TBD on Ning

Have been reading up a storm  lately.  Habitually head to bed at 11:00 pm and read until 3:00-4:00am crawling out at 11:00am. Guess it comes from years of being a night nurse! Definitely not a morning person!!

Here are the three books I'm returning to library.  Still have 10 piled by bed, all of which can be renewed. 

FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman, who has never disappointed me.  Her THE DOVEKEEPERS is one of my all time fav reads!

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh.  The story revolves around a disturbed young woman who worked as a secretary at a private prison facility for teenage boys.

In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for a new counselor ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. 

and a totally lovely novella (76 pages) from Fredrik Backman, the author of A MAN CALLEED OVE.    The novella is AND EVERY MORNING THE WAY HOME GETS LONGER AND LONGER.  This novella tells of how a Grandpa and his young grandson learn to say good-bye.

...........and what are you reading? Anything new in your life? 

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Ahab's wife..........a very good book by Sena Jeter Naslund

Today picked up three new books at library. All look like they're going to keep me up late!!!! One is Charles Frazier's (COLD MOUNTAIN) new novel about the Civil War, VARINA, another is Lisa Scottoline's new domestic thriller AFTER ANNA. The third novel deals with a concert pianist, Richard, who comes down with ALS. The title is EVERY NOTE PLAYED. Author is Lisa Genova, the Author of STILL ALICE, a story about Alzheimer's. 

I think I want to read all three of these!

I finished Dan Brown's Origin this morning and wondered if anyone else here read it. The book was on the best seller list for quite some time, but I don't remember anyone mentioning it. The only other book I have read by Brown is The Da Vinci Code and that was a few years ago. Religion seems to be the authors big thing.

No, I didn't care for THE DA VINCI CODE so didn't try ORIGIN.  Did you enjoy it?

It was a pretty fascinating tale all in all, but I found it often becoming kind of tedious, what with church and Catholic history, religious symbolism and such. Brown spent a lot of time trying to reconcile science and religion in the book, like he was trying to satisfy both believers and nonbelievers.

Last night I finished Charles Frazier's historical fiction book Varina. It was a story about Jefferson Davis's young wife during the Civil War. Enjoyed the read but occasionally got mixed up on characters. (not unusual for me!). Soon will read a non-fiction book about the adventurous Varina Davis. I have been to the Davis grave site in Hollywood Cemetery over looking the James River in Richmond. Great place to stroll and remember. 

Just found this site which helps me understand better the people in Varina's life.

Below, meet Varina:


Just started Amanda by Kay Hooper and so far, it is good.

Just finished The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn...  lots of twists and turns, kept me guessing right up to the end.

It's being made into a major film by Fox,  reminiscent of Rear Window.  Anyone else read it?

Yes, read it awhile back.  Definitely Hitchcockian!  Did have a sneaking suspicion towards the end. Thought it a good read.

Got call from library that the latest C.J. Box book regarding Joe Pickett is waiting for me. Will enjoy it over a rainy week-end! 

Carci, are you still having snow in Wisconsin?

Rapa, Weird winter in Wisconsin... Milwaukee area (where we reside) only had 2 measurable snowfalls before early Feb.   Then the brown grass was showing for over 2 months... until last weekend.  We got 4-5" on Sat- Sun and 3" more Wed.  Most snow all winter in one storm system. It's supposed to be in mid 50's this weekend so it will be gone soon.

We usually open our cottage up north in late March but they have had heavy snow all winter... had planned on doing it today but they got 29" last weekend so looks like we're home 'til mid May now.

Feel sorry for the Robins who came north already, put out some raisins and dried fruit... 

Thanx for the Joe Pickett tip, didn't realize there was a new one out.  Gonna put it on Library list right now.  :) 

Waiting on my TBR pile is The First 15 Lives of Harry August by Claire North. It was on a display shelf at the library and the title intrigued me. "No matter what he does or the decisions he makes. when death comes , Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now."




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