I’m Back

I’ve been away from home and the blog for a week. It wasn’t a holiday, but at present I don’t want to write about last week, other than it has been a very sad time. I took the laptop away intending to write but only managed a few lines one day and I did go into a bookshop twice and walked out without buying anything – not like me at all. Later in the week things did improve a bit and one day in Marks and Spencers’ Cafe Revive (such a good name) I saw in the approach to the cafe some sale items including books for £1 each. It wasn’t hard to pick them up and take them away with me (I did pay for them). Here they are:

  • The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Ninety Eighty Four by George Orwell

I have read the Atwood and Orwell books before, but not owned them and they’re both worth a re-read.

When I opened the blog I found that Joy, Lezlie and Mog have nominated it as a “Brilliante Weblog” and I am truly grateful. My reasons for writing are purely selfish and it is wonderful to know that other people enjoy reading this blog – thank you all of you. I really should update my Blogroll as there are more blogs I read, often through Google Reader, and enjoy immensely. You all deserve the Brilliante Weblog award. 

I have been reading this last week and I think my choice of books may be controversial. Two of the books are non-fiction – The Bible: a biography by Karen Armstrong (I’m still reading this) and In God We Doubt  by John Humphrys. I didn’t decide to read these two books at the same time – it just happened that way as with the third book, a novel, The Thirteenth Apostle by Michel Benoit. I have been fascinated by each book and will write about each one later.

Time now to read other people’s blogs. Maybe that will distract me from my toothache – what started as a slight discomfort last Sunday gradually developed whilst I was away into raging pain and I can’t get to the dentist until Monday afternoon.

15 thoughts on “I’m Back

  1. So sorry to hear you’ve been having a sad time, and commiserations about the toothache, but it’s nice to see you back. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the Armstrong book.


  2. Margaret, glad to see you around. My thoughts and prayers are with you in whatever trials you are going through. Big hugs about the toothache too. Know that you are missed and that we care.


  3. Glad to have you home and you know that positive and supportive thoughts are coming your way from all your blogging friends. Take care of yourself and get that tooth seen to. The Bears are thinking of you as well.


  4. So very sorry to hear you’ve had a sad time and toothache. Not good. For some reason, even though I thought I had changed your blog address, I haven’t been receiving your feed. I’ll try and sort that out and visit the old fashioned way.

    And that’s a wonderful collection of modern classics you’ve got there. I read the Atwood last year and was very struck by it. It’s a book that haunts you.


  5. This is the first visit to your site and I am sending you white light for healing whatever the situation. Thanks for finding the time to blog with your friends. You can’t beat Isabel Allende my absolute favorite storyteller.
    She will make you smile just reading her lyrics.
    Hoping you have a better time going forth. Wisteria


  6. Oh, dear. A toothache is one of the worst pains! I do hope it improves quickly, but more importantly, I’m sorry to hear you’re facing a sad time in your life. Know that there are so many friends out here in the blogosphere who care and wish you well. Take time for yourself. Hugs to you.


  7. Hope this week is going better for you!

    What great books you picked up! House of the Spirits is one of my all-time favorites, Catch-22 is great and The Wasp Factory is something I’m not sure I want to read, but I can’t decide. Maybe your review will help me! 😉


  8. I hope things are better for you this week.

    You got some good book deals! I will be re-reading the Atwood later this month for my bookclub. I’m looking forward to it.


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