Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 27!
27) A book I love that deserves to be better known
I have been following The Satellite Sisters for more than ten years now – through their weekly radio show turned daily radio show, turned daily podcast, turned weekly podcast; through their articles in O Magazine and through their blogs, and most recently through one of them publishing a novel. Ten years ago for Christmas I got their book ‘The Satellite Sisters: Uncommon Senses’ which was (and still is) such a great book. It’s the lessons they learned growing up in a large family (8 kids) on the east coast. The lessons were many and still hold true today. I believe they are possibly re-releasing the book or some incarnation of it and if they do, it will be a gift I will give to friends. One of the sisters, Lian, published her novel “Helen of Pasadena,” last December and it is a really great book, too! I drove to Edina on a cold cold evening in December to hear her speak and get some books signed for gifts. What fun to meet a “sister” in person. I feel like they are all friends of mine!
#27 on my list was: Finish a NYT crossword without looking at the answers! I have been able to successfully complete this several times – at the Monday level. The New York Time’s Crossword Puzzles get harder as the week goes on, leading up to the nearly impossible (to me) Sunday puzzle. I have a book filled with Monday puzzles and can rip through one pretty easily. I should go get a Tuesday book and keep moving forward. Maybe in my 43rd year. 🙂
Well here we are, the last day of 2010. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I got used to saying “twenty ten” – and now here we come “twenty eleven”! Amazing.
I finished “Helen of Pasadena” in the wee hours… it was a fun, quick, smart romance. It made me reschedule my appointment at the Genius Bar on Wednesday, because I had a hard time putting it down and getting out the door on time. I turned out the light last night after finally admitting I was too tired to finish (12:40 AM) but a few minutes later turned the light on again and finished. A fun book. It is the book club pick for my Preston bookclub in January. It will be fun to discuss.
Thanks to Goodreads, I think I have a pretty good list of all the books I read in 2010. In reverse chronological order they include:
Not a single post in November. Lazy? Busy? Hard to say… So I’m jumping back on the wagon…
December 1 I went to a book signing at J.Jill in Edina for “Helen of Pasadena” by Lian Dolan. I’ve been a follower of the Satellite Sisters since the late 90s so it was exciting to meet one in person. Lian is funny and quick, and I can’t wait to read her book. I have heard only good things about it and will recommend it for our book club in January.
Currently I’m reading (plodding through) “Before You Know Kindness” by Chris Bohjalian. Plodding through mostly because I’m distracted by other things, like TV and movies and computer. It is pretty good, although a bit ploddy sometimes. I listened to “The Shanghai Girls” audiobook and loved that. I like Lisa See’s books so far – my second of hers. I have “Snow Flower and Secret Fan” on my iPod, too. Sarah’s mom talked about how good it was, although it has graphic descriptions of foot binding in it. Not sure how I’ll stomach that. I also listened to a couple of fluffy audiobooks, which makes my commute more pleasant but gets me behind in my podcast listening! 🙂
Next I plan to read “Helen of Pasadena” and then “Sarah’s Key.” I haven’t finished “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” yet, either. I think it would be fun to re-read “The Tale of Two Cities” with Oprah’s book club, but we’ll see!
Are you ripping through books or finding other distractions during the holiday season?