OUTLANDER AND DIANA GABALDON EVENT
Believe or not, I’m still reading Outlander. As much as I love the story and characters, I’ve found it difficult to focus for the last few hundred pages, so I’m just taking my time.
I had the pleasure of seeing Diana Gabaldon speak in Toronto in June (they pronounced her name Gah-bal-doh-ne). Diana was gorgeous and poised, speaking with a slightly deep voice. She joked and smiled the whole time, utterly charming the room full of hundreds of fans. As someone who was new to the series, and with Claire and Jamie fresh in my mind, I found it fascinating to hear how she came to write Outlander. I also found it fascinating that so many fans had crushes on Jamie Fraser and wanted Diana to dish on him. One woman told the crowd she yelled at her husband during a fight, “Why aren’t you Jamie?” LOL!
Back in January, Carolyn at Rosemary and Reading Glasses wrote a post about Jack Randall as a gay character in Outlander. Diana commented on her post to bring clarity to the discussion taking place. I couldn’t remember the exact details of the post, but thought it was so fun that Diana took the time to comment. I decided to ask her about it and at the microphone, I explained what occurred and asked Diana if she typically visits blogs or responds on social media to comments by fans. She gave a thoughtful response along the lines of she does enjoy interacting with fans on social media and discussing her books if she has the opportunity. I was so thrilled to be speaking to her, I just nodded with a goofy grin and then sat down. Afterwards, my friend and I decided to skip the book signing because it would have taken all night.
AUSTEN IN AUGUST
I was so happy to learn that Jenna from Lost Generation Reader is taking over Austen in August. Adam at Roofbeam Reader was an amazing host when I participated last year, but has stepped back from his book blogging commitments. Would you like to sign-up too? This summer I plan to read the BIG ONE for the first time. That’s right, it’s finally time ebookclassics read Pride and Prejudice!
I recently finished reading Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro and Mân by Kim Thuy. In addition to Outlander and War and Peace, I’m reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I can’t say it’s really rocking my world like Me Before You.
In other news, I binge-watched sixteen episodes of Hannibal over five days and have a “killer” hangover. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
What are you reading? I hope you’re enjoying summer.