Hello. How long has it been since I treated you to a random spouting of whatever is on my mind? I think I could yap for many words this morning AND still keep it about books. Got LOTS to say, it seems, and of course, all my sentence/thoughts are TOO LONG for Twitter. :P Besides, sometimes yelling into the Twitter void is loneliness-inducing. I’ll say something and no one reacts. So I just fell silly. Like I’m in a room full of people shouting something (not) profound; everyone keeps right on talking. Even worse, is the feeling that everyone stops for just a silent second to glance at me and then resumes talking. Twitter CAN be intimidating, admit it. (yes, I do know that I should just jump in and react to someone else’s tweet – gotta be a friend to have a friend…)
See? I’ve already rambled on and have barely even started.
I am now reading Night by Elie Wiesel; inspired by my finishing The Book Thief (and the fact that Night is less than 200 pages, who am I kidding?!) I have a confession. Of course, I knew this book was about his time in the Nazi concentration camps but I didn’t realize it was about his crisis of faith. I don’t know why this gives me pause, but it is sobering and somber and quietly dread-full. I think I might have to seek out Viktor Frankel’s Man’s Search for Meaning as a counterpoint/companion read next. How did I get on a Holocaust themed book run?
On a lighter note, I decided I could very well pop in an audio book to help Jen celebrate her Audio Week Extravaganza! So I’m halfway through listening to Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson and I am IN LOVE with the setting! What a wonderful NYC book! I’m fond of this book already; fond of the main character and her family.
Which brings me to a question that you may want to address in a comment if you so wish: Does it intimidate you to see the HOURS of LISTENING on an audio book case as compared to a book’s page count? It does me. So, when I saw that Suite Scarlett is NINE hours, I thought “OK, quite do-able.” and yet, I *know* that I can read about 50-60 pages an hour and could if I wanted to convert a book reading time to hours, but I never do.
On similar note (maybe), I downloaded the audio of The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace and the key-card doesn’t tell me how many hours it is. WHY do you think I assume it is many? Many like is LOTS? I’m scared to look up the page count… I was about to write another sentence with a form of the word ‘intimidation’ in it and that’s just silly. I have to get over what that word means!
Which reminds me of that quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I am hoping to put together a pre-discussion post of questions for Franny & Zooey – I suppose, I should write a review, too – and just wanted to let you know that I ended up liking it very much. Not what I was expecting to after the first 40 pages. In fact, I may have to re-read the Franny section. I didn’t do a good job of taking notes so I might have to re-read the whole thing… oh well.
AND. For August 10, I hereby announce the book will be Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
Jenny over at Jenny’s Books will be celebrating Diana Wynne Jones (an author I had never heard of until I started to read Jenny’s blog which you should read, too) – check out her announcement of that special week here. I want to read Howl’s Moving Castle or Eight Days of Luke.
Have I also shared that we are planning on vacation for July 10th (the F&Z discussion) and it is extremely possible that I won’t have internet access on that date?!?!??!?!? I’m sticking my head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge this possibility. DRAT IT ALL. I can’t go and tell the Hub to cancel vacation because I screwed up and scheduled an internet chat, now can I? Well, I wish I could but he’ll just turn around and ask me how much money I’m making on this blog-thing and ha-ha… I’ll see what I can do. Maybe I can get that I-Pad thingy figured out by then? It’s on my list of to-do’s before July 4th.
What else, what else? I had a brain full of topics to address! Where did they go?
I received Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa, MD from my new-friend-from-BEA Esme at Chocolate & Croissants (thank you!) which she was so wonderfully generous to send me because I was complaining that I couldn’t find this book in LARGE PRINT. (The one she sent isn’t in large print, either – I don’t think they printed an LP edition.) My desire was that I wanted to get this for the library at the HOME FOR THE AGED where I volunteer and the residents prefer Large Print. (It’s the largest Large Print library on the southcoast of Massachusetts!)
Finally, I leave you with a photo of a DOG named Oscar.