Monday, April 19, 2010
Good Things on Monday
What am I reading? It is a funny mix of reading, researching, teaching, rereading and nosing through but not quite reading.
Teaching: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Matilda by Roald Dahl
Reading: Beautiful People by Wendy Holden, An Outrageous Affair by Penny Vincenzi
Nosing: Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell
Rereading: Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Book Notes: I am really enjoying the swift moving, no nonsense but tons of fun pace of Beautiful People. She is a really good example of 'show don't tell' writing, which I enjoy. I have been circling Claude and Camille at the bookstore but am loath to buy as it is hardback and the sun+sand+salt+damp equation of Hawaii is not kind to hardbacks. Instead I picked up Luncheon of the Boating Party to visit the same period through Renoir's eyes as opposed to Monet's. It is a lovely, subtle, summery book that makes you remember to love the loveliness of the Impressionists and takes you to the banks of the Seine on a June afternoon.
Other Good Things:
I figured out how to put the 'What Are You Reading Mondays' button on my post!
The utterly sweet Maybe Tomorrow blog gave me an award!
Well this I am choosing to see as good. I got a flu which went seriously on the boil last night (not a good thing) and I did not get on the plane at the very last minute. The bags were packed, the plane was leaving in four hours, I had a window seat, my dear friend Matt was all set to pick me up from the airport and then--nothing. Instead, raging fever, Theraflu and The Bourne Ultimatum with my boyfriend who is also sick. At least we are in it together--that is a good thing, isn't it?