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:
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bookies Too discussion October 1-15)
- Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Bookies Too discussion October 16-31)
- The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer (BOOK CLUB read discussion October 25 on Nicole’s blog)
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!