Thursday, January 8, 2009

Big Comfy Armchair critic.....

I received some books for a gift and so I have read two of them already. Both books were not very big ones, so they were easy reads.

The first book was sort of a fun book, although she could have gone a lot more into things and made it a lot more fun. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. Yep, this woman has problems, but she's also a hoot. I did enjoy the book but it left me wanting more. Its a very short book. No real plot here, just a true story about some of Carrie's life. She's done a lot of pills and a lot of alcohol and also has some mental problems, which they treated with electric shock therapy. I thought that went out with the dark ages, but she said it helped her. I like her....she's fun, but I wouldn't want to live with her.

The second book still has me in shock. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This, too, is a true story. It put me through many emotions, mostly deep anger at her father and utter frustration at her mother. How these kids managed to survive is nothing short of a miracle. This should be the handbook of WHY SOME PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER HAVE CHILDREN.....although the kids seem like they have pretty much turned out OK, except for one that has some problems. I highly recommend it. If you work with children maybe a lot of it won't surprise you, but I still can't believe how this family managed to slip through the cracks and avoid any intervention from state authorities. I have to hand it to Jeannette. Never once does she show any bitterness toward her parents for the horrible lives they (her 3 siblings and herself) were forced to live. I'm not sure I could even speak to my parents if I would have had things like this to endure.

I'm about 100 pages into the third book. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell. I've followed all of her books in the Scarpetta series and this one looks like it will be just as good as all the others, even though its larger by about 200 pages. When I'm finished, I'll give you my opinion.

I have gone through all my year-end records, balanced my checkbook and have pretty much all of my stuff in one spot, ready for tax preparation. Last year I waited way too long and filed at the last minute, which was STUPID, not to mention stressful. This year, I'm going to get my stuff over there as soon as I get all my statements and W-2 in the mail.

We received more snow last night but thank goodness the foot plus of snow that was on the ground melted away beforehand. The catalogs are now featuring spring attire and I cannot wait even though winter has only officially been with us less than 3 weeks. Stay warm if you live in the cold and if you live where its warm......I'm comin' to visit. LOL


Smocha said...

I read the Glass Castle ...after much anticipation, and when I was finished I said " Oh please, YOU should have had mine and Souls childhood."

Terrible of me ,to think her childhood wasn't horrible enough, I know.
I am ashamed :(

Several of the British library books I have read, here, have been about that very thing ...and WOOO! I am talking TERRIBLE childhhods.Like ...."I can not believe this kid survived this."

I will check out Carrie Fishers book:)

Thanks for the reviews.

I wish I had some catalogs.


Smocha said...

Oh , P.s.
You're welcome to come visit me ,it was 70 at home the other day.

Brad said...

I'd heard of Carrie's book and intend to read it. I'll still read it but I have a feeling I'll feel like you do about it.

It finally stopped snowing but the rain has been pounding us for days. The rivers are all flooding - if it's not one thing....

Lucky to be us up on the hill!

Betty said...

I've seen Carrie on a couple of talk shows this week, so I figure I've already heard everything that's in her book. But, I'm very anxious to read the latest Scarpetta book.

Romany Angel said...

You can come stay with me any time Val. It's been warm but not unbearable, in fact, it's been the mildest many years or that I recall anyway.

Dear Liza said...

So, you are telling me that if I lived in Florida or maybe Arizona, then you would come and visit? Well maybe I can get packed and moved before summer...

Thanks for the book reviews. I want to read them now.

Hope your week is going well. Hugs. :)

Cheryl said...

I read The Glass Castle over a year ago. It left a lasting impression.