What I Am Currently Reading

WorthyBrownTitle: Worthy Brown’s Daughter
Author: Phillip Margolin
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN: 99780062195340
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction


SilenceOnceBegunTitle: Silence Once Begun
Author: Jesse Ball
Publisher:  Pantheon
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN: 9780307908483
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense


SomersetTitle: Somerset
Author: Leila Meacham
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Hardcover: 624 pages
ISBN: 9781455547388
Genre: Fiction, Historical fiction, Family Saga


CockroachesTitle: Cockroaches
Author: Jo Nesbø
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780345807151
Genre: Fiction, Detective Series, Mystery, Thriller


TheHeadmastersWifeTitle: The Headmaster’s Wife
Author: Thomas Christopher Greene
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 9781250038944
Genre: Fiction


SavageGirlTitle: Savage Girl
Author: Jean Zimmerman
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: March 6, 2014
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN: 9780670014859
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crime, Mystery


Ringing In 2014

Happy_New_year_backgroundA New Year’s Wish ~Author Unknown

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let’s raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.
May your battles be few, your pleasures many, your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

~ Wishing you peace, love and hope throughout the New Year.


New Year’s Eve Resolutions

NewYearsEve As the clock ticks down to midnight, I recall all the good and bad things that have occurred in my family in 2013.  Upon my reflection of this past year, I do not dwell on the negative; rather look forward to all the positive potential 2014 brings with it.  While I am typically not someone who makes New Year’s Eve resolutions, I do have one for this blog.  In 2014, it is my goal to resume posting my book reviews on Rundpinne.  I miss the camaraderie of the book review community and so it is my deepest intent to resolve to change.   For those who stood with me during the medical chaos of 2013 I have no sufficient words of gratitude.  For those who gave up hope I would be back or those new to Rundpinne, I welcome you.  It is my heartfelt intention to share my love of books with other book lovers.  While I did indeed review almost 200 books in 2013, none of them actually made it onto Rundpinne, and for that I am regretful, I truly have missed posting on Rundpinne.

Happy New Year’s Eve to all!


Merry Christmas!

AngelChristmasGraphicsFairy1Glad tidings to one and all!


Here But Not Here

The title of this long overdue blog post summarizes my life fairly well.  As I mentioned back in November, my husband was hospitalized and since then he has been hospitalized two more times.  I mention this not to elicit sympathy, rather in an effort to explain that for now, my life has changed in so very many ways.

These past three months have taught me so very much, often in the form of painful lessons, yet necessary ones.  In one day, my world and that of my family changed completely, and looking back now, I know it has made us stronger.  We have learned to take nothing for granted, and maybe that is the lesson, nothing is guaranteed or permanent.  I have learned that time is precious and life is so very fragile.  I look forward to each sunrise with eager anticipation and find the majestic beauty in each sunset.  As a family we have grown even closer, learned to do more with less, and to appreciate what we have and not wish for what we cannot have.  My family and I have a long road ahead, but I do not fear it anymore, rather I am learning to live in the present ( which has not come easy to me, as a natural worrier, but I am changing).

But what about books, one may be wondering at this point.  An excellent question and I am more than happy to report my reading is coming along quite nicely, averaging over a book a day. :)  So where are my reviews?  Another excellent question.  Some may think this is rather silly, but I honestly have neither had the time nor the energy to post my reviews here.  However, my reviews may be read on GoodReads or LibraryThing, some are posted on Amazon as well, and as always what I am currently reading or have read may be found here.  I am beginning my 33rd book of 2013, which I think is fairly good considering January is not yet over.  ;)   Will I begin posting my reviews back here soon?  I cannot say, so I shall not even pretend to know.  I am quite literally taking each day as it comes.

Stay warm my fellow bibliophiles and thank you for sticking with me through the good and bad times.  It all balances out in the end.

Happy Reading!