Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Mid-Event Survey

I really got a late start after sleeping in a bit this morning. It was rough night at work last night. I ran my weekend errands first and then started reading. My plan was to read most of the night but I forgot we have dog class tomorrow morning. Hopefully I will get some reading done before bed time.

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

2. How many books have you read so far? 0

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The book I am reading, The illustrated Harry Potter, and the audiobook of Go Set A Watchman.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Dexter is a huge distraction. He hates anything that takes my attention away from him. He got a new ball today and has had lots of extra treats.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? The amount of people participating amazes me! I think it is fantastic to see how the Read-a-thon has grown!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Introduction Meme

I am going to be participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon again this year. It is by far my favorite readathon. I do have errands to run this morning so I won't be starting until I get them done. It's a great day for, and crisp. The perfect day to curl up in my favorite sweats and read!

Introductory Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Chilly Southeastern Wisconsin

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? It's a across between The Illustrated Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling and the audiobook of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I am throwing some chicken and dumplings in the crockpot this morning. I miss home cooked meals since I work nights.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a mom to three fantastic adult children. We have a 10 month old puppy named Dexter who keeps us extremely busy these days.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? My goal is to read when I can and to just have fun.

I will be back in a bit after running errands.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I Am Here

I am here...kind of. It has been a long time dear friends. I didn't mean to vanish off the planet but life happened. What have I been up to since last year?

My mother turned 90 this year. It has not been an easy year for her. Cancer is back and there is not much that can be done. She is doing good but some days are harder than others.

February was a rough month. We said good bye to my Mother-in-Law and our dear dog, Jake. It was a very sad month. I still miss them both. My mother-in-law was always full of interesting stories and was a real character. Jake took a big part of my heart with him. Some days I still cry for him. He was my guy!

Our home was empty without a dog so we adopted this little guy. We named him Dexter. He was rescued from down south. He was brought up on a transport of puppies from a kill shelter. He has been quite the handful but he does bring life and joy to our home. We were told he was a hound mix and would be 80-100 pounds when full grown. Lucky for us they were wrong. We have no clue what he is. He is now 10 months and is around 46 pounds.

There hasn't been much reading going on here. I am still working full time, second shift. I have been feeling the void of not reading and blogging. I am not sure how much I will be around but I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I have some books that I am excited to get to and I am trying out Audible.

I hope to check out everyone's blogs. I do glance at blogs through feedly and/or Bloglovin. I sure have missed you all and I look forward to catching up!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Still working on The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

2. How many books have you read so far? I haven't finished one yet

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I am thinking of buying the new Jodi Picoult book for my e-reader for my next read

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Oh the interruptions....the dog goes out, the dog goes in, the dog has an accident...just doing the best we can and hoping he starts feeling better soon

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am always surprised at how many new readers and blogs I find each time there is a readathon.

11th Hour Update

Pages read- 82

Food and drinks consumed- soup, apricot vanilla creme tea

How many time I have put the dog out- at least 100

I have not gotten a lot of reading done. I have read about 82 pages. The poor dog is having a time. We go in and out quite a bit. He's not made it out the door a few times so I have been shampooing carpet. Let's hope his antibiotic kicks in soon. I have had fun checking out goodreads. I hope to get more reading done soon.

Today is Read-a-thon day! I will be participating but I have to make an early run to the vet with the dog. As soon as I get back I will be reading! See you soon!

Okay I am back from the vet and ready to read! The dog has a bladder infection which is what I was expecting her to say. I came home and gave him his meds and started a pot of soup. I am ready to go. I will update on this post all day. I think I will start with the opening meme since I missed out on it.


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am in Wisconsin.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I am thinking about treating myself to Jodi Picoult's new read today. I am going to try to finish my current book first, The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The soup I have simmering in my ninja!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I I recently took in 2 rescue kitties which brings me up to 4 cats in my home. Our two new additions have brought quite a bit of life to our home. Between my adults kids, my furkids and my job, I keep pretty busy these days!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I am getting a late start since I had to make and unexpected trip to the vet but I should be able to stay up pretty late since I am a second shifter. I have participated in the read-a-thon about 9 times and I have learned the best approach is a laid back approach.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I'm Back!

I cannot believe it has been a year since I have posted. I did not mean to take a long break. Life sometimes happens.

Last fall my mom was diagnosed with another type of cancer unrelated to her lymphoma. This time radiation was to be the treatment. She went everyday for about 6 weeks. She also gave up her drivers license so she requires more of our time right now. My mom always was running with us kids so now it is our time to give back. My mom is doing well. For an 89 year old woman, she has a lot of spunk.

My son and his fiance also were planning a spring wedding. They planned a wonderful, fun wedding. Those are Green Bay Packer shoes on her feet! They are a fun couple! My new daughter-in-law is just a joy! I couldn't be happier for them!

Reading has not been happening for me, I have tried but my mind just couldn't concentrate with all that was going on. I also have been a workaholic which has resulted in a horrible case of Planters Fasciitis. I think it is time to slow down and get back to what I love - reading. I am going through my toppling tbr pile and plan on digging in.

Hopefully, you will be hearing from me more often now. I hope you all are well. I am looking forward to reading blogs and hearing all about new reads! I feel like I have missed out on so many books!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mailbox Monday October 14

Happy Monday! I haven't posted a Mailbox Monday post since July so my pile may seem large but these books came over a few months. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Gina of Book Dragon's Lair.

A Man of His Own by Susan Wilson (courtesy of Macmillan Audio)

Someone by Alice McDermott (courtesy of Macmillan Audio)

Morning Glory by Sarah Jio
(courtesy of Librarything Early Reviewers)

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (courtesy of St. Martin's Press)

Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly
(courtesy of William Morrow)

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
(courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton
(courtesy of Librarything Early Reviewers)

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
(courtesy of Random House)

The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
(courtesy of St. Martin's Press)

What wonderful reads made their way into your home?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books; First Edition edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670025836
ISBN-13: 978-0670025831


A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Beth Hoffman a novelist to whom readers will return again and again as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson.

My Thoughts

When Beth Hoffman's first book, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt started showing up around the blogosphere, I knew I had to read it. The synopsis spoke to me. I read it and fell in love with the characters. Beth Hoffman is not only an excellent author but she is a wonderful person as well. She is so supportive to us bloggers and she is as down to earth as he characters she writes about.

I was so excited when I saw Beth had a new book coming out. It was released in May. I apologize profusely for taking so long to write this review but life has been so crazy for me this year. Let me tell you though, Looking For Me is just as fantastic as Saving CeeCee Honeycutt!

The storyline in Looking For Me has many layers and a bit of mystery. Teddi Overman follows her dreams from Kentucky to Charleston where she opens an antique shop. Teddi is a bit of a magician. She takes peoples trash and magically transforms it into treasures. She is successful but yet she is missing something in her life. Her brother, Josh mysteriously disappeared and his disappearance has remained unsolved. Josh is a very natural person who is very into birds and nature. He brings a bit of Native American beliefs to the story. I am not going to reveal too much about the storyline as this is a story to be experienced and savored.

Teddi's life is told both in the present and in flashbacks. The two time periods flow smoothly which is a testament to Beth's wonderful storytelling ability. The characters that the reader meets along the way are rich and memorable. The Southern charm shines through in the story and makes the reader feel right at home.

This book is just as wonderful as Saving CeeCee Honeycutt but is a very different read. I loved the element of mystery along with the Native American beliefs that were presented in the story. The characters were just as I hoped they would be. They felt like old friends and just like a visit with old friends, I was sad to see them go when I finished the book. These friends had me laughing and in tears throughout their visit.

Pick up Looking For Me. You won't be disappointed. It is one of my favorite reads of the year! Definitely a 5 star read for me!