Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is very well written, and the story is full of good people, bad decisions, courage, love, loss and healing.

I had a very hard time putting it down, but unfortunately, sometimes you just don't have the time to read, no matter how good a book is.

I highly recommend this book, but I will warn you...there is sensitive subject matter, in regards to miscarriages, and that could be hard for some readers.

I found myself putting it down and wondering what I would have done in Isabel's place? In Tom's or even in Hannah's?

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another year, another reading goal!

Winter Street (Winter, #1)Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read one other book by Elin Hilderbrand recently and enjoyed it, so when I saw this one, thought I would give it a try. It did not disappoint. I was disappointed at the end, but only because I wanted the story to continue, so when I saw there are two other books in the series, I was excited and need to get my hands on those! Yay, I can get closure! LOL

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017....

Goodbye to the old, and hello to the new.  I am always excited to find out what a new year has to offer me, my family, and the world.  Please be kinder to us all.

I didn't complete my reading challenge last year...My goal was 50 books, and I finished 17.  Still, nothing to be ashamed about.  I tend to have lofty goals when it comes to reading.  Maybe I will make it this year...who knows...I've finished my first one already though.  Haha.  I started this book on December 23rd and finished it this morning...so it counts!

This will be a short entry. I am contemplating moving to a new blogging site, but I really am not sure which one to try, so I may play around with a few until I decide.  I know I haven't been very consistent with maintaining a blog, so much a clean slate will help.  I'm not the best blogger...I need to improve my writing skills, and not be afraid to fit my thoughts and feelings out there, as well as my opinions.  It's hard to do for some people and I admit I am kind of envious of those people who seem to fill their blogs with such wonderful stuff.

Happy New Year to all who read this.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Goodbye 2016...Hello 2017

For me, I cannot say that 2016 has been particularly good or bad.  It's definitely brought changes into our lives, but that's to be expected.

But, as a whole, the world seems to be in a bit more turmoil, and since we can't get a do-over (and I don't particularly want one either), then we need to start fresh.

I try to keep my political views to myself.  I've watched too much ugliness this year over it.  People I respected have said hateful, ugly things...and it's like everyone has forgotten what it means to be human.  Too much social media perhaps?  Too many people feel like they can now say whatever it is they feel without worry of the consequences?   I'm not real sure, but I do not like it.  I am very glad my children are not so young that I need to explain to them about why it is wrong to call names...why calling someone an idiot/redneck/deplorable/racist/and whatever other word is thrown out there is wrong.  Are we all really so perfect that we have to put others down?  I know I am not.  Just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean you are ignorant...or whatever the word of choice is.  I was called an idiot..not specifically, but had someone I went to school with post on facebook that all nameyourpoliticalparttyhere were idiots.  Really?    Just because we don't agree with you?  I mean, seriously, how boring would the world be if every single human in the world had the same view on everything?  Yeah....it would really suck!

Anyway...this year we lost a lot of celebrities....great ones at that, but millions of people all over the world died, without a single mention in the news.  US Troops died; children died; average beautiful people died...what makes one person more newsworthy than another?  Yes, I was saddened at David Bowie's passing and Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and Prince, but I was even more saddened to learn of a young, single mom, losing her battle with cancer; or the little boy killed sitting in the back of his grandmother's car, because the gunman had road rage and was mad because the grandmother was not driving as fast as he wanted her too.  Seriously, what is wrong with people?

I've missed my mom still....I didn't realize just how often grief hits you out of the blue....how a perfectly good day can turn around into the kind of day that leaves you ugly crying in the locked bathroom.  And my family thinks I have lost my mind, and I cannot possibly explain why I started to cry. I just did.  For no reason whatsoever.

I missed my reading goals for the year.  And not by a few books...but a LOT of books.  Meh.  So, I reset the goal again in 2017 and start over.  Don't dwell on it.  Just try to do better.

I have a goal to clean up my photobucket account, and upload the photos sitting on my laptop into that account so I can clean up my computer.  A goal.  One of many.  I used to think putting the goals in writing would help me get them done.  Nope.  It doesn't work.  You are either going to do it or you aren't.  If it's a legitimate goal, I feel like it's going to stick in your brain, like the knowledge that you need nourishment to sustain you...your goals should be a natural part of your life.  Or, I could be wrong, again.  It doesn't really matter though.  At the end of the day, what does matter is how you lived your life...what you did...not what you planned to do.  Did you make the world a better place?  Did you do something good? Help someone out?  Did you show kindness in your daily life?  How do you want to be remembered?  Do you want to be remembered as that person who had all the wealth in the world but was a complete asshole, or would you rather be remembered as someone who bought a meal for a homeless man?  Or offered to cut the grass of your elderly neighbor?

Anyway, I guess I have rambled on long enough...I think this is the longest entry I have made in a while!  Hey, GO ME!

Happy New Year to you. May 2017 be a good one to you, and to us all, all over the world!


Don't cha just hate....

So I am on page 12 of this book I am reading, and the sentence reads like this:

"This latest bout of karmic deserts was being served up by Harold Grader, her up-until-now friendly local banker, who'd apparently decided that loaning her more money to maintain and upgrade her hotel would be throwing good money after bad."

I am pretty sure, the appropriate word is desserts not deserts. I've read the paragraph with both words, and desserts works better every time.  What is a karmic desert?  Where is this so called desert, so I can avoid going there?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Two By Two - Nicholas Sparks

Two By TwoTwo By Two by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tug at my heart strings will ya?

I loved this book. I'll warn you, at one point in the book, you will need tissues...quite a few of them. This is a story of love, loss, discovery and healing. The reviews I read on Amazon are mixed and I find that I don't like to read reviews before I read a book as they tend to skew my perception of a book from the get go and I would rather read a book first, then see what others have to say about it.

I do not agree with some who thought this book was one of Nicholas Sparks' worst. I enjoyed it, despite the fact that I read part of it before going to work one morning, and hit one of the parts that needed tissues, and went to work with puffy and red eyes.

Perception is everything, and I think that the characters in this book learned that in some ways. They also learned a lot about themselves.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

50 Book Challenge Status Update

I am so far behind in my goals to read 50 books this year, but while I may be slower , i am at least still getting some books read and whittling down the list as best I can! This is book 15. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford Years, #10)Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon


I love the Mitford Series so seeing a new book that I hadn't read yet was exciting. I love reading all about Father Tim and the citizens of Mitford.

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