Surrounded by my memorabilia and pondering the book stacks in my office, I realize that I have no room to complain.




I recently wrote about my obsession with completing my Mt. TBR Challenge for the year, with ten more books to go.

And I have been striving to request fewer review books, meaning Vine, since those are most often the books I select.

So why am I chomping at the bit when my Vine Queue has NO BOOKS IN IT?

Yes, they supposedly appear suddenly, with no apparent plan…or rhyme or reason.  Vine for All is still full of books, but I want some in my Queue!  Even though I don’t plan to request any more books.

Could the Book Gods be watching out for me?  Trying to help me curtail my requests?

I received two books from Vine yesterday, and now have a total of three Vine review books on my stacks.  That should be enough to satisfy me, especially since I have been on a downloading spree lately, requesting several last week and two this week already.

This week’s downloads:

 After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.




And then, a book I’ve been ogling for a while:  The Children Act, by Ian McEwan:  spotlighting a judge with her own issues that may or may not affect some of her decisions.






Meanwhile, from the aforementioned TBR Stacks, I am reading Gringa in a Strange Land, by Linda Dahl.




I purchased this one after reading another book by the author:  Cleans Up Nicely.




I could relate to the times featured in both books…and after reading the second one (above), I wanted to know what happened before….Here are some conclusions in my review of the second book:

“The author has created very true-to-life characters that bring into focus the scenes in this story, reminding me of the times in which they are living. As if I were there with them. Sometimes I feel as though I am those characters, and the slide downward is mine. I almost inhabit their worlds. The bottoming out process is described with such accuracy, revealing much about the author’s ability to explore that universe. A compelling and captivating five star read.”


Now that I have ranted a bit, I am arriving at a point where I can see that my queue is what it is, and that I should accept it.  How zen of me!

What are your thoughts, if any, on the new Vine system?