Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday

Turns out, the sun did come out. We visited one of Cal's classmates for lunch and the boys had their first Russian food - piroshkis and russian cookies and chocolates all the way from Moscow. We brought snickerdoodles to share (I like smitten kitchen's recipe).

I feel desperate for a good read; a long, engaging novel - any recommendations? For some reason, everything on my nightstand right now is nonfiction and I'm just not in the mood for it.

21 comments:

Vanessa said...

I've been so overwhelmed with work that I haven't stopped to read anything for a while. Yesterday I decided enough was enough and bought a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, since apparently I'm the last Swede on Earth to not have read that book. Have you? It's supposed to be really good.

Barbara said...

I just started The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. She also wrote The Historian which I liked. Too early to give you a review though.

kks said...

love the quote! have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

edi gardner said...

Edith Wharton is a good,light, delightful spring read
Have a great weekend

Deidra said...

Enjoy your weekend!

I can't remember - have you already read The Help?

Ina in Alaska said...

I DID NOT like the Historian so I would be hesitant to read another of her books. Blog reading has kept me away from books for so long... how did that happen? I used to read every day!!!

I too have nonfiction on hand. Slogging thru Cheerful Money right now. Not particularly engaging me.

Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

KPiep said...

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is excellent...but I enjoyed listening to the audio version from the library more than I would have enjoyed the physical book because of the pronunciation of all of those European names! A truly excellent reader made it a magical experience. (And I'm lucky enough to have read all three books now because a guild friend jumped the gun and ordered the third from Amazon UK.)

I wish I could give you some really good suggestions for fiction, but in general I tend to read books that are quite a bit different from the norm...urban fantasy, fairy tales and the like. Most standard fiction leaves me cold. I love classics, but have found that they are so much fun to listen to (again, if you find an excellent reader) that I almost never read them in print anymore!

Joanna Beitel said...

Just read Cutting for Stone and loved it.

Jessica said...

Those raspberries look so yummy! Summer please come FASTER!!

Coffee with Cathy said...

Oh my -- I can smell those Snickerdoodles from here! I think they're just about the best cookies ever for smelling while baking. And, books? I always recommend "The Fountain Overflows" by Rebecca West -- a slow and dreamy look at a disfunctional London family in the early 1900s.

Claire said...

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is an enthralling read set in England and Australia. It has a great twist that I just didn't see coming. Highly recommended.

Christina said...

these cookies look so yummy!
happy weekend!
love
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my notecards. ; )
beautiful!
ps: have you read ~the postmistress?

Joyce said...

Have a golden weekend! xo

Paige said...

Thanks for linking to the Snickerdoodles recipe - I just bought some from the store that the kids loved - will make our own soon. Yum!
I always recommend A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, a truly fantastic book. It starts rather slowly, but builds into a torrent of drama that'll leave you reeling. One of my all-time fave books for sure...

Beth said...

I actually *just* finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it. The first 200 pages were a slog, and while the last 200 were really hard to put down, I'm not sure it was worth all the boredom of the first 200. I did really like The Historian, though-- that was incredible. And I also liked Year of Wonders by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Fantastic raspberries!

Francesca said...

The best novels I read are by Israeli writer AB Yehoshua: I loved every single one of them. Nice photos, I wish raspberry plants thrived in our climate!

Jessica said...

I am always falling between fiction and non fiction. I love all books by Chris Bohjalian when I need a good novel.

Pam said...

Hi, I LOVE your photos, I am also in the Seattle area so love to see your perspective on spring & our weather, and how it all looks through your camera. I just read Three Cups of Tea, it was so good I could not put it down and had to get the sequel, Stones into Schools. Very heart warming true story, when someone recommended it to me at first I thought "Oh, another depressing book about the war in Afghanistan." It really gives such a beautiful perspective and insight into the people in the isolated areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and a great story about one person making a difference in many people's lives through educating children.

pve design said...

Lovely tiny package arrive today from you. Love your photos. I plan to post on them!
Happy Weekend!
pve

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thank you so much everyone for the great recommendations - I haven't read any of them except for The Help! I've made a list...

Patricia: so glad the photos arrived and that you like them!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I am loving getting to know YOU through your blog. It is truly wonderful.

This RWE quote is one of my favorites.

When we journey back to our cottage in Maine the stop in Concord, Mass, where we visit Louisa May Alcott's home, Emerson's, Hawthorne's, Walden Pond, and Thoreau's grave, is one of our highlights.

Thanks for this.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island