Welcome to my blog all about my car-related adventures! I’m so glad you could join us!
A book blog? Really? Whatever gave you that idea? Oh, right”¦the title“¦
Erm, well, uh”¦I have been reading, just not anything that really stands up for reviewing/discussion. Lots of fluffy Chiclets””er, Chick Lits””and the like. You would not catch me dead with a Harlequin Romance, or the gasping Barbara Cartland novels I loved as a pre-teen, but give me a 30-ish career girl who can’t quite manage her career/relationships/shopping habits, and I’m there. What’s the difference? Oh, I don’t know. Are you saying I should give Harlequin another look?
Some time ago, I was on the phone with Ramona, and said something dismissive about TV-watching as escapism””an admittedly funny position for me to take, given that when the new Fall season starts, my TiVo will be recording on both channels most nights, and there are a few timeslots that may require a VCR-backup. Ramona came back with, “Well, what do you read for, if not escapism?” Hmm”¦good point. Most of my reading is about going to another time and place, living vicariously through people with glossier, and often messier, lives. I feel intuitively that reading, even escapist reading, is somehow “˜better’ than TV viewing, but perhaps I’m just being a book-snob? What do you think””is reading an inherently better way to “˜get away from it all’ than watching TV? Got anything to back up your (my) opinion, aside from long years of people saying so?
I hesitate to direct your attention to the Current Reads column there on the right, as CountessZ’s list puts mine to shame, but I will note that I’m currently taking another tour of Tuscany with Frances Mayes, and am finding it just as rich and delightful an experience as our first tour together. Bella Tuscany is focused almost entirely on their gardening efforts at Bramasole, so as soon as I’m finished with it, it’s going right in the mail to Ramona, my favorite gardener. (I would love to bring Frances and Ramona together in real life””I think they would get along famously.)
Cooler temps and a chance of sprinkles in Portland today, but summer returns with a vengeance for the weekend. Once the rains come back to stay, I’ll turn my attention from scatter-brained career gals looking for love to English people genteelly bumping each other off, and English detectives cleverly catching them. Around the time we get a good freeze, I might be able to consider weightier subjects””the history of the digit zero or The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin or perhaps an astronaut’s biography, or two.
Until then, stay shiny!