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Robin M

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    Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!
  • Birthday 11/21/1959

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  1. @Nan in Mass So good to hear from you! 😘 We all love to reread books. In my case, I discover something I missed the first or second or third time round. Jump in anytime with your thoughts. Frank Herbert was one of my favorite authors way back when and I don't remember reading Deep Pressure. Looks quite interesting and I'll keep my eyes out for a copy. @Junie I have to agree. Great Expectations was a much more enjoyable read than Oliver Twist which I gave up on. Scaramouche sounds enjoyable as well. @Kareni Hand Lettering sounds interesting. I currently have two coloring books I'm working on while listening to you tube videos with James - In the Garden and Country Charm.
  2. I finally dove back into the world of the Spymasters and reading book #2 in the series - The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne. "A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit." Waiting on my virtual nightstand is Devil's Advocate by Morris West which was written in my birth year. I have a couple chunksters as well but haven't been in the mood for a super long book. I'd rather start out my year with a chunky book rather than end my year with one. Plans percolating for next year. Chunky reads definitely on the list.
  3. Happy Sunday and welcome to week forty-seven in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all joining in for the first time and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. Sweet Sixty If sixty is the new forty Then forty is the new twenty And twenty is...slightly young. Which would make sixty middle aged. If sixty is middle aged, Then eighty is getting up there, And a hundred is...slightly old. The point is, sixty is now here. Sixty is here, and that's that. No different from fifty-nine or sixty-one. Except it's sweet. Sweet and good. And I wouldn't change it, even if I could. I figured it was time for another round of Bookish Birthdays and News since I'm joining the ranks of the sixty something club this week. A milestone, not a millstone, and totally in tune with 60 Perfect Reasons You Should Be Psyched About Turning 60. No matter what age you are, it's always an opportunity to celebrate. Let's celebrate with a mini challenge this week and read a book which takes place in the year you were born or was written in the year you were born. Take a look at the New York Times Adult Hardcover Best Seller Listings which is an awesome resource. Since this has been a year of reading mysteries and crime fiction, I picked out Devil's Advocate by Morris West, a new to me author. Another good resource is Goodreads (What a shock!!!) Search for 'most popular books' along with your ‘birth year’ and see what pops up. Check out Lit Hub's series of A Century of Reading: Ten Books that Defined the decade from the 1910's through the 1990's. Whether you are feeling up or down, 46 Hilarious Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh. And just because: The First Line of Harry Potter and The Last Line of Harry Potter: A Close Reading. Are you hooked on the new Disney Streaming Service. Me too! Celebrate with 15 Disney Channel Original Movies and Book Pairings. Did you know November 17th is Homemade Bread day, November 20th is Absurdity Day, and November 21st is World Hello Day? Now you do! Little known facts: Actor Danny De Vito and Saturday Night Live's producer, Lorne Michael were born November 17, 1944. November 18 is Mickey Mouse's birthday as well as Margaret Atwood. Larry King, Dick Cavett, and Ted Turner were all born on November 19th. Not in the same year, of course. November 20, 1939 is Dick Smothers Birthday, the favorite smothers brother from Laugh In. I share my birthday on November 21st with an eclectic group including Voltaire, Harpo Marx, Goldie Hawn and Marlo Thomas. November 22nd is the anniversary of George Eliot's birthday, the author who wrote Middlemarch. November 23rd is the anniversary William "Billy the Kid" Bonney. And last but not least, a bit of mind filler --- November Pop Culture History. Now, see what you can do to turn any of this information into a reading goal and challenge for yourself for next year! ~Cheers~ What are you reading? Link to week 46
  4. It just hit me that we only have 6 weeks left before the end of the year. Any thoughts about next year's reading plans. What you want to continue from this year and what you'd like to dip into in 2020? Ideas for new challenges or bingo categories?
  5. Yes, all the old movies are available as well including Mary Poppins, Aristocats and Bedknobs, plus all the old cartoons going back the 20's. My favorite? So hard to narrow down to just one. Star Wars is a given. Probably Fantasia which was on vhs tape and we wore out a long time ago.
  6. I’m in love with Disney plus streaming service. James and I watched The Mandalorian today and then perused all the movies and tv shows. All the disney and pixar and Marcel movies are on there. So many i haven’t seen. Like being in a candy shop and not being able to decide which one to chose. Anyone else tripping out on the selections?
  7. @Negin Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing! @Kareni Glad you had fun with your friend. Thank you for all the links. Re the Linesman trilogy - Alliance is on my wishlist! @tuesdayschild Welcome to the Linesman's fan club. 😁 @mumto2 The embargo is for two months.
  8. Oh my gosh, yes. We did have to take a couple breaks, the movie was so long and intense and the battle scene went on forever. They could have split this movie in two and it would have been just as good.
  9. Just about done with Faith Hunter's Shattered Bonds. So good. I did my typical read it fast and my second slow reread absorbing all the details. Also dipping back into the Dirk and Steele series by Marjorie M. Liu and reading #2 currently Shadow Touch. Last night we watched the 2nd movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy - The Two Towers. Gollum is really really creepy. Rather intense and action packed and we all had to decompress after that one.
  10. Happy Sunday and welcome to week forty-six in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. Are you ready to dive in to the world of nonfiction? From true crime to memoirs to cooking to self help to drama and poetry, nonfiction literature is just as diverse as fiction with a wide variety of subjects to choose. Novel Suspects presents The Best True Crime Podcasts of 2019 (So Far) Check out Lit Hub's Preview of Fall 2019 Nonfiction for science, technology, politics, history, and biography. Bookriot's Rebecca Hussey has compiled a list of the 20 must read works of innovative nonfiction for 2019. She Reads has put together a compelling list of 12 must read memoirs of 2019. For those who don't typically read nonfiction, Off the Shelf has put together a list of The Best Narrative Nonfiction Books for Non-Nonfiction Readers to dip your toes into. Poet Jamie McKendrick recommends the Best Poetry to Read in 2019. Need a bit of inspiration? Dive into Goodreads Popular Nonfiction Christian reads. Penguin books offers 15 Books to Help You Learn Something new. If you love to cook, dig into Food and Wine's 18 Essential New Cookbooks for Fall which had me craving lasagna and shrimp. Have fun exploring nonfiction this month. What are you reading? Link to week 45
  11. Books we've read that may help -- Diary of a Social Detective which we've read twice together so far and my son's speech therapist also used when we suggested it. We also have The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules and The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide. Both good. She may want to check out Temple Grandin's The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. Also search Google books written by teens with Aspergers. There are quite a few. Hugs to you for helping and hugs to your friend as she sorts things out.
  12. I have Fisher's Cocaine Blues waiting in the wings to read. Currently reading Faith Hunter's Shattered Bonds plus ebook The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark. "In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations. Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans." Last night we introduced James to The Coneheads. He wasn't too terribly impressed. Had many cringe worthy moments in his opinion. However, he loved Prometheus which is the prequel to the Aliens. Great movie which we watched on Halloween, which made you cringe from the scary, gory, moments.
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