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.