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Reading Some Excellent Books!

First off, YES, both Marilyn and I are still sick. We haven't been out of the house since our dinner trip on Wednesday. In fact, we haven't really been UP, to speak of, except to get food or medicine or something to drink -- or to use the bathroom. I've spent a lot of time in bed, while Marilyn has slept entirely on the family room sofa. When we're not sleeping or dozing (half asleep and half awake), then we're usually reclining -- not really sitting up all the way.

We only sit up to eat (it's never good to eat unless you're sitting straight up!). Otherwise we've been taking it very easy.

Marilyn says we're on the mend. I'm still struggling not to have laryngitis. We're both still coughing, but I suppose it's not as bad as it used to be. This has been a really nasty bug. Yes, we've both had lingering bugs in the past. It just feels lousy -- like you'll never be well again...

Yeah, I know: I've been dwelling a lot on our illness. But there really hasn't been much else to report!

The good thing is that I've done a lot of reading recently -- partly because this bug keeps me from sleeping at night.

I finished a whole book last night that I really loved. It's set during World War II and focuses on the fight that took place in Alaska -- plus the USO! The author, Brian Payton, is a wonderful writer (and you all know how picky I am about the quality of the writing). He's written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Times and the Boston Globe. The novel is "The Wind Is Not A River" (not the greatest title ever, but nevertheless). He's really done his research -- another thing I greatly appreciate. He's captured the time period quite well. Both his male and female leads are well-written -- and you get to know them deeply. I literally couldn't put the book down, reading it straight through. (Yeah, I nodded off a bit, being sick, but not for long!) There are no warnings, so if you're looking for a good book, give it a try. (I read it on my Kindle.)

I recently read a trilogy that I loved, "When Women Were Warriors," by Catherine M. Wilson. This is another period piece, set in the British Isles during the Bronze Age. Again, the books are beautifully written -- almost like poetry (in a good way -- in case like me you're not really into poetry!). The characters are wonderful. And for women readers, there's so much power in these strong females. WARNINGS: The author is an open lesbian, and some of the characters are lesbians (or bisexual) -- not that this should need warning, per se, but there are both romantic and sexual situations between pairs of women. To me, the novels seemed like a cross of reality and fantasy, much like the Arthurian Legend series by Mary Stewart -- probably my favorite series, ever. I'm not sure that's where the author was intending to go, but that was my personal take. Unless you think you'll be really put off by the sexual leanings, I would really, really encourage you to give this series a chance. I loved the first book so much that I immediately bought both of the other books in the series the minute I was done reading it.

I also read "Ghostly Paws," by Leighann Dobbs -- and just loved it. The protag sees ghosts, but it's not at all off-putting. And I was even enjoying the parts where the cats talked, as far-fetched as it sounds. A very entertaing mystery!

I was honestly SAD when I finished the above books! That's one of the best things I can say about any book.

I'm also reading some other interesting books, but I'll save those for another time.

Tags: 2014, book, books, kindle, kindle-paperwhite, marilyn, marilyn-sick, november-2014, read, reading, recommendation, sick
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