About a year ago, the company I work for closed its brick and mortar home office. Many of my co-workers were dispersed into little used corners of store locations. Because of the nature of the work I do, I ended up in a little used room in my home where I happily set up my office. The plus is the commute is easy--the only traffic back-up is the cat stretched out in her morning sunny spot which just happens to be between my "office" and the coffee pot in the kitchen. The downside is that there is no commute--no official separation between the work day computer time and personal computer time. Thus, the huge gaps in posting on Owl's Feathers and lack of consistency in posting about what I have read. So, in summary...
Over the past few months, I've read several good stories--Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani; The Diary by Eileen Goudge; The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook; Water, Stone Heart by Will North; Summer House by Nancy Thayer; Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry. Several mysteries caught my reading attention: Bleeding Hearts by Susan Witting Albert; Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon by Nancy Atherton; A Spoonful of Poison by M. C. Beaton. There was even a Danielle Steele (One Day at a Time) thrown in for good measure. All of these were good and rated 3.5's or 4's on my subjective reading scales.
I also went on a Robyn Carr binge and read the last four of her Virgin River books: Whispering Rock, Second Chance Pass, Temptation Ridge, and Paradise Valley. All good romances with the requisite too-good-t0-be-true men, predictable predicaments, and the guaranteed from page one Happily Ever After endings.
There were a few standouts on which I hope to write individual posts in due time: The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister; Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton; The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand; Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg.
So while I haven't been posting, I have been reading...and working. Now I'm thinking that a late afternoon walk around the block might just be the perfect commute substitute!