Finished two books in the first five days. Body Surfing by Anita Shreve. A friend had passed it on to me months ago, but all these last few months I had barely been able to finish the monthly book club selection. Actually, there were a couple of times I went to book club without reading the book. Yeah, I was THAT person. Nothing to add to the conversation, but went anyways just to hear the sound of my friends’ voices and to enjoy the company. Oh, and the wine.
I enjoyed the book; I’ve read a couple others by Shreve. But the book was deceptive, seemingly light but oddly depressing. I think one of my favorite things about this novel was the setting - a beach house. The same beach house from Shreve's book The Pilot's Wife.
I also read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini (my book club’s selection for this month), finishing it last night. I could not read it straight through over the weekend. Had to take breaks. Beautifully written, but heartbreaking. To get under the burqa of the two women who are the main characters and see the hardships of life that is “endured.”
See that badge in my sidebar? Women for Women International? After reading A Thousand Splendid Suns I felt like the thirty dollars I give monthly to that organization to help women in war torn countries is the proverbial drop in the bucket.
To balance out the heaviness of my reading, I had the TV on all day yesterday while I folded laundry and putzed around the house. These days with grown and driving teens and a husband who works weekends, I find myself occasionally stranded at home without a car. It might get old later, but so far I love it.
I watched the Oxygen marathon of America’s Next Top Model, season eight. Never had interest in this reality show before, but caught last Sunday’s marathon, maybe the last two episodes.
Yesterday I actually found myself turning the TV on at 8:30 in the morning. Hushing my husband when he came home from work at 2:30. Only intermittently watching the NBA playoff game with him, while I jogged upstairs to the TV in our room.The judges on America's Next Top Model are way more entertaining than most reality shows, especially Miss J.
He’s got a book coming out in November, Follow the Model: Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power.
The two girls that made the finals would not have been my picks, but hey, what do I know?
Any other irreverent TV series I should check on reruns?