TBD on Ning

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit...  Winter is half over!  Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and we in the snow covered Midwest will be anxious to find out if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow and run back underground for 6 more weeks.

Short month... Short days...

A good time for reading in front of a blazing fire or just in a comfortable chair.

I just finished rereading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and reading a book a second time is unusual for me.  I was surprised at how much I had forgotten and I had a new insight into the meaning of the book's title.

"Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever."

It is a wonderful book and I recently learned that it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015.

What books have you read a second or third time? What are you reading now?

I am now starting The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. It was wildly popular about 10 years ago when it came out.  So far I am trying to figure out why.  Will post more on it later.  

Happy reading, stay warm...                     

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Sorry Carolyn... Nix on the Doomsday book... but have fun at the wedding...

I started Burn What Will Burn by CB McKenzie which was featured on a new book table at the library.  DH read it first and didn't care for it but I started it anyway. 

It was a bit of a downer so I put it aside to read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion which was recommended by a friend.  "Rosie" is a delightful comedy-romance about a brilliant but OCD socially challenged professor of genetics who decides to find a wife using an online questionnaire. Along comes Rosie who shakes up his world.  If you need a happiness break, I highly recommend TRP.  I was sorry to see it end but he is writing a sequel...  :)

Greetings Fun Seekers!

Reporting in with no books to recommend! Hate to waste your time....

Back from beautiful wedding held on a lake at the Sportsman Club in Orlando. Lots of family, wedding was beautiful with Hot Topic about how to make marriage last by the Officiant.

Hope Brother's (Gary) last wishes were for me to handle! His son, estranged, backed out of being in charge. (Mandated by AZ but even they relented when life support was not handled in time and organs were too compromised for donating)

What is odd is that my Son had an amazing time with him in Atlanta...during that critical period between 19 and 29! So the ashes will be onward shipped to son Rocky's hands when all is said and done.

I don't know about any of you but back in my growing up years my uncles and aunts had a very important part in raising me. Think I have said before that our Father was killed in a training mission during WWII over Colorado. The whole family raised us.

BACK TO BOOKS! Gave up on several. NIGHT WATCH by Iris Johanson for one. I'm now listening to Adrian McKinty's 2010 book Dead Yard. I have some holds coming in so maybe can chat about that on a later post.

Save my seat...

Just finished one more that I really enjoyed.  Whistling Past The Graveyard by Susan Crandall was delightful, suspenseful, funny and at times sad.  Highly recommended.


From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.

Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . .

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

Thoroughly enjoyed NEWS of the WORLD! It's circa 1870 in Western Texas. Have recommended it to many, all of whom have liked it immensely.

Also enjoyed the non-fiction HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. VANCE. I was born a hillbilly and at one time lived in Cincinnati so could relate to the area. It's quite a portrayal of a culture that has not changed and the closeness of family.
Has been awhile since I found a book that I found hard to put down. Lucked into one right off the new book shelf. If you enjoy psychological crime thrillers take a look at this one:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! BTW, have any of you read it?
RAPA...I will put The Ice Beneath Her on hold at library.

Finished Hillbilly Elegy yesterday early evening. Very engaging to say the least. I was born in rust belt city of Warren, Ohio...very near Youngstown ...can totally understand the lifestyle of which he writes. Have visited south-western PA down into KY many times and lots of parallels. My Grandparents raised me until I was 12 and I spent every summer with them after Mother moved brother and I to Florida.

I am approaching the end of Escape Clause by John Sandford. This one features Virgil Flowers, Sandford's other main character, along with Lucas Davenport. It is a typical hard-to-put-down Sandford mystery, this one involving some mentally challenged criminals (most of Sandford's criminals are at least somewhat mentally challenged) who manage to steal two tigers from a Minnesota zoo to kill and sell to Asians for medicinal purposes. I'm enjoying it, as I have all of Sandford's mysteries.

I'm over halfway through The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi about an Afghan girl in today's society.  It also goes back 100 years to her great-great-grandmother's similar story.

It's a little hard to follow all the strange names and customs but I am finding the story intriguing and very sad to see the women of Afganistan are still treated as property by their fathers and husbands. 

Recommended for fans of Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns.





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