02 November 2008

on trees

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.

{Captain Corelli's Mandolin}

And now for last month's booklist. It's rather on the lean side, which is ironic since that generally means I am rather not on the lean side, as I almost exclusively read whilst on the treadmill. And why the world am I using proper capitalization? Somebody kick me. (And I'm referring to a metaphorical kick, here; my actual shins are quite sensitive.)

okay, much better. here we go with october's books:

THE WISH LIST eoin colfer
BOG CHILD siobhand dowd
THE ROAD cormac mccarthy
SANCTUARY beverly and david lewis

as for the favorite...well...there's really not one this time 'round. colfer's a solid author, but his ARTEMIS FOWL series far outstrips these titles. BOG CHILD is a solid read. DEATHLY HALLOWS was better for me this time through than my first read, perhaps because i modified my sky-high expectations. multiple scenes from it made me cry; in fact, i can really only think of two books that squeezed more tears out of me (one of them being HALF BLOOD PRINCE). THE ROAD is lyrical but slow in parts and a difficult subject matter. LUCKY is a great read for the middle-grade audience. SANCTUARY is sweet but inconsistent in writing quality.

speaking of books, i want to thank those of you who have dropped me emails or comments with titles you have recently enjoyed. kimberly, THE HUNGER GAMES is now on my shortlist; grazie!


Kimberly said...

Hope you like it!
And love the quote, that's exactly where I am after nearly 13 years of marriage.

amelia said...

I so need a booklist... I might have to steal some of those :o)

Your new layout looks fantastic!! I really wish I knew how to do all that "tech-savvy" stuff.

gail said...

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have a great day! gail

Unknown said...

how wonderful is that quote...

how perfect of you...to treadmill, to read....to do both at the same time and a whole bunch of it. i need that!

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Bowznstuff said...

ahhh your blog is so beautiful - I love to stop by :)