Okay.  Okay.  I know.  I have not been blogging much this winter.  And I am sure you all miss me terribly.  I know some of you are especially missing my Formula 1 race reports (mom).  I think the moment has passed for Australia, but stay tuned for Formula 1 action next weekend from Malaysia.

In the meantime, readers who know me well will know why I think this is hilarious:

Go Charlotte go!



Pompeii - 2008

So I am reading this book called Pompeii by Robert Harris.  I am about halfway through it, and I really like it.

But, I can’t help wonder about something.  Harris is spending a lot of time fleshing out all the characters and building up these mysterious connections between them, and I keep thinking, “what difference does it make, the volcano is going to erupt any time now and they will all die.”

I know, not terribly cheery, but it’s hard not to do that when you know how the story ends before you even start reading.


The girl who drank too much coffee

I have been listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson on my iPod.  It really is very good.  I highly recommend it.

However, I do have a small problem with it.  I had this problem with the first book in the trilogy too.  The characters, all of them with their unpronounceable names are constantly drinking coffee.  At all hours of the day and night.  It’s amazing.  Of course, they seem to be up at all hours of the night too.  Probably because of all the coffee they are drinking all the time.

The problem is, now I want to drink coffee at all hours of the day or night, and this is a really bad idea.  If I have coffee in the afternoon I will be up all night.  Then I will be tired, and I will drink too much coffee the next day.  Do you see a pattern here?

I have found myself purchasing a lot of coffee and coffee-flavored beverages.  Some of them are decaffeinated.  Maybe that will do the trick.  I hope so because I am only about a third of the way through this book, and there is still one more to go in the series.  I may never sleep again.


The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

I have almost finished reading this.  I know, I know, I am late to the party.  And I am not even really reading it.  I am listening to the audio book.

I tried to read it once before and I couldn’t get interested in it.  All those Swedish names were getting tangled up in my head and I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce them.  I also couldn’t just skip over them.  It was very distracting.  So, I gave up and returned the book to the library.  This was probably a couple years ago.

Since then the book has been recommended to me at least three times.  So I decided to try it again, and I have to say, with somebody else pronouncing all those tricky names, it is a really good story.

But now I have a conundrum.  I can’t decide if I can put this on the list of books I have read this year, since I didn’t really read it.  Decisions, decisions….

Some thoughts on my Kindle

First of all I have this one:


The 3G model in graphite.  It looks fabulous.  I need to get a case for it, but when I went to Target they didn’t have any for the new generation yet, so I am waiting patiently.  And in the meantime, I just won’t take it out of the house.

I love that the picture on the screen changes every time you sleep it.

I love that nobody can tell what you are reading.  I discovered that the trashy NASCAR Harlequin romances I like are available for Kindle.  So now I can read them in public and nobody will know.  They will all think I am reading War and Peace or something Very Important like that.  Except of course that I just told all of you that I read trashy NASCAR Harlequin romances.  Hmmm, that may have been an error in strategy.

It does not have a touch screen like my iPod touch.  This is going to take some getting used to.  I keep trying to scroll down by running my finger up the screen instead of pushing the button to turn the page.  Oops.

So far I have just downloaded books that are free or nearly free.  At the moment I have:

  • Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights because who doesn’t love the Bronte sisters?
  • Dracula (duh)
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

I am sure I will be downloading plenty of NASCAR Harlequins and vampire novels – er, I mean Important Works of Literature in the near future.  This is so much fun.