The messy leaves are annoying…but they tell me that fall is really here!  At last.

And there is a crispness in the air that makes me feel energetic.  Does fall create a special feeling in you?  Or are other seasons the ones that invigorate and energize you?

Today I decided to try something I haven’t done in a while:  I am reading two books at once.  I read one for a bit, and then the other.  I couldn’t do this if they were the same genre, but since they are quite different, this seems to be working out for me.


Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts, is one I am reading on Sparky…and it’s the first book in a trilogy.





With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.   Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.


I don’t often read books about witches or magic, but the draw for me was Ireland.  There is something about books set there that is magnetically appealing.  Perhaps because my photographer son lived there for a while and brought back lovely photos, some of which line the walls in my bedroom.  (Below), see an angel in a cemetery, left; and behind the desk, a castle.  These are just two of the ones in my room.

At any rate, I am having a great time reading this one…so far.





My second book is The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey, and the story takes us back to 1969, and is set in Mississippi…the setting and the times are the draw for me with this book.






In 1969, the first footsteps on the moon brighten America with possibilities. But along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a category five storm is brewing, and the Blake sisters of Biloxi are restless for change. Beth “Sis” Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family’s happiness—and their secrets—on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister.


Now can you see why I can’t put either of these down?  I try to find a stopping place in each before switching to the other book.  It has kept me hopping and enthralled.

Do you sometimes find yourself drawn to two books (or more) at the same time?




  1. I am amazed that you are reading two books this way but so happy that you are enjoying it!

    Den raked 10 bags of leaves today with more to go!


  2. I routinely read two books at one time, but in different genres the way you are doing it. Makes it easier to slip back into a story if they are not so similar. I have Dark Witch on my kindle but haven’t read it yet, for the same reason, because it takes place in Ireland but I don’t mind a bit of magic or paranormal in my stories. Enjoy!


    • I don’t mind paranormal, depending on the other aspects of the story, like this one set in Ireland, or Karen White’s Tradd Street series set in Charleston.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and it’s been a good day!


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