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Reading on the Beach

So it's jueves, I think that's the right way to say and spell Thursday in Spanish. That means it's market day in La Penita de Jaltemba, so this little town which is usually pretty sleepy, wakes wide up. Mike and I are heading to the market soon, but first, I thought I'd say hola and tell you about the wonderful books I've been reading this week. I've finished Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now -- it's a YA book, but it definitely has adult-appeal. It's set in the future, during a world war. When I met Meg last month, she told me she was inspired to write the book after 9/11 -- she wanted to bring the facts of war and terrorism close to her readers, so they wouldn't feel these are just things that happen far away. Anyway, the book is also a love story -- and the narrator has an intriguing voice The other book I'm reading and really enjoying is Dave Eggers's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. This is a work of creative non-fiction and it's the story of how Eggers brought up his younger brother after their parents died. The only problem is Mikey is reading the book, too -- and I don't like sharing books!! Okay then, off to the mercado. Enjoy your day wherever you are. Best best from me
Last full day of vacation...
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Guest - Kim on Thursday, 06 March 2008 16:24

Reading on the beach sounds so inviting... especially after reading the newspaper headlines on how we received 5 centimetres of ice pellets and 18 centimetres of snow, yesterday, with more to come.
I started reading How I Live Now a couple of weeks ago... then, it got buried under an unstable pile of books on my bedsite table. With some luck, I'll finish it by next Monday. One thing which strikes me in the book is the lack of commas -- and I never though I'd say that, but some sentences are quite lengthy, and I've forgotten the beginning by the time I reach the end. I have a friend who said that it's a way to make it sound more like everyday speech, which makes sense, but it still irks me.
Enjoy your day at the market (By the way, jueves is spelt properly), and also the rest of your vacation down South. Be prepared for snow whenever you come back, because we're expecting quite a lot for Saturday...

Reading on the beach sounds so inviting... especially after reading the newspaper headlines on how we received 5 centimetres of ice pellets and 18 centimetres of snow, yesterday, with more to come. :D I started reading [i]How I Live Now[/i] a couple of weeks ago... then, it got buried under an unstable pile of books on my bedsite table. With some luck, I'll finish it by next Monday. One thing which strikes me in the book is the lack of commas -- and I never though I'd say that, but some sentences are quite lengthy, and I've forgotten the beginning by the time I reach the end. I have a friend who said that it's a way to make it sound more like everyday speech, which makes sense, but it still irks me. Enjoy your day at the market (By the way, jueves is spelt properly:D), and also the rest of your vacation down South. Be prepared for snow whenever you come back, because we're expecting quite a lot for Saturday...
Guest - tamar on Friday, 07 March 2008 18:28

hope you have a safe flight home!! the snow will welcome you
i had to read the eggers book for school in grade 11 but couldnt get into it so I switched to a different book we had the option of reading... the book I wanted ws not at the library so I have it on reserve in the meantime I have a different book sitting on my night stand that was also recommended to me.. will let you know if it's any good...
p.s. did u ever read fishbowl? if so, I want to know how you liked it...

hope you have a safe flight home!! the snow will welcome you i had to read the eggers book for school in grade 11 but couldnt get into it so I switched to a different book we had the option of reading... the book I wanted ws not at the library so I have it on reserve :( in the meantime I have a different book sitting on my night stand that was also recommended to me.. will let you know if it's any good... p.s. did u ever read fishbowl? if so, I want to know how you liked it...
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