Friday, December 11, 2020

Books and Friday Flowers

 A few weeks ago I finished reading a book that my friend, Aruna, gave to me sometime last year (possibly even longer ago than that).

I've mostly been reading non-fiction but decided to see if Oleander Girl would be something that I could get through and it turned out to be an easy read.  Also timely since it is about family secrets stemming from racism and also touches on gender stereotypes and outdated beliefs of caste.  (I read the book Sister of My Heart by the same author many years ago and remember really liking it.)

The Language of Flowers was purchased at a secondhand bookshop (during a visit to Santa Fe, I think) and, as you can see, Oleander is given the meaning Beware.

I was told several years ago that it is highly toxic, but through online research, found lots of conflicting information on just how poisonous it is.  I don't plan on eating any part of it to find out.  :)  It grows well in our climate and has a lovely, sweet smell.

My lunch view.

A stop by the bookstore.
Bought more books but first I have to finish the two I'm currently reading.

Have a fabulous Friday!


kathyinozarks said...

I always enjoyed visiting a good bookstore. I will look into the one about flowers. Happy Friday

kathyinozarks said...

oh what was the name of the author for language of flowers? thanks said...

I remember the book on the language of flowers when it came out. Pretty and useful!
I love to read and it has been years since I've been in a bookstore. I either order from Thrift Books ro Amazon Kindle. Stay safe and stay well!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
No doubt that was an insightful book about the different cultures.
You, having visited in that part of the world and knowing several international friends, appreciate it more; as would I.
Language of flowers is always interesting and many countries have a strict protocol as to what flowers to gift or in what color or number.
We used to have a double white oleander and I loved its flowers' smell.
Sending you hugs,

Lisa said...

The COVID numbers are up again in our area I’m weighing the want vs. need to go to a book store. I really want to go look but I know I really don’t need to go. The language of flowers book looks very interesting. Hope you have a nice weekend.

Betsy said...

I haven't been in a bookstore since the first part of the year. I think the meaning of the flowers on that page are fascinating.

Maya Kuzman said...

I haven't read Oleander girl, though I believe reading a review about it! Believe it or not I have been crazily buying books in 2020, and reflecting about it in the future, would be the year I suffocated my house with books. I have bought maybe more than 50 this year - too afraid to count them down. But I just couldn't resist seeing them discounted - some even to a bargain and not getting any :)

linda said...

That's a very pretty flower even if it is poisonous admire from a distance. I love a good book store and could send hours browsing but not now of course. I've even stayed clear of the Library and am reading lots of ebooks and listened to a few audio books as well, I do prefer a proper book though, the language of flowers looks very interesting I'll have to look it up.

Angie said...

Tammy - I love bookstores, but I rarely buy books because I don't want to have more "stuff". But it is a fun place to look for journals and other neat items.

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