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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BOOKISH THURSDAY #39: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Today’s featured book is Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson.

 

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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.

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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.

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A very sad breakfast indeed, but the poignant feel of it drew me into the story.

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  • 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.

 

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • Below, my niece’s snow-covered cottage in the mountains.  To me, it looks like a Christmas card.

 

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That’s it for this week.  What are the rest of you sharing?

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #38: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Today’s featured book is a new Amazon Prime freebie, from an author that is new to me:  The Food of Love, by Amanda Prowse, is a story of a family faced with unexpected challenges.  Freya, the wife and mother is a food writer.

 

 

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In this snippet, our characters are enjoying an ordinary morning…before everything changes.  We’ll capture that moment here:

 

“Where are you working today?” she asked casually as she reached into the freezer for lumps of frozen spinach, which she lobbed into the blender, followed by half a banana and a whole glug of fresh pineapple juice.  Finally, she grabbed an avocado from the salad crisper in the bottom of the fridge and peeled it, using a sharp knife to slice about half, and tossed that too into her breakfast concoction.  The remainder was wrapped in a strip of tinfoil and popped back into the crisper.

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I’m not sure about this concoction, but I might try it!

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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  • I will be joining my daughter, her husband, her son Noah, and her in-laws….we were there last year, too.  Here’s a last-year’s photo of Heather and David at the table.  Before dessert….

 

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  • Here’s Noah enjoying some pie…and as I looked at this one-year-old photo, I almost gasped.  The kid has grown two or three inches, at least, since last year.  He is now taller than his mom.

 

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  • It has been a quick week, of course.  Monday, errands; Tuesday, a spa day; yesterday was reading and TV watching.  I finally finished the third book, one that I started (and stopped) last week:  Two If by Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard (click for review).

 

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  • Earlier in the week, I read Hillbilly Elegy (click for review) and Inheriting Edith (click)
  • Gilmore Girls has been on one of my channels in a marathon showing…I have it on, muted, and turn on the sound to catch something interesting, now and then.  I’ve set the DVR for the final two episodes, so I can refresh my memory before binge-watching on Friday.
  • Now I’m off to have coffee and breakfast…yes, I usually have it while posting, but I’m scattered today!

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Enjoy the holiday and the rest of your week!

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #37: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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My foodie snippet today comes from my current read, Send in the Clowns, by Julie Mulhern:  the fourth book in the Country Club Murders series, set in the 1970s, in Kansas City, Missouri.  Our MC, Ellison Russell, has stumbled upon a number of dead bodies recently, and finds herself helping to solve the murder mysteries.

 

 

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In this excerpt, our MC is exhausted, worried, and exhilarated, too;  she just found another body the night before…a murder victim who died in front of her.  The next day, one of her potential lovers, Hunter Tafft, has come over for coffee…and to hear about her latest mystery.  Her wonderful housekeeper Aggie has prepared the repast:

 

Aggie poured two mugs, put them on the counter, and pushed a white box my way.  “I stopped at that French bakery you like and bought crescents.”
Fresh croissants?  The woman definitely deserved a raise.
She added two plates to the counter.  “I’ll be upstairs if you need me.”
She disappeared in a swirl of celery green kaftan.
I opened the refrigerator and scanned the shelves.  “I think we have marmalade and raspberry jam.  Which would you prefer?”
“I’ve already eaten.”
I hadn’t.  I grabbed the marmalade, turned to face the man in my kitchen, and steeled myself to tell him everything.
“Drink your coffee first.”
He knew me well.
I put the marmalade on the counter next to the croissants, climbed on a stool, and wrapped my fingers around a steaming cup of heaven.  I kid you not.  The first sip of coffee in the morning is as close as mortals can come to walking with angels. (23%).

 

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Sounds good to me!  Especially the part about Aggie waiting on them.

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  • This past week has been very emotional.  Ups and downs, fear and anger.  Disbelief.  It has been like a nightmare, only I can’t wake up!
  • The good thing that came out of it:  I read and reviewed FIVE books!  In my Weekly Updates, I talk about my hope of finding serenity, and I link to my reviews.
  • After that burst of reading energy, I’ve been stumbling along this week.  I finished reading and reviewing only ONE book…and I started a couple of others.  Send in the Clowns, excerpted above, is moving along nicely.
  • My daughter and her fiance impulsively decided to have a civil ceremony here in town, but she planned to keep quiet about it…since there is still an April 1 wedding at the beach on the schedule…but then she announced their nuptials on Facebook a couple of days ago…that secret didn’t last long.  (Note the “hokey” backdrop provided by the County).

 

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  • The beach wedding will be a fun getaway for all of us, I guess.   Since this is her second marriage, I thought they night cancel the beach.  We’ll see.
  • Next week is Thanksgiving, and it’s my favorite holiday!  I’m having dinner at the home of my daughter’s new in-laws.
  • The Saturday after Thanksgiving, a few of us are gathering for a lunch at Yard House; my son Brett and his daughter Aubrey, as well as local family, will be meeting there.  I always enjoy these events.

 

 

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  • Today I plan to just hang out here and read…it’s cooling off quite a bit, and it seems appropriate to curl up in this cozy spot.  Especially since my mood is still all over the place.

 

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So…that was my crazy week.  What did yours look like?

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #36: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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I missed last Thursday due to laziness.  So today I’m eager to be back, sharing a foodie excerpt.  The book is In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch (click for my review). 

 

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The characters have returned for a reunion years after they roomed together in college; they meet up in the same old house they shared in Philadelphia.  They are trying out experiences they had back then, including their love of junk food:

 

They walk to Wawa for coffee and convenience-store doughnuts because that’s what they ate back then, when no one had heard of organic food, and their bodies could handle a diet of minimal-to-zero nutrients.  (Not Annie, though—she usually took a bite to be polite, then stuffed the rest in a wadded-up napkin.)

Owen orders a breakfast burrito at Taco Bell Express, just like he used to, and Catherine sighs because his digestive system at forty is not what it was at twenty.  At twenty, it wasn’t even all that good.

“Hey,” he shrugs.  “A college morning isn’t complete without a breakfast burrito.”

“This isn’t a college morning,” Catherine reminds him.

“You’re being technical.”

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Ugh, my digestive system is protesting!

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  •  What a week!  It flew by, but there was something to do everyday, from tedious errands to more interesting events.
  • Yesterday I had lunch with a friend/colleague; it was a birthday treat for me, but we get together monthly to chat and catch up.
  • I’m tired of the election drama, and so ready to be over it all…but only if it turns out right!
  • I got some of my birthday loot from my Amazon gift card on Tuesday…and here’s what it looked like (I got the two hardcover books in the foreground, and the watch):

 

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  • I posted about these goodies and a few other things in Hump Day “Coffee Morning:” Birthdays & Halloween.
  • As usual, I had no Trick or Treaters knocking on my door Halloween night.
  • I just finished reading Saturday Requiem on Monday…and loved it. (Click to see my review).
  • Last night I finally finished In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch (featured above).
  • I’m getting ready to start reading The Last Good Girl, by Allison Leotta; it’s the fifth in the series, and I haven’t read any of the others…but I’m going to wing it.

 

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  • On Netflix, I watched all of Season 3 of The Fall.  (There were only 6 episodes, but they were so intense!).
  • I think I’m talked out for now, so off to have my FIRST cup of coffee…how have I done this without it?

 

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Come on by and let’s chat!

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #34: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Today’s featured book is one I just finished, and it had so many delightful food portions that it was hard to choose.  In the end, I picked an ordinary one that symbolized the reconnecting of our two lovers.  Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs (click for my review), is the story of dreams, love, past love, and all that life throws at two lovers.

 

 

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In this excerpt, Annie and Fletcher are finally together for a special weekend.  A weekend at his comfortable old home, the one they both fell in love with when they first met in high school.

 

After the old-fashioneds and the porch swing, she’d raided the mostly unfortunate supplies in his kitchen—boxed mac and cheese, white wine, a handful of cherry tomatoes and basil from his garden—and put together a dinner from his humble ingredients.  Afterward, they curled up in bed together with bowls of maple-walnut ice cream and listened to Serge Gainsbourg songs drifting from a hidden speaker.

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I love the sound of the maple-walnut ice cream!

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  • The week has been much cooler (80s, with the occasional 90), but it is even cooler in the mornings and in the evenings.
  • I’ve been restless, and took my reading with me to lunch on Monday at Marie Callender’s:

 

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  • On Tuesday, I participated in a bookish meme, sharing an excerpt from The American Girl.  I plan to read it next.

 

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  • I’ve written a post about Cherishing My Interior World:  Balance? ;  I also reexamine the books I continue to add to my stacks.
  • Last week, I was planning to visit my stylist (my daughter), but at the last minute, we rescheduled.  Tomorrow is the day!

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So…that’s my week so far.  What are you sharing today?

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #31: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts:

Today’s feature is Sunshine Beach, by Wendy Wax, the fourth book in the Ten Beach Road series, which follows the three women who have found a new life after losing their money in a Ponzi scheme…and that new life is all about renovating houses in Florida.

 

 

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The three women (Maddie, Nikki, & Avery) are currently staying in Bella Flora, the first home they renovated, purchased for Maddie’s daughter Kyra and her son Dustin, by her ex-boyfriend, a celebrity.  Their next project is an old mid-century hotel on the beach.  Getting ready for the day, they are planning breakfast, when Maddie’s ex heads across the lawn to the main house.  He had dropped in the night before.

 

“You aren’t going to feed him again, are you?” Nikki asked as they watched Steve amble toward the house.  Once you fed a stray they never left.

“I’m not going to cook especially for him, no,” Maddie said as Steve disappeared through Bella Flora’s back door.  “But if I’m putting breakfast on the table, which I am, I’m not going to tell him he can’t have any.”  She smiled and stood.  “Speaking of which, I think it’s time to get things under way.”

“Geema!”  Nikki watched Dustin’s face light up when his grandmother entered the kitchen and felt the oddest tug.  Steve Singer looked pretty happy to see her, too, or maybe he was just hungry.  “Can Dustbin have Mench boast?”

“Absolutely!”  Maddie beamed at her grandson. “Do you want to help?”

Within moments Maddie had whisked eggs and milk in a big bowl, heated up fry pans and a griddle, and was helping Dustin, who stood on a chair beside her, to dip the pieces of bread into the egg mixture.  Syrup was put in the microwave to warm.  Kyra set the table while Nikki set out cartons of milk and orange juice, her stomach turning over at the smells that filled the kitchen.

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Hmm, I wonder what’s up with Nikki and her “upset” tummy?  More later, I’m sure.

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Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:

 

  • Last week was all about Bloggiesta (click for my wrap-up post), which I enjoyed thoroughly.  I love doing the new layouts, headers, and tweaking the pages…I seldom do anything too techie.  Someday, maybe.
  • Tomorrow, Longmire’s fifth season is coming to Netflix!  Yay!

 

 

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  • In the interim period, I’ve been enjoying Offspring, and I’m now on Season 5 (there is one more season!).
  • Tonight the TGIT lineup arrives with the new season for Grey’s Anatomy & How To Get Away with Murder, along with a new show, Notorious.  The DVR is set!
  • Sunday, Secrets & Lies returns, and I’ll try to “stomach” Juliette Lewis’s very annoying cop character.  lol.
  • I read that the Showtime series, The Affair, is coming back on November 20.
  • So….the fall is full of stuff to watch.
  • I’m eager to get a Pumpkin Spiced Latte at the neighborhood Barnes & Noble...and browse for books.  Love going there and finding stuff, even though I only ever buy print books from the bargain table.  There’s something about being surrounded by books, while inhaling the scent of rich coffee.

 

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  • Now…here I am, writing this post, and haven’t yet had my first cup of coffee!  What’s wrong with me?!  Excuse me for a moment….Now, here’s the breakfast tray on my office coffee table/trunk, surrounded by stacks of books.

 

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That’s it for today…I am ready to eat that Special K with Coconut, Quinoa, etc.  And sip that coffee.  Enjoy your day!

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #28: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Today’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts snippet is from Forever Beach, by Shelley Noble.

 

 

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In this snippet, our MC Sarah Hargreave has been eagerly awaiting news that she has been approved to adopt her foster daughter, Leila.  Instead, the letter informs her that the biological mother of the little girl has been granted visitation.  As her world feels like it is falling apart, Sarah tries to focus on the “now,” advice she once received from Sam, her former boss and now deceased friend.  She will prepare a snack for Leila, and it will be a special time together.

 

She cut the apple, sliced off the core, and spread almond butter over the pieces, concentrating on each step, each slice.  The swipe of the almond butter across the juicy surface.  The wedges carefully arranged in a circle around the plate.  It’s important to give the child a sense of order.  Consistency makes a child feel safe.

But today Sarah was doing it for herself.

She poured out a glass of milk and put the glass and plate on the table in front of Leila.  It was a small kitchen; you could reach anything you needed with just a few steps.  Fridge, stove, counter, wall calendar where they marked school dates, doctors’ and therapists’ appointments, play dates and special days with colorful stickers.

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That cozy snack time routine sounds like just the thing that child (and the foster mother) needed that day.

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Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • My week has been very busy, with lots of errands, some bill paying, some shopping, and another dental appointment;
  • Today was better, as I had an appointment at my daughter’s salon, and loved the pampering that went along with it.  Afterwards, she and I had lunch together at the place around the corner: Neighbors Tap and Cook House;

 

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  • So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed two books…and I’m enjoying a third one.  The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons (click title for review) was enjoyable enough, although it didn’t “wow” me.  Leave Me, by Gayle Forman, (click for review) did have a “wow” factor to it, and ended up being my favorite August read.  Although I must say that there were several excellent books on my list this month.
  • I wrote my Monthly Wrap-Up Post, which reveals that I read and reviewed thirteen books in August;
  • I started a new-to-me Netflix series called Longmire.  Loving it so far;

 

 

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  • In the upcoming month, I am hoping to get some books I’ve been anticipating.  Here are two I’m especially eager to have:  The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr: and Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White.

 

 

 

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That’s it for today.  What are you sharing today?

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #27: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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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Today’s Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts excerpt comes from The Book That Matters Most, by Ann Hood.

 

 

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When Ava’s husband Jim left her for another woman, she decides to try to restart her life, which includes joining a book group.  At the first meeting, Ava approaches the wine and cheese table.

 

The book group ladies were at that table, plastic glasses of wine in their hands, munching on Camembert and grapes.

Relax, Ava told herself.  She took a deep breath and went to join them.

As soon as Ava got a glass of wine, a slender, ancient blonde in a beige Chanel suit came up to her and said, “Are you the one taking Paula’s spot, (in the book club)  Cate’s friend?”

“I am,” Ava said.

“Glad to have you.  I’m Penny Frost, the grande dame here.  Which just means I’m older than everyone else.”

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The Providence book group sounds good to me, as their plan for the year is for each member to pick the book that mattered most to them in their life.

The wine and cheese sound pretty good, too.

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My Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts this week:

 

  • The week has been one of great reading, with two books read and reviewed so far.  (Click titles for reviews).   The Excellent Lombards, by Jane Hamilton, was not my favorite from this author, but it was still a good read. Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris was truly a riveting read.
  • Currently I’m reading The Book That Matters Most, by Ann Hood, excerpted above.
  • The rest of the week has been busy with errands, and I also took a little break for dinner earlier tonight, at the neighborhood Marie Callender’s.

 

 

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  • My youngest son’s birthday was today.  However, we just texted, as we had our celebratory dinner earlier in the month.  He sent me some gorgeous photos of the beach where they kicked back to relax.  His wife is pictured below:

 

 

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  • A couple of nights ago, I rearranged the dolls in my bedroom, the ones on a couple of the shelves.  Just so the oscillating fan wouldn’t blow the hair of the hippie dolls…yes, silly, right?

 

 

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  • I am on the final season of Doc Martin, on Netflix, and I’m hoping to find another show to binge-watch when that one is done.
  • I also have some shows to watch on my DVR.  Has anyone been watching Guilt?  The Monday night episode had a startling end, and I suspect it will not resume until next summer.

 

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That’s my week…what has yours been like so far?

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BOOKISH THURSDAY #26: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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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 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.

 

 

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My foodie excerpt today comes from I Found You, by Lisa Jewell, the story of a single mum, Alice Lake, who finds a nameless man outside her house on the beach.

 

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In this excerpt, Alice’s friend Derry has come over for tea and a chat, with her son Danny.  They talk a little about the man Alice found, and then they prepare tea.

 

Derry and Danny stay for a couple of hours.  The little ones play in the living room while Derry and Alice sit in the kitchen and drink tea.  Jasmine returns at four o’clock, soaked to the skin with a wet rucksack full of GCSE coursework, no coat and no umbrella.  Kai comes back at four thirty with two friends from school.  Alice makes spaghetti for tea and Derry stops her opening a bottle of wine on account of her having to go home.  She and Danny leave at six o’clock.  It is still raining.

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Spaghetti sounds good, but it would have been better with the wine…sigh.

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My TBR book today is Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg, a book I bought in April 2015.

 

 

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I don’t know why I haven’t read this one, because I love this author.  Perhaps it’s the historical element that has put me off.  Here’s the synopsis:

 

At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?

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It sounds good, doesn’t it?  I think it’s a buried treasure that I must bring out.  What do you think?

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  • My week has gone by fast, as usual, with triple digits again;
  • I had a dental appointment, and will have two more before the treatment is done.  I’m not a fan;
  • My daughter is on her cruise this week; she left last Thursday, so she may be home tomorrow.  Here’s a photo she sent from the ship.  It looks like they’re having fun;

 

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  • Currently I’m reading Siracusa, an electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

           Alternating narrators tell the tale, and we get to see the secrets and flaws of each character, and although I’m loving the story, I am not fond of any of the characters.  Especially the one child, Snow, who is spooky strange.

 

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  • Today I watched another episode of Vexed on Netflix, and I think I might just abandon it.  The two detectives are kooky and a little inept, which doesn’t work for me in the long haul;
  • I switched over to Parenthood.…and then decided to watch an Amazon Prime video, Shattered, with Gerard Butler and Maria Bello, two parents who are held at gunpoint by Pierce Brosnan, while a woman cohort has abducted their child;
  • Now I plan to watch American Gothic on TV, a show that I inadvertently got addicted to, while not planning to watch more than the first episode;

 

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That’s it for this week….what has yours been like?  Lots of iced tea kept me hydrated on this hot day.

 

 

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