Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman

There I was on page 90 reading away and all of a sudden I was on page 315!

All the pages from 91 to 137 are missing! In their place were duplicate pages of 315 to 359.

Crazy! So much for this book!

I don't still have my sales receipt so can't return it to Rite Aid. I did send an email to Ballantine Books asking if there was any way I could get a replacement. We'll see what they say.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sun and Son and Sunday

It's another sunny Sunday. How many in a row can we have? I love it!

We're at camp again and my son is visiting. I hope to ride my bike to the beach this afternoon and read for awhile.

Yesterday, I went into the Nonesuch Bookstore in Saco, Maine, and found a bunch of books that I can't wait to read! Sometimes small, independent bookstores are the best. I love the "Our Staff Recommends" section. I didn't buy anything, then, because I still have several books ahead of me to read, first, but we'll be here all summer and I'll have many chances to get them. And more time to read, too!

Finished this reread and actually enjoyed it more the second time. I missed quite a bit on the first go-round.

Has anone read his latest? I looked at it in Walmart but the subject matter didn't really appeal to me so didn't buy it. I liked most of his others, though.

My husband is stirring so I guess I'll have to start some breakfast. We're going to cook and eat it outdoors.

Sunny reading, everyone!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Rereading The Broker

I decided to reread this book because I remember parts of it but not all. Plus, I enjoy Grisham's writing. It's unusual for me to read a book again but there are so many things I've forgotten that's it's actually enjoyable.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Book Woes

Good morning. I'm enjoying another sunny day at canp in Maine. I'm hoping to hop on my red bicycle and pedal to the beach later today. There is no place I love to read more than there. It'll be cool, though, but I'll wear my parka.

This book was a big disappointment after reading Crank by the same author. Pattyn is a Mormon teenager who questions her beliefs, has an abusive, alcoholic father, finds true love, (blah, blah, blah. Gag me!) Even the ending was unsatisfying. That was a wasted $7.95!

I lent Harlan Coben's latest to my mom and am not ready to read another Myron Bolitar novel, so I stopped into our school library before leaving school on Friday to pick something up for the weekend. I found The Broker by John Grisham. I've read about 50 pages and it's sounding very familiar. I'm pretty sure I've read it before. Damn!

Good thing I've got a book of poetry with me!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I'd heard that it was un-put-downable and, boy, were they right!

It's told through Miranda's eyes and I love the fact that she isn't perfect. She and her family must survive a catastrophic situation and the way it's handled really says so much about them. It captured my imagination and I've even had a dream about it!

I just wish I hadn't finished it so quickly. I miss Miranda!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Sunday Salon

Good morning, readers, and Happy Mother's Day to all moms.
We are at camp in Maine and the sun is shining. In five more weeks we'll be here for the whole summer instead of just weekends and I can't wait.

I'm about a third of the way through these delightful poems. There hasn't been one yet that I haven't understood on the first reading. But there were a few that I wanted to reread. Most just hint at the eroticism but a few are quite explicit. W. H. Auden's "The Platonic Blow" is one that comes to mind. There are several by Emily Dickinson that surprised me. I never thought of her as erotic, that's for sure. And Robert Frost! They are all by famous poets. Interesting to see this side of them.

I finished this and was not disappointed. Myron Bolitar and Win and Esperanza and even Myron's parents are like old friends I enjoy visiting occasionally.

There is laughter, important issues to ponder, and a plot that just won't quit in this novel.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Still Plugging Away--Sunday Salon

Here's what I bought at Borders this weekend. They only cost me $7 and change because of my teacher discount and a gift card.

The Best American Erotic Poems edited by Lehman. The ones I've read so far are not dirty at all, just nicely erotic.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins. I read another book by her called Crank and loved it so thought I'd try this one. What I like is that they are written in verse.

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben. This is his newest.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I once took a course on how to write children's literature and she was my teacher. I've read a couple others by her and really liked them.

One False Move by Harlan Coben. Yes, another Coben book! I should have read this one before the one I'm reading now because they are a series. Oh, well.

I'm a day late because we went out of town this weekend and didn't get back until 7:30 last night.

I did get to read The Final Detail for a little while since I always take a book with me. When we stopped for gas, I read. When my husband was at a motorcycle swap, I went to Borders then read. I wish I could read in a moving vehicle, though, and am so envious of anyone who can!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Airport Dilemma for BTT

Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??
And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

Well, if I had some money, I'd buy a new book.

If I didn't have any money on me, I'd find some paper and a pencil and write a poem about all the interesting people in the airport.

And I'd walk up and down the corridors to get some exercise.