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Be Well

On  Sunday nights, as I watch the Bronx Zoo programming, I reflect on my week.

This last week was a big blur.  I seemed to have contracted the plague - okay fine - a combination of the seasonal allergies and a cold.  I did go to work everyday and spent a lot of time cleaning spaces that I would have touched. I was not the only one with this, so I had someone to suffer with.  LOL Personally, I am pretty sure I ate 3 boxes of popsicles to keep my throat cold. The miserable weather did not help at all. But I survived.

What did not survive was my reading list.  I did nothing but stare at the tv when I was home.  I read a book all week. Yup - just one. I didn’t even read any of my normal newspapers or even - shock - finish a crossword puzzle.  Such is the way it goes!

This was my first week back at the Farmer’s Market.  It was Spring into Warner and there were vendors up and down the street.  The crowd such as it was - small and mostly lookers. I was glad to be out in the sunshine with a nice breeze, as the No-see-ems were out in force (little gnats that bite).  It was a longer day than usual, but still positive!

Elise has an interview with Julia London about her new book, The Charmer in Chaps.  There are some books reviewed the last two months to look over. After all it is time to start planning what your summer reads are going to be.  Meanwhile, be well and enjoy the warmer weather.

 

Books Read:

When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes.

 

Presently Reading:

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor

 

 

 

 

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Hope for the future

What a week…at least the days are longer and I am sure it was warm a couple of days.

This month the students are all writing their own ABC books.  The subject was up to them and all of the students could help each other brainstorm sticky letters (j, k, q, x, y, z).  The variety of subjects chosen will make the books so much fun. Some of their ideas include Magic the Gathering, Fortnite, colors among others.  Luckily, we are making them on Google slides so they can import pictures and not have to draw anything (oh the horror). I also am not insisting on rhyming entries (oh DOUBLE horror).   

This challenge has reminded me of a number of things.  How different we all are! How incredible we are with all those differences!  It is the strength of our world and the hope for the future. The students see things so differently and find so many things exciting!  Listening to their dreams and asking why - questioning the status quo. Not understanding why people do some things and hungry to change things.    

This is why I teach.  Not for the money or the schedule (think of me correcting papers late into the night), but for the hope for the future.  

Elise’s interview this week is with Natalie Walters

Books read this week:

One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley

Luck of the Draw by BJ Daniels

The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey

Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans

Forbidden Crush:  A Bad Boy MC by Cassie Cole (not reviewed yet)

 

Knocked my socks off...

Today ends vacation.  I am always sorry when it ends, but I am glad to have work that I enjoy with great colleagues.

I have pulled out my “summer clothes” and put away some of my heavier clothes. After laundry this week I will have more to go away, except for the couple of things I always leave out in case of a yucky day.  I am determined to get to the bottom of my dishes and vacuum today.

This week I ran into a surprising negative thread.  I know with the onset of social media, many people feel so much freer to express their opinion and many are quite emphatically negative.  On the whole, I do not worry about other people’s negative thoughts on books as long as they are thoughtful. Recently, I have noted that there seems to be a bunch of negative Nellies who say pretty hateful things about a book or an author.  This bothered me tremendously. To me, the comments were more personal.

I do not write negative book reviews and publish them on my blog.  I might not like a book and its content, but I do not feel it is my place to dissuade people from reading certain books and authors.  Just because I do not like a book or an author, does not mean the world should stop, take note and not read them. I do not want that kind of power over anyone’s written word.  

According to research from 2017, world wide there 2.2 million books are published each year.  In the United States there are over 300,000 published alone. There is no way anyone can read each and every book.  There is no way anyone would want to read each and every book. There are so many choices and genres, why should I limit anyone - or have anyone limit me?  

 

There are so many negatives in the world, I am determined not to add to them.  

I hope everyone has a great day.  

 

Books read this week:

Heather by Chris Keniston (review to come)

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster

The Mister by E.L. James

No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman

It’s All About the Duke by Amelia Grey

 

Positive

Vacation week for me!  And it is going to be a rainy one!  That means plenty of time for reading...oh and housework...SIGH. Although I do have gardens to rake out and laundry… sigh

This week, I was thrilled to read another Viola Shipman novel.  The Summer Cottage comes out at the end of this month. Once again, I loved the writing and plotline of the of Viola Shipman’s novels.  A woman starting again with determination and a new lease on life. An old cottage full of love and laughter becomes a new bed and breakfast on the lake.  A series of rules for fun, guaranteed to remind you of summers, swimming, sand castles and ice creams. I loved the book and hope others do too.

Robyn Carr knocked my socks off with her newest novel, The View from Alameda Island.  The story of a woman who endured a marriage until her children were safe. A woman who final left only to have to figure out how to start again, who to trust and how to live. She finds a great friend only to have more mysterious things happen… short version - watch out.  It will pull you right in until you have to find out everything!

The Mother-in-Law was an interesting murder mystery and let’s face it - not everyone gets a good mother-in-law.  It intertwines the family drama with the stories of two women, who cannot seem to see eye to eye. It seems clear what happened until it doesn’t.  The story will resound with a lot of people.

Elise Cooper’s interview this week is with by Linda Fairstein whose new book is Blood Oath. The book follows Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and her newest cases. Fascinating Interview!  

 

Happy Easter or Chag Pesach sameach !

I wish you peace for you and your family.  

 

Books this week:

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Breaking Without You by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

Peace to You

The week before the week before vacation has ended!  Best yet, I have emerged rather unscathed. Only two pair of jeans paid the ultimate price and are missing in action.  This is troublesome as they were my favorites AND I do laundry at a laundromat. I am hoping the day person found them - but not holding out a lot of hope. The Red Sox - well let's just say - it is hard to watch.  

 

The spring weather this weekend was so lovely, I was able to sit in the sun for a little time on Saturday.  I can hear the cardinals and woodpeckers. The goldfinches are gold and all the other finches and cool sparrows have returned.  My spirits were lifted tremendously knowing my toes and warm sand will soon be reunited.

 

Three ARCs were on my list to read and each one was good! Maybe even better than good!  The best read this week was The Line Tender by Kate Allen. It checked all my boxes - lovely story line, redemption, coming of age, and poignant.  It is for middle schoolers and I think it is so special! The Hummingbird Dagger was a clean historical romance/mystery was interesting, Saving Meghan had me twisting and turning figuring out the motives and guilty parties. I was also able to read two historical romances this week for escapism and enjoyed adding Amelia Grey to my list of authors to read!

 

Elise Cooper has a great interview with Laura Griffin and her newest book Stone Cold Heart.  I reviewed the book last week and with her interview this week, you are introduced to the author’s thinking.  I love all books she has written about the Delphi Center. This one particularly caught my attention with the rock climbing and the interesting characters.  

 

Have a great week.  

 

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

 

and missing jeans

Actually paper books

This week, I read actual books.  The three books I really wanted to read were not going to be available at the library.  So when I checked the ebook prices, I was shocked that the actual paperback was cheaper.  Granted about one dollar - but still cheaper. So I ordered the paperback copy and this week I read them (along with two arc novels I had received to read). I really enjoyed reading the books and do need to think about how realistic it is:  paper vs ebooks. Although I have to question at least in my mind - why would a digital copy cost more?

 

According to:   Are E-Books Finally Over? The Publishing Industry Unexpectedly Tilts Back to Print By Joshua Fruhlinger • 11/03/18

  • E-book sales have slipped by 3.9 percent so far this year (2018) while hardback and paperback book sales grew by 6.2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.

  • During the first nine months of 2018, hardback and paperback sales generated nearly $4 billion combined; comparatively, e-books only raked in $770.9 million.

  • E-books’ share of all books sold is also on the decline, accounting for 27 percent of total sales in 2015 compared to 23 percent in 2016.

I found the information fascinating.  I really enjoyed holding the books and reading them.  I did not enjoy the extra weight in my purse from having to carry a book around as opposed to my phone/mini iPad.  Is the ebook revolution over? Is that why the paperback books were cheaper? Is this a trend?

 

Meanwhile, I have a thousands of books on my kindle, so as long I still have electricity I will never need to get another book in my life?  Like that will happen! I am still a huge library person and between that and Netgalley’s arcs, I always have books to read. Although I do not often read them strictly in order - shhh - don’t tell.  

 

This week Elise Cooper has an interview with Betty Webb with her final installment with of Lena Jones Mystery Series.

 

Meanwhile this week:

One Night for Seduction by Erica Ridley

It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch

Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin

Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long

The Wish by Patricia Davids

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

 

Actually paper books vs ebooks

I have discovered that the more I read, the more I wonder about about how stories are written.  Not that I am going to write a book, but I find myself wondering… This week, I read and read and read.  Perhaps it was because the Red Sox have just been bad… The pitching…. My boys and their pitching… it has not been pretty.

So I read… three love stories - each different, two mysteries  - each different and one book - not yet reviewed of popular fiction.  I learned that I loved sweet stories this week. I loved the characters I read about.

 

But I did wonder…

Why did Stephanie Lauren’s style change with this series?

How did she come up with all the historical accuracy?

That question always strikes me with historical novels whether they are fiction or romance. In The Pursuits of Lord Cavanaugh, the story was not the same as many novels, but it was a good read with thoughtful storylines.

 

Have you ever wondered how authors come up with their stories?

Why they end the way they do?

What is  point the author wants you to get?

How they determine when a character dies?  Or lives?y

The Rain Watchers by Tatiana de Rosnay left me swimming in confusion.  I felt so confused by the story line and the ending. I did not find the end as rewarding as I wanted.  It did make sense and maybe over time I can find the comfort of the ending that was intended, but now it feels unsettled.

 

How did Erin Hahn write such a wonderful novel for her first book?

Why did I just love the young singers of Annie and Clay?

How does some talents can cause problems for some and not others?  

Why do some stories hit the heart and stay with you after they finished?  

That is the best question of all and perhaps the only one that matters.  That is what makes a book, something special. For me the book that hit that level for me was You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn.  There was growth, poingnancy, hardship and love.

 

Elise Cooper has a great new interview with Harlan Coben that you should read! I love reading how the authors came up with their stories.  I loved the novels I read this week and am looking forward to reading more awesome stories.

 

Books Read this Week:  

The Pursuits of Lord Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens

The Rain Watchers by Tatiana de Rosnay

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison

Ink by Numbers by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Case of the Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson

 

Questions

I have discovered that the more I read, the more I wonder about about how stories are written.  Not that I am going to write a book, but I find myself wondering… This week, I read and read and read.  Perhaps it was because the Red Sox have just been bad… The pitching…. My boys and their pitching… it has not been pretty.

So I read… three love stories - each different, two mysteries  - each different and one book - not yet reviewed of popular fiction.  I learned that I loved sweet stories this week. I loved the characters I read about.

 

But I did wonder…

Why did Stephanie Lauren’s style change with this series?

How did she come up with all the historical accuracy?

That question always strikes me with historical novels whether they are fiction or romance. In The Pursuits of Lord Cavanaugh, the story was not the same as many novels, but it was a good read with thoughtful storylines.

 

Have you ever wondered how authors come up with their stories?

Why they end the way they do?

What is  point the author wants you to get?

How they determine when a character dies?  Or lives?y

The Rain Watchers by Tatiana de Rosnay left me swimming in confusion.  I felt so confused by the story line and the ending. I did not find the end as rewarding as I wanted.  It did make sense and maybe over time I can find the comfort of the ending that was intended, but now it feels unsettled.

 

How did Erin Hahn write such a wonderful novel for her first book?

Why did I just love the young singers of Annie and Clay?

How does some talents can cause problems for some and not others?  

Why do some stories hit the heart and stay with you after they finished?  

That is the best question of all and perhaps the only one that matters.  That is what makes a book, something special. For me the book that hit that level for me was You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn.  There was growth, poingnancy, hardship and love.

 

Elise Cooper has a great new interview with Harlan Coben that you should read! I love reading how the authors came up with their stories.  I loved the novels I read this week and am looking forward to reading more awesome stories.

 

Books Read this Week:  

The Pursuits of Lord Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens

The Rain Watchers by Tatiana de Rosnay

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison

Ink by Numbers by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Case of the Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson

 

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KATHY | Reply 24.12.2018 00.28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

Jeannie | Reply 01.10.2018 16.20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

Jeannie | Reply 27.05.2018 23.23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

Jeannie | Reply 26.03.2018 16.01

At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

Jeannie | Reply 19.03.2018 14.10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

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!

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📚🌻📚🌻❤️... GREAT REVIEW

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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

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Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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