My news, book news and why I need your recommendations


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Dear Readers, it has been a long few days. I will start with the big news. On Thursday I got a call from the cardiologist regarding my surgery date; it is the 28th of this month. I leave for San Francisco on the 24th as I have a pre-op appointment on the 25th. What this means to you is that I will offline for about two weeks or more.  I will be in the hospital for 10 days, then I am sure I will not feel well for a few days after I get home.  I want to thank all of you who have sent good wishes; I appreciate all the out pour I have received.  I am looking forward to having this behind me and as an added bonus look forward to my recovery time. This is one way to tell the difference between readers and nonreaders; we readers look forward to down time as it means books and more books.
In case you missed it The World Cup has started. I am not a huge sports fan and normally do not watch sports on TV, but soccer has always fascinated me. Maybe because as a child I was not allowed to go out and run wild (having a heart condition stopped me, not my parents). So as a result I always wanted to be a track runner or soccer player; I marvel at how much players have to run and keep their eyes on a moving target.  I do not have one particular team I am cheering, no I have two; England and Germany. Both are great clubs, I have been following both for a few years.
This weekend I watched four matches, had a dinner party and managed to get some gardening and shopping time in. We have sun, finally! I think it went from winter right into summer over here in Nevada.  I have a lot of yard clean up to do before I leave for San Francisco as I will not be able to play in the dirt during the month of July. All this activity kept me off the computer; I have a short time to get things done, and believe me knowing I cannot do much for a month is a great motivator!
On to book news. I was delighted to snag a copy of Loren Foschini’s Proust’s Overcoat, the true story of one man’s passion for all things Proust. I was lucky enough to get this from Shelf Awareness. I won Melissa Milgrom’s Still life, adventures in Taxidermy from Wonders and Marvels. This is a great history blog and I encourage you all to check it out. Tina and Holly are wonderful editors and offer great giveaways. I had to laugh though; this book is about taxidermy, most notably Mr. Walter Potter’s Museum of Curiosities where you could see everything from bespectacled lobsters and poker playing squirrels. What made me laugh was the lack of pictures in the book. You would think a book on this subject would include pages of photos; but sadly there are none.  I found this one thanks to the magic of the internet. I admit it is kinda creepy, but oh so fascinating; I really wish the book would have included pictures like this.
So dead kitties’ aside, I am happy with the two books I received. As you can guess I am eagerly adding books to my TBR pile so I can read non-stop in July. Our library opens back up tomorrow after weeks of renovation. I have every intention of visiting it tomorrow night to add more books to my growing pile.
So, here is a question; if you had five weeks to do nothing but read what would you choose? Is there a book you have been putting off? Would you read a pile of light summer type books or would you finally pick up the tome you have been eying for years? If you have a favorite must read I want to know this too. I will happily take recommendations.
Talk to you all soon!

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

4 thoughts on “My news, book news and why I need your recommendations”

  1. Sari,So sorry I missed your initial post about your upcoming surgery. Wishing you a speedy recovery, and plenty of quiet reading time as well.


  2. Wishing you all the best with your surgery and post-surgery. But sounds like a great chance to read. Have you tried Orhan Pamuk's "My Name is Red"? If not, this is your chance – a weighty tome. A very original and brillaint novel is David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas". And for lighter reading, but unbelievably original and well written there is Italo Calvino's "If On a Winter's Night a Traveller". Best of luck and happy reading.


  3. Thanks Diane.P M, Thank you for the recommendations. I have read Mitchell's Atlas. It is brilliant, though I liked Ghost Written a lot better. Did you read this?I will check out all the others you mention. I am always on the look out for new authors.


  4. Good luck with your surgery, Sari!I'm also a big world cup fan. I don't think we can cheer much longer for England, but I'm having high hopes for tomorrow's German game, esp. since they are my home team. As for a recommendation I'd take Vikram Seth's "A suitable boy". A great book and excellent writing. You will get many hours of reading pleasure from it.


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