Tuesday, July 8, 2008

BLOGGING: It's Tuesday, where are you?

It's hard to keep track of the days in these lazy, hazy days of summer, but I do believe that today is Tuesday. It's been a perfect summer here in PEI: warm sunny weather, fresh strawberries are now ripe, kids are playing outdoors. We need to head to the beach soon. Does it get any better than this?

Reading is taking me to post war England, with four young people and some hinted at mysterious backgrounds that I think I am about to find out about. (The Night Watch by Sarah Waters)

Every now and then I travel to a new planet in Dava Sobel's great scientific book Planets. Each planet is a different chapter, and while the science is there, it's hidden in such a way so that the reader just floats along, in space. I'm travelling to Mars next, in a chapter titled "Sci-fi".

Where is reading taking you today?


  1. Today I am in Nantucket at a wonderful restaurant called the Blue Bistro where Adrienne has landed a job as the assistant manager. She is falling in love with Thatcher, the owner and manager, as she quickly learns the ropes of running a restaurant.
    (The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand)

  2. I'm feeling the same way about these Cape Breton summer days. We went to Inverness Beach this week. Aw, heaven!

    Anyway, I'm in Farworld.

  3. I'm in the wilds of the Congo with the Price family. Very atmospheric!

  4. I'm in Paris in 1482, looking out over the city from the top of Notre Dame, and about to meet a loner named Quasimodo. (The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo)

  5. I'm in England. It's 1836 and my uncle, King William IV, has just quite publicly (at his 71st birthday party) stated that his hope is to live long enough for me to reach my 18th birthday. That will allow me to succeed him as Queen in my own right, keeping my mother from serving as Regent.

    Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert

  6. I'm still on Prince Edward Island, 100 years in your past! When I'm not there, with Anne (of course), I'm in 1950's Morocco, spying on the French or hanging out with a guy named George Washington. In real life, there are roofers banging over my head. I can see I'm not going to be here much longer. I may have to traipse off to the library, after I take my sick kitty to the vet.

  7. Nightwatch is a fantastic book, hope you enjoy.

    I'm still hanging around in Atlanta,(Gone With the Wind) I haven't moved all that far from last week as the end of term is causing me to be extremely busy.

    I was last night in a small village in England called Wall, I'm now not a hundred percent sure where I am as I have passed over the wall into a mysterious land. (Stardust)

  8. bookinhand - Nantucket sounds lovely. I'd dip my toes in the water. Sounds like a great summer book.

    chris - Aren't we lucky to be in the Maritimes? Your beach shot looked fab. Love the 'crowded' beach that day.

    wendy - Ooh, Poisonwood Bible. I loved all the palindromic sentences, and paragraphs. Word play is so neat. I liked Ella Minnow Pea for the same type of wordplay.

    bookloversdiary - Hey, I'm reading Les Mis on dailylit.com, so we are Hugo-ing together.

  9. suziq - I know so little about the British history, and it is probably so fascinating, all the power moves.

    bookfool - I'll meet you on the beach in Cavendish/Avonlea after your errands. It's a great day on PEI today.

    katrina - it was your review last year that brought The Night Watch to my attention. End of terms are rough, I had slow June for that reason.
    I liked the brothers and their fighting in Stardust, I wish there had been more about them.

  10. I'm all over the world and never in one place too long. Currently traveling with Elliott Hester author of "Plane Insanity".

  11. I'm in present day Wales but in an Elizabethan village which exists in time-warp, in a huge bubble, under a lake. The Weather Witch, a YA fantasy/horror novel by Paul Stewart.

  12. I am in Italy in the early 1300's hanging out with Dante's son Pietro (Master of Verona by David Blixt).

    I am also in Bon Temps Louisiana getting stuck in the middle of a werewolves war with Sookie Stackhouse (From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris).

  13. I just left New York City where I've been climbing the corporate ladder and pining away for someone other than my spouse. I'm a bit of a romantic, believe in love at first sight, and have many "Walter Mitty" moments. (Beginner's Greek by James Collins)

    I'm about to go to New Jersey where I hope to stay out of trouble and make some money at my job as a bounty hunter. I really hope my car doesn't get blown up this time. (Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich)

  14. I posted my reply on my blog. http://confuzzledbooks.blogspot.com/2008/07/its-tuesday-where-are-you_08.html

  15. Sadly, I'm nowhere. Finished a book yesterday and I haven't picked another one up yet (very unlike me) but I'm way behind on blog hopping, etc so I guess I'm here today visiting you!

  16. I just left sunny 1960s Palo Alto where I was writing with my four best friends (The Wednesday Sisters) and am now about to buy a fixer upper house in a pretty inhospitable neighborhood of New York City (Homegirl by Judith Matloff). Oh yes, and I'm spending a little time at Harvard, too, watching Franklin D. Roosevelt climb the social ladder (Franklin and Lucy).

  17. Tonight I just left 1888 England in an area called Whitechapel as we followed the vicious Jack the Ripper. (graphic novel by Rick Geary)

    Now I'm in an undisclosed country where a young vampire must prove himself to the Vampire Council (Trials of Fire by Darren Shan)

    And... reading to my 8yo we are sailing the seas with Dr. Dolittle on our way to Spidermonkey Island. (Voyages of Dr. Dolittley by Hugh Lofting)

  18. I think the saddest post possibly is Natasha's who has been nowhere. Isn't that sad? ;) Anyway, Here is where I be.

  19. I'm visiting different farms and factories on a trip to deconstruct the Twinkie! :)

  20. Are you working your way through the unabridged version? I read it in high school and remember that I really liked the main storyline, though Hugo's tangents (see the Battle of Waterloo chapter for an example) got on my nerves a bit.

  21. I answered your post in a post!

    Short answer tho- England, then Ireland, Chicago, and The Believer magazine with Nick Hornby.

  22. the printed page - taking the world tour?

    cath - I haven't read much YA fantasy/horror novel. Probably none in fact.

    marg - I had Dead to Worse out from the library, but I didn't finish it and someone else requested it so I didn't get to finish it. I loved her Shakespeare series, so I will retry it. I love Italian books, like Birth of Venus or the Secret Life of Grazia del Rossi. I'll write that title down.

    terri b - thanks for stopping by. I've only read one Plum book and it was OK, but everyone raves so much, I'll have to try another one.

  23. confuzzled - I'll be by later

    maw books - it can be an exciting time, trying to decide what book to read next, or I get wracked with indecision as I look longingly at the pile of books and consult the challenge lists. Good luck, you'll get a good one soon.

    megan - ooh, I want to read The Wednesday Sisters, I've seen such great reviews.

    nicola - I think I saw that graphic novel at the library. I'll read it in the fall, when a couple teachers at my school are putting on a Whitechapel play to coincide with Halloween. Creepy!
    And Dr Doolittle? that's a book I've never read.

  24. justareadingfool - it is sad, isn't it?

    maggie - I dont' think i'd wantot know about a Twinkie, because then I wouldn't be able to eat one. We actually dont' have Twinkies here, but I imagine a Joe Louis cake is quite similar.

    bookloversdiary - I'm reading les Mis on dailylit.com, a chapter a day. I assume it's the unabridged because there are 687 chapters and there is tons of boring stuff, a la Waterloo battles. The scrolling is pretty quick in those sections.

    lisa - I love Nick Hornby. john mutford at The Book Mine Set is having a vote this week involving Hornby, you should go check it out.

  25. It's Wednesday now, so I'm a day late and a dollar short as usual. :) For the past couple of days I've been in San Diego at the zoo visiting with Bill Seaton in My Seven Years in Captivity. His tales from when he was the PR Director in the 1960s make me laugh out loud at the antics of the animals and humans alike.

  26. I'm in the US but six-feet under, in a needlessly expensive casket and suit (American Way of Death Revisited).


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