I had to put down The Elegance of the Hedgehog in order to pick up Susan May Warren’s Nothing But Trouble. So far, I’m enjoying this, the first book in her PJ Sugar series. The dialogue is believable, the characters are interesting, and I love the mystery! I’m about half-way through this book and looking forward to reading the second book, Double Trouble when I’m done. I’m not a regular reader of Christian fiction, but I think the storyline in this book stands out without being “religious” in tone.
From the publisher:
It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ’s former flame—is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.
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Although it has been difficult to make it through more than two pages at night before falling asleep, I swear I have been reading. Some nights, I’m so tired that the book ends up dropping to the floor and I wake up around 3:00 a.m. to turn off the bedside lamp. Other nights, I actually finish a chapter and am able to fold up my glasses neatly, put the bookmark in the book, and put it on the night stand! It should go without saying that I’m almost always exhausted by the end of an average day. Nonetheless, it’s part of my routine to read in bed and I do manage to read more than one book a month if the boys haven’t wrecked me (or the house).
Jamie insisted that I read The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I’m about half-way through and it’s really starting to grow on me. I blame sleep deprivation on my difficulty getting through the first third of the book. I’ll be honest and say that I really don’t like Palome; I don’t want to get into why I don’t like her just yet, though. What I hope is that my opinion of her will change by the end of the book. As for Madame Michel, I’m still on the fence about her character, but I love the analysis of language and grammar. It’s amusing and probably even more amusing for Jamie since he’s the English Major in the family.
Lined up for reading when I’m done with this are:
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
- Nothing but Trouble and Double Trouble by Susan May Warren
Depending on when I receive my copy of Nothing but Trouble, I may have to put Hedgehog on hold for a bit. I’ll be participating in the blog tour for Double Trouble this month, so I’ve got to get those read!
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So this weekend:
- I did not have to take apart the laptop and dry it off
- I did not pop off the letter J in the process and lose the part that sticks it back on
- I did not go to Best Buy and have them tell me I’m better off buying a new laptop
- I did not drive all over town looking for the best deal on a new laptop
- I did not end up back at Office Depot where I started
- I did not have to buy a new laptop!!
(oh yes I did. and it’s not a Toshiba. it’s a superdelicious HP that was cheaper than I could have possibly imagined)
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Small Talk Six, and since I’m obviously in need of a bloggy pick-me-up, maybe this will help.
Today’s topic is “6 things on your wishlist this year.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . .
My list is going to consist of things on my wishlist that I’m absolutely certain I won’t be getting, but they’re on my list anyway.
- A Pentax DSLR–my K1000 is sitting sullenly in my living room shelf because I use it maybe twice a year. I live 30 miles from a Wolf Camera, so getting film developed requires a lot of planning and dollars. While I love photography and wish I had the time and equipment to develop my own photographs, a DSLR is the more practical alternative until my children grow up and move out.
- xBox 360–only to play the new Halo game. Pathetic, I know. But I’m a Halo junkie. It is true.
- Hardwood floors–I’m so sick of carpet. C’mon, orange cat plus blue carpet = GROSS.
- For Verizon to just get the iPhone already–’nuff said.
- Maid service for a year.
- The house next door–it once belonged to Jamie’s great grandfather, so we’d love to get it back in the family.
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