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  1. Thank you for this thread, Robin, I love the quote! I have The Husbands by Chandler Baker on my nightstand and need to finish it quickly as it is due back at the library next week.
  2. Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding!
  3. Hello all! Thank you for the wedding well-wishes 😊 One week to go and it's all coming together (fingers crossed) and my mantra is "it will all be fine." I finished Miss Benson's Beetle and very much enjoyed it. Glad I listened to it as I think that added to the overall story. I also finished Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik - loved it! It took the Rumplestiltskin tale and turned it around in some very clever ways. I plan on reading more from this author. Also - I know several of us read and love this series -Amazon and Left Bank Pictures begin production on the Three Pines series !!! I am hoping they do a good job with it and I normally like the actor who is set to play Gamache but in this instance I'm not so sure. I pictured Gamache a bit younger - especially considering there are so many books in the series. What do you all think?
  4. Hello everyone! I've been busy lately and just haven't had enough time to keep up with all the great books I have in my TBR pile. My oldest daughter got married last weekend and my #4 daughter is getting married in 3 weeks time here from home! I'm semi-freaking out about hosting the wedding and reception because as I age I find myself turning into something of a recluse and having 50 people in my home is definitely out of my comfort zone. Wish me luck! Haven't finished anything but am close to finishing a terrific audiobook - Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce and read by Juliet Stevenson. Set shortly after WW2, spinster Margery decides to upend her mundane life and go to New Caledonia to find the elusive golden beetle. She advertises for an assistant and ends up with kooky, fun-loving Enid who fulfills none of the position's requirements. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and at first I thought it was going to be an adventure, then maybe a mad-cap farce, and now it is turning poignant and I am really not sure what is going to happen to these two ladies that I care about! I glanced at a few reviews and many readers said they found it sad but I haven't, so far. I think Juliet Stevenson's narration has made a big difference in how I am experiencing the story. Has anyone else read or listened to this? eta- I need to catch up with the Count and friends but haven't forgotten him. Enjoyed the poem, Robin, and neat idea for a reading challenge! My favorite number is 3 - it's a magic number 🙂
  5. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Finished this on Sunday. The only other book I've read depicting the Dust Bowl was The Grapes of Wrath - and I hated the ending. This one was better? more believable? I only know that I didn't want to throw it across the room when I finished. I did enjoy it although it was heart-breaking to read how families struggled. I want to watch the Ken Burns doc about the Dust Bowl now. I'm in the middle of The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz - I'm fairly certain that I know what the huge plot twist will be and I'm thinking I might just skim through the rest of the story as I have five other books I want to get to. Has anyone else read this? Thank you for this thread Robin! I didn't see it anywhere when I checked earlier this week and was missing it!
  6. Hello everyone! I didn't finish anything this week but did make good progress with The Count of Monte Cristo - I'm up to ch. 49 at this point and have a good handle on what is going on and who everyone is, lol. I'm in the middle of a very funny memoir - The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun and am about to start A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. I need to hurry with it as it is due back at the library in 4 days. @Ali in OR I read Ghost Map a few years ago - I look forward to hear what you think of it!
  7. I'm very behind on The Count of Monte Cristo. I tried to do some catching up (I'm listening to it) but I couldn't remember who in the world they were talking about so I guess I'll have to backtrack even more. Also have three or four books on my nightstand and have been falling asleep during the first few pages of each one! I really should start reading during the day. Thanks for the thread Robin!
  8. Hi everyone! It's a been a few weeks since I posted. I only have two books to share but they were both good ones! Winterkill by C.J.Box -This is #3 of the series and while I enjoyed it there were still a couple things that didn't make sense in the plotting. Overall I gave it three stars and will read the next one soon. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane - This one grabbed me right at the beginning and had me staying up much too late at night! Three boys are childhood friends until something terrible happens to one of them. One grows up to be a police detective, one is an ex-con, and one struggles to have a "normal" life. The ex-con's daughter is murdered and the detective is put on the case and the story really takes off from there. I know this was made into a movie a while back but I never saw it so the story(and the ending!) was all new to me. @Negin I didn't realize Goodreads has changed - I'm only seeing a new color? green It has always been a weird layout and super cluttered for my taste. I considered joining BookBrowse but it looks just as clutter-y. Also, sometimes my reviews and/or edits don't show up right away or I'll log in and all my review stars have disappeared and then magically reappear later. Who knows?
  9. @Kareni I loved True Grit! the audio version is excellent, too!
  10. I'm almost finished with Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes by Maya Angelou. Absolutely delightful cookbook/memoir - I want to try several of the recipes before it has to go back to the library. I recently listened to the History Chicks' episode on Maya Angelou and Oh my goodness! She did enough living for 3 or 4 people! I read a terrific essay this morning - Salman Rushdie: Ask Yourself Which Books You Truly Love and I thought y'all would enjoy it, too.
  11. I've finished two books in the past week: The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger This very highly recommended a few weeks ago by @Negin and I wholeheartedly agree! Wonderful memoir by a Holocaust survivor, written with so much insight and empathy and love. Something that surprised me was that Ms. Eger lived in El Paso, TX and graduated from UTEP - much of my family is from there and it's rare to hear of anyone actually wanting to go there, lol. The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/supernatural thriller. It is set in late Victorian England and follows three different characters as they figure out a series of murders. The writing was terrific and the author really was able to evoke the feel of dirty, grungy, cold London. The voices of the characters sounded of the time and not just modern people with modern sensibilities wearing Victorian era costumes. I listened to the audio and the narrator was fantastic. Looking forward to going back through the links posted!
  12. I finished two books last week! Later by Stephen King. Quick read about a young boy growing up with an unusual ability. Daughters of Zion by Kim Taylor. Interesting memoir of growing up in a fundamentalist cult. I just finished chapter 35 (it went on forever!) of The Count of Monte Cristo so am a little behind.
  13. Happy Easter everyone! I finished Open Season by C.J.Box. It's the first in a long-running mystery series about a game warden in Wyoming. I liked it!
  14. @tuesdayschild I have not - thanks for the heads up!
  15. Last week I finished an audiobook - Emily Goes to Exeter by Marion Chesney. Spinster housekeeper inherits a good amount of money and decides to travel and ends up playing matchmaker when things go awry. Fun, fluffy story and I want to read the next in the series. I'm currently in the middle of a couple of recommendations from last week's post and have a few more coming from the library that I'm looking forward to. @tuesdayschild I've enjoyed the Dering series by D. E. Stevenson, too! I think Bel Lamington was the last one I've read so it's about time to find another. 🙂
  16. Frindle Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! The Mysterious Benedict Society Danny the Champion of the World - or almost anything else by Roald Dahl. Bunnicula The World According to Humphrey
  17. Hi everyone! I finished four books this week! Killers of the Flower Moon:the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Incredible story and one that I am sorry that more Americans don't know. The lengths white people went to in order to steal the wealth of the Osage was horrifying. The Good House by Ann Leary. This story follows Hildy Good, an alcoholic realtor in her hometown of fictional Wendover, Mass. Great characters and the narration by Mary Beth Hurt was terrific. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. Love story set in 1953 Tehran, Iran and America. Made me cry at the end. The Push by Ashley Audrain. Oh man, I started this book just before I went to bed at 10:30 Friday night...and finished it at 2:30 in the morning. I'll just link to the GR page: The Push @SKL Have fun with your new puppy! What breed?
  18. I've been looking for a new case, too! There are so many that I like that I'm having a hard time deciding. Should I get a cheap one? or spend a little extra and get something a little more unique? maybe a plain one? maybe something super colorful? Plain but then I could find a cute pop socket pretty and colorful unique and I can add my name to it simple but pretty pretty but my current case is very similar Sometimes I think there are too many choices, lol
  19. @JunieThank you! @Karenithe "50 Bad Book Covers" made my day!😂
  20. I think I'm a couple chapters ahead in CMC - I am relistening to it on audio and enjoying it so much! Love the spring theme this week, Robin 🙂 I've been doing a littlle bit of gardening in my backyard and want to enjoy the outdoors before the searing heat of summer (I live in Arizona). I also have a spring themed puzzle to work on
  21. A Charlotte Mason Companion is one that I enjoyed and found so readable even though I didn't necessarily follow her teachings.
  22. These are a few series that I've enjoyed: All Creatures Great and Small Her Royal Spyness Lady Fortescue Steps Out and a few single books that were terrific listens, imo: True Grit Agent to the Stars Stories From a Corfu Childhood by Gerald Durell this version of Dracula was fantastic!
  23. Thanks Kareni! Really loved the "Don't You Want to watch..." article 😂
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