>> Sunday, October 23, 2011
Since my last update:
I didn’t do a Weekend Update last week because I was out of town and then this week turned into one of those too busy to sit down except when too tired to even pick up a book weeks. As a result I’ve taken an inadvertent week off from the blog other than Wednesday’s photo. That works out well since I also took an inadvertent week off from finishing any books until last Friday.
I finished Chris Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers. This was an interesting ghostly story that had elements of and reminded me of several of my favorite spooky reads and horror books from over the years. I’m still reading Marcus Sakey’s short story collection Scar Tissue: Seven Stories of Love and Wounds. If all goes as planned today I’ll be talking about a couple of those on tomorrow’s Short Story Monday post. I've started The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev. It's about Catarina Sforza who was an Italian Noblewoman who took on Cesare Borgia when hardly anyone else had the guts to do so.
I also finished the audio of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I am so glad I paid attention to my bookish twitter friends who recommended this audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The biting satire, humor and excellent reading by the author were a great combination. I was telling The Hubster yesterday that when he finishes his current project of listening to the Harry Potter series (he’s currently halftway through Order of the Phoenix) this will be in his audiobook queue. I’m not sure what he’ll think but when I was trying to tell him about it yesterday he said it sounded fun.
I’ve barely started Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (read by Wil Wheaton) as my new audiobook, but I’m enjoying it already.
Other than books and reading:
The reason didn’t post an update last weekend was that I was out of town. I went to Atlanta to spend a long weekend with some dear friends. We came from four different directions and met in Atlanta. It was a wonderful weekend of relaxing and chatting punctuated with trips to a couple of restaurants associated with some of our favorite Top Chef contestants.
The dining highlight of the weekend was dinner at Woodfire Grill. Kevin Gillespie is one of my all time favorite Top Chef contestants and is the co-owner and executive chef. It was truly an amazing meal in a fabulous atmosphere. Ben Stiller at the next table was an added interesting bonus. My fellow Top Chef fans will get a kick out of what is on the wall in the Women’s restroom at Woodfire Grill:
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It was a whirlwind of a weekend capped off by a great sunset and view of the Pacific Northwest Mountains as we landed in Portland.
Sunset at 36,000 feet
Mt. St. Helens on the left, Mt. Adams on the right and Mt. Rainier barely visible in between.
I did manage to accomplish something and made some good progress on a scarf I’m making. I’ll probably end up giving this one away, but I wanted to try this pattern out. Eventually I’m going to make this for myself in red as a reminder of The Night Circus.
New on my shelves and lists:
I’ve kind of lost track of what’s been added to my TBR list in the past couple of weeks but I did add this one this week.
Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
I’ve been a fan of Robinson’s Inspector Banks series for several years and while I’m still somewhere in the middle of that series, I’m looking forward to this standalone that will be released in the US in February.
I checked my status for the What’s in a Name 4 challenge and I need to get busy so I have this one out from the library.
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton
It’s my next book in a cozy series I enjoy and it counts for that challenge too.
Hope you're having a great weekend!!