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Good morning, and welcome to another Bookish Saturday.

This week, I’ve been thinking about numbers.  The numbers of books read, and the source of them.  For example, so far this year, I have read 41 books.

I have purchased 21 books.  Of the 14 review books received, I have read and reviewed 10.

Of the 21 books purchased this year, I have read and reviewed only 5.  Of the books purchased in 2014 (153), I have read 79…some of those were read this year.

What does all of this mean?

Well, I need to cut down on my purchases, or I will never catch up!  LOL

Currently, I have three Amazon Vine review books waiting to be read and reviewed, and one review book from an author.

I am keeping up with them, but temptation gets the best of me.  I just requested my fourth one from Vine, a book from Barbara Delinsky, another favorite author I’ve been reading for many years.  Blueprints will be released in June.




Goodreads Blurb:  Blueprints, the new novel from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, is the story of two strong women, Caroline MacAfee, a skilled carpenter, and her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. The day after her 56th birthday, Caroline is told the network wants Jamie to replace her as the host on Gut It!, their family-based home construction TV show. The resulting rift couldn’t come at a worse time.

For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!

For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. When her ex-husband dies, she is thrust into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.

Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.


What patterns are you noticing in your bookish life?  Do you purchase most of your books?  Get them  as review books?  Or perhaps from the library?



  1. I have tried very hard to reduce the number of books I request because I only read 26 of my own books last year which wouldn’t be so bad but I didn’t stop acquiring new books. I tend to find I’m prompted to seek out older books in connection to one I’ve just read – I have a copy of Dancing for the Hangman by Martin Edwards because its subject Dr Crippen was part of a recent read The Magnificent Spilsbury… by Jane Robins so for many of the books I read I find another I want to…. a good problem to have though.


    • Yes, definitely, that kind of pattern emerges with me, too. Find a new author, and then grab everything on her backlist that I can get my hands on. There is no end to these happenings, but it is a lot of fun, too. Thanks for stopping by, Cleopatra.

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