December 19, 2010
Good morning and happy Sunday! Can you believe we have less than a week before Christmas? Despite my very busy work schedule, I have managed to get my gifts bought, wrapped and mailed…and I’m working on getting my Christmas cards out. I still need to do some last minute grocery shopping for our Christmas Day feast, but I am feeling pretty organized right now. The good thing about all of this, is that I actually now have some time to sit and read a bit.
We have been dealing with a huge winter storm here which was supposed to dump up to two feet of snow on us. But the temperatures have stayed warm enough that all we have been getting is buckets and buckets of cold rain and high winds. Last night I could hear the gutters overflowing along the corner of the house because the amount of water is just too much for them to handle. The weather is supposed to continue to be bad through the week.
Since last Sunday I posted a review of The Warden by Anthony Trollope. I ended up actually enjoying the book once I got used to the pace and language. Trollope, like so many Victorian writers, is not always the easiest author to read…but the patient reader will be rewarded in the end. The Warden is the first book in a six book series and perhaps one of these days I will pick up book two in the series (Barchester Towers) and see where it takes me.
I am almost finished with my current read: Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellstrom. I have mixed feelings about this Swedish thriller (translated by Kari Dickson). Although fast-paced, the plot is sometimes hard to follow. The authors jump around a bit (quickly moving back and forth from one character’s point of view to another’s) and there are some details that are a bit confusing. On the other hand, this is a different type of crime novel than I have read before, and I am finding it interesting. In fact, the last third of the novel has had me eager to unravel some events…and I stayed up late last night reading before I finally caved into sleep. I hope I get this finished today so I can post a review soon.
Next, I hope to zip through Gulliver’s Travels so I can get my review up in time for the movie release on December 25th. Are you planning on going to the movie? I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull off a trip to the movies any time soon…but I would love to hear what other people think of it!
There are so many books I would like to read before the year ends…I hope to get through at least three more (counting Gulliver’s Travels) before we roll into 2011 as that would allow me to reach my reading goal for the year. I think with two weeks left, I should be able to pull that off…and anything in addition to that would just be the icing on the cake!
The other day I started formulating my BEST OF 2010 reads. I am amazed at the sheer number of five star books that found their way into my home this past year and I can’t wait to share my picks for the year. How about you? Are you planning to come up with the year’s best list for 2010? Watch for my list sometime during the first week of January.
What are your plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope they include a great book!