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Pipe Dreams

 After a long weekend you would think I have loads of books to put up on the site.  Alas - woe is me - I do, but they cannot go up yet.  I am participating in four either ‘day of’ or ‘week of’ reviews. Next week, there is one more publishing day review for this month. I know - wicked cool, I am such a neophyte that I still get a kick out of doing this!  Luckily, the authors and/or promo companies like me doing this.

I was contacted this week by a publishing company because of my reviews of a specific author, offering to allow me to review for his newest book. {Screaming, in my head of course) Did I mention it was Steve Berry?  They even offered me books if I wanted to have a giveaway on my blog for one of his new books.  Unfortunately, I am not set up for that right now, but someday, I will be.  

I guess that means I am moving on up in my own little world of reading and reviewing.  Perhaps by the time I am “big stuff”, I will be ready to retire again. HAHAHAHA  Pipe dreams…

 

Meanwhile this week I read:

Sweet Serendipity by Jamie Farrell

Shelter for Adeline by Susan Stoker

An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

 

And these but you will have to wait for the reviews:

Adoring Ink (1/17) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Contract Signed (1/17) by Marie Harte

Girl Breaker (1/18) by Harper Kincaid

Big Shot (1/19) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

 

And next week:

Dirty Dealer(1/24) by Tia Louise

 

Time off to Read

Happy New Year Readers.  I hope this next year brings you joy and peace.

I am hopeful that the first week of the year will not be a harbinger of what is to come.  Back to back I started and did not finish two books.  I am pretty careful about the books I choose.  I feel like I am making a committment to read the ARC novels that I am given to read.  I do not like to leave negative reviews (even if the book is poor), instead I choose to not leave any reviews.  So over a year’s time I might not review maybe 10 books tops.  However, this week, there were two books back to back that I put away not to finish.  One was not interesting and the other one contained way too much angst. (And I hate too much teenage angst.)

 

I used to make myself read them all the way through, but now - no way!  If it is not interesting or written in a way I like - I do not read them.  Perhaps I got some of the stinkers out of the way early, but we will see.  

 

Meanwhile, I had time off to read and read I did.  I found that I could not only catch up, but move ahead of my to-read list.  You will find many pages of books under the January and December Review pages. At the bottom of each page there will be a link to older books- just keep clicking to see them all.  

 

 

 

January 2017 Reviews: http://marjay.simplesite.com/239538822

 

December 2016 Reviews: http://marjay.simplesite.com/239538821

 have read some great books over the last two months:

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (YA)

The Season of Us by Holly Chamberlin

A List of Cages by Robin Roe (YA)

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings

The Hideout by Watt Key (MS)

When all the Girls have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

 

Great Romances - Contemporary

Love Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan

The Maverick Cowboy by Kate Pearce

Wind River Rancher by Lindsay McKenna

 

Great Romances - Historical

Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens

Ready, Set, Rogue by Manda Collins

 

Hot Stuff Baby

Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan

Love Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan

Jamison by Nicole James

Saint by A. Zavarelli

 

Happy New Year 2017

Another year for the books...literally.  According to Goodreads, 210 of them to be precise.

I am so glad my love affair with books continues.  This year has been one of challenges for many people, myself included and books have allowed me to move forward in so many ways.  

Writing this blog continues to be a source of joy for me.  I hope that you continue to enjoy it over the next year. Some of the best of the best for me are listed below:

Middle/High School

Hideout

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy on the Wooden Box

Ready Player One

The Bone Sparrow

The Row

Adult fiction

Georgia

Flight Patterns

From Sand and Ash

Say Goodbye for Now

Me Before You

The One Man

Watching Edie

The Guest Room

Small Great Things

Romance

Tru Blue

Dark Sexy Knight

Lured In

Daughters of the Bride

Firefly Summer

A Lowcountry Wedding


There are loads of new reviews up and the regular blogs will be back next week.  I wish you joy and happiness in the new year.  

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Interesting Times

This week I was almost overwhelmed by the feeling of litch (another fun new word). Traveling by Main Street Book Ends and then later that same day by Gibson’s was almost painful.  I am surprised my car didn’t pull over on its own.  I thought I was home free when I didn’t stop.

Until, I was in line at the grocery store and found myself being pulled to the book display. Luckily, someone pulled behind me blocking me from the display and I was able to to pull myself away. Even all day as I was catching up on my reviews and downloads I kept finding myself looking at other books - drawn to them like a cat to a mouse, or a dog to a bone.

I find it hard to explain to people how owning books can become a need so strong.  You know - just in case you find yourself snowed in for two years or so and might need enough to read that whole time.  There are so many wonderful stories to be read and each one can move you to see the world differently or take you someplace new!

My kindle has a huge bunch of books and I have even more I can download without leaving home. I have a couple of stacks of unread books and already read books I can reread to my heart’s content.   Books to read are not the problem.  It is the love of owning and having them around to be read.  I mean doesn’t everyone decorate with books?  

I survived my weekend without buying books.  None for me and none for gifts.  I was able to to live with the litch all weekend.  I think I am happy with that conclusion...maybe…

Books read this week:

The Island House by Nancy Thayer

When all the Girls are Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Christmas Romance by Natalie-Nicole Bates, Sharon Kleves, Jennifer Connor and Angela Ford.  

Seaside Whispers by Melissa Foster

Riddick by Kathy Coopmans

Some of my favorite things…

I am about to share a big secret with you….  BIG.  It takes a lot of organization and work to keep on top of the books I am reading, going to read, want to read, hope to read and/or already read. I have lists everywhere, both on paper and electronically.  I do rely on a number of web sites to help, but one site doesn’t solve everything.

I use Fictfact to keep track of the series I read and new books that are coming out in the series. Netgalley has a “bookshelf” to keep track of the books that are shared with me and their publishing date from their site.  Rock Star Lit PR actually has a calendar on its site that we both can use.  The library keeps lists of what books are out and when they are due as well as all the books on my waiting list. TRSOR does not seem to have any method to keep track available to the user.  They do send out information about a week ahead of the due date. Even Amazon keeps lists of what you have bought already and keeps lists of books for you on their site.  
It is Goodreads that I mostly rely on.  Here I can keep track of reading, want to read and have already read books.  But even this site doesn’t do it all,  so I have lists on paper and on “sticky notes” on the desktop.  I have a list of all the books I am reading and when they are due.  There are lists of books by specific authors that some day I would like to read, or hope go on sale so I can read.  
Reading about new books coming out and paying attention to to the various series takes a couple of hours each week. I am constantly updating the lists.  Sometimes it is exhausting and overwhelming - because let’s face facts - I am a random thinker.  I don’t necessarily do things one at a time or in order.  I do something which leads to something else which leads to - well you get the idea.  This week I had a full page of books to investigate - most of them were able to be put on the library list, but some are still on my list for having to find them from different sources. SIGH - I sometimes wonder what I have got myself into, and then I remember how much I love to read and then share the knowledge with all of you!   Wait - maybe this isn’t a secret.... 

Read this week:

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Chase by Sidney Bristol

Bad Boys After Dark: Mick

Turbulent Desire by Melody Anne

Tied to his Betrayal by Stacey Kennedy

The Feeling of Litch

Time off to me equals time to read.  More time off, more time to read… The problems then becomes more reviews to write.  Which means having to wait until the weekend, which cuts into reading time.  It is an circle of things to do, but a joyous circle nonetheless.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my time with friends and family.  I love seeing them and do not mind traveling to see them.  I don’t even really mind running errands.  But I do live for down time over the weekends.  This time of year, I hit a bonanza of time. No ballgames - so more time to read, which means more reviews… I know you are understanding the pattern of my life.  

This last week I finished some fun books, but one book really wiped me out.  Me Before You by JoJo Moyer was a special book,  It really put some things in perspective:  the importance of living to the fullest, loving to the fullest and caring about people.  The poignancy of the book has made it hard for me to read another book.  It is like I can not move on, and let the book go.  Even writing the review was a difficult task, with all the emotions coming back up.  

I love the books I read.  I love having a bunch of book boyfriends and series that I follow without missing a book.  All that seems so meaningless, when you read a book that wrings you out with all the emotions of of a good meaningful book. Sometimes a book just rearrange the axis of your world. This one did.

Books read this week:

Campbell’s Redemption by Sharon Cullen

To His Betrayal by Stacey Kennedy

JC and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery

The Reluctant Cowboy by Kate Pearce

Turbulent Desires by Melody Anne

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna

Love Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan (an ARC read way too early)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Big Secret

I saw a pin this weekend with a series of bookcases.  Each bookcase had a name under it suggesting the type of owner that belongs to the book case.  The names were all ironic and silly. However, for me, the best part was all the comments from booklovers. Pretty much everyone made a comment about how their bookshelves are double stacked or overstuffed.  For me, this made me chuckle - as I have stacks and stacks.  

I have emptied books and books out of my place, bringing them to the historical society barn sale, the transfer station, and to anyone and everyone! The book cases in the hall are much clearer and do not have many books on them - which was my goal.  In the living room, I do have some books on shelves, but I have to admit, they are set up to be decorative - with some of my favorite authors. 

It is the extra room that is a huge, huge problem.  The shelves have books on top of the books. There are stacks in baskets and stacks on tables and stacks on stacks.  There is no rhyme or reason to the stacks, except for the lack of organization.  To make everything even more fun,  I still have some boxes down in the storage room of children’s books. (Although those are a short term storage as they have a place to go.)  

Not all book lovers have storage problems - some people’s shelves are pristine. I am never sure how they pull that off.  My bestie does not let books stay.  Once they are read, they are donated or given away, but the majority of her books come from the library, so they do not stay for long. A couple of other people have “public bookcases” - where they can be seen, but stacks in other places. A skill I am trying to cultivate without having stacks in other places.  But let’s face it - it is really really hard when you can’t pass a bookstore without going in.

I have noticed in several design magazines and on Pinterest that there are people who actually store their books based on color. All the books of each color are placed next to each other.  Or in one case the books were arranged by color in a pattern. I know in some places, interior decorators buy books for the looks not by what is read. Simply out of my understanding!

My most recent bookcase is too small to see.  It is on the kindle and it is growing.  I have lots more books on my account and not downloaded.  Sometimes this is awesome - no need to dust. Sometimes it is a pain, because you can not find what you are looking for by size and color and where you have stacked the last set of books.  Next weekend the books in the storage room leave and I will feel another weight gone and (wait for it) another page in my life turned!  

Meanwhile there are very few things in my life that give me the same pleasure as reading books. Storage issues and dusting be damned.  

Books this week:

Dirty Sexy Sinner by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

Someone to Love by Mary Balogh

Woman of God by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deece

This One Did

bookclipse :  A phenomenon in which a book is so engrossing that it completely obscures one’s perception of time.

I love watching baseball, but it is over. There are very few shows left on TV that I watch. I have felt overwhelmed by the commercials on TV and even Facebook for politicians. (Sorry to my Words with Friends people - political commercial after each play!) I do not answer my phone - either one and lately only responding to texts.  Thank heavens, political season is almost over.  I look forward to moving forward with our President Elect.   This week was a ‘bookclipse’ week

A ‘bookclipse’ week means I read every night after finishing up what I needed to accomplish.  Reading skews my perception of time totally!  I do read quickly. (Although not as fast as some.) I do not usually read books that are heavy with complex sentences and awkward clauses.  I tend to like more straight-forward text with shorter chapters that leave you in the midst of something.  And time before you know it has moved on and it is suddenly late at night and I should be asleep.  

I love that about books.  Stories that can take you away places, out of your surroundings and into other realities.  I feel like I have been reading more and more romantic thrillers, where Person A has been saving Person B from dastardly deeds and then they fall in love (if they haven’t already.)  The cool part is that usually they both save each other.  

When I am reading the pervasive negative energy from this election season cannot enter.  The name calling and lying doesn’t touch my cocoon. All that time that was sucked up by TV and people fade away as you read.  Realities such as bills, a broken tooth, too many errands, the holidays coming fade away as well.  Soon you are hanging on each and every word worrying about people you never have met or will meet except in books.  Then the book ends and you suddenly realize it is 12:00 or 1:00 am and you have to get up at 6.  SIGH….the rest of the world returns. I think ‘bookclipse’ is a wonderful word that describes what happens.

What I read this week:

A Whole Latte Murder by Caroline Fardig

Lover’s Lane by Jill Marie Landis

Three Weeks to Wed by Julia Quinn

Widow by Chuck Gleason

Nitro by Nina Levine (not reviewed yet)

And in the Gray Wolf Security - Texas Series by Glenna Sinclair  Book 1: Defending Tierney (also not reviewed yet)

BTW:  If you are driving through Wilmington, VT Bartleby's Books is an awesome bookstore.

 

Bookcases

Sometimes books make you feel that you are lost and sometimes they help you find home.  This weekend one of the books I read made me realize how much I love home.  My home, such as it is, is my preference. I prefer to read instead of clean, so most of the time my home is cluttered and stacked.  There are piles of clothes to put away, dishes to wash, and lessons plans to finish, but it is where I feel the most comfortable.   The only time of year this changes is when I can be outside at the lake or in the yard.

This weekend, two of the books I read were about the main characters coming home. Each had challenges around how difficult it is to come home or return home after years of being away.  In many cases, the person returning home is doing so under duress.  They run into old friends and love is rekindled.  Suddenly, everything is good - that is what “happily ever after” means - according to the story.

I find the whole idea of moving to an entirely new place unsettling at best.  More and more of my neighbors move here for the lack of hustle and bustle.  My town is a quintessential New England town.  Not the town I grew up in, but close enough for me.  I have never really left home.  I mean there were a four years when I left for college and there were another couple of years when I lived away.  Each time I came home to New Hampshire gratefully.  

Dreams are such a strong motivator.  Many of the people in the books who leave home went to find their dreams.  They wanted bright lights and cities.  They fell in love and stayed until the world changed around them. I think the whole idea of chasing your dreams is awesome.  I guess I am just one of those with my dreams of hanging at home and reading a book or maybe be putting away the clean clothes.  Perhaps not all dreams have to be big and bold, some can be just be moving to a goal here at home, but I guess that would not make a book as interesting...

 

Books this week:

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna

Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait

DeClan by Caitlyn O’Leary

Devil’s Honor by Megan Crane

A 'Bookclipse' Week

Sometimes books make you feel that you are lost and sometimes they help you find home.  This weekend one of the books I read made me realize how much I love home.  My home, such as it is, is my preference. I prefer to read instead of clean, so most of the time my home is cluttered and stacked.  There are piles of clothes to put away, dishes to wash, and lessons plans to finish, but it is where I feel the most comfortable.   The only time of year this changes is when I can be outside at the lake or in the yard.

This weekend, two of the books I read were about the main characters coming home. Each had challenges around how difficult it is to come home or return home after years of being away.  In many cases, the person returning home is doing so under duress.  They run into old friends and love is rekindled.  Suddenly, everything is good - that is what “happily ever after” means - according to the story.

I find the whole idea of moving to an entirely new place unsettling at best.  More and more of my neighbors move here for the lack of hustle and bustle.  My town is a quintessential New England town.  Not the town I grew up in, but close enough for me.  I have never really left home.  I mean there were a four years when I left for college and there were another couple of years when I lived away.  Each time I came home to New Hampshire gratefully.  

Dreams are such a strong motivator.  Many of the people in the books who leave home went to find their dreams.  They wanted bright lights and cities.  They fell in love and stayed until the world changed around them. I think the whole idea of chasing your dreams is awesome.  I guess I am just one of those with my dreams of hanging at home and reading a book or maybe be putting away the clean clothes.  Perhaps not all dreams have to be big and bold, some can be just be moving to a goal here at home, but I guess that would not make a book as interesting...

 

Books this week:

Wind River Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna

Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait

DeClan by Caitlyn O’Leary

Devil’s Honor by Megan Crane

That Look

Fall in New England is with us.  The leaves on the trees near the swamp are glorious in color and shining with nature’s paint brushes.  To me they hold the same promise as a rainbow - the promise of the cycle of life.   However, they also mark the end of easy pickings for books.  Last weekend the library held its used book sale and this weekend the historical society held its last barn sale.  All sales of used books where I pick up books are done for the season.   My purse will be thankful, even if I am not.

While I was looking for books and chatting with the other customers, I heard the familiar refrain.  Winter is coming and I need to have my stack of books ready or the stack of reading material needs to be buffed up.  My favorite of all was the one person who said that she only had enough books to get her through February, so she needed to cover March.  I shouldn’t have chuckled, because I am guilty of the same thing!

I do have a stack of about 15 books that I want to read.  I also have a list that I update monthly at the library - new books I want to read that are coming out.  The longest list is on my kindle.  It is full of novellas and novels.  I have a variety of historical romance and contemporary fiction, murder mysteries and cosy mysteries, children's, teens and young adult stories, women’s fiction, new adult fiction and regular fiction.  I think I figured out recently that if I just read from my kindle it would take me three years to read it all.  That figure does not include adding new books from my favorite authors and series and anything added from Net Galley.  

I am fully planned book wise for winter.  Now for the details, putting on snow tires, storm windows and finding my winter clothes.  

Dreams

I have had to think about words and word usage this last month.  In my job, I have to read many reports from outside evaluations, state regulations, and common core standards.  On top of this I have to put out my own comments, evaluations and curriculum goals and standards using those same level of language.  It is difficult to express what is truly meant at times even with the world of words that we have in our lexicon.   The students have been writing poetry and I have been asking them to stretch their language, to describe things in new ways and to evoke the feelings from words. Sometimes with better results than other times.

It was into this mix of words that some things came clearer to me.  We use words to harm more often than heal.  We use words with anger at ourselves but not words to uplift ourselves.  We use “tones” of voice that show feeling when things are difficult, but not when they are wonderful.  Negativity seems to rule most days.  When something unexpected happens, people respond with anger, not with caring or concern.

Perhaps that is part and parcel of the times.  Perhaps we have moved into a land where we only feel superior when we can belittle others.  Perhaps it is the result of our political season with the constant negative ads and bickering that causes the negativity.  Perhaps even it is part of our DNA - trust nothing - everything might lead to danger.  

We give people barbs, not blessings. We taunt each other, not praise each other.  Our language, our gift that supposedly makes us different than animals has become more adversarial and antagonistic.  We lack the cordialness and graciousness that we should use with ourselves and others.

I think that is why I am drawn to books with happily ever after endings.  They are not nasty and destructive.  They are not hazardous and malignant.  They often have characters that are cheerful and upbeat, who see the world as a wondrous place and people who are kind and generous of spirit.   That is the world I want to live in, a place where life is more gentle and kind.  

Planning Winter Reading

I fell in love this weekend - three times… with three different men in three new novels.   All of the men are from new books that are coming out this month! The authors of these new books with the hot men are Jamie Farrell (hot), Katy Regnery (hotter) and Carly Phillips (hottest) and if you have not read any of their books, you might want to reconsider.  

Jamie Farrell writes romances with a twist of humor.  She has several books out about the town of Bliss - the bridal capital of the Midwest.  A whole town dedicated to weddings can cause a surprising amount of fun and romance.  Her newest book that comes out next week is Merried (Misfit Brides #5). Max works in his family’s jewelry shot and is cursed in love.  He is hot, sexy and fun. (Merried comes out the 4th)

Katy Regnery writes books that can steal your soul.  Her books in the series called Modern Fairytales are so full of love and emotions and hope.  The newest book she has coming out is part of the Blueberry Lane series.  These books are more light hearted, but no less wonderful and romantic and HOT.  She is presently writing about the Rousseau family in her newest book, Marry Me Mad. A wonderful story about two people who have always had a thing for each other, even if they didn’t always realize it.  Cort is the leading man, who is a musician and a hot hot one at that. (Marry Me Mad comes out the 21st)

Carly Phillips is also quite prolific in her writing.  She has several series out and her books always add a new level of steaminess to your reading!  She always finds the hottest men for her books and it is no different in this stand alone novel, Going Down Fast.  It is here we meet Lucas, the really, really, hot billionaire software designer who is an alpha male.  (Going Down Fast comes out on the 11th)

Falling in love with three different men over a weekend takes time.  Cleaning, cooking and mid quarter grades have all taken a backseat to the three hot men named Max, Cort and Lucas!  Luckily it is a cool, rainy weekend, because all three stories carry their own heat.  I hope you enjoy the new books when they come out.  I sure did.

A couple of housekeeping items.  

Welcome to all the new readers.  Thanks for stopping by. Please leave me a message  or send me note if you wish to get a weekly update when the new blog comes out.  

October’s book review’s page is set up a little differently - let me know if you like the looks of it.

Words

It has finally happened. The pigs will be flying by at any time – so be prepared.  After years of so carefully protecting and guarding all my electronic wires for all the devices.  It has happened.  I am missing them – now that is not the surprising part.  I lose everything – these are gone – gone.  Totally missing. I even checked the fridge and the freezer.  Nope. Nada. Nothing.

They could have been ‘borrowed’ from me, without permission.  They could have rolled out of my workbag and left no trace.  (Did I mention that I keep them in a Talenti Jar?) They could have grown legs and gone on vacation.  Whatever... they are gone and my kindle is dangerously low on power. I might have to actually read a book this weekend.

I did order a new cord and plug in and they will be here Tuesday – I just need to last that long...  OH and I can read on my phone if desperate.  Really all I want to do is to stamp my feet with frustration.  I have so much to do.  This week I am juggling so many books and have a bunch of reviews to write... Two students are reading separate books and I do not have hard copies of the books.  I have a couple of books I was part way through and now I have to figure out where I was... sigh

It is a beautiful New England Day, sunny and bright with blue skies and puffy white clouds.  The leaves are slowly changing and it is glorious outside... Maybe I will not read this weekend.

I think I just committed heresy... pig flying zone ahead.

I fell in love three times this weekend

It has finally happened. The pigs will be flying by at any time – so be prepared.  After years of so carefully protecting and guarding all my electronic wires for all the devices.  It has happened.  I am missing them – now that is not the surprising part.  I lose everything – these are gone – gone.  Totally missing. I even checked the fridge and the freezer.  Nope. Nada. Nothing.

They could have been ‘borrowed’ from me, without permission.  They could have rolled out of my workbag and left no trace.  (Did I mention that I keep them in a Talenti Jar?) They could have grown legs and gone on vacation.  Whatever... they are gone and my kindle is dangerously low on power. I might have to actually read a book this weekend.

I did order a new cord and plug in and they will be here Tuesday – I just need to last that long...  OH and I can read on my phone if desperate.  Really all I want to do is to stamp my feet with frustration.  I have so much to do.  This week I am juggling so many books and have a bunch of reviews to write... Two students are reading separate books and I do not have hard copies of the books.  I have a couple of books I was part way through and now I have to figure out where I was... sigh

It is a beautiful New England Day, sunny and bright with blue skies and puffy white clouds.  The leaves are slowly changing and it is glorious outside... Maybe I will not read this weekend.

I think I just committed heresy... pig flying zone ahead.

Pigs and Heresy

It has finally happened. The pigs will be flying by at any time – so be prepared.  After years of so carefully protecting and guarding all my electronic wires for all the devices.  It has happened.  I am missing them – now that is not the surprising part.  I lose everything – these are gone – gone.  Totally missing. I even checked the fridge and the freezer.  Nope. Nada. Nothing.

They could have been ‘borrowed’ from me, without permission.  They could have rolled out of my workbag and left no trace.  (Did I mention that I keep them in a Talenti Jar?) They could have grown legs and gone on vacation.  Whatever... they are gone and my kindle is dangerously low on power. I might have to actually read a book this weekend.

I did order a new cord and plug in and they will be here Tuesday – I just need to last that long...  OH and I can read on my phone if desperate.  Really all I want to do is to stamp my feet with frustration.  I have so much to do.  This week I am juggling so many books and have a bunch of reviews to write... Two students are reading separate books and I do not have hard copies of the books.  I have a couple of books I was part way through and now I have to figure out where I was... sigh

It is a beautiful New England Day, sunny and bright with blue skies and puffy white clouds.  The leaves are slowly changing and it is glorious outside... Maybe I will not read this weekend.

I think I just committed heresy... pig flying zone ahead.

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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.

Eva Charles | Reply 05.09.2016 12.08

So glad you read Petite Madeleine! Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the similarities between the Blues and your beloved Sox 😉

Marjay 05.09.2016 16.33

I did enjoy the similarities between the Sox and the Blues. Loved the story. Loved the characters. The review will go up on the day it is released!

Jeannie | Reply 18.07.2016 12.12

Right on! Sad state of global reality, but we must live on. . .

Jeannie | Reply 09.05.2016 23.12

Tune out all around you. Go into another world. Yes, meditative!

Jeannie | Reply 18.04.2016 12.04

Will read Georgia. I have always been intrigued by her art, raises questions which this book might answer!

Kathy-CT | Reply 13.04.2016 22.05

According to Pew Research, nearly a quarter of American adults have not read a single book in the past year. How sad! Thanks for picking up the slack!

Ronda | Reply 22.02.2016 16.06

Thank you for sharing the wonderful and personal story about your mother and her effect on you as a reader. May you continue to find comfort in reading.

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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!!!

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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.

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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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Thank you for the lovely review! Like the Blues, I hope your team (and mine) is still playing in October!

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