Greetings this 8th day of 2013. I do have a review to write but don’t yet feel like it. Thought I would just let my fingers dance on the keyboard and spit out random things to chat about.
Like what is up with Barnes and Noble? I went there today because I was in the area to take a test (tell more in a bit) and thought I would buy myself The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman and then share it with my friend Holly because I’m pretty sure she will like it, too. The place seemed disorganized or, rather, not organized to my liking. Where is the Fiction section? Oh, there it is. S… Danielle Steele… OK back up, S-T-E-D. Nothing. I couldn’t find it. Then I couldn’t find anyone to ask about it. Then I remembered that I could/should go to the local indie bookstore that I love and wasn’t too far away. Then I saw a box of Christmas cards marked down to $5 and thought I would buy. But they only had one clerk working. And I have been in a very impatient mood this year. I waited impatiently. Then I decided to put the box of cards back on the table and walk out. At the same time, another clerk joined the cashiers. Sigh.
So I drove over to the new location of my favorite Indie store and unfortunately, it is now even farther out of my way and the parking is in back and the place doesn’t have that same inviting feel (and smell) and I was getting grumpy. I wait in line as the guy in front of me bantered jovially and I peruse the tempting shelf of books nearby. Finally, I ask if they have Light Between Oceans and the answer is no. So I say no to the question of whether or not they could order it for me because it is such a drive out of my way and I was grumpy. I know full well they are likely trying to implement cost-saving measures to continue to exist as an Indie bookstore and that made me feel guilty.
But I know I will just download it and eBook it and be bad. Sad.
A group of lovely ladies I work with on charity missions has started a book club and they have chosen The Light Between Oceans as the first book. I have to read it by February 10.
In the afternoon, I went to see Les Miserables.
Oh! My test!! Even after the not-quite-long-term (which means I got regular pay not the long-term pay) substitute teaching gig that concluded last Friday, I am still embarking on the path to get my teaching certificate! Today was Step One. Step One is to take the Communications test to see if I can comprehend the English language. It was multiple choice and a few writing tasks. I think I passed but I was not at all worried about it. Rather had a nonchalant and cavalier attitude about it, actually. Which could mean I totally flubbed it like a stupid idiot. Don’t worry, I attempted a proper tone and used complete sentences. Step Two will be to take a specialty exam. I haven’t yet decided on what that specialty should be.
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I enjoyed Les Miz. I cried right away during Anne Hathaway’s scenes. But I really didn’t get as swept away as I had hoped. This book was my FAVORITE teen crush read when I was in High School. I remember just sobbing; trying to read through tear-bloated eyeballs. I love sobbing to moving heart-wrenching books.
Back to today…
From the cinema, I went to my favorite coffee house and drank something hot with mocha and whipped cream. Read my Bookies club read of The Memory Thief by Emily Colin. I’m not liking where it is headed but I’m in too far and must see it to its conclusion. Will Maddie find love again? Will it be with the blue-eyed stranger or the dead husband’s hot best friend? Whatever… (I hate when a book brings out my picky booksnob snark; SO annoying.)
What is wrong with me? Is it because I have failed to think upon the “New Year Resolution”? Not to whine? To think positive, to drink less, exercise more, be here now, throw out crap in the house I don’t need, find a job, this and that, etc and then some. I dunno.
I think I might still have the flu. My advice to you is to NOT get the flu. It never leaves.
I had other things I wanted to chat about but this has taken a bad turn and I think I will go back to Maddie/Aiden/J.C./Nicholas. (It’s not that bad – everyone else is loving it – but it aint no Great Gatsby narrated by Tim Robbins, I’ll grant you that.)
LAST BOOK READ: Making Piece by Beth Howard. (How pie helped her grieve for her dead husband.)
LAST PIE CREATED: Orange Curd with Almond Crust (wasn’t impressed.)
CURRENT BOOK: The Memory Thief (also about grieving for a dead husband)
CURRENT LISTEN: The Great Gatsby (just picked up the accompanying print copy to read along and highlight awesome passages.)
NEXT BOOK: Beloved for the Long-Awaited Reads Challenge Month hosted by Ana and Iris.
NEXT AUDIO: either Ready Player One or Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends.
NEXT PIE: Chocolate, Coffee, Orange Marmalade Tart
What are YOU up to these days?