I like big-print books, I cannot lie. Mentally I jump with glee when I find a new big-print book that I want to read at the library.
These days, my near vision is a laugh. I read by holding the reading material inches from my face, unless it's a big-print book. It's the most comfortable way for me to read, which isn't comfortable at all. The increasing kink in my near vision may be caused by the cataracts developing in my eyes, particularly the left. Until I got new lenses last year, I blamed the rips and tears in my old glasses for me not seeing clearly. Ha! I only had to put out $600 for the new eyeglasses to find out how wrong I was.
The Husband has cataracts too. Worse than mine. He'll have cataract surgery for both eyes (one at a time) in the Spring. Once he's settled, I'll get at least the left eye done. I'm glad that both of us are on a decent Medicare Advantage plan.
Fictional Characters I Like
Speaking of books, which I was at the beginning, here's my list of top 13 fictional characters whose adventures I enjoy reading and re-reading.
• Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
• Elizabeth Bennett (Jane Austen)
• Miss Wilhemina Zukas (Jo Dereske)
• Hester Latterly and Monk (Anne Perry)
• Mary Russell (Laurie R. King)
• Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)
• Anne Shirley (L.M. Montgomery)
• Junie B Jones (Barbara Park)
• Ramona Quimby (Beverly Cleary)
• Sharon McCone (Marcia Muller)
• Maisie Dobbs (Jacqueline Winspear)
• Maggie Hope (Susan Elia MacNeal)
• Jo March (Louisa Alcott)
Half of these characters are gumshoes, amateur or professional. Back in the 1980s, a friend introduced me to a mystery book with a female protagonist and so began my journey into reading mostly mystery books with female leads, especially those based in California, the San Francisco Bay Area in particular. It's only within the last few years that I've expanded my horizons to reading something other than mysteries, cookbooks, and children's books. That is how I finally read Jane Eyre which pushed Pride & Prejudice to second on my short list of favorite tomes.
I like, no, I love this gouache painting called Creation by Belle Yang, which I saw at the Monterey Museum of Art (in Monterey, California) last month. I love the colors, the artist's style and imagination, and, most of all, the picnic scene of two young women and their cat enjoying the day, themselves, their food, and books. Delightful.
Ms. Yang is also an author. Her website states that she has written children's books and adult nonfiction. Guess whose books I shall be looking for?
Today I'm hanging out at I Like Thursdays, hosted by LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color, and Thursday Thirteen, hosted by Country Dew of Blue Country Magic and Colleen of Loose Leaf Notes. Please check out the memes, as well as the hostess' blogs. Thank you much, Lovely Hostesses!