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Robin M

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    Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!
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  1. Good Morning! I finished G.H. Ephron's first book in their Peter Zak Medical Mystery, Amnesia which was good although I figured what was going on halfway through the novel. Don't know what I'm going to read next as I have finished my sip books and not not sure what I'm in the mood for. Hmm? Looking at the shelves and playing eeny meeny miny moe.
  2. Week twenty Two is live - please continue conversation in new thread.
  3. Happy Sunday and welcome to week twenty-two 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. Yesterday during a conversation with a customer who is deploying to Afghanistan next week he said, “I'm not sure if I'll return. I never know each time they send me." I thanked him for his service before we hung up the phone, in awe of his bravery in the face of the unknown. Sometimes you feel helpless when all you can do is offer up prayers for a safe return. Thinking of all the men and women over the centuries who haven’t returned, who have fought and died in service to our country this memorial day. Memorial Day © 2001 Ali M., 3rd Grader, Academy Elementary School, Madison, Connecticut. "As the flowers rest on the decorated graves and the sunlight shines on the beautiful sailboats, Uncle Sam whispers in my ear about how we should care for the soldiers and remember the ones that have died. Swimming pools open, BBQs fry. Today is the day to think of what they have done for us. There are blurs of red, white and blue marching down the street and flags are lowered at half-mast. But we should always remember and never forget what set us free, from this very day on." Freedom Is Not Free by Kelly Strong I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, He'd stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers' tears? How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No, freedom isn't free. I heard the sound of TAPS one night, When everything was still I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That TAPS had meant "Amen," When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free. What are you reading? Link to Week Twenty One
  4. @aggieamy Hope you are feeling better and enjoying your time with your darling Alejandra. How soon before you all plan a trip to her home town? Awesome news that you've finished your WIP and sent it off to the editor. Next big step. @tuesdayschild Hugs and glad to see you again. Hope you don't have to have any more surgery. Sending good thoughts and prayers for healing. Here's a picture of the house. We are getting closer. The stairs are being redone today in anticipation of laying the floor. Signs went up last week and we are getting a lot of good comments from friends and customers who have driven by the place. @Violet Crown Thanks! Garage clean up is ongoing and spurring me to go through other closets and cabinets to reduce and get rid of what we haven't used in forever. Rat hunt is progressing. More holes filled up. Sneaky little buggers. @Liz CA Lots of hugs - moving is stressful and hope things smooth out for you soon. I don't even want to think about moving our business yet. *facepalm* @Penguin Congratulations to your graduate! It takes a little bit of time to adjust to being done. I still get in the mood to look at curriculum and we're still addicted to Great Courses Plus. Oh man. Neil Gaiman, love him. Glad you got to experience him. @JennW in SoCal and everyone else. Waving hello. Good to see you! @SusanC Yay and way to go. ~ cheers! I finished Patricia Briggs Storm Cursed. So good and typically read it fast and want to read it again more slowly. Debating. Also finished my sip book Story trumps Structure by Steven James. Love the idea of organic writing and letting the character lead the story. Now to get back to editing Red Thief. Too much time away from writing! Prayers for my brother in law and his family would be appreciated. His dad, who is a wonderful person, passed away and the funeral is tomorrow. Gathering with the family to celebrate his life.
  5. Finishing my marathon reread of Nalini Singh's psychangling/trinity series with Ocean Light. The third book - Wolf Rain - will be released in June. Added The Candle and the Flame and Black God's Drums to my virtual stacks. Since I'm in the mood from something steampunk, will probably read Black God's Drums next. "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."
  6. Week 21 is live - please continue conversation in new thread
  7. Happy Sunday and welcome to week twenty-one 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. It's time for a round of bookish birthdays and news. Herman Wouk, author of the Caine Mutiny passed away at the age of 103 last Friday. Herman Wouk Bucks Literary Trends to Produce Best Selling Novels. Herman Wouk, 'The Jackie Robinson Of Jewish-American Fiction I've already added the next two books to my virtual stacks: First Flames: An Interview Between Debut Authors Hafsah Faizal and Nafiza Azad, Language Has Magic In 'The Candle And The Flame' Read an Excerpt from P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drums, Award finalist for Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon. The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Story Behind Arthur Conan Doyle's Creation Michael Chabon’s Advice to Young Writers: Put Away Your Phone Author Birthdays May 19 Lorraine Vivian Hansberry Jodi Picoult Nora Ephron May 20 Honore de Balzac Sigrid Undset May 21 Dante Alighiere Alexander Pope May 22 Arthur Conan Doyle Peter Matthiessen Herge May 23 James Blish Scott O'Dell Margaret Wise Brown May 24 William Trevor Michael Chabon Joseph Brodsky May 25 Robert Ludlum John Gregory Dunne Ralph Waldo Emerson Have fun exploring and following rabbit trails What are you reading? Link to week twenty
  8. I like Numi Organics or Harney and Sons. There's the English Tea Store online with warehouses located out of Pennsylvania and Nevada which sells PG.
  9. Wow, I didn't know she had nine kids and still managed to fit in all that writing time. Back in the late 70's, early 80's I read a few of her books along with Barbara Cartland. Enjoyed them then, now not so much so I'd have to agree with you on the desperate reader front. Clark did remind me quite a bit of their styles which is why I probably don't like her now either. Yeah for 52! I knew you'd reach it with all the reading you do. So glad you enjoyed Still Life. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed and still am enjoying Michael Scott's Nicholas Flamel's series. I've read the first four and haven't read The Warlock yet. Glad you are enjoying them as well as Zero Day. I saw Hank Phillipi Ryan interview David Baldacci as well as Jacqueline Winspear interview Lee Child at Bouchercon several years ago which is what sold me on their books. Haven't been able to get into Storm Cursed. Not in the mood for something new. So decided to continue on with Silver Silence and Ocean Light which make a lot more sense now that I've read the series in order. Had forgotten so much. We've been spending every spare minute cleaning out the garage. Scheduled annual dump day today so we heaved all the stuff into the side yard over the past week and then hauled it all out to the street yesterday. Clean, clean, clean. Feels so much better. Still have lots of book boxes to go through and sort.
  10. Happy mom's day, my lovelies. 😘 Patricia Brigg's Storm Cursed has arrived. Yeah! Almost finished with my marathon reread of the Psy Changeling series and reading #15 Allegiance of Honor and I will be done until Wolf Rain comes out. The wrap up before the Trinity series. "The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners. But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling. To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?" But first, more garage cleaning and the fun of sorting through loads of book boxes. Which will be keepers and which will be donated? That is the question.
  11. Week 20 is live - please continue conversation in new thread
  12. Happy Sunday and welcome to week twenty 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. A Rose for Mother by Cleo M. Shoffstall Another Mother's Day is here, Bringing joy and pleasures new, On this special day, Mother dear, I want to remember you. I cannot give you costly gifts, And I've told you this before, No matter what I give to you, You give back much, much more. I'm giving you a pure, sweet rose, Gathered in the early morn, This rose you planted in my heart, The day that I was born. In kindly, loving thoughts of you, And with the faith you still impart, The rose I give to you today, Is the love that's in my heart. Happy Mother's Day! What are you reading? Link to week nineteen
  13. During our garage clean, Hubby sorted through some of his mom's book boxes and started pulling out books. Found Poe's short stories as well as collected poems of Bertolt Brecht along with several English historicals so Poe is a good option to consider. Did I tell you I found one of the rat's nests. Pulled out a box and one jumped right over my hand. I did the female thing, squealed and danced away. Gave hubby a heart attack. We made the cats smell the box and every single one hightailed into the back yard or the house. 😄 The rats are winning and managing to eat the peanut butter without tripping the traps. I'm the only one who got snapped. Ouch my poor finger. Thankfully I was wearing a heavy glove. Nor are they getting stuck in the sticky ones. Cute little paw prints taunt us from the middle of the black sticky paper. I think they may be getting tired of us bugging them because they've disappeared which makes James happy because he was trying to talk us into doing the catch and release thing. *facepalm* Hubby's closing up holes in the roof eaves today. Still have more cleaning to do though. So much fun...
  14. It's a rough read and I really didn't like Lizbeth all that much but she grew on me after a while. It took me a couple starts to really get into it and given the length, I had to give it a 100 pages and by then I was hooked. If you aren't enjoying it, set it aside and try another time. It's really one of those gotta be in the mood since it can be quite dark at times.
  15. Did y'all decide on what you wanted to do for a readalong? Various choices include Violet Crown suggestions: 1. Dickens, Great Expectations 2. Euripides, Medea 3. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 4. Homer, The Iliad 5. Swift, Gulliver's Travels 6. Sartre, No Exit 7. James, The Portrait of a Lady 8. Shakespeare, King Lear 9. Faulkner, As I Lay Dying 10. Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado" 11. James, The Turn of the Screw 12. Shakespeare, Hamlet a Modern Classic a short brit trip adventure, a mystery golden oldie, Harry Potter vs Great Expectations Book vs film James Bond Nonfiction such as In the Heart of the Sea which was the inspiration for Moby Dick since we've previously completed a Moby Dick readalong.
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