Grateful for: A dentist who takes payments. I know I’ve probably already mentioned that one, but since I lost part of a filling last Sunday, it is relevant again this week.
Not that grateful for: Unfortunately, my regular dentist (the one who owns the practice and lets us make payments) was gone for the week and I had to see another dentist who fills in for him occasionally. He did something weird to my nerve while injecting my gum with Novacaine, and there is a walnut-sized section of my chin that is still numb four days after my filling. Also, when I press on the spot where he gave me the injection, I feel a zing on the end of my chin. Obviously, he did some damage to my nerve; I’m hoping it is temporary.
~ Touchstone by Laurie R. King (This got off to a slow start, but the writing was so good that I didn’t care – and now, the plot is really moving along.)
~ The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (I am absolutely loving this!)
~ Aimless Love: Poems by Billy Collins (The man is brilliant; what else can I say?)
~ The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards (gorgeously written short fiction)
~ The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien (The fellowship has been formed and they have just been turned back in the snowy mountains. Loving this!)
Recently finished reading:
~ A Question of Honor by Charles Todd. (I enjoyed this, but I am getting a bit impatient with Bess’s lack of a love life. I know that many readers of the series want her to get together with Simon Brandon, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m wondering if the authors are waiting until the war is over to get the two of them together.)
~ The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. (This was very well-written contemporary British fiction, although I wasn’t thrilled with the ending.)
Listening to: W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton and The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Recently finished listening to: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. This was a re-listen for me and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. It had been long enough since I first listened to it (five years or so), that I didn’t remember a lot of plot details. The audio narrator, Carol Monda, is excellent.
~ Bookish Mad Libs
~ Mini-reviews: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman; Light by Michael Grant; and Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
I hope you’re enjoying your October! What are you reading, listening to, or grateful for this Sunday?