Nowhere Near Almost There

March 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , )

Almost ThereTitle: Almost There

Author: Nuala O’Faolain

I love reading for holidays.  Around Christmas, I choose appropriately wintery titles.  For Valentines Day, even though I am not a fan of the holiday, I’ll read a short cheesy love story that I would probably otherwise not pick up.  Earth Day in April calls for all things naturey and Halloween is for spooky-ness.  So of course, once a year in March, I pick up whatever I have on hand that seems the most Irish.

This year’s choice was Nuala O’Faolain’s Almost There.  It was a crappy trade paperback I got for free that I remember picking up out of a recycle bin somewhere and thinking, I would read that for St. Patty’s sometime.  Memoirs are generally quick reads too, perfect for a weekend in March.  Even more perfect, I thought, because I just finished Sheridan Hay’s The Secret of Lost Things and in the thank you’s Hay thanks O’Faolain.  I like streaming my reading along these sorts of vague connections.  Reading Almost There would be the most awesome St.Patty’s 2013 book, I thought, everything just fell into place.

Except not.

I am 29 years old.  I may have not done as much as I would have wanted by my 29th year, but I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time either.  I have 15 years of experience as a Kung Fu instructor.  I was briefly in a crappy band, my singing years better spent in a high school choir. I have waited tables, been an emergency bartender for an evening, become a “bra expert” at a lingerie store, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.  I am married, I have a child, I have worked in the book industry for six years (and have loved every minute of it) and done all kinds of book related jobs, and I am currently in the midst of publishing my first title.  In all that I have been blessed to have the opportunity to make time for my reading habits, and oh do I love to read.

I’m not bragging… there’s so much I have NOT done (like leave the country, ever!); but, in my 29 years, I’ve been busy.

I am desperately trying to get into Nuala O’Faolain’s memoir, but I can’t.  30 pages in, all we have established is that she is an older woman who feels like she has accomplished nothing.  She has no significant other, she writes a column but hasn’t done anything great in her opinion, and frankly… I just don’t get it.

Maybe I am not old enough.  Maybe I see my world in a glass half full sort of way and keep trying to figure out why being famous for an opinion column in Dublin is a bad thing.  Maybe I am sad that even though she delights in her dog, she is busier being sad about the way things ended with her ex.  30 pages or so in, I have decided that for this year, I am done.

I did, however, pick up one of her novels.  I think I’ll try that next and come back to the memoir later. I like her writing, but starting off with her Low Point has kept me in a foul mood.  I was all too happy to set it aside for M.G. King’s Fizz & Peppers and had no desire to pick it back up again.  If that’s not a sign to stop, I don’t know what is.

Have you read anything by Nuala O’Faolain? What were your favorites? Where do you recommend I begin?

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Buy Green, Save Green, Win Time on the Green!

March 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm (Events) (, , , , )

Buy green, save green, win time on the green!
Starting Monday, March 12, buy anything “green” at our HPB store in Humble and enter to win a golf package that includes: 4 to 9 holes of golf at Humble Oil Patch Golf Center, a bucket of golf balls, a golf shirt and an HPB Gift Card. Drawing to be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 7pm. Need not be present to win. Offer good at this location only. See store for details.

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