Friday, January 30, 2009

What I’m Reading

I have recently discovered the Stanza app on my iPod. It’s my favorite book app so far. I’ve downloaded 14 “classic” book titles to it so far and have started reading "Lady Chatterley's Lover” by D.H. Lawrence. I started out with that novel because it was so controversial in its day. I think it’s funny that it was considered pornography when today, the themes in the novel would hardly set off anyone’s porno alarm. Yes, there are love scenes and some of them are a very little bit descriptive, but in my jaded, modern, view, they are nothing to  get your panties in a twist about. I completely understand why, in 1928, it was so racy though. “Penis” just wasn't a word that was said or read about in the open, lol.

Anyway, I think I’m about halfway through and I am really enjoying it so far. There are times when it’s a bit slow but I’m an excellent skimmer and get past those parts fast enough. There is a scene in which the housekeeper/nurse is sharing all of her “town” gossip with the Chatterley's that drags on for a few pages that I really didn’t see the point in them. Maybe I skimmed too fast, lol.  As for the sex scenes, rather than getting all hot and bothered, they really only make me feel sorry for the “lovers” that are involved in them. They are cold and almost emotionless.

I’m still also reading my Marie Antoinette biography. I sorta put it aside for my iPod. That darn thing is taking over my life, lol. Anyway, I’m getting towards the end which is why I think it was so easy for me to leave it on my nightstand for a few days. I know how it ends, anyone with a bit of knowledge about World History should know how it’s going to end. Even knowing, I keep hoping that that cold fish, Louis XVI would pull his head out of  the clouds and finally decide to stand up to the French people. It’s the same way that I am when I watch the movie Titanic. I know how it’s going to end but I always hope that they’ll turn the damn ship in time to miss the iceberg, lol.

I just finished reading Plum Spooky  by Janet Evanovich. It’s her first full length “between the numbers” novel. I've been reading around the blogosphere how people are unhappy with the cost of the book. It’s about 300 pages long and the list price is $27.95  and it’s a hardcover. $27.95 is a bit steep but I got a 40% discount with my membership at Books A Million. All that aside, I liked the book. It was just what I was looking for:  lighthearted, funny, and easy. I read it in a day. While it wasn’t as funny as some of the other Stephanie Plum books, I still really liked it. The monkeys were hilarious, heheh.

I just bought a few books that I’ve added to my TBR pile that I’m anxious to get into. One is about the de Medici’s, one is about King Edward IV, one is about Henry VIII’s wives, and the last one is John Grisham’s latest. Fun, fun, fun.!

And I think that’s all the reading news that I have right now.


  1. Standards have definitely changed! I wonder what D.H. Lawrence would write about if he were alive today?

  2. There's a great way around those high book prices that people keep forgetting about... the library!

    When I first got hooked on Evanovich, that was how I afforded it. I read numbers 4-14 from the library. Even at $6-8 for a paperback, when the thing can be read in under 4 hours, it's almost as expensive as going to the movie theater.

    Support your local library!

  3. KindleDude~~I wondered the same thing. Maybe he was just ahead of his time. ;)

    Wendy~~I agree that if people think books are too pricey, they should try out their local library. Or maybe even a used book store. I'm a person who considers my books a collection and like to own what I read which is why I check out very few books from the library. Besides, if I want a book bad enough, the price isn't going to stand in my way.


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