Sunday, October 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For September 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 September with 1,063 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,060 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Paperback Swap.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
- The Worst Thing I’ve Done: A Novel by Ursula Hegi

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
The Conscience of the Rich by C. P. Snow
- The Concubine: A Novel by Norah Lofts

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab
- Sleeping Tiger by Rosamunde Pilcher
- Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
- Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash
- In Love and Friendship by Hilary Norman
- Deadly Whispers by Ted Schwarz
- The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom

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: 868
Grade Range: A+! to A!

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September'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. September's Book of the Month is: 


The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Published as: The Kitchen House in February 2010
Publisher: Touchstone


Birth Name: Kathleen Doepker
Born: in Annaheim, Saskatchewan, Canada 

Canonical Name: Kathleen Grissom
Pseudonyms: None

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom was the twenty-fourth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since June 1, 2015 and it took me eight days to read. I sent this book off to another good home on September 25, 2017.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ursula Hegi - The Worst Thing I’ve Done: A Novel

25. The Worst Thing I’ve Done: A Novel by Ursula Hegi (2007)
Length: 260 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 15 September 2017
Finished: 23 September 2017
Where did it come from? From Christmas Tree Shops
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 December 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Ursula Hegi is a new author for me.

Tonight, as she has done so many times before, Annabelle is driving between the North Sea and Montauk and back again. She is listening to talk radio and eating junk food; stifling her own rage and pain as she listens to the anonymous callers pour out their various tales of woe. This has been a part of Annie’s nightly routine - her own personal ritual - one that she has done ever since her husband Mason challenged everything that she once believed about herself and about their marriage. However no matter what she does, Annie can never seem to silence Mason’s urgent voice within her - it’s as desperate as some of the callers who confess their misery to the radio psychologists.

To so many of the people who know them, Annie, Jake, and Mason have always had a tremendously close friendship. Since early childhood, the three of them have had such a special bond with each other, and those ties have only strengthened for them over time. However on a day that should mark the happiest time of their lives, the initially tight friendship begins to warp into something else entirely. Something so emotionally charged and dangerous that nobody knows what to expect.

Their friendship begins to take a turn for the worse on of all days - Annie and Mason’s wedding day. Unfortunately that same night, Annie’s parents are killed in a tragic automobile accident, leaving their newborn daughter Opal an orphan. Although Annie is devastated by the loss of her parents, she must somehow find a way to put aside her own grief and tend to her newborn sister’s needs. So she and Mason take custody of Opal, and invite Jake to move in with them to help raise the child together.

Annie struggles to find a proper balance between all the responsibilities and relationships in her life and family: she is both a sister and a mother to Opal, a wife to Mason, and a friend to Jake. Perhaps inevitably, this already unique relationship grows increasingly more intense - becoming almost smotheringly close and dangerously entangled. Until that fateful night, when these three friends miss the precise moment in time that could have helped them all to take a step back from a crumbling precipice.

Instead, they continue goading each other to step across a line which ultimately leads to a series of shocking and unforeseen consequences. Set on the East End of Long Island, The Worst Thing I’ve Done is an incandescent novel of love, friendship, and marriage; of joy and betrayal; of an artist’s struggle to reconnect with her work; and of how we can sometimes choose our mothers, our families. This is a beautifully written story, brilliantly vivid and tremendously poignant; a stunning exploration of resilience and courage in the face of uncertainty.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure what to say about this book. Actually, I can’t really pinpoint what it was that disturbed me specifically, but I definitely found this to be extremely difficult reading for me. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the premise of the story; I found it to be very intriguing and well-written. I found myself wavering slightly on how to rate this book, but eventually settled on giving it an A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kathleen Grissom - The Kitchen House: A Novel

24. The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom (2010)
Length: 377 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Started: 6 September 2017
Finished: 14 September 2017
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale 
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2015
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and Kathleen Grissom is a new author for me.

When a white servant girl violates the rules of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the best and the worst traits of the people she has come to call her family.

In 1791, Lavinia McCarten is almost seven years old when she arrives on the steps of a tabacco plantation in Virginia. Having lost both her parents during the voyage from Ireland, she is subsequently placed with the family of the ship's captain - the Pykes - as an indentured servant. As one of the few white members of the household, Lavinia is raised by Captain Pyke's slaves: Jacob, Mama Mae, Papa George, and the master's illegitimate slave daughter, Belle. Soon, she learns to cook, clean, and serve food with the slaves of the kitchen house; all while being guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

In due time, Lavinia is also accepted into the world of the big house, caring for Martha, the master's opium-addicted wife and befriending his impetuous son Marshall - someone who is as dangerous as he is protective. As Lavinia attempts to straddle both worlds of the kitchen and the big house, she begins to realize just how much her skin color will always set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.

However, when she is forced to make a choice that she never thought she would have to make; loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk. Ultimately, everything that Lavinia holds dear will be threatened. Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Kathleen Grissom's debut novel unfolds into a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deeply buried secrets, and familial bonds.

Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I learned more about slavery than I thought I would. In my opinion, this was a beautifully written but heartbreakingly sad story - poignant and thought-provoking. I would certainly give this book an A+! and will be on the lookout for more from this author in the future.

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Michael Phillip Cash - Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island

Reread. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash (2013)
Length: 231 pages
Genre: Horror
Originally Read: 5 July 2013
Reread Finished: 5 September 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from Michael Phillip Cash, then from my "keeper" shelf.

So, I was once again trying to find something to read and actually couldn't locate my first choice. As I've said before, I had about four books on my radar already and Mareena said she would try to help me find them, since I seem to have mislaid at least two of them. I was actually looking through a canvas bag of books, and although I didn't find the book that I was looking for, I did find a whole bag of books that I had completely forgotten about. So, I've picked several of these books to read next.

Mareena told me that she thought that she had seen two of the books that I was initially looking for. She found this particular book approximately two months ago - sometime towards the end of July. It was actually sitting on a bookshelf outside my bedroom door, as was the book that I first read about twenty years ago. Mareena has tried to locate that other book, but it seems to have disappeared again since she last saw it.

Anyway, I received this book from Michael Phillip Cash himself back in July of 2013 - July 3rd, to be exact. I immediately started reading it on July 4th and it only took me a day to read - from July 4th, to July 5th, 2013. My reread of the book took place four years later, over three days in September of 2017 - from September 2nd, to September 5th, 2017! I've since sent the book off to someone else on September 12th, 2017,

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, September 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For August 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 August with 1,068 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,062 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Bookmooch and Paperback Swap.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
- All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab
- Shelter Me: A Novel by Juliette Fay
- Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
- The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- The Affair by C. P. Snow

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- See Jane Die: A Novel by Erica Spindler
- Ascent Into Hell by Andrew M. Greeley

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

Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 2,222
Grade Range: A+! to A!

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August'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. August's Book of the Month is: 


Published as: The Girl on the Train in January 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books 


Birth Name: Paula Hawkins
Born: 26 August 1972 in Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Canonical Name: Paula Hawkins
Pseudonyms: Amy Silver

The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins was the twenty-second book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since August 24, 2017 and it took me four days to read. This book is a definite keeper for me.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train: A Novel

22. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins (2015)
Length: 323 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 26 August 2017
Finished: 30 August 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 24 August 2017
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Paula Hawkins is a new author for me.

Rachel Watson follows the same routine every single day without fail. She takes the same commuter train each morning and evening - using the consistency of that routine to numb some of the grief she feels for her recently failed marriage. Each day as she rattles down the tracks to work, she flashes past the cozy stretch of homes in a suburban neighborhood, and stops at the same signal. This routine allows her to slip into a soothing daydream; one that allows her to watch people as they go about their own business during the day.

As she sits in the same seat, gazing out of the window at the landscape before her, what she sees next will ultimately change everything. Rachel enjoys her little episodes of people watching; she actually looks forward to seeing some of the same people every single day. As a matter of fact, each time that she stops at the train signal, Rachel watches the same couple eating breakfast on their deck. Their daily morning routine is one which she truly admires, and she has even begun to feel like she knows them.

Jess and Jason, as she calls them, seem to have an almost picture-perfect life together. Actually, not unlike the life that Rachel herself once had. So the routine continues day after day, until the day that it changes irrevocably. It only takes a minute before the train moves on, but Rachel sees something so shocking that she cannot keep it to herself.

Now that her routine is broken beyond repair, she feels that she must go to the police. But is she as unreliable as they seem to believe? Soon Rachel is deeply entangled; not only in the investigation being conducted by the police but also in the lives of everyone involved. In the long run, has she done more harm than good?

Actually, I absolutely loved this book and am delighted to see that it is this author's debut novel. In my opinion, it was well-written and captured my attention right from the beginning. I must say that I thought that the time sequence was slightly unusual, but I certainly appreciated how the author utilized it. I would give this book an A+! and will definitely be putting Ms. Hawkins' name at the top of my wishlist.

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, August 28, 2017

I Guess the Book I’m Looking For Will Turn up at Some Point!

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.

Surprisingly, the pace of my reading has picked up appreciably. As of Saturday, August 26th - I have finished a total of five books and two sum-doku puzzle books. Granted, I still haven’t found the book that I was looking for originally, but Mareena has managed to locate at least two books that she thinks that I will enjoy reading. One book is actually a reread for me from just over four years ago, and the other has been on my TBR pile for almost six years.

I have the distinct impression that the book that I’ve been looking for will actually take ages for me to find. Mareena told me that she was certain that it was on the bookshelf just outside my bedroom door, but when she looked for it at the same time that she found the other two books, it wasn’t there. Oh well, I’ll keep searching.

I just found out that 'The Exorcist' will be starting its second season on Friday, September 29th at 9:00 P. M. I'm delighted to see that the show was renewed and want to know where it goes from here. As far as I know, the two main characters are now traveling exorcists and will be dealing with a case somewhere in Seattle, Washington.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: at the beginning of the month - on Wednesday, August 2nd - I'm happy to say that I finished one puzzle book that I have had in my collection for just over a decade. I have also just finished another puzzle book about eight days ago. I immediately started another sum-doku puzzle on Friday, August 18th. As of today - Monday, August 28th - I’ve finished a total of 22 puzzles.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat, which I finished on Saturday, August 22nd. I immediately started reading The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins on the same day! According to Goodreads - as of Monday, August 28th - I've read 65 pages out of 323 or 20 percent of the story.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Edwidge Danticat - Brother, I'm Dying

21. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (2007)
Length: 272 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 22 August 2017
Finished: 26 August 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 December 2016
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and Edwidge Danticat is a new author for me.

Award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969. By the age of four, her parents had immigrated to America, leaving Edwidge and her younger brother Andre to be raised by their aunt and uncle. As a result, she quickly came to see them as a second set of parents to both herself and her brother. So, Edwidge stayed in Haiti with her beloved Uncle Joseph and Aunt Denise for the next eight years.

Edwidge was twelve years old when her parents sent for their two children to come join the rest of their family in New York City. Although she was elated to be reunited with her family again, she was also deeply saddened to be leaving Haiti behind. As she slowly began to make a life for herself in a new country, Edwidge struggled to adjust to living so far away from those she loved. Although their hearts and thoughts were never far from those whom they loved, Edwidge and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still living in Haiti as they watched the political situation rapidly deteriorate.

In 2004, tensions reached a boiling point and the Haitian people were swept up in events beyond their control. Life changed drastically for Edwidge as well: on the same sweltering July day that she learned that she was pregnant, she also learned that her father was suffering from end-stage pulmonary fibrosis. As she struggled to process such disparate events - tempering her sense of exhilaration with a certain amount of devastation - Edwidge eventually decided that her family's complex story deserved to be told; as much to commemorate her father's close relationship with his brother, as for the benefit of her relatives still living in Haiti.

I have to say that this is an extraordinary book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found Ms. Danticat's story to be beautifully written and deeply thought-provoking - filled with a poignancy and bravery that I absolutely admire. I would certainly give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Well, Mareena’s Found Another Book of Mine That Has Been on my TBR Pile For a While!

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.

Surprisingly, the pace of my reading has picked up appreciably. As of my birthday - Tuesday, August 22nd - I have finished a total of four books and two sum-doku puzzle books. Granted, I still haven’t found the book that I was looking for originally, but Mareena has managed to locate at least two books that she thinks that I will enjoy reading. One book is actually a reread for me from just over four years ago, and the other has been on my TBR pile for almost six years.

I have the distinct impression that the book that I’ve been looking for will actually take ages for me to find. Mareena told me that she was certain that it was on the bookshelf just outside my bedroom door, but when she looked for it at the same time that she found the other two books, it wasn’t there. Oh well, I’ll keep searching.

I just found out that 'The Exorcist' will be starting its second season on Friday, September 29th at 9:00 P. M. I'm delighted to see that the show was renewed and want to know where it goes from here. As far as I know, the two main characters are now traveling exorcists and will be dealing with a case somewhere in Seattle, Washington.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: at the beginning of the month - on Wednesday, August 2nd - I'm happy to say that I finished one puzzle book that I have had in my collection for just over a decade. I have also just finished another puzzle book about eight days ago. I immediately started another sum-doku puzzle on Friday, August 18th. As of yesterday - Wednesday, August 23rd - I’ve finished a total of 12 puzzles.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Shelter Me: A Novel by Juliette Fay, which I finished on Tuesday, August 22nd. I immediately started reading Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat on the same day! According to Goodreads - as of Thursday, August 24th - I've read 152 pages out of 288 or 53 percent of the story.

Since my copy of Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat actually has 272 pages in it, reading 152 pages means that I've read 56 percent of the story. So far, this book is really good!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Juliette Fay - Shelter Me: A Novel

20. Shelter Me: A Novel by Juliette Fay (2009)
Length: 432 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 15 August 2017
Finished: 22 August 2017
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale 
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2015
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Juliette Fay is a new author for me.

Janie LaMarche has recently lost her husband Rob in a biking accident. In the four months since his death, she has been balanced on the edge of an overwhelmingly emotional crisis - teetering from heartwrenching grief to blazing anger from day to day. However, her mourning is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a contractor with a building order to add a porch onto her house. Bewildered by his sudden arrival, Janie slowly realizes that the porch was actually meant to be a surprise from her husband - now his final gift to her.

As a reluctant Janie allows the construction to begin, she steadfastly clings to the familiarity of her sorrow - mothering her two small children with a fierce protectiveness, avoiding well-meaning friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can't release. Yet Janie's self-imposed isolation is continuously breached by a motley crew of unlikely interventionists, all determined to break through her steely shell of grief. The cast of loving intermediaries includes: Janie's chatty Aunt Jude, for whom a stiff slug of ipecac solves everything; her over-manicured, tremendously nosy neighbor Shelly, whose home visits are so regular Janie can almost set her watch by them; her muffin-bearing cousin Cormac, who considers baked goods to be downright therapeutic; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.

So, as the porch begins to take shape, Janie discovers that the unknown terrain of the future is better charted a day at a time. And that any potential potholes she may encounter along the way are best navigated with the help of others - even those who she never expected to call on, much less learn to love.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Everything about it resonated with me: the story was well-written, the characters were entirely believable, and the plot was very well-developed. I'm going to be putting this author's name right at the top of my wishlist and would certainly give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I’m Still Looking For the Original Book That Was a Reread!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. Having said that, I've read one book for the third time; a new book, and one that has been on my TBR pile for over two years. I actually also have at least four other books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to decide which one to read next.

Granted two of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these two books.

I just found out three days ago that 'The Exorcist' will be starting its second season on Friday, September 29th at 9:00 P. M. I'm delighted to see that the show was renewed and want to know where it goes from here. As far as I know, the two main characters are now traveling exorcists and will be dealing with a case somewhere in Seattle, Washington.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: at the beginning of the month - on Wednesday, August 2nd - I'm happy to say that I finished one puzzle book that I have had in my collection for just over a decade. I'm delighted to say also that as of Wednesday, August 16th, I finished another one of my sum-doku puzzle books; I immediately started a fresh puzzle book on Friday, August 18th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab, which I finished on Monday, August 14th. I immediately started reading Shelter Me: A Novel by Juliette Fay on Tuesday, August 15th! This book has also been on my TBR pile for just over two years and I'm a little bit surprised that it’s taken me so long to read it.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Well, It's About Time...

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. Having said that, I've read one book for the third time; a new book, and one that has been on my TBR pile for over two years. I actually also have at least four other books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to decide which one to read.

Granted two of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these two books.

I just found out yesterday that 'The Exorcist' will be starting its second season on Friday, September 29th at 9:00 P. M. I'm delighted to see that the show was renewed and want to know where it goes from here. As far as I know, the two main characters are now traveling exorcists and will be dealing with a case somewhere in Seattle, Washington.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: at the beginning of the month - on Wednesday, August 2nd - I'm happy to say that I finished one puzzle book that I have had in my collection for just over a decade. I'm delighted to say also that as of Wednesday, August 16th, I'm just about finished with another one of my sumdoku puzzle books. This was a book that I had started around Thursday, July 20th! I want to start doing a completely fresh puzzle book in another couple of days or so.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab, which I finished on Monday, August 14th. I immediately started reading Shelter Me: A Novel by Juliette Fay on Tuesday, August 15th! This book has also been on my TBR pile for just over two years and I'm not that far into the story yet.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, August 14, 2017

Anna Jarzab - All Unquiet Things: A Novel

19. All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab (2010)
Length: 341 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Mystery 
Started: 10 August 2017
Finished: 14 August 2017
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale 
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2015
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and Anna Jarzab is a new author for me.

Carly was a sweet girl with a wonderful personality. She was pretty and popular; vivacious and funny. She was as smart as a whip and knew everything about the privileged student body of the Brighton Day School. As much as he still loves her, it's disturbing for Neily to see how much his girlfriend has changed: she has begun running with a much faster crowd, and become extremely self-destructive.

When she suddenly dumps him for a notorious bad boy, Neily is devastated. Bewildered and angered by Carly's strange behavior, he steadfastly doesn't answer the phone whenever she calls. However, what initially seems like a typical teenage reaction to a difficult breakup, becomes tinged with sadness and regret after Carly is murdered. Neily is ultimately wracked with grief and guilt for his own stubbornness.

If he had answered the call she had made before she died, he may have been able to help her. Now, he can't get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind. Desperately hoping to assuage some of the guilt he feels about her death, Neily reluctantly teams up with Carly's cousin Audrey to find her killer. After all, it is the last thing they can do to honor her memory.

Audrey is dealing with her own regrets over her cousin's death. She was the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton's fast crowd in the first place, and she will have to live with the consequences of that decision on her conscience for the rest of her life. Because Audrey is convinced of two things about Carly's death: someone at Brighton is obviously a murderer, and the police have put the wrong person in jail. So, she turns to Neily for help in finding Carly's killer.

As Neily and Audrey begin to investigate their shared history with Carly, her dealings with Brighton's seedier elements come to light. For the amateur sleuths, these are shocking revelations that lead them to wonder if Carly actually knew something that could have gotten her killed. However, figuring out how Carly and her killer fit together into the twisted drama of Brighton's secretive world will force the reluctant allies to face some harsh truths about themselves and the girl they couldn't save.

To be perfectly honest, I found some of the pettiness between the characters to be slightly annoying. Having said that, I still enjoyed reading the book. I would give this book a definite A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Was Looking For the Original Book That Was a Reread For me!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. Having said that, I've read one book for the third time; a new book, and am currently reading a book that has been on my TBR pile for just over two years. I actually also have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted two of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these two books.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sudoku puzzle books ten days ago, on Wednesday, August 2nd! This was a book that I started on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 - just over ten years ago! I have also done 82 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close, which I finished on Wednesday, August 9th. I started reading All Unquiet Things: A Novel by Anna Jarzab on Thursday, August 10th. It's been a relatively quick read for me so far.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Jennifer Close - Girls in White Dresses

18. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close (2011)
Length: 294 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 7 August 2017
Finished: 9 August 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 August 2017
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Jennifer Close is a new author for me.

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren have been best friends for most of their lives. They had initially met in college and later discovered that they had quite a bit more in common with each other than they had expected. As their friendship has gone on through the years, they have watched as everyone else around them has gotten married, started families, and found success in their chosen careers. However, the three college friends have consistently noticed that they are 'always the bridesmaid, never the bride' as they struggle through young adulthood together.

As the women gather together to celebrate the good fortune of bride after bride, they find themselves evaluating their own lives and hoping for more in the future. As regularly as clockwork, they get together to ooh and ahh over the most inane bridal gifts; spend time reminiscing about events they would much rather forget; and drink champagne toasts by the case. They collect party favors by the dozens; eat endless trays of hors d'oeuvre; and cheerfully wear the most garish pastel dresses ever designed.

Meanwhile, these women are grappling with some major issues within their own lives that seem to transcend all the congratulatory celebrations that they attend each week. Isabella is stuck working in a dead-end job, Mary is dating a really nice guy whose mother is a stubborn perfectionist, and Lauren is waitressing at a mid-town bar and wondering why she finds the sleazy bartender so attractive. Amid various booze-filled family holidays, on-the-job flirtations, hungover bridal showers, and disastrous ski vacations, the women share the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life with each other.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn't quite sure how enjoyable this book would actually be for me. Mareena's friend had initially recommended Jennifer Close as an author to me - after having read and thoroughly enjoyed this particular book for herself. Since our tastes in reading are usually so different, I filed Jennifer Close in my 'Eh...Maybe' category. Mareena put this book on our wishlist about three years ago, and it literally just became available to request approximately a month ago.

Since this book arrived at a moment when I was wondering what to read next, I started it immediately. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. The story was well-written and remarkably easy reading for me. I would definitely give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stephen King - Full Dark, No Stars

Reread. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (2010)
Length: 560 pages
Genre: Short Story 
Originally Read: 24 September 2012
Reread Finished: 7 August 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from Price Chopper, then from my "keeper" shelf.

So, I was once again trying to find something to read and actually couldn't locate my first choice. The previous book that I finished on July 22nd, 2017 - Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy - was slightly different than most of the historical fiction that I usually read. I found it to be very poignant and well-written, and actually quite lyrical. Since I couldn't locate my first choice, I chose a book that I had reread last year.

I had bought this book back on September 20th, 2012 when I went out shopping at my local Price Chopper. This was my first book purchase in quite some time, but the synopsis just looked so interesting, that I just had to buy the book. It was almost like it was calling me to buy it.

I immediately started reading it on the day I bought it, and it only took me four days to read the book - from September 20th, to September 24th, 2012. My reread of the book took me another four days in January of 2016 - from January 7th, to January 11th, 2016! I started reading the book again for the third time over a week starting on July 31st, to August 7th, 2017! So far, the book is a definite keeper for me.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm Almost Finished With an Earlier Reread!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've continually been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sudoku puzzle books three days ago, on Wednesday, August 2nd! This was a book that I started on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 - just over ten years ago! I have also done 68 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy, which I finished on Saturday, July 22nd. I started reading Full Dark, no Stars by Stephen King on Monday, July 31st. According to Goodreads, as of Saturday morning, August 5th - I've read 460 pages or approximately 82 percent of the story.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I'm Still Looking For a Book That Was a Reread For me From a While Ago!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've continually been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books.

I'm immersing myself in sum-doku and sudoku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sudoku puzzle books yesterday morning, Wednesday, August 2nd! This was a book that I started on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 - just over ten years ago! I have also done 64 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy, which I finished on Saturday, July 22nd. I started reading Full Dark, no Stars by Stephen King on Monday, July 31st. According to Goodreads, as of Thursday morning, August 3rd - I've read 360 pages or approximately 64 percent of the story.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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) by Dell Magazines

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 in New York, New York

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mareena Has Found One of the Books That I Want 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.

I'm beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sum-doku puzzle books eight days ago - a book that I started on Tuesday, May 9th! I have also done 52 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy, which I finished on Saturday, July 22nd. Although I have been trying to figure out what to read next, I did receive another six-pack of sum-doku puzzles through the mail yesterday afternoon - Monday, July 24th!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Like I Said Before: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sum-doku puzzle books five days ago - a book that I started on Tuesday, May 9th! I have also done 46 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy, which I finished on Saturday, July 22nd. Although I have been trying to figure out what to read next, I did receive another six-pack of sum-doku puzzles through the mail yesterday afternoon - Monday, July 24th!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy - Night in Jerusalem: A Novel

16. Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy (2016)
Length: 236 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 15 July 2017
Finished: 22 July 2017
Where did it come from? Mareena received this book to read and review for a book tour that she had signed up to take part in later on in the year. Since I was trying to find something else to read, I asked her if I could borrow it to read and she said yes.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 July 2016
Why do I have it? I like historical fiction and Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy is a new author for me.

This book arrived because Mareena had signed up to take part in a virtual book tour that is currently going on. She is going to post a review sometime later in the year, but the book was sent several months earlier than her review date. I was looking for something else to read, so I asked her if I could borrow the book to read it first and she said that I could. I thought that this was a remarkably well-written and poignant story and I really enjoyed it.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I May Not be Reading at the Same Pace, But I'm Still Reading!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I'm happy to say that I finally finished one of my sum-doku puzzle books this morning  - a book that I started on Tuesday, May 9th! I have also done 36 sum-doku puzzles in the book that I'm currently working through.

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 just recently stopped reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving and will probably pick it up again soon. I started reading Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy on Saturday, July 15th.

According to Goodreads - as of Wednesday, July 19th - I've read 147 pages out of 246 or 60 percent of the story. Since my copy of Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy actually has 236 pages in it, reading 147 pages means that I've read 62 percent of the story. So far, this book is really good!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Think I've Accepted That I'm Reading Much Slower These Days!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I've done approximately 99 puzzles in one book and 34 in the other.

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 just recently stopped reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving and will probably pick it up again soon. I started reading Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy on Saturday, July 15th.

According to Goodreads - as of Tuesday, July 18th - I've read 73 pages out of 246 or 30 percent of the story. Since my copy of Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy actually has 236 pages in it, reading 73 pages means that I've read 31 percent of the story. So far, this book is really good!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rest In Peace, Tutankhamun - at Least For the Next Few Days!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I've done approximately 96 puzzles in one book and 31 in the other.

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 just recently stopped reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving and will probably pick it up again soon. I've started reading Night in Jerusalem: A Novel by Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy this morning.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Surprisingly, Mareena Isn't Having Much Luck so Far!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I've done approximately 94 puzzles in one book and 29 in the other.

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 just started reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving on Monday, July 3rd and am really enjoying reading it so far. It's very intriguing. According to Goodreads - as of today, July 13th - I've actually read 61 pages out of 384 in Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving; or approximately 16 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mareena Told me That She Will Help me to Search Through my Huge Personal Library!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I've done approximately 94 puzzles in one book and 27 in the other.

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 just started reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving on Monday, July 3rd and am really enjoying reading it so far. It's very intriguing. According to Goodreads - as of today, July 11th - I've actually read 42 pages out of 384 in Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving; or approximately 11 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, July 8, 2017

I Should be Able to Finish a Book One of These Days!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

Granted three of the books are rereads for me, but I think the oldest one is from about twenty years ago. So, that's almost like reading an entirely new book. I'm just in the process of locating at least one of these four books. I'm immersing myself in sum-doku puzzles as well: I've done approximately 94 puzzles in one book and 24 in the other.

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 just started reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving on Monday, July 3rd and am really enjoying reading it so far. It's very intriguing.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I've Always Liked Books About 'Hidden History' - the Facts You Don't Know Anything About!

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 beginning to think that I am taking one step forward and two steps back as regards the pace of my reading. I only mean that I thought I was doing so well last month having read two books, then this month I've been stumped by what I wanted to read next. I have at least four books on my radar at the moment, but I can't seem to choose which one to read.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 243 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 18 in a completely fresh book that I started ten days ago - on Sunday, June 25th!

While we usually don't do much to celebrate the 4th of July, Mareena and I do have hotdogs for lunch and watch a movie every year. I suppose that it's become something of a tradition for us. Well, the movie that we chose to watch on Tuesday, July 4th was a horror movie released in 2017 called Camera Obscura. The movie was actually much better than we were both expecting, and although the ending was slightly 'obscure', I think that it was a deliberate choice to do so.

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 just started reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving on Monday, July 3rd and am really enjoying reading it so far. It's very intriguing.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, July 3, 2017

It Isn't a Case of Not Having Anything 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.

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 240 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 14 in a completely fresh book that I started eight 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. Having said that, I just started reading Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving this morning - on Monday, July 3rd!

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 Medlicott

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Think That I'll Take a Break From Doing Jigsaw Puzzles For a While!

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 228 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 84 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. Mareena says that she will help me if I need her to.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight