Good morning!  There is sunshine outdoors today, but in the past week, we have had rain…and even hail.  I will never get used to that sound!

Since I’ve been playing around with this blog (new header above), I also plumbed the depths and I am posting an excerpt from  2015.   Four years ago looked quite different around my house…and also with my granddaughters, who were high school seniors then.


First feature for today:  my two lovely granddaughters, Aubrey and Fiona, are enjoying their “bookish” senior year doing some non-bookish things.

In this photo, Aubrey and friends are enjoying some free time from bookish pursuits:



Aubrey and Friends - Seniors


And in this one, Fiona, with another of her various “new looks,” is enjoying some time with her mom, while letting us know, by flaunting her Monster Java drink, that she has non-bookish things on her mind.



Fiona & another new look and her mom


And on to some bookish shots:  Here is one of my bookish corners, with some of my older books…and a few family photos.



bookish corner


Shortly after I took the photo of the corner bookshelf above, I purged it…and now it looks like this:


I do enjoy looking back in the past, even as I am plotting the future.  What does your past (and present) look like?





Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?


Currently Reading:

I See You, by Clare Mackintosh (Amazon Vine Review)




The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…

I am enjoying it!  The characters reeled me in, as did the situations, and I loved the alternating narrators.  I find my favorites often use this writing tool.


White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg

(This one sits on my nightstand and I pick it up to read now and then.  It will be a slow read).







On Sunday, I finished reading Scandal in Skibbereen, by Sheila Connolly, Book 2 of the County Cork series. (Click title for my review).




In Book Two of the County Cork series, Scandal in Skibbereen, we connect with Maura Donovan again, as she runs the pub in Leap. The very pub she inherited from an old friend of her grandmother’s. The characters from the first book rejoin us, from Bridget Nolan to Old Willie. Rose, the teenage daughter of Jimmy, still helps out in the pub, and Jimmy has not lost his attitude.


Last night I finished my NetGalley review book, to be released on 1/10/17:  The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian.  Loved it! (Click title for my review).





From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.



The Mother’s Promise, by Sally Hepworth, will be released on 2/21/17.  I loved a recent book by this author, The Things We Keep, so I had to add this one to my list.





All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two, living quietly in northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works until it doesn t. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life.

Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the darkest moments, The Mother s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, and the new ways in which families are forged.


So….that’s my week.  What did yours look like?  Check out a Christmas snack I had while reading today.