Thursday, March 9, 2017

I'm Back to Rereading Some of my Books!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

Actually, Mareena and I have been watching several very intriguing movies on television. As I have said before, we watched PBS' 'Masterpiece' television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Northanger Abbey on Sunday, February 26th! Then, on Tuesday, February 28th, we decided to watch another movie on the 'On Demand' Channel called Ouija: Origin of Evil. While this movie was released in 2016, it is actually the prequel to a 2014 movie.

We had watched the DVD of Ouija several years ago - although, despite enjoying that movie very much - we were also curious about whether there would be a sequel to it, because we wanted to know more about the initial characters and their background. Well, we watched the prequel movie on Tuesday, February 28th! I have to admit that it dealt with the whole concept of possession and hauntings in an intriguing way.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 123 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again as well.

I am really getting my money's worth out of the box of twelve puzzles - I've already done four of them since Tuesday night, February 28th! I waited an entire week before I did them again! :) Actually, I'm doing these puzzles again because some of them were missing several pieces and I was just checking on how many there were.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage which I finished on Friday, March 3rd! Actually, I have one other book by this author on my bookshelf already, although The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage is the first book of hers that I have read. I suppose it makes sense since this was also Ms. Brundage's debut novel.

I immediately started reading Mom Kills Kids and Self: A Novel by Alan Saperstein on Saturday, March 4th. I'm not quite sure what happened for me with this book, but I just couldn't get into the plot. I posted it on several book swapping websites that Mareena and I belong to on Monday, March 6th! I have just started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. this morning, Thursday, March 9th! This is a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm Looking For Something Else to Read!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

Since there was a women's basketball game being played on Sunday afternoon, February 26th Mareena and I had the day off from the radio station. Apparently, the game started at 1:00 P. M. and because the pregame show started at 12:30 P. M., we asked the hosts of the radio show that is on before ours to cover for us until the pregame show started. So, we wound up being able to watch PBS' 'Masterpiece' television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Northanger Abbey.

Actually, Mareena has told me that she has a copy of the book although she has never read it. I vaguely remember reading several of Jane Austen's novels when I was in school - even Northanger Abbey - although I don't think that I could tell Mareena anything about the story. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the show!

To be perfectly honest, I would have to say that many of Jane Austen's novels that I read while I was going to school were rather boring! I don't know why this should have been the case - because I generally loved reading, loved school, loved most of my teachers, and loved everything about the subject of English. Anyway, the television adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey was very intriguing, and I'm actually looking forward to reading this book again some time soon. Perhaps with the span of several decades between me and my first reading of it, my impressions will change.

Other than that, I haven't really been all that busy these days. I've been doing all types of puzzles, and reading of course, but I really haven't been doing much of anything else for the past few days. I may have to put down my books and puzzles until I can get my housework back under control...maybe!?!

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 120 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! Actually, I just finished another one of the puzzle books from my collection about three weeks ago - on Saturday, February 11th - as well as a Jumbo Crossword Puzzle book early last Sunday - Sunday, February 26th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage which I finished on Friday, March 3rd! Actually, I have one other book by this author on my bookshelf already, although The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage is the first book of hers that I have read. I suppose it makes sense since this was also Ms. Brundage's debut novel.

I immediately started reading Mom Kills Kids and Self: A Novel by Alan Saperstein on Saturday, March 4th. I'm not quite sure what happened for me with this book, but I just couldn't get into the plot. To be perfectly honest, this was the second time that I had tried to read the book, and both times I found myself unable to read any further than about page 20 or so. It's a pity that I couldn't get into the story because it seemed intriguing to me, but I have since posted the book on all the book swapping websites that we belong to so that someone else can read the book.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, March 3, 2017

Elizabeth Brundage - The Doctor's Wife: A Novel

9. The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage (2004)
Length: 342 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 24 February 2017
Finished: 3 March 2017
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 February 2017
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Elizabeth Brundage is a new author for me.

The Knowles family has it all - at least that is the pervasive opinion of everyone who views the family from the outside. Michael and Annie Knowles have been happily married for a decade and have two beautiful children. They both have successful careers and live in a rambling Federal-style farmhouse in High Meadow, New York. While the couple may seem to be living in their own perfect little world, not everything is quite as perfect as it appears.

Michael Knowles is a rising star in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York. He also moonlights at a local women's health clinic as well. His wife, Annie teaches at a Catholic college for women just outside of town. Although she has only been teaching for just under a year, her courses are incredibly popular with her students.

Annie may understand her husband's stressful schedule, but she has also become extremely tired of his constant absences. It seems as if Michael is always on call for his patients, but has almost no time left for her or his children. Annie is certainly lonely; and it is beginning to feel like her role as faithful wife, loving mother, and dutiful teacher has worn thin. She needs something to make her feel alive again; something more than just making bagged lunches for her kids, making excuses for her husband, and making up syllabi for her classes.

Enter celebrity painter Simon Haas, whose bad-boy persona captures Annie's attention and interest. To Annie, Simon is everything that Michael is not: creative and passionate, and truly enticing to her soul. He is married to his model and muse, Lydia, a woman who Simon has essentially built his career around. However, Simon and Annie begin a torrid love affair with each other, and Annie discovers that she has so much more to offer someone than just being 'the doctor's wife'.

Her relationship with Simon reawakens Annie's passion - but events soon take a dark turn for the Knowles family. The family begins receiving a series of anonymous threats. The reasons behind this increasing intimidation are not entirely clear...

Michael has seemingly made many enemies of his own: primarily religious extremists who are opposed to his medical practice. Although, are the most violent threats actually meant for Annie? Because she has also made at least one definite enemy in town: someone who has a cellar full of their own dark secrets. Told from the alternating perspectives of four fascinating and extraordinarily complex characters: Michael, Annie, Simon, and Lydia - The Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth Brundage is a stunning debut novel; a compelling and compulsively readable story that is steeped in psychological suspense, intricate plot twists and intriguing mystery.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; as this is Ms. Brundage's debut novel, I thought it was actually quite an intriguing plot. In my opinion, the story just proved to me that if a person has the desire to do something, they can justify having to resort to any course of action to achieve that desire. I would give this book a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For February at Moonshine and Rosefire


Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter's blog, Emeraldfire's Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! :)

Anyway, I started out February with 1,056 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,053 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from a friend and Paperback Swap.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy 

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia
The Remains by Vincent Zandri

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- The Corruptions by Vincent Zandri
- The Guilty by Vincent Zandri
- The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri
- When Shadows Come by Vincent Zandri
- The Doomsday Scroll by Barbara Rogers
- The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Homecoming by Belva Plain
- Mothers and Daughters by Evan Hunter
- Summer of Roses by Luanne Rice
- Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia
A Day in the Life of Ireland Photographed by 75 of the World's Leading Photojournalists on One Day May 17, 1991 by Collins Publishers
- The Remains by Vincent Zandri

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 3
Pages Read: 1,037
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was February. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February's Book of the Month

 

Hello Everyone! I chose the picture posted above because it reminds me of reading to my daughter Mareena when she was little. Every afternoon until she was about eight or nine years old, we would take one of her books that she wanted to read or that she was reading and we would curl up together on my big bed. 

We would spend an hour or so reading a chapter of her book, and then take a nap together. Her absolutely favorite author at that time was an English author named Enid Blyton. Ahh, nice memories... 

My picks for 'Books of the Month' will be decidedly more adult these days, but they will be from almost any genre. February's Book of the Month is:


The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
  Published as: The Copper Beech in September 1992
Publisher: Orion



Birth Name: Anne Maeve Binchy
Born: 28 May 1939 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland
Died: 30 July 2012 in Dublin, Ireland 

Canonical Name: Maeve Binchy
Pseudonyms: None

The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy was the eighth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR pile since January 24, 2012 and the reread took me six days to finish. I have put this book back on my "keeper" shelf to read again soon.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Who Knew That Jane Austen Could be so Much Fun!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

Well sadly, my niece Stephanie passed away on Wednesday, February 1st after bravely battling through approximately two years of a cancer diagnosis. She was suffering from ovarian cancer and had initially been misdiagnosed by her primary care doctor. She lobbied for a second opinion, but ended up being horribly allergic to many of the chemo therapy drugs that her new doctors tried to give her. Despite all that, she fought long and hard and had the best primary care physicians possible working on her case - Rest In Peace, Stephanie!

To be perfectly honest, there is nothing much going on with me these days. I've been doing all types of puzzles, and reading of course, but I really haven't been doing much of anything else for the past few days. I may have to put down my books and puzzles until I can get my housework back under control...maybe!?!

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 112 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! Actually, I just finished another one of the puzzle books from my collection yesterday afternoon - Saturday, February 11th - as well as a Jumbo Crossword Puzzle book early this morning - Sunday, February 26th!

Apparently, later on this afternoon, PBS' 'Masterpiece' will be airing the television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Northanger Abbey. Actually, Mareena just told me that she has a copy of the book although she has never read it. I vaguely remember reading several of Jane Austen's novels when I was in school - even Northanger Abbey - although I don't think that I could tell Mareena anything about the story.

To be perfectly honest, I would have to say that many of Jane Austen's novels that I read while I was going to school were rather boring! I don't know why this should have been the case - because I generally loved reading, loved school, loved most of my teachers, and loved everything about the subject of English. Anyway, the television adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey looks very intriguing, and I'm actually looking forward to reading this book again some time soon. Perhaps with the span of several decades between me and my first reading of it, my impressions will change.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy which I finished on Friday, February 24th! This was actually a reread for me from just about five years ago. In my opinion, Ms. Binchy's books are consistently among some of my favorites - very rarely have I ever disliked a book by Maeve Binchy.

I immediately started reading The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage on Friday, February 24th. Although I already have one other book by this author on my bookshelf, The Doctor's Wife: A Novel is the first book that I've ever read by Ms. Brundage. So far, it's an intriguing plot.

According to Goodreads - as of today, February 26th - I've actually read 69 pages out of 368 in The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage; or approximately 19 percent. Since my own copy of The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage actually has 342 pages in it; reading 69 pages means that I have read approximately 20 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maeve Binchy - The Copper Beech

Reread. The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy (1992)
Length: 391 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Originally Read: 31 January 2012
Reread Finished: 24 February 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from Bookmooch, then from my "keeper" shelf.

Well, after I had finished reading The Remains by Vincent Zandri on February 15th, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to read next. So I decided to do the same thing that I had done before - look through the contents of my "keeper" shelf. Since I had actually already reread Treasures by Belva Plain back in January of 2017 - and thoroughly enjoyed that book - I decided to choose one of my consistently favorite authors whose writing rarely disappoints me: Maeve Binchy. The book that captured my attention right away was The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy.

I started reading The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy again on February 18th! It was definitely a wonderful book for me to read; a true 'comfort read'! This was actually a reread for me from just about five years ago, after Mareena gave the book to me as one of her 'just because' gifts for January of 2012. Actually, I read this book for the first time over four days in January of 2012 - from January 27th, to January 31st!

My reread of the book took place over six days in February of 2017 - from February 18th, to February 24th! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and have put it back on my "keeper" shelf. I definitely will be keeping this book to read again at some point in the future.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight