Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New Books

Have I mentioned in this blog that I love to read? I have been a bookworm ever since I learned how to read. I can still hear Mom's voice during summer vacation, "Ruthie, it's a nice day outside....go out and play!" Grumble, grumble, it was much more fun for me to just sit and read. Fortunately, books were portable and adapted well to outside use, if I could find a place to hide and read.

Today, I picked up two new books at the Public Library that had been recommended by other bloggers. The Omnivore's Dilemma, which I learned about last week at Ruth's blog.

The second is Prodigal Summer, which was recommended to me in a comment from Nina.

When I opened the cover of this book to read the description, here's what I saw.

Wow, how cool is that! Yeah, I think I'm going to like this book.

I read a variety of books but my favorites are mysteries by favorite authors Sue Grafton, Tony Hillerman, Janet Evanovich, Dick Francis, and Mary Higgins Clark. I'm not much into the really graphic sex or violence....can't watch it in a movie and can't read about it either.

I occasionally throw in a romance novel (Debbie Macomber or Danielle Steel) just for variety. I also enjoy most fiction and also biographies. However, I have never been able to get into science fiction, the Harry Potter series, or books with mythical themes (like JR Tolkien). Yeah, I'm just kinda weird that way.

When I was a kid, I really loved the Nancy Drew mysteries and all of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

One summer (between my sophomore and junior year in high school) I had a job working at the high school. One of the best parts of the job was that we got to help unpack all the new shipments of library books for the next year. I'll never forget how much I enjoyed those afternoons sitting in the hot, dimly-lit library, breathing the smell of all those books, and picking out the books I wanted to read when school started in the fall.


Today, two butterflies emerged! I knew when I went to work this morning that it was going to happen while I was gone, so took the precaution of locking the monarch ranch in the bathroom (away from the kitty monitor).

Although this isn't a very good picture, I hope you can see both of them (one is holding onto the stick in the center of the picture). This time there was a male and a female. They were released to their new home in Monarch Waystation 1515.


Lynne said...

Prodigal Summer is one of the most beautiful books I've read. I really hope you like it. I've never read Omnivore's Dilemma. I hope you'll share your views on it. I love books too. I love the feel of them and the smell of them. Right now I'm reading The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum.

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Lynne for the endorsement of Prodigal Summer...maybe I should start it tonight! I will let you know about the Omnivore's Dilemma also.

Body Soul Spirit said...

I worked in a library through college to earn food money, but it was a great job. Two of my daughters worked in our public library through high school. We love books! I just don't have enough time to read all that I want. Your butterflies are off to a good start. Do yours fly to Mexico or California?

Jennifer said...

Oh, I loved Prodigal Summer. I should re-read that one.

mon@rch said...

Congrats on the Monarch Butterflies!! YEAH!! And love your moth pages!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Ruth,
I would like more time for reading also. I always feel guilty just taking time to sit and read, and the chores are still there at the end of the chapter.
I'm not sure where my monarchs will end up but I think maybe Mexico.

Hi Jennifer,
More praise for "Prodigal Summer"....I can't wait to start it!

Hi Tom,
You know, I never thought this monarch ranching would become so engrossing...thanks for sharing in the experience.

Martie said...

Great reads! I have them both, also. I adore Barbara Kingsolver's writing, have read most of what she's ever written. Sounds like you and I share the same likes and dislikes with our reading...and I remember reading through entire summers also! I only manage about 30 mins a night now, and long for a time when I can read more.

Jayne said...

Will have to check this book out. Any book with that sort of inside cover has to be wonderful! I also love to read, though my reading has been limited to hyperbaric oxygen as of late in preparation for an exam...bleh. Can't wait to get back to my pleasure reading.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Martie,
Tell me....do you read and knit at the same time? not on your lace shawl, of course, but on simple things like scarves or dishcloths?

Hi Jayne,
When I worked at Mayo I was in a medical test catalog publications area and proofreading those catalogs was murder....after reading that stuff all day, the last thing I wanted to do after work was read some more. One of the best things about quitting that job was being able to read again--just for pleasure. But you must stay focused to do well on your exam. Good Luck!

Deb said...

I've read both of the pictured books. Omnivore's Dilemma is the only book I've read cover to cover lately; usually if I get bored I quit halfway through. Lots of stuff to think about there. Prodigal Summer...I don't know, I liked it because of its basic themes, but I think it could have been better (or maybe I just had high expectations after The Poisonwood Bible). I like Barbara Kingsolver and what she stands for.

I just don't find any time for reading lately! Too many other irons in the fire...

Tracy said...

I'm really looking forward to reading The Ominivore's Dilemma, but I'm waiting for it to come out in paperback (I think it's this fall). In the meantime, I actually really liked Prodigal Summer. I know Deb wasn't impressed, but I enjoyed it. The only criticism I would have is that it was there were some parts where the way she was writing a "message" came across as preachy. But otherwise, I liked it. (By "preachy" I mean that I thought Kingsolver was a bit heavy-handed in her writing style in a few places where she wanted to make sure the reader understood a particular message. Some of the characters give these "speeches" that are obviously not modeled on "real" dialog - it was her way to get the message across. I thought she could have either left these little sermons out - the messages were pretty obvious - or managed to write them more gracefully. As they were written, it seemed like she didn't have enough faith in her readers to understand what she was getting at. But this only happens 3-4 times in the entire book.)

RuthieJ said...

Hi Deb and Tracy,
I started reading Prodigal Summer yesterday. It's drawn me in pretty quick. I'm feeling empathy with the 3 female characters because they all express feelings similar to what I have towards nature and trying to overcome the "kill it, cut it, spray it, get rid of it" mentality.
How will this book end? I'm one of those people who will skip ahead through chapters if I'm bored with the book and I hope I won't have to do that here!