And I'm not talking about Florida...it is like a balmy spring day down there. My husband and I took a quick trip with some work colleagues to Chicago. Talk about a shock to the system! We got a little dusting of snow when we arrived, and temps that maxed out in the 20's (and the teens at night). While I was packing for the trip and worrying about how I was going to keep warm, I discovered my 25 year-old purple wool Limited coat I bought in 1988. I cut out the football sized shoulder pads and away I went. Who knows why I held onto this thing all these years, but it served me well in the tundra.
The cold hasn't stopped our fun...we have shopped until we dropped. I was thrilled to go by my beloved Sandmeyer's Bookstore, where I go every time I am in town. The owner and I feel like fast friends and always have fun talking shop. I love to let her walk me around and hand-sell me books, and this time I came away with "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach, "Headhunters" by Jo Nesbo, "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn, and "The Outlaw Album" by Daniel Woodrell. Good thing I have room in my luggage!
Before we left home, though, I attended our December Heathrow Literary Society meeting, which included a discussion about "Room" and a holiday book swap. In the swap, I ended up with "The Birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant. Has anyone read this? Let me know what you thought! As far as our discussion of "Room", 99% of the group loved it. One woman thought it was just OK, and one gentleman flat out hated it (and got so passionate he had to interrupt my love fest). But it takes all kinds of opinions to fuel a book club.
I had a meeting for our Adult Literacy League, preparing for our Reading Between the Wines event in March. You will be hearing more and more about this event as the time draws near, but in the meantime, I really need to read some Lisa See to prepare for her visit.
I received my Secret Santa package from Erica at The Book Cellar, a YA blogger in Boston. OMG, guys, she has RABBITS! Can't let my daughter see that. Erica sent me "Tipping the Velvet" by Sarah Waters, one of my favorite authors EVAH (and is the only book I haven't read by her). And she also sent me the coolest book light, that opens up like a robotic arm. Sorry I don't have pictures, but I zipped out of town before I took one.
In print this week, I finished "Joy For Beginners" by Erica Bauermeister, who is a joy herself. She has such a way with expressing the senses. I have so much serious love for this author. I just started a book I got from SIBA, "The Future of Us" by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The book is about a couple of kids who log into AOL in 1996, and stumble upon their older selves on Facebook 15 years later. I'm intrigued!
On audio, I started "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson. I am struggling desperately to get through this, which is distressing for me. I loved "The Devil in the White City", in fact it would probably be one of my top reads ever. In this book, though, there are many names and facts, and I just can't stay engaged. I am just a little over halfway through, and I'm invested to finish, but in the end I'll probably decide this book isn't suited for audio.
Today we fly back home, and rescue my poor parents from kid duties. I can think of a dozen things that might transpire once we get there...shopping, a movie, pedicure, homework, etc. It probably isn't going to be relaxing, but I don't think that will happen until...January?