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 feels spring-like here!  Yesterday I walked around the outdoor mall in my neighborhood and ended up having lunch with a friend at Dai Bai Dang, a place I enjoy every now and then.  We almost sat at the outdoor dining area…but then did not.



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I love having the appetizers as my “lunch,” along with a cocktail…and a dessert of green tea ice cream.

Yes, I had it all!

The best thing about lunches after retirement is that you are not limited to an hour, like in your “before” life.  So we lingered…eating, chatting, etc.

Home at last, I felt stuffed…and didn’t have dinner.  Just a snack bar at the end of the day.

And I felt decadent!


While I was waiting for my friend to arrive—I always get to places early!—I started reading The Girl on the Train  on Sparky, my Kindle.  It isn’t on my reading list for the week, but I didn’t want to bring the big hardcover along, Copper Beach, which I am also reading.








I don’t often read two books at once, but when I do, one of them is bound to be on Sparky.


I couldn’t help myself!  I went to the Vine list, just to check and see what was available.  I know, not a good thing to do if you are cutting back on ARCs….but then I found this one!  I was going to buy it anyway, so why not order it from Vine?  I’m good at rationalizing….LOL

So I did.

The Day We Met, by Rowan Coleman has been on my “waiting for” list, since I have enjoyed several other books by this author.






For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with?

A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.


Now I have one more ARC headed my way….what can I do, though?  The good news…my list is still fairly small.  I have TWO books headed my way.

What has your week brought to you?  What are you loving or hating?



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Welcome to another edition of Bookish Saturdays.

Typically, I am already adding more books to my shelves, but the two I just added are ARCs, so they won’t actually stay on my shelves once I’ve read and reviewed them.

But they piqued my interest.

After Birth, by Elisa Albert, sounds so intriguing.





A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it “birth” and still she can’t locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a tree without roots, struggling to keep her branches aloft.

When Mina, a one-time cult musician — older, self-contained, alone, and nine-months pregnant —moves to town, Ari sees the possibility of a new friend, despite her unfortunate habit of generally mistrusting women. Soon they become comrades-in-arms, and the previously hostile terrain seems almost navigable.

With piercing insight, purifying anger, and outrageous humor, Elisa Albert issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. Like Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and Anne Enright’s The Gathering, this is a daring and resonant novel from one of our most visceral writers.


And next, I added All Day and a Night, by Alafair Burke.  She co-authored The Cinderella Murder with Mary Higgins Clark, (click for my review), which was my First Book of 2015.





When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband—until the District Attorney’s office receives an anonymous letter. The letter’s author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: the victim’s bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.

NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the “fresh look” team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro’s conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defense lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, whose older sister was one of Amaro’s victims.

As the NYPD and Amaro’s lawyers search for certainty among conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie’s hometown, where secrets buried long ago lead to a brutal attack—one that makes it terrifyingly clear that someone has gotten too close to the truth.


I think I am all set for an intense couple of reads.

Currently, I am reading I Love You More, by Jennifer Murphy…another murder mystery.





One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.



What does your Saturday hold for you?  Reading, movies, errands?  I have also been organizing Sparky (my Kindle) with a collection for Books Read in 2015…and making sure that my previous collections are organized as well.



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Welcome to Bookish Saturdays, a little forum for bookish talk….especially when books chase away the blues.

Lately I have been acquiring downloads as if they are going out of style…or as if I am afraid that they will somehow disappear.

I have some questions for those who are in the know:

Sparky is four years old this Christmas, and still working properly…knock wood!  If I have to upgrade to a Kindle Fire or something similar, how do I migrate my books?  I know there is an account on Amazon…but does anyone know how that works?

Now, by asking this question, I hope Sparky does not feel threatened.  Do you believe that your devices are like people in your world?  Or is that just me?  LOL




Meanwhile, I am receiving a number of review books that are in print format…and enjoying them.  However, they are ARCS…and while most of them these days have the lovely covers, that ARC stamp seems a bit daunting when they are sitting next to other books on the shelves.

And then some of them I don’t want to keep…but there is a rule with Vine:  No giving away of the ARCs!

What is the alternative?  Well, tossing them into the recycling bin…but then, don’t they just end up somewhere that others could find them?  And wouldn’t it make sense to just give them to other readers?  What do you think?  Or we could build a special place where they could go, like this:


Book Retreat


Okay, when I started this post, I didn’t envision it going this way…LOL.  But since it has, I can’t wait to see what others might have to offer.

In the meantime, here’s the book I ordered from Amazon…it MIGHT be my First Book Read in 2015, hosted by Book Journey, or I might find that book at Barnes & Noble when I go there later today.




The cover makes me think of spring, new beginnings, and everything lovely in the world.  And I adore Cathy Lamb’s books.

And a teaser:

Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she’s never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he’s arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.


And I can’t wait to see what I might find at Barnes & Noble.  And that means I need to hustle and get ready to go!