October 24, 2010
Good morning, faithful readers. I missed you all last week – it was just one of those weekends when there was so much going on, I had no computer time to sit down and fashion a Salon post. My sister’s house was full of nieces (and a couple of their boyfriends), along with my other sister from Rhode Island (so I got to give her the quilt I made her). We had a wonderful weekend together, including attending the 20th anniversary celebration of the Keene Pumpkin Festival (which inspired my post over at Weekly Geeks).
Kip arrived on that Friday, along with Raven, and it was so great to see him after having spent six weeks apart! This past week Kip and I (and Raven) headed over to my parents’ home for a visit and to pick up a furniture and other “stuff” which has been cluttering up their basement (we’re heading back to California on the 26th with a trailer loaded up with everything).
So, you can see why my blog has been rather quiet these days. My sister, Paula is doing well (my thanks to all of you who have been praying and keeping her in your thoughts over these last few weeks). She has started her chemotherapy and although it is a rough road, she is managing it as well as can be expected.
So now that I’ve updated you on why I have been more silent than usual here, let’s talk books! Since my last Salon post I have only completed and reviewed ONE book…but it was a great one. Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld was probably my most anticipated read from the BEA – and it did not disappoint. I love Hinnefeld’s writing and her gift of story is amazing. This novel centers around three generations of Southern women living in the Appalachians. If you haven’t already picked up a copy, I highly recommend you do!
My current read is one I had in my stacks for July, but am just now getting to. Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman is set on the coast of Maine (one of my favorite spots in the world) and covers four summers in the lives of two families. The fact that it is taking me days and days to finish this book should not discourage you from reading it – it is a good book and if I could just carve out a little more time in my schedule, I would breeze through it. I hope to get it finished in the next couple of days and have my review up by Tuesday before Kip and I hit the road and head west.
I am hopelessly behind in my reading right now – I have a stack of the most amazing books to read and I will do my best to read and review them…BUT, you can also expect some travel updates here on my blog over the next two weeks.
What are YOU doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!