FF: Not Before Bedtime

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I’ve found that whatever I read before bed really colors my dreams, so I need to choose carefully, especially when I’m feeling stressed.  Like now.

For those of you just discovering this part of my blog, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.  Reread.  A historical novel with a tween character who learns about evolution and the value of knitting.

In Progress:

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.  Just started.

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization by Will Durant.  Audio.  We’re up to Persia.


Continuing the short fiction reading, including some of the pieces in Sword and Sorceress 33.  However, as a SFWA member, I’m also doing “homework” from various sources.  Sometimes I’m thrilled.


6 Responses to “FF: Not Before Bedtime”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    So true that some books aren’t conducive to restful sleep and pleasant dreams. I usually have a “before bed” book and a “during the day” book going.

    This week, I am reading Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards #6) edited by George R.R. Martin. It is a pretty dark story, so far. Definitely a “day” book!

    My “bed” book is Voice of the Falconer (Star-cross’d #2) by David Blixt. This is the sequel to The Master of Verona. It is set in Italy in 1325 with real historical figures and Shakespeare’s characters making up the cast.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    My dreams do their own thing and nothing really seems to affect them. The exception being when I’m struggling with a decision I’ll “ask myself” before sleep and I usually have an answer when I wake up. I’m an odd one fer sure.

    I finished the Patterson, Target Alex Cross. It was as expected but I really liked the education (or RE-education) on our government and who takes over if the president, vice president, speaker of the house, etc all die on the same day.
    I also read the Anne Rice, Blood Communion. It was also as expected.
    I finished the Singularity Rising trilogy by David Beers. Another meh, expected.
    I read a couple biographies. Pat Benatar and Robert Plant

    Now I’m reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

    I’m looking for something to really get me excited to read it. I’m just not sure which genre I want to pick. So many books… LOL

    • janelindskold Says:

      How were the rock bios? That’s a sub-genre I’ve enjoyed but found VERY uneven!

      • King Ben's Grandma Says:

        They were both pretty good. I know what you mean about uneven.

        The Pat Benatar was written by her and showed all her struggles with her label and all the BS of being a woman in the music industry at that time. The title is Between a Heart and a Rock Place.

        Robert Plant:A Life by Paul Rees was also pretty good. It got into the whole Led Zeppelin thing but then followed on through everything he’s done after.

        If you like either artist I think you’d enjoy them.

      • janelindskold Says:

        Thanks so much for the further details!

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