It’s the curse of the Buddha Belly!

Last time I was pregnant I could not read.  That is to say, I could read, I didn’t forget how, but I couldn’t concentrate on anything I read.  If I remember correctly, I read 32 books that year, and most were after Ellie was born.  I’m afraid this curse is going to be repeated.

So far this month I have read 9 books.  But, 3 were fluff, 2 were audio, 2 were young adult vampire novels, and 1 was a graphic novel.  The only harder book I’ve read was Lady Audley’s Secret and it’s mainly because I started it before I knew I was with child. 

It’s not looking good folks.   

I tried to read The Count of Monte Cristo, a book I have LOVED in the past.  No go.  Although, in all fairness, it still smells bad, which is bad for my very, very, very sensitive stomach (ie, it gives me dry heaves!) so I’m going to go get a new copy as soon as I can get to a bookstore.  I picked up The Hobbit today, as I want to reread it before I challenge myself to read the Lord of the Rings, here’s hoping I can finish it! 

I hope I can break this cycle of not being able to read heavy stuff whilst preggers, because I have SO many books I want to read this year!!  Gah!

Me me me me meeeeee!

See this one floating around quite a bit, so thought I’d take a crack at it.

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

I prefer trade.  Hardbacks are okay.  I’m not much of a fan of mass market because the type is so small.  However, I recently read and few and realized they smell different.  Have you ever noticed?  It took me back to my teens when I used to devour Christopher Pike and Sweet Valley High.  I had forgotten that smell.

Amazon or brick and mortar?

I get a lot from Amazon, but I actually prefer going into a store.  There’s nothing like browsing through thousands of books looking for that lost gem, sipping hot chocolate and trying to keep your bored preschooler in line.  Bliss.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

I’m a die-hard B&N fan. 

Bookmark or dogear?

BOOKMARK!  Dogear is sacriligious.  And I actually fussed at my uncle the other day for laying a book down open, spine up.  It was one of mine.  I think I scared him.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

Random.  I tend to put books together by subject, genre, or whether I’ve read them or not.  It’s a bizaar system, but it works for me.

Keep, throw away, or sell?

I tend to keep.  But I’m quickly becoming addicted to BookMooch.

Keep dustjacket or toss it


Read with dustjacket or remove it?

I do tend to remove it. 

Short story or novel?

Novels.  I’m not much for short stories.  Although I’ve read more the last few years that I used to.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

It’s a toss-up.  I like them both.  I probably read more anthologies though.  I love the ones edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

‘Arry Potta!  All the way.  Lemony is cool and all, but after a few chapters I start to get annoyed with his tone.  He can be kind of…well…obnoxious.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

When tired usually.  Sometimes I try to hold out for a chapter break, but when the book starts falling down and loosing my place I tend to give it up.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

I like a bit of both actually.  In the same story is really nice.

Buy or Borrow?

I have a bad habit of buying.

New or used?

Doesn’t matter.  It’s all words.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?

Recommendations and browsing most of the time.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Doesn’t matter. 

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?

It’s all good.

Standalone or series?

I like both.

Favorite series?

Harry Potter, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the Vampire Diaries Andi’s got me going on, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, Little House on the Prairie, The Chronicles of Narnia…

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

I can’t think of any.  Except maybe The Neverending Story.  I don’t know many people who have actually read the book, most have only seen the movie.  The book is way better.

Favorite books read last year?

The Book Thief, Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, Pride and Prejudice, The Woman in White, to name a few.

Favorite books of all time?

Oh dear!  Um…let’s see.  Twilight  by Stephenie Meyer.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  

29 is the new 19, right?

So, yesterday was a milestone. I turned the big 29. Facing my last year in my twenties has been…not necessarily depressing…but disconcerting at least. I am not looking forward to my next birthday.  Of course, it didn’t help that everyone was telling me I’d be middle-aged next year.  I don’t think so!!!

Anyway, I got some nice gifts last night at my birthday party. Lasagna, garlic bread (YUM) and birthday cake went down very nicely, then the unwrapping commenced. I had lots of help as my daughter, niece, and nephew just knew I couldn’t open them alone. Here’s what I got:

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a new book, which I am not sure how they got it as Amazon says it doesn’t come out til Feb 6!! Was SO excited to see it!

A $30 B&N Gift card!!  Yay I have $60 to blow on my next trip!  Which may be today if I can find the energy!!!

The Illusionist, can’t wait to see this one!

Mirrormask because I love me some Neil Gaiman!

The Black Dahlia (the movie, not the book) and been wanting to see it too.

Some comfy new Sketchers and socks. I swear I don’t feel like I’m wearing shoes! I love them!

A very soft, snuggly sweater.

Some new, bigger jammas for my growing belly and flip flops. I love flip flops!!!

A new pocketbook with lotions from Bath and Body. Hmm….smells so good!

And, as usual, I ordered a few books for myself. From The Book Depository I ordered:

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

WInter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

And, since Andi got me hooked on the Vampire Diaries I ordered the other 3 in that set. All in all a marvelous day.

Best present of all, the day before I had my first OB appointment and everything looks good. I’m growing in all the right places! Feb 7 I go for another ultrasound just to give me peace of mind. Due date is September 7.

Hi there.

Tap. Tap. Check. Is this thing on?

Um, yes. Hi there. Hey all. Bet you’ve been wondering where I have been. Or perhaps not. It’s not like I’m especially important and it’s only been a week since I last wrote. But anyway. Not sure how to tell you all this but….

I’m knocked up again. And this one is sticking!

I found out New Year’s Day.  I’ve seen the tiny little pin-prick of light on the ultrasound. I saw the flutter of it’s itsy, bitsy, tiny heart. I’m 6 weeks along and feel like total hell. Not that I’m complaining, just stating facts. And so, when I’m usually online catching up with my favorite bloggers or writing for my own, I’ve been in bed because I’m exhausted. It’s not you. I love you all. And will read you all again soon. As soon as I find the energy. 🙂

Not much reading going on. Just can’t concentrate at the mo’ on anything very heavy. Oh, yeah, bet you’d like to know, the Count came out of deep freeze smelling like freezer burn with a slight hint of cologne. After some airing out, it’s much better!  I hope I can read it soon! Right now, I am ashamed to say I’ve been reading Nora Roberts. The woman can write a good yarn though, really she can. And she made me cry. Not a hard thing to do lately. I cried over the Dog Show the other day. Pathetic.

Thank you!

frozen_library_book_0560.jpgfor all the help with the book dilemma!  I stuck it in the freezer last night, for I’m lazy and still semi-sick, and will take it out tonight to see how it smells.  If that doesn’t work I’m going to try the baking soda.  I’m all for buying another copy, but there are so many other books I could buy with that money! 

Will have to find a bag that a 1400+ page book will fit into! 🙂

Since the Count was in deep freeze last night, which is a shame as he was about to be arrested, I picked up The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett to amuse myself.  What a densely written, intriguing story!  And I’m only 26 pages into it!  I’m thinking I may have to invest in the Dorothy Dunnett Companion book.  I can see why readers who love it, love it so much.  Our hero is something else!  I hope I can get into it well enough to continue.  I think I’m in a semi-reading-slump as I am finding little motivation to pick up anything lately.   Just can’t concentrate on anything.  I may have to pick up an old-faithful; Twilight, The Princess Bride, or perhaps some Harry Potter.  Been meaning to reread the boy wizard anyway in anticipation of Book 7. 


book.jpgThis is a tragedy.  The book I am currently reading, The Count of Monte Cristo, was involved in a most horrific accident this morning.  I had to drive my hubby’s car to work today so BIL could take mine to get some kind of recall thing fixed on it.  For some reason, the hubby had some cologne in his car.  And some of it got on my book!!! 

ARGH!  Help!

I can’t stand the smell of most perfumes and colognes (they give me migranes) and now I can’t stand to touch my book!  It makes me cough too!

Any tips for getting smells out of books???  I will love you forever!


At least I think so.  I needed a little something new and wanted a new header.  I think I’m happy now. At least for a few months.  I am quite the chameleon when it comes to my blog; I did very well to keep that last one for as long as I did!

Nothing new to report; still feel pretty bad (but some better, I worked today!) and I’ve read about 40 pages of The Count of Monte Cristo.  I didn’t realize how huge that book was; I may have to count it for a Chunkster.  That sucker is over 1400 pages!  I read it back when I was in high school and I swear it wasn’t that big then.  I’m wondering if I read an abridgement (Boo! Hiss!) and didn’t realize it at the time.   I’m interested to see if I notice some differences. 

Lady Audley's Secret

Finally, I finished this one!  It reeeeallly seemed to drag a bit, but I think a lot of the fault lay in the poor quality of this text.  I felt like grabbing my red magic marker and editing the hell out of it.   It would have been awash in red by the time I was done. If you buy this book, do NOT get the Barnes and Noble edition below.

audley.jpgLady Audley’s Secret
By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Rated 7/10
Pages: 440
Published by Barnes and Noble
Finished January 7, 2007
Reason for Reading: It’s for my Classics Challenge on my blog

Review:  Lady Audley’s got a secret and death to anyone who finds out!  Murder, mystery, intrigue, bigamy, this Victorian bestseller has got it all!

I really enjoyed the story for the most part. It dragged in a few places, a certain character (Mr. Robert Audley!) got on my nerves quite a bit, and there were times when I wondered if the author was letting the story get away from her, but she pulled it off in the end. It has a very satisfactory ending.

I was REALLY annoyed by the poor quality of this text; misspelled words, misnamed characters, etc, and I really think it affected my enjoyment of the book.  I was really surprised to see this out of a Barnes and Noble published book.

Reading 2007

I’m not 100% yet, I can’t seem to stop coughing, and took today off to see if it will help.  So I’m home and hope to sleep and read most of the day away. 


Here is my TR “table.” (Click to see it bigger!)  It’s really my grandmother’s old sewing machine, but since I don’t know how to sew, it gets to hold all the books I hope to read this year.  Most of these are for my Classics and Chunkster’s challenges.  A few are there just because I want to read them.  It sits just inside my bedroom; I walk past it to get to my bed and it’s usually the first thing I see in the morning (if I’m facing that direction).  It’s daunting, to say the least, to see those books sitting there. 

Here’s what Ellie thinks:


I think I agree.  But I am looking forward to seeing this pile dimish (I hope!!)