Not Blogging, Just Reading

Sorry folks ~ I’ve been a very bad caretaker of my blog as of late, but I have a great reason. I’ve been reading (and I’m talking real books, not just my Economics stuff).

I’ve read:

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James ~ Excellent
Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Very Good
The Kissing Game by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good
Scenes of Passion by Suzanne Brockmann ~ Good

Next up will be the 3rd in Brockmann’s Sunrise Key Trilogy, Otherwise Engaged. Can you tell I’ve recently read my first Suzanne Brockmann and am hooked (sorry Holly!)?

My Library

Well, I think I’m done. I wish I could show you a picture of the whole thing, but the angle of the room makes it almost impossible to get the whole thing on camera. I’ve done my best though!!!

This is what I started with (well, technically this is what I started with after I painted):




Then I added my books:


Then I had to clean out some of my books, which I either posted on PBS and/or donated to the library (you have to imagine several of these to get the full effect):


Which brings me to the final product:

I have to say, it’s my favorite room in the house now. I still don’t have as much shelf space as I initially planned on, but it works. I had to double up my books, so I have two rows on each shelf, but at least they’re organized, alphabetized (yes, I’m that girl), and taken out of their respective boxes. And even if it didn’t turn out exactly perfect, it’s still a far cry better than this:

You Know You’re Addicted When…………………..

You walk through Target taking pictures of book covers, so that you can rush home to check your library’s website to see if they have them.

Yesterday, Kiddo and I did a little date day. We went to the library (I bought 8 friends of the library books ~ $2.00), we went for gelato, and then we went to Target so kiddo could see if the keyboard she wanted was still there (it was). While we were there, I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything to go to the book section to see what was there. As I was browsing, I made the comment that I wish I had a pen and paper, so I could write the titles down and check the library when I got home. Kiddo said that my phone had a notepad and I could text it (ps – not a big fan of the texting thing. It takes me forever.). Kiddo offered to text for me, but then the lightbulb went off ~ I have a camera phone!! So I told her I would just take pictures of the covers and then look them up when I got home. PS ~ Kiddo didn’t stick around. I think she was 2 or 3 aisles over.

Kiddo made the remark that she didn’t know why I was looking at books anyway because I’m not reading the ones I have (she’s right). I told her that you never knew when you had the time to read a good book and I liked to have options. Kiddo then said she thought I had about 800 books; I told her I thought it was more like 749 (semantics, anyone???).

We were both wrong.

I checked my librarything account today.

940 books owned, not including the pile on my living room floor that I haven’t cataloged yet.

585 of these books are in my tbr pile.

82 of these books are in my TBR Challenge pile (books I really want to read by the end of the year ~ and PS, I think I started the year with 84 books in this pile. What can I say ~ I get distracted.).

I have pictures. I should really post them sometime. I really have run out of room. If I ever disappear, my family knows that they’ll be able to find my body buried underneath the stacks in my living room.

That being said ~ it’s almost October! The new Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas will be released then, and then in November the new Robyn Carr books will be out. I’m saving room at the top of my TBR pile. I think I’ll have some time to read around Christmas.

It’s Official (I think)

School starts August 25. I’m freaking out. So many books to read before that time. I want to finish the Marcelli series by Susan Mallery (5 books total), the Guilty series by Laura Lee Guhrke (2 books left), the McLain series by Jodi Thomas (4 books left), on and then thanks to Holly, I just remembered that the Grace Valley series by Robyn Carr is being re-released (3 books). What’s a girl to do????

Yet Another Update

A few yays: 1st ~ I finished Once a Rake last night and will post my thoughts tonight when I get home. 2nd ~ I’ve lost 6 pounds! Woo-hoo! I’m almost rid of my holiday binge weight.

Next up on the reading front will be Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith and Sundial by Carrie Lofty (and I also need to finsh Sea Swept by Nora Roberts and There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern).

Struggling

I’m really struggling to try and finish up Once a Rake. The book is good, don’t get me wrong. It’s just about 100 pages too long. And the conflicts just keep coming. One conflict ends, and instead of the book concluding with the much anticipated HEA, another conflict enters. And so on. And so on.

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I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the bike yesterday. Today, I’ll do either the 3 or 4 mile Walking Away the Pounds workout with Leslie Sansone (love her). Maybe 15 minutes pilates also, I haven’t decided yet.

North and South Part 3

Look what came in the mail today!!! Woot, woot, woot!!!

In other news, I am reading. In fact, I’m kind of on overload. I’m in the middle of Promises Prevail by Sarah McCarty; Sea Swept by Nora Roberts; There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern; The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright; Virgin River by Robyn Carr; Once a Rake by Rona Sharon; and Santa Baby (anth) by Lisa Plumley.

Well, Crap

I binged again. At this rate, I’m never going to catch up. Damn the Friends of the Library rack, anyway. It’s all their fault really. I have no willpower.

Now that I’m done ranting, these are my new finds:

Patricia Coughlin:
Merely Married

Millie Criswell:
Asking for Trouble

Janet Dailey:
For Bitter or Worse
Masquerade
Stands a Calder Man

Jude Deveraux:
A Gift of Love (Anthology)

Jo Ann Ferguson:
Moonlight on Water

Judith Ivory:
The Indiscretion

Tara Janzen:
Crazy Love

Rachel Lee:
July Thunder

Patricia Potter:
Swamp Fire

Amanda Quick:
Something Shady

Mary Lou Rich:
The Tomboy

Nora Roberts:
Honest Illusions

Sandra Schwab:
The Lily Brand

LaVyrle Spencer:
The Gamble
Hummingbird
Twice Loved

Katherine Stone:
Bed of Roses

Marianne Willman:
The Lost Bride

And since I was there anyway, I checked out a couple:

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy

Checking In

So, I’m on page 179 of Promises Linger now. OMG. The horseback scene! Wow. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Asa and Elly are wonderful! I also love the lady who runs the boarding house/cafe ~ Millicent, maybe? Starts with an M, but can’t remember it off the top of my head. I also like Cougar (I think that’s his name) ~ the son of the doc. Is Promises Keep his story? It felt like SM was building for his story to be next.

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I’m on page 127 of The Raven Prince. Just finished the garden scene. When Anna and the Earl almost kiss. Wow, Elizabeth Hoyt is brilliant. She knows how to build a scene. Can’t wait to find out what happens when Anna gets to London.

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I’m very blessed to have such good things to read right now. Wish I was home doing just that. I hope to have both of these finished over the weekend.

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I’m going to sister’s house tomorrow to watch Shrek 3 with her and the kiddos. Will be a fun family night. Saturday, I have some alone time until 3, and then I’m on baby duty the rest of the day. So, hope to get some reading time in before and after that. Sunday, we’re all going to the Holiday Bazaar. Hope to pick up the rest of my Christmas gifts there….or at least the majority of them. I only have a few things left to get. And then I’ll be done ~~ maybe I can actually enjoy the season this year.

Catching Up

I’m halfway through Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty. Very good so far ~ I love Elly and Asa. I hope to finish it up this morning sometime so I’ll post more on that later. I’m also halfway through Daring Moves by Linda Lael Miller, and I’ve started The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.

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Dr. was on Thursday. My bloodwork is excellent (good), the spot on my spleen is a cyst and they see no reason to have to remove it at this time (good), the bulge on my rib is called Costochondritis, otherwise known as Tietze’s Syndrome, and there’s really nothing they can do (bad). I could opt for physical therapy, but I think I’ll wait on that for now. Another option is cortizone shots. Surgery is a last resort. So, it’s more monitoring and I go back again January 2. I’m not sure how to feel about that. The pain ranges from very uncomfortable to almost unbearable ~ ~ and this is everyday. Finally, he did put me back on zoloft again. Which is good ~ I need something to even me out. I don’t like this person I am right now. Hey, and it comes in generic now too, so that’s good.

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I went shopping the other day. One skirt, 5 shirts, and a pair of pants. All for $70.00. Not bad. I think I have enough clothes to get me through now. Plus, I don’t plan on being this size forever. I still have more weight to lose. But I had no clothes for the winter ~~ and I’ll be able to wear these even as I lose ~ they may get too big, but I’ll still be able to wear them. And then I guess I’ll have to go shopping again.

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And I binged again. Bought more books ~ like I need anymore. I’ve run out of room in my linen closet.

Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
The Duke in Disguise by Gayle Callen
The Lord Next Door by Gayle Callen
The Viscount in Her Bedroom by Gayle Callen
If Only in My Dreams by Wendy Markham
In My Wildest Fantasties by Julianne MacLean
Mistletoe and Holly by Janet Dailey
Highlander in Her Dreams by Allie Mackay
Winter Fire by Jo Beverley