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October 18, 2005

“Little Earthquakes”

Filed under: Other Stuff — shelly @ 9:42 pm

I just finished reading Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner this evening. I read it because my friend Donna handed it to me after she finished it and said, “You’re gonna like this one.” She was right – I did!
Considering the fact that my usual reads are filled with unrealistic people doing unrealistic things and, usually, having unrealistic sex, this book took me by surprise. Ms. Weiner tells a very realistic story, with realistic people and events. She touched a chord with me. The cliche: “I laughed, I cried…” fits.
The story revolves around the journey that is “Becoming Mommy”. Many of the scenarios in the book hit home with me. I saw myself and many other women I know in the characters. The reality of motherhood is stark and it can slam you to the pavement if you aren’t paying attention.
One of the main characters is quoted as saying,”This is much harder than I ever thought it would be.” Amen and amen! “They” don’t tell us about everything when we are little girls playing house with our dolls. In fact, they hide the truth from us even as we are welcoming our first child into the world. Reality sets in about a week after we are home alone with our bundle-of-joy. About the point when we haven’t seen the inside of a shower in 3 days, have worn the same pajamas for the same length of time and have slept about 30 mins at a stretch for each of those days. That’s when it hits you – “I can’t do this!!” – but somehow you do.
LIttle Earthquakes is filled with the realities of motherhood and relationships after baby. How your husband’s little habits are amplified and the tiny cracks in your relationship suddenly seem like Grand Canyon sized chasms. Socks on the floor, left-up-toilet seats, and dishes in the sink are mountains, not mole hills. And sleep is the greatest commodity on earth! You’d give your right arm for the chance to sleep and sleep and sleep until your body says “OK, that’s better.”
Ms. Weiner does a fabulous job of telling the truth and making you realize you are not alone. A wonderful, warm story of 4 women and their journey to becoming mommies. Enjoy.

October 16, 2005

The Outlander Series

Filed under: Other Stuff — shelly @ 6:27 pm

OK…let’s get this started with a “review” of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon!!
Outlander is the first of the series, followed by Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross. The next installment in the series, Breath of Snow and Ashes is newly published and in stores now and, incidentally, at the top of my “must read” list!
Basically this is a time travel/historical romance series. Both genres are favorites of mine! The heroine is Claire Beauchamp Fraser and the hero is Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Laird. The novels, which are long, averagine over 1000 pages each, chronicle their lives, their love and their tragedies. The journey begins prior to the Battle of Culloden, a major turning point in Scottish history and follows our heroes into Colonial America (and probably beyond – I haven’t finished Fiery Cross).
I originally began this series based on the recommendation of a classmate during nursing school. The heroine is a nurse and there are many references to ancient remedies and treatments that are facinating to me as a nurse. It has been quite a journey.
My historical knowlege has been expanded – even though I’ve had to look up a ton of stuff to get the whole story. I have even learned about my own family’s heritage (we have Scot’s blood in us) and even about some of the traditions my family loves (did you know the Bar-B-Que North Carolina is famous for has its roots in the Scottish Highlands?!?!).
Bottomline – I highly recommend this series! I’ve read nearly 5,000 pages and can’t wait to read more!

New Feature

Filed under: Other Stuff — shelly @ 6:23 pm

The almighty Miguelito himself has helped me to add “Currently Reading” and “other books” to my blog!
Check it out! My intention (as in, don’t hold your breath) is to post reviews of the books I am reading/have read. Clicking on the book will link you to it’s page.
Happy reading!

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