It’s Monday! What are you reading?




Hey there!  Hope you had a good weekend and now it’s time to check in to see what we are all up to!  It’s Monday!  What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.  Head over there and check it out!

I am still on a slow reading trend.

Last week I finished-


The Two Towers

Loved it!

This week I am reading-


The Return of the King

I need a good amount of time to put aside and sit and read this.  There is SO much action that 10 minute courts kill me for this book.



The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

by Anne Fadiman

This is the new pick for the book club I belong to at the kids’ school and Mr. Weiss, the Spanish teacher is going to be our host and chose this.

Lia Lee was born in 1981 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: “What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance.” The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, “There are no villains in Fadiman’s tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty–and their nobility.”

Thoughts on The Fellowship of the Ring…





In keeping with my decision to reread some of my favorites, I have just finished The Fellowship of the Ring, the first in The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

As the movies (like Harry Potter) have been seen by so many the have not read the books, many of my thoughts have to do with things that did NOT make it into the films. As much as I enjoyed the movies, I loved the books.  They were SO much better.

 The Maps are beautiful.


The journey to Rivendell is much longer and dangerous in the book.

The hobbits journey first to Buckland, stopping my Maggots farm and getting some help from him.

They then make their way into the Old Forest, where Ton Bombadil saves their lives.  Twice.

I wish Tom had made it into the movie.  He is a great character.

Glorfindel, an Elf Prince, is sent by Elrond to help Aragorn bring the Hobbits to Rivendell.

We hear the Legends.

We are introduced to Eldar days, with the story of Elbereth, and Luthien and Beren.  These Elf songs foretell and amazing story that Tolkien tells in The Silmarillion.

I want to live in Rivendell.

The one part of Jackson’s movies that I really thought was amazing was the depiction of Rivendell.  It is even more beautiful than I imagined.

When Gandalf falls to the Balrog I cry.  Everytime.

The first time I read this book, I remember yelling at my husband for letting me read such an awful thing.  How could he kill of Gandalf in the middle of the first damn book?!?!

I never liked BoromirEven though it might not seem it, LOTR has some pretty kick ass women.  Galadriel is the first we get introduces to.

I love her, even though she makes me sad.

I never liked Boromir.

It annoyed me that they cast Sean Bean as Bormir because I love him, but really don’t like the character.  Though I did love watching The Martian with him in it when they name the secret mission Project Elrond-

“Elrond,” Bruce said. “The Council of Elrond. From Lord of the Rings. It’s the meeting where they decide to destroy the One Ring.” said by Bean’s character.

See- everyone loves this book!

I am already well into The Two Towers- which I really believe suffers from middle child syndrome- at least in my mind!

Any thoughts on The Fellowship of the Ring?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?



Hey there!  Hope you had a good weekend and now it’s time to check in to see what we are all up to!  It’s Monday!  What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.  Head over there and check it out!

It’s actually a SNOW DAY for us- over 30″ here and it doesn’t look like it will be going anywhere soon.

I haven’t been the best reader this week- I am still reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I have gotten about 1/3 of the way through The Two Towers, but I am hoping for some good reading over the next few days!


I really do love all three of these books, but it seems like The Two Towers suffers from middle child syndrome.  I love the parts with the rest of the Fellowship, but the parts with Sam and Frodo are a drag- except when they meet up with Faramir!

What are you reading?

Thoughts on an old favorite- Gone With the Wind


25-Gone-With-The-Wind-Movie-Quotes-that-Give-Us-Chills-MainPhotoGone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell


On of the best parts of touring colleges with your child is the chance to go into all the great bookstores that are always around these schools.  On one such trip, I picked up a new (sed) copy of Gone With the Wind to replace mine old one- a 1970s paperback with a cover from the movie- you know which one I am talking about.  This new copy is larger, hence larger print, which these old eyes need.  So when I started looking around for something to read right before Christmas, I chose this!  As almost everyone has read the book, or seen the movie, or just knows the story, I am not going to summarize or review.  I hardly feel like my opinion matter a bit for this classic.  Instead, I just want to offer some thoughts that come to me now in my 40s- a good ten years after the last time I read it.

Scarlett is an absolute bitch.

She is.  But then again, she is 16 at the start of the book.  Maybe not actually a bitch, but a spoiled, cosseted teenager.   She is used to getting her own way, pouts when she doesn’t, and refuses to give in.  When Ashley refuses her at the start of the book, she flirts with another man and accepts his marriage proposal that same night,  just to get back at Ashley.  Mature.


She doesn’t let death or war stop her fun.

After Charles dies, she moves to Atlanta, because there is nothing going on at Tara- no balls, no beaux, no fun.  She moves in with Aunt Pittypat and Miss Melly, even though she “hates” her, so that she can see new people and do things in the bustling city.  She hates wearing mourning.

Rhett knows Scarlett deep down, the way you could only wish someone could really know you when you’re young.

When he sees her working the stand at the dance, he knows she is dying to get out there.  He bids for her, even though the whole town is shocked.  And she goes along with it.  Then he brings her beautiful hats and fabric, tempting her to discard her mourning clothes.

**FILE** Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara are seen dancing in this scene from the movie "Gone With the Wind," in the late 1930s.  The American Civil War saga starring Clark Gable, center, and Vivien Leigh, in black dress,  is the most-watched movie in British history, according to the British Film Institute, Sunday Nov. 28, 2004.(AP Photo/New Line Cinema, File)

Miss Melly is the only genuinely good character in this book.

She loves Scarlett and only ever sees the good in her- even when there isn’t any there to see.


In typical fashion, she wants what she can’t have.  And doesn’t know what she has until she loses it.

Ashley, her good name, friends, Tara, Melly, and then Rhett.


Rhett and Scarlett are perfect for each other.

Why doesn’t it work out?????

I actually read the sequel called Scarlett by Alexander Ripley (good book- badddd movie)  and I like the ending there.


and my favorite- She is a survivor.

Her husband dies and she is a widow and mother at 17, so she moves to Atlanta.

The Yankees advance and Atlanta falls to them, all while Melly is in labor, so she stays with her and then escapes to Tara.

Tara is in ruins and Yankees are all over, so she puts everyone to work, and protect what little they have.  She shoots a man who comes to steal from them, and Melly helps her bury him.

She is going to lose Tara to taxes, so she seduces and marries her sister finance, so he can give her the tax money.

Unfortunately, Scarlett is at her best when things are bad.  When all is well, she is awful.  Guess that really says something.


Have you read Gone With the Wind?

What are your thoughts?


It’s Monday! What are you reading?




Hey there!  Hope you had a good weekend and now it’s time to check in to see what we are all up to!  It’s Monday!  What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.  Head over there and check it out!

This week I finished-

Gone With the Wind

One of my favorite books!

I am reading

The Fellowship of the Ring

A much needed reread!

Up Next-

The Namesake

For my bookclub that is moderated by teachers from my kids’ high school.  I love having the teacher puck and talk about books that mean something to them!

What are you reading now?

Happy New Year! ( a little late)


Hello all and Happy 2016!

I have been away from the blog these past few weeks, submerging myself in the holidays, which flew by. Now it is time to settle in and start fresh for the New Year-or restart, as I have decided to revisit some of my old favorites!  I just finished my reread of Gone With the Wind-more thoughts later- and have now turned my attentions to a much needed reread of The Lord of the Rings trilogy!

I am hoping to read as much of them as I can, with a sprinkling of other books thrown in.  Since almost everyone has read them- please don’t tell me you haven’t, just do it- I have decided to share some random thoughts as I go along, instead of traditional reviews.

I will go back to reviewing newer books, but I am really looking forward to changing things up a bit!

Also looking forward to- skiing for the first time this year, cuddling up with my book and my dog on the couch on these cold winter nights, and trying our my new recipes that I am sure will be healthier but that the children will hate.

Mostly, looking forward to maybe taking this blog in a slightly newer directions than pure reviews.  A little more interaction/real life?

So- a question to you-

What book are you dying to reread?  Is it a first time reread, or something you return to often?

Currently Reading….


I am Currently Reading…

(or Rereading)

Gone With the Wind 

by Margaret Mitchell


As the holidays approach, I find myself not reaching for any new books or ARCs, but instead grabbing an old favorite- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

I am not sure why, but I am happy to curl up when I have a few (very few) minutes to read with a book I know and love.  It gets so crazy this time of year, and I don’t want to feel anxious about solving the mystery or finding out what happens.

So, I will be enjoying my old friends Scarlett, Rhett, Mammy, and Miss Melly over the next week or so.

It might mean not getting any closer to my Goodreads goal, or missing a deadline for one or two ARCs, but it also means a more relaxed Christmas for me!

What are you reading?



It’s Monday! What are you reading?



Hey there!  Hope you had a good weekend and now it’s time to check in to see what we are all up to!  It’s Monday!  What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.  Head over there and check it out!

This week was much better reading wise than last-

I Finished Reading

Crazy For The Storm

by Norm Ollestad

5841908From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. While his friends were riding bikes, playing ball, and going to birthday parties, young Norman was whisked away in pursuit of wild and demanding adventures. Yet it were these exhilarating tests of skill that prepared “Boy Wonder,” as his father called him, to become a fearless champion—and ultimately saved his life.

Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979, the chartered Cessna carrying Norman, his father, his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. “Dad and I were a team, and he was Superman,” Ollestad writes. But now Norman’s father was dead, and the devastated eleven-year-old had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.

Rogue Lawyer

by John Grisham

25387351Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.

Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house.  Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior.

Listening to (still)

It by Stephen King

I know- it’s taking a long time, but I don’t really have long drives.  I am listening while I cook and clean, so it might take a while.


To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Reading Now

Nothing yet- I have to figure out what I have and what I want to do!

What are you reading this week?



Thanksgiving Wishes



Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to reach out and wish everyone a very happy and healthy day.  I hope you are surrounded by loved one, that they do not drive you too crazy, that your pants have elastic waistbands, and that you have lots of yummy desserts!



It’s Monday! What are you reading?



I have seen this meme for so long and I finally decided to join in.  It is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.  Head over there and check it out!

This week I finished-

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald


Farthing by Jo Walton


After You by Jojo Moyes


Still Listening to-

It by Stephen King


Up Next-

After Alice by Gregory Maguire


In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. 

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.