Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wendy Webb - The Vanishing: A Novel

10. The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb (2014)
Length: 290 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 29 March 2017
Finished: 19 April 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 March 2017
Why do I have it? I like horror and Wendy Webb is a new author for me.

Everyone who knew Jeremy and Julia Bishop thought that they were living such a perfect life. However when Jeremy dies unexpectedly, Julia discovers just what a perfect lie her Ponzi-scheming husband was actually living. Devastated by his sudden death and enraged by Jeremy's duplicity, Julia is desperate to start her life over again. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep offering her a unique position, Julia finds herself eagerly accepting it.

After experiencing some measure of fame earlier in her career, the eccentric horror author Amaris Sinclair has completely withdrawn from the public eye. Although the entire world believes that she has been dead for the past decade, she actually has been living in seclusion at her family's palatial estate: Havenwood. Now the reclusive novelist's son Adrian has suddenly turned up on Julia Bishop's doorstep looking for someone to act as a companion and caretaker to his elderly mother. Julia is definitely intrigued by his story.

While it certainly sounds unique, Adrian Sinclair's offer is also an extraordinary one. Julia has always admired Amaris Sinclair; and the chance to meet such an illustrious author is almost too good to refuse. With her once-secure life collapsing around her, she is absolutely certain that accepting Adrian's position will change her life. While she is not sure if that change will be entirely beneficial, Julia nevertheless jumps at this chance for a completely fresh start.

Havenwood is a magnificent, centuries-old mansion situated in the middle of the wilderness near Lake Superior. When Julia eventually arrives there, she begins to suspect that her too-good-to-be-true job offer is exactly that. Although she appreciates Havenwood's apparent solitude, there is still a certain eerieness to the house's location.

Julia can almost sense the multitude of disturbing secrets and painful memories that haunt the halls of the Sinclairs' home. There is also no denying that certain unexplained mysteries and the remnants of a troubling past still dwell somewhere in the forest beyond. As a matter of fact, Julia has several questions of her own that she would like answered...

Why would such a celebrated author as Amaris Sinclair choose to vanish from the public eye more than a decade earlier? What are the whispers that Julia hears? And why, exactly, was Julia brought to Havenwood in the first place?

For answers, Julia turns to Drew McCullough, the great-grandson of the mysterious Scottish nobleman who built Havenwood. Together, they soon realize that something horribly sinister and very close to Julia's own family history is emerging from the past. Something that wants to gain access to the present. With extraordinary twists and turns, spine-tingling scenes, and an ingenious plot, The Vanishing by Wendy Webb is an intriguing and chilling story.

Although it took me much longer to read this book than I anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion, the story was frightening and appropriately suspenseful. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and would certainly give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, April 8, 2017

I'm Loving Watching the Movies on Cable!

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not all that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 153 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. So far - or as of Wednesday afternoon, April 5th, at least - I've done eleven jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot on television. The movie was actually released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday night, March 30th. Apparently, Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30th, 1981. Since the 'Decades Channel' seems to broadcast many movies or television programs to commemorate major events or anniversaries, that movie seems particularly appropriate.

Actually, I must admit that even though the shock and fear experienced by the country was totally to be expected, I was still quite shocked to see just how much of a tailspin everything went into 'behind the scenes'. I mean nobody can really be fully prepared for an assassination attempt obviously, but oh my goodness, I wasn't expecting to see just how close the government came to utter chaos. At least, it seemed that way to me as I watched the movie.

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 just started reading The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb on Wednesday, March 29th! Actually, the book arrived in the afternoon mail two days before that. I was absolutely thrilled because I kept looking through my own library and nothing was really catching my attention.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

After a Two Week Hiatus, Welcome Back 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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 150 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. So far - or as of Sunday night, April 2nd, at least - I've done ten jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 just started reading The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb on Wednesday, March 29th! Actually, the book arrived in the afternoon mail two days before. I was absolutely thrilled because I kept looking through my own library and nothing was really catching my attention.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thank Goodness That my Mini Reader's Block Seems to Have Disappeared!

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 148 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. So far - or as of Sunday afternoon, April 2nd, at least - I've done ten jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is still remarkably slow.

I just started reading The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb on Wednesday, March 29th! Actually, the book arrived in the afternoon mail two days ago. I was absolutely thrilled to learn that because I kept looking through my own library, and although I keep finding some really great books, I couldn't settle on a specific book to read.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For March 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 March with 1,059 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,058 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Bookmooch.

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 :))
The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage
- Unnatural Causes by P. D. James

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: 342
Grade Range: A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was March. 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, March 31, 2017

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


The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage
  Published as: The Doctor's Wife in June 2005
Publisher: Viking Adult



Birth Name: Elizabeth Brundage
Born: 10 January 1950 in New Jersey

Canonical Name: Elizabeth Brundage
Pseudonyms: None

The Doctor's Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage was the ninth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR pile since February 21, 2017 and it took me a week to read. I sent this book off to another good home on March 13, 2017

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm Not Really Suffering From Reader's Block, More Like a 'I Don't Know What to Read Next' Reader's Block!

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 143 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. So far - or as of Monday afternoon, March 27th, at least - I've done seven jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is still remarkably slow.

I've since put the book aside for a while - and although I have spent the last two weeks trying to find another book to read - Mareena just let me know that she had requested a book for me several months ago, and that it arrived two days ago. I think that my Reader's Block is finally working itself out!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I Just Can't Seem to Concentrate on my 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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 140 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. So far - or as of Friday afternoon, March 24th, at least - I've done six jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is remarkably slow. I've since put the book aside for a while, but for some reason can not settle on another book that I want to read.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Does Anyone Else Get Minor Cases of Reader's Block?

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 137 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. So far - or as of Tuesday afternoon, March 21st, at least - I've done five jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is remarkably slow. I've put the book aside for a while, but for some reason can not settle on another book that I want to read.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, March 20, 2017

I May Not be Reading Much, But I'm Certainly Doing a Lot of Puzzles!

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 134 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. So far - or as of Saturday afternoon, March 18th, at least - I've done four jigsaw puzzles out of the giant box of twelve that I have.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is remarkably slow. I may just put the book aside for a while and then pick it up again later.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, March 17, 2017

May You All Have a Much Blessed St. Patrick's Day!

  

We hope that all of our lovely family and dear friends - both in real life as well as online - have a safe and holy St. Patrick's day. May you all have a wonderfully peaceful celebration full of fun, food, and happiness! ☘️☘️☘️

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Technically, I'm Not Suffering From Reader's Block!

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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. Actually, I really haven't been feeling all that well for the past couple of weeks. I do have a doctor's appointment next month, but since I keep a good eye on my blood sugar levels, I'm not that worried about my diabetes.

I'm having some difficulty walking properly, but mentioning that to the doctor has only resulted in being told that she couldn't do anything more than prescribe Tylenol for me. I know that it sounds like she thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something, but that's not it: I'm just on a medication that would react badly with Advil. So, basically the only pain reliever that I can take is Tylenol.

Anyway, on Saturday afternoon, March 11th - Mareena finally located a movie on the 'On Demand' Channel that she had told me about a couple of weeks ago. She said that she could not recall the name of it, but that the movie was actually about a woman who moves into an apartment that may or may not be haunted. Since she knows that I have always enjoyed watching movies about haunted houses - just like I enjoy reading books about haunted houses - she thought that I would like to watch the movie.

Well, the movie was actually called Havenhurst and was released in 2016. It wasn't exactly what Mareena had described to me, but it was still very good. There was a subplot involving the first documented American serial killer, in modern times at least - H. H. Holmes - and was really quite intriguing.

Mareena and I had actually watched a documentary together about H. H. Holmes several years ago. There had been speculation put forward in that documentary that some of the places that he had frequented were actually haunted - not necessarily by his ghost, but by the spirits of some of his victims. According to this documentary, Holmes may or may not have been Jack the Ripper as well. To be perfectly honest - while I do believe in the paranormal - I'm not sure about those claims of Holmes' victims hauntings. Although the Jack the Ripper theory seemed highly plausible.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 129 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.

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 started reading Psychward by Stephen B. Seager, M. D. on Thursday, March 9th! This is actually a reread for me from approximately six and a half years ago. Although I've read 70 pages out of 251 - approximately 28 percent of the book by Sunday, March 12th - my reading pace is remarkably slow. I may just put the book aside for a while and then pick it up again later.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sometimes I Rewrite Some of my Previous Reviews!

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.

Then yesterday afternoon - Saturday, March 11th - Mareena finally located a movie on the 'On Demand' Channel that she had told me about a week ago. She said that she could not recall the name of it, but that the movie was actually about a woman who moves into an apartment that may or may not be haunted. Anyway, since she knows that I have always enjoyed watching movies about haunted houses - just like I enjoy reading books about haunted houses - she thought that I would like to watch the movie.

Well, the movie was actually called Havenhurst and was released in 2016. It wasn't exactly what Mareena had described to me, but it was still very good. There was a subplot involving the first documented American serial killer, in modern times at least - H. H. Holmes - and was really quite intriguing.

Mareena and I had actually watched a documentary together about H. H. Holmes several years ago. There had been speculation put forward in that documentary that some of the places that he had frequented were actually haunted - not necessarily by his ghost, but by the spirits of some of his victims. According to this documentary, Holmes may or may not have been Jack the Ripper as well. To be perfectly honest - while I do believe in the paranormal - I'm not sure about those claims of Holmes' victims hauntings. Although the Jack the Ripper theory seemed highly plausible.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 126 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.

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 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. It is also the third book that I've actually reread, and I plan to rewrite my review. The last book that I revised the review of was Maeve Binchy's The Copper Beech. According to Goodreads - as of today, March 12th - I've actually read 70 pages out of 251 in Psychward by Stephen B. Seager; or approximately 28 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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 all of them at least twice, and am planning on a third time sometime very soon. Actually, I'm only 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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I May be Doing Too Many Jigsaw Puzzles!

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 107 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 on Saturday afternoon - Saturday, February 11th - and am delighted to say that the book actually came from the six-pack of puzzle books that I received on Friday, March 4th of last year.

I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. So far, I've done another four puzzles out of my giant box of twelve that has held my interest for the better part of the past six months or so. That means that I have done all twelve jigsaw puzzles out of the box of various puzzles.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Remains by Vincent Zandri which I finished on Wednesday, February 15th! Actually, I thought that the author wrote an intriguingly original story, and really captured the personalities of his female characters very well. In my opinion, he wrote a poignant and extraordinarily sensitive story.

I immediately started reading The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy on Saturday, February 18th. This is actually a reread for me from just about five years ago - over four days in January of 2012 - from January 27th, to January 31st, 2012! I really enjoyed this book the first time that I read it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it again.

According to Goodreads - as of today, February 21st - I've actually read 144 pages out of 400 in The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy; or approximately 36 percent. Since my own copy of The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy actually has 391 pages in it; reading 144 pages means that I have read approximately 37 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jigsaw Puzzles and 'Comfort Reads' Are the Orders of the Day!

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!

So back on Sunday, February 12th, Mareena and I weren't able to make it to the radio station because of the nor'easter snowstorm that blew through. Also, our downstairs neighbor Pamela - who is usually our ride to the station - put her back out while shoveling the driveway on Saturday, February 11th! Since there was also a ladies basketball game going on that day as well - and the show would only be an hour and a half as a result - we decided to call someone in to do our show.

The person who usually fills in for us was on vacation in Key West, Florida so we wound up calling our station manager Darrin who stepped forward to do our show in his place. Darrin told me over the phone that he had something unexpected planned for our listeners - which actually turned out to be a radio broadcast of an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' called 'Long Live Walter Jameson'. It actually turned out to be very entertaining to listen to the show, even though I don't usually like anything having to do with science fiction. The experience brought me back to a time when I used to listen to the BBC Radio Dramas as a child and a young adult every afternoon at 3 P. M.

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 104 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 last Saturday afternoon - Saturday, February 11th - and am delighted to say that the book actually came from the six-pack of puzzle books that I received on Friday, March 4th of last year.

I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. So far, I've done another two puzzles out of my giant box of twelve that has held my interest for the better part of the past six months or so. That means that I have done ten jigsaw puzzles out of the box of twelve.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Remains by Vincent Zandri which I finished on Wednesday, February 15th! Actually, I thought that the author wrote an intriguingly original story, and really captured the personalities of his female characters very well. In my opinion, he wrote a poignant and extraordinarily sensitive story.

I immediately started reading The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy on Saturday, February 18th. This is actually a reread for me from just about five years ago - over four days in January of 2012 - from January 27th, to January 31st, 2012! I really enjoyed this book the first time that I read it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it again.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vincent Zandri - The Remains

7. The Remains by Vincent Zandri (2012)
Length: 272 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 10 February 2017
Finished: 15 February 2017
Where did it come from? Many thanks to my next door neighbor for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 4 February 2017
Why do I have it? I like horror and Vincent Zandri is a new author for me.

For years, the Underhill twins had repeatedly been warned to never walk through the woods alone. The rumor was that a serial killer lived there - someone who had reputedly murdered his entire family. While Rebecca Underhill may have taken such warnings to heart, her twin sister Molly had always had a more rebellious nature. Besides, the sisters had always felt safe walking through the woods, and they figured that as long as they were together - they could handle whatever came their way.

That belief was put to the test when the sisters decided to explore the delapidated cabin behind their house. They never expected to ever cross paths with the deranged man who actually lived there, but he unexpectedly came home and caught them inside his house. After a particularly harrowing ordeal, the girls managed to escape - but fearing retribution against their family - they swore to keep the entire incident a secret. In the thirty years since their terrifying ordeal, the girls have done their best to forget what happened to them and to move forward with their lives.

Rebecca is now a painter and a special needs art teacher, but unfortunately, Molly has long since passed away from cancer. Suddenly, Rebecca begins to receive a series of cryptic text messages from her sister. As much as she wants to believe that Molly is trying to communicate with her, Rebecca just can't bring herself to accept something so implausible.

It couldn't be their attacker from so many years ago; he was captured and imprisoned for a similar crime at around that same time. Surely he'd still be incarcerated or dead by now - wouldn't he? Rebecca so wants to believe that 'the boogeyman' can never scare her again, and she doesn't want to believe that she ever gave him such power over her - but the night terrors she still suffers from say otherwise.

When one of Rebecca's art students - an autistic savant named Francis - gives her a series of paintings, she is absolutely astounded by what she sees in each one. She realizes that the scenes in each painting depict something from her nightmares - the nightmares she has had every single night for the past thirty years. Rebecca is certain that Franny has absolutely no knowledge of her horrific ordeal, but she is also stunned and confused by the accuracy of each of his paintings. It's almost as though Franny is somehow forcing Rebecca to relive the most horrifying moment of her life.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, the story was intriguingly original and I enjoyed the subtly mysterious elements of prescience that the author utilized all the way through it. I also appreciated the way the author wove memories of the past throughout the present-day story and knitted both stories together. I would certainly say that Mr. Zandri captured the true essence of his female characters and wrote a poignant story with an extraordinary amount of sensitivity - a definite A+!

Actually, The Remains by Vincent Zandri is one of five books that my next door neighbor sent me, all by the same author. I'm not absolutely certain, but I think that the author may be my next door neighbor. Wouldn't that be something?

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Well, I'm Slowly Getting Back Into 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.

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!

Actually, I haven't been doing all that much lately, just watching quite a bit of television and doing jigsaw puzzles. I'm putting my 'blah' attitude down to Stephanie's passing and the snow finally starting in earnest over the past few days. After a small reprieve from the snow, there's supposed to be another nor'easter coming through this afternoon - Sunday, February 12th - and its going to bring about two feet of snow with it.

Since Mareena and I enjoyed both movies that we watched on the 'On Demand' Channel about two or three weeks ago, we are trying to decide if we want to make the practice a monthly occurrence or not. As it stands now, we may choose one movie to watch on the 'On Demand' Channel each month; or perhaps two if the mood strikes us. There are several movies that seem to be very interesting.

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 98 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 - and am delighted to say that the book actually came from the six-pack of puzzle books that I received on Friday, March 4th of last year.

I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. I actually started doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of decorative boxes on Monday afternoon, January 30th and finished it on Monday afternoon, February 6th! It was a surprisingly complex jigsaw puzzle for me, despite taking only seven days to complete. I immediately started doing an eighth jigsaw puzzle out of my giant box of twelve on Wednesday afternoon, February 8th and finished it approximately two days later on Friday afternoon, February 10th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia which I finished on Monday, February 6th! Actually, it seemed like Ms. Reynolds was such a lovely, down-to-earth person. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading her autobiography.

I immediately started reading The Remains by Vincent Zandri on Monday, February 6th. After a few initial stops and starts with my reading, I'm happy to say that I restarted my reading of the book on Friday, February 10th! According to Goodreads - as of today, February 12th - I've actually read 50 pages out of 286 in The Remains by Vincent Zandri; or approximately 17 percent. Since my own copy of The Remains by Vincent Zandri actually has 272 pages in it; reading 50 pages means that I have read approximately 18 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jigsaw Puzzles Seem to Have Taken Precedence Over Reading, But Not For Long!

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!

Actually, I haven't been doing all that much lately, just watching quite a bit of television and doing jigsaw puzzles. I'm putting my 'blah' attitude down to Stephanie's passing and the snow finally starting in earnest over the past few days. I suppose that I wasn't that close to Stephanie as an adult, but I just keep remembering her as a child.

She was so young when she passed, and she left behind a husband who adored her and two young teenage boys to mourn her. She had also just started to reconnect with our family - extended family, that is - over Facebook and was really suffering from the cancer, even though she continued to have such a positive attitude throughout her illness. The whole situation was, and still is, just so very sad!

Since Mareena and I enjoyed both movies that we watched on the 'On Demand' Channel about two or three weeks ago, we are trying to decide if we want to make the practice a monthly occurrence or not. As it stands now, we may choose one movie to watch on the 'On Demand' Channel each month; or perhaps two if the mood strikes us. There are several movies that seem to be very interesting.

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 95 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I haven't really finished an entire sum-doku puzzle book from my collection since Saturday, December 3rd - I have been working through partial puzzles from the moderately difficult to extremely difficult levels!

I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. I actually started doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on Saturday afternoon, January 21st, and finished it on Friday afternoon, January 27th! It was a surprisingly complex jigsaw puzzle for me, despite taking only six days to complete. I immediately started a seventh jigsaw puzzle out of my giant box of twelve on Saturday afternoon, January 28th! After I finished it the next day - on Sunday night, January 29th - I immediately started a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of decorative boxes on Monday afternoon, January 30th!

So, as regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia which I finished on Monday, February 6th! Actually, it seemed like Ms. Reynolds was such a lovely, down-to-earth person. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her autobiography.

I immediately started reading The Remains by Vincent Zandri on Monday, February 6th. Actually, the synopsis definitely looks intriguing, although to be perfectly honest, I haven't gotten that far into the story yet. This is entirely due to my own 'blah' feelings, and has nothing to do with anything else. I intend to restart my reading some time very soon.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, February 6, 2017

Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia - Debbie: My Life

6. Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia (1988)
Length: 374 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started: 19 January 2017
Finished: 6 February 2017
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2001
Why do I have it? I like non-fiction and had read and enjoyed Unsinkable: A Memoir by the same author in the past. However, David Patrick Columbia is a new author for me.

Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas in April of 1932 - the child who would eventually become known as Debbie Reynolds - wasn't planning on ever having a career in Hollywood. Although she grew up in poverty, Debbie was catapulted to fame at a very young age - when she won the 'Miss Burbank' Beauty Pageant at the age of sixteen. What had started out as a chance to win some new clothes, also earned Debbie a screen test with Warner Brothers Studios. And so began the acting career of Debbie Reynolds.

From the very beginning, her fans identified with her and called her 'the kid' - the kid with guts, the kid with personality, the kid sister - and to movie audiences she was truly 'America's Sweetheart'. As Hollywood's reigning ingenue, Debbie Reynolds was the fresh-faced embodiment of American grace and gumption. Throughout her career, starring in such film classics as: Singin' in the Rain, How the West Was Won, Tammy and the Bachelor, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Debbie always portrayed a sassy, spunky, and bright personality. Yet behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood - beyond the dazzling spotlight of instant fame - was a young woman thrown into the starmaking machine, and whose only hope was to achieve personal happiness for herself.

Now, taking readers inside her private world, Debbie tells it all: about an extraordinary life spent in the limelight - the tears, the laughter, and the bitter moments of her career - all is revealed in this candid, funny, and gutsy self-portrait. She reveals the real story behind her marriage to Eddie Fisher - a marriage that blew apart when he began a torrid love affair with Elizabeth Taylor - and abandoned Debbie to the hurricane winds of a sensational white-hot scandal. Here, too, is a startling expose of the years spent with her second husband Harry Karl - a compulsive gambler and womanizer who left her in a state of financial ruin.

Yet there are also so many wonderful memories as well - star-studded recollections from the Golden Era of Hollywood: memories made with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, Bette Davis and Robert Wagner; the famous movies and movie moguls; as well as her hardwon, yet enduring relationship with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. As the last of the red-hot troupers, Debbie Reynolds has lived through it all: the hard times and the happy times, and she has somehow managed to retain her dauntless determination to make her dreams come true. This is so much more than just the saga of a legendary Hollywood star, it is also the fascinating and poignant story of a true survivor - someone who has emerged from her various trials and tribulations, perhaps somewhat battered, but ultimately triumphantly resilient.

Despite reading Ms. Reynolds second autobiography back in April of 2016 - after her recent passing in December of 2016 - I wanted to read her first autobiography. Actually, I found that this book focused more on her hard-scrabble childhood and in my opinion, she held nothing back. I must admit that I found Ms. Reynolds to be a wonderful person, lovingly honest and surprisingly forgiving - to be perfectly honest, perhaps more forgiving than I would be if I were in her circumstances.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although if I did have any problems with it, it would probably be that Ms. Reynolds tended to drop names of stars into the story fairly frequently. Although having said that, I suppose that this would certainly be something to be expected when a bonafide Hollywood legend writes her autobiography. I would definitely give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Actually, it Has Been a Couple of Tough Days For my Family!

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!

So, back on Wednesday afternoon, January 18th, Mareena and I got together with our good friend Lisa and we went to a barbecue place up in Saratoga called PJ's Bar-B-Qsa. Actually, we also went back on Friday afternoon, February 3rd and so have gone there a total of three times already. It is actually quite a wonderful little place and the food is really tasty! We just sat and talked and ate together.

Since Mareena and I enjoyed both movies that we watched on the 'On Demand' Channel about two or three weeks ago, we are trying to decide if we want to make the practice a monthly occurrence or not. As it stands now, we may choose one movie to watch on the 'On Demand' Channel each month; or perhaps two if the mood strikes us. There are several movies that seem to be very interesting.

I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 90 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I haven't really finished an entire sum-doku puzzle book from my collection since Saturday, December 3rd - I have been working through partial puzzles from the moderately difficult to extremely difficult levels!

I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. I actually started doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on Saturday afternoon, January 21st, and finished it on Friday afternoon, January 27th! It was a surprisingly complex jigsaw puzzle for me, despite taking only six days to complete. I immediately started a seventh jigsaw puzzle out of my giant box of twelve on Saturday afternoon, January 28th! I'm hoping to finish this puzzle fairly soon.

So, as regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was One True Thing: A Novel by Anna Quindlen, which I finished on Monday, January 30th! I initially had two copies of this book in my library, and I read it for the first time over ten days in November of 2010 - from November 16th, to November 26th, 2010! I'm sure that someone else would definitely enjoy reading this book as much as I have, so I have posted my second copy of this book on the several book swapping websites that we belong to.

I recently started reading Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia on Thursday, January 19th! After putting the book aside for a while, according to Goodreads - as of yesterday, February 3rd, I've actually read 205 pages out of 446 in Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia; or approximately 46 percent. Since my own copy of Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia actually has 374 pages in it; reading 205 pages means that I have read approximately 55 percent. Actually, I'm really enjoying reading this book; although, I'm also noticing that Ms. Reynolds is a bit of a name dropper.

Actually, I have absolutely no idea what happened this afternoon, but our downstairs tenant Pamela just came upstairs and handed me five books by a new author for me named Vincent Zandri. Pamela said that our next door neighbor had given her the books and had told her that he understood that someone who lived there liked to read and review books. The man didn't say exactly who he was - or how he knew that we read and review books - but he also said that now that he knew that there would be more books coming!

So I had Mareena do a little research, and while Mr. Zandri's biography does say that he divides his time between Florence, Italy and Albany, New York we still don't really know if he is our next door neighbor. Although while she was surfing the Internet for more information about Vincent Zandri, Mareena discovered that he had written a book called Orchard Grove. LOL!!! Who knows, we may actually live next door to an author, but never knew it!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For January 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 January with 1,061 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,056 books unread. Also, it would appear that for the first time this year, I didn't receive any new books! Oh, my goodness! - :)

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- A Wayside Tavern by Norah Lofts
- Treasures by Belva Plain
- One True Thing: A Novel by Anna Quindlen

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
- What Happened to Sophie Wilder: A Novel by Christopher R. Beha

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
- Ripley's Believe it or Not!: Ghost Stories and Plays by Ripley's Enterprises, Inc.
- A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
- What Happened to Sophie Wilder: A Novel by Christopher R. Beha
- Trade-Off by Harrison Arnston

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

Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1,739
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was January. 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, January 31, 2017

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


One True Thing: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
  Published as: One True Thing in 1994
Publisher: Random House



Birth Name: Anna Marie Quindlen
Born: 8 July 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Canonical Name: Anna Quindlen
Pseudonyms: None

One True Thing: A Novel by Anna Quindlen was the fifth book that I read in 2017. I have had two copies of this book on my TBR shelf since March 5, 2010. The reread of this book took me six days and I have since placed it on all the book swapping websites that I belong to.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight