Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere. But then that changed, and today I am celebrating a couple of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.
Today’s featured book is Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson.
After her father’s funeral, August and her brother meet up at an old, familiar diner…a place that reminds them of the 1970s in Brooklyn when they were growing up.
The diner smelled of coffee and bread and bleach. A neon sign flickered EAT HERE NOW in bright green, dusty silver tinsel draping below it. I had spent Christmas Day at the hospital, my father moaning for pain medication, the nurses too slow in responding.
A waitress brought my brother more hot water for his mint tea. I picked at my eggs and lukewarm home fries, having eaten the bacon slowly to tease my brother.
A very sad breakfast indeed, but the poignant feel of it drew me into the story.
- As we approach the end of this year, I am thinking how happy I will be to say goodbye to 2016.
- But what will happen in the New Year? I am trying to stay positive.
- Right now I’m focusing on finishing as many books as I can for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge. I have already finished 94! The parameters are books bought between June 2015-December 31, 2016.
- This has been a good reading week! I’ve finished three full-length books and a short story.
- Now I’m ready to tackle the January NetGalley review books…but first, I’m reading a book that I’ve been eagerly awaiting for a while: When All the Girls Have Gone, by Jayne Ann Krentz. Thrillers always spur me on in my reading.
- Yesterday I had a lovely lunch with an old friend at Pismo’s, a restaurant around the corner that I don’t visit often enough. The place was crowded and filled with merriment. I wondered what they were celebrating. Maybe they had all finished their Christmas shopping. I had two martinis for the occasion, along with my chowder.
- My Christmas decorations are up, such as they are…every year, I seem to pull out fewer things from the bins. Here’s a “long view” of the room with the most holiday spirit. I have another miniature tree on the pub table, which is not visible in this photo.
- Below, my niece’s snow-covered cottage in the mountains. To me, it looks like a Christmas card.
That’s it for this week. What are the rest of you sharing?