Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joan Mendlicott - The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel

15. The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love: A Novel by Joan Mendlicott (2000)
The Ladies of Covington Series Book 1
Length: 371 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 12 June 2017
Finished: 18 June 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 5 June 2017
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

The harsh circumstances of life have brought together three very different women of "a certain age" in a Pennsylvania boardinghouse where the most any of them can hope for is a sagging bed and three square meals a day. Grace Singleton is an extraordinarily cautious woman who remains uncertain of her place in such an intimidating world; Hannah Parrish may be outspoken about a great many things, but she harbors a profoundly private fear that could change her life forever; Amelia Declose is a fragile soul who has been shattered by devastating grief. These three ladies may be as different as can be, yet their friendship will ultimately lead them all to experience the adventure of their lifetimes.

Their friendship will take take them on an extraordinary journey to North Carolina - and to a dilapidated farmhouse where the unexpected suddenly seems delightfully promising. Such startling changes will not only seem entirely welcome, but also come as a sweet surprise to each woman. As each lady travels along on this shared adventure, they will be surprised to find that the years they have managed to reclaim from the shadows of twilight just may be the best years of their lives. Years which will offer something infinitely more precious and rare: confidence, competence, and even another chance at love...

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; in my opinion, it is a truly delightful story. This was certainly easy reading for me, but there was just enough going on in the plot to hold my attention all the way through the story. While this isn't completely a 'fluffy, feel good' story, I appreciated that it also wasn't entirely dark and depressing - I would give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, June 12, 2017

Anne Tyler - Celestial Navigation

14. Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler (1974)
Length: 248 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 2 June 2017
Finished: 12 June 2017
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 June 2017
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

In the fall of 1960, Amanda Pauling is surprised when she and her sister Laura receive a disturbing phone call from their younger brother in the middle of the night. According to Jeremy's relatively matter-of-fact tone, "I wanted to tell you about Mama. She has passed on." His reaction just seems awfully peculiar given the circumstances; distant and strangely unemotional.

Actually, Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He is a thirty-eight-year-old bachelor who lives simply and quietly on the top floor of his mother's Baltimore boardinghouse. Meanwhile, his elderly mother putters around in the rooms below, and takes in a few down-on-their-luck boarders for little or no rent. Mother and son have lived together in this way for several years - Jeremy quietly creating his vast collection of collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper, and his mother taking responsibility for everything else in their lives.

Amanda was never particularly close to their mother herself, but she is surprised that her brother's voice sounds so passive as he speaks about their mother's death. He just seems totally baffled by the situation; and racked by uncertainties about what he should do next. Apparently, this is another reason why he has called his sisters: to ask them to make the proper arrangements. It appears that their mother died suddenly and left Jeremy alone.

To be perfectly honest, Amanda has always felt slightly resentful of their mother's relationship with her only son. In her opinion, the relationship was an inordinately close one; fostered by the sudden abandonment of their father. In the aftermath of her husband's abandonment of herself and their family, she appears to care more about her son's emotional wellbeing; than she does for both of her daughters'. As children, Jeremy always seemed to get the majority of their mother's attention; while Amanda and Laura were basically expected to fend for themselves.

Amanda firmly believes that their mother's persistent coddling of him only made Jeremy's eccentric behavior worse. She never seemed to expect very much from her son, and so Jeremy never felt that he needed to act any differently. Amanda truly believes that his strangeness can be overcome - he just needs to take responsibility for himself, and stop living in his own little world. Although, Jeremy has always disliked having to live like normal people.

Their mother only ever saw Jeremy's eccentric behavior as a sign of his creativity. He's an extraordinarily talented artist, yet he has always had significant trouble connecting with the outside world. Amanda secretly hopes that their mother's death will be just the impetus Jeremy needs to pull himself together and take responsibility for his own life.

Perhaps...But Amanda doesn't realize just how closely Jeremy resembles one of his own creations - a soul that is fragile and easily damaged. And neither of his sisters fully understand just how much courage it takes for Jeremy to voluntarily interact with the outside world. As a matter of fact, nobody can see how much Jeremy's life will change with the sudden arrival of Mary Tell and her little girl, Darcy.

I must say that this book wasn't anything like Anne Tyler's typical works. In my opinion, this was an intriguing story and a unique premise. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would certainly give this book an A! I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For May 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 May with 1,058 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,055 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Penny Dell Puzzles and Bookmooch.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest
- Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth

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 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22) by Dell Magazines
- Tutankhamun: The Untold Story by Thomas Hoving

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb
- Secrets by Danielle Steel
- Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth

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: 852
Grade Range: A+!

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May'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. May's Book of the Month is: 


Published as: Back When we Were Grownups in July 2001
Publisher: Ballantine Books



Birth Name: Anne Tyler
Born: 25 October 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Canonical Name: Anne Tyler
Pseudonyms: None

Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler was the thirteenth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since July 1, 2010 and the reread took me seven days to finish. This book is a definite keeper for me.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, May 26, 2017

I'm Not Sure When, But There May be a Trip to the Library in the Cards!

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 201 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 36 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 don't know if I have finished all the puzzles as yet, but I think that I'm well on my way to doing that.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler which I finished on Friday, May 19th! The next book on my TBR pile that I started reading on Friday, May 19th was The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri! Mareena's birthday is also coming up very soon, and as usual we may be going to our local library's book sale to celebrate.

I have to say that The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri isn't quite like the typical contemporary mysteries that I usually read. In my opinion, this is a cross between a hard-boiled detective story and an archeological mystery. To be perfectly honest, I'm not that far into the story yet - but I am curious to see how it develops.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm Slowly Getting Back Into Reading by Rewriting Some of my 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.

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 198 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 30 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! As of this morning - Tuesday, May 23rd - I've done approximately nine of those ten puzzles! What can I say, I just can't help myself - :)

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler which I finished on Friday, May 19th! I'm going to have to do some rewriting of this review as it is a reread for me from almost seven years ago. The next book on my TBR pile that I started reading on Friday, May 19th was The Shroud Key by Vincent Zandri!

I have to say that this book isn't quite like the typical contemporary mysteries that I usually read. In my opinion, this is a cross between a hard-boiled detective story and an archeological mystery. To be perfectly honest, I'm not that far into the story yet - but I am curious to see how it develops.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, May 19, 2017

Anne Tyler - Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel

Reread. Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler (2001)
Length: 284 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Originally Read: 7 July 2010
Reread Finished: 19 May 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from a Library Book Sale, then from my "keeper" shelf.

When I had almost finished reading Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth, I decided to look through the three remaining books that Mareena had pulled off my bookshelf a couple of weeks ago. I finally settled on this book and started reading it on Thursday, May 11th although I actually restarted it again the next day. I'm surprised that it took me this long to read this again because it's such a great book!

I had originally acquired this book from a Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to in July of 2010 and read it for the first time over six days in July of 2010 - from July 1st, to July 7th! My reread of the book took place almost seven years later, over a week in May of 2017 - from May 12th, to May 19th! Since I have read this book at least twice, I have put the book back on my bookshelf and will probably read it one more time.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In Between Reading, There Are Puzzles That Still Need Doing!

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! Anyway, I'm happy to say that as of Monday morning, May 15th, I've finished reading two books and am well into a third.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 192 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 18 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! As of this morning - Wednesday, May 17th - I've done approximately eight of those ten puzzles! What can I say, I just can't help myself - :)

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth which I finished on Tuesday, May 9th! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it was an unusual premise and was a relatively easy read for me. I also just chose my next book that I want to read on Friday, May 12th: Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler. This book has been on my TBR pile since July 1st, 2010 and I have already read the book once - over six days in July of 2010 - from July 1st, to July 7th, 2010.

I'm really enjoying reading this book, it's such a wonderfully poignant story and the main character has an extraordinary sense of humor. In my opinion, she is such a charming character. Now I'm off to rewrite a couple of my previous reviews!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm Really Settling Into a Better Reading Routine!

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! Anyway, I'm happy to say that as of Monday morning, May 15th, I've finished reading two books and am well into a third.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 190 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! I immediately opened the package that afternoon and started doing some of the puzzles already.

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I have watched several movies dealing with historical events. While I love watching movies about history, I don't think I have watched as many movies as I have over the past two months. The most recent one was Thirteen Days - a movie that was released in 2000 and starred Bruce Greenwood, Stephen Culp and Kevin Costner. It was about the Cuban Missile Crisis, which took place over thirteen days in October of 1962 - from October 16th, to October 28th - and the movie was broadcast on Friday night, April 28th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth which I finished on Tuesday, May 9th! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it was an unusual premise and was a relatively easy read for me. I also just chose my next book that I want to read on Friday, May 12th: Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler. This book has been on my TBR pile since July 1st, 2010 and I have already read the book once - over six days in July of 2010 - from July 1st, to July 7th, 2010.

According to Goodreads - as of today, May 15th - I've actually read 47 pages out of 304 in Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler; or approximately 15 percent. Since my own copy of Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler actually has 284 pages in it; reading 47 pages means that I have read approximately 17 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, May 12, 2017

It's my Eighth Blogiversary!




Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day for yourselves! :) Yes, today is my Eighth Blogiversary! Eight Years?!?! Whoo Hoo. Party time! :)

I checked on an anniversary website and found out that the traditional gifts to celebrate eight years together is to give your partner something made of Bronze or Pottery. The more modern gift is to give your partner is either Linen or Lace. The eighth anniversary gemstone is tourmaline, tanzanite, or aventurine, the anniversary color is bronze, and the flower that you usually give your partner on your eighth anniversary together is either Clematis - which represents cleverness, ingenuity, pretense and intelligence, or Lilac - which symbolizes the emotions of young love, beauty, pride, humility, confidence and youthfulness.


Clematis (also known as Traveler's Joy, Virgin's Bower, Old Man's Beard, Leather Flower, Vase Vine or Pepper Vine) is a genus of about 300 species within the Buttercup family. Hybrids of this particular flower have always been extremely popular among gardeners - beginning with a variety known as Jackman's Clematis - a garden standard since 1862; with many other varieties being produced constantly. Although they are mainly of Chinese and Japanese origin, most species are known as Clematis in English. The genus name originally comes from Ancient Greek, and clématis as it is known, actually translates to "a climbing plant."

There are over 250 species and chosen cultivars of this flower already known, and these are often named after their originators or particular characteristics. The genus is composed of mostly vigorous, woody, climbing flowering vines; although the woody stems are quite fragile until several years old. The leaves of the clematis are divided into leaflets and leafstalks that are capable of twisting and curling around supporting structures to help anchor the plant as it climbs. Some of the species of this plant are shrubby, while others grow into herbaceous perennial plants.

These particular species are mainly found throughout the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, although rarely in the tropics. They grow best in full sun, surrounded by cool, moist, well-drained soil. The leaves of the clematis plant provide a food source for a variety of caterpillars - including a particular type of moth known as the Willow Beauty. The cooler temperate species of clematis are of the deciduous variety, while many of the warmer climate species are evergreen.

While wild clematis is native to China, this particular species had also made its way into Japanese gardens by the 17th century. Japanese garden selections were the first exotic clematises to reach European gardens by the 18th century - which was long before the Chinese species were identified in their native habitat by the late 19th century. During the Victorian era - in a time made famous for its nuanced flower symbolism - clematis had acquired several meanings by the time the flower had arrived in Europe; it came to symbolize both artistic and mental beauty, as well as poverty.

Although the European variety of clematis was never incorporated into the herbalists' pharmacopeia, the Western White Clematis was quite prevalent all throughout the American Old West. While the entire genus contains essential oils and compounds that are extremely irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, Spanish colonials had occasionally used small quantities of the seeds and the acrid leaves of the plant as a pepper substitute. Early pioneers and travelers followed their advice, and so nicknamed the Western White Clematis, the Pepper Vine.

Ingesting large quantities of clematis compounds can actually cause internal bleeding of the digestive tract, and so some species of the plant are considered essentially toxic. As a matter of fact, when gardening and dealing with the clematis plant in general it is a good idea to always wear gloves. However, despite the plant's toxicity, Native Americans found that using very small amounts of clematis were an effective remedy for migraine headaches and nervous disorders. Clematis is also an effective treatment for skin infections.


Lilac is a species of flowering plant in the olive family. Although they are native to the Balkan Peninsula, this species is widely cultivated as ornamental and has also been naturalized throughout other parts of Europe such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy, as well as much of North America. It is not considered a particularly aggressive species, usually found growing wild in widespread scattered sites, generally in the vicinity of past or present areas of human habitation. In fact, the lilac is a very popular ornamental plant for gardens and parks to use because of its attractive, sweet-smelling flowers which bloom in early summer.

These flowers can be found in three primary colors: Lilac, Mauve, and occasionally White. Although a smaller variety of lilac known as the Persian Lilac had been introduced into northern European gardens from the Ottomans by the 16th century, lilacs had been introduced to the American colonies by the 18th century. The Lilac has been widely naturalized in northern and western Europe; and as a sign of the Lilac's complete naturalization in North America, it has been chosen as the state flower of New Hampshire.


I originally started reading Back When we Were Grownups: A Novel by Anne Tyler on 11 May 2017, although I chose to restart my reading just this morning - 12 May 2017. This is actually a reread for me from about six and a half years ago - as I originally read the book for the first time in July of 2010. I initially acquired this book from a Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to in July of 2010; specifically on July 1st, 2010.

Anne Tyler (born 25 October 1941) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer and literary critic. She is the author of 20 novels, three of which - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985), and Breathing Lessons (1988) were chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. While all three of these novels are perhaps Ms. Tyler's best-known works, Breathing Lessons actually won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. The eldest of four children, Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Her father was an industrial chemist and her mother was a social worker. The Tylers were Quakers, very active with social causes in the Midwest and the South. As a matter of fact, Ms. Tyler spent four years of her childhood - from ages seven to eleven - as part of a Quaker community in Celo, in the mountains of North Carolina, near the town of Burnsville.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Philip Roth - Indignation: A Novel

12. Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth (2008)
Length: 233 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Started: 6 May 2017
Finished: 9 May 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 historical fiction and had read and enjoyed The Ghost Writer by the same author in the past.

In 1951, during the second year of the Korean War, an intensely studious young man has just transferred from Newark, New Jersey to begin his sophomore year on the highly conservative campus of Winesburg College in Ohio. As the son of a kosher butcher, Marcus Messner finds that he can no longer take his father's attitude towards him. It would seem as if Marcus' father - the once-sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher - has become increasingly fearful for his beloved son. While Marcus' harried, long-suffering mother claims that his father's apprehension only stems from his immense love and pride in Marcus and his many accomplishments, the young man can no longer deny that his father's treatment of him has produced too much tension in their relationship.

To Marcus, the once jovial and diligent store-owner seems to have changed almost overnight. His inexplicable anxiety seems to stem primarily from the man's misperceptions about the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers that he imagines lurks around every corner for his beloved boy. It is this eccentric behavior that finally forces Marcus to move far away from his parents; as he believes that he can no longer endure their stifling behavior. So Marcus leaves the local college where he is originally enrolled and transfers to the pastoral, illustrious and elite campus of Ohio's Winesburg College.

It is in this midwestern college, where Marcus must find his own way among the customs and constrictions of a completely different world. Philip Roth's twenty-ninth novel Indignation, is a remarkable departure from his more recent books; this is a story of inexperience, foolishness, sexual discovery, intellectual resistance, courage, personal integrity, and error. It is a powerful story told with all the inventiveness and wit that the author has at his command.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; although I cannot adequately explain what I liked most about the story. In my opinion, it was a easy read for me, and quite a unique story. I found myself avidly wanting to know what would happen next and how the story would eventually develop. I would certainly give this book an A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, May 6, 2017

I'm on a Roll With 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. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! Although having said that, I will admit that my reading pace is beginning to pick up very slightly. I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

I'm actually still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 181 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! Actually, I've finished three jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 500-piece puzzle of four large cats playing on the desk in someone's study, which I finished on Sunday evening, April 30th!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I have watched several movies dealing with historical events. While I love watching movies about history, I don't think I have watched as many movies as I have over the past two months. The most recent one was Thirteen Days - a movie that was released in 2000 and starred Bruce Greenwood, Stephen Culp and Kevin Costner. It was about the Cuban Missile Crisis, which actually took place over thirteen days in October of 1962 - from October 16th, to October 28th - and the movie was broadcast on Friday night, April 28th!

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest which I finished on Thursday May 4th! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book again, but I also made sure to rewrite my review as well. I have just chosen my next book that I want to read: Indignation: A Novel by Philip Roth. This book has been on my TBR pile for about five months or so. It was actually one of Mareena's 'just because' gifts for December of 2016.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Judith Guest - Errands: A Novel

Reread. Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest (1997)
Length: 335 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Originally Read: 13 December 2009
Reread Finished: 4 May 2017
Where did it come from? Originally from a Library Book Sale, then from my "keeper" shelf.

So, as I have said before, Mareena actually chose this book for me. Well, I guess that I actually chose the book for myself, but Mareena had dug around on my bookshelf and grabbed four books that she knew I hadn't read in a long while. Both books that I had chosen to read again were too recent in my memory; at least once I had read the synopsis of each book. So, after some deliberation over the titles that Mareena offered me, I eventually chose this book to read.

I had originally acquired this book from a Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to in November of 2009 and read it for the first time over one day in December of 2009 - from December 12th, to December 13th! My reread of the book took place almost eight years later, over a week in April of 2017 - from April 27th, to May 4th! Since I have read this book at least twice, I have put the book back on my bookshelf and will probably read it one more time.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reading Wrap-up For April 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 April with 1,059 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,058 books unread. Also, it would appear that for the second 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

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Charming Billy: A Novel by Alice McDermott
- Changes by Danielle Steel
- Three Junes: A Novel by Julia Glass

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: 290
Grade Range: A!

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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


The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb
  Published as: The Vanishing in January 2014
Publisher: Hyperion Books



Birth Name: Wendy K. Webb
Born: in St. Louis Park, Minnesota 

Canonical Name: Wendy Webb
Pseudonyms: None

The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb was the tenth book that I read in 2017. I have had this book on my TBR pile since March 27, 2017 and it took me twenty-one days to read. I sent this book off to another good home on May 8, 2017

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Friday, April 28, 2017

I Think That my Reading Pace is Getting Back to Normal!

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. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

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 173 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, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. Actually, I've finished two jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 750-piece puzzle called 'Frederick the Literate' which I just finished on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb which I finished on Wednesday, April 19th! I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, despite taking such a long time to do so. Since I last wrote about my issues with finding another book to read, Mareena told me that the two books that I had chosen for myself - Abide With Me: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout and The Crooked Branch: A Novel by Jeanine Cummings were actually ones that I had read more recently than I thought!

So, Mareena dug out three or four books that I had read before, but much later than my choices. After much deliberation, I finally chose Errands: A Novel by Judith Guest to read again, and started it yesterday - Thursday, April 27th! I read this book for the first time back in December of 2009 - so, it has been almost eight years since I have read the book.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Once Again, Mareena Saves 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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

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 170 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, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. Actually, I've finished two jigsaw puzzles from my collection - the most recent one was a 750-piece puzzle called 'Frederick the Literate' which I just finished on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb which I finished on Wednesday, April 19th! I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, despite taking such a long time to do so. Since I last wrote about my issues with finding another book to read, Mareena told me that the two books that I had chosen for myself - Abide With Me: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout and The Crooked Branch: A Novel by Jeanine Cummings were actually ones that I had read more recently than I thought! Anyway, Mareena dug out three or four books that I had read before, but much later than my choices.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I'm Trying to Decide Which Book I Want to Read Next!

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. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

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 167 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, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. Actually, I just finished one 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of a turn-of-the-century town on Saturday afternoon, April 15th!

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

As regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb which I finished on Wednesday, April 19th! I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, despite taking such a long time to do so. I'm looking for a new book to read now, and so far nothing is catching my interest. I may have actually read too much!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gotta Love Those 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.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really been doing that much lately. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I had some really good news from my doctor on Thursday afternoon, so on my errand day the next day - Friday, April 14th - I decided to treat myself to a box of ten jigsaw puzzles.

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 161 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, I've finished my giant box of twelve - on Saturday afternoon, April 8th - and started doing some puzzles that are already in my collection. There are at least three other jigsaw puzzles on my radar.

As for watching intriguing movies, Mareena and I watched The Day Reagan Was Shot and S. O. S. Titanic on television. The first movie was released in 2001, but was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Thursday, March 30th! The second movie was originally broadcast over two days in September of 1979. It was broadcast on the 'Decades Channel' on Friday, April 14th - the 105-year anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic.

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 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. I'm a little surprised by my slow reading pace, but I am really enjoying this book anyway.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Contrary to Popular Belief, I'm Still Reading - Just Extraordinarily Slowly!

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. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! I do have a doctor's appointment later on today, 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 158 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, April 8th, at least - I've done all twelve jigsaw puzzles out of my box of twelve.

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. I'm a little surprised by my slow reading pace, but I am really enjoying this book anyway.

According to Goodreads - as of today, April 13th - I've actually read 120 pages out of 304 in The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb; or approximately 39 percent. Since my own copy of The Vanishing: A Novel by Wendy Webb actually has 290 pages in it; reading 120 pages means that I have read approximately 41 percent.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What is Happening to the Pace of 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. I'm not sick anymore, but I just haven't been able to get back to my normal book-a-day reading style - falling behind to a book-a-month pace is just not my style! 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 156 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, April 8th, at least - I've done all twelve jigsaw puzzles out of my box of twelve.

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. I'm a little surprised by my slow reading pace, but I am really enjoying this book anyway.

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 on Monday, March 27th! 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: 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