July books were good/not so good…

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It’s the last Monday of July and here are the books I read this month:

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I liked this book.
It was an easy read about an uneasy subject, drug addiction.
A young working woman, married with a child, is overwhelmed
and turns to prescription pain medicine to help her cope.
Jennifer Weiner writes good easy read books that are interesting.

days

I can’t say I liked this book but I didn’t dislike it.
It was ok.
Last book in a series about  a 92-year-old woman who was born male.
Maybe if I had read the other books this one would have meant more.
I think because the characters are all from previous books
they aren’t well defined here.
At least, to me, it seemed a lot was alluded to that happened in the past
and it was a bit hard to follow.

strange

This is another book that has a main character, Bill, who has been in other books.
But this book stands on its own and I did like it.  I really liked Bill…he seemed real.
Bill was a police officer and is now a private detective.
He is married and has a daughter.
An old girlfriend calls him asking for help.
Her son has been arrested and charged with murder.
I liked all the characters…not so much the son,
but Bill and his old love and the attorney and sheriff.
I will read more by Mr. Pronzini.

ican

I don’t know what to say about this book.
I liked it, I didn’t like it, I didn’t like Dyer, I liked Dyer.
Confused?  Me, too.
It is his memoir. And it is all about him.
From the beginning to about three-quarters through I really didn’t like Dr. Dyer.
But in the end I guess he is ok.  Certainly successful.

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I always like Johansen’s books and this one is no different.
That being said her books have a formula to them and though
they are interesting and have excitement and some surprises
you pretty much know who will win and who will lose.
In this book Catherine Ling, a CIA agent is sent to save a woman from a madman.
Her mentor and friend, Hu Chang, and her 11-year-old son, Luke,
end up part of the rescue effort.
There is a Guardian that the madman is trying to get to
through the woman he kidnapped who has been rescued.
The Guardian works for a Committee and has telepathic powers.
I like Johansen’s books so I recommend it.  It is a good read.bookjourney

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June reading was pretty good…

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It’s the last Monday of June and here is a list of books I read this month.

stilllifewith

I liked this…but I haven’t read a book by Anna Quindlen that I haven’t liked.
I did want to make the main character, Rebecca, get a move on;
took her forever to figure things out.

badwolf

This was very good.  Some good twists and turns and surprises.
Big bad secrets hidden for years by the “upper crust” and an important family.
It is one of those books that I almost figured out but not quite.

anyplace

Amy was raised by her crazy shoplifting grandmother
and sometimes by her small-time crook father.
She never knew her mother and is now determined to find out about her.
Susan Isaacs has a way with witty dialog but this time around it was a bit much.
I liked the book but it wasn’t a page turner.

museum

I always like Alice Hoffman books and I was not disappointed with this one.
It’s a love story that was weird, sad, strange, yet uplifting.
The Museum is a side-show of human oddities in the early 1900’s.
The owner’s daughter is used and abused
but she learns about love watching the “oddities”.
She meets a photographer and experiences love for the first time.
Well worth reading.

darkplaces

You must read this…but it is dark.
I read it in one day.  Could not put it down!
One morning, 25 years ago when Libby Day was seven,
her mother and sisters were murdered.
Her brother goes to prison for the murder partly because of her testimony.
Now she is questioning what she may or may not have seen that morning.
I never saw the end coming!
I had no idea what really happened until the last few pages of the book.
If you like mystery with weirdness read this but be warned it is ugly.

becareful

This was another very good book. It is volume four of the Clifton Chronicles.
I didn’t read the first three but this book does stand on its own.
This takes place in the 60’s and the Clifton-Barrington family is hard pressed
to keep from losing the ship building business that has been around for generations.
The characters are well drawn and I got to really liking the family
and really not liking their enemy.There is a fifth volume due out next year…
this fourth one was a cliff-hanger…I will have to read number five.
I may read the first three…or not.

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On a completely different note…
this book was sent to me to review which I am going to do this week .
It is one woman’s story of reconciling belief and doubt in her search for God.

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Right now I am reading I Can See Clearly Now by Dr.Wayne W. Dyer.
I am only about a quarter of the way through so the jury is still out.

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Pondering the watch…

Today I am taking part in a blog hop that
Brenda at BYG Adventures hosts.
In this hop she asks us to

Ponder

This week we are to ponder the word watch.
So, here I go a pondering.

think

I have thought about this before so it isn’t a new pondering.
Why are watches called watches?
Shouldn’t they be called little clocks?  Or portable clocks?

When I went to Wikipedia to find out about watches I learned they are “watches”:
1) from an Old English word “woecce” that means watchman.
2) sailors called them watches because they used them to
keep track of the time of their “watches”.

Okay, I guess those explanations make some sense.

But why are pocket watches called pocket watches?
Why aren’t they pocket clocks?
And why are wrist watches called wrist watches?
Seems to me they should be called wrist clocks.

Now that wrist watches can do everything imaginable I think they should be called
wrist computers.

So there is my pondering for today.

Wander on over and see what is being pondered.

Wander on over and see what is being pondered.

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Rosies and posies…

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Ring-a round the rosie
A pocket full of posies
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

I remember singing this rhyme, whirling around and falling down.
In kindergarten and first grade it was great fun on the playground.

I learned that it was a rhyme that referred to plagues in the middle ages.
It was said that there was a rosy rash, sneezing, and coughing with the plague.
People carried posies of herbs in their pockets to ward off the disease and the smell.
“All fall down” is what people did when they got the plague and died.
Ashes to ashes alluded to cremation of the bodies.

This is what I learned but it seems I learned wrong.
Today, most folklore experts say it’s all hooey.

I don’t care.
I like the explanation I was taught and I’m sticking with it.

Click on the shoes to see what others have to say.

Click on the shoes to see what others have to say.

Josie’s prompts this week are refuge and ring.

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Stuff about me…

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Here are my Four Fill-Ins:

1) I wish the phone and tablet would always stay charged.

2) You’ll need at least one of those lint rollers (for cat hair) when you visit my home.

3) If I go to a restaurant it must have enough light to read the menu.

4) My must have holiday baking treat is anything chocolate…that someone else bakes.

What I think about A-to-Z 2014…

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I think this year was my fourth doing the A-to-Z Challenge.
The first two years were more of a challenge because I did not have a theme.
From now on there will be a theme!  So much easier.

Having a theme, this year ” There was a little girl who”, gives a focus to what I write.
In the first two years without some starting point or focus I spent a lot of time just trying to come up with something to write about.
I think my posts weren’t as good.

I  did visit a little over 200 blogs on the list but did not read the whole post on many
and only commented on a few.  Posts that were loooong I passed over because of time.
This is not unusual for me…I rarely read any post over 500 words.  There just isn’t enough time.  As for commenting, again the time thing and then sometimes I just didn’t have anything to say.

Of the blogs I read most were very good. I am impressed with bloggers!
Some seemed to have nothing to do with A to Z. Those I simply skipped over.

I did find some blogs I bookmarked and I will go back and visit a while to decide if I will follow.  I do not subscribe to the “I follow you so you follow me rule”. I don’t expect blogs I follow to follow me and those who follow me shouldn’t expect me to follow them.  Once again the time thing…I follow many blogs and there are only so many hours to spend on the computer and still have a life.

I don’t have any suggestions for y’all.
What you are doing you are doing very well.

Thanks to everyone on the A-to-Z Challenge team!  What a lot of work…and that time thing!  I appreciate the work you do for this hop. It is a great way to see blogs I would never see without the list.  It is a challenge and it is a fun challenge!
!Thank you!

In the back of my ditzy mind I am already thinking about 2015.

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I’m filling-in the blanks…

Today I am taking part in Hilary’s Blog Hop

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She gives four sentences with blanks to fill in.
So, here I go:

  1. I really feel all cozy and snuggly in the early a.m.
  2. I wish the days would always stay warm and breezy.
  3. Home is my favorite place when I am…well, really it is always my favorite place.
  4. If I hear my dentist say I have to come back one more time, I will bite him.

Okay that’s it.
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