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Technology Scares Me

Technology scares me…I mean really scares me.  I find myself asking questions again and again and thinking people are speaking to me in another language.  It certainly has helped me understand and be more compassionate about learning: how difficult reading must for some of my students who struggle and how brave it is for people to come here when English is not a language they speak.  This week, when I read James Patterson’s newest thriller, I realized how connected, even when we don’t want to be, we all are, all the time. The fact that I am on a search for a new iPhone and plan has also helped solidify my status as a dinosaur.  

Luckily when reading books, I suddenly am less of a dinosaur.  At times, my kindle drives me crazy, but I can always read a book and turn pages without an electronic device helping me. More and more I see books from the library in an eformat and even with lines of people waiting for their turn.  I think it would be too easy to prevent some books reaching certain populations when everything is electronic. I think Amazon, Walmart and Target have too much power when choosing the books to highlight and sell. I think publishers can determine how much publicity and splash a book gets, again blocking the ease of getting books into certain areas or populations.  I am not sure when I became so cynical about books and media in general with how they allow information to be shared, but I am concerned.

Meanwhile, it is summer and the living is - well not easy - like the song, but slower with more time for reading. I love sitting out on the deck with the kitties at this time of night and reading. There are flowers blooming and birds singing and the occasional dead chipmunk offered with such pride. Tomorrow is coming quickly and I do have things to do before I go to work, but for now - the living is easier…

 

Books read this week:

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Middle School)

An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing by Emily Windsor

I am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall (YA)

How to Train Your Baron by Diana Lloyd

Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen

 

Presently Reading:

Merry Christmas, My Viscount by Emily Windsor

 

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Cool Facts about Reading

Reading brings me many pleasurable hours.  There are many facts about how important reading is. I have gathered some of the facts below for everyone to enjoy.  I was quite pleased to read some of them. Who knew there were so many physical benefits from reading?

Reading for six minutes of can reduce stress by 68%.

Reading for 30 minutes burns 50% more calories than watching TV.

Readers who read regularly are 2.5 times as less likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease.

Readers are 10% more likely to report good self-esteem than non-readers.

More than 40% of readers ages 6 to 10 were read aloud to at home by their parents.

Reading fiction improves empathy.

Reading enhances your memory.

Reading expands your vocabulary.

Reading books for at least 30 minutes a day can increase one’s lifespan.

Reading literary fiction can reduce your need for 'cognitive closure,' making you better equipped to deal with uncertain situations.

Readers say that they read 58% of the time to let them escape the real world.

 

While I was researching the increase physical benefits to reading, I found these cool facts and decided to share the fun.

According to a 2016 survey, 73% of Americans have read a book in any format within the last year.  65% of those people have read a physical, print book.

There are 129 million books in existence.

On average across the world, people spend 6.5 hours a week reading.

Half of all books sold today are to people over the age of 45.

Iceland has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world.

Women buy 68% of all books sold.

The first book ever published was the Gutenberg Bible in 1453. (There is a first edition in the Library of Congress.

Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi (1882) is considered by historians to be the first fully typewritten manuscript sent to a publisher.

 

I again wish to thank my readers for all the great notes that are sent in and the positive feedback. This week there are a number of book reviews and a great interview by Elise Cooper about an FBI thriller.  

 

Books read this week:

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Rough Ride by Gillian Archer

Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Cottage By the Sea by Debbie Macomber

By Invitation by Dorothea Benton Frank

A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

Whiskey Reveals by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

 

HOT! HOT! HOT Vacation!

Yup it is HOT!  And not a romance hot vacation. I did not plan any trips or visits. My sister came out to visit for a few days over the weekend.  I have a stack of books to read. I was stoked. OH and best of all Yankees vs Red Sox baseball this weekend!

The week started out beautifully.  Low 80s, breezes and much cooler nights made for a wonderful week and then the weekend happened and it became HOT!  High 90s and humid. Obviously, I have spent the last couple of days slathered with lotion, under an umbrella or in the lake.  Today, the water was so crowded because everyone spent the most of the day in the water! The day got hotter and the breeze died toward the afternoon, even the lake water seemed too warm at the end. According to the weather - it will continue to be HOT until Saturday! Five more days!

What do you do in the heat, but try to stay cool and read - my goal for the rest of the week.  I was able to read some great ARCs this last week. I enjoyed all the novels I read with some romance, some thrills, some curiosities and lots of heat.  

As for this week... My house is clean. My sister is still here for a couple more days.  The lake is nearby and I have lots of sunscreen!  Oh and a stack of library books that will be due next week. I guess I will hope for cold winter scenes or maybe rainy weather in the books to help me stay cool.  Hope things are cool where you are.

One for the Rogue by Manda Collins

When You Knew by Jamie Beck

Inked Nights by Carrie Ann Ryan (novella)

The Summer Nanny by Holly Chamberlin

The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown

 

Gifts of Love

Books continue to remind me of the love in the world. Even with all the changing and moving that we as a people do, love remains constant.  It continues to cause so much of suffering and satisfaction in our lives. This week’s readings caused me to tear up more than once. The beauty of our environment, the difficulty of life, and as Karen White stated the messiness of love is what makes up our world. Love is messy, inconvenient and necessary.

Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how you feel about rodents and chipmunks), my cats have taken this description of love to a new level.  Daily, they have brought me various moles, mice and chipmunks to shower me with their love. After all, I am their poor ineffectual hunter of a human. Their person who spend time each day letting them in and then out and then in and then out with treats, pats and scratches involved.  Their person who shares the couch, lawn furniture and bed with them (and sometimes the blankets). Their gifts of food might not be my choice of good eats, but it is what they do. One of my neighbors the other day, asked me to send up the cats since she feels she is overrun with chipmunks…too bad they do not lend out well.  

I have spent time this week attempting to wrangle the books on my kindle into some semblance of organization.  You would not believe the job I have in front of me! According to Amazon, I have purchased over 2000 books since I started to read on my kindles.  I don't even know what I have and what I have purchased - thankfully Amazon does give me a message if I attempt to buy a book more than one. So far, I have started and have organized the first 300 or so books.  Now granted I am only organizing the books I have not read. The books I have read, I am ignoring. I am amazed how many books I have in some categories (mc romances, historical romances, cozy mysteries). I am thinking I need to add another column that organizes them into categories.  OH - and - series. You do not want to know how many series I have parts of but not all! I am hoping the library will be able to fill in many of the missing pieces.

Last week, Elise Cooper had a great interview with Karen White, while I read her newest book this week.  This week Elise has another great interview, this time with Jennifer Hillier, who wrote Jar of Hearts, a book from last week.  Check out the reviews and interviews. They are so interesting!

 

Books this week:

Captain Superlative by JS Puller

Dreams of Falling by Karen White

Driftwood Creek by Roxanne Snopek

Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

 

Reflections on Father's Day

Reflections on Father’s Day

Today, being Father’s Day, makes me wonder what my relationship would be with my father had he lived longer.  I wonder if as he got older (and I did) if our politics would align more. I wonder if he would still love living in a small town where he grew up. I wonder many things about him and wish I had more time with him.  I know he would be loving the Red Sox and his grandchildren !

The last two days I have spent the majority of my time at the lake.  We sat near the spot we always like to sit. It is in the shade for most of the morning and near the picnic tables and water (Well. it is hard not to be by both.)  Above our heads in the nearest tree was a hole with two newly hatched flickers. The parents came back often to feed them and their cries were quite raucous for something so little.  After the first day, I went home and looked up flickers to learn more. What I read suggested that both males and females work at feeding the hatchlings. Today I watched the flickers again, only to realize that it was the father who kept coming back and feeding the babies. I never saw the female.  Now of course, I could have simply missed seeing her, or she came when I was in the water. How appropo, that on Father’s Day, the male flicker was feeding his hungry babies so often.

Today as I watch the Red Sox and remember the flickers, I am glad I had the time I did with Dad.  I am sure it is the wish of many children for them to have more time with their father. It is mine too.  He was a good man, who wanted his children to have a better life than he did. He wanted us to have jobs we liked, people to count on and to be happy.  

Thanks for all your love, Dad.

This week Elise Cooper’s interview was with Karen White, one of my favorite authors.  The book they speak about is on my couch arm to read - Dreams of Falling! After reading the review - it is moving up my to read list!

 

Books Read this week:

Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Devil of a Duke by Madeline Hunter

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan

Feared by Lisa Scottoline

King’s Wrath by Nina Levine (no review)

Kings Reign by Nina Levine (no review)

 

A Perfect June Day

It is a perfect June day.  The sun is shining. There is a slight breeze.  It is not too hot nor too cool. Days like this are perfect and I have absolutely used the day as a perfect day.  I went out to breakfast this morning, ran a load of recycling to the transfer station and while I was out picked up something for dinner.  The rest of the day has included writing book reviews and reading (while the baseball game was on, of course). Perfect days are few and far between in life.  We have perfect parts of a day or imagine perfect days or mostly I think hope for perfect days. I never expect them, so when a day is slow, quiet and sunny, it is perfect.

For the past two weeks I have read some fabulous books.  Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone with its intertwining of Our Town by Thornton Wilder still has not left me.  The author twisted the stories together reminding us to live everyday as every moment is precious is how the book continues to resound with me.  Shelter in Place are the words that every teacher does not ever want to hear - even in a drill - so to have a book named that caught my attention.  The fact it was written by Nora Roberts didn’t hurt. The story of a serial killer in Shelter in Place and in the Jar of Hearts do not seem to be in the same league as Little Do We Know, but they were every bit as riveting as the others.  The tension that is built up with the suspense that grows with each chapter was fascinating. Barbara Delinsky’s newest book, while be a little too dramatic in places was a perfect counterpoint. In this case there were some real issues to be resolved including some recent issues with hacking and the overkill of the media when tracking a story.  (Which the more I think about it - It is like the game of telephone we used to play. Where the story you start with is not the story you end with.) I can only hope the next set of books to be read are as interesting.

It is bike week here in New Hampshire, with motorcyclist coming in from all over to hang out in Laconia and Weir’s Beach for the next week or so.  I am celebrating it by reading the next part of Nina Levine’s Sydney Storm MC series with the books King’s Wrath and King’s Reign. They are down and dirty books about a leader of an MC in Australia, who will hurt, maim or kill anyone who gets in his way.  Interesting characters and storylines abound, but I am still grateful this is not a part of my life.

I wish for you all a day of peaceful, joyous perfect - or at least a darn good day.

 

Read this week:

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries

 

Presently Reading:

King’s Wrath and King’s Reign by Nina Levine

 

Our Town

Our Town

This week I read Tamara Ireland Stone’s newest book, Little Do We Know and was reminded all over again about living and appreciating the everyday.  Her book was a great read that really brought home the importance of family, love, friends and faith. The book highlighted the main points of Our Town (play by Thornton Wilder) as one of the main characters Emory played Emily in the play.  While the play was not the main point of the book, the questions of life and death were a part of the book and really were highlighted well by Our Town.

One summer, Mom had the opportunity to participate in live theater up at the Lincoln Playhouse in Lincoln NH. She played several roles, but the one that has always stood out to me - and not just because I have a picture of it (which I do) is the role she played in Our Town.  As I remember she didn’t do much but cry during the wedding of George and Emily and then again at the funeral of Emily. I also remembered when Emily had a chance to revisit her life on an unremarkable day and realised that people do not recognize the importance and the value of everyday life and events.  The older I become, the more I know the truth of those words, but do not always take the time to ‘walk the talk’. The dead townspeople in the last act emphasize how the living should be enjoying the time they have on Earth.

Today I sat outside on the deck, enjoying the leaves blowing in the wind and the symphony of the birds.  I know I will not spend every moment as I did those - but I took the time to appreciate the beauty of the day and enjoyed the time I have. Perhaps Thornton Wilder’s point did resonant more than I thought.

Take the time to enjoy living and the important people in your world. 

Books Read this week:

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Princess by Elizabeth Elliot

The Legends of Nimway Hall 1750: Jacqueline by Stephanie Laurens

 

Currently Reading

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

 

OUTRAGED

Outraged

The news this week, I am afraid took much of my attention this week.  Being Memorial Day weekend, I had planned to write about men and women lost in conflict, but instead I find myself unable to let go of the news that our government has “lost” about 1500 children of illegal aliens.  (First of all - to me illegal aliens showed up on Independence Day - not coming over the southern border.) I am appalled and outraged. Today’s book blog is more of a political statement, so I will understand if you want to skip it and come back next week, where I will wax on about “books and things”.  This week I can not.

I do not have children, however, I have taught children since I was in my 20’s in various positions.  The most recent (and most prevalent) has always been children who struggle with learning due to learning difficulties or emotional disturbances.  It is from this perspective that I am quite affronted. Children separated from their parents except in the most needy situations (of abuse and neglect) are harmed, some beyond any healing.  Children - even those whose parents are illegal aliens - are irreparably harmed by being put into facilities and taken from their parents. To me this is the most disheartening decision that has been made to stop rapist and murderers from entering our country.  I might not have the same beliefs as others about people entering the country illegally as other, but punishing children - some still babies is unconscionable. What makes it even harder for me is that out of all the children removed they DO NOT KNOW WHERE about 1,500 of them are.  How inhuman, America has become! Children the most innocent and precious of all should be treated with love and hope, not despair and hopelessness. I think what makes this even harder (which is hard to believe) is that so professed Christians are defending this as a method to deter illegal aliens from entering this country.  

I am not the most religious of people.  I am generally peaceful with a deep regard for people and nature.  I grow flowers and teach children. I have cats (no dogs due to restrictions by landlord).  Perhaps the most unlawful thing I do is drive too fast sometimes and forget to put on my seatbelt when in other states.  I AM OUTRAGED. The weight of the horror that we are knowingly allowing...leaves me OUTRAGED. What happen to treating people with respect and love?  What happened to treating others as you would like to be treated? Where is the do no harm?

And what concerns me the most,  why are more people not outraged?  Have we lost all decency?

 

Books read this week (all actual books this week)

The Other lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

Someone to Care by Mary Balogh

Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James

 

Currently Reading

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable

 

Missing Invitation

Missing Invitation

Fairy Tales and princesses.  Princes and knights on chargers.  Women who were quirky but yet loyal and intelligent and sought after by the most handsome of men (according to them).  Yup, that was me. I have always loved a good fairy tale. I have always loved romances. So the wedding of Prince Harry to Megan tugged on my heart strings.  And can I say that man looks fine all dressed up! However, as my invitation was obviously delayed in the mail, I resigned myself to watching it on the TV.

Three times now, I have gotten up early and watched women walk to their princes. The first one was doomed from the first day. I am still hopeful for the other two. Despite my love of fairy tales, I never believed I would have one. I wished for one and tried a couple of times, but somehow knew they were not right for me.  So instead, I lived vicariously through books and watching them on TV. The dresses, the flowers, and the music alway captivate me. The pomp, pageantry and preciseness of the British when putting on a wondrous ceremony are so far out of my realm of reality.  Yet, I watch with baited breath each and every time.

The royal wedding is a direct clash to the tragedy of another shooting in another school.  Proving once again, that violence, guns, mental illness, and young people are not a good mix.  As the school year winds down, I continue to be hopeful that I will never witness one in my career. So I rewatch the ceremony and comb the news media for one more tidbit about the royals.  

 

The books this week

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Forbidden Vow by Diana Crosby (review to come)

To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn (review to come)

Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe

 

Multi-slacking

I have learned a new word… multi-slacking.  I love the meme, and the thought that went into it!  After all, reading, drinking coffee and having donuts in jammies - what is not to like?  Although a cat would improve the scene. Saturday was like that for me. Although I was up and dressed and did puttered around with some things, I was definitely loving the idea of multi-slacking. There always seems to be so much to do and so little time to accomplish it, but I know all of you also manage very busy lives as well.

 

Sorry about missing all of you last week.  In case you didn’t hear, we had a “wicked” storm.  Friday night, while I was watching the Sox game, a weather event moved in.  It has been called a twister (unusual for up here), a wind shear (not even sure what that is), or a microburst (my favorite).  We lost all power when one of the HUGE pine trees came down and ripped all the wires off the house. Interestingly enough there were three other very large pines that took down lines and covered roads to block us in as well.  I do need to give a shout out to all the people who helped us. (Awesome peeps! Thanks!) Power came back on Monday and internet was on a couple of days later! There are still trees down and messes to be picked up, but at least I am able to be back with all of you!  I heard that there are houses that just got power a week later!

 

You would think that would mean plenty of reading time - since there was nothing else to do…  Amazingly, that didn’t work that way. There was much to do, between carrying water from the local stream for flushing, foraging for food, finding a place to plug in the electronics, and going for supplies!  When it was light - there were things to do outside - like picking up branches and other details! Luckily I had a paperback or two in my possession, since the kindle kept running out of power. (I later realized that it was because it kept looking to connect as the cover wasn’t shut correctly.)  I found the quiet time to read wonderful, but too short. I felt way too much like a pioneer trying to keep everything maintained. I am now pretty positive that I am happy in this century!

 

A shout out to all the mothers out there - Happy Mother’s Day!  My mom was a reader and helped feed the need to read within me. She made sure we had access to books whether at home or at the library and encouraged us to read.  It is one of the gifts that I cherish from her. I hope your Mother’s Day is as special as each of you are!

 

Books Read:

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (Still reading)

 

Grit

Another weekend comes to a close with rainy gray weather.  The kind of day made for introspection, reading and lots of tea.  This week has been a much needed break in the madness that comes from the end of a school year.  The spring storms, while not uncommon, have left their mark with their frequency. Students and teachers have been craving the sun and fresh air that has been slow in coming.  This vacation has occurred as a glorious week .

I read a great deal this week, crossing off books on my to read list quite effectively. I have enjoyed the beauty of the early spring and raked out some gardens and spent some positive time in the sun. I have attempted to clean the house - but let’s face it - sometimes sacrifices need to be made.

I have spent time this week thinking about the books I read compared to books I choose not to read.  I have realized (perhaps not for the first time) that when things are hectic in my world, I choose to read books that are assured to have positive endings and are not onerous reads.  Most of this week’s read list epitomizes that thought process.

Then I ran into To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear and Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.

Both books deal in part with the time between the Wars (One and Two).  Both authors highlight the absolute devastation of battles that cannot be won books and describe the courage and resolve of the soldiers.  It was then I realized while the the horror of Dunkirk (like in To Die But Once) was like no other, the horror of conflict, or kidnapping are still times when people need to show bravery and strength.  The stories that I dismissed as lighter reads - also highlighted the grit of people in their daily battles of life. Some of the books had main characters who suffered from PTSD from their time in the service and some who felt the need to help others, even when things seemed hopeless.  I realize that not all stories need to contained the horror of Dunkirk, but in each their own way had characters that needed grit to survive. Perhaps that is the key element that gets us through some of our days - grit

 

Books Read this week

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (still reading)

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick

Lone Rider by Lindsay McKenna

Jamison by Chris Keniston

Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde

Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen Ashley

Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster (review to come)

BOOK SALE!!!

The week before a vacation week is always busy.  This last week was no exception. There were a lot of last minute things to be done, before I took off for Maine to see a college friend.  I always forget how peaceful it is up where she lives. The wide plains near the Kennebec River are always welcome to see. On this journey, I also saw bald eagles several times soaring over the highways, fields and salt marshes. I have to admit, I get such a thrill out of seeing them each time and I hope I never lose that thrill.

While in Maine, we ended up in two used book stores.  One store was having to move so all the books were on sale!  I am telling you those are turning out to be some of my favorite words - on sale.  I was able to find great used copies of some of the Audubon guides! I was stoked!  I was able to get each book for $4.50 - guides to wildflowers, forest animal and birds - all on the east coast!  Total Score!!! In another store, I was able to buy three used romance novels for $2.97 apiece. Another serious score! The fact I was able to hang out with friends at the same time was a bonus.  

I love going through used and old bookstores.  There seems to be such a level of history there.  Books that other people have read with all their thoughts, desires, wishes, hopes and dreams. Sometimes it is almost as if you can feel the awe and reverence when you hold the older books.

This week, Elise Cooper sent in a book review (The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian) AND an author interview (K.J. Howe was interviewed about her newest book - Skyjack).  Both are quite interesting!  There are two new book reviews from me and two more to write and publish during the week - Yes I am behind in writing again! (Did I mention I was away this weekend?)  I heard the weather forecast is for SUN for two more days. I hope it is enjoyed by all!

Books read this week:

Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Beast by Daphne Loveling

The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor (an ARC novel - review to come)

The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst (an ARC novel - review to come)

 

Paper VS Digital

This week my musings are taking different routes…. Paper VS Digital

Somehow I managed to get conjunctivitis this week.  So I have spent this weekend, putting drops in my eyes every two hours and will have to continue to put drops in every four hours for the next few days.  My eyes have been crusty and ITCHY. It has been an interesting weekend. I have discovered how much I use my eyes. I have also found how much I miss reading when I can’t.  I found myself watching binge watching some TV shows, just because the strain was less on my eyes. The lesson I learned means I am certainly going to take care of my eyes!!!

While on Facebook, I joined a new page - Chris Bohjalian’s page (author of Midwives and many other books).  One of the discussions that I happened upon was reading a book on paper or a digital edition. One person made a statement about how people learn less from a digital book that a printed book.  I have to say I found that statement very interesting. In my head, I immediately started questioning the statement. I have noted in the past with my own reading that I prefer the kindle for pleasure books (this weekend being grateful for the larger font available.) and printed books for learning.  I have attributed this to my learning style of liking to underline, highlight and write notes while reading to help retention. I also find that it is easier to look back on paper books vs digit. However, having said all that I love to read interesting and new articles on the computer.

What I found in researching is that there are some studies on this information, but not a lot.  The facts seem to be a mixed lot. Both types of readers scored similarly on tests based on reading a short article and a chapter.  The difference was on the frequency of higher scores went to the paper readers. All that did was offer more questions for me. One of the interesting statements within the study was that it often took longer to read the same article on a digital format than a paper format.  Well HELLO - the students were reading on an iPad. The functionality of an iPad meant the students could be doing multiple items at the same time, like checking Facebook or Email. If you are reading a book, you are usually not multitasking. I wonder if this is more about multi-task reading vs single task reading.   It does take me longer to read and write items on the computer on days when I am easily sidetracked. There are so many things to check out and stay on top off. Perhaps that might be the bigger issue of our present reading effectiveness for comprehension. We spend a lot of time multi-tasking and people do not do that as well as they think they do….

I am looking forward to reading this week on my kindle!!!

 

This week’s reading

Willow’s Way by Sharon Struth

The Duke Who Ravished Me by Diana Quincy

Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin

Beast by Daphne Loveling (only part way through)

 

Another Week

Another week closer to warm weather.  That is how I have been trying to countdown the time.  It has snowed this week - well mostly squalls - some pretty intense.  I have noticed a couple of plants popping up. Crocuses mostly with some other vegetation.  It is curious how hard I am willing to look for a small bit of green in all the brown. Even the cats have worked at staying outside in the sun for longer periods of time.

Today was a work day - laundry, groceries, dishes and prepping meals and food for this week.  It seems there are always dishes to accomplish, the never ending battle! Reading this week included a number of different types of reads: a thriller, a character driven story, a transgender coming of age and a second chance at love. Each book was a good read with interesting characters, a well developed plot line and in a couple of cases a little excitement before the end.

The transgender book, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was the book that is going to stay with me for sometime.  I found the entire story fascinating from the first revel to learning to live in a world where all the rules have changed.  I was so upset by the violence and the cruelty horrifying. I am not sure how come some people seem to feel that they can judge another person’s feelings and choices that are causing them no harm.  I also found myself realizing the steps required to change gender were arduous.

Go Ask Fannie was set in New Hampshire.  My favorite place and my home. I loved reading about our capital Concord and the small towns in the north around Franconia Notch.  New Hampshirites and both generous and reticent in various cases. Fannie in the title is Fannie Farmer, I have a vague memory that Mom might have worked in a Fannie Farmer when she was younger.  The shop was a chocolate shop, I think. For the record, there really is a Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook and is stuffed full of recipes.

 

This week, Elise Cooper has a great interview with Joan Johnston.  http://marjay.simplesite.com/239538810

Her latest book called Surrender was released in February and the review is under  http://marjay.simplesite.com/239538796

 

As always,  thanks to all the readers and viewers!!

 

Books Read this week

Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

 

Catch Up Reviews

Brick by Daphne Loveling

 

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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!

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!

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Great interview!

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27.05 | 23:23

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

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26.03 | 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!

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19.03 | 14:10

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

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