BOOKISH THOUGHTS…

I love print books!  When I buy them, I relish shelving them in places that shout out how much I enjoy them.  Looking at them, at least.  In the photo above, you’ll see the books I have purchased that I have not yet read…and below, note those that I have read and added to my shelves.

In my previous residence, I had many shelves throughout my space, from the bedroom, office, dining room, to the living room.

Now my space is limited, but I am filling it up with my two shelves: the TBR shelf and the “Read” Shelf.

I have only one problem that interferes a little with my bookish love: I actually prefer reading from my Kindle.

It is much easier to handle, and I like how I can change the fonts and lighting.

As a result, it takes me longer to read my print volumes. But I do love buying and having them, so that fact does present problems for me.

What to do? Well, I will struggle through as I read the “real” books and cherish them when they find their place on my shelves after I am finished.

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What are your thoughts about print vs. Kindle books?

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COFFEE CHAT: A MORNING OF BOOKS, TAXES, ETC.

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Good morning, Bloggers!  It’s time to have another cup of coffee…and chat.

Today’s chat will be about my Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts, and I’m linking to Bookishly Boisterous, where others meet to share their thoughts.

I love my Happy mug (above).  There is a story to it, of course.  When I moved into this condo after living for several years in a bigger place in the foothills, I got rid of a lot of my old stuff.  I was going for the minimalist look.

But that’s not me…so slowly, but cautiously, I started adding a few things to fill in my new spaces.  I found this Baker’s Rack in a shop that was going out of business….I had always wanted one, so I thought:  why not?

 

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On display near the rack I had just purchased were assorted dishware, including these “happy” mugs, bowls, and saucers.  Of course I had to have them, and let me tell you how much joy they bring to my ordinary meals!  I love using colorful dinnerware, even when I am eating alone.  Maybe especially when I am enjoying a solitary meal.

 

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They mostly show up at breakfast, on my tray.

 

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Which brings us to my office, where I now am blogging away, chatting over another cup of coffee.

Today’s read is A Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, and I am loving it!  I’ve had my share of thrillers in the last few months, but this one is a bit different.  A “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards), The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.

 

 

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Basically, it’s a story of a woman who fled her life in California, landing in New York with a new identity.  But can she put the past behind her?  Will the secrets she is keeping ruin the life she is building?  And will her wonderful new husband turn out to have a very dark side?

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I will finish it this morning, I hope.  But I do have an appointment with the accountant this afternoon, to deal with taxes.  My least favorite thing.  I always feel anxious, with knots in my stomach…ever since the year when I owed an additional $2,000.  I’ve taken steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again…but I am never secure about it until after the appointment.

 

 

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Next I hope to read The Best Awful….before starting a series of review books.  It is Carrie Fisher’s sequel to Postcards from the Edge.

 

 

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I think that was my last cup of coffee, so I’m off to read some more.  I also need to ponder cleaning up this place…but that can wait until tomorrow.  Right?

What are your random thoughts today?

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A COFFEE MORNING IN DECEMBER

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Welcome to December!  And to another Coffee Morning here.  In the stack above, note my rereads…and see how they are still there.  I haven’t had time for them!

My week has been all about getting ready for the holidays.  In spite of my earlier thoughts that I might not bring out ANY decorations this year, I did bring out a few.  Check over at my Monday Potpourri:  Overcoming Holiday Reluctance.

Take a peek at what I’ve done.  The miniature tree on my Coca Cola table has framed photo ornaments of my grandchildren.  I got those ornaments a few years ago, and haven’t updated the photos…I like the nostalgia of remembering them “then.”  My little Gingerbread Bear on the middle cupboard is another old favorite.

 

 

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I snapped a couple more photos to showcase my decor.  Below, see the table by the window with still another miniature tree, featuring Elvis, Betty Boop, and Coca Cola mementos.  On the cupboard nearby, note the Candy Cane Bear.

 

 

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My sofa table went through some changes, as I had to rearrange some objects:

 

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In the mountains a few miles from here, my niece Amy and her lovely children are having fun in the snow.  America, who is eight, shows us just how much fun Mountain Magic can be.

 

 

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Amy is also ready for the snow in her adorable hat and sweater.  She looks like a Nordic princess, doesn’t she?  Yes, I’m biased.  But we do have Swedish ancestry, so she came by it honestly.

 

 

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I’ll leave you with some bookish thoughts.  I finished my Monthly Wrap-up for November, with fifteen books read…and two fiction favorites.  A nonfiction favorite joined the ranks.  Out of four nonfiction books read, it was a little hard to pick:

 

FAVORITE FICTION BOOKS:

 

 

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FAVORITE NONFICTION:

 

 

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This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshot.

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FROM THE INTERIOR: MUSINGS & RAMBLINGS

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I have missed the last few Musing Mondays, but today I just felt in the mood to muse a little.  Check Should Be Reading to see what others are chatting about.

Here are some possible topics:

 

Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

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So, today I’m going to ramble a bit, sharing odds and ends that strike my fancy. 

As I posted my review today of Save the Date, I realized that I have written reviews for all the Vine and Author Review Books on my stacks through July.  And there are only four on my August stacks.  Although I think another two or three books are in the mail, headed my way.

 

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It is sometimes a challenge to keep ahead of those review books, and still find time to read the books I bought, some as far back as 2011 (although there are only a few of those left!).

Another delightful piece of news (for me); on Thursday, I moaned and groaned about the new posting system at WP (My Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts).

And then, quite by accident, as I prepared to write a new post, I noticed a little place to click if I wanted the Classic Posting System.  Yay for classic!

So all is not lost.  Just as on Amazon, where there is a new system that I don’t like, with no place in it for inserting book links; however, again, magic click takes us to the Classic Mode.

Speaking of Amazon:  here are my recent stats showing that I just posted my 1100th Review!

 

 

Your reviewing stats
Reviews written: 1,100

Reviewer rank: 423
Helpful votes: 3,257 of 3,834

A WEEKEND FROM THE INTERIOR — BOOKISH THOUGHTS — OCT. 22

 

Good morning, and welcome to my Interior World.  Today I’m pondering bookish things.

Over at Curl up and Read, I’m celebrating my Two-Year Blogoversary.  I started that blog to document my journey through my TBR stacks—which were huge!—and I’m here to tell you that progress has been made.

If you’re only looking at those Old TBRs!  But I have a whole new set of problems in the New TBRs.  They aren’t as extensive as the old ones were, though.  And the blog enables me to keep track.

I have pages for Books Read, Books Purchased, Review Books, etc.

That blog is also where I track my progress on my challenges.  So it is a handy site.  Check it out, and if you’re so inclined, participate in the giveaway.

This week, I’ve been taking advantage of the coolish mornings to sit in my new reading corner.  I’m on my fourth book, and hope to finish it today.  Of course, I haven’t done much of anything else….

Do you have weeks like that? When time flies and you can only point to one or two accomplishments?  I guess I’m not multi-tasking enough!

I got up late this morning (for me!).  5:30.  And that’s because I watched both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, even though I knew I could watch them later (DVR).

So now I’m going to move away from the computer for awhile and into my reading corner.  Later I might even celebrate with a mimosa.

Here’s a little Halloween moment for you….

Creative Spookiness

 

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