Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Honey-Don’t List

                                                     #Honey-Don’tList #ChristinaLauren #NetGalley
         
        Well that was a lot of fun! Thanks #netgalley. I enjoyed this romantic comedy.
         A behind the scenes look at a home improvement show. Not as much fun as it looks from my      
         spot on the couch. Stress and the fight to remain at the top of the ratings takes its toll on the
         marriage of Melissa and Rusty Tripp. Their assistants Carey and James work hard to keep the
         new show and book tour from going up in smoke. Sparks fly between Carey and James. Maybe
          they want to make time for lives of their own.
          I really enjoyed this light, warmhearted story.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

More “Ask a Bookworm...


16. What is the most over-hyped book you read this year?
       Daisy Jones and the Six. It won a Goodreads Choice Award. Bestseller. I was so disappointed
       in the flat writing. It was a tell not an experience. Ugh!
17. Did any books surprise you with how good they were?
       An American Marriage was excellent. Persuasion by Jane Austen surprised me. I was not
        expecting how good this book was. Her best, I think. Flowers go Algernon was better than I
         remember.
18. How many books did you buy?
       I am buying more than I usually do because of the challenges. For example, Mullumbimby an
       Australian book.
19. Did you use your library?
      Yes. The physical library as well as Overdrive which is access to my library online.
20. What was your most anticipated release? Did it meet your expectations?
       #TheWaterDancer by #Ta-NehisiCoates  Of Course! Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
        Yes. So good.
21. What is the longest book you read?
      American Gods by Neil Gaiman-635 pages
22. What is the fastest time it took you to read a book?
       The LitPRG book I read, Awaken, I think I read in a day. Could not put it down. And I did not
        want to read it!
23. Did you DNF anything? Why?
      I wanted to DNF Cat Woman. But I had to read a super power book. Not my style. I don’t like
       humor books so I could have DNF’d Furiously Happy but I stuck it out.
24. What reading goals do you have for next year?
       Choose carefully. A few books this year I did not like but read them to satisfy a challenge
        prompt.
25. What was your most enjoyable book experience in 2019?
        Easy. Reading along side my teen grandkids. Flowers for Algernon, Monster, Fahrenheit 451
        I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. These kids are so smart and well read. They can discuss!
       
       

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Book worm on the porch...

8. What was your very first baby book? The first book I remember reading was Robin Hood. I read it over and over. I was 4 or 5.
9. What is the first book you read on your own? Mrs. Mike. It was way too old for me. Around age 9.
10. How many total books have you read? In my lifetime? Or this year? 2019 I read 81 books. Most years I read between 60-80 books. I have reviewed 880 books on Goodreads.
11. Longest gap between books? I have gone a day or two between books but I need to read. Reading is my crutch.
12. Favorite genres? Literary fiction. Historical fiction or non fiction. Because of  book challenges I have been reading memoirs and have fallen in love. No self help. No true crime unless I have to. Don’t love humor.
13. What books make you happy? Any book well written. I especially like to read a book where the characters have a true human connection. Geraldine and Basil Couts for example.
14. What books have made you uncomfortable? Why? True crime. Violence. Horror. I don’t want to know how inhuman we humans can be.
15. Can you read anywhere? Moving vehicle, roller coaster? Yes. The back seat of a car. In the middle of an airport.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Ask a book worm...

1. What are you currently reading?
     Times Convert by Deborah Harkness and Annie Leibovitz at Work. These are my last two books
      of my 2019 book challenges.
2. How many books have you read this year?  Eighty-one books. But I have two more to finish.
3. How have your reading tastes changed from childhood? I would read anything as a kid. Adventure,
    Romance, my Mother’s book of the month club books.
4. Physical book or ebook? Physical book, of course, but ebook will do in a pinch.
5. Where do you love to read? In the blue wing back chair, in a little nook at the top of the stairs.
6. What is your ideal reading atmosphere? Background noise or silent? Alone or with others? Ideally,
     I like to be alone or with people who do not expect any attention from me. Silent is good but I can    
     tune anything out including the noise of a jackhammer.
7. Are you a writer? I journal. I review everything I read.

      I hopefully will answer a few more questions tomorrow. There are thirty. You know I love this.


Monday, December 16, 2019

December on the porch...

Finishing up #ReadHarder2019 and #PopSugar2019 Book Challenges. Of course I will be reading until midnight on December 31st. It’s how I roll. I read so many great books this year, guided by these challenges. I read a few I did not like. Daisy Jones and the Six, Cat Woman and Furiously Happy. Telling not feeling, super powers and humor. I just don’t get it. So, not the books, me.
I’m listing a few of my five star reads because I want someone to read these amazing books. In no particular order a few of the best books I’ve read in 2019.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko, I only read this because it satisfied a challenge, it was exceptional. TheWaterDancer# by Ta-Nehisi Coates netgalley#
Thank you. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Blossoms in Autumn by Zidrou. A French graphic novel. Becoming by Michelle Obama.
The book I most enjoyed reading, because of the enjoyment Ivy got out of reading it with me is, drum roll please, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
My Goodreads page lists everything I’ve read this year as well as my review and rating for each book. So far 80 books but I have to finish three more. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley, Annie Leibovitz at Work and Times Convert  by Deborah Harkness.
                                       Merry Christmas. I need to bake a little more. Shop for two more gifts.
                                       I’ve crossed “clean the house” off my list so I have time to finish my books.
                                       I have a concert to enjoy. Grandchildren to visit. Snow to shovel. A family
                                       dinner to host and one to attend. I mailed a hundred cards. No downstate
                                        party this year. We had Christmas in July instead at our camp...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Proust Questionnaire on the Porch

I love answering an obscure questionnaire.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
     Sitting down to a meal I have prepared with my daughters, my grandchildren and my dear  
      husband. They are a captive audience.
2. What is your greatest fear?
      An illness in my family.
3. What historical figure do you most identify with?
4. Which living person do you most admire?
      Michelle Obama. Her integrity. she cares, her devotion to her family.
5. What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
     My lack of drive when it comes to finishing a task.
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
     Greed, no question.
7. What is your greatest extravagance?
     I will buy the aforementioned grandchildren anything they want. No need involved.
8. What is your favorite journey?
     Pack up my camper and travel across the US to visit my favorite grandkids.
9. On what occasion do you lie?
     I am honest to a fault. I should tell a lie when it hurts someone’s feelings.
10. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
       I am short. If I were taller I would look less like a dumpling.
11. Which living person do you most despise?
       I find our current president despicable.
12. What is your greatest regret?
        I regret not traveling the world when I was younger with more energy.
13. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
       Ivan Nedeau, my husband. Through thick and thin. Always there for me. Our craziness matches.
14. When and where are you happiest?
      Anytime and anyplace I am with my family. Especially my grandchildren.
15. Which talent would you most like to have?
       I wish I were a talented writer.
16. What is your current state of mind?
       Positive.
17. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
       I would be motivated to exercise.
18. If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
       They would not live so many states away from me.
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
       Raising my children to be kind, loving people.
20. If you could choose what to come back as what would it be?
      An artist or a successful writer.
21. What is your most treasured possesion?
       My camera and lenses. The photos I take.
22. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
       Missing my family when months go by without seeing them.
23. Where would you like to live?
       Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But no one else wants to live here with me.
24. What is your favorite occupation?
       Reading a really good book in a hammock on a sunny day.
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
       Red hair, I smile big.
26. What is the quality you most like in a man?
       Kindness. Happiness. Patience.
27. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
       Happiness. Kindness. Patience.
28. What do you most value in your friends?
       They still care even though they know my crazy.
29. Who are your heroes in real life?
       First responders. Service people.
30. What are your favorite names?
       The names of my ten Grands.
31. How would you like to die?
      My hubby said, “A firing squad!” I don’t think so.
       I want to be very old but lucid. I want to say goodbye to all my special people. Then slip away.
       I want my home to be clean and organized for the first time in my lifetime.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Reading on the porch...


First of all Coates writing is brilliant. 
I have read Between the World and Me and several of his Atlantic articles.
His fiction debut is magical, literally. Hiram is a slave with powers of memory and conduction. The Tasked are individual in their humanity. They suffer slavery but also pain and love. The Water Dancer is a moving, interesting novel.  #TheWaterDancer #Ta-NehisiCoates #NetGalley