Monday, March 28, 2011

Stir Crazy

How is the weather where you are? Where I am it is still SNOWING! Like a lot of it. At this rate, I don’t think we will see green grass until July. I know, the weather is generally pretty crappy all over the place right now, but seriously, it is almost April! March came in and is leaving like a freaking lion. To make matters worse, with the whole “spring ahead” of our clocks a few weeks back, when it’s 8:30 p.m., it’s still light outside, and there is snow on the ground. I just can’t reconcile that. And the clothes, the cute, brightly colored, opened toed shoes kind of clothes that are out right now. I’m still wearing my Uggs and a parka. Also, I’m getting really sick of the bottom of my pants getting soaking wet from the snow, having a permanently dirty car, and tracking snow and gravel into my house. It’s getting beyond ridiculous.

So because the weather has been total garbage, I have been spending a lot of time indoors. I have caught up on a lot of reading. I love books – and not just cook books - almost as much as I love television. I finished reading Dahanu Road by Anosh Irani. Such a good book! If you haven’t read it, I totally recommend it. I have a soft spot for books that take place in India or the Middle East for some reason. It seems like there is more history and the love (and hatred) of the characters is always that much more epic. Either way, this one gets my vote.

After finishing that book, I felt I had filled my ‘serious’ quota for a while and wanted a quick and easy read. So next I tackled the Aurora Teagarden Series by Charlaine Harris (her other series – the Sookie Stackhouse Novels are the basis of HBOs True Blood). Oh my goodness. These books are ridiculously easy to read, totally vapid, and I’ve usually solved the mystery by the middle of the book, but such fun. I love Aurora, the main character – she’s kind of a dork, sarcastic and self deprecating so I am totally endeared to her. Plus she works in a library, which was one of my dream jobs as a child. I finished the first two this weekend, and started reading the third one today. Like I said, they are very quick reads.

I also picked up Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. So far so good, but I’m only about half way through that one. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon are going to star in the movie adaptation of the book. Picturing Edward Cullen falling in love with Elle Woods is really throwing me off my game. I have a hard time removing people from the characters that they’ve played. Obviously.

So that’s what I’ve been up to while waiting for the seasons to finally change. Don't judge me too harshly with the Aurora books. I'm not really that shallow. I read good books too, I promise. How have you been dealing with our extended winter? Have you read any good books lately? Share your must reads in the comments!


  1. I recently finished The Passage by Justin Cronin.. it was a good end of the world-type book. Unfortunately, it is the first in a trilogy and I'm TERRIBLE at patiently waiting for anything...

  2. The last book I read was, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" and before that it was "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". It's the most I've read since reading the Sweet Valley High series in Grade 7. If they can't make it into a movie, then it can't be that good ;)

  3. Julie, I read The Passage too - so good! If you need another to hold you over, try Discovery of Witches. It's like a Vampire Diaries meets Pillars of the Earth. Snarky Sister, sometimes you need these fun reads in between all the serious liter-ah-ture. No shame in having some candy if you're generally eating well.