Sunday, July 23, 2006

Hot weather

It's far hotter than usual here in France. The grass, despite the frequent thunderstorms, is bleached nearly white and the air is heavy and still. I bought two fans at the hardware store - they were the two last fans in the store! I rather like them; they're retro style, silver, like something you'd see in the office of a private eye in an old detective movie. When I see them I feel like leaning back in my chair and putting my feet up on my desk.

I have been trying to catch up on blogs and such, but haven't had much time. I was gone for over a month, and my son and husband were here by themselves...and neither is 'into' housework. So I've been busy scrubbing and cleaning. In the heat it takes longer.

I've also been reading a lot. My mom gave me a stack of books when I was in NY (my suitcases were Heavy!) and I read Mo Hayder's 'The Devil of Nanking' with my skin just crawing in horror. What a cool book. I'm also reading 'Flyboys', a terrific book about Io and Imo Jima in the Pacific. Absolutely fascinating. And sad too. The Human race is SO fucked up. The word is strong, but you have to read the book to understand why I use it.
Anyhow, for summer reading I would reccommend 'Flyboys' and 'The' Devil of Nanking' and for something light and fun, 'Eleven on Top' by Janet Evanovich. (recommended by my aunt)

What are you reading this summer?


Michelle B said...

It seems there is a world-wide heat wave going on lately. It's hotter than normal here as well.

I haven't had much time to read this summer. I've been pretty busy and along with becoming addicted to blogging, it's really cut back on my reading time!

The one book I am currently reading is actually one I've read before in college: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson. It's a very interesting read and pretty relevant personally.

Good luck with the cleaning and catching up!

FeyRhi said...

I love the heat! It's been a bit of a roaster the past week here too.

My reading has slowed down quite a bit since I have been working on my own project. Which is not going as fast as I would like, of course.
My vacation starts at the end of this week (yea!!) I've picked up J.A.Konrath's first two novels, "Whiskey Sour" & "Bloody Mary". My hopes is I'll have some reading time and with my RL job out of the way for a week, hopefully my writing will flow a bit better.
You know all the heat is a great excuse not to do too much housework *G*

Erin the Innocent said...

So far this month I've read
The Quiet Game by Greg Iles,
i see you by Holly Lisle,
Hunting the Hunter by Shiloh Walker,
When you Believe by Jessica Inclan,
Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts,
Dark Protector by Alexis Morgan,
Doppleganger by Marie Brennan (I think this was read this month...if not it was the end of last month)
Close Enough To Kill by Beverly Barton,
Out of the Blue by JoAnn Ross
and The Innocent by Harlan Coban
E-BOOKS - A Handimans Best Tool by Alexis Flemming, and Simply Irristable by Lucynda Storey

I've also test read a couple of books.

YEESH! I've been busy with the reading :)

Erin the Innocent

Sam said...

Well, you've given me some good ideas for more books!
I have to go put my TBR pile in one place (right now they are scattered all over the house) so I can figure out what book to read next!

December Quinn said...
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December Quinn said...

It is miserably hot here and I'm dying with no a/c. I spent all winter trying to acclimate to the cold and I'm afraid I've lost any progress I made because my body thinks I'm back in Florida!

And so far I'm spending the summer re-reading everything Barbara Michaels ever wrote, because I adore her books.

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Jenny said...

I read the Diane Johnson trilogy about American women in France - Le Divorce, L'Affaire, and Le Marriage. Then I read Suzanne Farrell's autobiography. Just ordered a book by Naomi Wolf - hasn't arrived yet.