Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts. Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.
Last week, I had much to share about family, the fun stuff, and the gritty house-cleaning. I went on to do a little more of the scrub-a-dub detail, in bathrooms, etc., inspired by Fiona’s efforts in my kitchen. But let’s not go crazy…I’m not going to turn into Martha Stewart. LOL. I do love playing around with the decor, however, and if I dust and clean along the way, that’s just a side effect. Patty, at Books, Thoughts & Adventures, wrote about collecting more of her white, “peely pieces”…and I was reminded of some of mine. Here’s one I own, a nightstand, but it has served other purposes over the years. I used it to hold a small TV in my other house. Now I love it as my go-to place for STUFF. I used to have a stack of books on top. I have cleared it off except for the clock radio, my cordless phone charger, and my mug of tea. I like that it has a drawer and a bottom door that opens to other goodies I can stash there. You might be surprised at what you find inside: baby books, for one. Yes, a book for each of my four children.
- So…let’s chat about some bookish things. What a great reading week so far! I plowed through some thrillers: Lies, by T. M. Hogan, a NetGalley review book being released on 9/11; and An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena. (Click titles for my reviews).
- Today I started reading a book I got from the library: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara.
- After a few weeks with no library books, I got two! First, the one above, and then this one: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman.
- I have added a few extra purchased books in the last couple of months, despite my vow to buy less and borrow more. In July, I bought 13 books! But I dropped down to 6 (so far) in August. The problem with buying so many: sometimes I forget what I own (even though I enter the titles on my Curl up and Read blog). Like this morning, I saw the book Those Other Women, by Nicola Moriarty…and immediately went to the Amazon page…only to discover that I had bought a copy in June! (I’m glad Amazon lets us know when we purchased the book!). Then I realized the problem: the one I bought has this cover on the left, while the one I saw this morning had the one on the right:
- Confusion abounds with distinct covers…and then there are those titles that are different, too. I have actually ordered a book that I already had because of the alternate title. Sigh.
- The world of bookish things can be a challenge!
What does your week look like so far? What bookish and not so bookish things are challenging you?