Last Sunday I had a date with Lou @ Lou Lou Reads to chat about The House on the Strand. It was so wonderful to see and talk to her; she’s fiercely intelligent and truly kind. Living on different continents always means we have different perspectives to share. Unfortunately, Lou hasn’t been blogging as much lately because she’s a trained nurse in the U.K., whose job is to train other nurses. Very Important work in the pandemic. I can’t wait until things are reasonable and she can share more posts.
The lady in the next apartment building cares for around four to ??? feral cats, one of them being a friendly orange beast. I remember when he first showed up and she tried to shoo him away. Who wants to feed every cat that walks by? She claimed she could have went to Hawaii for all the cat supplies she’s bought. Nicknamed Agent Orange by my husband, this fella fell asleep in a sunbeam in front of my apartment and came when I called him.
After twelve years of singing the show tunes that appear in the fabulous movie Wall-e, I finally rented a copy of Hello, Dolly! If only they cut out the part where Walter Matthau’s character decides in a nano-second that he’s not a total old crotch in love with Dolly, the movie would have been just the best thing ever. Who am I kidding? I still loved it! Every time a song that was in Wall-e came on, I got all teary.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
It’s not clear whether Daphne du Maurier’s novel The House on the Strand is more time travel or drug trip, but it wasn’t my favorite of her works. Unfortunately, the 14th-century characters were hard to remember or get to know.
Joanne Harris’s last book in her Chocolat Series, entitled The Strawberry Thief, wasn’t that great, either! Although there were interesting secondary characters, Harris could have written them in any book — a new book — that didn’t also try to weave in Vianne Rocher, who keeps changing as she ages, to which readers don’t always respond well.
#ReadingValdemar 2020 is over! It was a better year than 2019 thanks to each trilogy being a different plot arc. When we got caught up in two trilogies in 2019 that neither Jackie nor I loved, that was rough. Looking forward to #ReadingValdemar 2021 and concluding this three-year-long journey.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday I have an audiobook review: Bones on Ice, another novella by Kathy Reichs. Well, I had to see if the first novella was a fluke, right? I’m not doing a series dive, though. I also listened to the first full-length novel, Déjà Dead, and got distracted any time Dr. Brennan mentioned family, friends, and police. I just want the bones!
Thursday is another book I chose to see if a fat character could be written with dignity: Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley. I got a cosplay clothing designer meets auto garage mechanic combined with some motorcycle club/potential gang activity and a mix of family problems. It was fun! Definitely a romance, but more cute than sultry, though there are steamy moments.