Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I just wanna snuggle

Better Than a Bucket


I will be starting THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny tonight. It is being delivered today. This is 10th of 10 in series featuring Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, in the village of Three Pines, in southern Quebec, Canada. Here is a description:

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.” While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river.  To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.    

Published 2014, it has 384 pages. I'm happy happy happy to have this to read tonight! Love this series. She writes so beautifully.

On Kindle, I'm reading RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson. This is the first of a trilogy. Here's a description:

For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic "alchemists," Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life...and death. The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Published in 1993, it has 519 pages. This is a digital loan from the library.  I started to read this a way long time ago but I would say I wasn't ready for it. Maybe now is the time.

Speaking of big books, my digital loan of ATLAS SHRUGGED expired so I have set that aside for the moment until it comes around again. I do have it in book form but at over 1000 pages, I would rather not haul that around when the Kindle is so much easier.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, August 22, 2014

Go away, kids, ya bother me ... rahr!




Oh what a lovely, dark, rainy day. Brilliant.

And the books keep stacking up. I received an order from Amazon yesterday, the new Susanna Gregory featuring Matthew Bartholomew, physician, and his colleague Brother Michael, titled DEATH OF A SCHOLAR. It wasn't due for release until September 1st, but occasionally publishers are early and here it is. I expect to hear tomorrow that the new Louise Penny, THE LONG WAY HOME, has shipped and will arrive on Tuesday.

So in the immediate TBR, from the library, I have:

VISIONS by Kelley Armstrong
THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian
MAISIE DOBBS by Jacqueline Winspear
THE LAST KASHMIRI ROSE by Barbara Cleverly
DIVING INTO THE WRECK by Kristine Katheryn Rusch
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS by Daisy Goodwin
LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE by Diana Gabaldon

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oh hi. Nothing. Doing nothing.

Dat Look


It got to be a little dark and rainy today. Hooray!!  Supposed to be that way on Saturday too.

And along those lines ... when it rains it pours ... when it comes to the library. I have three books from the digital loan -- they are all 14-day loans in various stages of having to be done. and I have three 14-day regular books to read. And my TBR. Something has to give .... sleep or work? Hmmmm.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey, can someone help me get this off?

Bear Cub's First Clam Dance


Change of reading plan. A hold from the library came up. AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE by Charles Todd. This is 6th of 6 in series featuring Bess Crawford, a British army nurse in WWI. Here's a description:

 Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry. Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he’s killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened—that a patient in her charge has committed murder—become more important to Bess than her own future.

Published in 2014, it has 352 pages.

I may end up watching So Who Do You Think You Are tonight on TV, we'll see.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stop moving! I'm trying to sleep here.



About to start THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP by Alex Grecian. This is 3rd of 3 in series featuring nspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith, of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad, in 1890s London. Here's a description:

London, 1890. A small group of the city’s elite, fed up with the murder rate, have made it their business to capture violent criminals and mete out their own terrible brand of retribution. Now they are taking it a step further: They have arranged for four murderers to escape from prison, and into the group’s hands. But the plan goes wrong. The killers elude them, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad to hunt the convicts down before they can resume their bloody spree. But the Murder Squad may already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family. And that isn’t even the worst of it. During the escape, one of the killers has stumbled upon the location of another notorious murderer, one thought gone for good, but who is now prepared to join forces with them.

Published 2014, it has 400 pages.  This is another 14-day book from the library.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm up; I'm here.


I'm currently reading DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS by Margaret Maron. This is 19th of 19 in series featuring Deborah Knott, district judge in North Carolina. Here's a description:

When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing Aunt Rachel's bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully when she arrives at the hospice center she learns that Rachel hasn't passed; in fact, the dying woman is awake. Surrounded by her children, her extended family, and what seems like half of Colleton County, a semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. 

Published 2014, it has 320 pages. I don't read mysteries to try to figure whodunnit before the end but I pretty much feel I know who it is in this one. We'll see. What I do love about this series is the interactions and the "southern-ness" with her huge extended family. This is a loan from the library.

The weekend was okay. I finally watched the Divergent movie via On Demand. It was all right. Of course, the book (and trilogy) was way better.

Nothing really on TV for me tonight (that will change big time sometime in September) so I'm hoping I can read. I have several library books out, both book and digital, right now.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday .... yeah....



Woot! The weekend at last!

I was thinking about memories and that I don't really have great details of memories of kidhood. My kidhood was the 70s. Here's some visuals of what I do remember:

This owl seemed to be EVERYWHERE:





I loved Shawn Cassidy (and Leif Garret who is oh so gross now so I don't like to think about it) (and Erik Estrada ... never mind) and if you were cool you had a satin jacket like this (baby blue was the best):
 
 My sister had one of these radios, orange:
 

The makers of this show must have been on serious drugs:
 




The perfumes:


Actually one of the best sets of curlers:
 

I wasn't allowed to watch this show because it was considered too racy:


This was MY 8-track and I loved it:
 

This was on in between cartoons on Saturdays and we learned stuff (I still love them):
 

This came out and everybody was talking about it when I was in the 5th grade:
 

I read this in the 5th grade (my mom didn't know about it):
Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt were mostly approved:

This was the best TV dinner:

This was very popular:




 We had a set just like this (didn't everybody?):
 Remember doing Iowa Basics in school? Or SRA reading program?


I had that flavor.

I was a Campfire girl with my friends and worked toward earning beads to put on a vest:

Puffy stickers

.... and I'm spent.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster