It’s Carmaggedon! Break out the Books

It’s carmaggedon weekend here in Los Angeles. If you aren’t here, then it’s just Friday, but whatever. Carmaggedon is the weekend the powers that be have decided to repair some bridge over the 405 freeway. The 405 in this area is one of the most congested stretches of freeway in the country.  So, how does one go about repairing a bridge over one of the most congested freeways in the country with cars going under? Simple. You don’t. Instead, you shut the freeway down for a whole weekend.

Yeah. They are shutting down the 405 from the 10 to the 101. In the middle of summer (i.e. tourist season).  It’s about 10 miles that will be completely closed in both directions Saturday and Sunday.  Did I mention it’s about 10 miles from LAX? That means all the people who usually clog up the freeway will be using the side streets.

That means, I will not be going anywhere.  If people get a little creative with the side street usage, I may not be able to get out of my driveway anyway. So, since it’s Fiction Friday, I thought I’d list some of my favorite books.  I will hopefully have some time to read while I’m cooped up.  (Nice segue from carmaggedon to fiction, huh?)

1. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

I loved this book.  A great story, really well written.  Also, the main character is a veterinarian and the book was written for NaNoWriMo.

2. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

My all time favorite book ever. Well worth a read if you’ve never read it. Well worth a re-read if you’ve read it before.

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

My favorite Tolkein book.  Where it all begin and I preferred The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings personally.  I love Bilbo.

4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The final movie comes out this weekend, so it’s a good time to catch up on all that’s happened so far.  I’m still awed with how much planning and foreshadowing Rowling did in writing these books.  Truly masterfully done.

5. I Love You Mouse by John Graham illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The little ones are homebound too.  This is a great bedtime story and the Tomie dePaola illustrations are gorgeous.

6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

This was one of my favorite books growing up.  I’m starting to read Samantha chapter books.  Hopefully, she’ll enjoy it as much as I did.  If not, at least I get to read it again.

7. On Writing by Stephen King

A must read if you’re a writer.  Part memoir, part writing instruction.  An all around interesting book and not at all dry like a lot of writing craft books can be.

I think that’s enough to last a weekend.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go stock up on water in case there’s rioting and looting this weekend.  It’s L.A., it could happen.


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  1. Evonne
    Twitter: _MamaJules_
    says:

    I heard about Carmaggedon. And I thought our construction caused problems!

    Good luck with your reading!

  2. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas
    says:

    On Writing is one of my favorite books, I loved every part of it. I recommend it to everybody. And it’s the only Stephen King book I’ve been able to finish.
    Ken is reading the Hobbit to the kids, they are liking it.
    Was just ready to start Hunger Games but got my book club list in the mail, it’s on there. Not sure what to do.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      Me too with On Writing. Can’t get through his other books, just not what I like to read. Although I’m going to try The Shining again.
      I hope my kids like the books I liked. We’re just getting to that age with Sammy. Otherwise, she’s going to be miserable while listening to me. :)
      Hmm, I think I would hold off on the book club book. That is a bummer though.

  3. AZLB
    Twitter: azlb
    says:

    sounds like you have the right idea!!! Happy reading.

  4. Mama Track
    Twitter: MamaTrack
    says:

    Great books! Those are several of my favorites too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the Harry Potter series. It’s my go to comfort reading. Hope the weekend worked out ok!