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What I'm Reading Now

 

Welcome to What I'm Reading Now, which I hope will become a regular feature here on reinland.ca. I've been an inveterate reader since age six, with a couple of pauses along the way for life events, and I'm a librarian (and have been for a while). I enjoy recommending books to people, primarily in the genre that I read most, which is mystery/thriller. This is not to say I don't read other kinds of books—I do, just not as regularly.

Enough introduction-- on to the books.

Someone will be with you shortly: notes from a perfectly imperfect life by Lisa Kogan (HarperCollins, 2010).

Apparently Lisa Kogan writes a column for O: the Oprah magazine. I've never read it.

I may start now.

This was hilarious. I usually don't read sections aloud to my long-suffering husband. In this case, not only could I not keep from reading lines to him, I couldn't stop laughing while I was doing so. I've always thought laughing at your own jokes to be a little gauche, but that didn't stop me. The best part was that he was laughing, too, and continued chuckling at intervals for half an hour afterward. (See chapter 11, “The Hours”, especially for the bit about Mrs. Weinstein, Julia's stuffed platypus. (Okay, I have to quote it: “... though I do spend an ungodly amount of time wondering why my daughter is not on a first-name basis with her stuffed platypus...”))

Anyway, Kogan gently makes fun of herself, rather than the people around her, which is something of a lost art. She can be funny, nostalgic, wry, wise, and she knows her way around a sentence. I found her book very hard to put down; so much so that I was holding up an LED puck light as a booklight in bed, and putting it down to turn the pages, to finish that one last essay.

Read it; I think you'll like it.

 

Love you to death and One fine day you're gonna die,both by Gail Bowen (Raven Publishers, 2010).

I finished both of these in an afternoon.

Okay, well, first of all, I read quickly. Secondly, they're both part of the publishers' new series called Rapid Reads. They're paperback books, 128 pages each. (Truth be told, I finished both of them inside an hour). They are also extremely good.

I've been reading Gail Bowen's mysteries for years now. She's a Canadian writer, and her mysteries feature Joanne Kilbourn, who lives in Regina and seems to have murder follow her around. Bowen's characters are interesting and human, and her plots are brilliantly twisty. That being said, Joanne Kilbourn doesn't show up in either of these books. Instead, they focus on Charlie D, a radio DJ who attracts some very odd listeners. Charlie D was a main character in Bowen's seventh mystery, Burying Ariel. I'd like to say that I thought then that I'd like to see more of Charlie D, but that may not be true; I am, however, quite pleased to see him again.

Each book takes place during the span of a single show, where Charlie D is dragged into trying to prevent a murder—a tall order, considering that he's an ordinary radio DJ, not a psychologist or hostage negotiator. Whether or not he can pull it off, and how, makes for excellent reading.

If you like these, try Bowen's other mysteries. She deserves to be more widely read.

 

Enjoy!

Linda

Where have I been?

Well I haven't written anything recently. It's not that there isn't anything happening, rather it is that there is too much happening.

When we first started this little venture on the net, I had just taken a lay-off from a job that was 70 miles away from home, and I went from almost no time at home to always being at home. This gave me a lot more time to work on this web site and house renovations and many other things. Now I have just started a job with one of the local potato processing plants. I'm doing QA (quality assurance) and working on upgrading the computer network and processes that are currently in place.

This is a big job with a lot to learn. Not only do I have the potato quality to learn, but also the procedures and people as well. In addition to the new job, 95% of my co-workers speak plaudietch as their primary language. I know, I host Carl's plautdietch content, but I'm not that good with understanding and speaking yet. So in addition to everything else, I'm starting a low-german course with Red River Community College at the Winkler campus. <em>Etch mot Ein bate meia plautdietch readen.</em> (spelling in plautdietch is not my strong point)

The house renovations got stalled when I started the new job, but we did manage to tear apart a bit of wall tonight, by the end of the week, our bedroom will be larger, and we'll be able to close off one of the doors. Maybe even put in a bookshelf where the door was. The house is small enough that every bit counts. We also picked up the ceiling panels today. I don't know when we're going to put them up, but we spent the money on them so it will have to happen eventually. I'm hoping that the living room is actually finished before Christmas. And by finished I mean every last bit done. I'm not sure if that will happen, but it's a goal.

Well one of these days I'll get it finished and then post some before and after pictures. I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth the effort.

Spam

There has been a lot of spam in the recipe forum recently. I guess this means someone has noticed us. I have taken some steps to reduce spammer registrations on this site. IP addresses will be logged for all postings. All spam will be deleted and the user blocked as soon as it is discovered.

15th Annual Reinland Golf Tournament

The 15th annual Reinland Golf Tournament is on for Tuesday, July 27. As in other years, it will be a best ball/Texas scramble style of tournament, where you choose the best shot of your foursome and use that as the starting point of your next drive or putt (subject to certain rules to keep things fair). As in other years, it will be held at the Walhalla Golf Course, a scenic 9-hole course with a nice mix of par 3s and 4s. You can enter as a foursome, or have the organizers put you into a foursome. Cost is green fees plus $1.00 (Canadian), and remember that you'll need your passport to cross the border. Tee-off will be between 4:30 and 6:00, and prizes will be awarded afterwards.
 
Experience not required, although it may be helpful. What is required is a willingness to spend time with Reinlanders and have some fun doing it.
 
To register, call Werner at 325-4495.