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.

Today’s featured TBR book has been on my stacks since August 2015:  The Race for Paris, by Meg Waite Clayton.





In the foodie section, a British military photographer, Fletcher, is experiencing life in the military firsthand, including the food.  It is 1944, and he and two other photographers are heading for Paris.

“By the time Fletcher bathed and stopped by the mail room to send off his letters (to his parents, to the evacuee schoolgirls, to Elizabeth), the mess tent in the pasture was filled with correspondents eating a full hot breakfast.  Fletcher grabbed a cup of tea (bitter, oversteeped American stuff) and a plate of eggs and bacon and toast, and he joined Matt Halton and Charles Lynch at one end of the table.”

Hmm…doesn’t sound too bad.


Why has this book languished on my TBR?  Well, it hasn’t been there THAT long, for a change….but maybe I just wasn’t in the mood.  What do you think of it?

Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.

Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.

However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.


Should I keep reading this one?  I might just have to keep it on the top of my stack.


Now for some Bookish…and Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • After reading two really great books so far this week (The Obsession (click for my review) and Buried in a Bog (also click for my review), I somehow lost my mojo.  I picked up first one book and then another, reading for a while in each…and then tossed them.  Literally.  Into the recycling bag.  Now I am alternating between two books, and that seems to be working out pretty well so far (Three-Martini Lunch and Lies & Other Acts of Love).
  • For a little while, I was worried that I would never immerse myself in another book!  I think it was the read-a-thon on the weekend that put me off track.  Too much of a good thing can be just…too much.
  • Just when I think that I have WP figured out, they throw in another change.  At least this one isn’t as bad as the “infamous” Beep, Boop, Beep method of posting...that’s a whole other story, and it is so yesterday, too.  I have worked my way around that one.  Plus, I think they removed some of the weirder features. But now when I want to insert a link, a little box appears, and then, finally, I figured out how to add the link options…I thought the “old” way was working just fine.
  • I had to wait for the maintenance people to come yesterday to change out the filters, etc., and do their six-monthly thing…but luckily, the guy came early and I didn’t have to wait around all day.  So I took myself, and my library on Pippa (Kindle) to lunch at Marie Callender’s around the corner.  Take a look (below); totally unhealthy, of course.  The iced tea was just what I needed, though.  It is warming up here.  At least I didn’t have a martini!



april lunch at marie's

  • Last night I finished Season I of The Newsroom…I really got addicted to that one!  I added Season II to my Watch list, but I should wait a little before the binge-watching resumes.  Plus…tonight is TGIT…with Grey’s Anatomy, etc.  Now that How to Get Away with Murder is on hiatus, I’m enjoying Mom more.
  • Today I’ll veg out a bit…reading, watching from my DVR…or maybe I’ll go to Barnes & Noble.


Coffee, Mimosa, & reading - 2


What does your day look like?  What obsessions, if any, propelled your week?  Enjoy!



  1. I finished The Obsession last night and loved it! So good. I hope you enjoy Lies and other Acts…I’ve heard it’s wonderful. Book slumps are the worst. I haven’t been reading as much lately, which stinks.
    Your meal looks amazing!! Enjoy your day…I’d love to go book shopping right now.

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    • I had so much fun savoring The Obsession…and even Buried in a Bog. So that probably explains my dissatisfaction with the two books I tried to read afterwards. But then again, I bought them both in 2014, and while I’ve found some good ones from back there, mostly there’s a reason I haven’t read them.

      I love that pot pie and Caesar salad…I think I get it almost every time I go there! That’s my place for comfort food.

      If I go to Barnes & Noble, I am determined to just sit in the coffee shop and read…and soak up the ambience. Their coffee smells and tastes better than mine! LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I managed to work around the WP Beep Boop Beep as well, lol. And then they changed the link options. I figured it out but I’m still wondering WHY. Re the reading slump. I’m at a point where if I’ve given a book a decent chance (50 pages) and it isn’t doing it for me, I’m done. I have way too many choices on my kindle or on my shelf to spend time not enjoying a book. I hope you settle on some that captivate you.

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    • Oh, I’m in total agreement about not changing something if it’s working. It doesn’t make sense, especially since they always claim that their changes make things better…LOL.

      I agree about when to DNF a book, too; I just get mad at myself for buying books that I end up not liking. Luckily, those are in the minority. Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and I’m finally into both of the books I’m reading alternately. Three-Martini Lunch started out slowly, but now I have a hard time putting it down. Enjoy your reading!


  4. Barnes and Noble is always a good choice. And so is Marie Callenders apparently- we don’t have one here but that looks yummy. I keep fading in and out with my books- so I can relate. I read one, like it, then the next one’s meh… sigh. Been that way lately.

    I think The race for Paris sounds good- photography, Paris and 1944 sounds like a winner. 🙂

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    • I enjoy it at B & N, too, although most days I can’t find a place to sit in the cafe…I can’t imagine not having a Marie Callender’s…but I know there are plenty of restaurants I would enjoy that we don’t have. I discovered Cracker Barrel restaurants when vacationing in Arizona, but we don’t have them here.

      I finally seem engaged with my two books, especially Three-Martini Lunch. I ended up staying here to read so that I wouldn’t have to leave the house. Sometimes I just want to stay home. Thanks for visiting, Greg.


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