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On being a Lostie who reads Fitzgerald and Nora Roberts

Let’s see, what have I been up to? Umm…a lot of nothing I think.

At least, I don’t seem to have anything fantastic to tell you. I’ve been working out a lot. I really want to win this Biggest Loser competition we are having. I don’t think I will (I am currently in 6th place), but I am gonna keep giving it my all. Which means a lot of gym time and a lot of workouts at Maura’s house- both of which are awesome!

Speaking of the gym, I’ve finally mastered reading and working out. Well, depending on the workout. I can now read on the elliptical and when walking on the treadmill. Which really helps, especially on the elliptical, which I find mind numbingly boring.Β  Thanks to my new skill, I read The Great Gatsby for the first time.Β  Yeah, I know, how weird, I made it through high school and a degree in English Lit without ever having to read it. Which is sad because I loved it. Absolutely loved it. It was so beautifully written, I cannot wait to read it again sometime.

Because I am me, I also re read my two favourite Little House books again. I’ve literally read these both so much that my copies have fallen apart. I had to borrow Maura’s copies. Which led to this fantastic idea I’ve had.

Well maybe not fantastic, but I still like it. I am going to keep track of every book I read this year, even re reads. I’ve always wondered how much I read in a year, and if I can stick with this, it’ll be a cool list, I think.Β  I just have to be willing to own up to some of the crap I read. I read a lot of crap. I like to think that I make up for it by reading some awesome stuff. But lets face it, I’ve been known to read a shampoo bottle when I have nothing to read. I just have to read. It is essential for my mental health. So I read a lot, and some of it happens to be trashy Nora Roberts novels. Sue me.

So, other than reading and working out, I’ve also been watching LOST non stop and ignoring my dirty house. But in an effort to redeem this inexcusable laziness, I’ve begun working on a baby blanket for little Eva Jan. That makes up for the crazy wreck that my house has become, right?

I can’t help it, I love Lost. After Dan and I finally watched the end of Season 5 (I love you Netflix), I decided to watch the other seasons in order to get a good refresher and reminder course. There is so much mythology to remember! I still cannot believe how much more you catch watching it back. The creators said from the beginning that they knew where they were going with the whole series, and after watching just the first episode again, I believe them! As of right now, I am about halfway through Season 2, which means I have to deal with Ana Lucia, who was probably my least favourite character barring Mr. Eko. Go ahead and throw tomatoes Losties! I don’t care how cool you think Mr. Eko was, he made me want to go to sleep. Snoooore!

And now, it is time for me to close this fascinating blog post. My fingers are numb. I must convince Dan to line the doors and windows with plastic, otherwise I will be in danger of freezing to death.

In case you were curious, upcoming books on my list to read:

The Help – Katheryn Stockett

The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown

Dangerous Liasons- Choderlos de Laclos


  Al wrote @

Maybe you’ll force me to read Gatsby again, just to see what I missed. I read it for a college lit class (a long, long time ago) and didn’t like it at all. I don’t remember many details, other than I thought it was boring and I didn’t like or couldn’t identify with any of the characters – thought they were shallow. But since you and others I respect have a high opinion of it, I suppose I could give it another change.

  Maura wrote @

What a coincidence it I have the same 3 books on my next to read list. It is almost like we are in a book club together or something. πŸ™‚

  Lisa wrote @

Hey, Nora Roberts totally counts. I call it “Lady Porn”. Husbands across America should thank the woman.

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