Friday Fun Facts!

Washington Irving

America's 1st International bestselling author
America’s 1st International bestselling author

Born: April 3, 1783

Died: November 28, 1859

Wrote: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, assorted biographies

Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle Cover

Quote: There is a legend that on the night of his death, Wahington Irving said “Well, I must arrange my pillows for another night. When will this end?”

Some Facts: Died in Tarrytown, NY, which is right next to Sleepy Hollow. As America’s first genuine internationally best-selling author.

Irving and his grave were commemorated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1876 poem, “In The Churchyard at Tarrytown”, which concludes with:

How sweet a life was his; how sweet a death!

Living, to wing with mirth the weary hours, Or with romantic tales the heart to cheer; Dying, to leave a memory like the breath Of summers full of sunshine and of showers,

A grief and gladness in the atmosphere

Epic Fail For Me!

Well, my goal of finishing “Killing Jesus” by Sunday did not work out well for me. I have managed to make it to chapter 5, as I failed to really pick up the book all weekend. I used my opportunities to read and instead caught up on several TV shows that I did not need to watch but did anyways πŸ™‚ It really wasn’t necessary for me to watch all 4 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy’s new season, but after the 1st nine seasons I guess I am invested in this show. Oh, and Survivor. Same situation. Watched the first 4 episodes that I missed. I am generally not a television watcher, except for The Big Bang Theory. And anyone who enjoys this show doesn’t need me to explain it’s appeal. And then there was Sleepy Hollow. I missed the latest two episodes so I had to watch those as well.

Oh. Back to the story. The 1st four chapters basically deal with the Roman empire, its numerous rulers, and what happened to whom up to the point of Jesus being a young man and staying behind in the temple to discuss religion and Mary and Joseph not realizing he had stayed behind until the next day. I had no interest in the Roman Empire history, which is really strange for me as I am a huge history buff. I have to say, the footnotes have lightened up a bit.Β This was just a little too far back in time to keep and hold my attention. I have every good intention of getting this book finished ASAP. Now that the story has reached Jesus’ life, I think it will hold my interest more. Even so, I am still trying to figure out what book I will be reading next πŸ™‚ Any suggestions?

I am feeling the need to read C.S. Lewis’s “The Silver Chair” as I have heard they are going to get this movie made, Finally! I also have a couple books on my shelf that I got off the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble. I am also behind on my James Patterson books, as he seems to put out a new book every week πŸ™‚ What are you reading?