bookish  thursdays

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.

My featured book today has been on my TBR since October 2014.  How time flies! 

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson, is a new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping.   I’ve read these other books…and enjoyed them.  But this book has been languishing on Pippa.  Why?




My food excerpt today comes from the opening chapter of the book, right after a strange woman named Doll has “rescued” Lila from the abusive, neglectful home where she lived.  They had arrived at the home of an old woman Doll knew:

“The old woman went into the house and brought out a scrap of corn bread.  She said, ‘I was about to do the milking.  You might as well go inside, get her in out of the cold.’

“Doll stood with her by the stove, where there was just the little warmth of the banked embers.  She whispered, ‘You hush.  I got something for you here.  You got to eat it.’  But the child couldn’t rouse herself, couldn’t keep her head from lolling back.  So Doll knelt with her on the floor to free her hands, and pinched off little pills of corn bread and put them in the child’s mouth, one after another. ‘You got to swallow.’

“The old woman came back with a pail of milk.  ‘Warm from the cow,’ she said. ‘Best thing for a child.’  That strong, grassy smell, raw milk in a tin cup.  Doll gave it to her in sips, holding her head in the crook of her arm.”


Whew!  Probably not a fun excerpt, but I was drawn in…now wanting to know more about the character!


For TBR Thursday:

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.


Should I keep reading this one?  What do you think?


Now for some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • I really love mornings…once I get up.  But I HATE the process of doing so.  Dragging myself out of bed, stumbling to the bathroom, going through what one of my friends calls “morning ablutions.”  It was so much worse when I had to go to work in the morning.  Why am I such a baby?  LOL.
  • Bedtime is better.  All comfy in my bed, with the TV on mute, reading whatever book I’m immersed in at the moment, and sometimes watching a movie from my DVR.  One of my current reads is A Fatal Grace, Book 2 of the series, by Louise Penny, a book that’s been on my TBR since January 2015.
  • I don’t know how I feel about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy weekends, because I do…but there are so many more things I want to accomplish during the week!
  • I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and it made me smile:



  • Do you ever friend people on FB that you knew many years ago and haven’t seen since?
  • Today is going to be another day of errands…but maybe I can combine those with a treat or two, like lunch at one of the neighborhood restaurants….perhaps this one.  I love living around the corner from several fun spots (for me).



  • So that’s it for today!  Have some fun and get through your days as smoothly as possible.  Here’s a toast!


Coffee, Mimosa, & reading - 2



  1. I honestly make myself as private as possible on FB so those people I knew years ago can’t find me. 😉 I feel like if I don’t talk to them now, I don’t need to be friends with them on FB either. I also wasn’t a fan of high school and half the people I knew back then, which is kinda sad.

    The weeks go so fast, but I find myself wishing for the weekends too. Especially this one because we’re finally going to have nice weather!

    I am not a morning person at all. I wish I could just work in my pj’s and not have to get ready in the morning. It takes way too much time!

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    • I don’t care about the people I knew in high school, either, but have fond memories of some I knew a little later on; ones I recalled after finding an old address book from the 1980s. (I’m dating myself here, of course).

      I love working in my PJs, and that’s something I get to do nowadays!

      Thanks for stopping by, Brandie, and enjoy the weekend with nice weather.

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  2. I have never read one of her books before…I am kind of amazed by that. I love that you can pop into restaurants without making a long drive. And my night time routine is the same as yours!

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    • Yes, I love where I am situated these days. When living in the foothills, I was a good ten minutes away from the north end of the city. Now I live right there in the center of one of our more popular areas for shopping and restaurants. I am spoiled now!

      My condo is a little dated, though, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, but in other ways, it is just right for me.

      Thanks for stopping by, Patty, and enjoy your routines.


  3. Wow, I can see why you were drawn into the story, Laurel-Rain. But you’re right, I get the feeling it wasn’t exactly a pleasant time. The cornbread and fresh milk reminded me of being on my grandparents’ farm though, so that was nice. 🙂

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  4. Your book sounds interesting – I hope you’re enjoying it. It’s funny how certain books can languish on your shelves longer than others.

    I much prefer the evenings to the mornings. I’m not too bad in the morning once I actually get up and going, but mornings can be tough. I’ve recently started getting up a little earlier of the morning to do some short exercises – those definitely don’t draw me out of the bed any quicker!!

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

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    • I ended up enjoying Lila….and I am glad I finally read it.

      Mornings would be a better time to exercise, but I find all kinds of reasons not to…but evenings wouldn’t work, as I feel like just curling up in bed and watching TV, with a good book nearby. Seems I would procrastinate indefinitely. I guess we have to force ourselves…sigh.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jade, and let’s hope we do better in the future.


    • We used to call it “raw milk” when I was a kid, and that’s all we had. But when I started school, I was introduced to what they called “pasteurized” milk, I never could drink that fresh milk again! I loved the little milk cartons and the straws that made drinking milk fun.

      Thanks for stopping by, Braine…enjoy your week.


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