My Week . . .

Hi everyone! Welcome to my weekly review.

What I Read This Week:

This was a high reading week for me because I treated myself to two of my favorite authors: Ivan Doig and Agatha Christie.

The Last Bus To Wisdom is the story of Donal, an eleven-year-old boy, who is traveling by himself from Montana to Wisconsin. His only relative, his grandmother, is going in for a serious surgery. Its 1951 and Donal is being sent to stay with his grandmother’s sister and her husband.

Donal is on a Greyhound bus. I can’t imagine a child of mine doing this – by himself – at this age. I can think of so many things that could go wrong. But both Donal and his grandmother know they have no other choice and they try to do all they can to minimize the risk. As part of his eagerness to meet people and add to the addventure, Donal takes along an autograph book. His innocence and trust in the kindness of strangers truly captured my heart. His adventure made for a very sweet read.

I also listened to two audiobooks: They Came To Baghdad and Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, both by Agatha Christie.

They Came To Baghdad was not a normal Christie novel. It revolved around a young London woman who decided on a whim to fly to Baghdad in pursuit of a young man she just met. Once she got to Baghdad the whole thing turned into some kind of “spy” novel. It seems all sorts of people – good and bad – were also arriving in Baghdad. I actually enjoyed this odd story. Agatha Christie proved she can do more than drawing-room mysteries.

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead was only a C+ story, in my opinion. Inspector Spence investigated the murder of a village widow. A young man was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime. Now the Inspector is having second thoughts. He asks his friend Hercule Poirot to quietly snoop around thew village and see what he can discover. The little Belgian with the big ego was hurt that no one knew who he was. It did make for a few chuckles on my part, but not one of Ms. Christie’s best.

What Else Am I Doing?

I’m watching Fixer Upper – on TV, Library dvd and also listening to an audiobook about the stars.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a husband and wife team that are the “stars” of the  TV show Fixer Upper. It’s a show about remodeling old, out-dated homes and turning them into something modern and beautiful. Chip is the one who oversees the physical labor side of the project. Joanna is in charge of design and decorating. Together they do some amazing work. Others have done this before, but the chemistry between these two is what makes the show so much fun.

The fouerh season is currently running on the HGTV station and they’re filming the fifth season. There are re-runs on TV, but I’ve been catching up on the earlier seasons on dvds from the library. However, while at the library, I discovered a great new audiobook written and narrated by the Gaines’. The book covers a lot of the background I didn’t know about the couple or the show. They talk about how they met, their respective childhoods, how the show got started and a lot more about the show. The book made me like the young couple even more than I already did. The only negative? Joanna talks really fast!

Well, that’s the story of my week, although I should mention the weather. We’ve had nice sunny days all week – until last night. It rained all night and is still going strong. But – in California – no one can complains about the rain. It’s too valuable. Happy week ahead.

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5 Responses to My Week . . .

  1. Ti says:

    I love Fixer Upper! I have their book on my Kindle but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

  2. The Last Bus to Wisdom sounds really good to me. Our winter has been so mild, no one here minded when the groundhog said we’d have six more weeks of it.

  3. Kay says:

    Sounds like a good reading week indeed, Margot. I’m trying to remember details of those two Christie books. Is that the Poirot book where he is growing ‘marrows’? Fixer Upper – yes, everyone in my area of the world is crazy about Chip and Joanna. Waco is just up the road from Austin, between here and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Their Magnolia Market is a stop on everyone’s travels it seems. I have not been there, but have many friends who have. It’s nice for Waco to be known for more than crazy people and sieges (David Koresh/Branch Davidians). The houses they renovate are so lovely when they finish, although a little more filled with stuff than I prefer. They are a lovely couple.

  4. Nan says:

    I went back to my book reports, and found that in terms of Mrs. McGinty’s Dead – I thought that Ariadne was becoming a caricature, and that the characters weren’t very appealing to me. I remember loving They Came to Baghdad. And when I looked back – I remembered right! If you want, there’s a bit here about what I thought:

  5. Nan says:

    Oh, and I meant to say that I’d like to read the Doig book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. He is a wonderful writer.

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