Hello, friends! It’s been forever since I’ve written anything. I have a reasonably good excuse, I think, in the form of a family vacation and the lead-up to/anticipation of said vacation. My reading concentration has been awful the past few weeks, and I had a stressful personal issue crop up at the most inopportune time as well. So, having begged your pardon, now I am ready to dive back in to book blog life! I missed you guys. I miss feeling like a reading machine. I’m ready to get my groove back.
So where did we go? Toronto, Ontario, Canada! My cousin from Iran moved there a little over a year and a half ago. This was my first opportunity to actually meet her in person. We stayed with her and she graciously showed us around beautiful, vibrant Toronto. The weather couldn’t have been better while we were there. There is SO MUCH to do and see in Toronto. Just riding the subway and walking around felt like an adventure to me! We visited Saint Lawrence Market, the CN Tower, and the Royal Ontario Museum among other attractions. We also took a day trip to Niagara Falls, which was fun. My son is absolutely nuts about LEGOs so we also went to the Legoland Discovery Centre in nearby Vaughn. He had a blast. We took a zillion pictures but I’m just going to share a few.
It was a great trip, my son’s first airplane flights and our first visit outside the country since my husband and I went to Ireland in 2006! I most definitely want to return to Toronto. Oh, I did manage to go to a bookstore while I was there – an Indigo store right near where my cousin lives. I didn’t have much time so I consulted Goodreads and hastily selected three books from Canadian authors that I thought I might not be able to find easily in America. (Thanks to Naomi and Buried in Print for the author inspiration on these!)
I’ve not read any of these authors before… have you? Elizabeth Hay’s Small Change, Montreal Stories by Mavis Gallant, and The Memento by Christy Ann Conlin. They all look very appealing. And of course, I have absolutely NO idea when I’ll get to them! 🙂 So that brings me to…
What I’ve Been Reading
- I listened to the third Harry Potter book before we left and of course I enjoyed it. But I’m taking a small break from them before I start Goblet of Fire.
- I finished Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery the night before we left. It was just lovely. I’m not going to do a review of it, but I most thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the sixth book in the series for #AnneReadalong2017.
- On the plane I took Anne Tyler’s Celestial Navigation. I have a superstition about carrying an Anne Tyler book with me when I fly, don’t ask me why, it’s wholly irrational. I didn’t read much on the plane (short flight times!) or while in Toronto (too tired from all that sightseeing!) But I managed to get pretty far into it during the return trip, and finished it a couple of days after we got home. I love Anne Tyler, and intend to read all of her books. This one was… not her best. She’s excellent at character study, but this one was so frustrating. The two main characters were so passive, or passive aggressive, or something. They were making such poor choices and I just wanted to slap them! It was a rather depressing read. Only for Anne Tyler completists, I’d say.
- As of now, I’m reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca for the RIP Challenge. It’s luscious and atmospheric and brooding and I LOVE IT. I suppose I’m about a third of the way through. I’m going to get back into it when I finish this post.
So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to the past few weeks. I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule soon! October is such a busy month – do you all find that to be true? There are so many Fall and Halloween related activities. My son’s two week break will be over Monday, so it’ll be back to the usual routine. (They start in July and get two-week breaks in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Yes, we like it.)
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read anything I’ve mentioned here, or what you’re reading right now. Thanks for reading!