bookish  thursdays

Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

My featured book today is one I purchased in February 2016:  ROOM, by Emma Donoghue, a book I’ve been eyeing for a long while and finally bought, after seeing the movie.








Today’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts snippet comes from the early pages, with our first person narrator, the five-year-old boy:


I count one hundred cereal and waterfall the milk that’s nearly the same white as the bowls, no splashing, we thank Baby Jesus.  I choose Meltedy Spoon with the white all blobby on his handle when he leaned on the pan of boiling pasta by accident.  Ma doesn’t like Meltedy Spoon but he’s my favorite because he’s not the same.

I stroke Table’s scratches to make them better, she’s a circle all white except gray in the scratches from chopping foods.  While we’re eating we play Hum because that doesn’t need mouths….


What an interesting perspective that child has!  Now I do want to read this one soon.




For TBR Thursday:

Here’s the synopsis:  To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.


This book hasn’t been languishing on my shelves that long, but I was hesitating.  Why?  Probably because I saw the movie already, and sometimes that changes how I see the book.  So…what do you think?




Some Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:


  • It has been pretty warm all week, so on Tuesday, after doing some errands, I treated myself to a nice lunch in the air-conditioned California Pizza Kitchen.  A Spinach and Mushroom Pizza (lunch size), a Strawberry Margarita, and a salad;



CPK on may 31



  • I did some Netflix bingeing again this week, finishing Bloodline Season II…and then started watching an old favorite:  Parenthood.  The Bravermans, back in the beginning, were fun.  I recall not really liking them much at the end, since they were all pretty messed up…lol;
  • So I’ll be looking for a new crime series, preferably one of the BBC ones, since I seem addicted to those;
  • I have THREE grandsons with birthdays this month…two of them were my first born grandsons, 21 years ago, within days of each other; the third June birthday is my third from the youngest, who is turning eighteen.  Wow, right?
  • Speaking of weird spacing of birthdays, both granddaughters were born in the same month and year, too, just days apart.  They are nineteen;
  • I am feeling pretty old right about now!
  • So…on to something else.  I’m reading a Terry McMillan book, I Almost Forgot About You, the first one I’ve read in a while.  I’m enjoying it, as her characters are often funny and irreverent, and they usually have a BFF or two who adds to the humor;





  • Earlier in the week, I read and reviewed two NetGalley books that really kept me glued to the pages:  The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell (click for my review); and Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger, a creepy thriller that verges on horror (click!).  They will be released on 6/7/16 ;
  • I have another two NetGalley books to read this month with “girls” in the titles:  The Girls, by Emma Cline; and All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda;


That’s it for today….come on by and chat, and please leave a link.  Enjoy your day!


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  1. Funny to say that I was taken with the Meltedy Spoon in the food quote. It has an interesting history 😉 I saw the movie of the Room as well and thought it was a good one. But, I do not feel the need to read the book. Although there are beautiful moments, I do not want to go through the painful ones again. I am hesitating watching Bloodlines 2. Did you end up liking it? You got me curious about Terry’s new one. I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back and really had fun with that one. But never read the rest of her stuff.

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      1. I think I am dragging my feet on season 2 is because I came dislike the clan as well. But curious to see how another baddie (the unexpected son) plays into it all.

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  2. Room is a terrific book – I haven’t seen the movie (yet) but I did wonder when I heard about the movie, exactly how they would capture Jack’s distinct voice.

    I’m about to start The Girls – I had put it off because I’ve read a few books set in communes this year and I was starting to think, is this the next literary trend, because I’m already over it?! A few months have passed since my other commune books, so I figure I’m ready for The Girls.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kate; it’s interesting to think about books vs. movies, and having seen the movie first, I wondered how Jack’s voice would come across in the book. I think the author and the movie production people (with the author writing the screenplay) did a great job.

      The Girls was definitely different than most commune stories I’ve read. They were people with enough money to “play” at this lifestyle without doing without. I actually like the “poor” version of hippie better…lol.

      Hope you enjoy the book, as even though I didn’t love the characters, I really enjoy Jewell’s writing.

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    1. Thanks, Lianne, and yes, it will be challenging to celebrate them all, especially since two of them live a few hours away. But we have mail…and Facebook.

      I do love those BBC crime series.


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