Tuesday, December 27, 2011

lull week

Here we are in "lull week" - the week between Christmas and New Year's where we don't have a whole lot going on and everybody's home from work and school.  We went bowling today.  I was awesome.  Not.

I rather enjoy "lull week" because it's like a pseudo-vacation.  We don't typically go anywhere, but the schedule is pretty relaxed.  We're doing the board games, the bowling, the movies, the books... 

I like to read, but rarely find much time for it, and so it takes me forEVER to get through most books.  Many, I don't even finish.

I'm reading one right now, and I found this "Teaser Tuesday" which is a weekly bookish meme, so I decided to play along - it being lull week and all.

Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the title & author, too.

Okay, so here goes:

"I heard", Ellie said, touching her shoulder from behind.  "I'm sorry".
Katie tried to keep her eyes wide, so wide that the tears in them couldn't quite trickle over the edges.  but then she turned and threw herself into Ellie's arms.  "It's not supposed to be like this", she cried.  "It wasn't supposed to happen this way".

All right, that was technically more than (2) sentences, so shoot me!

The book is "Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult.  I'd not read a Jodi Picoult before, and she has a bunch of books, so I thought I'd give her a try.  So far I like it. 

What types of books do you like to read?  What are you reading now?  Read anything particularly good lately? 


  1. I've read almost every Jodi Picoult book. I loved them once. Then I just suddenly grew bored with them and gave my collection to one of Kacey's friends.

    I am currently reading "The Color of Rain." It's a true story. It's gut wrenching. I'm loving it, though haven't been able to dedicate long stretches of time to reading it.

    My favorite book in recent years was "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. I also loved the Boleyn books by Phillipa Gregory.

    And bowling? I do it regularly for years now, and I'm still not good at it. So don't feel bad.

  2. I am in between books right now. I usually find a good long read for a plane ride and just finished up a couple of SciFi books on my last supplier trip. I am currently stuck in the middle of a book call "Racing in The Rain" but having a hard time finishing it because I know how it ends. It is nice to have the down time between the holidays to rest and recharge the batteries.

  3. I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books. I think my favorite read is a good who dunnit. But I like biographies, native American stories, and some inspirational.
    You make the week between Christmas and New Years sound nicer than I thought it was. I like the term "lull week" too.

  4. The "party" had become "pahty" and "Parsons" was "Pahsons" in the old man's mouth. It wasn't the soft dropping of an "r" to which David's ears were accustomed, not the "mo'ning" and "fo" of his people; there was a metallic clang to this speech up here, and there was no inflection in the tones.

    Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn.

    'David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. Likening the struggle of black Americans to the "five smooth stones" the biblical David carried against Goliath in lieu of arms, this novel's range encompasses decades and continents--but that range is insignificant compared with the intimate picture of its hero's irresistible warmth and inner conflicts. First published in 1966, this epic has become one of the most loved American bestsellers.'

    I am on page 486 of 756. It's a really well written book for me to wish to continue! I L♥VE reading. I currently have about 145 books on shelves, in baskets and stacked (neatly mind you) in my front room.

    I have read a few of Jodi Picoult's books, the most 'hair raising' for me was Nineteen Minutes. (

    I'm in a bookclub and we read one book a month, get together, yak 'n snack then get started on a new book. I'm going to stop writing now before this comment turns into a book ...