Friday, July 04, 2008

Friday this, Friday that

1. Holidays in the summer are a time to hide under the air-conditioner and read, since it's usually too hot to move.
2. Veggies, like peppers and zucchini, are my favorite things to grill.
3. My thoughts are rather distracted and scattered lately. Too many things vying for attention.
4. Going out for dinner to celebrate our anniversary is what I'm most looking forward to this weekend! (Actually Monday but we both have the day off.)
5. My favorite book so far this summer is The Scortas' Sun by Laurent Gaudé.
6. Sleeping late and then having a leisurely breakfast is the best way to begin a day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to eating the cold tomato pasta that I made, the first of the season, tomorrow my plans include maybe buying a new fan and Sunday, I want to read and relax!

123 meme

1. Pick up the nearest book, and open it to page 123.
2. Find the fifth sentence, and post the next three sentences.

This week I'm reading Matrimony by Joshua Henkin, which I've already given the p. 123 treatment. So instead, my recent summery read (from #5 above), The Scortas' Sun by Laurent Gaudé.
'Under my pillow,' replied Elia between two sobs.
Giuseppe went up to the boy's bedroom, felt under the pillow, pulled out the bag in which the thief had ensconced his treasure, and, mortified, his head lowered and his eyes vacant, went straight to the church. 'The feast of Sant'Elia must go on, at least,' he said to himself.
Friday Finds
The idea is to share, every Friday, about books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!
This is a fun idea. I'm often adding books to my wishlist after reading other blogs. Let's not talk about the fact that my wishlist has over 1000 titles on it!!
The most recent additions to it were The Cairo Diary by Maxim Chattam and In the Woods by Tana French. Both are mysteries that I heard about at Bookgirl's Nightstand.
And I'd heard of Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond but after reading her guest post about her new book, No One You Know, on Florinda's blog, I added both of them to my wishlist.
So what books have you heard about lately that sound really good?

And don't forget, you have until Saturday to enter my BAFAB Giveaway.


  1. Happy anniversary! Have a great weekend :)

  2. My thoughts are scattered today too. Happy anniversary!

  3. Happy Anniversary! Cold tomato pasta sounds great. Do you have a recipe you're willing to share?

  4. Happy anniversary!

    I recently discovered a series of books called 33 1/3, and I plan on reading some of them. Each book is about a certain album by a particular musical artist, and there are quite a few about albums that I own and love.

  5. Happy anniversary!

    Your answer to #1 sounds a little like my husband, although he'd be just as happy to watch movies as read. The heat just knocks him out.

    I don't really have a book wishlist. I'll make notes of interesting titles I hear about, but then I'll usually buy them as soon as I get the chance :-).

  6. Thanks Nymeth and Jack!

    Teresa- Thanks. Those books sound interesting and remind me of Nick Hornby's music book which I think you read, didn't you?

    Florinda- I just wasn't made for heat! I'm sure we'll stay home and watch quite a few movies during the summer as well.

  7. Nancy- Sure, but I can't give you any measurements because I just add what I think seems enough! :P

    Start with chopping up some tomatoes. It's nicer, but not completely essential, if you take off the skins by putting them briefly in boiling water. I suppose for the 2 of us I usually use about 5 or 6 medium-sized tomatoes. I have also done it with cherry tomatoes, of course leave the skin on, and just chop in half.

    Put the chopped tomatoes in a bowl, and add chopped fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, a few chilis and a bit of garlic. Then it's nice if you make it in advance and have it sit for a few hours in the fridge, even overnight, so the flavours can meld. The chilis and garlic get a lot stronger if it sits for a while so take care the first time you make it, then you can always adjust later. But as you can see the ingredients are pretty flexible, you can add more or less depending on how you like it. I add a fair bit of lemon juice since I don't mind it a bit sour, and not too much olive oil.

    When ready to eat, boil some pasta, and when it's done rinse it with cold water. Put in bowls, add the sauce on top and that's it. Ready to eat. It's great on hot days!
    Let me know if you try it.

  8. Yes, I did read Hornby's book on music and loved it, though I loved his collections of reviews from The Believer even more!

  9. Teresa- His columns from The Believer are great. I hope they continue to sell them as bound copies.

  10. Happy Anniversary! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.
    And, I like your idea of Friday Finds :)
    That Year of Fog book sounds good.

  11. Yum! That pasta salad sound delicious. Perfect for a hot, summer night.

    Happy anniversary!!

  12. Iliana- Thanks. So far we've been spending most of it at home since it's pretty hot and humid out there.
    Friday Finds was started by The Book Zone, click on 'Friday Finds' in my post. :)

    Les- Thanks. I'll probably be making that pasta a fair bit over the summer. That and variations of cold Japanese noodles as well.

  13. I love grilling veggies for a veggie panini sandwich! Yum, yum.

  14. I was very happy I had AC when I lived there! Happy Anniversary :-) #6 sounds GOOD!

  15. Nyssaneala- You're making me hungry! ;)

    Janet- Thanks. I would not be able to survive here without AC!


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