I haven’t been updating ye olde bloge. Partially, because I’ve been busy with other things, but mostly because I just don’t feel like it, which I think is a pretty good reason. I was (am) contemplating taking the whole thing down, but figuring out how to do that without losing it all (and all of the tracking of progress at my little house) feels like too much work, so we’ll see what happens.
I kept meaning to write updates about this-0r-that (I competed in another horse show… against grown-ups! I changed out a super-old light switch! There was another ridiculous car accident right in front of my house!), but no dice.
Mostly, I like having a record of my little life, so while I figure out what to do, here are some books I’ve read lately.
If you loved this book (or movie) please avert your eyes for the rest of this paragraph. I read it, because everyone in the entire world said OMGITISSOOGOOD! but basically, I was not that into it. I mean, it is a book about teenagers with cancer. WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?!!? I was actually angry when I finished it. It isn’t the worst, though, so don’t let me stop you from reading it.
Much like The Fault in Our Stars, er’ryboddy’s reading Bernadette. I liked it medium. Bernadette is the mom who goes missing, and the book is told through emails, letters, tiny chapters by the eighth grade daughter, etc. I loved the first half of the book. The beginning is all about the interactions between the parents at the kid’s private school and I found them hilarious (lots of talk about the “Subaru Parents” vs the “Mercedes Parents” and all of their petty dramas). The last part of the book is the search for Bernadette, and it just kinda faltered for me. I still found it enjoyable, and I loved the beginning, so if you, too, want to be on trend with your reading, grab this book.
99.9% of the books I read I find at the thrift store, and let me tell you this cover basically had my name written all over it. Rain boots, yo. Rain boots. As you might guess from the title, a vet from London heads out to the country to help her bestie with her rural vet practice while the bestie goes on vacation. She basically runs the place into the ground but by the end of the book has a triumphant return. Oh, and watch out for the super-mean neighboring old-man vet and his vet-son! At one point in the first chapter the main girl has lost her friend’s dog and is slogging through a creek and almost gets run over by a terrible man on a horse who berates her. Guess who he turns out to be and guess what happens between the two of them!?!?!? Exactly. It isn’t going to change your life or anything, but this was an enjoyable, fluffy read. (Ha! Fluffy like the animals!)
You know, I remember enjoying this book when I read it, but I can’t remember all that much what it is about. The main character gets divorced, and starts renting out rooms in her house, and figuring out what to do with herself. It was a New York Times Bestseller and in Oprah’s Book Club, and honestly, I can’t tell you why. It was good enough, though.
Another divorced-lady book: this one moves into a smaller house, and starts working for a local famous-recluse author. She has friends with problems (and one with A SECRET PAST), her ex-husband rolls back around, the has an old-lady neighbor who becomes a big part of her life, and I’m pretty sure they all live happily ever after, but the details are foggy because most of these kinds of books are exactly the same.
This book isn’t as trashy as that cover would lead you to believe. The “Three Sisters” refers to three Victorian houses in a little town, and the women who own them, and whose lives tun out to be total messes. But don’t worry, they all become great friends in the end! (Really, that is basically the plot of the whole thing.) It was a little over done in most places to REALLY EMPHASIZE the brokenness of the character ladies, but other than that I enjoyed it for the fluff reading that it is.
Dude, do NOT read this book. I’m even embarrassed to say that I did, but I found it at the thrift store and it had riding boots on the cover, and what can you do? I will tell you that you can by it for one cent on Amazon right now, and one cent is too much money to pay for this garbage. Oh, and yes, of course I read the whole thing. It is basically about this lady who is a beginner adult rider, and up and moves to this fancy-Olympic-athlete Dressage training barn, where she is taken on as a student even though she has no idea what she is doing, and no horse experience. The author is the worst writer probably in the world– half of the characters have “accents” that she writes out all phonetically in the worst way, there is one character that is really, really stupid, and it took me until almost the end of the book to realize “Oh, that is supposed to be FUNNY…” and there is some side-plot that makes no sense about some secret cult-like group, but overall the book made no sense. I read the whole thing partially because I was fascinated by how something so terribly written could actually be published into a book. Terrible.
In conclusion, I think I need some ideas for good books to read.