Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wednesday Book Blog: Savor the Moment

Savor the Moment
The Bride Quartet Book 3
Nora Roberts

I took a break between the first and second book but went right from the second book into the third. I knew what I was in for, much of the same but I just could not help it. I had to read it right away.

As assumed, the book was predictable and pretty much the same story as the 2nd book, just focusing on cakes instead of flowers. This disappointed me as the title character in this book had the same situation as the title character in the 2nd book and pretty much even had the same dialogue with her friends and the man she ends up with.

There was a fun change of scenery in this book which changed it up a bit so that was nice. Of course I again I would recommend this book to read especially if you read the first 2. I mean really we have come this far so we must be enjoying them. LOL.

Wednesday Book Blog: Heat Lightning

Heat Lightning
Virgil Flowers Series Book: 2
John Sanford

I don't usually like to read books in a series out of order, but this book had been passed along to me and I picked it up without realizing it was a series. Luckily it was only book 2, and luckily I liked it so of course I went on to and ordered book 1 and 3

This book is about detective Virgil Flowers, a very interesting and smart character. I like the way he thinks and the way his character is written. He has very many facets. He is a specialist in solving murders, especially ones that have lots of possible bad guys and reasons, or I guess I should say motives. I can usually see where a book is going and I did not figure this one out for quite a while, which is a good thing.

Great character, good read I look forward to reading the first book and then the next one. Too bad I found this series when they just started and have to wait for the 4th book to come out. Would love to just plow through as many as I can. Sort of like hanging out with a cool friend.

Wednesday Book Blog: Bed of Roses

Bed of Roses
The Bride Quartet Book 2
Nora Robert

So I was of course eager to read this book, but to make sure I did not get burn out from the series, I read a book in between. Of course as expected, this book was much the same formula as the first, and I expect the 3rd and 4th to be the same. But nonetheless, I still enjoyed it.

As the name implies this book focuses on Emma, the florist of the group. I knew by the end of the first book, who she would end up with in this book and I figured out the 3rd book as well. But that really did not take anything away from this book. So being about the florist their was of course beautiful descriptions of all the flowers, and arrangements and bouquets, which of course got this bride thinking of flowers, which of course led to budget - which is definitely not of issue in this book- but I digress, this book is fun and somewhat fantasy so budgets be gone from the brain!

Although predictable and not much of surprise it was still fun and easy to read. A great beach read or comfy couch read now that in the Northeast it is no longer beach weather.

Wednesday Book Blog - Vision In White

Vision In White
The Bride Quartet
Book 1
Nora Roberts

Okay, I admit it. I fell for it. Being a Nora Roberts fan and being a bride to be, I fell head and heart first into the first of four books in the The Bride Quartet books. I resisted at first - only a little, I have to be honest - to get into books about brides and weddings but then gave in and picked up the first book. Done in 2 days. I kid you not.
The books follow 4 life long girlfriends who started an wedding planning business, yup appeals to the event planner in me. Each book follows one of the girls as they fall in love and get engaged, okay so I am in that same stage of life. It takes place in Greenwich, CT and it is by one of my favorite guilty pleasure authors. See had a quartet of my own for this book. The first book, Vision in White, follows Mac, the photographer of the book. That is all I am going to say about that, you can read the book to find out more. And true to Ms. Roberts' books, a quick, easy and entertaining read that speaks to the bride in all of us no matter where that bride is in the stages of life.

Wednesday Book Blog - Knock Out

Knock Out
Catherine Coulter

Ooh I love this series of books and I loved this one. I am always excited when a new one comes out in this series of books. I love to follow the Sherlock and Savich, married FBI agents and their cases. I also like that there is a bit of the other worldly in these books as Savich has a bit of special senses and abilities. I don't have much to say about it but I just enjoy diving into their world once in a while with these books. Racing through streets, saving the day, the little bit of romance. What more could you want in a book and a little bit of escape time.

Wednesday Book Blog: North River

North River
Pete Hamill

One of my all time favorite books I have ever read is Forever by Pete Hamill, and yes I kept that book on my bookshelf. Knowing that I enjoyed the book, and Pete Hamill being a favorite author of my fathers, he recently gave me the book North River.
Of course I raced through the book I was reading to get to North River. It was nothing like Forever except in the fact that it takes place in New York City and yes there is one quick reference to Cormac, the title character from Forever. It is a sweet love story, it is a fast read but a slow paced book, there is not much action or really much that takes place in the book and while it could be considered a sad, heavy book to read, one reason being it takes place during the depression, I did not find myself sad at all by the book. I enjoyed it very much and even passed it along - as a borrower only, this will live on my bookshelf - to my Aunt who also enjoyed it.

me and my books

I try to write about the books I read on this blog, sometimes I am more consistent than others in writing about what I have read, but I am always consistent in my reading. I read every day. I love to read and I love to keep my books. I don't keep every single book I have read but I like to keep the ones that were special to me or my favorite reads. I don't typically re-read a book so I am not keeping it to read again, just keeping it because books are like friends to me.

But since I have moved, I am limited for space - not that I was not before, but this is a different type of limited - so the other day I had to go through my books and decide which to keep and which to not. It was not an easy thing for me, but I had to do it and I did. I kept my special friends that I like to see on my bookcase and I chose to pass along my friends that I know others would enjoy. The process started with lots of piles. A pile for what I am going to keep, (inevitably, the biggest pile) a pile for, a pile to bring my my mom's salon and random piles for friends who I thought might enjoy a particular book.

Once my piles were arranged, I put my keep books in my bookshelf in the order I have envisioned in my head for years. It was hard to give away some of my friends, but I know they will find good homes and when I look at my bookshelf, proudly displayed in the entrance hallway or our place, I have a warm, friendly comforting feeling from my friends on the shelves.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Me Time with Me

Lately I have found that I have been wanting more me time and taking it, but I find that I want my me time alone. I have a desire, and one that I give in to, to huddle up in a corner (yes a comfy one) with a nice cup of tea and a good book, or I want to sit on my couch and watch DVR and knit, knit knit away. I have always found pleasure in doing these thing, and have made ample time for them in my life, but I have always been more of a social person so for me these days to want to stay in and do solitary things has surprised me. And lately I have given in to it. I think it is important to do what feels right for yourself and I always feel so good after taking that time.

However, I know for me, and I believe for all of us, this cannot be the only type of me time in our lives. I believe that we all also need social me time with good friends and new friends, doing an activity that you enjoy and look forward to. I am looking forward to my dinner planned with the girls next week (the first time I am entertaining them at my new place!!!) , and the MTFM event for October (ooh a make-up make over and free beauty treatment!) and all of the other fun social events on my calendar but I do find just as much excitement over the nights I have nothing planned or the all day Sunday when I can be lazy with my books and my bamboo needles.