I arrived at the doctor's office an hour early, expecting to get in some decent reading time, only to be called in right away on Friday. As a result, I barely got in a page or two of reading all weekend. I am trying to make up for it this week.
I am still reading Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, but have also picked up The Good House by Ann Leary. I need to have that read for next week's book discussion. I am already full of thoughts I cannot wait to share. Right from the start the novel struck a personal cord with me. The female lead reminds me so much of my dad, it's kind of eerie.
We did not make it to the library this past Saturday. Mouse was up late Friday night, not feeling well, and so we skipped soccer class and our usual visit to the park and library. She seems to be doing better now, fortunately.
What are you reading at the moment? Is it something you would recommend?
What are you reading at the moment? Is it something you would recommend?
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.
The opening to Ann Leary's The Good House, which I am reading for my online book group:
I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions. I remember joking about this one evening with Peter Newbold, the shrink who rents the office upstairs from me.
"The next time you get a new patient," I offered, "I'll sneak to their house for a walk-through. While you jot down notes about their history, dreams, whatever, I'll shine a flashlight into the attic, open a few cupboards, and have a peek at the bedrooms. Later, when we compare notes, I'll have the clearer picture of the person's mental health, guaranteed." I was teasing the doctor, of course, but I've been selling houses since he was in primary school, and I stand by my theory.
Would you continue reading?
Our visit to Disneyland was quite a hit. My husband and I ended up surprising Mouse, letting her think we were taking her to school the morning of our trip. She made up her own Disneyland song on the spot when she learned where we were really going. She paid the parking attendant and got a button in return, and was greeted at the gate by Ariel, one of her favorite princesses. The first ride she wanted to go on was the Tea Cups, since she didn't get to go on the ride last time.
The wait to see the Frozen princesses, Elsa and Anna, was two and a half hours long. I joined the long line and waited while Mouse and her dad went on a couple of rides together. Then we switched off, and Mouse and I went on another couple of rides while my husband waited in the horrendously long line. It really was two and a half hours. In the hot sun, on a 90+F day (I cannot tell you the number of water bottles we went through to stay hydrated). It was worth it though. Mouse may not care for any of the princess movies at all, but she does like the princesses and enjoyed meeting Elsa and Anna.
Mouse braved the Rocket ride in Tomorrowland (which she loved) and had the most fun at Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island, along with going on many other rides throughout the day. The parade was her favorite activity of the day (second only to lunch she insists, which she barely touched). Most of all, we built a few memories and had a good time.
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I LOVED The Good House...and can't wait for the movie! This summer, I think. Hope you enjoy it.ReplyDelete
Adorable pix of "Mouse."
Here's mine: MERCY SNOW
Laurel-Rain - I am enjoying it so far, although I'm kind of wondering where the story is going at this point. I'm about a quarter of the way in, so still have a little ways to go. I imagine it will be a quick read though. At least compared to Blind Assassin. :-)Delete
I thought there was a movie coming out of The Good House! Thank you for the reminder!
Love that intro. I would go on.....ReplyDelete
Here is my Intro post!
Here is my teaser post!
Mouse is so sweet...HUGS!!!
Gautami - It's very catchy, the intro, isn't it? I liked it too. :-)Delete
What fun pictures! Yes, I'd probably continue with this one. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyDelete
Kim - We had such a fun time at Disneyland. My daughter keeps asking us if we are "going to school" today in hopes we'll take her to Disneyland again soon. LOL I'm afraid she's sorely out of luck.Delete
Great intro...I'd keep going.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I'm enjoying it so far.Delete
I remember Blind Assassin takine me ages to read. I've got a copy of The Good House on my to be read, thanks for reminding me and for making me enthusiastic about it again too. Lovely photos! Thanks for visiting my blog too. LindsayReplyDelete
Lindsay - I think it was Gautami who told me it took her two months to read it and I think that will likely be me. Maybe longer. :-SDelete
I really enjoyed this book and hope you do too. What fun to take a surprise visit to Disneyland.ReplyDelete
Paulita - I'm enjoying it so far--and oh, my gosh, did it just get even better!Delete
I wish we could afford to surprise her with Disneyland more often. But she is only three, so I imagine taking her the zoo or anyplace different (and free) would be just as fun for her. :-)
Your trip to Disney sounds like so much fun! Little ones bring such joy to places like that.ReplyDelete
Kathy - It was! You are right. My husband and I liked Disneyland before, but there's more magic to it when you take a young child. :-)Delete
I love the pictures of Mouse, so cute!ReplyDelete
I do like the opener and agree with the sentiment that you can tell a lot about a person by visiting their house.
Thanks for stopping by :)
Peggy - Thanks. :-) I agree with the idea too. I am afraid what she could tell about me from my house. LOL I think it would be obvious I have a young child, for sure. :-)Delete
I would definitely keep reading. Thanks for introducing me to the book.ReplyDelete
I don't know that it would be worth waiting two and a half hours, but I did enjoy Frozen.
Alice - I know quite a few people who loved the book, so I've kind of got high hopes for it. :-)Delete
You know, I didn't think waiting that long just for a photo op would be worth it either, but it made my daughter so happy. I figured we could do it at least once. :-)
What a beautiful post. I love your pictures, the trip, the book, and, oh yes, what I came for - the intro. Sounds good. Good luck finishing Blind Assassin.ReplyDelete
Margot - Thank you! I kind of did cram a lot in this post, didn't I? :-)Delete
Looking forward to your thoughts on The Good House, Wendy,ReplyDelete
I'm glad you all had fun at the Disneyland! Mouse looked like she had so much fun and those pics are lovely! She's beautiful! :)
Melody - I am looking forward to the book discussion for the book. Just need to push myself a little faster to get The Good House done on time, I think. :-)Delete
Mouse had such fun. I think she enjoyed herself this time more than she did when we went for her birthday.
I read this book a couple years ago and really liked it! Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-cutting-teeth-julia-fierro/
Sarah - I am glad to hear you liked it. I'm enjoying it so far.Delete
I loved The Good House --hope u do as well.ReplyDelete
Mouse looks so happy --special day for all I am sure.
Diane - I hope I love it too. :-)Delete
My daughter is such a happy child. Makes me think I must be doing something right. :-)
I think that's a great opening! And your daughter is adorable. Thanks for visiting!ReplyDelete
Rachel - Thank you. I think she's pretty adorable too. :-)Delete
yes I would, that's a very good beginning. thanks for stopping by today. kelley—the road goes ever ever onReplyDelete
Kelley - I just finished the book. So good!Delete
Love seeing Mouse with the Disney characters! Yes, I'd continue reading The Good House--sounds intriguing.ReplyDelete
Jenclair - You can tell I read too many mysteries the way I kept anticipating things to happen in The Good House. Luckily, it didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book at all. :-)Delete
Oh my goodness what gorgeous photos, that last one must be every little girls dreams come true.ReplyDelete
I've just started The Grip Of God by Rebecca Hazell. Book one in a trilogy, I haven't read much yet but so far so good.
Tracy - Thanks! I think Mouse's teacher was just as excited as Mouse about Mouse meeting the Frozen princesses. LOL She can't stop talking about it.Delete
I look forward to your review of The Grip of God!
I'd keep reading. In fact I want to keep reading! May have to hunt the book down! I love the Mouse pics! Looks like you all had a great time.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I just finished the book and am really looking forward to the group discussion next week.Delete
I would continue reading, what an interesting concept! Glad you all had fun, though wow, two and a half hours!ReplyDelete
Charlie - Two and a half hours! It went by fast, but that was probably because were doing things in between. Thank goodness we could split the wait like that. My husband, admittedly, got the worst part of the wait. There were actually a lot of dads in line holding spots.Delete
You are two awesome parents to wait in that line! There's no way Jason would have been supportive of that at all!ReplyDelete
Stacy - If Jason had a daughter interested in the princesses, I bet he might have been. ;-)Delete
Oh my, those pics are just adorable <3 I am just starting The visitors by Rebecca Mascull but I have literally just started it, like two pages in so can't say one way or another how good it is or isn't. The last one was Last to die by Tess Gerritsen which was really good 4/5 crime, a few wee twists and the plot pulled you in so it was easy to read on the drive home.ReplyDelete
Lainy - Thank you! We had such a good time. I want to go back just as much as my daughter does. :-)Delete
It's been ages since I last read something by Tess Gerritsen. I really enjoyed what I've read by her. Don't think I've read Last to Die yet. I'll be curious to hear what you think of The Visitors.
Hi there. I've just had an article about the opening of The Blind Assassin posted on History Lives - you can read it here:ReplyDelete
It's one of my favourite novels - sweeping, quirky, romantic and profound. I'll be interested in hearing what you think of the novel, when you're done.
Lainy - So Many Books, So Little Time - has recently reviewed my novel The Visitors and we have an interview coming up too, if you're interested.
Keep up the great work on your blog! I love the pictures of your little one.