that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Seriously. If you’ve read the rest of the series, by J.K. Rowling, and haven’t picked up a copy of the series last book, do it. Seriously. It was fantastic.

Also, have you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? It’s my favourite book of 2006. For my birthday, I got his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Please, please, please read the novel, it is incredible…. Hosseini is the kind of writer I aspire to be and this book (which is in NO way connected to The Kite Runner — they are not a pair) is positively moving. I love love loved it. Make it the hit of 2007. For me, atleast. It’s not a difficult read, but the story is phenomenal.

Currently, my light reading selection is Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom, which is alright… it’s also quite moving, but more humourous than the aforementioned.

My coworker is a HUGE Clay Aiken fan so I am working my way through his autobiography, Learning to Sing, which is surprisingly, not as painful as I thought it might be. It too is very light and he seems to be a God-lover which is awesome. I am hoping to finish it soon so I can return it to it’s beloved owner.

I am still trudging through Shantaram. Trudging is the wrong word, I love the novel, all 900+ pages of it. It’s super long. I have it on my lunch hours at work, it is Jordie’s (Jocelyn’s boyfriend) favourite book so I am quickly learning why. It is about a man (the author based the story on his own life/experiences) who escapes from prison and creates a life in Bombay. It’s an excellent story…one that you can’t skim or you’d miss too much… so his escapades are keeping my mind reeling. Again, if I could write something like Shantaram, I would be rather proud of myself!! Also, it is being made into a full length feature with Johnny Depp playing the main character so check it out.

The last one I started today is The Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. I am a huge Steinbeck fan and I’ve been waiting for a copy of this to turn up at the used bookstore in Penticton and it finally did! That store is to me like a candy store is to a deprived child… it’s loaded, seriously, wall to wall and floor to floor of books. There’s even a waitlist to get a job there since so many people want one. Plus books published in the 40s (like a lot of phenomenal authors works) are 2$… the amount the book cost 70 years ago!! Fantastic!!

I highly recommend you check out some of these titles… I love summer for this only reason. 🙂


7 thoughts on “read..

  1. LOL I’ve read most of them! I find J.Steinbeck and incredible writer but rather depressing. I suppose b/c it’s realistic! (grapes of wrath… mice and men etc…)Good hunting at the secondhand bookstore! I want to go see it!! Sounds Awesome!
    I’ll be on the lookout for Learning to Sing. I didn’t know Hosseini had written a second book. I’ll borrow that one from the library! The Kite Runner was an incredible read.

  2. Nix the borrowing from the library- there are 316 holds on 24 copies of the book! haha…

    Have you read Life of Pi? That’s a good one.

  3. wow, I just finished listening to Tuesdays with Maurie..loved him! And just read the Kite Runner…wow, what some people suffer. I love reading a story that spans a lifetime. Now I’m reading Term Office about a corrupt US presidancy/administration…its current and hard to put down. Will need something soon to enjoy during vacation. Someone suggested a Tale of Two Cities…I’ve never read that so may go looking for it.
    Hey dearie, I’ll see you soon eh?

  4. Harry Potter?? Are you serious?? Wow. Maybe it is a good thing you are in Victoria this year. I mean really, you actually read those books?

    -i’m sure you have a pretty good guess who wrote this

  5. K – I’ve not actually read those two of Steinbeck’s… I know some english classes in my high school did in grade 10 but I am more partial to East of Eden and Winter of our Discontent… not surprised about the holds. Also, I’ve heard Life of Pi is good but haven’t gotten around to it. 🙂

    Brian — you’re a putz.. I suggest you come visit and say these witty comments to my face.. and then if you can’t read HP, I will read them TO you!

    Auntie — I can lend you my copy of a Thousand Splendid Suns when I get down there… I just can’t say enough about it! And I will see you VERY soon… we are leaving Aug 28.

    Jes – I am still laughing outloud at your almost-comment

  6. great! I’m on my way to Library to find a good read and will borrow your copy of T/Suns. Uncle R and I also like to listen to a story when we’re travelling so will see what’s available in that dept as well. Also, it was Term Limits not Office and it was a great book;I had a large print copy so it was all the more enjoyable 🙂
    Yes, cu soon….Sat or Sun.
    xoxo AM

  7. oh RIGHT I forgot you were coming to visit… that sounds lieka good book, by the way, so if you own it we should trade.. xo

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