But its done! And only one day late!
Book 3: Drums of Autumn, by Diana Gabaldon
I would rather read them than make dinner, clean my house, talk to my husband, watch TV, go to amusement parks... you get it. However, I DO need encouragement to read 'real' books. You know, like, literature and stuff.
I'm telling you this because Gabaldon's books are definitely toeing the line of genre fiction. But, seriously guys, they are SO good. A little romance, a little adventure, a little fantasy, and quite well-written. Plus, I'm 4 books into the series. I'm just not stopping now. So, to the great detriment of my household, I read Drums of Autumn this week. Laundry piled up, dishes went unwashed, I may or may not have bought a freezer pizza for dinner one night so I could read instead of cook. My husband is so tolerant.
LIKE: I sort of already told you what I like, but don't worry I can tell you more. Gabaldon's characters are spectacular. They become flesh and blood, and she tricks me into thinking they are my friends. She handles the fantastical elements so smoothly- I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but it totally works in these books. Also, she writes great... ummm... romantic scenes. Enough said.
NO LIKE: Uhh, that they ever end? The way my house looks (utterly neglected) while I am reading them? That one day I will come to the end of the series and cry?
FAV QUOTE: "But the years between now and then had been hard ones, and compassion was a soft emotion, easily eroded by circumstance. I had thought he still had his kindness, though; and felt a queer pain at the thought of its loss."
Big time props to my friend Suz for getting me hooked on the Gabaldon series. Even BIGGER props because she's letting me borrow them all from her.
Now, please don't worry about me. I've started my next book and it's much shorter. I may even fit in some house cleaning this week. Because, you know, I'm an overachiever.
Picture of the Week! (Should we just rename this segment 'Cutest Baby Ever in the History of the Known Universe'? Let me know.)
|Cutest Baby Ever in the History of the Known Universe|
Here he is even closer:
Do you need me to bring you smelling salts? Have you lost consciousness due to the cuteness? No? Just me? Fine.
I really tried to get a picture of Henry reading for this week's pic, but although I took quite a few, none of them were quite what I wanted. But, I just want to document what a nerdy child we are raising. Scout's honor, I do not pose him for these shots!
Please ignore the tangle of cords in the background. I am extremely safety conscious.
In other pictoral news, I went to go see my family this weekend, and while we were there, Frank asked if he could borrow my camera. After admonishing him about how expensive it is, and how much I love it, and how I would dismember him if he hurt it, I let him wander around the house and take a few pictures. Then, I got home, went to upload pics from this weekend and found FOUR HUNDRED PICTURES on my camera that I did not take!!! Yes. You heard me. 400. Here is a very small sampling of what Frank apparently thinks is photo-worthy.