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“The Pillars of the Earth” is still very good. I’ve been so busy in the recent days that the only time I’ve been able to find to read has been just before falling asleep at night. As I read it I find myself very interested in reading Follett’s suspense thriller material too. He keeps the information coming and you grow very invested in the characters lives.

What are you reading right now? Is it something that is in time with the season we are approaching or is it something that has been on your TBR list for a while now? Something new that arrived in my mailbox last week is David Sedaris’s “Holidays On Ice”.  It’s a great little book (really, it’s a small 3/4 inch thick book) with six of Sedaris’s Christmas stories. 

From the inside cover:  “Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris’s most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as an emergency coaster or ice scraper.  This drinking mans’ companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, in the glow  of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car.  It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to.  It should, in short, behave much like a book.  And oh, What a book it is!”

HILARIOUS!  Sedaris is the author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, “Naked” & “Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim”, just to name a few.  His sister is Amy Sedaris of “Strangers With Candy” fame.  This little book will be joining me on the pilgrimage home for the holidays this month (among others).


“The Pillars of the Earth” is a Pillar of a Book

I finally received my copy of Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth” this morning.  I’m still a little surprised with myself that I am reading an “Oprah Book Club” book at the time it’s The book club book.  So far there’s been a hanging, a cursing, and a stampeding war horse and I’m only on page 28.  I have 945 more pages to go!  I found myself interested in this book because of the time setting being in the Middle Ages.  I find this period very romantic, dangerous, cold, and wonderful. 

Are you reading anything “trendy” right now?  Trendy meaning something that a lot of people are reading at the same time?  Like “Eat, Pray, Love” or something on the New York Times Top 10 Best Seller List? 

I did order Ruth Reichl’s first memoir “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table” and look forward to checking out the beginnings of the present Gourmet Magazine Editor In Chief.  I did read an excerpt from “Tender at the Bone” and laughed my butt off so I’m pretty excited about reading the book.  Did reading “Garlic & Sapphires” inspire you to check out some of Reichl’s previous memoirs and/or Gourmet Magazine? 

The Crazy Schedule That Is The Holiday Season

Hey everyone!  I hope you are having fun getting ready for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Holiday Season.  Some of you may already know that the hubby and I will be going home to the D.C. area for Christmas/New Years this year.  The pilgrimage will begin mid-December and the flight alone (from Okinawa to D.C.) is an exhausting event in it’s own right. 

Due to the craziness that will be the Holiday season this year, I am not going to be doing a book vote for December, but instead will post the voting poll for the January book on Friday, December 28th. 

I hope this doesn’t cause much disappointment for you out there and I hope that you understand.  I will be taking advantage of this time to read some things that I have had on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf for a while now so I am looking forward to that. 

I’m not usually a big follower of the “Oprah Book Club” but the book she just announced last week looks pretty cool.  “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett is a story set in the Middle Ages about the building of a cathedral in an English Village and the tries and tribulations of the villagers and how this project effect their lives.  I had placed one of Ken Follett’s novels on my wish list a couple of years ago (and it’s still there… so many books, so little time) called “Whiteout“, a thriller using bio-terrorism during that takes place during the Holidays in northern Scotland.

What book(s) would you read if you took a month off from your regular book club reading?  Would you delve into a new genre or go back to something that caught your eye a while ago?  Would you even buy a new book or go back to your TBR shelf and get some things read and under your belt so you can make room for new books to go on your TBR shelf? 

Well I wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving this year and I hope you take a moment to breathe while preparing for the holiday.  If you are going to have time to rent a movie, I must recommend my favorite Thanksgiving movie, “Home For The Holidays” with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr.  It just reminds us that no family is perfect but it’s all you’ve got in this life.