Welcome to another Thursday, and the ramblings that make up My Bookish (and Not So Bookish Thoughts), hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.
This Saturday is my birthday, and we’ll be gathering at my daughter’s house on Sunday to celebrate. She loves to cook, for which I am grateful. When we have the get-togethers that I host, we always meet at a restaurant (see below for one of our gatherings).
I tell her that I cooked a lot when I was young and when the kids were young…and she says she doesn’t remember that.
Well, I guess she probably doesn’t, because the big dinners ended with the divorce, and she was three. My work hours were long, so the dinners were quick after I got home. Does it sound like I’m rationalizing? LOL
The truth of the matter: I stopped enjoying spending time in the kitchen after the divorce. Plus, I was working all day and going to graduate school three nights a week. Do I get a pass NOW? Still laughing.
My sons never complain about it, but she doesn’t actually complain, and insists she loves to cook…but then there is always a mention or two. So maybe there are some issues here…maybe she doesn’t want to be the cook for our get-togethers. No worries…I am perfectly happy going to restaurants.
On to safer, bookish topics.
This week’s books have been pretty engaging so far.
Dear Daughter (click for review) was not a favorite, but it did keep me reading.
Ruin Falls (click for my review) was very good! Loved turning those pages and couldn’t seem to put it down.
My current read is Further Out Than You Thought, and it is definitely different. But I keep picking it up and reading.
In the Neverland that is Los Angeles, where make-believe seems real, three dreamers find themselves on the verge of transformation. Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away.
When the city explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. Valiant is invigorated, Leo plans a new stunt—walking into east L.A., naked, holding a white flag—and Gwen, discovering she is pregnant, is confronted by troubling questions. Can Leo become a good, dependable father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city’s spell prove too seductive?
Those of us who were living in California during the 1990s will never forget the riots. I can even remember the riots from way back, in the sixties (Watts).
Explosive is a mild descriptor.
I am curious about how these events will play out in the book.
What are you pondering/reading today? I hope you’ll stop by and share.