BOOKISH THURSDAY #4: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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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 selection today is a book that has been on my shelves since September 2014:  Virgin River, by Robyn Carr.

 

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In our “food” section today, our MC has just responded to an ad for a nurse practitioner in Virgin River, a mountain town.  But when she arrives, she is severely disappointed at the cabin, the lack of food, etc.  The woman who signed her up for this place sarcastically offers her a meal at a nearby tavern.

“…The bartender set down a bowl along with a napkin and utensils, then stood there awaiting her.  He held the chair for her….She dipped her spoon into the stew and gave it a taste.  He hovered near the table for a moment.  Then she looked up at him and said in some surprise, “This is delicious.”

“Squirrel,” he said.

She choked.

“Just kidding,” he said, grinning at her.  “Beef.  Corn fed.”

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Why has this book been on my TBR for so long?  Already, I am fascinated by the story, the descriptions, and how it pulled me in.  Melinda, our MC, has been recently widowed and is searching for something new in her life.  But will she find it here?  I can’t wait to discover what happens next.

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Now for some Bookish/Non-Bookish Thoughts:

  • The rain has been replaced by sun in the past couple of days, but more rain is coming, according to the weather people;
  • Yesterday’s doctor’s appointment was uneventful, except she changed one of my prescriptions, and I’m a little nervous…what new side effects might appear?  I have a fear of the side effects of most meds being worse than the original disease;
  • My daughter is throwing a grand party for her 40th birthday in August:  a cruise, to which she is inviting friends and family;
  • I finished the complete Season 4 of House of Cards on the weekend…I couldn’t stop watching until the last episode!  Now for another long wait (a year) for Season 5.
  • I’m reading a book I featured here a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoying it, a testament to how good those older TBRs can be!  A Long Time Gone, by Karen White, on my shelves since August 2014.

That’s it for this week…what books are you spotlighting today?

Here I am in my mini-office:

 

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BOOKISH THURSDAY: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

bookish  thursdaysWelcome 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.

The Frog Prince, by Jane Porter, is the centerpiece for today’s event.

 

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Let’s start off by sharing  a foodie tidbit in honor of Lexxie’s event.  Our MC has left her marriage, is starting over by moving to San Francisco, and suddenly she is realizing that her food habits are not conducive to looking her best:

“I shower, dry off, avoid the mirror.  Diet plans always say to avoid the scale and mirror in the early weeks of any new program (I’ m sure they said the mirror, too), and in my favorite ratty winter pajamas—we wear the flannel winter stuff year-round in the city—I head to the kitchen, open the freezer, look at the carton of Dreyer’s Rocky Road Light (not Chunky Monkey, Olivia).  I know I shouldn’t have ice cream.  Even the light stuff isn’t on the diet plan.  But ice cream isn’t really crap food. It’s dairy.  Calcium.  Protein.  Strong bones.  Helps with sleep.

“I eat right out of the carton.  Three bites.  Four.  I should stop.  I really only need a taste.  Anything more than a taste is just empty calories….”

I can relate to her logic, can’t you?  LOL.

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Now…on to the TBR part.  I have had this one on my Kindle since May 2015…so not a LONG time, but I should rescue it.  Here’s a snippet about it:

What happens when the fairy tale is over?

Once upon a time, a lovely maiden from Fresno married the man of her dreams. After the honeymoon, she waited for the “happily ever after” part… until her Prince Charming turned out to be a toad. Now Holly Bishop is about to write a new chapter in her life. She moves to San Francisco to become an event planner — only to find that she is dealing with a gorgeous fairy godmother for a boss and corporate witches wicked enough to sabotage her future. Not to mention the egomaniacal frogs Holly finds lurking at the bottom of the dating pool.

Why haven’t I grabbed this one sooner?  Should I start reading it now?  And I love the part about her leaving Fresno behind…I live there now, but have fond memories of my time in SF in the sixties. 

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As for my Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts:

  • After a few rather skimpy reading weeks, I am on a roll this week, reading and reviewing three books already:  Where I Lost Her (e-book), by T. Greenwood;  I Was Here (e-book), by Gayle Forman; and Passenger, The (e-book), by Lisa Lutz. (Click for my reviews).
  • It is raining again today, and I have an appointment with the tax accountant…hoping for not so bad news, but I never know!
  • Taking Pippa along, so I can soothe myself afterwards with a cocktail and a book.
  • My only two granddaughters were both born in February and in the same year; they both turn nineteen this month!  Aubrey’s birthday was last Saturday, and Fiona’s is this Sunday.  Here is a shot of them when they were much younger:

 

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Fiona, on the left, has covered up her blondness over the years with various shades of red, brunette, etc,  Aubrey has stuck with her brunette locks.  They are very different from one another…they are treasures.

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What is your Thursday turning out to be?  Are you celebrating your life, along with bookish things?  Come on by and share!

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