Archive for September, 2009

Busy Not Reading

Posted September 29, 2009 By Jandy

This month I’ve been trying to get my web site update finished. I’m not going to quite make it yet, sad to say, but I’m close. That means I’ve been watching more movies and television and reading less. Are you interested in the season premier of The Mentalist or Castle or the season finale of Eureka or Hawthorne? I’ve also been revisiting Battlestar Gallactica and am at the point in Season Two where I missed a few episodes. For seasons 2, 3, and 4, I saw the first half but the the second half. I decided not to watch season 5 until I could catch up. (How did they find and settle on that planet, anyway? How did the Cylons find them there?)

This weekend I visited a friend that I’ve known for over 40 years in Houston. I didn’t get to read while visiting, of course, but gots two books finished while waiting for and riding on the planes. That’s two books off Mt. Bookpile. We then went shopping at Books-a-Million (I think that’s the name) at Katy Mills outlet mall. I’ve put two books back on Mt. Bookpile. So this weekend I broke even. (We won’t discuss the other books I received for review or have bought the last couple weeks…)

This weekend I probably won’t get much reading done again – but the web site goal is in sight…

Huh? Headlines

Posted September 21, 2009 By Jandy

Head-injury patients are less likely to die if they have drunk alcohol

The moral is – if you know you’re going to have a head injury, get drunk first…

Huh? Headlines

Posted September 15, 2009 By Jandy

Conceiving Couples Get Discount on Future Hotel Stay

If, while you are vacationing at the Westin Resort in Aruba, you get pregnant, they’ll give you a discount on another visit…

Lucan by Susan Kearney

Posted September 10, 2009 By Jandy

This book review is now posted at my website.


Huh? Headlines

Posted September 9, 2009 By Jandy

U.S. Department of Homeland Security enlists Girl Scouts

Hmmm, I guess that means we’d better buy those cookies or we’ll find ourselves being investigated…

Show No Fear by Marliss Melton

Posted September 6, 2009 By Jandy

This book review is now at my website.

Duh! Headlines

Posted September 4, 2009 By Jandy

Late-night snacks could pack on the pounds: study

Haven’t they been telling us that for years?

999 Challenge

Posted September 3, 2009 By Jandy

Now that my cold is better and I can focus again…

In August I finished another seven books for this challenge. When you realize one was Hawaii and other was Greg Bear‘s weighty City at the End of Time, that’s not too shabby. I also finished up two categories – 2009 books (actually, I finished that a couple months ago, just didn’t list all the books) and books with a place name in the title.

That second one surprised me. I didn’t realize I was that close. But I decided to listen to Michael Palin’s Himalaya while working on some mundane task. It was quite interesting listening to his travelogue through the country both in what he saw and how his trip was influenced because he was doing it for the BBC. I especially enjoyed his description of some of the people/characters he met.

I found some new authors – Lynn York and The Piano Teacher as well as Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan’s China Dolls. I had fun with modern day New York City Chinatown chick lit, I have to admit.

I also spent time enjoying books by old friends – Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron which was all right, and Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker which was an excellent suspense novel with his specialty of twisting the past and present together.

That means I’m still on track. Right now I’m reading Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland. A friend at work recommended this historical Japanese mystery series. I’m almost done and still haven’t decided. It’s not one I could recommend to everyone because of it’s graphic violence and sexuality. Yet it’s intriguing to watch the policeman try to solve what he know is a murder that everyone is trying to cover up. That was an age of loyalty and protocal (late 1600’s) when a samurai would fall on his own sword if he shamed his family. So the culture is different from anything that I’ve read about. (And now I know what “eta” means. When I was reading Hawaii I didn’t go back to check. The eta are the Japanese unclean – the ones who are the lowest slaves or handle dead bodies and filth.)

But when I finish Shinju, I believe I have one of the Captain Alatriste series by Arturo Perez Reverte sitting in Mt. Bookpile calling my name. It’s time to read another translated book for the 999 challenge.

I have read 59 of the 81 books. I told myself I could duplicate up to three books across the challenge (for example, I could use Madame Bovary both in translated books and in books written before 1900). I haven’t done it yet, but there is that option if I am that close but don’t quite make it by December. Right now I’m on track. I hope I can stay that way.