Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Just another hello!

Hope all are well. Today is supposed to get to about 72 degrees. That is awesome, but then it is supposed to get back to about norm, which is about 40 degrees. I guess it is true, you live in New England and the weather can change if you blink.

Come in and make a comment and let's chat.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Some Luck by Jane Smiley



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This book captivated me at first. I loved reading how an infant felt about teething pain and being bundled into a snowsuit. The family becomes enjoyable to read about.

Walter & Rosanna have bought a farm and Walter's whole life is the farm. They have children, and we read about these children growing and becoming their own beings. Some continue to farm, others want to get away from it as fast as possible.

While this was enjoyable to read, I felt there was really no plot to the book. It reads (knowing that there are two more books in a series) like a preface to something more, and that is all. Sad that the book didn't really have a story with an ending.

There was not enough chance to really get to know some of the characters, and it felt as if  characters were just being thrown into the story to add something. There were times when I would pick the book up and not even really know who I was reading about.

I might pick up the other books in the series, but hope that they have a more serious plot and more palpable ending with the reader feeling as if there is a reason to get to know the older versions of these people.


https://www.therealjanesmiley.com/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Checking in

Just doing a check-in. I hope everyone is having a wonderful year so far. Can't say that all that much has changed for me since last year. As long as I am continuing to breathe and read and work and live, that is about all that I ask for. Hope all are well.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Shiver At Twilight by Erin Quinn

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Carly is trying to find Jillian, who had had a crash. She locates Jillian's car and a woman inside, although the woman in the car is not Jillian. Carly is trying to reach the car and falls down an embankment.

She locates a house with lights on and knocks on the door. An older man answers, although he seems a little strange. There is a fire burning and with the weather turning snowy outside, it seems like a warm place. Carly needs to know if Jillian is here and hurt.

The fun starts here. There are strange things going on in this house. And when JD comes barreling through the door, the terror proceeds from there.

This was a short horror/romance read that was enjoyable. There was a least enough terror to keep you wanting to know the reasons behind it and just enough romance to fill that fantasy also.

While I am not a romance reader and usually shy away from the genre, this definitely had enough of a real story to keep me reading. And it helped me fulfill my goal of reading from the Kindle and reading some of the oldest books I have available to me.

 http://www.erinquinnbooks.com/

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Strange, But True: 22 Amazing Stories by Donald J. Sobol












 
 
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9152.Donald_J_Sobol
 
 































These are 22 short little snippets of a historical (?) manner about yeti, frozen ships travelling through the Northwest Passage, Jack the Ripper, etc. Short little reads about fascinating things.




 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trying to read some different books

What I am trying to do: read books that are the oldest in my library, read books that are wishlisted on paperbackswap.com (have been a member since 2005), and also read books that really, really interest me (I have some Stephen King that I need to catch up on).
Some of the books that are the oldest are some of the first I received from PBS. I had belonged to two other trading sites, FrugalReader.com and TitleTrader.com. So I was acquiring books, books, books!!!
Unfortunately, both of the other sites bottomed out. I really loved FrugalReader.com. The people on that site were so helpful and friendly and I have retained the friendship of a lot of those people through Facebook, etc.
Growing older and trying to stay true to myself and love of reading. With Jeffrey gone, there is just that other love that takes my heart, the love of reading and escaping.

Hope everyone is doing good and staying true to yourselves, whatever that entails.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt


 
  

Mr. Splitfoot

Ruth and Nat are living in a home, having been abandoned by their respective parents. The home is taken care of by a minister and the home is called Love of Christ! Ruth and Nat are so like siblings, even sharing a bedroom.
They are both 17 and want to escape the realm that they live in. They wander off the property and meet a man named Mr. Bell. Mr. Bell sees that Nat knows how to work a good con, by acting as if he can talk to the dead. The three then create a group that works people with the dead.

In the meantime, we are journeying with Cora, who is being lead around New York, near the Erie Canal, by a woman named Ruth. This is taking place about 14 years later than the story of Nat & Ruth.

The two different stories take place every other chapter. They meld somewhat and you can feel the stories coming together.

This was really well written and really makes you think. I will definitely pick up more of Samantha Hunt's works from here.


http://www.samanthahunt.net/