I should maybe refrain from talking up books before I finish them, because I wrote about Mislaid at the best part, when I was really into it, and then it sort of spiralled down into blah.
Next up was Palace of Treason, and I would love to know who recommended this book to me. It was either my dad or Oprah. It seemed right up my ally – a spy novel with a recipe at the end of each chapter? Hello? Perfect combo… but it was a little too tortury for me. I have loved spy novels since I took Espionage Folklore in college and I spent too long this evening trying to remember the course syllabus from 21 years ago. I’ll spare you the torturous details, but the book I was trying to remember was The Miernik Dossier. Let me know if you want the story of the rabbit hole I had to go down to remember that. Speaking of torture, back to the Palace of Treason. After someone eats pickled herring, then tortures someone, I don’t need the recipe. Besides, if I wanted pickled herring, which I don’t, I would eat it once a year at the school international festival. Give me something I can use, people! The other problem with this book was that it was book 2, and I hadn’t read book 1. There was enough exposition to bring me up to speed, but then I thought, well shoot, now I don’t have to read the first book. But it was very interesting on the subject of Iran – not to get into politics, but I think we can assume Iran is going to do what they want and we can trust the CIA to “handle it”. Around chapter 13 I almost gave up, and I read another book instead. But I picked it up again, and ended up getting really into it, and now I plan to read book one as well. (Sparrow School) I guess I became desensitized to the torture, or the storyline overrode it.
In the middle of Palace of Treason, I read A Window Opens which is about an overworked mom with a crazy job trying to figure out how to find balance, etc. I couldn’t put it down, I HAD TO KNOW what is the ANSWER?!?! I enjoyed the book, but I am sad to report that the answer remains elusive.
Then I started the 5th Game of Thrones book, and during the prologue Dave told me he was going to pick up Jack from a birthday party and I didn’t hear him say that, and I didn’t see him walk past me to leave. So I also went to the pickup and that was a little embarrassing . Fortunately, before I got totally sucked into GoT, a new book arrived at the library – The Luckiest Girl Alive. I’ll write about that when I finish it, as long as I don’t start GoT and give up on all things aside from reading.
What are you reading?
And now an outtake from our photo session: