BOOKISH THURSDAY #30: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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 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.

 

 

unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHearts-1-450x200

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts:

Today’s feature is an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer.

 

 

27272424

 

When Char Hawthorn’s husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning everything she once knew to be true: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in any real way. Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds.

***

In this scene, family and friends are hanging around in the days after the funeral, and food seems to be a focus.  Some are trying to figure out what one particular guest will eat, since she tends to prefer wheatgrass shakes.

 

“Or something.  Whatever it is, it likely doesn’t allow her to eat a regular lunch.  Or any of this stuff.”  She waved her hand toward the stove, where Char was scrambling eggs and Will was tending to two frying pans, one filled with bacon, the other with sliced potatoes and onions. “It’s just as well she’s tied up this morning.”

“We’d better clean up all the evidence before she gets here,” Will said.  He winked at Allie.  “Don’t want to get you in trouble.”  Looking at his sister, he added, “Or you.”

***

 

picmonkey-collage-textured

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

***

  • My sofa table now looks like this, with fewer and smaller pieces:

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

***

  • This weekend was frustrating for me, as I couldn’t comment on any Word Press sites, even though all of my blogs are at WP…and I obviously have an account.  They somehow ended up in spam folders everywhere.
  • Thankfully, by Tweeting to the various blog owners about my situation, they were able to find the comments and retrieve them.
  • Could my user name “laurelrainsnow,” which showed up on comments, be the problem?  If so, why now?
  • I changed the name on my comments to Laurel-Rain Snow, rather than the user name, thinking it seems less “spammy.”  Or not.  My name, no matter what form it takes, does sound a bit like a weather report…lol.  My comments are going through this week, but probably because a number of bloggers pulled some out of the spam folders, which alerted Askimet that all is good here.
  • My Netflix viewing of Longmire is on hold until Season 5 arrives on the 23rd.
  • Meanwhile, I’m obsessed with a show called Offspring, which is dramatic, funny, with some characters I enjoy, and others that are truly annoying.

 

offspring-image-resized

 

  • Bloggiesta starts tomorrow, going through the 18th.  As usual, I’ve already begun working on my chosen blog:  Curl up and Read.
  • On the bookish front, I’ve read two books so far this week:

Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber (Click title for review):  a story that captures a world of fantasy, secrets, and ultimate betrayal.

 

 

29941745

***

They Might Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine (click for review):  a family story, with characters that span the generations.  It’s about aging, about dying, and about coping.

 

 

28683058

***

  • It is almost 10:00 p.m., and I got a frantic call from my daughter.  The cordless phone was in another room, so she called repeatedly until I went to retrieve the phone.
  • What was the emergency?  Well, some of the offspring had been texting me, and got worried when I didn’t text back.   (Because, if I’m not attached to my iPhone like they are, I, the doddering old woman, must have fallen and can’t get up).
  •  I was just talking to someone about the Millennials (my grandchildren) and how they are attached to their devices and don’t know how to actually converse.
  • It seems Gen-X has the same problem (my grown kids).  I think they are Gen-X.

***

So, now that I have been properly reprimanded for setting my phone down, I guess I’ll close…and go text some of them.

What has your week been like?  Share, please.

***

BOOKISH THURSDAY #29: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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 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.

 

unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHearts-1-450x200

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts:

Today’s feature is from a book I’m currently reading:  The Sister, by Louise Jensen.

 

 

29925715

 

Grace and Charlie were best friends, each from broken families.  When Charlie dies, Grace starts searching for the secrets Charlie was hiding, hoping to find out the meaning of her friend’s last words:  “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

***

In this foodie excerpt, Grace and her husband Dan are trying to enjoy a Sunday breakfast, their only real time to relax.  Grace is our first person narrator:

 

In the kitchen, I switch on the ancient heating system that gurgles and chugs to life, and pull bacon from the fridge.  We used to take it in turns to make each other breakfast in bed on a Sunday and I can’t remember when we stopped, whether it was after Charlie died or before.  I cut thick slices from a white loaf and slather them in butter in brown sauce.  The bacon hisses and spits, and Mittens (the cat) purrs at my feet, telling me that she likes bacon, too.  I cut off the fat.  I will give half to her and half to the birds.

‘Morning.’  Back upstairs, I rest the tray on the foot of the bed.  The mugs chink together and tea sloshes onto the plates.

Dan sits up, props pillows vertically behind him and sweeps magazines and wine gum packets to the floor.  I pass him his breakfast.

***

I love taking a breakfast tray into my bed on a Sunday.  Bacon is always a winner, but I don’t have it very often.

***

 

picmonkey-collage-textured

Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • As usual, my week is a mix of reading and binge-watching on Netflix; Longmire is my current favorite, and I’m on Season 4.  Season 5 is coming on 9/23.
  • Last night, I watched a movie on Amazon Prime Videos that I loved:  The Meddler, with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne.  A story of a mother who is overly involved in her daughter’s life makes for some fun moments.

 

 

movie-with-susan-and-rose

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

29341309

***

 

27362503

***

  • Now I’m off to read some more of my current novel, featured in the food section above….and then it will be time to watch American Gothic.

***

That’s it for today.  What are you sharing, reading, or watching?

***

BOOKISH THURSDAY #22: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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.

 

unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHearts-1-450x200

 

I am currently reading Paris Runaway, by Paulita Kincer, and my “foodie section” happens back in Florida, where the single mom lives with her two daughters.  In this excerpt, the mother, Sadie, is talking about colleges with her daughter Scarlett.

 

 

30552978

 

***

“It had been early spring, in the midst of travel soccer season, so most evenings were hectic with practices or games around town.  That night, with no game scheduled and practice finished, we’d been sitting at the round dining room table, my class lesson plans and books pushed to one side, while we ate burritos.  I tried to imitate the burritos at Chipotle, a favorite restaurant of teenagers, by providing rice, black beans, grilled chicken, salsa, cheese, sour cream and lettuce.  Then we each filled our own tortilla shell and folded it shut.

Scarlett sat moving her food around the plate with her fork, probably thinking how much she preferred actual restaurant food.  I kept up a general monologue about my classes and students.  I tried to avoid peppering Scarlett with questions about school and friends.  I wanted to wait for her to “come to me” as the parenting books advise.

“I guess we need to get busy visiting colleges,” I’d said as I put down the burrito, which had begun to deteriorate as beans and rice fell to the plate below.  I decided to attack it with a fork.

“Hmmm,” Scarlett responded.

***

I do love burritos, and I enjoyed the conversation between mother and daughter, so typically one-sided.

***

 

 

tbr-thursday

 

My TBR Thursday book is one I’ve had for a while, hiding away in the cloud.  I have had In the Woods, by Tana French, since August 2014.

 

 

818-j3fxEEL._SL1500_

What is holding me back from reading this one?  The 600+ pages?  Here’s the synopsis:

 

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

***

I love murder mysteries, secrets and buried memories.  What do you think?

***

 

 

picmonkey-collage-textured

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:

 

  • It has been a good week for reading.  I’m on my third book, halfway finished, and so far, all my books are keeping me engaged;
  • While writing a blog post earlier, I decided to peek back into the history of that site to see what I’d been writing about in July 2010.  Here is what I found on my July 15, 2010 Potpourri blog:  A Potpourri of Changes.  A pipe had burst in the walls, and my life was in upheaval for the two days it took to fix everything;
  • In an August 26, 2010 post, I wrote about some of my collections:  A Quirky Tale.
  • Today, I wrote a post on An Interior Journey about my efforts to achieve balance (my One Word for the year), in My Interior World:  Checking My Balance;
  • The photo, below, shows my Office Nook where I spend a lot of time; I just ordered a new carpet cover to put under the office chair.  You can’t really see it, but the current one is pretty old and my chair catches on the broken places;

 

curl up in cozy office - july 12

  • My Netflix viewing has diminished.  After finishing Season 4 of OITNB, I started watching Wallander, but then I lost interest in that one.  Occasionally, I’ve watched a few episodes of Parenthood, which I loved when it was on the networks;
  • That’s been my week so far….here’s dinner from a couple of nights ago, at my “new/old” little dining room table;

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

***

What did your week look like?  What are you reading, writing, or thinking about?

***

BOOKISH THURSDAY #14: SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS

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 September 2015:  The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons.

 

 

16131115

***

 

unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHearts-1-450x200

***

 

Friends who once met every year at the beach have not gotten together in a while.  Now they are coming together again, after one of them has died.

 

I stood in my kitchen, barefoot, anxious, muddling the sugar and mint that would spice the pitcher of mojitos I intended to ply the girls with.  They would be arriving momentarily, thus my nerves.  Had we changed too much?  Had three years been kind or cruel?  What if one of us had gotten wildly fat or depressed or mean-spirited?  Why, on earth, was I fretting so?

“Calm down,” I whispered.

I began juicing the limes.  The aroma of citrus and sugar curled through the air, and as I breathed in the tart sweet, I considered our different fates.

***

Sometimes delicious mojitos are just the panacea for our hurts.

***

 

tbr-thursday

***

I don’t know why I haven’t yet read this one…I enjoy the author, and a good beachy read is often just what I need.  Perhaps I’m waiting for summer?  What do you think?

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

***

 

picmonkey-collage-textured

***

Some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts:

  • After finishing up a couple of Netflix shows, I searched for a while…and then found another one that I’ve immersed myself in:  The Killing. A character-driven murder mystery set in Seattle….I am on Season II.

 

the killing image

  • Tomorrow is my day with my stylist daughter…yay!  I always enjoy our chats and having her do her thing with my color and style.  I like this cartoon….

 

 

1936156_821144668019260_6614811043045193987_n

***

  • My reading is sluggish this week, probably because of all the Netflix viewing.  I did read and review The Other Typist so far (click for my review)….and I’m enjoying The Ramblers. A story focused on three “lost souls” living in Manhattan.
  • Now I think I’ll watch some shows on my DVR….I need to clear it out.  Sometimes I just start to watch a show or a movie, and end up erasing it.  Like Castle...I stopped enjoying that show a while back.
  • So that’s it for this week…what are your thoughts?

 

 

Books & fairytales - may 16

***