Saturday, September 27, 2008

School Holidays!

Term 3 just ended at school and the girls and I are off for the next two weeks. Nice! Although we have no real plans I'm looking forward to some down time and (crossing fingers, touching wood) some better weather for exploring the out-of-doors. The girls have both been sick with the dreaded lurgy this past week and I'm hoping they'll perk up over the weekend so we can have some fun.

I'm also looking forward to some time to sit on my butt and read a book or two. At the moment I'm 1/3 of the way through 'Absalom, Absalom!' (this is probably my 10th attempt at this book and this is the furthest I've gotten, alas) but I need a second, fluffier book to make me laugh and that when I lose my spot doesn't require me to start two pages back at the beginning of the sentence. Anyone have any suggestions? And if you're about to suggest some great book that Oprah just recommended about a woman overcoming adversity, save it. I'm not a fan of the Oprah picks. I need a good laugh, people!


Patois said...

Pete's Chicken.

Dr. Cathy Ezrailson said...

Hey Joanne,
E. F. Benson's books:
Queen Lucia (1920)
Miss Mapp (1922)
Lucia in London (1927)
Mapp and Lucia (1931)
Lucia's Progress (1935) (published in the U.S. as The Worshipful Lucia)
Trouble for Lucia (1939)
All very funny.

How about "The Aloe" by Katherine Mansfield, a New Zealand author. Another of her books you might like is "Prelude."

If mysteries are light enough, how about Dorothy Sayer's excellent short enthralling novels? "Unnatural Death" or "Busman's Holiday?"

I am sure these quite date me but one might fit the bill.

Thanks for being right and Steve setting me straight on the time zone challenge -- I forgot to flip the seasons....
Love you,

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