Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Waiting for Friday before a 3-day weekend....



I didn't get any reading done of the Penny book. Maybe it will happen tonight, eh? Definitely this weekend.

What is your "one perfect thing"? That something that if it were gone it could not be replaced and you would be devastated. This was a question posed on a writers' website that I thought was interesting. For one, it was her perfect coat; another it was the best teapot she ever had, and another it was the suitcase that was like Hermione's bottomless bag....  I thought of maybe my Kindle but truly I could live with just having books again though the convenience of the e-reader is fantastic. My "little black book" of what I've read since 2000? Hmmm. I may have to think about this some more.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just darn pretty (though they're icky)



My Louise Penny book finally arrived last night ... at 8:00!! Not happy with UPS. And it's not even Christmas or any other excuse. Bah.

I have gotten hooked on the show, Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC. Not that I care about the celebrities that are participating but I like hearing the stories and mostly about how they are gathering the information, i.e., the archives here or the state documents there. But tonight I'm torn; it appears to be episodes I've not seen before so I could potential be planted in front of the TV for hours and I have the season finale of Motive ... but I wanna read.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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