Welcome to another day of bookish delight, as we celebrate two events.

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages, is all about finding themes in the books we read and enjoying the writing styles of the authors we explore.

Booking Through Thursday is like a conversation amongst bloggers in response to a prompt issued each week.

Come on by and join in the fun!

Theme Thursdays:

Today’s theme:

AGREE , Nod, accept, etc


Today’s selection is a collection of short stories by Jennifer Weiner, called The Guy Not Taken.   In this collection of short stories, the reader follows the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father’s disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner’s eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.  My snippet is from the first story, called Just Desserts.

In this passage, three siblings are at a family swimming pool, discussing jobs for one of them; after several attempts, all dismissed by Nicki for various reasons:  she doesn’t like people very much, doesn’t want to do anything physical, etc.  But after her siblings keep pushing, she finally grudgingly grabs the phone:

“When the ringing finally stopped, my sister stomped back across the gravel and snatched up the telephone.  She flopped onto her chair, punched in some numbers, and said, “Yes, in Avon, Connecticut, a listing for Friendly’s, please?” (p. 7-8)


Booking Through Thursday:

Heidi asks:

Do you have siblings? Do they like to read?

It has been many years since I lived under the same roof as my siblings.  We varied in age and interests so much, but I think that we all enjoyed some form of reading.

My older brother was very scholarly, so I don’t recall him reading for “pleasure,” however.  My younger brother and sister did read, but nobody in the family read as much as I did.

I was dubbed “the bookworm,” and spent more time reading than all of them combined.

I don’t know what their adult reading habits are…I don’t have a close relationship with the two younger ones, who live in a town a few hours away.  My older brother passed away almost thirty years ago.

It is interesting to think about reading habits among siblings, however, and I think of my own children and how they fared in these traits.  My older two were big Stephen King fans in their teens; I know my oldest one still enjoys an edgy story.  He is a writer/photographer, while my second oldest works in the film industry and occasionally writes screenplays.

Their reading habits fueled their adult pursuits.  I think a reader’s journey can take many paths, but in the end, the love of reading is at the core of those of us who love to read, informing our lives.

What about you?  What are your thoughts?

Curl up and read….




After last week’s “slacking off” period, I thought that this week might be better.  I was totally unprepared, however, for how much momentum I now have going on my Defining Moments rewrites.

It’s almost as if someone sparked my battery with magic juice.

Yesterday, I did rewrites for two hours, and today I worked for an hour and 45 minutes!

I’m now on page 130 (out of 254), and we’re moving right along, leaving a trail of broken hearts, stalker angst, and creative mojo for our MC.

Ernestine, our supporting character, is giving us little snippets of her life during WWII, but as the story unfolds a bit at a time, we’re privy to how she felt and why she made those choices.

But what will happen to Jillian now?  With David gone from her life, she is turning into more of a hermit everyday.  This does not bode well!

I’m very eager to return to it…so I must close for now.

I also finished reading and reviewing A Pug’s Tale (click for review).  Fun book!

I’m teasing over at Miles to Go.

What are you up to today?  What is sparking your jets?



Berlin Festival of Lights: Craig Robinson, Berlin Photographer

Here we are nearing the end of January, and my NaNoBloMo challenge will be at an end.  Unless I sign up for next month, too.

Hmm…maybe not.  I do this kind of thing only occasionally, partly because I have so many blogs.

Today I am thinking of family. Not unusual for me, especially when some of my family members are SO FAR AWAY!  I’m especially thinking of my eldest son, who lives in Berlin.  His web moniker:  Berlin Photographer. One of the ways I feel closer to him (other than Facebook, Skype, e-mails) is to post some of his photos.

I love the one in my header today…and at the top of this post.  The Berlin Festival of Lights is an awesome visual treat, don’t you think?

Recently, I read a book that was set in Germany, albeit Munich.  1920s Munich, with the malevolent presence of Hitler on the rise shadowing everything for the characters in this story.

Straight Into Darkness, by Faye Kellerman, is an awesome read.  (Click the title for my review).

Currently, I’m reading some more books from my TBR stacks: one of them is featured today in my Teaser Tuesdays post.

Okay, now that I’m winding down on this topic, I know that a part of me is procrastinating…avoiding working on my WIP for the ROW 80 Challenge.  Tomorrow will be another check-in, and I’ll have to report that, in the past few days, I’ve missed writing on 1/19 and 1/24!  Not good!

So why is this happening?  I know that I need to tie up loose ends and bring this story to a conclusion.  Even though the characters seem to be leading me, they aren’t heading toward a conclusion.  Maybe they want to hang around for awhile!  LOL

I need to get them under control!  What do you do when you want to end a story and your characters are fighting it?



In today’s exciting meme that pushes us to reveal bits and pieces of our real selves, our leader at There’s A Book cheers us on each week with questions.  Questions designed to probe and tug at those hidden aspects of ourselves.

Today’s Question:


Okay, this is more difficult for someone (like me) who has many years to scan, trying to recall…LOL.  I know that there have been many days, back in my youth, when I literally read all day long on a book.  Back then, it was probably Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, which I absolutely adored.  I recall carrying it around with me and reading it whenever I could steal a few moments at school, and then later, at home.  And, of course, I read it throughout the night.  I can’t say how late I read—way back then—but suffice it to say that I couldn’t get enough of the drama, the emotion, the fear I felt when the Civil War ravaged the land, and when Scarlett O’Hara would do anything to finally save her home (and get her man!).











In more recent times, I read until quite late (3:00 a.m.?) to finish Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens, which was so suspenseful that I literally couldn’t put it down.









To be completely honest, I often read into the night.  I am a light sleeper and wake up frequently.  When I do, I grab whatever book I’m reading.  If it’s a good one, I often read for two or three hours.

What books have literally kept you up at night?  I hope you’ll stop in and share a tidbit or two.