Happy Sunday, everyone! November finally came to Madison, and although we didn’t get any snow like my family did back in MN, it’s been dreary, cold, and damp for the last few days. I think I must have some minor case of Seasonal Affective Disorder because I’ve been feeling pretty lethargic and out of sorts the last few days.
But I hope some great reading will cheer me up. I’m all caught up with a readalong of The Odyssey, so I’ll be posting my thoughts on that tomorrow, I hope. And after getting some opinions about how to read for the rest of 2010, I decided to focus first on books borrowed from other people. If I get done with those, I’ll switch to review copies and get to start out 2011 sort of caught up.
The first book I’m going to read, because of a lot of positive mentions, is Devil in the White City. I’m only about 30 pages in, but I can already tell it’s going to be a book really rich in characters and scenes, which is some of my favorite narrative nonfiction. I don’t know of a story of murder is exactly the thing for the winter blues, but we’ll see.
The other big thing on my plate today, besides finding some quality time to read and write up thoughts on The Odyssey, is hosting the wine tasting group that Boyfriend and I are a part of, WASTED. When I talked about WASTED in a review of a book on wine, I mentioned that I don’t actually know what the acronym stands for. I did some digging (ie, went to the group Facebook page) and discovered WASTED stands for “We All Should Taste Every Day!” I like that.
The theme for WASTED this week is “Wine in Literature” — can you tell I came up with it? The idea is to find wine mentioned in a book somewhere, then bring your best approximation of the wine. I found a mention of white wine in The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, so I bought a white wine from California called “Obsession” that is made from Symphony grapes. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but turns out wines from Canada sold around here are ridiculously expensive. Boo!
Don’t worry, there will definitely be a blog post about this tasting, just not tonight because I’m pretty sure it would be incoherent. But anyway, I have a lot to do before 3:00 this afternoon, so I should get to it. Once WASTED starts, I am pretty much useless for the rest of the day. Have a great Sunday, everyone!