Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere. But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.
Our feature today is one on my TBR from way back…February 2014! I purchased A Desirable Residence, by Madeleine Wickham, from a board and brick bookstore, so it wasn’t even hiding. It was right there on my stack! It is a story of “love and real estate.”
Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives – and it seemed he would solve all their problems. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and her almost-famous husband, Piers.
In our food and drinks section, Liz has brought the exciting news of her plan for renting out the house, and offers Jonathan some tea. He isn’t as thrilled about the plan as she is:
‘Here’s your tea,’ said Liz. She looked at his face and frowned. ‘Oh, come on. Don’t be such a misery.’ Jonathan roused himself, and gave her a small smile. Liz took a huge bite of doughnut and looked at him balefully. ‘I’ve had a really hard day,’ she added.
‘I know you have,’ said Jonathan, automatically adopting a soothing voice. ‘Well, why don’t you go and sit down, and I’ll bring you a piece of toast.’
‘OK,’ said Liz grudgingly, taking another bite of her doughnut. ‘Where’s Alice?'(the adolescent daughter), she added, in a muffled voice.
‘She went out earlier on,’ said Jonathan. He opened a drawer and took out the bread knife. ‘She didn’t say where she was going.’
(I’m not sold on this one yet…they don’t even anything interesting to eat! I had to search and search to find this bit.)
As for its TBR standing: I have enjoyed some books by this author, and I must have really wanted to read it at the time I bought it…so why is it still waiting? What do you think? Here’s a bit more from the blurb:
…But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their tutorial college, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing a passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.
Now for my Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts:
- Today I have to run some end-of-the month errands…post-payday errands. Yikes, I hate that! Most bills can be paid online or even mailed, but there are a couple that require dropping them off. Annoying…
- But later, I get to see my daughter for my “styling” and a chat. She is lots of fun. She has this little bear at her station that I gave her when she graduated: “I’m a beautician, not a magician.” Hint, hint.
- How did this week fly by so fast? I’m only on my second book, Virgin River, and yes, it has 430 pages, but I’m only half finished. Usually I’m on the third book by now. But I’m savoring the book, so that’s good, right?
- I’m feeling much better this week…back on the old meds, but still a little furious with the doctor who changed them to a “newer” prescription, for no reason that makes sense to me…but I’ll try to let it go;
- It’s beautiful out this week…although the weather people are still talking about more rain;
- I finished Broadchurch, the Netflix show I was bingeing on, and last night, resumed watching Lie to Me. A new show, called The Ranch, is starting tomorrow. Yes, I do get addicted….
- I love Thursday TV, with the Shonda Rhimes shows…the new one, The Catch, looks promising, but I’m not quite addicted to it.
- Here’s a photo I took of one of my quirky dolls, with the mug my daughter got me, because she knows me so well:
So that’s it for my thoughts? What are you doing/reading/thinking about today?