Friday, February 27, 2015

When "no" isn't the right answer

On Kindle, I'm currently reading AFTER THE WAR IS OVER by Jennifer Robson. Essentially a stand alone, the characters are connected to her previous book, SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE. Here's a description:
After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget. Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers? As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

Published in 2015, it has 384 pages. 

Other than the Friends of the NRA banquet hell-athon on Thursday, next week will actually be awesome. New book by C.S. Harris arrives on Tuesday (squee!!), along with DVDs of Outlander and Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1. Also on Tuesday, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to TV. On Wednesday, the second season of Broadchurch begins on BBCAmerica at last (woot!)!

No plans for the weekend to go anywhere. I would love to read, nap, listen to beautiful music. I'd like to do some throwing out of unneeded stuff in the house. I will for sure do laundry and vacuum and stuff. Sunday evening will be spent watching The Walking Dead.

Have a great weekend!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Underdog is REAL!

Gosh, I loved Underdog."Have no fear - Underdog is here!"

I had a great discussion with with a personal coach yesterday. Helped me focus on stuff in general. Just lovely to talk to someone like that.

Tonight, nothing on TV. I don't know, I MAY have a meeting for that frickin' Friends of the NRA fundraiser but I haven't been given any info on it yet. I hate last minute things.

It's okay, go to your happy place ....

Or, like me, you can try to recreate a library in your own home. Yeah.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Go awaaaaaaayyyyy!

Steve has shooting, I will read. I got suckered into helping at the Friends of the NRA banquet again after trying to say no. Bah. Chocolate was needed after that. Serious chocolate.

I was talking to a friend yesterday about classic movies and discovered he had seen very few. How shocking and sad. So then I was trying to think of what would be the three to five movies that I would recommend watching if someone was new to classic movies? It's a tough one. Perhaps:

Casablanca - it has Nazis, pickpockets, spies, Jewish refugees, a Russian bartender, a Bulgarian beauty and gambling, exit visas to kill for. Most of all, Casablanca has a great love story. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are lovers torn apart by duty in Paris, and reunited by desperation in Casablanca as World War II begins -- and she's married to a resistance hero. The question is, what is he willing to do to get her back? "Round up the usual suspects" and other fantastic quotes.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley.  "Miss Jean Louise. Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing."

From there, I toss around His Girl Friday, Gone with the Wind, Singin' in the Rain,  ... and then one starts to think of how far back does "classic" really mean? 60s? Sure. I think of Lawrence of Arabia. 70s? Maybe.  80s? That's 30 years ago already and in film that's olllllld. Raiders of the Lost Ark .....Should it only be black and white? Dramas?  It's really an impossible task.

Then I started thinking about classic BOOKS.... Argh!!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I think Coda and Ryker think the same


Looks like I'm re-reading CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters instead of yesterday's post. This is 1st of 19 in series featuring Amelia Peabody, a Victorian feminist Egyptologist. Here's a description:
Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father's fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she's headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.
 Published in 1975, it has 272 pages. I read this decades ago, maybe in the early 90s. Great characters and of course archeology. Somehow I stopped reading it somewhere in the middle, maybe when Ramses grew up. I saw it available on the digital library site and decided it would be fun to read it again.

I have the season finale of Agent Carter tonight to watch on TV.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ahhhhh, hot tubbing


I'm about to start A CRIMSON WARNING by Tasha Alexander. This is 6th of 9 in series featuring Lady Emily Ashton, a young widow in Victorian London. Description follows:
 Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward to enjoying the delights of the season. The delights, that is, as defined by her own eccentricities—reading The Aeneid, waltzing with her dashing husband, and joining the Women’s Liberal Federation in the early stages of its campaign to win the vote for women. But an audacious vandal disturbs the peace in the capital city, splashing red paint on the neat edifices of the homes of London’s elite. This mark, impossible to hide, presages the revelation of scandalous secrets, driving the hapless victims into disgrace, despair and even death. Soon, all of London high society is living in fear of learning who will be the next target, and Lady Emily and her husband, Colin, favorite agent of the crown, must uncover the identity and reveal the motives of the twisted mind behind it all before another innocent life is lost.

Published in 2011, it has 336 pages.  I've tried to read this a couple times since it came out but just couldn't make it past the first few pages. I will try again. This is a digital loan from the library.

I didn't watch much of the Academy Awards last night, just bits and pieces of the last hour. I did catch the last part of Lady Gaga's performance of Sound of Music. I'm not a GaGa fan, but she was superb:

Just completely impressive.

Nothing on TV for me tonight so I hope to read.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oh heckyeah

We made it!  Woot!

Supposed to be cold this weekend so I don't have any plans beyond the usual cleaning, with occasional reading, napping and watching Dr. Who. And we've got The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead on Sunday.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Whatever it is. I'm watching you.


I read a quick digital, NEVER FORGOTTEN by Terri Reid. This was 3rd of 14 in series featuring Mary O'Reilly, former Chicago cop and now PI who's able to see dead people. Here's a description:
Mary O'Reilly is a private investigator who can see and speak with ghosts. She and her boyfriend, Police Chief Bradley Alden, are celebrating Christmas when a ghost shows up, clearly a victim of a brutal beating and murder. All the signs point to domestic abuse and Mary signs on to investigate to get the truth. The only problem is, although Mary knows she's dead, there's no proof and there's no body to be found. Meanwhile, the town has been under a curse for the last four years. It turns out that 12 men of public service, cops, firefighters, etc... have died of unknown causes with similar symptoms before their deaths, and Bradley has just come down with the symptoms. With Bradley sick, it's up to Mary alone to solve two murder cases, but along the way she comes up with some surprising help from the otherworld, including Bradley's dead wife

Published 2011, it has 245 pages. 

About to start BLOOD ON THE WATER by Anne Perry. This is 20th of 21 in series featuring William Monk in Victorian London. Here's a description:
Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers. The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk. Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman? Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers—but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target.

Published in 2014, it has 321 pages. This is a digital loan from the library.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster