Archive for February, 2008

Nora Roberts

Posted February 25, 2008 By Jandy

By a strange set coincidences, I’m reading three different Nora Roberts’ books at once. I almost always pick up the newest “In Death” by J.D. Robb, Robert’s alter ego, soon after it’s published. Strangers in Death came out Tuesday, I bought it yesterday, and started reading today. I’ll have it to one of my daughters to read (they both want to borrow it) by the end of the week.

I usually keep a romance by my bed to read before I go to sleep. Early last week I took Mysterious off Mt. Bookpile. It is a collection of three of her Silhouette novels from the 1980’s – This Magic Moment, Search for Love, and The Right Path. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first story.

When I stopped at the library yesterday, High Noon was waiting for me. Since this is the audio version, it is doubtful I’ll be able to renew it if I don’t start it soon. I’m only about half way through Gaudy Night in the car, so I started listening to High Noon at work when I’m working on routine tasks.

It’s rare I have 3 books by one author going at the same time. But they’re all different. Mysterious is from early in her career. Silhouette books (at the time, anyway) were straight fluff romances and a good way for a writer to get established. High Noon came out in the last year, and is part of her mature romantic suspense novel stage. Strangers in Death is written by her alter ego. J.D. Robb’s detective series is darker than the Nora Roberts romantic suspense novels, with wonderful protagonists. What strong woman could dislike Eve Dallas or could help but fall for Eve’s husband Roarke? The mysteries are usually good, edgy, and well crafted. So I may be reading three books by the same person, but I’m still reading three different genres. How often can you say that?

Gifts for Readers

Posted February 23, 2008 By Jandy

My daughter’s apartment needed a new bathtub. That was a two-day job. So last night she, her husband, and their daughters, aged 2 and 3 months, stayed the night in our small place. We did fine and I had a good time cuddling the baby. The two-year-old is bright and busy and was awake at 7 this morning. So Grandma got up with the girls and let their parents sleep in another hour or two. Thank goodness for children’s programming. After a busy hour, I was glad to let her watch Pooh’s Corner on the Disney channel. Since they don’t have it at home, she thought it was a treat.

This evening after they were gone, I finished up presents for some friends. We had stayed with them in Arizona last month for a week. I learned they are great readers. I found some wonderful old (30 and 40 year old) classic science fiction on their shelves that I borrowed. They had been her parent’s books. So instead of buying them a small thank you present, I came home and dusted off my sewing machine. I need a new book cover. I made a couple more for them. Now what book am I going to put into hers before I give them the covers tomorrow? Hmmm….

She’s a quilter and he’s a volunteer fireman, so I chose fabric for them. I still have to make a new one for me, though. Mine is so old and so worn the fabric has holes where the spine corners rub on it.


Posted February 20, 2008 By Jandy

My daughter graduates from college this year with a degree in English. She’s considering a Master’s in library and information science (makes a librarian mother’s heart proud) and checking ALA accredited schools. Today I learned through her blog that she’s considering schools in Canada.

Canada? How far away is she trying to get from Southern California???

Multitasking At It’s Best

Posted February 16, 2008 By Jandy

Middlemarch by George EliotA quote from Middlemarch:

“Mrs. Garth at certain hours was always in the kitchen, and this morning she was carrying on several occupations at once there – making her pies at the well-scoured deal table on one side of that airy room, observing Sally’s movements at the oven and dough-tub through an open door, and giving lessons to her youngest boy and girl, who were standing opposite to her at the table with their books and slates before them. A tub and a clothes-horse at the other end of the kitchen indicated an intermittent wash of small things also going on.”

Sound like a typical day at my work only with different tasks…

Lost in 19th Century England

Posted February 15, 2008 By Jandy

My book club is reading Middlemarch for February and March. In the car I’m listening to Sense and Sensibility.

Whoa! These are two very different books with different styles. George Eliot‘s book is an examination of the values and attitudes of the early 19th century (although her views often reflect the time she wrote Middlemarch, around 1880, rather than the time setting of the book, 1830 or so). Jane Austen’s books is romance and family. You know Sense and Sensibility will have a happy ending. I doubt Middlemarch will.