Feb 112019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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We're All A Mess, It's OK: A collection of funny essays and one-liners about the struggles of everyday life by [Lyle, Amy]

We’re All A Mess, It’s OK by Amy Lyle

My First Date And A Sluggish Toilet

When I was sixteen, Jeff Jordan asked me out on a date. He had just recently come off full-on orthodontics headgear at the beginning of the school year and people had not yet caught on to his smokin’ hotness. My mother dropped me off at his house (the nicest house in our town) to have dinner. After drilling his parents for ten minutes about the “activities” allowed in their home, she made SEVERAL points about how the parents were responsoble for not allowing me to be in any situations that would jeopardize my chast state as one day I would be taking sanctioned marriage vows. Oddly, she agreed to allow his parents to drive me home.

Feb 082019
 

Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley
Narrated by Shannon McManus

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2018

A heart-stirring novel of family and forgiveness from bestselling author Ashley Farley.

In her grand home in Charleston, Willa Bellemore raised two girls during the tumultuous 1970s. One was her daughter, Lady. The other was Lady’s best friend, Nell – adopted after the sudden, heartbreaking death of her mother, the Bellemores’ beloved maid. Willa showered Nell with love and support, all the while ignoring the disdainful whispers of her neighbors. After all, they were family. Nell and Lady were sisters at heart – sisters who vowed to never let anything come between them.

Then, on the night of Lady’s sixteenth birthday, something went terribly wrong, sparking painful secrets and bitter resentments that went unspoken for three decades.

Now Willa is dying, and Lady and Nell – each with a teenager of her own – are brought together after all these years. It’s Willa’s last wish. The time has come to confront what happened on that fateful night. But it may take a tragic twist of fate to reconcile the past and come to terms with the true meaning of family.

Thoughts
Wow, I’m on a roll this year with books that have characters that react very different than I would and/or keep secrets that tear relationships apart. But again, the story was good enough to make the book a hit with me.

Nell & Lady were very different, but they were best friends from an early age. Something happens one day that tears that friendship apart which is sad, and if they had just been honest with each other about what happened the friction could been avoided. Guess it wouldn’t have made such an interesting story though.

This book is full of good times and bad times, family love and a few surprises. I really liked the ending. If you like tense moments, suprises, and reading how a broken family finds it’s way to healing, check this book out.

The narrator did a great job!

Feb 062019
 

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I saw this word in an email today:

Edgar Allan Poe is said to have called the 1841 story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” his first “tale of ratiocination.

noun | rat-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun

Definition
1 : the process of exact thinking : reasoning

2 : a reasoned train of thought

Feb 042019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Always

Always by Sarah Jio

November 14, 2008

“Oh no, why do I always do that?” I say to my fiance’, Ryan, as we walk into the restaurant. “Do what, baby?” “Leave my purse in the car.” We’ve just valet-parked, and as we look out the window, Ryan’s white BMW is being driven off. “I’ll go get it, my forgetful one,” he says, kissing my cheek. “You grab our table. I’ll be back in a sec.”

This is my first time reading Jio. I’m about 4 hours into this audiobook and I’m loving it so much! I already know it will be one of my favorites for this year and want to read more from this author.

Jan 312019
 

Trail of Broken Wings audiobook cover art

Trail of Broken Wings
By: Sejal Badani
Narrated by: Karen Peakes
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-01-15
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father – the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence – remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Thoughts
I absolutely loved the book The Storyteller’s Secret  by this author so I decided to listen to this one too, which is her first book.

This is a semi hard review for me to write because I liked the story but the reactions of the charachers in almost every situation aggravated me. They avoided telling each other their true thoughts and acted like everything was fine when it most definitely wasn’t, they did things behind each other’s backs and kept secrets that would have probably made things better between them.

I don’t want to go into much detail of the story and give spoilers, but this family was messed up and a lot happens in the book.

Like I said, the story was good and kept me anxious to know how it would all turn out but I wanted to shake the sisters and their mother most of the way through the book.

Even though I struggled with the attitudes of the characters, I enjoyed the story and am glad I read it. I would read more from this author.

Jan 282019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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The Lady with the Purple Hat: A Novel

The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco

1

Without the slightest noise, Daisy turned the handle and slowly opened the door of hospital room 744. A large purple hat overed most of her pale face. She peeked into the patient’s room.

Is he still alive? she thought.
Shouldn’t he be dead by now?
Daisy wondered how much longer it might take until his last breath finally extinguished his life. He had to die soon.

Diane posted about this book and I decided to read it so I put a hold for it at my local library. I should get an email in a few days letting me know I can pick it up.

Jan 212019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie

Prologue
June 1992

The night before my seventh-grade field trip to Rapid Falls, the water-fall that our town was named after, my dad came up to my room. He didn’t viit my bedroom often, especially to talk about dead girls, so I rremember the way he said my name. His voice sounded like a door I was supposed to open.

Jan 142019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Nell and Lady: A Novel

Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley

Chapter One
Lady
Present Day

Adelaide Bellemore was known to family and friends as Lady, although no one considered her a lady, least of all her mother. She stood at the sixth-floor window of the medical center, admiring the orange horizon as the sun set over Charleston Harbor. Clusters of nurses, dressed in colbalt-blue scrubs with totes slung over their shoulders and lightweight coats and sweaters draped across their arms, migrated past her to the bank of elevators. She studied the faces of the men and women-young and old, black and white, blond and brunet, slim and heavyset. Would she recognize Nell in this passing parade after thirty-one years? Nell was her sister, bound forever with Lady by legal documents but not by blood. They were no longer friends, hadn’t been for years. The close friendship they’d shared from birth, the cherished memories of carefree childhood days, had come to a tragic ending as a result of the events of Lady’s sixteenth birthday party on a rare snowy night in January of 1981.

Jan 132019
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside… 
Right now it’s 77° with a 10% chance of rain towards afternoon

Thankful…
That I got to spend the day with my daughter Kilah and youngest granddaughter Alecia yesterday. We went to the Florida Artists Gallery, a small gallery in a nearby town that showcases local artists and offers a variety of classes. I was looking for an ocean scene to buy.  I decided on one that had a long pier jutting out of the water and a bunch of sandpipers on the beach. My daughter bought one of an old farm house because she loves old buildings. Of course we also went out to eat and shopping

Reading…
The Lido by Libby Page (hardcover) & The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

Listening To…
Will start Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley Tuesday

Watching…
Later today I plan on watching the movie Tai Mai

Mind Body Spirit…
Any of you know of a meditation app that you’d recommend?

In The Kitchen…
Today I’ll make a hamburger for my son and I’ll eat a hamburger patty and we’ll both eat a vegetable

New To Me Stuff:
Today I tried a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha that I bought the last time I grocery shopped…it was ok but I like the Starbucks Frappuccino Caramel Coffee much better

This Week…
Tomorrow I take my dog Kaiyo to the groomer and after that she goes to the vet to get her yearly check up

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert
Isaiah 43:19

From the camera…

Jan 112019
 

For as long as I can remember my favorite food has been pizza. The last few years though, I’ve only liked it from Cici’s, which I love, and a few other restaurants.

The other day my son and I were  at Publix and he was getting a frozen pizza. I’ve never really been a fan of frozen pizza, but I thought I’d check them out to see if I could find one that I thought I might like. I saw a brand I’d never seen before that had a few toppings I’ve never seen on a pizza. It was meatless and that’s what I was looking for so I bought one.

Guess what? I loved it! I even loved the crust which is unusual for me. It’s Organic Roasted Vegetable, with Spinach, Red & Yellow Peppers, Broccoli and Zucchini. It was so good that I ate half of it that night. The next night I heated the other half in my toaster oven and it was really crisp and still very good.

I’ve decided to keep one or two in my freezer for when I’m rushed or don’t feel like cooking. Right now in my freezer is the Organic, Tuscan Garden which has Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Red Onions. If you can find this brand, give it a try and let me know what you think.

wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Jan 082019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure by [Smith, Larry, Fershleiser, Rachel]

I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets:
Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

Told you I’d be published some day! – Kay A.

Born In The Wrong Decade Man. – Victoria D.

Half sister doesn’t know I’m alive. – Emily R. M.

Met online; love before first sight. – Chris S.

I own nine pairs of Converse – Maddie F.

Music and God are my constants – Aubrey H.

A roller-coaster ride of unbelievable events. – Micah M.

Jan 072019
 

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Tuna’s cartoonish looks—with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck—are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavored) prize.

Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing bow ties, playing with toys, and melting hearts.

Packed with witty and endearing images of this ridiculously adorable pup, Tuna Melts My Heart is sure to delight the underdogs in us all!

Thoughts
I’ve been a fan of Tuna for many years, following him on FB & Instagram. Even if I’ve had a bad day he will make me smile, laugh, or both.

This book is “a day in the life” story with cute photos of Tuna and Courtney’s commentary of them which is very funny. I hope there are more books to come.

This is  a quick read but it will put a big smile on your face and make your day brighter. I’m sure I’ll pick this book up again and again whenever I need something to lighten my mood,

I LOVE this book!

Jan 062019
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
63° with a slight breeze and a clear blue sky. High is supposed to be 71°

Thankful…
That my sister in law is healing from her surgery quickly

Reading…
The Lido by Libby Page

Listening To…
Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani, may be a DNF, haven’t decided yet

Watching…
After I got my fill of Christmas movies I started binging season 1 of The Big Bang Theory and am now on season 2. I’ll keep watching it but now that my regular shows are back on I’m also watching them

Body Mind Spirit…
I’m still working on a health/fitness plan

In The Kitchen…
This week we’ll be having BLT’s, almond crusted pork chops, meatloaf, chicken curry with lentils

New To Me Stuff:
I tried  Goldfish Cheddar Crackers and they were pretty good so I want to try the other flavors too

This Week…
I have next Sat., Sun., & Mon. off so this week I’ll be thinking about what I want to do

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let all that you do be done in love
1 Corinthians 16:14

From the camera…

Manatees at Silver Springs

 

Jan 042019
 

Hosted @ Christmas Spirit

Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books
1. The Christmas Forest by Rebecca Boxall
2. The Nöel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
3. Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay
4. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
5. Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Tim Curry (Narrator)
(I just realized as I was listing the books that I didn’t review this one)

Fa La La La Films:  watch however many you want
1. Angela’s Christmas
2. The Christmas Project
3. One Magic Christmas
4. The Truth About Christmas
5. A Christmas Carol
6. Christmas Inheritance
7. Every Other Holiday
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
9. I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown
10. The Christmas Chronicles

Dec 312018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Chapter 1: Wakey Wakey

Good morning Tuna! I realize that you must be incredibly comfortable lying there in the covers. Trust me guy, I really hate to disrupt your slumber, but it’s time for you to get up.

Dec 312018
 

Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
Narrated by Shannon McManus

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: January 9, 2017
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English
ASIN: B01N9OOXCJ

Kim Brewster’s ill-fated marriage was annulled so quickly that she thought she could keep the whole thing a secret…until she found out she was pregnant. But before her confession can blow a hole in the seemingly perfect lives of the Brewster women, her great-grandmother, Hannah, drops a bomb of her own. She’s selling her hotel and moving to a farm in Oklahoma—and all the Brewsters are coming with her. Kim is sure her grandmother, Karen, and mother, Sue, won’t go along with the plan, but Hannah can be very convincing. Soon the women are working the farm, selling their wares from a roadside stand, and finally feeling like a family.

And as the Brewster women’s lives take shape in ways they never expected, Kim may have found another shot at love. Luke thought he’d washed his hands of women, but when he stops by the vegetable stand and meets Kim, he’s instantly smitten. To find love, though, they’ll both have to dig past their hidden secrets.

Thoughts
I love books about family, especially if it’s about the females in a family. This book had a great grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter.

The relationships of these women were good but grew as the book progressed. By the end their bond was as close as it could be and was unbreakable.

The story-line moved along at a good pace and there were a lot of surprises. The narration was very good, especially considering how many female voices there were.

This is a story about the bond women have through thick and thin, and how you can reach the happiness you desire no matter your age.

I loved this book!

Counts toward the following challenge:
Audiobook

Dec 302018
 

2019

First Book Of The Year

This is the 6th year Sheila has hosted this event!

Sheila says:
The first book of the New Year should be:

A. A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time

B. A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again

C. Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year

My first book of 2019 was supposed to be The Lido by Libby Page because I ran out of time to read it earlier this year, but I didn’t get to the library to pick it up this week before it closed for New Year.

So I decided to read Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher because I bought a copy when it was published but still haven’t read it.

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

If you aren’t familiar with Tuna, check out his FB page. I LOVE him!

What will your first book of 2019 be?