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Monday, December 31, 2012

Book reports and Easy Street

What have I been up to?  Well DH and I took a whirlwind trip to Prince George (approximately 1600 km) so we could see his sister and two nieces and a nephew prior to Christmas.  We decided to take the bus – way cheaper price and not much longer time wise.  The trip down was great.  We had seats to ourselves most of the way and I read and slept.  We had three and a half days in Prince George and were due to leave on December 21st at 11 pm to arrive home in the very early morning of the 23rd. 

Well coming home was a typical Christmas travel time night mare. The bus was 2 1/2 hours leaving and we were about three blocks from the bus station when the driver announced that he had no high beams and no speedometer and he was going back to the station.  We spent the night on the bus sleeping while waiting to see if a) the bus would get fixed, b) there would be and alternate bus or c) there would be some other solution.  Over the course of the night we were told a) the bus would not be easily fixed, b) we could take the morning bus 1/3 of the way and would have priority seating on it, c) if we took the morning bus then there would be a bus that we could take to the 1/2 way point and d) there would be no bus going all the way to Whitehorse until the next scheduled one that was to leave Christmas Eve at 11 p.m. 

So we went back and spent the day at my s-i-l’s and were fortunately able to get out on a plane that evening – both to Vancouver and then up to Whitehorse.  We were supposed to have two hours between planes but the first plane was late and we had about twenty minutes to traverse the whole length of the airport to the gate for the second plane.  We did make it though and got home at 1:30 in the morning. 

The next day DH got us a little tree.

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We spent Christmas Eve at DD # 1’s home in Whitehorse, had a mad present opening session the next morning, then went home for Christmas evening.  On Boxing Day we had our big family meal with twelve attending and a ton of food. 

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I did read four books over the last week and here are my reviews. (All photos from Amazon).

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This book is in Mr. Grisham’s usual style.  An easy read, interesting, well written but not too deep.  It gave me a much clearer picture of how litigation works in the US of A.  Worth reading.

 

 

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten.  The book is about a night circus and all the magic and mystery it holds.  The first 7/8ths of the book are fascinating as the circus and it’s many fabulous offerings are richly detailed and the story line is intricately woven.  I found the ending to be a let down.  It felt like the author just got tired of the story and wrapped the whole thing up in a few short words just to have it done.  I read this on my e-reader but would have liked a hard copy so I could easily go back and check dates and places. It is set in the 1800s. Worth reading.

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I listened to this book on tape while I worked on my Easy Street blocks one afternoon.  It is a mystery story with a female heroine who solves the case.  Well written and gutsy it is a fun book to read.  I definitely will be looking for more in the series.

 

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The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay was a fantastic read of the “don’t want to put it down” variety.  Set in the 1800s in New York it follows the plight of one young girl from the poor side of town. The writing is wonderful – making you feel like you are there at that time and place.  Ms McKay explains how she got the idea for the book through her own family history, which makes it all the more interesting.  Definitely worth reading.

And here are my Easy Street blocks so far.  I’ve worked on Steps 1, 2 and 3 so far. 

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Janet

13 comments:

  1. What an eventful time you had!

    And I thought my last couple of weeks were hectic!

    I wish you lots of love, abundant joy, plenty of laughter, good health and enough stitching time!

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  2. well... no-one can say life is dull in your neck of the woods!! Hope all is a little calmer now xx Have a good New Year xx

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  3. Wow that was an adventure for sure , glad you arrived home safely for Christmas . Your books sound interesting , thanks for the reviews. Happy new year .

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  4. Well with all the hectic events trying to get home, I'm glad that you finally made it safe and sound.

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  5. Ugh! What a misadventure with the return travel. Glad you got home safe in time for your other festivities. Happy New Year to you guys!

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  6. Mmmm...lots of reading! Good for you! Our reading in the future will be made easier, with two Kobos received! Glad you eventually made it home safe, but that was a nightmare!

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  7. Wow - travel in the winter can be challenging can't it? My best friend had her daughter and family here for Christmas. They were to fly out yesterday to return to Calgary. Daughter and newborn got as far as Toronto and stuck there for the night. SIL and 3.5 yr old still here and told there are no seats until FRIDAY!!! Glad you finally made it home safe and sound. At least you had some good reading!
    Love your header photo!! Happy New Year!

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  8. You did have lots of excitement for your Christmas!
    The Janet Evanovich books are all great! You can probably download them to your ereader from your Public Library!
    I am very tempted with Easy Street, just waiting to see how the blocks will come together!
    Happy New Year!
    Take care, Leslie

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  9. What a mix-up, your words tell the story so well!!! A long trip down, and longer to get home, enjoy the days to relax and maybe read some more. I will look for John Grisham's book, I do enjoy his writing so much. New Year Greetings to you and yours from Jean.

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  10. Thanks for the book reviews, Janet. I'm always looking for a good book to read - and I haven't read any of the Janet Evanovich books, so I'll have to try her.

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  11. keep reading Janet Evanovich books... they are really fun to read... have made very little progress on my Easy Street but am definitely going to finish it... got all if step 1 done which is a lot... need to get some more blacks on white and the aqua/teal fabs... but love the design..

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  12. Janet evanovich books are great the stephanie plum series has 19 books and i have read all but the last one. They are laugh out loud funny babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  13. Janet-- I have all the Janet Evanovich books on ereader format. Lets talk!

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