NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy October!

Wow. October already. I'll miss summer, but on the upside it means it's almost time for the NBA to get started! Go Wolves!! And it also means the election is almost here and over so I can get back to normal. I feel as if I've been incredibly lax in my reading, because I'm spending so much time online and in front of the television watching the presidential campaigns unfold. I used to get a lot more done when I didn't care which chef was in the kitchen, you know what I mean? So here's my pledge: Since I already know where my vote will be cast, and with the exception of the debates, I pledge to turn off the TV and get more reading done!

I'm loving Sharon Kay Penman's Devil's Brood, but it is taking a long time to get through due to distractions and 700 pages of teeny, tiny type. I plan on taking up something a lot lighter once I close the cover on Henry and Eleanor. Perhaps Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran by Andy Taylor which I won during BBAW for my "You Might Be A Book Addict If . . ." answer? (Thanks, Amy!!) Nothing like some good Duran Duran gossip to get the reading up to speed again! In case you're curious, my answer was: You might be a book addict if you have the hard cover, you've read it, but you buy the paperback anyway because, "the cover is sooo pretty!" Yup. I've done it. So have you. Come on. 'Fess up. :-)

With the way the reading year has been going, my September feels rather paltry:

82. The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer
83. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
84. The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson
85. Confessor by Terry Goodkind
86. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
87. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
88. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

Links from the list are to my reviews. I've been remiss in getting my review written for Cathedral of the Sea, but I'm having trouble focusing enough. The election, Max's hip trouble, general antsy-ness. . . If any of you have any questions about that one, let me know! Maybe that will get me moving a little more quickly. And someday I'll write my thoughts on the whole Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind now that I've finally polished off the whole thing. I've also received a couple of wonderful awards from some great friends, and I need to get to those soon also. I'm so thrilled to get them!

Here's to hoping I can get back to normal very soon! While we're waiting for that to happen, here's a cool Andy Taylor video from back when I had to walk uphill both ways to school. :-)

Happy reading and good viewing to all!


Andi said...

Wow, in comparison to my September that's an excellent month! lol I've been trying to make more reading time for myself, too. I haven't had too much trouble getting away from the TV, but I do have a hard time tearing myself away from work. Blah!

Darlene said...

You got lots of reading done Lezlie. The Devil's Brood sounds taxing-700 pgs of teeny tiny type-yikes. It's so easy to get distracted and not read. I do it with blogging. Finally I just have to say no more and get my book out. No reading-no reviews to post. lol.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

88 Books--Lezlie that is fantastic (and not at all paltry!)

Lezlie said...

Andi ~ Yeah, that work thing is a problem, too. Let's quit. :-)

Dar ~ It's really tiny, seriously! I have to wear reading glasses. I hope the real book has larger type when it's released. This is the ARC.

Trish ~ Thanks! Even though the monthly total seemed small, I'm more than on target for the 100 Books target this year. Only twelve more to go, and three months to do it in. Yippee!

Passages to the Past said...

I am re-reading the series in preparation of Devil's jealous you have an ARC! Lucky Duck!

Lezlie said...

Amy ~ I will definitely be going back and reading those first two. If they're even half as good as Devil's Brood, it will be worth it. :-)


Marg said...

I had a pretty average September reading wise too - my worse month of the year in terms of number of books read.

And as for reviewing....well, the less said about that the better.

Darlene said...

I left you a little something here:

Lezlie said...

Marg ~ We'll have to be a cheering section for each other this fall. We can do it! I don't know what "it" is, but we can do it anyway. :-)

Dar ~ Thank you!!

Kristin said...

I was always a Simon le Bon girl (geez, is that the right name? I'm so ashamed... take away my Duran Duran Love Society badge *now*).

Lezlie said...

Kristin ~ I had a massive crush on Nick Rhodes. Gotta love a guy who can wear royal purple eyeshadow and look great! :-) Simon Le Bon has one of my all-time favorite voices though. And he still sounds great!


Anonymous said...

Ooh I'd love to hear your thoughts on Sword of Truth! Make that post a priority!!

Did you know they're coming out with a TV series? They're calling it Legend of the Seeker. My boyfriend (who turned me onto the books) doesn't think the characters fit... and neither do I. But at least the whole first season is the first book. I'm glad they didn't try to cram it into a 2.5 hour movie!

Check out the trailers:

Lezlie said...

Monnibo ~ I will do that. I did like the series quite a bit. I saw that they are making a TV series. It's a good format for that book. I agree that a movie couldn't have done it justice. I hope the series does!