Saturday, September 04, 2010
In the Footsteps of Erasmus
Getting laid off from a job you've had for 26 years has a tendency to alter your perspective a bit. I know it's altered mine, but that's nothing new. Life is usually filled with perspective-altering events; it's all about how you react to them. At least that's my philosophy.
My mother and I lived in this house until her death in 1995. This went from a two-income house to a one-income... and the smaller of the two to boot. Everything I had was focused on paying bills and keeping this house. I subsisted on carrot sticks and apple juice that first Christmas season. I still eat carrots, but apple juice is a rare commodity in Casa Kittling.
At that point in time, my huge TBR pile was a wonderful thing. I had proved to myself that cataclysms do occur, and it's wise to hoard books against them.
Now that I've got less disposable income, I find myself very reluctant to turn loose of it. Lately I began to feel that I'd been very, very good, and I deserved to spend... just a little bit. I had my day planned: a stop at Michael's to take a look at the latest yarn, then Barnes & Noble, which was very close by. Just across the street from Barnes & Noble is Burger King, and one of their fish sandwiches certainly would taste good. After lunch, I would stop at the grocery store and pick up a few things.
Well... the only thing I did was stop at Barnes & Noble. Erasmus, writer of one of my favorite quotes, got hold of me and wouldn't let go. I had thirty-year-old yarn I had yet to use; I didn't need to see the new stuff. That fried fish would only sprint to my hips, and if I stopped at the grocery store, I wouldn't be able to resist putting a bag or two of chips or cookies into the cart along with everything else. No, no, no. I only had a little money, and I was going to spend it all on books!
Here's what I walked out of Barnes & Noble with:
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. Had to have this one, since Paperback Swap had already sent me Sizzling Sixteen. Can't read 'em out of order, oh no!
I'm reading this one right now, and although I've laughed a few times, the thrill is gone with this series, I'm afraid. Evanovich needs to create a new cash cow.
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart. I've been drooling over this one for months, and I did a happy dance right there in the bookstore when I saw a copy of it on the shelf. (Good thing no one else tried to reach for it at the same time!)
The cover of this book reminds me of the gates to the Poison Garden in the gardens of Alnwick Castle in England. The docent and I had such a nice chat about hallucinogenics....
The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill. I've learned the hard way that these Dr. Siri mysteries set in 1970s Laos just don't show up on Paperback Swap. Once people get their hands on them, they tend to keep them. Shows you how good they are, doesn't it?
Now I will share mine but not until I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator by Tarquin Hall. This book has proved to be another one of those that just weren't showing up on Paperback Swap, and I got tired of waiting.
I've seen several favorable reviews of this book, so I can't wait to read my first contemporary mystery set in India.
I may have had plans for needlepoint, cooking and a meal out, but everything condensed into four books. I'm just as happy as if I'd done everything on my list. Books have always been able to satisfy a place within me that nothing else can. Are any of you the same way?
And speaking of all of you reading this, have you already read any of these four books? Any recommendations you'd care to share? Do tell!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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- Hi! I'm addicted to books (especially crime fiction), laughter and traveling off the beaten path. In my free time, when my eyes aren't glued to the printed page, one of them is usually pressed against the viewfinder of my camera. Let's see... books, laughter, travel, photography. Anything else? Oh yeah-- my dream house wouldn't have a kitchen!
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