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August 2, 2010

Summer reading

Last night I stayed up way too late with my nose stuck in a book, I'm reading The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. It's not a biography, it's a novel but the author is fairly close to facts in her timeline and it's a good read. I love anything about Queen Elizabeth -- one of my favorite movies of all time is Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett. It's a little loose with the facts but it's a great movie. I think part of my fascination with her is that I can't imagine what it must have been like to live in the 1500s and (seemingly deliberately) choose to not marry. Let's be honest, I live in the year 2010 and some people still think it's weird and wrong that I didn't remarry. Imagine living in the 1500s and being single! And Queen at that. Fascinating.

I bought two other books recently as well -- Pride And Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. I've read Gatsby several times but the last time I read it was probably over a decade ago (maybe two?). But I have never read a single Jane Austen book. Can you believe that? Can you believe I am admitting that?

So what do you think about us having a goofyass virtual bookclub this month and you all pick the book you want to read most -- pick one, Gatsby or Pride and Prejudice, post today in the comments and majority rules -- and we'll meet back here maybe on Monday, August 30th (so you have that weekend to cram, hah) and we can chat about the book? And everyone who decides to participate in that chitchat in the comments will be entered to win some fun gift, like some yarn and maybe a signed copy of the Drunk book (I still have copies of that but am out of the new one, go figure) and who knows what else I may throw in. You may get a cat if Blob doesn't stop eating my size 8 circulars.

You in? You have to cast your vote today for which book, though. If ya'll think this is a stupid idea just let me know and we'll pretend I was stoned on paint fumes or something. Happy Monday!

Posted by laurie at August 2, 2010 9:03 AM