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Musings on Children’s Books and Other Things

This year, I start off with children’s books to highlight the literary terms that my students need to learn.   I brought in my favorite books from many years including Miss Rumphius, Beware of Boys and other favorites.  The books are used to illustrate and/or highlight the lesson of the day.  Middle Schoolers will sit and listen to read alouds with rapt attention to these stories.  There lessons range from making the world a more beautiful place (Miss Rumphius) to outsmarting a greedy, hungry wolf (Beware of Boys).  Over the last couple of years, I have added some new books, sparingly to my favorites wanting to keep the numbers of favorites manageable, which is not always an easy task.  The Yellow Star: The Legend of Christian X of Denmark was one of my newest and best finds until this year.

Katharine Nevins of Main Street Book Ends introduced me to Life by Cynthia Rylant, one of, if not the best book ever!  The book’s illustrations are similar to those by Eric Carle in the Hungry Caterpillar.  The plot - very simply - is a story of life, with all its ups and downs and difficulties.  It is a book to ponder parts of life.  The prose is sparse leading to each word being important.  Life is no ordinary children’s book. It is a book for all humans to read and ponder.  It could even be a blueprint of our lives.  

Some of the books the students and I read were

Life by Cynthia Rylant

The Yellow Star:  The Legend of Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy

Fog Cat by Marilyn Helmer and Paul Mombourquette

Beware of Boys by Tony Blendell

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond


Thank you readers for allowing me a week off with the Highland Games and family.  As always it was a great time of music, games, food and family.  I also really enjoyed the glorious weather and found myself missing summer already.  I was able to get a bit of reading done and have found some new fun reads to share.


Secrets in Death (#45) by JD Robb

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erica Wilde

The Desperate Bride by A S Fenichal

The Time in Between  by Kristen Ashley

Drop Out (Bad Boys Homecoming #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Royal Pain by Tracy Wolff

Rock Me by Carly Phillips


Only ONE Book

It has been a long week.  A week that felt so busy and mind boggling.  Unfortunately, it meant there was little time for reading.  I don’t remember when the last time I only read ONE book was, but that is exactly what happened.  I read one book! And two children’s read alouds - but they don’t count!   

There have been 36 weeks so far in the year and I have read 175 books.  That is averaging over 4 books a week. This summer I read over 5 books a week.  What has happened, other than the world coming to an end?

Most of you know that I have been working on weight loss.  I find that I have trouble being still at times as I have more energy and want to accomplish more.  I know that has been one factor.  

Another factor has been my newest sideline. I have been using old China to make whimsies, mostly for the garden.  I find myself losing hours at a time as I rearrange items to show colors or patterns in a new or different way.  On top of that, every Saturday Morning, I have been going to the local farmer’s market to sell those whimsies.  More of my key reading time - gone.

The third and most invasive factor is that school has restarted.  I have spent time (as I should) planning lessons, changing plans, and replanning lessons.  The need to spend that time constructively has been reading plans, listening at meetings, writing plans outside of meetings and yet again - getting ready for a file review from the state has been exhausting and overwhelming.  I have read two new children’s books to the students, but the satisfaction factor is not as high.

All those factors and all that time gone to constructive items, but wow, so much time lost.  One part I hate the most is that I am five books behind with NetGalley. It makes me feel badly that I am not able to review the books as timely as I would like and they expect. I have not been that far behind for quite a while.  The other part is I feel scattered and sad.  There are dishes to be done, plants to water and rearrange, cats to snuggle and food to make, and no reading time in sight.  SIGH.  I am in mourning over not having time to read… 

Books this week:  

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullet

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond (read aloud)

The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy (read aloud)


Random Thoughts about This Week

I became so entranced by a book last night I forgot to write my blog and update my site.   I doubt that this will be the last time it happens and I know it wasn’t the first time.  The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream was the newest of Christina Dodd’s series about Virtue Falls, and I admit I really wanted to know - who was doing what and why. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and encourage others to try out a Christina Dodd’s book.  

It is Labor Day and for many people around here, the last day to go to the Hopkinton State Fair. I have to admit, I used to eat my way through the fair starting with the gigantic apple cider donuts, moving on to the Philly Cheesesteak (made from Buffalo meat), the fried oreo and all the other treats.  Fair food is so yummy and so bad for you, so I am staying away this year.  SIGH

Labor Day celebrates the Labor Movement toward fair and equal rights for all workers. The Labor Movement gave workers a better chance to make a living wage with realistic hours and pay.  I hope today when you are having your three day weekend and cookouts, you consider the people that worked so hard to help each of us as workers get fair pay.  

As the people in Houston and other areas along the Gulf Coast rebuild their lives I encourage all people to give to the relief organizations what they can.  I admire the ingenuity and work so many did and are still doing to help save people from horrendous situations.

This week school started back up with my students returning and some new ones added in, but my reading time has severely been impacted.  The Red Sox have been losing to the Yankees (the Evil Empire is resurrecting), so not all is right in my world, except for Gizzelda (my youngest half feral kitty) has finally climbed up and curled up in my lap.

The blog has another new item this week, a guest reviewer.  A friend, Elise Cooper has sent us an interview with Kyle Mills - enjoy.  This week’s author interview is with Karen Rose.  Hope everyone has a good week.

This week I read

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dobb

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

Lady Eleanor’s Seven Suitor by Anna Bradley

Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone 

Today I Pretended

Today I pretended…  all day.  It was good.

I pretended it was a snow day… Luckily I am really good at pretending since it was in the 70s and sunny.  Not that this was hard.  The only rules are that you don’t get out of your pjs and be lazy. There are some other items that help… blanket on the couch, comfort food, plenty of ice tea and books - glorious books!  Snow is not prerequisite.

I spent some time on the deck lazing in the sun and some time on the couch cuddling with the cats.  Oscar was particularly needy wanting to cuddle - that helps.  Gizzie has just started to cuddle on the couch, so that just made it more special.  There was a baseball game on, otherwise it would have been a movie. I started and finished Susan Mallery’s first book in her new series, You Say It First and I started on Tamara Ireland Stone’s newest YA book Click’d.  I wrote up some book reviews I was behind and played Words With Friends.  

It was a lovely quiet day.

Tonight when I go to bed, the alarm will be set.  My clothes will be planned and lunch ready to grab. This week the students come back.  My world will turn a little topsy-turvey as the first days are always a bit messy.  The students who have been able to do what they want and not had to follow rules or leave their electronic devices behind will struggle with rules.  The better the weather, the larger chance they will want to be outside.  Luckily they only come for two days before having the Labor Day Weekend time off.  I have meetings to plan for and paperwork to track down...but all of it starts tomorrow….today it is a snow day.

Books this week:

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Mr. Big by Delancey Stewart

A Love to Remember by Bronwen Evans

My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan

In the Heir by Ruth Cardello

You Say It First by Susan Mallery


Sequoia and Heat

I had this whole blog written about my inner geekiness with statistics and numbers, but that is not the blog you are going to get.   I had numbers of books and authors and types of books all delineated out that showed you what type of reader I was and the numbers around it, but to me right now that is not important.  What is important? Feelings, hopes and dreams.  

I have had a hard second part of the week with a splinter the size of a sequoia tree in my left foot. Having the shot to have it removed was painful. (Just a small prick - really doc?) That took away two days of walking into limping and hopping.  By Saturday, I was fit as a fiddle, I thought.  I had all my garden pretties ready to go to the Farmer’s Market and packed by 7:15 am.  The first thing that happened saddens me about my small town - a town official - I don’t know who yelled at me demanding I move my car and demanded to be told me who said I could park there.  I didn’t want to deal with it in a horrible way like she was treating me so I reacted with kindness and did what I could to diffuse the situation and I moved my car. (Never mind she scared off an early customer!) What I didn’t realize is that I wasn’t alright.  I was still fighting off the infection from my sequoia tree and from allergies and didn’t get enough liquid into me.  I dropped things and broke some of my birdbaths and towers (seven of them, to be exact).  That is when I found out about the people around me.  They packed my car and cooled me off when heat exhaustion and dehydration was upon me.  There are many good and bad points to where you live and who you lean on.  I am always grateful for my small town and the kindness of people.  That is what makes a home. Those are the feeling, hopes and dreams that are important.  You hope for people to help you when you are in trouble, but you never dream you will need help, no matter how poorly you feel.  

With all the time keeping my foot elevated and the aftermath of Saturday morning. I have read for almost every free moment.  Not just because my list keeps getting longer (it does), but because I felt like I needed to escape.  I hurt and was exhausted and my best way of escaping is reading.  Reading about other people’s hopes and dreams and how they feel.  Reading about missing children, serial killers and other mysteries kept me from feeling the blues.  Today I am feeling better although the book I am reading right now is so so so sad.  

Tomorrow starts my first day back at work.  I think I am even more tired than I was in June, but it is time to plan for the students and their needs.  So you didn’t get the blog about number geekiness and you didn’t find out who my favorite authors are.  But you did get to feel, hope and dream in my world and how I escaped into others.  

This week from Elise Cooper is an interview with Lisa Scottoline.  Her books are some of the many that I enjoy and I hope you find out more about her by reading the interview and maybe - dipping into her books. 

Meanwhile this week I read:

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Shattered by Allison Brennan

Tracker’s Canyon by Pam Withers

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline


I am reading The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse


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Rule Follower

I find myself in a new spot this week.  For the last year, I have managed to stay ahead of my reading list (from the library, my personal list, other publishers’ lists and the net galley’s list) so that most if not all of the reading can be accomplished before it is due.  I follow my list pretty religiously and keep on the timeline I have planned out.  This week I didn’t.

Before I continue, you need to understand, that my family teases me about being a rule follower. If I am told to have something due by a certain date or to follow a set of directions, I usually try to meet those requirements.  Now granted there are times when I set out on my own path or change somethings to better suit myself, but on the whole I am a rule follower.

My list had three books in a row that I didn’t like.  I hate running into books I do not like. I try very hard to read everything given to me and try to find good points about the books.  I understand that I am not going to like all the books, but I try to only choose books that I have a good chance to finish.  It didn’t work that way this week.  I didn’t like three books in a row.  I felt like I lost at tic tac toe.  

So what did I do?  I went off the list and read an entire series of books about No Prisoners MC.  All five books (really four books and a novella) and felt no guilt.  I enjoyed the series very much and will be putting up the reviews as I have time.  I then went back to the list and know that I will be struggling to keep up with my list and due dates.  OH WELL.  I consider this like have a snow day or a rainy day…  all bets are off and I can use the found time to my advantage.

Now you know the truth… I am a rule follower, until I get upset - then I am not.   

Don’t forget to check out the new author interview section.  I am excited that I am able to offer these interviews to all of you!

Books read this week:

Tiny House on the Hill by Celia Bonaduce

Maxwell by Nicole James

Striker, Jester, Acer, Hook and Lucky all by Lilly Atlas

Make Me Forget by Amanda Adams (no review yet)

Shelter for Sophie by Susan Stoker (no review yet)


Another Year

Another Year

Today has been a gorgeous day here.  While the temperature stayed a bit cool,  the beauty of the day surrounded me.  A day reading on the deck was certainly called for and much needed.  

There is a new feature on the blog this week, called Elise Cooper interviews.  You can access the page by using the author interview button located on the left side of the first page.  I am excited about this new addition and look forward to reading Elise’s interviews.  The first author up is Linda Castillo.  She is an amazing author who writes the Kate Burkholder thrillers.  I am a big fan of hers so I am glad she is the first author to be included.  There will be more authors to come, some of them new to me, so I am anticipating we will enjoy Elise’s contributions.  I am trusting that you will share your feedback on the new feature with me.

Meanwhile, I have actually had to spend some time reformatting a couple of pages in the Simplesite site 8>(.  I have also had to take out some of the older book reviews as I was at the limit with the book cover pictures.  There is more work to do, so be patient with me as I continue to work on keeping the Simplesite looking up to date.   The Tumblr page needed less fixing and I have added a couple of new friends with similar interests in books, so welcome.  

This week’s readings have been all over the place.  Not only have I been in ancient Ireland but modern day London.  I have been in Colorado with a nasty stalker and in Arizona with a biker gang and in New England with a crazy mother.   The journeys this week despite their obvious differences have all been interesting,  even when I question why I downloaded the books, the storylines kept my attention the whole way through.  I like the diversity in the books I read.  I enjoy wondering where the story is going and how it is going to resolve.  Perhaps that is why I like HEA books, I know the resolution will be positive.  

It is with gratitude that I thank everyone for their following.  As I reup my membership in Simplesite for another year, I am reminded how far I have come and grown in such a flash of time.  Thank you.

Books read this week:

Striker by Lilly Atlas

Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York

The Forger by Michele Hauf

Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


Life's Journey

Life’s Journey  

Last week at this same time, I completely and absolutely forgot that it was Sunday. I mean all the clues were there - sore feet from Saturday, afternoon baseball game, quiet around the house, and lots of time to read.  However none of the clues struck me as I snuggled down into the couch to finish reading a romantic thriller by Christina Dodd.  I remember it still being light out when I started - but needing to turn on a reading light.  I know I got off the couch a couple of times because I am sure the cats did not open and close the doors by themselves as they went in and out. But when I finished the book, It was pitch black outside and I realized it was too late to write my blog as I was exhausted.  BTW - Because I’m Watching was quite good!  This week I continued on my Christina Dodd obsession and read two more of her novels Virtue Falls and Obsession Falls.  I also read a new book coming out next week - Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki Also thrilling!

Meanwhile my sister and other family members were here and we met out at the lake.  I have continued with my newest “hobby” of making garden whimsies and brought them to the Farmer’s Market to see if this is a sale-able hobby. Even as I write I have three new pieces “curing” and one problem piece that is just not looking as well as I would like it to look.   Also I have had a bunch of other things things to do like groceries and laundry.  Nothing extraordinary - just the everyday things in life.  Hence, reading really took a backseat in this week's journey.  I find I am more unsettled when weeks like this occur.

Today at the lake while I was basking in the sun, my cousin spotted a bald eagle.  We know there is one or more near the lake as we saw them last summer as well.  I am sure for some of you that might be an ordinary occurrence, but for me, I was overwhelmed with awe watching the soaring bird. The white head and tail flickered brightly in the sun as it circled the lake and the nearby hill.  I watched it for about 15 or so minutes and felt my spirits rise. Each time I see one, I realize how intricate and unique each of our life journeys really are.

I hope this next week, I too can soar…


Books I read the last TWO weeks:

Knight Quest by C. C. Wiley

Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Stud by Jamie K Schmidt

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (no review yet)

Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd

Obsession Falls by Christina Dodd

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd

Hunt for Evil by Amy Jarecki (no review yet)



Some weeks it is harder than others to write about reading.  Sometimes I feel that I am speaking with myself instead of to all my students about how awesome books are. And then something happens and it repairs my faith in the universe.  

Today, an older student I am working with wanted me to guess how many chapters she has read since our last session.. (The answer - 6 chapters is much more than I thought she would.) She is reading an older Barbara Delinsky that I thought might catch her attention. It is loaded with references to New Hampshire and it is about a young woman having a heart attack.  Both subjects she knows and understands. She couldn’t wait to tell me how interesting the book is.  It was a balm to my heart.

Her excitement feeds into my determination.  The necessity of our students being able to read critically is so important.  The knowledge of what is a fair and impartial source and what isn’t. The ability to read a menu, a job application, a rule book, an employee handbook and financial documents is so necessary for people.  The ability to accomplish tasks that allow people to be independent, critical thinkers.

Her excitement fed into something else too - anger.  She didn’t think she could read.  She had been made fun of and slammed down again and again.  She could read, but not with the fluency and speed that someone expected. Her halting reading made her anxious which made her reading even more halted and stuttered.  Where is compassion and empathy?  Where was the caring, support of a learner?  Why make a child so anxious reading that they are almost paralyzed at the thought of reading to another? For shame…  

I feel hopeful for her.  She wants to learn and wants to succeed.  She found me by accident… I hope to be able to lead her to a place of confidence and to her diploma - fairly earned.  Her determination and desire to learn will help her - hopefully even - when things get hard.  

This is not the first time I have heard a similar story.  Unfortunately, I am afraid this is not the last time I will hear a similar story.  This is the tragedy…

Books I read this week:

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - fabulous book

Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughton

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Blackthorne’s Bride by Joan Johnston

Claiming Alexis by Susan Stoker

All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst (not reviewed yet)



Reading a book is such a personal task.  You bring into the book your opinions, your background, your prejudices and tolerances.  The story and you then form a partnership almost like a dance with ideas and characters twirling around.  On a scientific level, I know it is a matter of neurons firing and sending electrical messages to the thought and mood sections of your brain.  I prefer to look at it as more colorful and messy, perhaps even like an impressionistic painting with lots of colors and patterns and swirls.

This weekend marked the first of the author visits to Warner.  The Tory Hill Author’s Series started up again with another four authors to visit, speak and share with the town’s people.  It is something quite special for our small town and many people work hard to make it look so seamless.  This week the author was Anita Diamant.  She is perhaps the most famous for her book The Red Tent, but has written three other pieces of fiction as well, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night and The Boston Girl.  

The Red Tent came out 20 years ago.  The book based on an obscure character from the Bible, that Anita Diamant brought to life and helped us all enter a world unknown to us.  The story line might have faded and the characters muted, but the feelings about the book never did.  To me the main overarching theme of women, resiliency and friendship and the solidity of that friendship still resides within me.  Since then I have read her other books as they have come out.  (although for some reason Dogtown has not lasted with me, so I am going to reread it)  In each of them, I again felt the power of women and their friendships.  The potential and the effectiveness of women supporting each other, caring for one another with all the advantages of such supports.  I felt validated when Anita Diamant spoke about writing women, friendships and resilience into all of her books as a key element.

This has stayed with me today as I continued to work on various projects.  Women supporting each other through friendships, caring about others and inspiring another generation of women to take up the resiliency needed to survive in today’s world. The dance of words in my brain remind me of my part in building the resilience and strength in my friendships, especially in a world where a woman can be stoned to death without consequences.

Books read this week:

Claiming Alexis by Susan Stoker (review to be written still)

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

To Kill a Hummingbird by J.R.Ripley

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (Middle School)

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis (Middle School)

Survivor’s Club by Michael Bornstein & Debbie Bornstein Halinstat (Middle School - nonfiction)

Why Read?

Why Read?

School has ended for the year and I have a few days off before summer school or in my case, tutoring begins.  I spent a bit of time gardening, cleaning my house and seeing family and friends.  However, by this point you know I also did a bit of reading!

Seeing both of my sisters was a good highlight. They both are readers, but a different type than I am.  One sister reads nonfiction primarily.  For her the author’s life, background and experiences make the book more interesting and powerful.  The other sister reads a larger amounts of genres. A quote or hearing about a book catches her attention and she will look for the book to read.  She also likes memoirs.  

This has made me relook at why I do not read nonfiction.  Why am I so dead set against reading nonfiction?  I do not like to read self help, autobiographical or even biographical, and informational books. It is a conundrum.  I love reading information on the web and find myself sucked into the web looking for information about a variety of stuff.  I look up information about people, places and ideas...perhaps even to the point of geekiness.  I even enjoy books that have important events and information and even ideas within them.  

I think it still comes down to the fact; I read to escape.  I read to dance a waltz dressed in a ball gown.  I read to solve a  murder based on facts leaked out by an author.  I read to ride a Harley or a horse, like a knight or a warrior.  I read to fall in love, lust and all points in between. I read to laugh at the shenanigans of characters and to cry when tragedy happens.  

Books I read this week:

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie

Resilient by Gillian Archer

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

The Lady’s Traveler’s Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander (no review yet)

Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole (no review)


How well do we really know a person?

How well do we really know about another person?  What do we choose to share and not share? Pretty heavy questions for a Sunday Night...but it is on my mind.  I realized this week while reading a book that we make leaps of faith often about other people, but when it comes right down to it, there are always things you don’t know…

Characters in books can be so black and white, while teasing us at the edge of our consciousness that all has not be revealed.  Recently I have read a couple of books that have made me wonder about this…  Confusion of Languages, the book I am presently reading has me considering this about one of the main characters and makes me wonder if I should be thinking about the other main character in a similar way.  Don’t worry - no spoilers.  The same thing happened a couple of days ago when I read The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve.  Before that it was Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore and Before We Were Yours.  In each of the examples the author allows you to form specific thought patterns about a character and then WHAM something happens to change your entire perspective.  

It is a great technique for a writer to use.  Reeling you into a story and then surprising you with a twist, a turn, a reveal and you are hooked all over again - only in a different way.  I love how writers can do that and hold your attention so well.  The part that makes me stop and think is that happens in the real world too.  How many times have we heard on the TV or read in the newspapers that no one expected the person to have done the horrible deeds they did?  

Enough reality!  I am going back to my book world to figure out what really happened the other character and then I am going to bed.

Books this week:

Home for the Summer by Holly Chamberlin

The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Booked for Murder by J.C. Eaton

The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon (presently reading)


Ode to My Dad

HeartOde to my DadHeart

My dad did not have a lot of the same opportunities he afforded my sister and I and later my brother.  He grew up in a troubled economic time, where even graduation from High School was a pipe dream.  He went to work as soon as he could to help bring money into the family and was proud of his contribution.  Along the way, he enlisted in WWII and served in the Air Force flying over “The Hump”.  He came home a brash young man who had seen much.  He met Mom around at his job in Volpe’s and found a way to ask a college girl out.  They married in 1956 and had me in 1958, Anne in 1962 and later David joined us.  

Dad loved to read.  His favorite reads were Zane Grey and Charles Alden Seltzer.  He read the books again and again.  He loved to read the paper from beginning to end and loved reading to Anne and I when we were younger.  When I was around 12, I began to read all his westerns and fell in love with them.  I loved being transported to a different time and place, something both of us had in common.  

I remember Dad working hard at his job for the liquor store and needing a GED in order to move up the chain of command.  He studied, I think with help from Mom with math and was proud when he passed.  He also joined the school board for many years wanting to improve the educational opportunities for all students in our system.  Dad was able to give David and two cousins a diploma when they graduated.  Two years later, he was able to give me and two cousins our diplomas as well.  He was proud of our education.  When I graduated from college, Dad was thrilled.  He was proud of Mom and all her education, even going to all her ceremonies when they were married.  

It has been many years since he has been gone.  I continue to love reading both newspapers and books as he did.  I wonder sometimes what he would think of my love affair with my kindle.  He gave me the Zane Grey and Charles Alden Seltzer books and I cherish them because they were his. This week when I ran into Walmart to stock up on cat food, I saw in the paperback section a Zane Grey book and his love of them came back to me.  I am sure there were days he was very proud of me and days when he would have liked to shake me, but his constancy and love was always there. 

Dad gave me a lot of fine traits and characteristics as well as my love of reading.  Thank - you Dad.  Heart

Books read this week (and not a western in the bunch)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Inked Expression by Carrie Ann Ryan

Addicted to the Duke by Bronwen Evans

Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

The Pleasure of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

The Director and Don Juan by Katy Regnery


TIme Eaters

Time Eaters

A famous adage is that confessions are good for the soul.  While I am a great believer in that not everyone needs to know everything, I can be a sharer.  Like now…  My reading has slowed down. Not the actual reading speed, but the time to read novels is decreasing.  

I have made some life style changes that are impacting my reading time.  Some are small annoyances that seem to eat up extra time  - like reading the newspaper online.  So much information is available that you seem to suspend time moving from story to story and trying to identify the best resources.  I have to admit - I broke down and have a couple of subscriptions to national newspapers.

Time eater problem number two is attempting to keep my house less cluttered.  A never ending battle between junk and stuff.  Personally, I think the dishes multiply when I am not looking. I know someone has been hiding all the spoons.

Problem number three - wait it is not a problem - it is a solution.  In the past, I would have come home, taken off my shoes and read.  Now I am trying to make healthier choices for food and trying to move more.  This has been successful as I have lost over 40 pounds, but it restricts reading time. This is not going to stop - so I need to accept it and move on. (get it - move on).

The last true eater of time are the gardens and baseball.  SIGH.  Finally I feel like I can work in the gardens again and since I have ignored them for two years - There is a whole lot to do and when the bugs (nasty creatures) chase me inside the Sox are playing on TV.

That is not to say that I am not reading - because I am.  Just not as quickly and as many books perhaps as in the past. I hope you will bear with me, while I explore this strange new world. 

Books this week:

The NIght The Lights Went Out by Karen White (I finished it)

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain

Protecting Keira by Susan Stoker (comes out this week)


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Kirke | Reply 28.08.2017 06.12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum

Kirke | Reply 17.07.2017 09.13

Like you Marty, neither my heart nor my brain have ever been able to grasp why an adult would humiliate a learner. Slowness and errors are just part of learning

Barbara | Reply 02.07.2017 06.35

Hey, Marti - Found the blog about your dad. Very nice. I have to tell you that Zane Grey is one of my favorites, too. I've read Riders of the Purple Sage 2-3x

Kathy | Reply 18.06.2017 23.27

What a lovely tribute to your dad! And an excellent example of how a father's attention and a shared love of reading can positively impact a child's life.

Kathy | Reply 29.05.2017 23.45

It IS sad that so few people read, and even fewer actually finish the books they start. I read 12+ books per month and couldn't live without my library card!

Jeannie | Reply 20.02.2017 16.35

Moms are uniquely special and mold us in so many ways. We love them always.

Starry Storyteller | Reply 07.02.2017 16.41

What a nice website! I love how it's done. I love how you organized it with letters. You are a great writer. Check out my website at thewplace.simplesite.com!

Jeannie | Reply 21.11.2016 15.30

I read the sequel After You and am reading One Plus One. Can't wait to discuss the book at book club. So glad you were provoked!!!

Jeannie | Reply 10.10.2016 02.18

Gee, Marti, sounds like you need a hug! Escape this negative world and just read! We love you and would never give you a hard time, unless you merited it! LOL.

Eva Charles | Reply 05.10.2016 20.04

I love Katy Regnery's fairy tales too! All her stories are great. Congratulations on the uptick of traffic on the blog.

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30.08 | 21:25

Have loved reading every one of Lisa Scottoline's books. Can't wait for the next one to arrive on bookshelves. Thanks for sharing your remarkable talent!

28.08 | 06:12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum

17.07 | 09:13

Like you Marty, neither my heart nor my brain have ever been able to grasp why an adult would humiliate a learner. Slowness and errors are just part of learning

02.07 | 06:35

Hey, Marti - Found the blog about your dad. Very nice. I have to tell you that Zane Grey is one of my favorites, too. I've read Riders of the Purple Sage 2-3x

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