Let’s read books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, two cats, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea..
It’s been mostly ice cream and gelato this summer! It’s also been more digging in dirt than reading books, but I’ve still squeezed a few in here and there.
The Lake Of Dreams by Kim Edwards. It’s a good summer read book, set in a picturesque town on a picturesque lake. There’s romance, travel, genealogy, and history. Throw in women’s suffrage and one intriguing family mystery, and you’ve got it. Except you don’t, because Edwards ever-so-softly creeps into your heart: “The raft moved gently, soothingly on the waves. The moon, almost full, cast the sprawling old house in mild light. I was cold, but I didn’t want to leave. I lay there for a long time, watching the sky clear and the stars emerge, taking their places in the night.” This book deserves a place on your summer reading list.
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. Looking for a long, lusty, historical read this summer? This is the book for you. Sixteen year-old country wench Amber St. Clare comes to 1660’s London determined to do anything and everything she’s ever wanted. Filled with frivolous clothing, political intrigue, court assignations, and more parties than you can shake a stick at, this 900+ page book is a rollicking ride through the upstairs and downstairs worlds of the great plague, the London fire, and a whole hell of a lot more.
Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Who doesn’t love a good sci-fi romance on a distant planet? This is a cobbling together of two books that follow the life of Cordelia Vorkosigan and damn, it’s good. I mean, the second book – Barrayar – won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1992. If you like sci-fi, go read it; if you like good writing, read it.
Virtual Vintage: The Insider’s Guide to Buying and Selling Fashion Online by Lindroth and Deborah Newell Tornello. This book has not been updated since 2002; so much has changed online since then that the book’s almost not worth having. Almost. Because there are terrific tibits in here. For example, I didn’t know that Biz powder was the best way to whiten fabrics; I tried the recommended soaking method on a yellowed white jacket and boy – did it ever do the job! There’s a good run down of what to look for, but – unfortunately – focused on designer duds. Yeah, that’s not happening at my local thrift store – or on my budget. There’s also a woefully outdated dreary explanation of how to sell and buy online and an equally old directory of websites. This book needs an update.
Retail Arbitrage by Chris Green. Apparently, there are a whole lot of people buying stuff at garage sales and reselling on Ebay. While I was aware of that, I’ve recently become far more aware of just how big the whole thing actually is. This book has excellent advice if you’re going to store your stuff with Amazon and sell on either Amazon. Unfortunately, the book is from 2011, so a little out of date. The other thing that is annoying is that the author touts the products he’s developed to sell to people who are reselling. Annoying.
The “Why Did I Bother?”
Sometimes I feel like my accounts at Library Thing and Good Reads fall into this category. Except I have a lifetime membership at LibraryThing, and Good Reads is free. Humph. Well, there you go – time for me to go dig in the dirt some more. Or maybe read another book.
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