Sunday, July 27, 2008


It's been a busy (and fun!) few days with company so I don't have much time to post right now. Hope everyone is well and enjoying their reading time.

I did manage to finish this yesterday afternoon when I had a couple hours to myself. It was soooooo good! At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as much as Love Walked In her first novel because this one has a different format, but after twenty pages or so, I was hooked.

If anything, the writing in this second novel of hers is even more exquisite. It just shines!

And I have to admit that I was glad I was alone when I read the ending because I had to keep stopping to wipe the tears out of my eyes.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Keeping Faith

I had a hard time about half way through this book and wasn't sure I was going to finish it but I kept slogging through and I'm glad I did! I read in bed last night until I couldn't focus then sat on the couch this morning reading until I finished.

As usual, Picoult weaves an absorbing tale and writes with such gentleness and illumination that I just love swimming in her words.

Faith is seven years old and talks to God. Her parents have just split up and both want custody. That sounds very simplistic but there is so much more to this thought-provoking novel about beliefs. Definitely worth the time to read, even through the middle doldrums.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Catching Up

Another Sunday already? The summer is just flying by way too fast.

I had a busy week. On Sunday my husband, another couple and I rode motorcyles to a restaurant in Arundel, Maine. There must have been 200 bikes there. They fixed up the back yard with picnic tables, a huge grill and sold hamburgers, etc. A band was playing. It's quite the place. Here's a picture of us there.

On Tuesday I went golfing for the first time this summer. I'm not very good and only go maybe 4 or 5 times a season so I don't have a chance to improve but I still enjoy it. Afterwards, we went to Olive Garden for lunch: grilled shrimp on angel hair. Yum! It was my first ever visit. My friend said, "You're no longer an Olive Garden virgin!"

Wednesday morning my mom and I left for our annual trek to Foxwoods Casino. We had so much fun and didn't get home until after midnight on Thursday, well, actually, Friday morning!

Since then I've been lying low and trying to read. I'm still working on Jodi Picoult's Keeping Faith but it's slow going. I'm enjoying it but am only about halfway through. I think I have one more Picoult novel to read then I'll be caught up on all of her books.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Sunday Salon

It's 6am here on the east coast. The sun is just starting to pinken everything. Such a beautiful time of the day!

I'm glad I finished this book. It's the continuation of her earlier book Crank and the main charcter, Kristina, is still as obnoxious as ever. I wanted to slap her. She has a decent family and a cute little baby boy but what does she do? Gets messed up with drugs so bad that she can barely function.

At the end of the book, the author, Ellen Hopkins, says that the novel is based on her own daughter's struggles with drugs. There is no happy ending and I'm glad to see that many teenagers in my school are reading these books.

Like the first one, this one, too, is written in poetry form with each poem a different shape. This makes for a quick read. Thank God! It was just so depressing.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

One of my favorite bookstores burned down last weekend, and while I only got to visit there while I was on vacation, it made me stop and think.

What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?

Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
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My favorite bookstore is Wonderland Book Store in Gorham, NH. I worked there part time a few years ago and the owner, Gloria, was the best boss!

I like knowing that it is there whenever I need a book. I know all I have to do is call and the book will be there in a day or two if it is not in stock.

Everytime I walk in, I feel like I'm returning home; everyone has a smile and welcome for me.

If it went out of business, I'd feel like a part of me died, too. Of course, I'd continue to read and borrow or buy books somewhere else, but that little oasis of literacy in town would definitely leave a gaping hole if it wasn't there.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My Little Reader

My two-year-old granddaughter and her parents came to visit us at our camper in Maine.

Here is Kylie and her dad reading together in the morning waiting for everyone else to wake up.

And here she is with her great grandmother reading Maisy's Nature Walk.

When she got done, she said, "That was a wonderful book!"

Saturday, July 5, 2008

First Sunday in July

Good Morning Sunday Readers.

I won't have much time for reading today because my son, mother-in-law, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter are visiting.

I'm having a hard time moving on to a new book after this one. It just sticks in my mind. Alex is a junior in high school when an asteroid hits the moon moving it closer to the earth and causing catastrophies everywhere. His parents are nowhere to be found so he must take responsibility for his two younger sisters. How he manages makes for an absorbing story. I can't help thinking about how I would react in such a situation.

Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote this as a comapnion novel for Life as We Knew It, another book I loved. She's in the beginning stages of a third and I hope she hurries up and finishes it!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

What are you reading? is the question from Booking Through Thursday today.
I'm just about done with the dead & the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer but I don't want it to end!
This is a companion book to her Life as We Knew It. It contains totally different characters but revolves around the same apocalyptic event. It's mesmerizing, to say the least!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Water for Elephants

I hate circuses. I never go to them. They seem sad to me. So, even though I'd heard good things about this book, I had no desire to read it.
On the last day of school I went into the library to get a bunch of books for summer reading and saw this so figured I'd maybe give it a try since it was free.
Of course, I loved it! The contrast between the old Jacob and the young one really added to the character development. The writing is so nice and the plot moves along like...well, a circus train!
And the ending was just perfection!