Sunday, October 14, 2018

On their own

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We saw these while we were out exercising as a family yesterday. These were the only ones - in a cluster like this growing wild on the side of a hill. They looked so lovely to me. Also, they looked really strong because they look perfectly fine and we'd had a strong storm the night before. Nature amazes and inspires me. It can be simultaneously strong and fragile but it's always beautiful.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Learning to tap dance


I've started taking tap dance classes and I LOVE it! My kids have been taking classes for a year and love it as well. They are helping me to learn but I thought having a tutorial might help too.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


I am currently reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I am enjoying it a lot! I would like very much to see the television show based on the series. I will wait until I have completed the book but I am looking forward to the show. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Why are you calling me madam? Doctor Who


My kids and I love Doctor Who! L-O-V-E! We each have our favorite Doctor, as well! However, we all agree that Jodie Whitaker as the thirteenth Doctor is brilliant casting! Check out the above clip to get a feel for her in the role if you haven't seen the episode already. If you have, well, just enjoy this scene again! You're welcome. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Other Girl by Erica Spindler:

"Where are the footprints? Whoever did this would've been dripping blood. Where's the trail?"

Monday, October 8, 2018

Room on the Broom


My kids (and my husband and I) LOVE this book! We have been reading it for years during October! They will love hearing this audio version I am sure!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Book club

I went to my first gathering of the book club I joined today. It was fun and I enjoyed it a lot! We discussed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It was a good book that I liked a lot but didn't love. Most people felt the same way. One woman did love it while another did not. Still our discussion was pretty good.
Our next choice is called The Other Girl by Erica Spindler. She is a pretty popular author from what I've read this afternoon but I've never heard of her. The book sounds really good, though. I'm looking forward to reading it. Here is the description from Good Reads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara and The First Wife Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.
"Explosive.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A fantastic thriller from one of the best in the genre!” —RT Reviews
A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?
Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.
When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the brutality of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.
Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Vision in White by Nora Roberts


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Vision in White by Nora Roberts:

A Saturday night date. A guy who interested and attracted her across the table. Yeah, that was just enough. A week from Saturday? Well, you just couldn't tell, could you?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery

I really enjoyed this book! Natalie and Ronan are wonderful together. This a slight case of opposites attracting in that Natalie is an eternal optimist with a bright and sunny outlook about life while Ronan is not. He's quiet and enjoys a good brood. I think he's entitled to that brooding though considering he was dealt a major blow and something huge was changed within his family dynamic. He needs to learn to accept that he is still very much a part of his family and loving Natalie helps him do that. Natalie wants family and she gets frustrated with Ronan because she thinks he is ignoring the family he has right in front of him.

This is a wonderful book, full of heart, charm, humor and love. Natalie and Ronan are both artistic people (he's a world-renown glass artist and she's a mixed media artist still finding her way) and their artistic endeavors through the book were fun to read about.

If you like a love story with a bit of spice and a happy ending then I think you'll enjoy this book. Also, if you like quirky small towns, giraffes, characters with a lot of great imagination (dragons) and family dynamics you'll like this book. Did I mention that there are giraffes?