After a day of errands and unpacking and cleaning to prep for part of my family arriving tomorrow, I‘m settling down in my window seat to read some Meg Gardiner. 💜💜💜
First day in our new house! Our furniture (and the rest of my family) are still in Texas so I‘m spending the day reading in my bay window seat in between cleaning and organizing the few things I brought with me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was excellent! Almost as good as The Silent Companions. It reminds me of Sarah Waters‘ Affinity but I liked it so much more. The ending was very satisfying. @Lisas.Library make sure you buy this sooner rather than later, especially if you liked The Silent Companions.
I‘m about halfway through Bowlaway but I got this last night and HAD to start it today. Has anyone else picked this up yet?
I went online to find out the NYT bestseller for the week that I was born only to find out there wasn‘t one. 😕
I got zero hours of reading done this weekend for #24B4Monday because I was too busy buying a house! I‘m already planning where I‘m going to put all my bookshelves. 😍
I finished this book last night. Andrew and Eric and their daughter, Wen, go to Vermont to spend a week unplugged from life but their vacation is interrupted when four strangers show up with homemade weapons. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read a book that pulled me in like this one and had me thinking about the story and the characters when I wasn‘t reading. The ending fell flat for me, otherwise it would have been a four star book.
This book was recommended by Anne Bogel and Annie Smith on their podcasts. The Ensemble is the story of a string quartet, its four members, and their families. It‘s a book about families you‘re born into and families you choose. For those that like plot and action, this book isn‘t for you. But if you like in-depth character studies and addictive writing, this might be right up your alley.
I listened to In Cold Blood on audio as it‘s been at least a decade since I‘ve read the book. While the accuracy of Capote‘s book has been called into question, In Cold Blood is still a masterwork. McAvoy‘s book, on the other hand, was disjointed and spent a good deal of the narrative reiterating the same two or three points from Harold Nye‘s notebooks. Skip McAvoy, read Capote.
In Cold Blood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
And Every Word is True ⭐️⭐️1/2
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amber is in a coma but able to hear conversations around her. The book goes back and forth in time as Amber tries to remember what happened to her and who did it. Lots of twists and turns. It would have been five stars but the ending left me confused and not in a good way. It reminded me a lot of Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson which I enjoyed more.
Happy cake day to my mom @kaye ! What kind of cake did you get? Eat a big old piece for me.
This book was meh. I‘m a fan of Ahlborn but I could definitely tell this was one of her earlier books. The writing wasn‘t as good and I couldn‘t get invested in the characters. I also didn‘t like the random chapters where she would jump to the story of another person mostly unrelated to the main story. I understand what she was trying to do but it just didn‘t work for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reading this brought my #24in48 total to 8 hrs 20 min.
I‘ve spent the last two weekends updating my Libib libraries. I need to not buy any more books. Is there a Mt TBR that‘s bigger than Kilimanjaro?
Took an #audiowalk this afternoon. It‘s overcast here but we‘re sitting at a breezy 59 degrees. We will be moving from here in a little over 4 months so I‘ve decided I need to get out and take advantage of the wonderful winter weather that we definitely won‘t have in Ohio. Plus I was able to add another hour to my #24in48 readathon, bringing my total time to 6 hours 40 minutes so far.
Didn‘t sleep well last night so I was able to get 5 1/2 of my 24 hours for #24in48. Going to pick up groceries then back home to rest and hopefully add more hours.
While not necessarily from a book (although Parker was a gifted essayist, poet and playwright), my favorite quote EVER is:
You can lead a horticulture but you can‘t make her think. - Dorothy Parker
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This memoir about a polygamist family was heart wrenching. It took me a long time to read because I kept stopping to read something lighter. But I would find myself thinking about Ruthie and wondering what happened next. There are awful, horrible things that happen in this book and just when you think it has reached the lowest point possible for this family, something even more awful and horrible comes along. Not for the faint of heart.
I‘ve been put in charge of adult and teen programming at my library. I‘m thinking of doing a reading challenge for each group as a passive program. Question 1: what types of items would be good to include on either an adult or teen challenge list? Question 2: I‘m considering doing a raffle for each group for those that finish the challenge. What sort of prize would be cool for each group?
Finished this book while waiting for my daughter to finish a basketball game. This book is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, one of the best books I‘ve read this year. I don‘t want to say too much and give away the story for those that haven‘t read it yet just—READ IT.
My reading spot for the morning as I wait for my husband and oldest son to perform in the San Antonio TubaChristmas. I‘m about 1/3 of the way through Eleanor Oliphant and it may be my favorite book of the year.
We‘re working on decorating the library for Christmas and I came up with the idea of making staff stockings. Each staff member decorated their own stocking. This is mine. A Christmas Story is my very favorite holiday movie.
My latest crochet project. I haven‘t crocheted in years and decided to pick it up again as a way to relax in the evenings after work. Bonus: I‘ve found that I can concentrate on audiobooks much better while I‘m crocheting than during any other activity.
1. My youngest daughter got her acceptance letter from Kent State University yesterday! It‘s her second choice school.
2. Having Thanksgiving at home
3. Turkey! And gravy! And mashed potatoes! And all the foods!
4. My tennis shoes
5. Nine people spend ten days at a wellness spa. I‘m only about 50 pages into it but so far it‘s a 👍
This week, I am so very thankful that my kids are off school for the whole week which means a week where I can come home in the evenings and not have to run to another event or play taxi. It‘s given me the chance to listen to the audiobook of Bird Box. Holy cow! I read the book when it first came out but I can honestly say that this is the first audiobook that I‘ve liked much more than the physical book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1. Main color of the book I‘m reading: white
2. Ereader cover color: dark brown
3. Favorite flower color: yellow
4. Current bookmark color: pink
5. Nonbook items on my shelves: lots of colors, the main ones are green and blue
6. Colorful title: Black Hills by Dan Simmons
7. Colorful author: William Golding
Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in South Texas with a high of 75 so of course I spent it inside organizing. I sorted and alphabetized all my books by author then culled and organized my craft supplies. I forgot how much yarn I have! Today is rainy, windy, and 25 degrees colder so it will be a day of audiobooks and crocheting. Luckily my library hold of 11/22/63 came in.