August 29, 2010
Good morning! I slept in this morning…I needed it and we got a little taste of autumn here yesterday and last night with temperatures dropping into the 50’s during the day (with rain) and into the 40’s last night which made sleeping easy. Only in five years out of the last 116 has there ever been rain recorded in Northern California…so this is rare, but delightful weather.
Yesterday I worked on my Romanian Charity quilt which is taking me a good bit of time to quilt. I am free motion quilting flowers all over it and although they looked great, they are time consuming to stitch. I have one small corner of the quilt left to finish, and then I’ll put the binding on it, wash it and put up some photos before getting it in the mail tomorrow.
This week I read two great books. Zoe Ferraris’s latest mystery City of Veils did not disappoint (read my review). Once again, she captures the culture of Saudi Arabia and the difficult conditions women face in that country. The mystery itself is great – there are many twists and several suspects. There is a scene with a dust storm that had me completely captivated. Hope you’ll read this one and let me know what you thought of it.
Next up was Liz Rosenberg’s debut novel Home Repair (read my review). I have had this book in my stacks for a while, and I’m glad I finally read it. Rosenberg reminds me of Anne Tyler in her style and characters. I liked that! This is a simple book, and the characters drive the story. They are quirky and lovable – I hated to say good bye to them at the end of the book. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
My current read is Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette (I love that cover, don’t you?). I’m only fifty pages into the book, so I don’t have strong feelings about it either way except to say it is an easy read and the nine year old little girl in the novel has already stolen my heart. I need to get this one finished before Tuesday when I leave for New Hampshire because it is a hard cover and I don’t want to carry it on the plane. So hopefully you will see a review on Bessette’s book by (at the latest) Tuesday morning.
Later today I am going to start packing for my trip. I have been laying things on the guest bed that I think of to take, and it is beginning to look like one bag won’t be enough. My biggest decision will be which books to take with me. I’ve already decided I’m going to have to mail some to my sister’s house because I want to bring at least 24 books (12 for each month). That seems a bit much to pack on the plane!
I hope you are having a great day – and whatever you are doing, I hope it involves a wonderful book!