Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book Talk

I'm feeling a little better, at least enough to get out and about for a couple of hours this morning. (I'm stronger in the morning and fade by late afternoon... where is that maid with dinner?).

I had to pick up the Bleak House DVD from the library (which we had to get through Inter-library loan) and also brought home A Christmas Book by Elizabeth Goudge and A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer. The latter being a newly published book of Rumpole Christmas short stories.

I didn't set out from home with the anticipation of Christmas novels but they both sort of jumped in my arms as I walked by the shelf... perhaps sifting through all the book recommendations had that affect on me. So many authors were from the Mother Country (aka: England). :)

Speaking of which, I'm still chipping away at the list to prepare it for the actual post. I think the biggest difference from this post and the first is the number of favorite authors listed... dozens of authors! We also have many more movie and TV show listings this time, too. I hope to have it all put together and posted on Monday... twenty-five pages to go through is a lot but it is also rewarding.

I have two books ready to write a review tomorrow. The third is quite good but I needed a little fiction in the midst of the fine history book I'm reviewing... thus, the evening calls for tea and crackers and Miss Goudge. Ummm...

I also have to read two chapters of a graphic novel (Watchmen... the book, not the movie which is not good to see) to discuss with Christopher before he writes a paper tomorrow for his English class. He wants to know if he can use one of the characters as a Christ figure. That will require use of my brain. Hmmm... I wonder if I could get away with reading it tomorrow after a couple cups of coffee?


Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this Brenda and for all your lovely posts which are so greatly appreciated by all of your readers.
Blessings to you!

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

I'm just thrilled to see how Christopher still comes to you for counsel on his school assignments. What a blessing that must be....ummmm......aside from needing to think so hard when you're not feeling well, that is.

carla said...

If I didn't list Good Neighbors, To the Manor Born and Keeping Up Appearances for the cozy tv viewing, may I do so now?

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

So glad you are on the upswing! C

Anonymous said...

I am very curious. Could someone tell me about Good Neighbors? I have heard this title mentioned several places...was it a mini series on pbs? What was it about? Jody

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries said...

Hello Brenda,
I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!
P.S. Yes, I agree with Cheryl, it's lovely to see that Christopher turns to you for counsel. He's lucky to have you and wise to know it.

carla said...

One more cozy book recommendation: Just Shy of Harmony. It's one of a series about a small town (in the upper midwest) written by Phillip Gulley, a Quaker minister.

I liked it even better than the Mitford books.