Monday, May 31, 2010

Lots of reading, not so much beading

If you've followed by blog recently, (or my Facebook, or my GoodReads) you'll see that I've been reading a TON of books lately -- like at least one a day. But you'll also see that I haven't been doing a lot of beading.

I sold a lot of beads in my Lori2 store and I'm working on a large custom order for a shop, but right now -- I'm spending a lot of time in bed. I'm taking new medicine that makes me so tired that I could fall asleep as I right this. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh hey. I'm back, haha.

(bed by tarik yousef, )

So instead of jewelry, I thought I'd share the books I've read. You can click on each to take you to the

1. Other People's Rejection Letters: 150 Letters You're Happy You Didn't Get

2. The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

3. Blockade Billy (a Stephen King novella)

4. UR (a Stephen King novella specifically about Kindles)

5. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

6. The War (written to go with Ken Burn's documentary)

and I'm now reading "The Things They Carried", which is about Vietnam.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions? I'm an open book (haha) but am not fond of Westerns of Harlequin Romances.

It's good to take a break -- I hope in a week or two, after the side effects have worn off, I'll be back to normal, because I have a lot of ideas running through my head, at least.

Happy reading, happy beading!


  1. I love that bed! And those pink earrings! Have not been doing much reading lately, but am feeling the need to go back to it.

  2. If you like action, go Matthew Reilly, I just "discovered" him and am in love. With his books, not him... :)

  3. Enjoy the break! I have only been reading Air Force and military books for the last nine months, so I can't wait for a good novel! Hugs!

  4. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my crescendoh art saves story. I hope you are inspired by all the other people today...I am in good company aren't I?

  5. Anonymous1:37 PM

    Thanks for stopping by my post today. I can never find enough veterans and families to say 'thank you' to. So glad you stopped by. I just read two great books. The Heretics Wife, forgot the author, took place in the time of Henry Viii and Thomas More and Martin Luther, a novel and I also read The Help, loved that. Hope you are better soon, Blessings

  6. I recently read and recommend: Pearl of China by Anchee Min , and The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. And if you like dark fairy tale fantasy, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

  7. I love all the books from Jodi Picoult. Not sure about the english titles, and I think they are intense, so you better hop over to her site and pick a theme that suits you....

  8. Oye I hear ya with the migraines!! Here all these years I kept believing that migraines took a hike with menopause.... oh nooooo they lied they don't get better but worse!! :(

    There is an author Laurie King has a series about a young woman that becomes Sherlock Holmes apprentice and then his wife. Very entertaining, well written about an intelligent (goes to Oxford college), independent, forward thinking women!!

    Thanks for stopping by today Lori, feel better soon!!

    Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

  9. Thank you Lori.
    I hope you are having a good day. Have you read 'Son of Hamas'? I recommend it. An insight to the middle east like none other.

  10. Hi Lori
    I hope you are feeling better. The only book suggestions I have right now are what a 5 year old likes to read, i.e., "Stinky Cheese Man" is a twist on the classic ginger bread man story. Pretty sad uh? It is either books or beading. Right now it is beading.

    Get Well

  11. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Lori -

    First of all, thanks to you and your husband for having the guts to fight for all of our freedom!

    Second of all...hope you are feeling better soon :)

    The War was awesome! I literally have tons of WWII books, however, most of them are about Germany, the Third Reich and the holocaust...I don't know if you want any suggestions from that aspect (if you do, drop me a line!).

    I have, however, become more interested in the Pacific Theater as of late. I just got a book I haven't read yet called "We Band Of Angels" by Elizabeth M. Norman. It is the story of American nurses that were trapped on Bataan by the Japanese where they were herded into internment camps to face fear and starvation for three years. It looked like such a great read about women at war.

    Kudos to you for having enough guts to proudly bear the name "Veteran". You sure have more guts that I could ever wish to have :)

  12. Oh, I do hope you get back to beading soon. But I must say, I love a day in bed reading :-) Most of the books I've been reading have been out for a long while. I'm reading my way through Martha Grimes at the moment, The Old Contemptibes was the latest (good). I just finished Into Thin Air because my son left it behind. Really good and I generally don't like non-fiction. I've got Girl who Played with Fire cued up as my next book.

  13. If you havent read Water for Elephants yet then add it to your list. It's a wonderful book and I think I read it in two days because I couldnt put it down!

  14. Hi Lori well theres a *time for All take good care and rest. Im sorry your not well. Its good to take breaks tho no matter how so we come back again refreshed. Books for me I guess I like some swashbuckling ones..*Frenchmanns Creek by Daphne DuMaurier was smashing. She also wrote *The House on the Strand. Now that was great and I think youd love it!

  15. Hi Lori,
    I love W.E.B. Griffin. He writes a lot of military novels. My favorite, of his series, is Brotherhood of War which is about guys in the Army (sorry Army veteran here). I have read some of his other series, but Brotherhood of War is the best (my books are falling apart from all the readings).
    I have some bios from guys who served in Vietnam that are really good. I will have to look through my "library" and see what the titles are.
    If you are into fantasy I recommend Jim Butcher's the Harry Dresden series and if you are into sci-fi then I recommend David Weber's series Honor Harrington.
    I hope you start to feeling better!

  16. I just read "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlan and it obsessed me for about 3 days. You would probably get through it faster. It's quite different than the titles you mentioned, so it may not be to your taste, but she is an amazing writer who captures everyday complexity and intense emotion with such beauty. Feel better!

  17. I have a whole stack of books about France and Italy that I'll be working through this summer. Not because I'm going any time soon, but because I love reading about them.

    I just finished "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" last week and will definitely read the next two books later this summer.

  18. So glad you are taking good care of yourself and reading is great way to escape not so pleasant times.
    I happen to love Dean Koontz. I have read (thanks to used book stores) every single book he has written. Some of his books are really scary (I would read them on the treadmill so I would run faster!) but as he has aged he has injected a lot of humor in his sci-fi thrillers. Check out his Odd Thomas series. You can find him in paperback at very reasonable prices.

  19. Hi Lori, right now I am reading the "Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". It is on the best sellers list. I hope you are feeling like yourself real soon!

  20. Well the medicine must be doing something if it gives you lots of good ideas lol.
    I seem to be on a roll right now too. I do most of my reading in the winter but haven't read any of those books!

  21. Ohh, hope you'll feel better soon. If like crime-novels like larson, maybe Tana French "In the wood" is something you like. I looked up other swedish novel I read but there seem to be no english translations yet. But perhaps I overlooked it - so Adler-Olsen or Arne Dahl are absolutly great. regards Stefanie

  22. So, the sleepiness should go away after a few weeks? I'm so glad, and I hope it helps! I think that #1 sounds really fun, and I've been wanting to read that last one, too. I just read Anne Tyler's Accidental Tourist, which I thought was remarkable! I have liked other things she's written, but this was the best, I think. Right now I'm reading How to be Good by Hornby. I love reading!

  23. Lori - I LOVED Maj Pettigrew's Last Stand! I just finished On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet - also great! Hope you feel better soon!

  24. I have really enjoyed the Larsson books and am reading the Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest now. If you haven't ready any Ann Patchett novels I think you would like them. I especially liked Run and Bel Canto And my almost all time favorite memoir type book is Mark Salzman's Lost in Place. Hope you feel better soon but still have time for reading.

  25. So, how was Every Last One? I bet you're done by now.

  26. I've been spending more time reading than beading too. Oh well!

  27. I have been listening to a lot of audio books but I haven't done a lot of actual reading. I think the reason why is that the book I am currently carrying (which is part of a series that I have so far loved) starts out with something that is physically impossible. The content editor didn't catch it and I haven't been able to get past it. I guess that I should just give up on the book and start another.

  28. Beautiful pink earrings. Enjoy the break. It's not until you stop that you realize just how exhausted you really were. At the moment I am reading Treasure of Kham by Clive Cussler. I also like Bryce Courtney. Wilbur Smith, some of his books I just get lost in. Keep on reading and relaxing.

  29. Beautiful pink earrings. Enjoy the break. It's not until you stop that you realize just how exhausted you really were. At the moment I am reading Treasure of Kham by Clive Cussler. I also like Bryce Courtney and Wilbur Smith. Some of his books I just get lost in. Keep on reading and relaxing.


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