Musing Mondays

MONDAY SPARKS: MUSING ABOUT READING & THE HOLIDAYS…

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Welcome to another Musing Mondays, hosted now by The Purple Booker.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

 

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you tend to find that you make more time to read during the holiday season? Or do you have less time to read because of the hustle of the season?

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I’m currently reading a review book, The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian.    It is a NetGalley book, to be released on 1/10/17.

 

 

 

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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.

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I have enjoyed several books by this author, and I’m already caught up in the story.  I read a prequel to this book last week, The Premonition (click for my review), which introduces the reader to the characters and the affliction.

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As for the random question, the holidays find me continuing with my reading, as always, although I often try to finish up the books I had hoped to get to during the year.

What are you musing about today?

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book beginnings · The Friday 56

FRIDAY SPARKS: BOOK BEGINNINGS/FRIDAY 56 – “WINTER STREET”

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Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

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How quickly Fridays come!  In sorting through my book stacks, I realize that I have used up all the review books on hand…so here is a regular print book that I’m planning to read next week, since it has a holiday theme.  Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand, will take us to Nantucket during the winter months.

 

 

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Beginning:  (December 23, Kelley)

He thinks nothing of walking into room 10 without knocking.  The door is unlocked, and George hasn’t checked in yet, anyway.  George is due on the eleven-thirty ferry with his 1931 Model A fire engine, a bespoke Santa Claus vehicle, but he was delayed because of snow in the western part of the state.  George has gamely brought the fire engine over and donned the red suit every December for the past twelve years.

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56:  (Margaret)

After she packs, she brews an espresso and sits down at her computer.  There are twelve more soldiers dead in Afghanistan.

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Blurb:  Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who’s playing Santa at the inn’s annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

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Are you in the mood for an island retreat for the holidays?  I am eager to plunge into this one.

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creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: HOLIDAY MOMENTS CONTINUED

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

With Christmas behind us, I would love to share a few more mementos of the season before saying goodbye.  Here is what you see when you first enter my holiday home.

 

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Enter My Decked Halls

 

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Dining area

 

And as a nod to the upcoming New Year, I have rearranged my office space.  I moved the table that had been standing in as a desk to its new home (above), and placed the drop leaf table (below) in its place.  Here’s one view:

 

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And here’s another:

 

A closer view
A closer view

 

Now I’m eager to begin the New Year!  Happy Holidays!!

 

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creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — HOLIDAY MOMENTS AHEAD

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

With fall activities (and holidays) just around the corner, today I’m celebrating some of those special times through the decorations around the house.

Here are some of my October/November vignettes.  I set up the first vignette on the pub table by the bookcase, where my various fairytale figurines reside throughout the year.

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And this dropleaf table, where I can grab a snack or sit to pay bills, is the perfect place for my pumpkin and my turkey.

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Two resin pumpkins are holding court on the entertainment center. 

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I love this time of of the year.  I hope to savor the moments.  What are the rest of you enjoying this weekend?