only reading one book, there's usually something wrong with me -- or, it can mean I want to focus on one book because I'm loving it, but . . . usually it does mean there's something wrong with me. LOL

    Thank you! Green is my favorite color, too!! :)

  9. That is a lot of books at once! Good luck :) I have Voice of America on my Kindle at the moment and am really looking forward to it.

  10. What cute kitty pictures!

    I typically read 4-5 books at a time but for the past month or so I've been sticking to one book. It's kind of weird but helps me actually finish books now that holiday madness is here :)

    By the way, I got the book! Thank you so much.

  11. Amy,

    Whining aside, I like the stories in Voice of America. I hope you enjoy it! I still don't have an e-reader. Maybe in 2011. :)


    Thank you!

    Wahoo! I'm glad it arrived safely! Have fun reading! :)

    That's usually the kind of thing that's happening when I'm only focusing on one book at a time -- something's going on that is taxing my brainpower. You have to go with whatever works for you.

  12. I'm just zipping around the blogosphere, reminding bloggers...If you have read any wonderful literary books
    published in 2010, I urge you to nominate your favorites
    for The Independent Literary Awards. The awards
    include categories of Literary Fiction and Literary Non-Fiction.

    I'm especially interested in having some great nominees for nonfiction!

  13. Debbie,

    It's a good thing you're trustworthy or I would have tossed this message into the trash. ;)


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