Friday, February 29, 2008

What to read next

The Russian Concubine was thoroughly enjoyable. Very similar to White Gardenia.

Having really enjoyed Ben Elton's latest offering Blind Faith I couldn't wait to read another. for too long and for no reason I can now actually think off had I shunned this man's literary offerings. I managed to get hold of First Casualty quickly enough thanks to the very nice ladies we have at the base library and I enjoyed that too. I was all prepared for an Elton fest thinking that surely the shelves of the library would be groaning under copies of his works. Alas not to be, it would seem that everyone else is enjoying his writing every bit as much as me anda I'll have to resort to some good old fashioned waiting before I can contiune to acquaint myself with his books.
Still it does mean I can get on with some much neglected knitting. Currently three projects on the go, a jumper for my 18yr old son, a bolero cardigan for my youngest and a scarf for me I hope. Not to mention the jumper that is crying out to be blocked but that I have somehow stalled on. It's on the agenda for the weekend. Fingers crossed.
But in the meantime what to read next.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I hate New Year's Resolutions

Why Oh why oh why did I have to make a new Year's Resolution. Why couldn't I have done what everyone else does and ignore the event aside from several glasses of good quality alcohol and some magnificent fireworks.
Quite simply I should be certified and locked up for my own safety. I hope you are suitably intrigued now as to my current predicament. What have you done, I hear you shout, well figuratively I do. Well might you ask. I fear I must warn you if you are a book lover then the following recount is not pretty. Not pretty at all. I,,,I can barely bring myself to say it even here.
I made a resolution. That's not so bad, but wait there's more, definitely more. I resolved to not buy any more books until and this is the real crunch, until I have read all 67 of the unread books on my bookshelves. How could I have been so foolish? What was going through my head? I mean I do want to read those books, of course I do, each one is especially dear and special to me, I love them like they are my best friends, but I also like to add to their ranks, swell their numbers with new members and I can't. Because I made a stupid stupid resolution. I know I could break it, after all that's what they're for really isn't it. Secretly I mean. But I can't. I want to see if I can last out, if I can actually resist while I slowly make my way thorough the forgotten hoards. I see now just how easy it was to get to the grand total of 67 unread. Every time I go into a book shop and go into one I must, it seems that every one of my favourite authors, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Sophie Kinesella, Joanne Trollope, have finally written something new. I think it's deliberate, a conspiracy, but where does that get me. Not near any new books that's for certain.
So my top 5 of books I would buy (if I could) would be;
The Darkest evening of the Year Dean Koontz
Duma Key Stephen King
Things I want my daughter to Know Elizabeth Noble
Remember Me Sophie Kinsella
Antony and Cleopatra Colleen McClough
So many to read and never enough hours in the day. It is torture I tell you.