‘It was the best of times…’

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” – Sydney Carlton in A Tale of Two Cities

It has been years since I read Charles Dickens’ novel entitled A Tale of Two Cities. Many years, in fact.  Recently a chat with a friend brought up a random few quotes from the book and now I must have a copy of my very own to leaf through, if not read again in its entirety. I can’t tell you if I enjoyed the book back then or not, just that some of the quotes and scenes are firmly in my memory and bring forth the urge to read them again. To me, that says something was certainly worth keeping…

That’s one of the many great things about books for me, quotes and scenes come back to me at the oddest and most random of times. Some bring good memories, some bittersweet and yet others are just memories evoked that might nudge me to skim or read the book again—or even just to remember it fondly. Although when I’m reminded of a book I haven’t see in ages, I often must seek it out to handle, to leaf through. If I do not own a copy, this often means I shall.

There are many books that do this to me, A Tale of Two Cities just happens to be today’s.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”  A Tale of Two Cities

Happy Thanksgiving—and Happy Reading!


Recent Pages I Have Turned

*insert contented sigh here* There is always SO much to read, from books and magazines to blog posts and online articles. What an amazing time to live, I tell ya.

Recently I read J.D.  Robb’s latest in the ‘In Death’ series, entitled ‘Indulgence In Death’. As I have mentioned before(click there to read ‘before’), I enjoy this series—have been smitten with Eve Dallas and her man Roarke (Just Roarke…so cool…) for several years now. Smitten to the point that I bought this latest book hot off the presses and read it in one evening…I rarely buy hardcover books hot off the presses.

This book did not disappoint in good Eve/Roarke interactions, yet it would likely not be called one of my favorites of the series. It did seem to be a bit lightweight—but because I like the characters so much, I liked the book. Make sense?  I do know that the writer of this series, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb cranks out a lot of books in a short period of time and, for many authors, sometimes that can make for less than ideal stories in the end…and that’s kind-of-a-little-bit-like what I felt with this one, that it wasn’t quite given enough development. But, in the end, I was just glad to see Eve and Roarke again, so success must be declared on all fronts.

I am fixing to give in to the urge to buy another book that I really want to read, Nicole Krauss’ ‘Great House’. I see no signs of it at my library and I know I’m going to want a copy of it anyway. I read ‘The History of Love’ by the same author and had to buy myself a copy immediately. That book was so.good. So good. (Go read it and let me know what you think.)  I have yet to post about it because it was…just. so.good…I haven’t managed to articulate or express coherent thoughts out of the feelings. Isn’t that what makes a book amazing–the feelings it evokes?!?

Happy Sunday in November!  🙂


Dust and Cobwebs and Sneezes…Oh My!

Whew…this is one dusty blog space, huh?!?

Life has been a wonderful, insane ride around here these days—a ride upon which joy abounds and yet some things go flying off or at least fall into dusty, neglected corners–you know this ride?  I’m enjoying family, cooking, writing, reading, becoming a Blackberry junkie…among many other things on this ride these days. That being said, let the freshening up of this space commence today! (opening wide those windows, sweeping out cobwebs…)

*windmills seen on a recent fall drive...I had no idea these were less than 2 hours from our home...


Mentioned on this blog or not, I’m always reading something. I hope you’re enjoying good book, magazines and the like these days—there’s so much out there to read!  I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately. My latest reads have been magazines, most recently the latest issues of The Saturday Evening Post and Food Network Magazine—must check out those Thanksgiving recipes, ya know!

In addition to my magazine fixes, I have the latest J.D. Robb to pick up later today. I’ve been waiting for this one since I read last May’s release of Fantasy In Death.

If you’ve a mind to do so, click over to my articles page where I’ve listed a few places you can find other things I have written online–check back often, tis a work in progress as I love to write about as much as I love to read– and do so often!