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?



  1. Your niece’s cabin looks like a Christmas card! So lovely. I hope you’re enjoying the Jayne Ann Krentz! I really liked it and it definitely kept me reading. 94 on the Read Your Own books challenge is impressive! I’m hoping to read more of the books I already own in 2017 though those new shiny review books get awfully tempting!

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    1. I am loving the JAK books…and the short chapters keep me going. A suspense book with short chapters seems to turn its own pages, and before we know it, we’re done.

      Thanks for visiting, Katherine, and I also love that snow-covered cottage. It reminds me of the A-frame house I had in the foothills a few years ago, but we had no snow that low down to the valley.


    1. Thanks, Cleo, I am pleased at how many purchased books I’ve read, but I keep buying them, so the numbers never really go down that much. LOL.

      I do enjoy having a martini (or two) when I go to lunch in a restaurant. It feels festive, just being there.


  2. I’ll look forward to your review of Another Brooklyn – it wasn’t a book that I was familiar with until I compiled the list of books that were most often mentioned in ‘Best of 2016’ lists, but it looks fantastic.

    Your niece’s cabin is stunning – makes me wish for a white Christmas (because in Australia, our Christmas Day is usually sweltering!).

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    1. Thanks, Kate, and I can’t imagine having the seasons turned around….but I guess you get used to it. It doesn’t snow here in the valley (well, it did a couple of times in the last fifty years!), but we’re close to the mountains and the snow. I love that snow-covered cabin, too…and then think of how much work is involved to get in and out when the snow covers the driveway, etc.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


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