Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Reading Stack - July 11, 2017


I am in a bit of a quandary regarding my reading stack for the week. I am still reading "Hourglass" by Dani Shapiro. I either finished or passed on the rest of the books from last week. 

Since it is already Wednesday now, I decided to post my possible reads for the week. All three of the books are new releases -- one came out in June and two will be out in August. So while I continue with "Hourglass," I will try a few new ones. I will let you know next week how I fared.
I pulled out my old Sudoku puzzle book a couple of days ago and quickly became addicted to it again. It has distracted me from reading.
I am back to my favorite tea cup -- the Gustav Klimt "Jardin de ferme" with Tazo chai in it -- hard to beat that!!
What is in your stack this week?

"milk and honey" by rupi kaur



milk and honey

rupi kaur


Sometimes the words flowed so beautifully and other times the words were so disturbing.  But I felt as though I had to go on reading.  For some reason, I could not leave the book unfinished.  


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Reading Stack - July 4, 2017



My reading selections this week are all over the place. I finally received "milk and honey" by rupi kaur (yep, all lower case -- hard for me to even type it that way), a very diverse collection of poetry. I am still trying to get into "The... Ministry of Utmost Happiness," and "The Dress Shop of Dreams is a pleasant read. "Still Life with Tornado" caught my attention by its cover -- we shall see how it reads.

I finished reading "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout. It is a collection of stories about people in a small town rather than being a novel. It took me a few chapters before I put that together -- I was a little slow. Strout's writing is wonderful and she does a great job of linking the stories together. It is a quick read and definitely worth the short amount of time it takes to read it.

Oh yes, the coffee mug this week is a gift I received from a friend of mine in Canada (tku Rhonda Schellenberg). It commemorates the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton in April 2011.

The background is a beautiful PURPLE tote bag I received from another friend (tku Sharon Smith).
Okay, back to my books. Let me know what you are reading this week.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Reading Stack - June 20, 2017


The stack this week is brand new. I gave up the ghost on two books from last week and finished one. 
This week I have one I am reading for a review for a writer friend. ("Real Artists Don't Starve) One is the type of book you can browse through at your leisure. (1,001 Ways to Slow Down) The last one I have been waiting for and just barely got started when I went to bed this morning. (Pieces of Happiness) I can already tell it is going to be another great one. 
The tea cup was a gift from my dear friend, Jami Fenner.

Happy reading this week, my friends!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Reading Stack - June 12, 2017


For the past few weeks, I have been posting a photograph on Facebook every Monday (or Tuesday) of the stack of books I am currently reading.  I also include a tea cup or coffee mug in the photograph.  Over this past weekend, I happen to think it would be a good idea to also post this weekly photograph on my blog sooooo, drum roll please . . . here it is!!

This week's stack did not change too much from last week.  The mug is one I have had for many years and was the one I used at work for my coffee mug.

Monday, May 22, 2017

"Bringing Them Home" by Barbara Hinske
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This is another wonderful installment in the Rosemont Series that was over way too soon for this reader.  It was nice to be able to slip right back into the lives of my friends in Westbury.

As this series unfortunately comes to a close (I know, I know, all good things must come to an end . . . eventually), good has triumphed over evil.  Life is settling down once again in Westbury but this time, several of our friends are on new paths.  New friendships have been made and the book closes with a nice ending for everyone.

Even though I read this book several weeks ago, my thoughts still return to my friends in Westbury.  I wonder what adventures they are getting into now.  Perhaps Hinske has more rabbits to pull out of her hat for Westbury yet!!  We shall see.

Thank you Barbara Hinske for a wonderful series.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Disclaimer:  I was provided an electronic copy of the book by the author to early read and provide a review.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"The Story of Arthur Truluv" by Elizabeth Berg


Elizabeth Berg has once again woven her magic with another great read.  This time it is about life between a teenager and two elderly adults.  All three have suffered devastating tragedies in their lives and yet they have found a way to blend their lives together to find contentment.  

Berg has a wonderful way of describing her characters and their interactions with each other.  You seem to be able to identify a little bit of yourself in each character.  This book was a quick read and leaves you thinking about the characters long after you finish the book.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

"The Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan



As a way to reconcile a past loss, a gentleman begins to collect items that people drop or lose without realizing it.  He catalogs these items with the hope of someday locating and returning the items to the correct owners.  After the gentleman passes, this task falls to his assistant to whom he has left his entire fortune, along with all of the lost objects.  This story holds a wonderful mixture of happiness, sadness, a little magic, creating new connections, and helping a restless spirit find peace.  This wonderful debut by Ruth Hogan ended way too soon for this reader!!