BOOKISH THURSDAY #40: (AFTER A SHORT BREAK)….

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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.

 

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It has been ages since I participated in this event, so here goes with today’s feature, which is not a romantic book at all, but with characters trying for some romantic moments.    Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, features three main characters:  the husband, David, a psychiatrist and a cheater; the wife, Adele, who seems to be trying to save her marriage…but there is more to her game; and Louise, the lover…who is not in this scene.

 

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David and Adele have been fighting, mostly about his drinking, but she turns her attention to making dinner:

I let him go and don’t call him on the fact that I know he has several bottles of spirits in his study and that maybe I’m not the only one with secrets in this marriage, however well he thinks he hides them from me.  Instead, I do what I do best, and start preparing the roast lamb for dinner.  There is something heartwarming about a roast dinner and we both need that.

I season the meat with rosemary and anchovies driven into the fatty skin, and then, as I chop and saute and simmer my potato and vegetable side dishes, the steam makes my bruise throb.  I’ve covered it with makeup and David no doubt thinks that’s to hide it from him, but he’d be wrong.  It’s to hide it from myself.  I’m filled with shame at my own weakness.

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Not a very cheery scene, right?  Well, there is so much more to this story than appears on the surface…but today I’m focusing on Adele trying to make a wonderful dinner.

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  • My last post here was just before Christmas, and it was a lovely time….but then January came, with all that a new year brings…
  • Here we are in February and I’m trying to distract myself with books and movies; I recently watched Z:  The Beginning of Everything on Amazon Prime, and loved it.  Right afterwards, I ordered the book Z:  A Novel of Zelda.

 

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  • My two lovely granddaughters have birthdays this month:  Aubrey, on the 13th, and Fiona, on the 21st.  They will both be 20!  The “twin cousins.”  They are each going through their unique phases.  Fiona, on the right, looks tough, while Aubrey looks cheerful.  They could totally switch within days.

 

 

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  • It is passport renewal time!  I can’t believe ten years have gone by….so I went to the new place where they are taking care of these things, Passport Place at the local university.
  • My daughter’s April 1 wedding is coming too fast!  I need to pick a suitable outfit.  The wedding will be on the beach, so it’s not formal, but the dress needs to be nice.  My daughter says it must be grey.  Hmm, I’m leaning toward silver. (I thought she was joking at first, but apparently the other colors in the wedding look best against neutrals).  I’m looking forward to the beach setting.  A reception for more friends (and family) will be held the next day back here.
  • In June, they are off to Europe for their honeymoon, and their first stop will be Prague, to visit my eldest son and his wife.
  • I am envious.
  • Today I’m meeting up with a friend to go for a walk; she is taking baby steps in her walking journey after a recent Triple Bypass.
  • I will then come home and resume my reading…the book I featured above is hard to put down!

 

So…that’s my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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10 thoughts on “BOOKISH THURSDAY #40: (AFTER A SHORT BREAK)….

    • Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth; I tend to find excuses not to walk: too hot, too cold, too rainy, too lazy…LOL. But how can I turn down a walk with a friend who needs a walking companion?

      I am excited about the wedding and have put off buying the outfit…I really hate shopping, since it’s hard to find just what I need when I need it.

      I’m sure you’ll find cozy things to do indoors.

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    • Ah, yes, Karen…I didn’t want to say exactly why I was in a mood…I think most people can figure it out. Someone on FB warned us not to mention certain names…ha! Are we paranoid?

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’m trying to focus on books, movies, and friends.

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  1. Enjoy your walk! I’m sure you will and how nice to help a friend with her walking. My mother-in-law had quadruple bypass last year and she’s doing very well now. It did take a bit of time though. Makes me want to be sure and get my walks in as often as I can. And good luck on your shopping. I hate shopping. LOL

    OK, I’ve finished BEHIND HER EYES and will share a bit about it on Saturday. It was something all right. 😉

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    • I need to walk more….prevention would be a good thing. I hope it’s not too late!

      I am loving Behind Her Eyes, and I’m very curious about some things that are going on with the characters.

      Thanks for visiting, Kay.

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  2. Definitely not a cheerful scene though it does make me wonder how what she’s making tastes. I don’t like the idea of anchovies but I love the flavor. Happy birthday to the twin cousins! Too funny about the difference in the pictures and how quickly it can flip. I think at 20 I was still trying to figure out just who I was. Good luck finding the perfect dress! I definitely vote a metallic edge to the dress. I saw a lovely light gray dress that had shots of silver running through it that I really wanted to buy years ago but couldn’t figure out where I’d wear it. Sending you dress finding vibes!

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    • Thanks, Katherine, I like the idea of a metallic edge…I can see it as a useful look for many festive occasions. When I buy something, I like it to be an outfit I can wear more than once…LOL.

      As for the girls, they definitely go through stages, and Aubrey seems to be enjoying makeup and clothes, while Fiona is all about comfort…at the moment. Then they’ll both turn on a dime. Hormones?

      And yes, that food scene almost gives me heartburn…I am not an anchovies fan, either. The book leaves me scratching my head a lot, as some very strange events are unfolding. I can’t put it down!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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