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Goodbye Summer

Both today and yesterday I made a point of sitting outside in the sun/shade reading.  The summer is coming to a close. The cone flowers are looking ragged and even the black-eyed susans are looking sadder.  School starts Tuesday and my time for reading has become quite hampered by work.  {A dirty four letter word sometimes – work.}

According to Goodreads, I read 61 books this summer!  Books that ranged for motorcycle club hot and messy romances to young adult books about bullying to fictionalized biographies.  My reading ran the gamut of genres and I gave over 20 of them five stars (top rating on Goodreads).  Most of the top reads were books that were thrillers or at least surprise endings, many were about families and the twists and turns that are so much a part of family life.  

Reading is such a warm and fuzzy place for me.  Whether outside in the sun or inside curled up, reading continues to give my life nourishment and hope, meaning and joy.  I noticed that this week my blog pages have over 10,000 hits.  What an honor this has been for me! Between the hits from Simplesite, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr, I am reaching so many people – a much larger audience than I ever realized.  Thank you.

Books this week:

Make You Burn by Megan Crane (need review)

What Doesn’t Destroy Us by M N Forgy (need review)

Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs (need review)

A Measure of Happiness by Lorrie Thompson (newly released)

Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait (newly released)

I try, really try

I try.... I really do try to get rid of books, even if they are just on lists.  Today I tried to clean out my to read list on Goodreads.  I went through as many of the 576 books as I could stand and picked 100 books to remove from my to read list. I mean – really I am not going to read some of them.  They were impulsive choices at best.  I checked next to each of them and clicked the button labeled remove from all lists.  First I had the spinning wheel of death.  Then the website claimed an error. 

See even the computer laughs when I want to remove books. I would like to blame this on Oscar as he was attempting to do his cat duty of laying on the keyboard, but I don’t think it can totally be his fault.  I tried a second time – after all I was determined to clean out the folder.  Again I had an error message.  SIGH

I figured the third time would be the ticket and pushed the button again.  Yes, I believe this suggests “glutton for punishment” status.  I did not get an error message – instead – wait for it – the message said no books were selected.  I walked away before my blood pressure convinced me to harm an inanimate object.  DOUBLE SIGH

I wonder if this is divine interference or karma? Either way, I still have 576 books on the to read list.  According to one site I went on – if I continue to read at the same rate I am currently reading, it will ONLY take me 3½ years to complete the list.  That is without adding any more books or reading anything not on the list.  Bahahahaha - that is not happening.  

This week I read:

Blood on the River, Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone (Middle School)

Woods Runner by Gary Paulson (Middle School)

The Murder’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman (not yet released)

Nantucket by Nan Rossiter (not yet released)

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (newly released)

Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney (newly released)

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery (newly released)

Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron (newly released)

Today's Bucket List

My day started out with me getting out of the wrong side of the bed metaphorically.  I was tired.  Oscar had been walking over me and jumping on me for at least an hour. (I kept waiting for the bat from Simon’s Cats.) I managed to get up and get myself together only to discover shoes do not fit over my skinned big toe (another story).  I had a mishap at DD and wasn’t sure I would make it all day.

BUT

I had an engagement for tonight – up in Gilford – and that made my day, week and maybe even month!  I met Katy Regnery! For those of you not in “the know”, she is a newer romance writer whose contemporary romance novels are wonderful!  Her books fall into a couple of different categories – Lighter, shorter reads from Blueberry Lane, harder, grittier reads from the modern fairy tales stories, a series from Montana and one other stand alone Playing for Love at Deep Haven.  Her books are well written, well plotted and fun to read.  I have loved each one I have read.

Tonight she answered questions and read the first chapter of Bidding on Brooks to a small audience.  I was so excited!  This was a bucket list moment for me.  OH and I now have signed books for me!  {Dancing and clapping}

Thank-you Katy for taking time during your vacation for crazies like me! For the rest of you – get busy – Read Katy!

Blueberry Lane Series

(English Brothers)

Breaking up with Barrett #1

Falling for Fitz #2

Anyone but Alex #3

Seduced by Stratton #4

Wild about Western #5

Kiss Me Kate #6

 

(Winslow Brothers)

Bidding on Brooks #1 #7

Proposing to Preston #2 #8

Crazy About Cameron #3 #9 (future)

Campaigning for Christopher #4 #10 (future)

 

(Modern Fairy Tales)

The Vixen and the Vet

Never Let You Go

Ginger’s Heart (future)

 

(Heart of Montana)

By Proxy #1

The Christmas Wish #2

Midsummer Sweetheart #3

See Jane Fall #4

Meeting Miss Mystic #5

What Were You Expecting  #6

 

Stand - Alone    Playing for Love at Deep Haven

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Read a Romance Month

Read a Romance Month

August is Read-a-Romance Month.  Each day three famous romance writers are writing about the Joy of Romance. It is one of my favorite events on the web and I try to get to it daily and read about my favorites.  This time was no different – in the first four days – Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Jennifer Probst, and Susan Mallery all wrote about the Joy of Romance.  {SIGH}

I have made no bones about how romance is my favorite genre and how much I enjoy reading.  I am able to become totally absorbed while reading and escape reality for a long time.  I know that not everyone gets a fairy tale romance, but I love the idea that it could happen.

This week I was feeling a little nostalgic about some of the first romance books I read and wondered if the books had been as good as I thought.  I downloaded Kathleen E. Woodwiss’s novel The Wolf and the Dove.  I still love it!  I then went to download The Flame and the Flower and discovered it was part of a trilogy.  I never knew that, so of course I downloaded all three of them for me to read soon.  Those books were published back in the 1970s {1972 and 1974}. I was in high school, but I think I didn’t read them until later.  They left an indelible mark on me. 

Check out the web site http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ and enjoy the different writers.  Meanwhile, I am going to start reading The Flame and The Flower. 

I am behind in my reviewing this week so not all reviews are completed but here is this week’s books list.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar {Middle School}

I Swear by Lane Davis ( no review yet) {YA}

The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes

Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz)

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Loving Gigi by Ruth Cardello (no review yet)

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodwiss (no review yet)

Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain (this month’s book club book and no review yet.)

Change Ahead

This week has been about new things: walking during lunch, a new purple lily, seeing a yellow bellied sapsucker up close and rearranging my blog.  According to my sisters, new things are good because they take you out of your comfort zone. I don't agree, but the blog was getting too cumbersome to maintain.  Finding books I have read was getting difficult with me filing them under months.... so changing it was important.

This week you will see those changes.  The last six months of books have been entered in by the author’s last name.  I have also maintained a couple of pages that speak to a specific milieu (adult, read aloud, middle school and young adult).  I also will continue to keep one monthly page – just to help me.  I have also added a new business web address for just the blog.  So please write me and tell me what you think.  marjaysreadingblog@gmail.com. I did lose many of the little emoticons, but they will be back!

I will need to change over a number of things on my pinterest site – so be patient with me if you read me there!

BTW – The yellow bellied sapsucker was wicked awesome.  We could clearly see her markings and her feeding the babies!

This week I have been almost too busy to read!  But I have managed so far:

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (read aloud)

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf  (wonderful)

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar(comes out Tuesday)(Middle School)

Dare to Rock by Carly Phillips (comes out Tuesday)

Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) new release

Fear confines you...

Every week I get so excited to tell you all about a new book or new things happening with books and then a week like this happens.  I often have a topic all lined up with some humor or angst involved.  This week I have not been able to think of a thing – not one!  It could be that all my lilies in their various colors were blooming.  There were hummingbirds zipping and fritillary butterflies fluttering in the gardens.   The wrens and sparrows have fledged and they have been all over the yard.  At night the barred owls have been hooting.  And yesterday two red tailed hawks showed their skills right over my head climbing, diving, swooping and skimming over the tops of the trees. The beauty and joy of the summer days gave me great joy.

Just when I gave up all hope, I read not one but two books that were fantastic. Both books will come out this week and are according to me five plus star books.  (Thank You Net Galley) What are the chances I will read two of them back to back in the same week?  Infinitesimal, for sure.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain brought me into Africa – dry and dusty with the onslaught on colonist coming in to take their dream, with them Beryl Markham, Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatten.  Beryl lead a very unconventional life, she was strong and courageous, certainly a woman who was ahead of her times.  Beryl was a horse trainer and a pilot, both of some renown, but mostly she was a woman searching for her life in a world that expects ladies to be Ladies. The book is listed as historical fiction, but is based on the events in her life, including her piloting a plane from England to North America.

The second remarkable book was by Cathy Lamb, called My Very Best Friend. This book is fiction, however that did not make the story any less poignant. Charlotte Mackintosh is a woman of contradictions. She needed to go to Scotland to sell her father’s cottage and is drawn back into the village life she left.  Something she missed tremendously but had no idea.  Along the way she finds her very best friend and learns truths that rip her heart out and help her find her love and future. 

Both books were poignant, happy and sad, all encompassing.  The quote below highlights a lesson that both Beryl and Charlotte learned. We cannot let fear confine us.  We have to take risks to be happy. Something I am still learning.

“We’re all of us afraid of many things, but if you make yourself smaller or let your fear confine you, then you really aren’t you own person at all – are you? The real question is whether or not you will risk what it takes to be happy.” (Location 2221-2223 Circling the Sun by Paula McLain)

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Recently I have had the opportunity to appreciate how easily I can see the letters on most pages. I have a number of family and friends who need to put on reading glasses to read. I have to admit, I might blow up the print on my kindle a little more than others.  I might also admit that my glasses are progressives. I read without my glasses more often then not, especially when I am wearing sunglasses.  I have always enjoyed watching them (family and friends) pass around glasses to read a menu or the back of the book when only one person can find their glasses. After all sharing is caring. I might have even giggled when the purple, pink or whatever wild colors are available are shared around with my brother-in-law or my boss.  Both of which wear them quite well. 

Recently, I waited in line for a customer to find her glasses in her purse – only to borrow a pair – so she could see to use the card machine.  She later realized that the glasses were pushed up on her head – LOL.  All this builds up to one of my favorite stories about my mom.  (This was her birthday this week – 82 years old.) A bunch of years ago, Mom was struggling to read her work while she was working on some research or paper for college. (I think working on her second master’s degree.)  She came running into the room where I was working to demand if I knew where she left her glasses.  With a straight face, I told her I thought maybe they were upstairs near her bed.  She went racing off to look for them and then hollered that they weren’t there.  I suggested she might want to look in the living room.  When she came running down the stairs, she saw a reflection of herself and realized that they had been on her head that whole time.  I laughed hysterically when she realized! She may have shared bad words at a strident level toward me with the discovery, which made me laugh harder!  The best part – it happened more than once. I love you, Mom!  Happy Birthday!

Happy reading with or without glasses this week!

This week’s readings:

Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio (book group read)

Paper Towns by John Green (student read)

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery.

A New Hope by Robyn Carr

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

Times are a changing....

Times are a changing....

With technology growing in leaps and bounds, book reading is changing.  I have found all sorts of interesting statistics about book reading. 

  • More people read books in April and February followed up by June and July.
  • Typical Americans read 5 books in 12 months.
  • Most people read an hour or less every week.
  • Fiction and juvenile books account for 27% of new books published in 2013.
  • The fastest growing genres are books about music, science and technology.
  • E-book readers read more frequently than print readers  from work to pleasure to current events.
  • When readers are asked about how they prefer to read:  23% prefer print, 36% prefer their tablet and 41% like both print and tablet.

Since I have gotten an e-book I must admit my reading numbers have increased as well. I carry my kindle everywhere and often read while waiting for appointments. The fact I pick my purses after I make sure the kindle fits in easily is a clear sign of my devotion.

Another way technology has changed reading is the huge explosion of book blogs. In order to keep up with so many other blogs and to help me keep organized with the books and technology, I need to make some changes to my blog.  Starting soon and lasting for the rest of this month, I will be changing the blog over with all the reviews put up by the author’s last name.  This is going to be a HUGE undertaking so I ask that you be patient with me as I figure it out. One page has been started A - check it out. The part I am struggling with is how to organize the book reviews. Should the authors be listed alphabetically within the page (all books by J D Robb next to each other) or the books be under the last name of the author but with the most recent reviews on top? If I do not put the most recent reviews on top – how do you as a reader know what the most recent reviews are? Just some of my conundrums – feel free to send an opinion. (My email address is below this blog.)

Meanwhile, it is July and the sun is shining – read outside and collect vitamin D.

What I read this week: (romances and summer reads)

Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble

*Once and Again by Elizabeth Barrett

*The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

*Danger Wears White by Lynne Connolly

Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather

*Sinclair Justice by Colleen Shannon

*I did receive these books as ARCs from the publisher via Net Galley for an honest early review.

Counting On Books not Counting Books

Counting on Books not Counting Books

This month is a bonanza for me.  I have days off and lots of new books coming out between late June and early July.  While I was counting on the new books with such anticipation, I was not counting the books!  In a three-week time period thirteen authors, THIRTEEN have produced a new book on my “always read that author - want to read list.”  That does not count two authors who have new books out that I want to read but who are not on my always read that author list. Altogether, if my math has not eluded me, I have fifteen new books to read in two weeks.  No Problem – a book a day! I guess it isn’t a problem, if the dishes aren’t finished or the rug isn’t vacuumed or clean clothes are not put away or the garden is not weeded.  The problems will be lack of food, lack of clean clothes, and mostly lack of going to work. That does not even address the problem of reading fourteen books in such a short time if all the problems magically disappeared.  

The good point of this is that I am thrilled that I received seven of them as Advanced Reader’s Copies (ARC) and have finished five of them already.  That only leaves ten books I can maybe, kind of handle that... except I have the book club book to read too.  The money for all those books could be a barrier, but again seven were for free providing I write an honest review, six are coming from the library and that leaves two I will have to buy.

WAIT – What?  Susan Mallery has TWO books this month – a book and a short story... oh no... If you need me I am hyperventilating under the maple tree with very, very tired eyes. 

Books on the LIST

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Summer With My Sisters by Holly Chamberlin

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

Still the One by Jill Shalvis

The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Not Strictly Business by Susan Mallery (short story)

*The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

A New Hope by Robin Carr

*Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

*Playing With Pleasure by Erika Wilde

*After the Storm by Linda Castillo

*Proposing to Preston by Katy Regnery

*Be the One by Nina Levine

*Moonshine and Magnolias by Jamie Farrell (short story)

* already read

PS – I finished two more between writing the blog and publishing the blog

Be Thrilled This Summer

As I sit at my desk that looks out the window over the lily garden on this bucolic summer day, I am reminded by how few books feel this peaceful. Instead most books need a much more active conflict than the sun and the wind and the birds.  Perhaps this week it explains about how the last few books I have read have been about war, murder and mayhem.  The juxtaposition of where I am and what I am reading does not escape me.

Books need a good story line.  War, murders and mayhem catch and hold interest for many people.  Books like these are hard to put down. For me, it feels like I must know what is going to happen next.  I sometimes find myself so entranced that I miss other things happening (like the Red Sox game) or so nervous that I have to take breaks. I find the ones with sociopaths the hardest to read mostly because you are often yelling at the book (hopefully in your head) about what the characters are doing and you know it is wrong.  You can almost hear the creepy music in the background warning you, even though I sit surrounded by the buzzing and chirping of birds and insects with a purring cat near by.

Even the name of the genre – thrillers suggests the excitement with the pounding of your heart and increase in your pulse.  After finishing Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline and then followed up by Linda Castillo’s The Dead Will Tell, I am going to be wary of people for a long time.  Be thrilled this summer – read a thriller

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

     It’s about family, but woven in are scenes from the      Blitz of London WWII

Truth or Die by James Patterson

     Always a thriller – with kill or be killed scenes

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

     Sociopath – need I say more?

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

     Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police in Painter’s Mills

Case of the Dottie Dowager by Cathy Ace

     Cozy Mystery – 1st in a series

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

     Young Adult - Sociopath

Blueprints

Blueprints...

I just finished reading Barbara Delinsky’s newest novel called Blueprints.  The title isn’t just about designing and building houses, but learning to design and build what is important in life – families, love and happiness. In the book, both of the major characters (women) find their professional lives changing in a way that leads them down a different path.  This really resounded with me.  I feel the last couple of years have been about me finding a new blueprint for my life and then carrying it out. I love my new job, teaching in a new school.  I love the time I have to work with a variety of students helping them find their way in an academic landscape.  MOSTLY, I love my newfound passion writing about books.

Recently, I took a poll on Facebook about which would you prefer to be a famous author or a professional review.  I took the road less traveled (29% to 71%) and chose the professional reviewer.  Thanks to all of you, I am able to realize my dreams, certainly on a small scale but a scale larger than what I imagined.  A scale that is growing in an ever-upward spiral.  I have been averaging around 150 hits per week on Marjay’s Reading Blog, with some week totals over 200.  I am honored by all of you – the readers – that you stop by and read my musings and ideas about books.

Books teach me so much about life.  They do not have to be heavy books detailing someone’s idea of how to live a life, but ideas that are introduced as a main characters’ challenge to make you think about life differently.  To celebrate I have looked over the books I have read (or reread) recently to share what they have given me... for blueprints.

Blueprints  by Barbara Delinsky

     Life changes and leads you new ways – embrace it.

Giver by Lois Lowry

     That with out pain there is no pleasure.

The Fault Lies in Our Stars by John Green

     Love is always worth it – no matter for how long.

The Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

     That is up to each of us to allow ourselves to belong.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

     Change is not easy...but possible.

The Sound of Glass by Karen White

     The realization is that we are just a small piece of the whole picture.

Walking on a Trampoline by Frances Whiting

     It is not the falling but the bouncing back

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper 

     It is not whether you will win, but standing up for what is right.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

     “Wounds Heal.  Love Lasts. We remain.”

The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

     Life is richer with sisters at your side.  Literally and Metaphorically 

 

It is just sometimes you need a hard hat!

But What About Me...

But What About Me..

Last week as I was sharing my Summer Reading List, a friend of mine remarked to me, “But what about me...” I realized that my book list did not contain books that he might be interested in. So with that in mind, I have done some research and thinking.  Perhaps my list has become too narrow for many people – what books have I read or would like to read with a larger audience would fit my definition of Great Summer Reads.

Guideline One: The book automatically goes on the list if it is a kick ass author...  That is easy, I love reading books by Steve Berry, Clive Cussler, James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman.  I cannot forget to add Dennis Lehane from the list as well; I can so hear South Boston in his reads. 

 

Guideline Two:  It is automatically a better book if the ocean, and/or a lake and a sandy beach are involved... This one is a little more difficult, most thrillers and/or crime and spy books usually need a cityscape to pull them off like Boston, New York or Washington. Not all large cities are the settings, but there seem to be more with the ‘dark underbelly of the night’ found in the seedier parts of a city.

Guideline Three:  If it is a part of a series I am reading, it is almost always acceptable addition to any list... Here we hit my love of series, all the men in Guideline one head to the top. Books by Steve Berry, Clive Cussler, James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman all fit this guideline as well. 

Hmmm... The list below might meet all the criteria or may not.  I am however going to have to add a couple new books to my reading lists. There are some new authors and some old favorites listed below.

Legal/Crime

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

The Fixer by Joseph Finder *

Spy/Cold War

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

English Spy by Daniel Silva

Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich * 

Historical Fiction

Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace *

Piranha by Clive Cussler

*Added to my to read list already.

Other suggestion that I have read and enjoyed.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnson

Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfourne

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

Guidelines to summer reading

Guidelines to summer reading

IT is SUMMER – really – even if the weather can’t decide, my calendar says it is!!  I have 13 days left in this academic year.  That means it is time to start planning my reading list for the summer. For those of you who know how I love to read will not be surprised that I have guidelines to help me pick out books in the summer.

 Guideline One:  The book automatically goes on the to read list if it is by a kickass author. There are some authors I read who I know will, time and time again, entertain me and at times knock my socks off.  Certainly I would like to admit the list is short, but we all know that would be a lie. 

Guideline Two:  It is automatically a better book if the ocean, and/or a lake, and a sandy beach is involved.  It is even better when the setting of the book is a beach and you are reading it at a beach. There is a richness that happens when reading by the water in the sun, knowing that this gorgeous day and place will only enhance the book. Not dropping the book in water or sand, especially when it is a library book is always a bonus.

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer with You by Nora Roberts

Summer with My Sisters by Holly Chamberlain (setting Maine!)

 *Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

*The Summer’s End by Mary Alice Monroe

*The Sound of Glass by Karen White

*Books I have read already thanks to Net Galley

Guideline 3:  If it is part of a series I am reading, it almost always is an acceptable addition to any list.  I have made no bones about the number of series I try to stay on top of is huge!  I use Fictfact and Goodreads to help me keep track.  Otherwise I would be crazed trying to keep up.

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Trapped by a Scandal by Jean Feather

A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens

The last guideline is anything else that strikes my fancy and I can get at the library, net galley or cheap...  Okay, that is not much of a guideline, but it is slightly better than anything else I want....  Happy Reading, Marjay

Needs or Wants

Sometimes life gives you what you need, not what you think you want.  (PP53 from I Swear by Lane Davis)

This quote really struck me when I read it.  I have found that I have gone back to it again and again in the past couple of weeks.  My life has been a little more emotionally fraught than anyone would like ... a situation that we all have run into in different times in our lives.  Several times I have thought about this quote and wondered about wants and needs.

I am sure I do not need an emotional rollercoaster, but it has given me a chance to depend on others to help me and support me. Perhaps that is what I needed to understand, even if I always want to be so independent.  Or maybe the need is something I haven’t even thought of yet and won’t understand it until I can revisit this with 20/20 eyesight.  

Either way, I have taken some time to read some Happily Ever After books. For me the books help me cope when things are not certain.  The last couple of week I have read a few new books by Cora Seton, Jennifer Probst, Katy Regnery, Ella Quinn and Nancy Thayer as well as the Boston Globe sports page. (A girl has to have priorities.)  I have a stack of library books on the couch to read but I have not touched them.  I think this time I am taking, is allowing me to shelter in place. I am reading books that are holding my attention, but not exacting the need for intense concentration.  I am not sure if this is a need or a want, but for now, it feels like a necessity.

The books I read:

Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

The Soldier’s Email Order Bride by Cora Seton

The Cowboy’s Email Order Bride by Cora Seton

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Bidding on Brooks by Katy Regnery

A Kiss for Lady Mary by Ella Quinn

Memorial Day

Today, I am reminded that the only reason I can write this blog is because of the bravery of many soldiers.  Thank you for those that have died in the service of our country. Today’s books are all about WWII and the service many people gave to their country.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Night by Elie Wisel

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

The Wind is not a River by Brian Payton

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrandt

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

On Folly Beach by Karen White

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Reading about New Hampshire

Reading about New Hampshire

I love reading books that highlight my home state.  I am proud of being from and living in New Hampshire.  It is my home and that of my family for hundreds of years.  It is always amazing to me that more people do not realize the special beauty of here, but then again, I am not sure how many more people I want to be moving here.

Some of my favorite authors use New Hampshire as a setting for their books.  Most use the lakes as the setting. With the huge amount of clear lakes and awesome small towns – it is no surprise.  Others have written many books about the seacoast (granted only 13 miles long) and its beauty.  Still others have taken on small towns trying to get readers to feel the richness and humor of people.

The newest book I just finished, The Lake Season, which comes out next month, takes place in a fictional New Hampshire town with a beautiful lake and rolling hills down to the water. Last summer, a new author wrote Equilibrium highlighting a small community in New Hampshire. I know that Our Town is one of the quintessential reads that highlight a small town with its people. Not many people see towns like that any longer as we become more entrenched with today and its technology and ease of movement from one place to another. Luckily the beauty remains.

Some great books that are set in New Hampshire

The Lake Season by Hannah Roberts McKinnon

Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson

Leaving Time, Lone Wolf, and 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

The Weight of Water, The Pilot’s Wife, and Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

The Carpenter’s Lady and Lake News by Barbara Delinsky

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

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Jeannie | Reply 26.07.2015 10.59

Marti, this commentary is beautiful, poignant and an affirmation of living one's own life. Moreover, it is beautifully written!! Right to the heart.

Marti 26.07.2015 13.00

Thank you Jeannie.

Jeannie | Reply 22.07.2015 18.57

I have my little LL Bean bag to hold my current constant companion of a book.
Still in love with print in the tangible, bound book version. Happy reading!

Kathy-CT | Reply 26.06.2015 21.49

"Blueprints" is my next read, this weekend. I actually snagged a book from my library within two weeks of its release! Always enjoy reading Delinsky's books.

husam | Reply 18.06.2015 03.26

this really cool site

Marjay 18.06.2015 07.05

Thank you!

Kirke | Reply 15.06.2015 09.42

Thanks for the updated list. I am a lover of mysteries and series, my current favorite is Louise Penny. Her setting is Montreal and its idyllic surroundings.

marjay 17.06.2015 19.51

Thanks Kirke for another author

Aqua-girl | Reply 07.03.2015 12.05

you have been busy

marjay 07.03.2015 14.54

I have been busy...but always more to read... I guess I need to accept that I will never catch up!

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26.07 | 13:00

Thank you Jeannie.

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26.07 | 10:59

Marti, this commentary is beautiful, poignant and an affirmation of living one's own life. Moreover, it is beautifully written!! Right to the heart.

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22.07 | 18:57

I have my little LL Bean bag to hold my current constant companion of a book.
Still in love with print in the tangible, bound book version. Happy reading!

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26.06 | 21:49

"Blueprints" is my next read, this weekend. I actually snagged a book from my library within two weeks of its release! Always enjoy reading Delinsky's books.

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