Monday, August 22, 2011


I had plans to do a picture post of Henry today. Really I did. I had these pictures I took last week, and thought they would come together as a cute little post. And I will post it. Eventually. But this weekend I just couldn't find the time to load the five or so pictures on to flickr. Not because we were insanely busy or out of town. Nobody was sick, nothing big happened. I am just completely consumed with the world of Jamie and Claire.

You all have been telling me for years to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It has forever been on of my mom's favorite books. Whenever we discuss favorite characters, she always says, "Oh... Jamie and Claire". I have posted on here about my love of book series and you all have said to me "Read Outlander!! It's my favorite book series!" And for some reason I ignored you. WHAT is my problem? Why do I not trust you all? My sister told me, my Aunts told me, everyone seemed to love Jamie and Claire. And yet I resisted.

A few weeks ago there was something going around on blogs about favorite literary characters, and the two that seemed to be listed the most were Harry Potter and Jamie Fraser. "Hmmm..." I thought to myself. People are grouping these books with Harry Potter? People are listing Jamie as "favorite character EVER?" I had the book at my house, and considered it. Then I notice on Twitter that a ton of people were reading, and were LOVING it. And I caved. I started Outlander.

You guys. YOU GUYS. THE LOVE. I have about 150 pages of the first book left, which on a 625 page book is the final stretch. I cannot put it down. CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. I have been staying up until 1am reading. I wake up thinking about it. I read at every open opportunity. I LOVE this book. It will officially move to my short list of true favorites. This is one that I will carry with me. One that will come to mind when people ask what's my favorite. Jamie and Claire. Yep. They are right up there are the top of the list. They are now two of my favorite literary characters of all time. And this is just book one.

PS. I posted an update on Sweet Missy and her latest visit to the NIH over on Kicking Cancer. Take a look if you have time.


  1. How have I never even heard of this? I must go look it up!

    I'm just like you, I am so hesitant to read things even when people keep telling me they are great. It took me several years to get around to reading Harry Potter, and I only read Twilight because my friend leant it to me (incidentally, Twilight is good, but I thought "The Host" was AMAZING!! Have you read that?) Funnily enough, that same friend gave me some other books she loves but they have sat on my shelf for a year now unread.

    Tim is an avid read (although I had to force him to read Harry Potter) and we have a bookcase crammed full of his sci-fi and fantasy novels (Robert Jordan taking up a massive section). He has tried to get me to read one series about 3 times and I refuse. He has tried to get me to read Terry Pratchett books and in theory I should love his books, but I just don't get round to it. He has even read the first few chapters of The Hobbit to me when I've been ill, and still I'm stubborn and just re-read the same old favourites I have.

    So although you've written this post and I'm now thinking "maybe I should try it" chances are it'll take me a good 5 years to get around to it ;)

  2. I have it on my (long) TBR list, but I know I will like it. I need to just read it, already!

  3. SO GLAD you have joined the Jamie and Claire fan club. I'm pretty sure I'm the one who introduced it to the family since the whole time travel idea appealed to me originally and I picked up the first book. Just wait until you finish the first book - I hope you have the second one handy. I had to get up and go to the book store when I finished the first one because I HAD to know what happened next. Incidentally, I'm working on a train trip to Scotland next year. Fingers crossed...

  4. I love me some Jamie and Claire, particularly Jamie :-P

    I plan on re-reading the series when I'm put on bed those books! Definitely my favorite series.

  5. My sister-in-law and I just had a conversation about this series. I sent this link to her. She's bringing the first couple of books to me when our family vacays together in October.

  6. oh oh OH! I love me some Jamie Fraser!!! I have the whole series and am almost ALWAYS in the middle of one of them! <3 <3 <3!!!!

  7. I'M SO EXCITED!! (necessary CAPS)