I love this scene that I found on Pinterest recently.  So much so that I used it as a background for my Snow Sparks blog, where all things “sparkly” seem to reign.

On a Thursday, with the weekend creeping up on us, I ponder beautiful surroundings.  Dreamy worlds that we can also find in books and movies.

I especially love reading books set in Seattle, and I’ve found and enjoyed a few of them lately.  Here’s one coming later this year, from a newly favorite author, Sarah Jio:  Morning Glory.  I preordered it for Sparky.


New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattle’s Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959.

Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.


But not all the books I love feature the gorgeous surroundings….but interior worlds.  And mysterious events, like the story in Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.  Which I just downloaded this morning!  Finally…


What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can — will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.


Sparky is happy and well-fed now.  And I’m enjoying one of my downloaded books today:  The Glass Wives, by Amy Sue Nathan.


What if, after your ex-husband’s death, his widow and toddler moved in?  Would it be a good thing…or a nightmare?