The Good Lord Bird by James McBride - (Amazon link here) I love the way one Goodreads reviewer stated it "If Mark Twain and Mel Brooks had ever collaborated, they would have invented a comic character like (the narrator)." That is SUCH a fantastic way to characterize this! The narrator is Henry(Etta) Shackleford who is... Continue Reading →
A New Book Club!
I've wanted for years to join a book club. I love to read, but sort of like running I wont necessarily find the time to do it unless I have a race as a goal...or, in this case, a book club assignment! The last time I really read a lot of books was in 2010... Continue Reading →
Say It Ain’t So Mike!
It's been about a week now since I finished the book. If you read any of my tweets while I plowed through it, you know already that I am deeply conflicted. First of all, I should be fair and link to the Amazon Kindle purchase page just in case you want to experience this for yourself.... Continue Reading →
Oh, c'mon now, don't act all shocked that I am stopping EVERYTHING - TV viewing, twitter reading...whatever I might be doing outside of actual lease extraction and tax work...will be spent cuddled up on the sofa with my Kindle and this:
May 16th – Beware of the cookies!
Note to self: - no matter HOW tempting it is to get one those big ass cookies from the cafeteria after lunch - DON'T. I'm pretty sure the amount of will power it takes to push past the sugar drop from that thing and remain focused at work is greater then pushing myself to keep... Continue Reading →
I need some coaching on how to properly take a week off of work. Perhaps I need to define "work"? To be more clear then, I am taking the week off of my day job. I looked at the calendar and realized that thanks to some software upgrades and new purchases, April-June would not be... Continue Reading →
I suppose if you LIKE being depressed…..
I like to be a contrarian sometimes. Sometimes? Oh hush. The following four things receive HIGH HIGH HIGH Critical Acclaim. Oprah's Book Club! Grammys! Oscars! However, I will advise you that unless you WANT to run into the kitchen and swallow a bottle of anti-depressants with that bottle of vodka and slip away into the night...well....then you'd... Continue Reading →
Reading is therapy
Yesterday, I felt particularly thankful that I've put myself back into the reading habit and that I had a book to pick up in a moment of need. I was also thankful that I had setup a new reading corner in my living room (since the bedroom version was lost with the new king sized... Continue Reading →
Book #49 – The Promise
The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter My rating: 4 of 5 stars #49 Reading this just after the GOP sweep in the midterms has left a bitter taste in my mouth. So much opportunity lost! Yet, Alter in many ways explains why, even though the book was written before the election. It... Continue Reading →
Books 45-48 – a very Patterson weekend
Jack & Jill by James Patterson My rating: 4 of 5 stars #45 I know that I am jumping into the Alex Cross series kind of in the middle, but I really like this character. He's a nice blend of a tough street detective and a criminal minds style profiler but with a wonderful sense... Continue Reading →