Decisions, decisions

I finally got The Historian from the library yesterday. I’ve read about 60 pages (out of about 650). So far, I really enjoy it.

Today, my friend gave me her copy of our book club book.

I guess I should read the book club book first, but I’ve already started this other one. Book club is on the 12th and The Historian is due back at the library on the 13th. The book club book is only 300 pages, though and is light reading. It shouldn’t take me but a few days to read it. GAH! What do I do?

A Three-Hanky Post

Since it was only a 2-day adventure, I only took 2 books and 2 magazines with me. I drove the entire 4.5 hours to the tiny town in Texas, thereby negating any possible reading time on the road. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because my kids (aged 3 and 5) were awake and yammering for all but 30 minutes of said trip.

I spent most of my free time in Texas trying to find ways to entertain the kiddos, and for some reason, they don’t find me reading to be entertaining.

I tried reading before bed both nights. The first night, my daughter kept crying that she was scared and wanted to go home, so not much reading got done then. Also, I was exhausted, so reading just put me to sleep. The second night, it was the same deal. I passed smooth out after about 5 pages. Sigh.

On the way home, I had a sinus headache, so when I wasn’t driving, I slept.

I did try to find the bookstore listed in the phone book in this tiny town in Texas. I was impressed. Population 5600, and they have a bookstore. My family wasn’t so interested, though. Sigh.

We are back, now, and I noticed that the copy of the Historian I requested from the library is on it’s way! Reading time!

Vacate!

We are going out of town tomorrow. I’m really excited because we are going to see some of my family that I haven’t seen in about 15 years. I’ve spent today doing laundry and packing myself and my 2 kids. Tonight I will be racing to get the house ready because while we are gone, there will be an open house here.

Yes, we are (still) trying to sell our house. No one seems to recongnize it for the gem it is. Or was before we let it go to shit. Ha!

My kids have never slept in a hotel room before, and Thing 2 has never slept in a bed other than her own. She has no idea what’s in store for her. Hee!

The other bad thing is that this soiree is a 4 hour drive from here. Ought to be interesting. Thing 1 will get to leave kindergarten early for the trip. Such an adventure, when you are 5.

Whine!

I’ve got issues. I know this is the case because I started reading a Jackie Collins novel last night. Yup. Hundreds of books on the shelf, and this is the one that looks good to me. My problem is, most of my books are sort of historical. I mean, they all take place in the same sort of historical period. Regency to Victorian, somewhere. I have a few modern novels, but I’m afraid they will suck, so I turn to one I can be pretty confident will suck.

Maybe you can help me out, here. Let me know if I should bother dusting off any of theses: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, Light on Snow by Anita Shreve, Coastliners by Joanne Harris, The River King by Alice Hoffman, The Girl From the South and The Spanish Lover by Joanna Trollope. Oh, and White Oleander.

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in GirlsThis book outlines the myriad ways girls bully each other. There are more than I imagined. I remember seeing some of this nasty behavior when I was a kid, but since for it to work, the girl has to be invested in the relationship, I was never a target. Well, maybe I was, but since I didn’t want to be friends with someone who treated me like that, I just ignored it. Lucky me. There are stories in here of just horrible things girls had done to each other.

It wouldn’t be at all useful to point out and name these behaviors if the author didn’t describe ways to prevent it. Luckly Ms. Simmons knew that and included a chapter on just that for teachers and parents.

This book scared me to death for my own daughter, but at least I have a clue now.

Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

Jenna StarbornI actually tried to post this last week, but I forgot to hit save and lost the entire post. I was too tired to write it all again, so I ignored it til now.

I still don’t have the energy to type it all out again, so I’ll give you the condensed version.

I liked it. The writing was very much like Charlotte Bronte’s. I would forget that it was supposed to be a Sci-fi Jane Eyre and be startled when one of the characters checked his email or played a video game. I liked the way Shinn handled the events and made them futuristic.

There. In the original version, each one of those sentences was a whole paragraph, but those are the basics.