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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BOOKISH SATURDAY: BLOGGIESTA, ETC.

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Welcome to another Bookish Saturday, where we chat about our lives in a bookish world.

Coming next weekend:  Mini-Bloggiesta, and I will be working on this blog, as the “newest” one added to my WP fold (formerly on Blogger).

Here is my sign-up post, in which I promise to complete certain tasks.  I generally start with a relatively small list, to increase the likelihood of success.  Adding to the list as I go along is another tendency of mine.

Earlier, I visited Kimba’s wonderful Caffeinated Reviewer, in which she talked about things one can clean up in the blog, in “How the Heck Did You Do That?”, a regular feature.

Lots of good ideas there!

So I’m going to make lists, plan, and show up next weekend to totally improve this space!  And that is my vow…LOL

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Meanwhile, on the bookish front, visit my Weekly Updates here later…and today I’m reading a lovely Sarah Jio book that I recently downloaded.  For some reason, some authors’ books don’t stay on Sparky very long before I jump into them.

The Look of Love is the story of one young woman’s rare gift:  the ability to see true love.

 

 

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Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.

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And early this morning (yes, I had to keep reading until I finished it), I closed the last page on Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline.  Click for my review.

 

 

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This is the 13th book in the Rosato & Associates series, and with each book, I am more hooked.  Each one features a different character, but the others are secondary characters, so we get to enjoy their lives, almost as if they are old friends.

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What is going on in your bookish world today?  Are you a Bloggiesta participant?  If so, what do you like most about it?

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