MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: LUXURIATING!

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Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

It has been a great week so far, and when I examine it, to see why it was so great, I think it must be the weather.  A little rain, but mostly sunshine with just enough crispness in the air to make me feel like breathing it all in.

Yes, sappy, right?

It could also be because it’s payday week….yes, for the thirty plus years of my career, checks came biweekly, and it was easy to budget.  Post-retirement:  two checks, each one once a month, usually within a week of each other.  This time, they are two days apart.  And after a few years of it, I am still wondering why the month is so LONG.

And then I happily spend as if there is no tomorrow…and I’m on the third month of the week again, wondering where the money went…sigh.

 

 

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But I love doing what I want, when I want.  Blogging, reading, writing…and playing with Phoebe, my new iPhone.  Yes, I have definitely discovered the fun of it all.

It’s been a great week for curling up to read, too.  I read two mysteries, one right after the other:  Catch Me, by Lisa Gardner (click for my review); and All Day and a Night, by Alafair Burke (click title).

My current read:  one of Diane Chamberlain’s back list, The Escape Artist.  Not my favorite of hers, so far, but I can’t seem to put it down, either.  A woman loses custody of her baby (for really stupid reasons!), and runs.  Changes her identity and ends up across the country.  Some practical issues seemed to be glossed over, but I am finding it fascinating, nonetheless.

 

 

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And back to the purging…yes, more!  I was studying my still-crammed office the other day and decided to recycle some of those VHS tapes…yes, when was the last time I watched them?  I had to save my favorites of course, but when I moved more books off the shelves, I found space for them here (below), bottom shelf.  And the wicker cabinet that previously contained them and jutted out like an eyesore…moved elsewhere, to contain a few other things.

 

 

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What was your week like?  What projects, reading, etc., have been consuming your days?

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: CLEARING THE SHELVES, A SPA DAY, ETC.

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Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

Since we were here last, I participated in Bloggiesta, and had such fun making changes here at my “newest old blog” here at WP.   Yes, there is a story.  I created this blog on Blogger in August 2009, just before I took a week’s vacation in the Napa Valley.  I moved it here in December, but only the last year of posts…the idea of importing everything, and correcting links, etc., was overwhelming.

But the theme of the blog and its essence remain…

Earlier this week, I was musing about books, etc., and responded to a question about how many books I have on my shelves with a wild estimate:  2000.

Then I decided to count them, actually count them, so I did.  Yesterday.  1435 books, including those on Sparky.  Not quite 2000, but getting too close.  And my recent purging may have eliminated around 500 books or so; I might have been closer than I thought!

So I decided to do a giveaway here.  I created a book nook over at An Interior Journey, but moved it here and called it Blue Mondays Book Nook.

And I added a few more books.

There are forty books there at this moment…I will probably add more.  I have linked them to Amazon so visitors can study them.  The Blue Mondays Giveaway goes until the end of the month.

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Last week, I enjoyed a spa day, of sorts, getting my nails and hair done.  I felt very good afterwards.  I think I’ll regularly combine nails and hair, since I can do that at the salon where my daughter has a space she rents.  Here she is, showing off purple extensions she put in during her down time.  In other words, when my hair was processing…LOL.

 

 

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This week, I have enjoyed a variety of books, like Call Me Zelda (click for review).

 

 

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And then, a novel from another new-to-me author, Randy Susan Meyers:  The Murderer’s Daughters (click for review).

 

 

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Currently, I am almost finished with Still Life, my first foray into Louise Penny’s crime fiction…and I’m loving it!

 

 

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How do you feel about multiple series books?  When you get hooked, is it hard to keep up with them all?  I am pondering this….but then, I think I’ll go with the flow.

What was your week like?

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: CLEANING, PURGING, MEMORIES

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Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

Yikes!  I inadvertently tapped on something here and my writing went askew.  I finally found what I did wrong…instead of the link, I hit the alignment feature….

I realize that I need to be fully awake to write a post.  LOL

Christine showed a photo of her yard with 70 degree temperature…I live in the Central Valley, and yesterday, it could have been spring…almost.

I need to clean off my patio!  The leaves, which the gardeners so thoughtlessly blow onto my patio, are in piles.  As if blowing them there is satisfying the job they are supposed to do!  I have mentioned this to them, several times, but they pretend not to understand me.  LOL

 

 

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I have been staying inside most of the week, reading and blogging, and frustrated because I got a notice that one of my blogs, Potpourri, had been suspended!  Of course I sent them an email, letting them know that this must be an error…while thinking:  how could this have happened?

The next day, I got a message that the site was ” flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.”

Just like that!  Oh, and they apologized.  But meanwhile, I went through a sleepless night, thinking about what I might have done, and if they could do it once, they could do it again!

That’s how my mind works.

But then, after the suspension was lifted, I reminded myself, in my more rational state, that I have eleven blogs, and this is the first time in seven years of blogging that anything like this has happened to me.

And then I felt calmer…but still a little paranoid.  LOL

Meanwhile, I’ve been messaging on Phoebe, my new iPhone, and receiving pictures from my son and daughter-in-law who have moved to Crescent City.  This one is Pebble Beach at sunset.

 

 

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I think I need to have a little coastal getaway!

But not this weekend, as it’s Bloggiesta time, and I’ll be working on this blog.  Check out my to-do list!

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I continued my purging this week by clearing out all the old DVDs for little kids that none of my grandchildren watch anymore.  They are tucked into a box in the garage, while I decide what to do with them.  Goodwill?

Meanwhile, my office space is a lot less cluttered.  I also boxed up the stuffed toys.  While doing so, I saw the stuffed and well-worn “duckie” that Noah clutched to him during his early years.  Even when he was on Santa’s lap! (below).

He mentioned it once recently, wondering what had happened to it (he’s twelve now), but because he didn’t seem sad, I kept quiet.  I think his mother buried it on my shelves!

 

 

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Okay…on the bookish front, I am so excited that I finally downloaded my copy of The Girl on the Train.  I have been drooling over this one for months!

 

 

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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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What did your bookish/not so bookish week look like?

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: EMBRACING CHANGE?

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Welcome to another Thursday, and the ramblings that make up My Bookish (and Not So Bookish Thoughts), hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

Did you all have a wonderful holiday season?  I know that I ate too much, and my adorable grown kids gave me boxes of chocolates, among other things.  What were they thinking?

My daughter’s gift card for Cheesecake Factory came in handy yesterday, when I had a long, decadent lunch with an old friend.

 

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Another benefit of the New Year…I had made a resolution to upgrade my phone, so last Saturday, I bought my iPhone 5s, my first ever smartphone.  At first I was frustrated, as everything was so different, but by the time I started taking pictures, sending them, and finally getting the hang of the texting…I was in.  And last night I finally added Facebook to my phone. 

My phone now has a name:  Phoebe.

I think I am always the last person on earth to move on up technologically.  I got my first VCR (remember those?) in 1984, after everyone else had them.  And my DVR in 1999.

I got my Facebook page in 2008…the year I started blogging.  I love both of those experiences.

So there you have it…oh, and my Kindle in 2010, but only because my daughter gave it to me for Christmas.  I love it, of course, my dear Sparky…and now I will soon upgrade that device.

 

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How do you face technological change?  Do you embrace it, or lag along until you see how everyone else is managing?  That last one is me.  LOL

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On the bookish front, I was examining my pages on Curl up and Read, where I document books read, purchased, and review books read…and discovered an interesting fact (for me, anyway).

While I read and reviewed 181 books in 2014, 88 of them were review books from authors, publishers, and Amazon Vine.  The rest, of course, were books I purchased, not necessarily in 2014.  We went over those numbers in this post:  New Year’s Eve Thoughts, in which I diagnosed myself with Compulsive Book Buying Disorder.

I purchased 151 books in 2014!

 

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I am trying to do better…someone once told me that “trying is lying,” and that sticks in my craw, a little bit.

But here’s the evidence so far:  I have downloaded three books this year so far.  Now downloads don’t count, do they?  LOL

That’s what I tell myself as I click away.  But maybe I have curbed my impulses a little bit.

On the review front, I have received three review books so far, and all of them came this week.

Today I’m reading a book on Sparky that I downloaded last year:  Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline.

 

 

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Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever.  Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play.  The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

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So that’s my bookish (and not so bookish) world.  What does your world look like today?

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS!

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Welcome to another Thursday, and the ramblings that make up My Bookish (and Not So Bookish Thoughts), hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

Christmas is almost here, and I am not ready!  Well, yes, I do have my decorations up, such as they are, and I have already started reading Christmas books…well, ONE.

But my mind is not there yet.  Maybe if I went out shopping and felt myself pushed, shoved, and jostled by other shoppers, that would do it.

 

 

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But since my gift-giving style these days is gift cards—in my defense, that’s what the kids want!—I have no real reason to subject myself to that hassle.

At this point in my life, Christmas shopping or any kind of shopping, other than online shopping, is a big nuisance.  But I do manage to do it when needed.  And then I usually pick a store where I can get everything…like Target, and try to pick hours that other people are not shopping.  LOL

How do you feel about shopping, Christmas or otherwise?  Am I the only one who prefers to shop from home?

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My bookish needs are definitely satisfied most of the time by Amazon, either by purchase or review books requested through Vine.

I buy the occasional book at Barnes & Noble, which is just around the corner, and I usually pick a time when I can have coffee and a scone before shopping.

Here is what I am getting from Vine this week, and I love it!

Lillian on Life, by Alison Jean Lester

 

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This is the story of Lillian, a single woman reflecting on her choices and imagining her future.  Born in the Midwest in the 1930s; Lillian lives, loves, and works in Europe in the fifties and early sixties; she settles in New York and pursues the great love of her life in the sixties and seventies. Now it’s the early nineties, and she’s taking stock. Throughout her life, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern choices for women, Lillian grapples with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and loses in love, and develops her own brand of wisdom. Lillian on Life lifts the skin off the beautiful, stylish product of an era to reveal the confused, hot-blooded woman underneath.

 

One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis

 

 

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An intricately plotted, thoroughly addictive thriller that introduces a major new voice in suspense fiction—a mesmerizing and powerful novel that will keep you guessing to the very end.

No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret.

Will you?

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to start again as someone new?

Now, Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past—or her own memories.

And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she’s done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far. . . .

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Currently, I am reading The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters, but alternated between that one and Monday, Monday, by Elizabeth Crook, which I finished this afternoon.  (Click for review).

 

 

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Back to The Paying Guests, I am intrigued by the story….but it’s a long one (568 pages), so I may pick up another shorter book, too.

Like Where Are You Now?, by Mary Higgins Clark. (304 pages).

 

 

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It has been ten years since twenty-one-year-old Charles MacKenzie Jr. (“Mack”) went missing. A Columbia University senior, about to graduate and already accepted at Duke University Law School, he walked out of his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side without a word to his college roommates and has never been seen again. However, he does make one ritual phone call to his mother every year: on Mother’s Day. Each time, he assures her he is fine, refuses to answer her frantic questions, then hangs up. Even the death of his father, a corporate lawyer, in the tragedy of 9/11 does not bring him home or break the pattern of his calls.

Mack’s sister, Carolyn, is now twenty-six, a law school graduate, and has just finished her clerkship for a civil court judge in Manhattan. She has endured two family tragedies, yet she realizes that she will never be able to have closure and get on with her life until she finds her brother. She resolves to discover what happened to Mack and why he has found it necessary to hide from them. So this year when Mack makes his annual Mother’s Day call, Carolyn interrupts to announce her intention to track him down, no matter what it takes. The next morning after Mass, her uncle, Monsignor Devon MacKenzie, receives a scrawled message left in the collection basket: “Uncle Devon, tell Carolyn she must not look for me.”

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Now doesn’t that pique your curiosity?  If did give me a little chill, too.

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So I am eagerly reading away my days, doing some blogging, and trying not to go shopping!  LOL

What was your week like?

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