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Robin M

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    Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!
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  1. I can't decide. All his books sound good. @Lori D. Ender's Game sounds so much like the Hunger Games which was a difficult read as it had the same theme. Children fighting children. Is there much difference and would you consider Ender's Game a better read? Thank you for all your thoughts on The Hobbit. Greatly appreciated and provides a great written visual of the story, supplementing what I already read. Brings it all back to the forefront again and makes me want to read it all over again. Picked up The Fellowship of the Rings in anticipation of starting it in April. I actually found a paperback without minuscule print. 😀 Life of the Files it is. My file basket is overflowing as well and I just discovered a pile I hadn't filed before we moved the business in a drawer. My stack had babies. *facepalm* I hate filing. Good to hear as I have this on in my virtual stacks. Research for your next book???
  2. @loesje22000 It's been a while since I've read anything by Karen Dionne. Marsh King's Daughter is going on my wishlist. @Matryoshka Congrats on finishing One Hundred Years of Solitude. Adding Golden Child to my wishlist as well. @Excelsior! Academy Both Black Robe Fever and A Weed in the Church sound intriguing. @Dicentra Gorgeous picture of the lake and sunset. @Violet Crown One of these days I'll read something by Graham Greene. Are you reading anything special for Lent? @Pen the only place I found gentian was on etsy. @melmichigan Thanks for the link up to the Paranormal Women's Fiction group. Exploring! @JennW in SoCal Blood Curse sounds fascinating. @Maus I loved Merton's Seven Storey Mountain which lead to reading Seeds Of Contemplation and more. He is a fascinating person and I listened to some lectures give by him at a conference available on Audible. I have several ebooks by him which I've been working through slowly. I may try The Way of Shuang Tzu soon.
  3. How is everyone feeling? Do you need more virtual chicken soup? Yummy! I'll have to check out the Secret Teaching of Plants. @Kareni Wonderful links with plenty of rabbit trails. Thank you! More additions to my want list. @Negin Great pictures and love the picture of you and your daughter. Adorable. @RootAnn Caffeine, the book, sounds interesting. My hubby has made a science out of roasting coffee beans and blending all the difference flavors. I'm a pepsi girl myself. @Mothersweets Weaver takes a Wife is one of my favorite rereads as well. @Ali in OR Hmm, This is How you Lose the Time War sounds great. Thanks! Love it. Hubby supplied me with a bunch of detective and mystery stories from a garage sale and every time he sees me reading a physical book, he asks "Is that one of mine." 😁 Have fun reading your 'red covers'. @Teaching3bears What did your kids think of Moby Dick?
  4. Good morning or afternoon or evening as the case may be. I’m currently reading David Baldacci’s Long Road to Mercy, #1 in his Atlee Pine series about a female FBI who is the sole resident agent in charge of protecting the Grand Canyon. (Whodunit) I finished Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound, #1 in the Elder Races series. Once I started reading it, didn’t want to stop. Sort of reminded me of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series with an ensemble case except with Dragons and half humans. Love the characters and look forward to reading more. (Dragons) Quick comfort read by one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, Cindy Gerard who really needs to go back to writing more stories in the bodyguard and one eyed jack series. Snow Blind which is #6 in the Stormwatch series written by 6 different authors. Now that I’ve read Gerard installment, I really want to read the rest of the series. Happy they are available through Kindle Unlimited (Love and Mystery) Still sipping from The Lost City of Z and really doubting Grann’s sanity in attempted to forge into the Amazon. Not really a great breakfast read as there are cringe worthy description of diseases and illness Fawcett and other members of his team experience. Yuck! (answer me this) I'm also enjoying listening to Faith Hunter's Cat O Nine Tails, a compilation of 13 stories from Jane, Beast's Molly's, Rick's and even Bruiser's pov.
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  6. The lyrics running through my head today are from James Taylor's You Got a Friend. Why is it that I can't ever remember the whole song but just a snippet which turns into a ear worm for the day. Winter, spring, summer or fall All you've got to do is call And I'll be there, ye, ye, ye You've got a friend Does anyone else wake up to music playing in their head in the morning? No? Just me. Hmm.... 😊 Which leads to our Bingo categories for the week: Four seasons and/or four legged animals. How many ways can we go with four seasons? Ideas include but are not limited to: Read a book with Four Seasons in the title Read a book with one or more of the Seasons in the title Read a book which experiences nature's four seasons during the telling of the tale. Read a book about the four seasons. Read a book in which someone goes through four seasons in their life such as aging or trials. Read a book about four seasons of marriage. Explore the symbolism of the four seasons, examples of seasonal symbolism, or Literature connections to Real Reasons for Seasons. For four legged animals, otherwise known as quadrupeds, we can go a variety of ways: Real life four legged creatures such as horses, dogs, cats, lions, elephants, sheep, etc. Or the mythical or fictional variety with dragons, griffins, unicorns, werewolves, and other were creatures. Let your imagination be your guide and have fun following rabbit trails. Link to week 7 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews if you like.
  7. Hi Ladies! Sorry to be awol this week. It's been a hectic week and I've been working on taxes. Always fun, right? Not. I did have a chance to dive into Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound which is so good. Thank you @Kareni Consider all your posts liked and loved and hopefully I'll have a bit more time tomorrow to respond to posts. 😘
  8. How about a Reading Log ?
  9. What about Star Trek, either the first series or any of the movies. Second these movies. We've watched them all again within the past year and are still very good. The original Planet of the Apes or Battlestar Galactica, Omega Man or Andromeda Strain
  10. We were up late last night watching the movie Avatar which was really good and exciting which made it impossible to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. 🙂 I finished Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave which I thoroughly enjoyed. Her narrative style of writing pulled me into the story and I enjoyed it so much more than I did when I was younger. Dove back into the world of the Class 5 with Michelle Diener's Dark Matters. Breakfast read: The Lost City of Oz.
  11. Week 7 is live - please continue conversation in new thread
  12. It’s mid February and we’re experiencing our false spring. Twenty degree changes in temperature are quite common and you never know from one day to the next whether you need a coat or just flip flops to meander out and about. There’s a meme going around for the 12 seasons of California. Winter Fools Spring 2nd Winter Spring of Deception 3rd Winter Road Construction Actual Spring Summer Fire False Fall 2nd Summer Actual Fall We’re in Fools Spring right now and I’m in the mood to go to the coast for a long walk on the beach. Although I’m sure the water is freezing right now. What is your go to nature preference when you want to get away: Coast or the mountains? Sunrise on the Coast by Banjo Patterson Grey dawn on the sand-hills–the night wind has drifted All night from the rollers a scent of the sea; With the dawn the grey fog his battalions has lifted, At the call of the morning they scatter and flee. Like mariners calling the roll of their number The sea-fowl put out to the infinite deep. And far over-head–sinking softly to slumber– Worn out by their watching, the stars fall asleep. To eastward, where resteth the dome of the skies on The sea-line, stirs softly the curtain of night; And far from behind the enshrouded horizon Comes the voice of a God saying “Let there be light.” And lo, there is light! Evanescent and tender, It glows ruby-red where ’twas now ashen-grey; And purple and scarlet and gold in its splendour– Behold, ’tis that marvel, the birth of a day! Hope all who have been sick are feeling better and sending loads of virtual chicken soup to all who aren’t. Hugs! Link to Week 6 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews if you like.
  13. I tend to read more female authors overall. Not that I'm trying but it just ends up that way. This year so far is 9 females / 4 male "Go to the Window." 😁 Hilarious movie as well.
  14. Great to see you. How are the Flute lessons and band rehearsals going? Yes, you are off to a promising start. I'm looking forward to reading In the Heart of the Sea. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for all the links. I'm still following rabbit trails. I read the article in the New Yorker on Trust Exercise. I added the book to my wishlist. Love the quotes and makes me want to read Between the World and Me as well as We Should all be Feminists. I probably should read Digital Minimalism so I can get more writing done. 😁
  15. Both of these are excellent. I have One of Your Thursdays is Missing which I probably should reread. Looks good. Awesome links, Karen. I liked Beth Revis's Across the Universe. Added the 2nd book as well as Give the Dark My Love to my wishlist. Thank you!
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