Friday, 5 March 2004
I spent an hour online with my library today, putting holds on various books I want to read. I really hope they don't all come in at once, because I'm in the middle of two other books right now and have another Chicklit club book (Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros) to read by the Ides of March. I've reserved books from my little notebook, where I jot down interesting titles as I come across them in hopes of someday being able to buy or borrow them.
I started reading the first volume of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery on Wednesday night, and I'm completely hooked. (Anyone from Chicklit who hasn't read them and is planning to for the Nonfiction Club, Here be potential spoilers.) I never knew how much of her own life she put into her characters. There are direct quotes from the journals into the Anne of Green Gables books, as well as the Emily of New Moon books. Montgomery is her characters, to a certain extent. And the result is both completely charming to one who loves her heroines, and a fascinating look into the life of the author and how she came to create these other people. I am just loving the book, so I put volumes 2 and 3 on hold at the library. They also have volume 4, but I'll wait until I've finished at least the first two before I reserve it.
I also requested The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton, Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth About Health and Exercise by Gina Kolata, It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong, and Jennifer Government by Maxx Barry (about which I've heard conflicting reviews, so I figured I'd borrow it instead of buying). Is that a strange set of books? I looked for computer books (for work) and cancer books, but couldn't find anything worth reserving aside from finally getting around to reading Lance Armstrong's tale of recovery from testicular cancer.
I love biographies and even moreso autobiographies. Especially journals, because the people who wrote them aren't usually writing for anyone but themselves, and reading them gives me a glimpse into someone else's soul. The philosophy one is by the author of How Proust Can Save Your Life, which made something of a splash. I haven't read that one, but the Consolations one sounded more interesting to me. We'll see.
I slept poorly last night, and I feel rather wonky today. I tried to take a nap, but that didn't happen. Now I'm thinking of doing my yoga tape, because it relaxes me. I don't know how yoga goes when one is slightly ill, but if I can't balance or focus at all then I'll stop. Mr D went off to beg and borrow and buy the parts he needs for this weekend's auto fixit extravaganza, so I have the house to myself until my brother shows up.
Yeah, I'll go do that. I'm hoping it will help me feel better. Catch you later.
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