August 22, 2010
Good morning to all my readers. This has been quite an emotional week for me. I posted earlier about my sister’s battle with cancer and my plan to head back to New Hampshire to help take care of her. I mentioned that I was trying to get my PT license in NH so that I could stay as long as I need to, and still work a little bit. Well, that finally came through thanks in large part to Congressman Wally Herger and his staff. Then on Friday, my sister went into surgery. I was a complete wreck. She is on the surgical intensive care unit and doing well. She will be in the hospital for a week to ten days as this was very serious surgery. I head to New Hampshire on the 1st of September and will be staying with my sister indefinitely. But, I’ll have Internet access, and will still be posting here, so I will keep you updated. Thank you to all who have been keeping my sister and our family in prayer and good thoughts…you cannot imagine how comforting it is for me to know that there is so much positive energy being directed our way.
I currently have a couple of book giveaways going. You can enter to win a copy of The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell (contest closes at 5:00 pm PST on August 25th) AND also enter to win one of five books for my 50th Birthday Gift giveaway (contest closes at 5:00 pm PST on August 27th). The Jim Powell giveaway is limited to US and Canada addresses, but the five book giveaway is International.
So what did I review last week?
I finally sat down and wrote my review for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey…terrific classic literature (made me want to rent the movie again).
I also blew through Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (read my review) which was pretty terrifying and graphic (not all readers may be able to stomach this one). It definitely lived up to the hype of being the thriller of the summer…but I have to admit, some of the violence got to me a bit.
After that bit of genre fiction, I decided to delve into something a bit more literary. Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi fit the bill perfectly (read my review). This is really a novella (almost a short story), but it packs a big punch. This is certainly a keeper for those readers who love literary and world fiction.
My current read is City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris (released by Little, Brown and Company earlier this month) which I have been eagerly anticipating ever since I read the first book by this talented author (read my review of Finding Nouf). City of Veils is the sequel to Finding Nouf…so readers will find the characters familiar. The novel opens with a dead girl on a beach in Saudi Arabia. Then Ferraris begins to introduce her cast of characters which include Nayir (the desert guide from the first book), Katya (one of the only females working in the coroner’s office – also a repeat character from the first book), Miriam Walker (an American woman living with her husband in Saudi Arabia), Eric (Miriam’s husband who disappears), and Detective Osama Ibrahim. The book is told in multiple points of view…and so far I am thoroughly enjoying it! I should have a review up mid-week.
I also picked up Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg which has been in my to-read stacks for far too long. I have a feeling it will be an easy and satisfying read for me.
Later today, I am going to finish a quilt I am making for a Romanian orphan. Judi (from Green Fairy Quilts), and her husband have traveled to Romania for two years in a row to deliver quilts to an orphanage there. This September will be the third such trip…and so I decided I wanted to help. I have pieced the quilt I’m sending…so only the actual quilting remains. My goal is to have it in the mail by the end of this week. I promise to post photos soon!
What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a GREAT book!