Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Where Is Your Bookmark? (09/17/2013)

The fall soccer season got off to a good start this past Saturday.  The summer weather was still in full force and effect, it being well over 100F all weekend.  We had fun just the same.  Mouse enjoys soccer days and was glad to be back at it.  For the last three weeks, I've had to endure her frustration that her class was "on vacation".   I think it's the combination of soccer and then being able to play at the park after that she likes--one without the other wouldn't be as fun.  Now that Labor Day has past, we will likely spend more time in the library and less time in the water on Saturdays as well.

All the talk on Twitter about The Walking Dead reignited my interest in the show and I am now watching the third season, and enjoying it.  I doubt I will be caught up to watch the show in the upcoming fourth season, but I think I will survive.  Shows I am looking forward to seeing this coming fall season include Revenge, Once Upon a Time and Scandal.  I want to check out a couple of the new ones too, including Sleepy Hollow and S.H.I.E.L.D.

I am nearly finished reading the cozy mystery The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown.  The October setting makes this a perfect fall read.  I had hoped to finish it this weekend, but I was more drawn to Lee Child's Killing Floor, which I did finish late Saturday night while everyone in the house slept.

As you will see below, I just started listening to another audiobook, which I'm already sure I am going to love.

What are you reading right now?  Is it something you would recommend?
Are there any television shows coming up that you are looking forward to seeing?

Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts 
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where  
participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a 
book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.

A couple of ladies in an online book group I belong to are reading We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.  Written in the form of letters, a mother talks about her son who murdered several of his classmates in a school shooting rampage.  It's one of the books I wanted to read this year alongside Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes, William Landy's Defending Jacob, and Columbine by Dave Cullen.  As a result, I decided to join in on the read-along.  Here's the first paragraph of Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin
November 8, 2000
Dear Franklin, 
I'm unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write to you.  But since we've been separated, I may most miss coming home to deliver the narrative curiosities of my day, the way a cat might lay mice at your feet: the small, humbling offerings that couples proffer after foraging in separate backyards.  Were you still installed in my kitchen, slathering crunchy peanut butter on Branola though it was almost time for dinner, I'd no sooner have to put down the bags, one leaking a clear viscous drool, than this little story would come tumbling out, even before I chided that we're having pasta tonight so would you please not eat that whole sandwich.

Would you continue reading?

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  1. Mouse sounds like such a sweetie!

    I've read We Need to Talk About Kevin and you definitely need to continue!

  2. Well you just reminded me that I'm probably a book or two behind on my Jack Reacher series (and I looked...I have TWO to read!). Right now I'm listening to Kiss Me First on audio...soooo good! I'm also about to finish up My Year with Eleanor in print, and while it isn't earth-shattering, I'm enjoying it. And Kevin? You need to read that one. You will hate it and love it, all at once.

    1. Sandy - I have a long way to go to catch up to you in the Jack Reacher series. :-) I'll have to look for Kiss Me First.

  3. We had a horrible experience with soccer when my son played so we steer clear of it. Soccer in affluent Santa Clarita is an experience. Glad Mouse had a good time though.

    Oh, and this weather... when will we get a break?

    1. Ti - That's awful. Was it soccer itself, the parents or the league? I've heard horror stories about leagues and parents. It's all fun at this stage for Mouse. She loves it and the coaches are great. None of the parents seem over the top or like they are pushing their child to be the next soccer super star, thank goodness.

      The weather is starting to cool down finally! Yay!

  4. My kids had great soccer experiences. I am looking forward to a few shows to start this fall too! I DVR'd Sleepy Hollow.

    1. Nise - It's been so much fun so far. Mouse isn't so much playing actual soccer yet as she is doing drills and learning the basic skills. Of course, she's still so young. She loves it though and that's what matters.

  5. Glad Mouse is enjoying the season! I've no clue about shows starting soon, but I would like to see Beauty and the Beast. I'd probably continue reading because it's a famous book, but I've not read anything about it before reading your post, surprising I know.

    1. Charlie - I always go a little crazy with the new shows and then end up not liking them enough to continue watching but a few old favorites.


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