Today in My History2000: The Sky is Falling
2001: A Flock of Journalists
2002: Funny--I thought It was Hilly
2003: Once More Unto the Breach
2004: A Bit of Excitement
2005: 25 Years in the Making
2006: My Kingdom For...
2008: The Biggest Loser
2009: Crafty Cuzzins
Books Read in 2010
"The Woman I Was Born to Be"
(the Susan Boyle autobiography)
Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
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Airy Persiflage Three Good Things
BOOKS - BOOKS - BOOKS
11 November 2010
With the combination of my Kindle app and audio books, I've been reading much more this year than I have in previous years. I just finished reading Susan Boyle's autobiography, which was an excellent book, for anybody who has followed her career. With all the stuff that gets reported in the media, it was nice to hear her own version of her life. I'm sure she had lots of writing and editorial assistance, but what comes across is the story of how this woman got to be the dowdy 40-something woman who blew everyone away on "Britain's Got Talent" a couple of years ago. Not quite the rank amateur that she was presented as, but totally unprepared for going from a once-bullied, quiet, private woman from a small town in Scotland to overnight being an international sensation, thanks to YouTube, something she'd never heard of before.
I'm also listening to Lee Childs' "Die Trying," which is the second of his Jack Reacher books. Now the problem with this audiobook is that it is read by Dick Hill, who also reads Michael Connelly's books. Now you have to know that Connelly's hero, Harry Bosch, was, before the book series begins, a "tunnel rat" in Vietnam, one of the guys who investigated the many tunnels throughout the country during the war years. So the other day I'm listening to Dick Hill read about Jack Reacher being trapped in this tiny, narrowing tunnel and I'm thinking "well, that should be right up his alley because of his experience with tunnels in Vietnam." Oops. Got my authors confused because of the same voice telling the story!
I have several other books on my Kindle app just waiting to be read -- Jon Katz' latest, "Rose in a Storm," Nora Ephron's "I Remember Nothing," Armistead Maupin's latest in his "Tales of the City" series, "Mary Ann in Autumn," the autobiography of Mark Twain, "Oogy: the Dog only a Family Could Love," a new Bill Bryson called "At Home," "A Funny Thing Happened" by Michael J. Fox and a few that I picked up because they sounded interesting at the time. My Kindle is starting to look like my bookshelves, heavy with books I want to read and hope to someday get around to!
With books on my mind, I dusted off this short meme that I picked up a couple of years ago from a blog that seems to no longer exist:
Hardcover or paperback, and why?
My favorite quote from a book is...
The author (alive or dead) I would love to have lunch with would be
The smell of an old book reminds me of...
If I could be the lead character in a book, it would be
The most overestimated book of all time is
I hate it when a book...
PHOTO OF THE DAY
After the dogs tore up the couch cushions, I had them