Friday, May 23, 2008

My Current Reads

I'm not comfortable with leaving a post on fish here for very long but I'm unsure what to write about next. Lots of extended family and health issues going on at the moment - stuff like that tends to stymie my creativity. As if this blog reflects my creativity ...

So, here's what I'm reading at the moment:

The War of the Roses, by Alison Weir. 15th century goings on between the royalty in England. Not light reading, I'm only halfway through. King Henry VI's miserable life seems to drag on and on. I'm learning a lot of history, which I enjoy. I love Alison Weir books, she's great at research.

Starting From Scratch, by Rita Mae Brown. A different kind of writer's manual. Thought-provoking, informative. Reading books like this inspire me to keep writing. She's a tough broad which adds a unique twist.

Ah, Tuscany, by Don McPherson. This is yet another book about a foreigner buying and restoring a home in Tuscany, which I just can't seem to get enough of. This one, however, is written from a man's point of view which means, to my feminine eye, it can be a bit dry at times but that's o.k. No flowery writing to get in the way of the story. I would like to live in a foreign country someday. Books like this can either scare me or encourage me.

My biggest challenge is to actually finish one of these book before my kids become adults. I'm famous for getting several books going and only finishing a few (the ones I can't put down). Drives my husband nuts. Even my kids start asking, "Mom, are you ever going to finish that book?" What's it to them, I say? Life is short - if a book isn't worth my time, there's no point in finishing it. I have no trouble leaving it in the middle and never knowing how it turned out. Draconian, yes, but so be it. I've always wanted to type the word "draconian" - and now I have.


Mama Self said...

At least you are reading! We are STILL unpacking...and unpacking books, of all thing. :)

I also start multiple ones at a time. Here's to us enjoying a few good ones this summer!

Cate said...

We are so alike in our literature choices! I also have about 9 books on the go, ranging from historical novels to "change of life" stories, to various writing books.

Problem is, I also battle "mother-guilt" if I dare to sit down and read, sigh..........

Leingang Family said...

"Ah, Tuscany" sounds just like the kind of book I would love. I tend to like books written by men and I would just love to undertake an adventure like that. Having a big fixer-upper in a foreign country would be a fantastic homeschool experience!

Anonymous said...

this post made me chuckle, Kate. At first I was all sighing and jealous thinking, "man, she has time to read adult books...and MORE THAN ONE!" but then all your honest comments about not finishing books...taking forever and the last about typing "draconian" cracked me up. OK, now I have to go look up Draconian. You're giving us readers vocab challenges, huh?

appleleaf said...

Life's too short to persevere with a book right through to the end just for the sake of it! Chalk up the ones you do finish as extra rivetting.
Draconian is a great descriptive word. I think our kids find that Andrew's bed-time rules can be a bit draconian for them, but they haven't used that word. I might suggest it to them and see if he knows what it means.