Discovering Donna


Posted in Books by Donna on February 12, 2009

This is the latest book that I’ve read.  It’s called Bono in Conversation with Michka Assays.  Assays is a music reporter who has been friends with the band since back in the day.  Before they were the Mega Group they are.  Before Bono was the man that he is today.  I found this book at the library and it caught my eye.  It’s a different type of memoirs.  It’s Bono in his own words.  Now I’ll admit, I’ve been a U2 fan since back in Junior high, yeah that dates me right there huh?  But they weren’t a favorite group.  With all the press that Bono’s gotten lately, I thought it would be interesting to see what he had to say.

I didn’t think it would be possible to say that I’m an even bigger fan of his now than I was.  His mindset is amazing and everything that he overcame is amazing.  I don’t think I could put everything into words at this point.  I just want to point out a couple of things from the book that really made me go huh.

Page 95 Assayas asked the question “How do you find your way through the darkness?  I guess, just like anyone, you stumble from time to time.  Bono replies with a simple “I try to make the light brighter” He was asked to give an example and he relates a story that Harry Belafonte once told him regarding Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King.  I won’t go into the whole story but at the end, Bono simply says “He knew there must be something positive.  And if it was there, somebody could find it.

Where there is a will there is a way right?

Then he really get’s me and I know this is so minor but it’s a snagging point for me.  Assayas is asking him his favorite song in various genres.  They get to favorite religious song and Bono’s response is “Amazing Grace”.

And lastly, at the end of the conversation he’s asked if there is anything that has been revealed to him for the first time in all their conversations.  Bono pondered it and replied with what is a great quote, “A life unquestioned is not one you should envy.”

There are so many great stories.  From Bono about his childhood after his mother passed to the beginnings of the band.  It’s just a really great book about a really great person.  I’m glad I read it.



Christmas and Jars

Posted in Books,NaBlPoMO by Donna on December 26, 2008
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So yesterday was Christmas. I received some lovely gifts from Santa and the Pinney House Elves.  A beautiful gray shirt, a pair of PJ’s, and a stocking full of goodies.   Yesterday afternoon was the Christmas Party and Secret Santa. The person’s whose name I pulled was not feeling good so I didn’t get to see his face when he opened his gift, but I hope that he likes it just the same.

My name was pulled by Kathleen whom I had met one time this past Thanksgiving. She’s a beautiful and wonderful lady. Just from the snippets of conversation at Thanksgiving she put together such a beautiful gift for me. In my bag, I had this wonderful brown sugar and vanilla lotion, a book and this beautiful green shawl. I’m excited to be able to go back to work and wear it. It’s one of those shades that goes with gray, black or white.

I read the book last night. She explained that she had never read it but was told it was a really good story. I was curious when I read the inside jacket and last night, after the hubby got tired of Humphrey Bogart, (who can do that????) and changed the channel on me, I laid down to read and prop my overly swollen foot up.

Now, without giving away all the book, let me tell you the basic story of it. It’s about a jar that a couple started on their first year married. A couple of weeks before Christmas their first year, they set all of their spare change at night in a jar. They agreed that they would only use this money for Christmas. It only being a couple of weeks before, the amount was small, but they made due and got each other some meaningful gifts. Each year they started earlier and earlier and eventually it got to where they would start on Dec. 26th. Can you imagine how nice a Christmas that was? But eventually they had a family. And the oldest child one year gave the jar to a lady on the street who looked down and out and in need of the money. After first getting upset because their Christmas money was gone, they decided they wouldn’t do it differently had they been given a second chance. So this started a tradition of saving the money and giving it to some random person in need.

Now I’m not giving away anymore, but it’s a sweet and wonderful story and sort of inspiring. And it gave me an idea for next years gifts. So with that being said, I’m off to get up and starting writing down these plans.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

My Newest Obsession

Posted in Books by Donna on December 20, 2008
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Well, as most everyone in my life knows, I’ve fallen in love with the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers. I like the ideas of her taking the vampires and putting them in the “now” with different circumstances. I’ve never really been a true fan of the cliched vampires. Let’s face it, I’ve never been able to make it through all the Anne Rice Novels. And I’m discovering that I like the more modern day writings. I am mostly a romance fan and I did start out reading historical romances but more and more over the past fews years, I’ve discovered that I cringe when I hear someone mention one or even suggest it. The only exception is the Masters of Time series by Brenda Joyce. But if you look it it, it’s modern day women and the old Highland Warriors. So it’s not all historical. But I digress.

I was looking at something Twilight related (yes I’m getting to the point of this) and it mentioned that if you like Twilight you might want to take a look at the HBO Series True Blood. At the time we had Time Warner and the ON Demand Feature. So I looked and fished around and there it was. The entire season up to the newest episode of True Blood. So I started watching. And. I. Was. Hooked.

For those who don’t know anything about it, let me give you a brief summary. Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, LA. She had a boyfriend Bill Compton who is a vampire. Now they are out of the coffin and trying to mainstream. Yeah, my description doesn’t do it justice but I don’t want to spoil anything. So on to my point. While watching the little featurettes on True Blood, I discovered it was based on a book series by author Charlaine Harris. So I started getting the books and reading them.

It’s not a bad series. It’s funny, entertaining and there is almost no sex scenes which is different. As you will discover I am an Eric fan. I don’t like Bill, I never have and Quinn is just a cat with a bad attitude. Granted some of the explanations are a little redundant. I mean I’ve read 6 books now and in almost everyone there has been a description of how Elvis, I mean Bubba was brought over. She does this alot and I don’t think she needs to. But then again I’m not writing the series am I? I’ve worked my way though all the books and have had some favorites and not so favorites. Along with Eric, I’ve discovered I’m a fan of Chow, and I was pissed when the Witch Wars went down. I won’t spoil anything for you, but that’s all I’m saying on that.

It’s a great way to pass the time while you are laid up for two or more weeks like I have been. Both the series and the books. I’m getting more into the books, but I keep finding that as in most things, what I think the characters should look like are nothing like when it comes to the big screen. But hey, I’ve been the TV version of Eric and I’m not knocking it, not by far. I even think that Anna Paquin is a great Sookie Stackhouse. She had me hooked the first time she spoke.

So what about you? What is your newest obsession??


Posted in Books by Donna on October 27, 2008

I went to the used bookstore this weekend and the girl there was so sweet. We had mentioned the last time we went that we were moving. When we went in our favorite girl was there and she had us a going away gift. It was a beenie baby for the animal resuce. It was so sweet and touching. Before we left she gave us both a hug and told us to call her and see what her schedule was each time we came back to town.

While I was there, I got 4 books. Two were by Catherine Anderson. I had read a couple of her books before and this time two just grabbed my attention. One was called My Sunshine and the other one, I can’t remember right off. I was dissappointed with it though. Well on the whole, I’ve been disappointed with most of her books. I’ve started to notice that none of her females are strong in a sense. This upsets me a little.

Most of the women have either just come out of an abusive relationship, have some sort of disability or something is wrong with them. I’ve yet to discover a book of hers where the female is a stong woman. Granted not most romantic novels have the strong leading female character but come on. I mean take the ones I can remember off hand of hers.

In Baby Love, the female lead was young, just had a child, was being beaten and molested by her stepfather. She takes the baby and runs, escaping on a boxcar of a passing train where she runs into her male hero. A drunk, rich cowboy whose family had been killed in a car accident. In order to escape his pain he walks away from everything and just rides the box cars getting drunk. Then he sees her instantly knows she has to be taken care of and it’s on from there.

In My Sunshine, the female lead was an enviornmental scientist and then she went swimming, dove out into the water and hit a rock, damanging her brain. After 5 years she’s at the point where she’s smart but can only talk in two syllable words. (Of course Ms. Anderson slipped up and put some 3 syllable words in her sentences) Her grandmother and our hero’s mother decide to match make and set her up with the rich hunky vet. She goes in for the interview, and the guy who has no intentions to settle down is suddenly thinking wow, what a woman. Then he discovers who she is, tries not to think of her in romantic terms but fails miserbly in doing that.

And those are just a couple of the ones that I’ve read by her. I could list all of them but they all basically have the same thing. Granted a lot of romances don’t have the strong female lead but these women are just down right weak compared to others I’ve read. Give the girls just a little bit of backbone, please. It will do wonders for a story.

I dunno. Am I being too picky??

Reading List

Posted in Books by Donna on September 8, 2008

So I was looking at the Wal Mart site the othr day to see if the book that I have been looking for by Brenda Joyce is out yet. I cam across the cover for Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Now I’ve seen these books every time I’ve been book shopping and for some reason never really gave them a glance. So this time I did. I Googled her name and came up with her website which is so I looked at the site and started reading a little bit about this book series and I was hooked.

Now why, I’m not exactly sure. You’ll notice that on my virtual bookshelf, I have them added. (I need to do more work on this). So Friday night we had to go to Wally World and I got the first book. It never harms you to get something to read, who knows how good it will be. Can I say I’m hooked? Yeah, I’m hooked.

Who would have ever thought that I’d be hooked on a Teenage Vampire series? I sure didn’t. Now I’m not going to give anything away but I really want to see the movie site to see who all is playing the characters. I saw Edward and Bella on the website and they are not how I had them pictured so I’m anxious to see what the others look like.

So I find my reading tastes are more varied than just Roberts, Palmer, Patterson, Joyce, and Howard. And here I am–Open to suggestions on books–

What about you?