Musings about Clouds and Such

“Then what do you love, you extraordinary stranger?”

“I love clouds . . . drifting clouds . . . there . . . over there . . . marvelous clouds.”

-Charles Baudelaire, 1862

Mailbox Monday? Nope. the only books I got in the mail, I’ve already told you about or are gifts that I will wrap and send on. Wouldn’t want to ruin a surprise.

Library Loot?  Yes, I should look for that meme… YES!  FOUND IT.  I still have time to participate. (Looks like it starts a new week tomorrow.)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

From the library; inspired by my current reading of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell:

 The Invention of Clouds by Richard Hamblyn

The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, the amateur English meteorologist who in 1802 gave the clouds their names — cumulus, cirrus, stratus. He immediately gained international fame, becoming a cult figure among artists and painters — Goethe, Constable, and Coleridge revered him — and legitimizing the science of meteorology. Part history of science, part cultural excavation, this is not only the biography of a man, but of a moment: the cultural birth of the modern scientific era.

Oh, I thought it was a memoir – WRONG, it’s a biography. Cool. Not sure I will do more than flip through and skim around but it captured my imagination in some way so, here it is.

I am enjoying Cloud Atlas very much! It is just screaming to be finished and I’m showing tremendous restraint not devouring it right to the end. I just finished the second Timothy Cavendish section.

But I have decided to put it down, not rush it and see if I can finish Byatt’s Angels and Insects. JUST found out this morning that a movie was made of the first novella “Morpho Eugenia” but was titled Angels and Insects and I so want to get my hands on it!

So far this month, I have yet to finish a book. Egads.

Letter writing is going well, though. I’ve slowed to down or returned to my goal of one a day so it seems more relaxed than February. Now that I’m receiving more letters, I have a list that includes my new penpals and not so many family members. Though, glancing at the calendar, I need to put a birthday card for my cousin in today’s mail or it will be late.

Happy Monday!  What are YOU reading?

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17 Responses to “Musings about Clouds and Such”


  1. 1 Debi March 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Your posts just never fail to make me smile. Care = Treasure :)

  2. 3 bermudaonion (Kathy) March 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I never really thought about someone naming the clouds. Interesting! I’m reading The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone.

  3. 5 Trish March 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’m so concerned that I’m not going to be able to slog my way through Sloosha. Wahhhhhhhh. Starting that section did allow me to take my SECOND nap since I had the babe, though. ;)

    I haven’t read Byatt but want to. I hope you have a wonderful day Care. Do you find yourself gazing up at the Clouds with wonder now??

  4. 7 Amused By Books (@amusedbybooks) March 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I’m not having a stellar reading month either so don’t feel bad!

  5. 9 softdrink March 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Speaking of mail…the Carrie Nation postcard was brilliant! And I finally made it to the PO today, so Saturday is in the mail!

    • 10 Care March 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

      OH! Thank you! :) I stopped by my postcard-emporium and looked for more James Dean but was unsuccessful. But I did find a few amusing ones that might annoy or delight you.

  6. 11 Marg March 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The Library Loot post goes up every Wednesday but you can post anytime really!

    Thanks for joining in!

  7. 13 Kailana March 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Enjoy your book!

    I STILL haven’t written you back. I am terrible!

    • 14 Care March 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

      :D You’re not terrible. Don’t let my passion for letter-writing force you to change YOUR priorities. I am hopeful that you do enjoy receiving letters and that is all I need.

  8. 15 Vasilly March 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Don’t worry too much about not finishing a book yet this month. I don’t think I have either. Have you heard of the Cloud Collector’s Handbook? The second I saw the title of this post, that book came to me. I haven’t read it though.

  9. 17 Melissa (@AvidReader12) March 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve got clouds on the brain right now too. I an finally in the letters section and it’s strange to realize it’s all coming to an end.


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