Sunday, March 15, 2015

What I've Been Reading (Quick Lit - March 2015)

I've only read one book this month, and I've nibbled at others.  I restrained myself from reading books I really wanted to dig into because I was trying to read my Well-Read Mom selection for this month: The Betrothed by Alessandro Mazoni.  But then sickness invaded the house, and I am abandoning The Betrothed for now.  Instead, I will order the next WRM selection and institute a schedule of "read some of this, get to read some of that."  Hopefully, this will allow for some recreational reading in addition to the usually tougher books prescribed in WRM.

Before I started The Betrothed, I read one book after vacation.  It was:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (paperback, library) - I was a bit disappointed in this book after reading all the good reviews.  I mean, I enjoyed it.  I did.  But I think the ending spoiled reading it for me. I didn't buy into the ending at all (the very end, if that makes sense to those who have read it).  I didn't really buy into one of the main relationships in the story either, which I realized a moment ago.  But the writing was lovely; Patchett has an observant eye.  I even took two book pictures with my phone to capture two passages!  I thought my favorite character was Mr. Hosokawa, but truly, I was most touched by the Frenchman with the scarf.  

Have you read Bel Canto?  What have you read lately? Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit linkup! Check it out for book reviews and recommendations. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

I need some inspiration....for a new blog title.

I started this blog almost a year ago out of the sheer need for creative expression, an outlet.

I've outgrown the title.

But I don't know what to move towards.

I could use my first and last name, but I am not sure I want such search ability on the web. (But don't I?  I secretly pine for a by-line on a magazine article, newspaper column, or website. There! I said it!)

So, what's the difference? 

Somehow, a blog with my name seems quite different from being published somewhere....legit. Ouch, that doesn't seem fair, but if I'm being honest, that's what I was really thinking.  I suppose I just mean publishing somewhere already established and respected.

I want to write more here, but I am still getting comfortable with what exactly I want to write about.  Maybe if I just write more, I'll gain some inspiration for a new title.  There's an idea.  Ha.

I'll have some inspiration instead of being in need of it.