1. I reached my GR goal, which was one more than last year 😊
2. I'd like to catch up on the Gamache series, and a few others, but between time constraints & getting distracted by other books, it's probably not happening 😕
Thanks for the tag, @Eggs 😊 #WondrousWednesday
1. There are many places I'd love to travel to after reading about them, but the first to come to mind is Malta, setting of the tagged book. It sounds lovely & has such an interesting history.
2. Having a good, FT, decent paying job with health insurance.
1. A new bookstore, Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, opened near me; can't wait to visit! The tagged is an old favorite. Would also like to visit the Hobart Book Village, but you could plunk me down in any bookstore & I'd be happy 📚😊
2. Sometimes but not usually; I love the serendipity of book browsing.
1. The Nancy Drew series; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2. I love reading in all kinds of weather, but if I had to choose, it would be rain or snowy weather. Something about cuddling up with a good book, a throw, a beverage and a cat (if the cat cooperates!)
3. Having my mother in my life; today's her 91st birthday 🎂
1. It's a very odd book; early American Gothic.
2. I (luckily) don't have a lot of nightmares. A recurring one is some kind of school-related panic: I'm late for class, or lost on campus, or missed an important assignment. The worst version is that I failed to complete some requirement and they want to take my degree away!
3. Detest it!
It's not every day that a new bookstore opens in your town - in fact, we haven't had one in about 25 years! The bookish folk here are all very excited. I'm planning to check it out on Saturday and probably give it a little financial support 😊❤📚 #bookstore
This is so much fun! Collections of lists (pictured are mystery & horror by diverse authors), author picks, featured bookstores, and more. The design is very colorful and attractive, with thick paper and a lovely cover. Thanks to the publisher & Goodreads for a copy in exchange for an honest review. #nonfiction #booklists #litlovers #bibliophile #BibliophileDiverseSpines
It's an interesting premise: you can briefly travel in time, as long as you return before the coffee just served grows cold. This quick read has 4 vignettes of people who take that journey. The writing is awkward and, in places, repetitive, which may be a result of the translation. I do think I'll pick up the sequel and see how that goes. ☕😊 #fiction #timetravel #fantasy
📚 No. I work at a library; why would I pay for one?
📚 I'm on FB, GoodReads, have an Insta account that I check intermittently, a Twitter account that I check rarely. Litsy is the most fun and has the friendliest users. ❤
📚 The good health of myself & my loved ones, and progress on some long deferred tasks. 😊
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView 😊 #Two4Tuesday
🔍 I'll take a crime novel every time.
🔍 I think the main difference is tone. In cozies, the murder is a puzzle to be solved, but there's usually a sense of an orderly community, and a lighthearted tone. The murder's an aberration. In a crime novel, the murder is symbolic of a greater break in the social order. There's greater fear, suspicion & isolation.
Started this tonight. Interesting premise, but the writing is oddly stilted and repetitive (problems with the translation, perhaps?) Not sure if I'll finish or bail at this point. #fiction #fantasy #timetravel
Heartbreaking, as expected. Life-affirming, and beautifully written. Today's mission, in addition to reading & football, is to tell a few people how much I love them. ❤ #nonfiction #health #medicine #death
Finished A Great Reckoning tonight. Very good, but I wished there had been more about the residents of Three Pines.
I think my next pick will be nonfiction. Arriving Today addresses something that intrigues me: the changes in the supply chain & consumer behavior. (What's with the weird shortages?) And I read an excerpt of Invisible Child that's enough to break your heart. Which to read next? 🤔
#mystery #ThreePines #vivegamache #nonfiction
Thanks for the invitation @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl - I will try to set a few goals for the weekend, although it's pretty full!
🍁 Finish tagged book (20% left)
🍁 Finish A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (40% left)
🍁 Start & finish 1 other book TBD
👻 I believe there are phenomena that are unexplainable given our current state of knowledge.
👻 The tagged is part of a wonderful series with supernatural elements.
👻 There is a collection of regional ghost stories I'll tag in the comments. One of them has quite a few local believers.
Great Halloween month questions, @ozma.of.oz 😊 #sundayfunday
It wasn't the best week for reading. I'm loving the Louise Penny book, but I haven't had enough time to really get lost in it the way I'd like to. And the Kalanithi book I've been procrastinating on finishing, because I know how it ends. Hoping this week is better! #mystery #ThreePines #viveGamache #nonfiction #health
I'm no @MrBook but these are my displays for this month: National Hispanic Heritage Month (fiction), Black Poetry Day (10/17), & “Oh, the Horror!“ (horror fiction). Have you read any of these? Anything in those categories that you love (whether on display or not)? #librarydisplays #LitsyLovesLibraries
Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊
My other half & I were discussing this tonight. He was in a $%&* mood on the way to work, & forced himself to smile. Then he looked at a tree & noticed its beauty. By the time he was close to work, he was waving at people on the sidewalk. 👋🏻🤗
Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊
This is supposed to be metaphorical, but I thought it might be useful to actually write out happy moments, so when I'm feeling down I could look at them. 🌦🌞
I got the book from the library & it has to go back, but I think it's more of a book to dip into from time to time, than a cover-to-cover read. Some of it is very good; some sounds a bit simplistic to me.
1. Yes; I love having maps! You can't have too many maps. 🗺❤
3. I kept interrupting my reading of this to look up locations on Google Maps (which I love!) It does take you out of the book, though, and I would think an author/publisher wouldn't want that.
Re-reading one of my childhood favorites. I remember having this Dell Yearling edition of the book with the yellow cover. When I was growing up, my parents would take me to bookstores, and most of the time they would buy me a book. I was very fortunate. 💛📚 #childrens #kidlit #fantasy
1. A little chill in the air, beautiful leaves, freshly picked apples, football games 🍁🍂🍎🏈
2. Apple cider 🍎
3. I was worried about my mother's financial/legal affairs, and learned the situation isn't as bad as I thought. I also did some hard-for-me things to take control.
4. Reasonably affordable health insurance with good coverage.
(Poetry by Three Pines resident Ruth Bardo)
Love the setting, the beautiful writing, and the character development (within each book, but even more so over the course of the series). I thought a main plot element was kind of ridiculous, until I read the afterward and found out it was true!
#mystery #ThreePines #viveGamache
1. Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (procrastinating on finishing that one because I know how it ends)
3. "Nature, she knew, abhorred a vacuum, and these people, faced with an information vacuum, had filled it with their fears." - Nature of the Beast
Starting this one after a long break from the Three Pines series. I remember why I love them so much; it's like revisiting a quirky but loving family. 🌲🌲🌲 I was going to finish When Breath Becomes Air, but I can't bring myself to do it right now. #mystery #ThreePines #ViveGamache
A solid entry in the Kincaid & James series; a bit difficult for me to follow as it draws upon previous events in the series, and I read the last one 6 yrs ago. And BTW, I never noticed how much she talks about beverages, in loving detail: tea, coffee/lattes, wine, gin, limoncello, whiskey...☕🍷🍵🍸🍺😋
🍇 At the moment, apples. I got a few fresh Honeycrisps from a farmers' market; they're delightful!🍎
🤩 I have a library hold on Matrix by Lauren Groff. Also excited to see a new S.J. Rozan novel coming soon.
💞 Making it through the day (1st day back after vacation), and getting quite a bit done.
I love books with maps, and one thing I always enjoy with Deborah Crombie's books are the lovely hand-drawn maps inside the covers. The illustrator is Laura Hartman Maestro. More about her& her work: https://www.deborahcrombie.com/index.php/dwell?id=39
1. Yes! 🎭😊
2. I'd much rather watch them, but the opportunities are limited where I live, and then there's Covid-19. 😕
3. Loved the novels and TV series; would love to see this on stage!
Thanks @ozma.of.oz for the interesting #Sundayfunday questions! 🎭
#Anywayyoureadathon @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl #Superseptember @EadieB @Andrew65 #readathons
Here's the plan: Read the tagged book by 9/12. Finish When Breath Becomes Air, and read one book TBD by 9/19. I have to go back to work after a vacation this week; not expecting a lot of reading time next week, but hoping for the best!
This is so good, and so difficult to read. It tells the stories of several people involved in the events of 9/11: plane passengers, pilots, first responders, people trapped in buildings. It's told roughly in the order of before, during & after the attacks. So many tragedies & so many miracles. #nonfiction #history #911
A series of mini-essays and personal reflections on loneliness. Sometimes heartbreaking; occasionally appalling (looking at you, Harry Harlow). The graphic elements didn't always enhance the work for me, but at its best reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting (like the apartments on the cover). #nonfiction #graphic #graphicnovel #psychology #sociology