Weekend Walks and Current Books

river

I went for a walk the other day.  It looked so warm and sunny but looks can be deceiving and, like a fool, I didn't check the weather before I went out.  It was freezing!  The wind was blowing like crazy.  By the time I got back to the car I couldn't feel my hands and I looked like I was crying because the wind kept blowing in my face and my eyes were tearing.  I had to drink two cups of tea in order to warm up.  It was worth it though.  I would much rather exercise outside.  The river was very high, it usually looks much calmer than this. We have gotten a ton of rain lately.

waterfall

I am reading two books right now, neither of which I am likely to write reviews for, not because I am not enjoying them but because I don't feel motivated to review everything I read.  I am reading Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue.  I just started it today and was enjoying it.  I am fascinated by words and language and how it develops so this sounded perfect for me.  Then I made the mistake of looking up reviews.  A lot of people complain of factual errors in it.  Now I am not sure what to think.  Probably I will keep reading.  I know Bill Bryson isn't an expert on everything he writes about and this is supposed to be a light and entertaining read, not a scholarly treatise, but errors annoy me.  Has anyone read this?  Is it really full of errors?

I am also reading The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor.  I think I might have mentioned this before.  My dad loaned me the book a while ago and I just haven't gotten around to reading it.  It is a novel about a mayoral race and politics  in America.  Apparently, a movie was made of it which starred Spencer Tracy.  I might have to look for that.

I have also mentioned before that I don't have a lot of people with whom to discuss books.  I do however, have one friend who likes to read.  She isn't nearly as obsessive a reader and our taste in books is vastly different but we do occasionally come across a book we are both interested in.  She happened to mention that she wanted to read War and Peace and that is a book I have been debating trying to read.  Notice I said "trying to read" because I am by no means confident that I will finish it.  She suggested that we read it at the same time and discuss it periodically.  I think that is a good idea, especially for a book like that.  Discussing it might help keep everything straight and carry me through my inevitable desire to just give up.  She says it is the perfect book for us to read together, the war for her and the peace for me.  She gets bored if there isn't a bit of death and misery in her books and I get frustrated if it is all doom and gloom. We will see how this goes.







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  1. Looks are indeed deceiving! After I looked at the first picture, I made a mental note to congratulate you on the fine weather. But then I started reading the text...

    Good luck with War and Peace if you do decide to read it! That monster has always intimidated me.

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    1. It intimidates me too. I am hoping my friend's enthusiasm will carry me through! I feel like I should at least give it a try....

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  2. I'm glad you have a likes-to-read friend in real life! Most of my real-life friends are like, "Oh, books are awesome! I wish I had time to read them." Excuse me while I smack my head on the table a while.

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    1. Most of my friends are like yours, they act like reading is an admirable but unusual activity. I do have one relatively new friend who reads sometimes. It is nice to have someone to occasionally talk books with though I do try to not overwhelm her with my book obsessions!

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