I was awakened by a long and baleful mewing. I shot up in bed, worried that something was wrong with my dear Parker. It wasn't too long ago that he was sick after all. My husband is no good in situations like this, dead to the world in some far off valley in Slumberland. I jumped out of bed, fully awake, rushed to see what was wrong. Parker was walking towards me down the hall, with Anya close on his heels. I'm looking all over for signs of illness or maiming only to be led by my cat, Parker, to the kitchen door where he stood and stared, waiting to be let out. He isn't allowed outside and he knows it. It doesn't stop him from trying though. I truly believe that when Anya came to live with us, he thought that meant it was his turn to go out every once in awhile like his big canine brother, Riley. Anyhow, I scooped Parker up in my arms, all 11 lbs of him, and gave him a little corporal cuddle for the scare he gave me. And he purred and purred. That's how I know today will be a good one.
I have been participating off and on in Dewey's Weekly Geeks' events, picking and choosing which ones I take part in quite randomly. This is one of those times. This week, Dewey asks participants to compile a list of our favorite books published in 2008. I have managed to squeeze in quite a bit of new release reading so far this year. I thought I would share my top five list--all books I have read this year which have also been published this year. It was a lot harder to pare down than I thought it would be. I have read some great books. I will be brave though and take a stand.
The View From the Seventh Layer by Kevin Brockmeier
The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
Janeology by Karen Harrington
Moonlight Downs by Adrian Hyland
Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield
A Grave in Gaza by Matt Beynon Rees
Yes, I can count. And yes, I did list six titles instead of five. I told you it was hard.
It is time to make the day of five other people. Thank you to all who participated in the Hachette Book Group USA Get Smart! Back to School Reading Bonanza Giveaway!
The winners were chosen at random using random.org. And the five lucky readers are