Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For July 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 July with 1,063 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,062 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Penny Dell Puzzles and Mareena.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- Collector's Series Sum-Doku Puzzles 6-pack: (Volumes 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt by Leslie Rule

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

Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 236
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was July. 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

Monday, July 31, 2017

July'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. July's Book of the Month is: 


Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy
Published as: Night in Jerusalem in October 2016
Publisher: PKZ



Birth Name: Gaelle Lehrer
Born: 1946

Canonical Name: Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy
Pseudonyms: None

Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy was the sixteenth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since July 12, 2017 and it took me seven days to read. Since Mareena recently received this book for a book blog tour that she is reviewing for soon. I will be returning it to her.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For June 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 June with 1,062 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,060 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Bookmooch and an author.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler
The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
- Digging to America: A Novel by Anne Tyler
- The Policewoman by Justin W. M. Roberts

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri
- The Art of Seeing: A Novel by Cammie McGovern

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

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 619
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was June. 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

Friday, June 30, 2017

June'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. June's Book of the Month is: 


Published as: The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love in April 2000
Publisher: St. Martin's Press



Birth Name: Joan A. Mendlicott
Born: 1 January 1932 in Saint Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands

Canonical Name: Joan Mendlicott
Pseudonyms: None

The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott was the fifteenth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since June 5, 2017 and it took me six days to read. This book is a definite keeper for me.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

At Least the Books That I Have Read so Far Have Been Really Good!

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.

I'm finally getting back into a fairly regular reading routine this month, thank goodness for that! Granted, my reading pace isn't completely back to normal yet, but at least I'm reading more than a book a month - lol! I actually don't know how many books I will read this year, but I know it's going to be a way less total than I'd planned for.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 236 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! As a matter of fact, I just received another six-pack of sum-doku puzzles through the afternoon mail on Tuesday, May 9th! So far, I've done 94 sum-doku puzzles in one book and 4 in a completely fresh book that I started three days ago - on Sunday, June 25th!

I just might take a hiatus from doing jigsaw puzzles for a while. I feel like I have so much planned that I need to get done each day, but I don't usually get much more done than reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. Oh well, 'the best plans of mice of men often go astray', I suppose!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott, which I finished on Monday, June 18th! I still haven't chosen another book to read yet, although it isn't because of lack of interest or anything, it's basically because I can't count the number of books that are so intriguing to me that I just can't choose one right now.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I've Not Been Doing Much Reading Lately!

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.

I'm finally getting back into a fairly regular reading routine this month, thank goodness for that! Granted, my reading pace isn't completely back to normal yet, but at least I'm reading more than a book a month - lol! I actually don't know how many books I will read this year, but I know it's going to be a way less total than I'd planned for.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 233 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! As a matter of fact, I just received another six-pack of sum-doku puzzles through the afternoon mail on Tuesday, May 9th! So far, I've done 92 sum-doku puzzles in one book and 2 in a completely fresh book that I started just this morning.

I just might take a hiatus from doing jigsaw puzzles for a while. I feel like I have so much planned that I need to get done each day, but I don't usually get much more done than reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. Oh well, 'the best plans of mice of men often go astray', I suppose!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott, which I finished on Monday, June 18th! I think that I may concentrate on doing more number puzzles, until I find another book to read. Although so far, I haven't chosen another book to read.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, June 23, 2017

I Think That I May Start Another Sum-doku Puzzle Book Soon!

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.

I'm finally getting back into a fairly regular reading routine this month, thank goodness for that! Granted, my reading pace isn't completely back to normal yet, but at least I'm reading more than a book a month - lol! I do feel a little bit like I'm in constant catch-up mode, though - :)

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 231 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! As a matter of fact, I just received another six-pack of sum-doku puzzles through the afternoon mail on Tuesday, May 9th! So far, as of this morning, I have done approximately 90 sum-doku puzzles in the newest puzzle book that I have started most recently.

I have also been doing a number of jigsaw puzzles as well. After I finished the 500-piece puzzle of the four cats playing on someone's desk in a study somewhere, I immediately started in on the box of ten jigsaw puzzles that I purchased on Friday, April 14th! I actually just finished that box very early this morning - Tuesday, June 20th! The reason why it took me so long to do all jigsaw puzzles was because I kept locating puzzle pieces that were missing from a few of them.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott, which I finished on Monday, June 18th! I think that I may concentrate on doing more number puzzles, until I find another book to read. Although so far, I haven't chosen another book to read.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight