I think the reasons I wanted to read this book are that Julia's always thought of as a late bloomer, and because her travels were so influential in he...moreI think the reasons I wanted to read this book are that Julia's always thought of as a late bloomer, and because her travels were so influential in helping her discover herself.
Certainly, her life had great adventure.
Highlights: p. 268
Too tired and busy to go to France. "But then we looked at each other and repeated a favorite phrase from our diplomatic days: "Remember, 'No one's more important than people.'!" In other words, friendship is the most important thing - not career or housework, or one's fatigue - and it needs to be tended and nurtured. So we packed up our bags and off we went. And thank heaven we did!"
Her description of Provence, which she admits has changed since: "It was the cool, early-morning layers of fog in the valleys; Esterel's volcanic mountains jutting up out of the glittering sea; the warming Provencal sun and bright-blue sky; the odor of earth and cow dung and burning grapevine prunings; the colorful violets and irises and mimosas; the olives blackening; the sound of little owls talking back and forth; the sea-bottom taste of Belon oysters; the noisy fun of the marketplace; the deeply quiet, sparkling nights with a crescent moon hanging overhead like a lamp. "
What does it mean that the prose gets better near the end? I want to sail to Europe; how much more fun than flying! I want to see my car brought out of the cargo hold on by a crane.
I just saw a biography about Julia. It really was Paul who introduced her to food. But should you fault where you hear about that which you're destined to know of? And she pretty much comes out and says he dated every woman in Ceylon before he considered her. The biography used his letters to show how he was critical of her at first and then warmed up. What am I supposed to feel about this? I admire her tenacity; yet I'd be unwilling to date someone who noticed me as late as second. She has a different kind of attitude about life that really makes me think. She mentions that they would have welcomed children. I think, though she was very liberal, you couldn't call her modern. Maybe that's not so bad; I just don't think most people would do things this way. And maybe she stayed up nights crying, but she really seems too no-nonsense for that. Meanwhile, knowing I'm fairly young, I still worry about the appropriate time to have children, oh, nonstop. I kinda wish I could just make that kind of commitment to my own husband, so that I could focus on something else. But, for me, I always am never really sure if I'll want to be with him in five years. What do you think it's like to be not restless? But maybe she finally found that in cooking? Maybe I'll find myself someday.(less)
Um, hm. Ran into a pile of these today. They really have an addictive quality. I'm crazy about cousin Claire who won't admit she's a fairy and says he...moreUm, hm. Ran into a pile of these today. They really have an addictive quality. I'm crazy about cousin Claire who won't admit she's a fairy and says her Versace dress was shot and eats flowers all the time. Is there anything comparable one could read that would be funny and creative and instead be a mystery novel? Still, KM has a way of creating characters you care about. Well, the women anyway.(less)
Eh. Just one more throwaway supernatural romance. Just making notes so as to not accidentally read it again:
Carpathian Series #7 - Sara Marten has bee...moreEh. Just one more throwaway supernatural romance. Just making notes so as to not accidentally read it again:
Carpathian Series #7 - Sara Marten has been pursued since she was 15 by a vampire who has killed everyone she's ever loved... now she's met someone else supernatural. A lot of cute talk about nobility and bravery, etc. The storyline of the Carpathians is signifigantly more compelling than Sara and Falcon are.
Dirk & Steele #4 - Same kind of deal. One does want to know a litte more about the PI agency... The description of violence feels like Dean Koontz. All very formulaic, but I found the gargoyle angle fairly unique.
Is there anything else comparable to reading this kind of thing? It's fine, but afterward you feel a little gross... maybe binge eating junkfood... Not because of the sex, because all the women are vulnerable virgins with hearts of gold. Yeah, and what's wrong with women who strong and slutty and complete all by themselves? (less)
I really like all the smutty vampire stuff that comes out anymore. There's a whole section in any bookstore that has f...moreWhy I like young adult novels...
I really like all the smutty vampire stuff that comes out anymore. There's a whole section in any bookstore that has formulaic vampire/supernatural love stories that are otherwise just like Harlequins I read at the pool as a teen. As a teen I always felt a little ashamed to read them because anyone looking knew they were smutty.
Now I feel a little ashamed because all the smut is about male-dominates-female-and-gosh-is-it-hot. Um, gross. I think they're fun, and a nice relief from heavy reading, but I really prefer some Christoper Pike or Melissa Marr or Cassie Clare because there isn't such a heavy dependence on tacky and ultimately unsatisfying sex.
I try to somehow tie the titles of books in my head so that I don't accidentally re-read the same books and not figure it out until halfway through... So this is the fourth book in the Aisling series. Why is it called Holy Smokes? There's the smoke scene in Fiat's lair... there's the issue with ending her proscription by seeing the Court - they're holy, I guess. Also, we continue the war with the Red Dragons, find a Black Dragon, and leave open a few mysteries about other allegedly missing dragons. (less)
This is the story of Allegra and Christian. It's not my absolute favorite, because they get together too easily at the beginning. Still, fun, like mos...moreThis is the story of Allegra and Christian. It's not my absolute favorite, because they get together too easily at the beginning. Still, fun, like most of the Katie MacAllister books...(less)