Sunday Salon – October 2, 2011

October 2, 2011

I am really late writing this post today. I have had quite a week, actually, and not in a good way. Wednesday, as I was sitting out on my deck reading a book, I was stung (actually bitten) by a meat bee. It was a nasty bite which left a hole in the side of my knee. I had a very large localized reaction which caused my knee to double in size and become very red and swollen. At the time, I just took Benedryl and put some ice on it thinking it would get better on its own.


By Friday, it was apparent I had to see a doctor. My knee was infected and I am now on antibiotics which have not been completely agreeing with me. I learned something important through all of this: meat bees are very aggressive biters who often leave wounds which become infected because meat bees eat meat and carrion and have pretty disgusting mouths. They will bite unprovoked and can repeatedly sting/bite their victims. You better believe we are putting out some traps to kill the ones hovering around our home. SO, what does this have to do with reading? Well, I did not get everything read I wanted to this week…and my reviews have been going up late.

I joined in the discussion of The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp on Tuesday (check out the BOOK CLUB post to read the discussion, but be aware there are spoilers). This book got mixed reviews with our group – some really liked it, others didn’t like how Sharp played with the facts of history. I mostly enjoyed the novel (read my review) and learned a lot about Russian history during the reign of Nicholas II (the last Tsar of Russia).

I blew through Touch and Go by Thad Nodine (read my review) which is narrated by a blind, recovering addict who travels from California to Florida with a rag-tag family. The damaged characters in this book is what brings the tension and conflict to the story and I found it to be very good literary fiction. Unbridled Books is touring this debut novel right now, so expect to see more reviews of it popping up around the blog-o-sphere.

I had meant to finish Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Banned Books Week, but have only managed a quarter of it. I am going to continue reading, but it will have to be between books because I have quite a stack of books to read in October.

I will be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on October 22nd…and that will go a long way in helping me make a dent in the TBR pile.

Here are some of the books slated to read in October:

  • Falling Together by Marisa  de los Santos (review to post sometime during the week of October 4th with a two book giveaway)
  • Me Again by Keith Cronin (TLC Book Tour October 11)
  • Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks
  • Solitaria by Genni Gunn (Book Tour October 28)

Book Club Reads:

As per usual, there are many, many more books in the stacks – so, if I am especially efficient, you can expect to see other reviews in October other than just the ones mentioned above.

What are YOU up to today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!


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  1. Touch and Go sounds good! And I have Falling Together on my wish list.

    So sorry about the bee! Who would have thought that could happen?


  2. oh ew about the bee, Wendy, I am so sorry! That pretty much sounds like a nightmare. I hope you feel back to your normal self soon.

    • Jeane on October 2, 2011 at 11:45

    Yikes! I never even heard of a meat bee- it looks like a wasp. What’s the difference? I do hope your knee is better soon.

    • JoAnn on October 2, 2011 at 11:50

    Oh on, Wendy! Hopefully the antibiotics clear the infection without making you any sicker… I’ve never even heard of a meat bee. The Bookies Too selections are both on my tbr list. I’ll have to pop over and see what everyone thinks. Hope this week will be a better one!

  3. Ouch! I’d not heard of a meat bee before, but hope I never encounter one. I hope you recover soon.

  4. Oh my! I also had never heard of a meat bee before, but they sound awful! I am so sorry that you got bit and that it made you so ill! I hope that you begin to recover soon! I will be thinking about you this week!

    • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on October 2, 2011 at 12:22

    Wendy, I’m going to spend the day reading!

    My Sunday Salon is Re-Read-Less-Ness. I hope you will stop by!

  5. Wow, that was some bite! Antibiotics can be rough. I hope you’re doing better now.

  6. Yuck, I never heard of meat bees either! How horrible! Hope you are better!

  7. I have never heard about this happening to anyone before. It sounds horrifying! I hope everything gets better soon.

    • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on October 2, 2011 at 12:36

    Meat bees, eh? Nasty creatures, I think. Poor thing. Hope you are better today and can spend a little time outside reading.

    My Sunday Salon is Re-Read-Less-Ness. I hope you will stop by!

  8. Ugh – that does NOT sound like fun. I’m allergic to the four major antibiotic groups, so always freak out when something happens that makes me need them. Even the ones I’m not allergic to make me feel sick – I hope you get over your reaction to the Keflex soon and that you feel better!

  9. Wow, I have never heard of a meat bee. I probably would have done the same thing. I’m glad you’re ok!

  10. OMG, that bee bite sounds horrible! So sorry this happened to you … hope you have a full recovery soon!

  11. Oh, ouch! Hope the knee heals and the antibiotics behave!

    • Becca on October 2, 2011 at 15:32

    I had a life threatening reaction to an insect bite a few years ago. It’s really scary, especially when you know there are hundreds of them still out there waiting to get you again. I hope you start feeling better soon, and can effectively eradicate the rest of those killer bees!

    I’m dying to read the new Marisa Des Los Santos book. I adored her other two novels. I have State of Wonder on my stack, as well as The Paris Wife ,which I never got round to this summer when everyone else was reading it.

    I started re-reading Rebecca one night this week and was up all night! I forgot what a spellbinder it is 😉

    • Erin on October 2, 2011 at 18:26

    Eek, I’ve never even heard of meat bees! I’m sorry you had such a bad encounter with one and hope you’re recovering.

    I’m hoping the Readathon will help me catch up on reading, too! I’ll have no shortage of books to tackle, that’s for sure. I spent today watching football, knitting, visiting blogs, and reading. Can’t complain!

  12. I plan to join in on the Readathon this year. I enjoyed it a few years back and am anxious to get back into my reading groove. 10 minutes at night before falling asleep just isn’t enough!

    I hope your knee starts to heal and that you recover from that awful sting. I was surprised my doctor was so quick to put me on antibiotics for the dog bite yesterday, but I guess dogs can have pretty nasty mouths, too. We’re both a couple of wrecks, aren’t we?! 😉 Take care, friend.

  13. I am so hoping you are feeling MUCH better. I was thinking about you through the weekend.

  14. Eek! I never heard of a meat bee. Sounds gross though.

  15. Oh! It’s a yellowjacket. Thank you Google!

    • Vincent gonzales on August 28, 2012 at 01:52

    Wow i was looking up insect bites and came across your post, hope you get better. The reason i am posting because a week ago i was in my yard walking around, when i got bit by a meat bee . They are crazy during summer up here in the mountain. On top of that we have a hive in a old burnt stump,needless to say i will be making two appts one for the doctor and one for the exterminator. Thank you for your post i have been sick these last few days i would have let it go on longer.once again thank u for sharing your post. Vince

      • Wendy on August 28, 2012 at 06:23

      You’re welcome, Vincent. Hope you feel better soon…and are successful in ridding your yard of these nasty little insects!

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