Quote of the day: “Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.” ~A t-shirt in the latest of many catalogs.
Song of the day: Days of the New
State of mind: Trying to think positive thoughts.
So I sat on my ass all weekend, big deal. That is what weekends are for!
I spent a good deal of time trying to get a hold of my sister, but she is still on dial up so if she or either of her kids are on the computer, I can’t get through.
All I wanted to do was ask her how many of the Lemony Snickett books I had sent to her.
I had originally sent the first 3 to my niece, who apparently only reads Harry Potter and Teen People. (Kids these days.) Instead of my then 14-year-old niece reading them, my then 35-year-old sister did… and loved them. She called me up while at work barely able to talk because she was laughing so hard reading the third. She’s a sick woman. So, I sent her the second 3 for last Christmas, and I couldn’t remember if I had sent her any more after that. The reason I was asking is because the 13th and final Lemony Snickett book, cleverly titled “The End”, was released this past Friday the 13th. Eventually I was able to get my nephew on the phone and after bugging him about school and other small talk I asked if he knew which was the last I sent, and his reply surprised me. He told me that I had sent her 1-6, like I had thought, but then went on to say that he had gotten her the rest by checking them out at the library. Isn’t that so sweet? My 11-year-old nephew was checking out books from his grade school library for his mother. Well, the kid saved me some dough, so I was happy. Plus the fact that he was going to the library was a nice bonus.
All of this has nothing to do with why I lounged around this past weekend however.
I relaxed for the past two days because I was reading my own set of books meant for kids that adults managed to take over: Harry Potter. I’m up to The Goblet of Fire. Not surprisingly, they are good. I started them last weekend, but don’t have much time to read during the week so it took me all week to finish the first two. I read the third over the weekend, but I had to sacrifice the time I would have spent doing laundry or the dishes in order to get to the end. I didn’t even watch any TV!! No kidding!
I have already seen the movies though, so there weren’t any surprises and I doubt there will be any with the 4th book either, so I am looking forward to getting to the 5th and 6th since those movies haven’t been made yet. Although, when the 5th book came out I saw it on display, picked it up, and it fell open right at the page that a significant character died. Kind of ruins that surprise, but I’m sure there are still plenty more waiting for me.
And lastly in the juvenile book news, I also read The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 in about a day, (again ignoring most household chores to do so.) There are plenty of similarities with Harry Potter except that the hero of this story is named JT, is the only child that has a family in the form of one mute sister, and instead of going to a fantastic school full of wonder and adventure, ends up being sold into slavery in an alien system that surrounds a wormhole. Sure, he has his plucky sidekicks that help him save Orbis 1 from a menacing threat and there is a Dumbeldore like character in the from of one of the Keepers- an alien race that has partial control of Orbis- but he has ulterior motives for being more benevolent to JT then any of the others. But you’ll have to read it to find out why.
After I’m done reading books meant for tweens and teens, (Hey, if 50 is the new 30 then I’m only 14!!), I plan on moving up the age scale a bit with some Neil Gaimen. I got Anansi Boys the other day and it sits on the table next to my favorite chair in the living room just waiting for me. Underneath it is Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove. I’ve been on an altered history kick lately. It started with The DaVinci Code, (which I waited forever to be released in paperback, but finally gave in and got it in hardcover last year), and continued with The Last Templar, The Historian, even the Traveler. The last book that is waiting patiently (for me to grow up) is Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteris of the Universe’s Hidden Dimension by Lisa Randall. After that, I might finally have time to get to all the books Fermicat has recommended.
Show quote of the day: Tasteful floral dresses? All my florals are trampy. Seriously, I don't have a thing with a flower that's not in the tube top or hot pant family.