Good morning!  It’s Friday, and I was looking forward to my usual morning routines:  coffee, blog visiting, and reading.

But the day started off terribly, with the coffee pot going into a kind of psycho mode, making loud noises…and not delivering anything.

I checked…yes, there was water.  Hmm.  So out came the Coffee Pot trouble-shooting guide.  I tried several things…and then ended up having to start over, with new water, a cool and dry pot, and a fresh filter with the grounds.  Finally!  A pot delivered.

By then, however, I was stressed…and frustrated.  And not at all happy with how my morning was unfolding.

So…these events are responsible for what happened next.  I visited blogs, read e-mails, and downloaded two new e-books I hadn’t planned on buying just yet.

I Am Watching You (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll, which was listed in an e-mail about popular 2017 books:

What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared….


On a blog I visited this morning (Literary Feline), I found this one, and couldn’t resist:

These Violent Delights (e-book), by Victoria Namkung

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, These Violent Delights is a literary exploration of the unyielding pressures and vulnerabilities that so many women and girls experience, and analyzes the ways in which our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us. A suspenseful and nuanced story told from multiple points of view, the novel examines themes of sexuality, trauma, revenge, and the American myth of liberty and justice for all.


Just when I was congratulating myself on how my “purchased books” list this month was showing my ability to resist new books…well, now I have purchased EIGHT books during the month.  Of course I bought twelve in November…so I could still end the month on a good note.


But I can’t resist books that speak to me.  What about you?  Are you eager to grab books that resonate with you?



  1. Patty

    I love when books speak to me but lately I dislike buying ebooks…I wonder what happened to your coffee pot? I guess you will find out if it was a fluke tomorrow morning. I just thought about living in California…we have snow right now so we really don’t want to leave the house and we don’t feel guilty about it…big flakes are keeping us in…but…you can’t use snow as an excuse!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, and I think I wasn’t paying attention when I set up the coffee pot last night. I remember opening a new coffee, and that some grounds may have gone “over the edge.”

      I should probably borrow more e-books from the library, but I like having the newest books! If I can’t get them from NetGalley…I buy them. Sigh.

      I love visiting snow, but I wouldn’t want to live in it. We have snow just an hour away.


  2. I definitely cannot resist buying books – ebooks or paper. Pretty sure any booklover understands your purchases today 😉 Fingers crossed the coffee maker works perfectly tomorrow morning!

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    1. Thanks, Mary, and I will use any excuse to buy more…so the coffee pot mishap made the book buying all the more necessary. LOL

      I think I am hard on coffee pots. I have gone through so many over the years. But this time, I solved the problem by reading the trouble-shooting guide…and very carefully set it up tonight for the morning coffee.

      Fingers crossed. Nothing makes me crankier than no coffee when I’m counting on it.


    1. Thanks, Kathryn…and the coffee pot was loud again this morning, but did eventually brew. Maybe it needs a good cleaning…usually the cleaning light comes on, but it’s worth a try. The coffee pot is not that old! I bought it in May.

      I need any excuse I can come up with to buy books! LOL

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  3. The Avid Reader

    I am slightly addicted to buying books anyway, but buying one when I’m feeling down always makes me feel better. The first book you bought sounds really interesting!

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