Apologies

I apologize for being so out of it lately.  I know I haven’t posted much that wasn’t complete drivel.  Some things have been going on in my life and I haven’t really been able to focus on anything else.  It looks like things are lightening up now though and I should now be able to return to regular scheduled programming and hopefully will get back to reading my favorite blogs soon!  I hope you could stand my pitiful attempts to keep you entertained with all the pictures of my kids and the other stuff.  I’ll try to keep it to a minimum for awhile 😉

I haven’t been reading very much.  With my mind being on other things, I haven’t really been able to concentrate on much. I just finished The Nasty Bits, a collection of articles, book reviews, restaurant reviews and other miscellanea by Anthony Bourdain.  There is even a short story piece included, which was actually pretty good.  It piqued my interest in reading some of his other fictional works, which I admit I’ve never really been interested in. 

I also just completed the second graphic novel in the Jack of Fables Series. I found it to be much better than the first.  Now that Jack is established in his own series, the story really gets going.  Jack has many tales, or personae, and one of the stories in this collection recounts his time as Jack Frost.  Another is set during modern times, with him trying to regain wealth and fame in Las Vegas.  With help from the Pathetic Fallacy, he works the town over in typical Jack style.  The art work, as usual, is stunning.  The stories are fun.  Despite my previous misgivings, Jack is proving to be a worthy Fable for his own series.

I am finally starting to read again.  I am tee-totally LOVING, Joe Hill’s short story collection 20th Century Ghosts.  This is my first encounter with Hill’s writing, but I had a feeling I would like him after Andi’s glowing review of Heart Shaped Box.  I’ve only read the first three stories so far but have found each one to be stunning.  And haunting, and I don’t mean in the way his daddy writes J  I have found I can only read one story at a time, because I find myself wanting to savor each piece.  But I will talk more about on this after I’ve finished the book.

I started another book yesterday.  The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by AJ Jacobs very quickly sucked me in.  I’m up to “D” now and am really enjoying Jacob’s witty and personable voice.  I think this will be the quick read I’ve been waiting for.  I’m obviously in a nonfiction mood, so I expect to read more like it after I’m through.

11 thoughts on “Apologies

  1. Sorry to hear things have not been going well–hopefully things are looking up. And your kids are very cute and it's always nice to see such happy, smiling faces! 🙂

  2. Glad you're back to regular posting! I loved 20th Century Ghosts. I ordered my copy from Great Britain, before it became available in the U.S., though, and I'm not sure it contains exactly the same stories. The title story is one of my favorites.

  3. Thanks Danielle! Looks like things are getting much better! Thank goodness!

    Nancy, I'm really, really enjoying 20th Century Ghosts. I've only read 3 stories so I can't say for sure, but I think 20th Century Ghosts will be high on my list of favorites. That was a great one. I have a feeling it's going to be hard to pick! I think I managed to convince Andi to get it too, I can't wait to hear what she thinks!

    Thanks Ashleigh! Glad to be back!

  4. Ah, life gets in the way of blogging sometimes doesn't it 😉
    So glad to hear good stuff about 20th Century Ghosts. I must read one of his books.

  5. It's amusingly (to my simple mind) ironic that the moments when life throws up the most interesting times are the ones when we're too busy to blog. And what's wrong with writing drivel? Without drivel I wouldn't have a blog at all.

  6. Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of reading and blogging? 😉

    Glad you're back and hope things truly are settling down for you.

    I love Anthony Bourdain's show, No Reservations. Good stuff.

  7. I'm glad things are settling down for you. I have been feeling guilty too as I haven't even posted a book review since the New Year! I just haven't felt inspired enough to do so. I wander around looking at my piles of books and can't decide what to read – out of desperation I recently bought a stack of magazines (In Style, Vogue, Canadian Living). Less pressure. Maybe I can do a review of the latest Canadian Living – good magazine and I'm not being sarcastic!

  8. No apologies! Take care of you and the fam first, and like everyone else, I really loved all the pics. Keep 'em comin'!

    And all the reading you're doing! I need to get into Jack (and finish up the available Fables titles). And I MUST order 20th Cent. Ghosts ASAP.

  9. Yes you must Iliana! I'm loving him!

    LOL Stu! I went way beyond drivel. I'm not sure what the word for that is, but I know I was worse than that!

    I do, Carl! And thank you, I hope so too. Glad to see another Bourdain admirer!

    I'd read it Heather, if you reviewed it 😉 Sometimes all I can read are articles and magazines too. I was afraid I was almost to that point.

    Thanks Andi! And yes, you must! To ALL of those books. Especially Fables.

  10. I loved Heart-Shaped Box and have 20th Century Ghosts on a shelf somewhere around here. I won it at an employee Xmas meeting, but haven't felt inspired to read it quite yet. I keep thinking I should save it for October. But I'll do like you and spread out the reading so the stories don't all blend together.

    Don't ever hesitate to post family pics! You're a fabulous photographer and nothing makes me smile more than cute kiddos.

    Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. 🙂

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