Obsession with words

Obsession with words

I love to read and reading helps me to escape. I'm a book addict and currently fighting back the urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

Quote
For there are moments in all our lives, great and small, that we must trudge alone our forlorn roads into infinite wilderness, to endure our midnight hours of pain and sorrow--- the Gethsemane moments, when we are on our knees or backs, crying out to a universe that seems to have abandoned us. These are the greatest of moments, where we show our souls. They are our "finest hours." That these moments are given to us is neither accidental not cruel. Without great mountains we cannot reach great heights. And we were born to reach great heights.
Miles to Go - Richard Paul Evans

Page 317 (the last page)

Quote
The sun will rise again. The only uncertainty is whether or not we will rise to greet it.
Alan Christensen's diary
Miles to Go - Richard Paul Evans

Page 1

Review
4 Stars
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Wow, there was so much about Maya Angelou that I didn't know! She is an amazing woman and lived such a crazy life. I really don't know how she managed to deal with all she did but I suppose she didn't have much choice in the matter. 

Born Marguerite Johnson, she and her brother Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother when their parents split up. At 3 and 4 years old, they were sent unaccompanied on a train from Long Beach, California to Stamps, Arkansas. Their tickets were pinned inside her brothers jacket with a note that said, "To whom it may concern..." Their grandmother was the only black woman in the small town to own her own store and she took them in and made sure they were fed and clothed. After several years in Stamps their father came for them and took them to live with their mother. Life there was much different and had its own challenges. Life was only just beginning for Maya and it wasn't going to be an easy road. After many trials and tribulations she learned to stand tall, own her actions, and just be herself.

Quote
On our way home one evening, Miss Glory told me that Mrs. Cullinan couldn’t have children. She said that she was too delicate-boned. It was hard to imagine bones at all under those layers of fat. Miss Glory went on to say that the doctor had taken out all her lady organs. I reasoned that a pig’s organs included the lungs, heart and liver, so if Mrs. Cullinan was walking around without those essentials, it explained why she drank alcohol out of unmarked bottles. She was keeping herself embalmed.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Chapter 16, page 89

Used book order fail/updated

I did get a response from them and a refund.  I feel better now.

 

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it is appreciated.

I do apologize for this order being damaged.

I have just submitted a full refund.

Please do not return this order.

We also apologize for the error on our part and for the inconvenience.

If you require any further assistance, please let us know.

Thank you,

 

I buy a lot of books used on Amazon and I have never had such a bad experience!  I have been waiting for it for what seems like forever.  I always buy them listed as "Good" so I can read them and post them on paperbackswap.com.  This book was listed as "Condition: Used - Good - All pages and cover are intact. Spine and/or cover may show signs of wear. Some creasing is on the cover. ~ Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and communities through the power of work.

 

I just sent this message.

 

Here is a copy of the e-mail that you sent to goodwill_grand_rapids.

------------- Begin message -------------

I'm very disappointed in the book I received today.  I would not have ordered from you if I had known I'd receive a book with a broken spine.  At the front and back the pages have broken away from the spine and I can see into the binding.  I don't mind shelf wear or creases etc but this book is wanting to fall apart in my hands.  Also, the very thin package it was mailed in was too small and split so it wasn't even completely covered during shipping.  I don't want to have to send this back to you.  It is garbage.  I'd rather give you bad feedback.  This book isn't even "Acceptable" and it was listed as "good."  This book is trash and should never have been listed for sale.

 

_______________________

I'm reading those Annie's Attic Mysteries and since I'm not good at waiting for them to come up on pbs I order them used and then share them with friends on pbs.  I always have people lined up to get the book after me so I never order the ones listed acceptable or that say they might have underlining or highlighting etc.  The cost wasn't much and would have paid more to get a decent book.  I'm so annoyed right now and I hope they fix this and don't expect me to mail this pos back.  If they do I'd be happy to also send them the package they had this book crammed into also.  You can see where the one side split open.

Review
4 Stars
Nighttime is My Time
Nighttime Is My Time - Mary Higgins Clark

I was having a bad day yesterday and pretty much did nothing after I got out of bed but sit on the couch.  I started this book but couldn't concentrate on reading so I got the audio book.  I got out my knitting and tried to relax.  It was my husband's birthday so we had planned to go to a movie and dinner.  I wished I could have an out-of-body experience because inside my body was not a good one.  Too bad I can't move out.  

 

Anyway, I was enjoying the book and I could tell because I wasn't getting much knitting done.  I kept finding myself holding my knitting needles paused in front of me while I stared into space, listening.  I finished it the same day I started it.  

 

__________

 

Jean doesn't want to go to her 20 year school reunion where she was to be honored but once they decided to have a memorial for her friend that passed away she couldn't skip it.  She had planned to go with her friend when she died in an accident.  There are a lot of memories there and she hated to bring them all back to the surface.  Several of her classmates had died in accidents and one committed suicide.  She also visited the mother of a classmate who had been stabbed in her bed 20 years before.  The first day there she was accosted by a pushy teen reporter doing interviews for the school paper and he asked her to look at list of names.  She was started to learn that 5 of the girls she used to share a table with during school lunches had died over the past 20 years and there were only 2 of them left.  She was shocked when the reported asked if she thought it was odd that they had died in the order they sat at the table.  Laura, the next one in the lineup disappears and the other's get worried.  She hasn't checked out of her room but it isn't the first time she changed her plans and took off.  The other's don't know what to think.

 

____________

 

I was really surprised to see so many bad reviews for this book since I loved it.  To each his own I guess.  

 

 

Books and Stuff (updated)

I am officially caught up.  Yeah!

 _______________________

So I was absent for a while.  I was feeling bad and didn´t get much reading done so I got behind for my yearly reading goal.  Now I´m trying to catch up by reading some of the shorter books on my shelves. 

 

I´m really trying to read the books I have this year and not bring in as many new ones.  I want to get some of my homeless books shelved.  I have a goal this year to read 80 books which is 5 more than I read last year.  I also have a goal to read at least 40 books that I already had at the end of last year and then donate, swap, or let them RIP if necessary.  So far I´ve read 13 books that are leaving or have been given notice. I have this posted in a forum post on PaperbackSwap but I keep forgetting to update it so I´m going to add it here. I´ll update this post throughout the year.... hopefully.

 

Ebooks/Audiobooks

 

  1. The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  3. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  4. The Big Killing by Annette Meyers
  5. What Janie Found by Caroline B Cooney
  6. The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

Keepers:

  1. Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers
  2. Whisper From the Woods by Victoria Wirth 
  3. Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) (I have two copies of this book.  I just bought a copy thinking I didn't have it.  I'm keeping the one I already had and swapping the one I just bought that is new.  

 

My 40 books to leave home (books already owned before 1/1/18)

  1. What Matters Most by Cynthia Victor (retired)
  2. The Wedding Dress by Mary O´Donnell (mailed out)
  3. Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble (mailed out)
  4. All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin (mailed out)
  5. Weep No More, My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark (HB) (donated)
  6. The Lottery Winner by Mary Higgins Clark (pending)
  7. 1st to die by James Patterson (pending)
  8. The Last Leopard by Lauren St. James (pending - pbs bookshelf)
  9. The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, Bk 3) by Caroline B. Cooney (pending)
  10. A Darker Place (aka The Birth of a New Moon) by Laurie R. King (pending)
  11. The Shoe Box: A Christmas Story by Francine Rivers (mailed out)
  12. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (mailed out)
  13. Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves (mailed out)
  14. The Valise in the Attic by Jan Fields (mailed out)
  15. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (pending)
  16. Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson (pending)
  17. The Unfinished Sonata by K.D. McCrite (mailed out)
  18. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (pending)
  19. Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels (pending)
  20. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (pending)
  21. Be Buried In The Rain by Barbara Michaels (pending)
  22. The Shack by William Paul Young (pending)
  23. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler (pending)
  24. Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark (pending)

 

Read Books received this year

  1. Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) (I have two copies of this book. I just bought a copy thinking I didn't have it. I'm keeping the one I already had and swapping the one I just bought that is new. (pending)
  2. Someone in the House (Greyhaven #2) by Barbara Michaels (pending)

Leaving but doesn't count because DNR

  1. Blood on the Street by Annette Meyers (Read the first book in the series (ebook version) and it sucked so tossing this book which is 4th in the series).... well might donate to some unfortunate soul or place.

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Someone in the House
Someone in the House - Barbara Michaels

I liked this book but I think it's crazy that someone moved a huge mansion including the dead people buried under it to Pennsylvania. Why would you want dead people buried there that are not your ancestors? Why would you go through the trouble? I liked the build up of the story with them having 4 different ideas of what was going on but I felt like the ending was a little deflating. I was hoping for something more but I do kind of like the ending but wish there were something more and that it wasn't so sudden and brief. I would love to wander around in a big, old place like that and examine every part of it. I love the idea of researching the other owners and learning their stories. This book was definitely better than Black Rainbow.

Review
3 Stars
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn
Knit Along With Debbie Macomber - A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) - Leisure Arts, Debbie Macomber

I love the books that this pattern book is based on. I love the idea of working on patterns based on the characters or designs the characters were knitting or admiring in the book. The patters range from beginner to a a fair isle scarf and hat but most of the designs are not something I would wear or knit for a friend. I will have to think about these patterns and what I could do with yarn choice to make them into something more my style.

 

One thing I don't like about this book is that it doesn't suggest a specific yarn.  I know they probably did this because the yarns get discontinued but I like to look up the yarn to get an idea of what they used in the pictures.  Sometimes I can look it up on ebay and find enough to make the pattern.  I wish I could find some of the self-striping yarn they used to make the socks but I don't even know what it was.  I thought it was Red Heart's Heart & Sole but that is much thinner.

Catching Up

I'm catching up on my reading from when I wasn't feeling well.  I've been reading a lot this month and now I'm only 1 book behind schedule.  I read 8 books this month!  I'm not counting the one that was a picture book without much to read.

 

I've still been having a lot of fatigue and I often sleep in late and end up going to bed early but I haven't been having as much pain.  I'm good with less pain.  

 

I've been knitting again and finished the one blanket I'd started at the end of last year.  I was going to donate it to the ER but since it is bigger than it was meant to be I decided to donate it to the Nursing Home that is part of the hospital.  It would make a great lap blanket for someone in a wheel chair.  I've already started another one.  I wanted to make a similar sized blanket for a man at the nursing home.  I asked my husband to pick out the yarn for me.  He bought a solid gunmetal grey and a variegated with various shades of grey, black and white.  There are a few pictures of the first blanket on my instagram.  I'll have to take one of the 2nd blanket soon.  I did order some gift tags from zazzle to attach to the gifts I make.  I want them to be anonymous but wanted them to have pretty tags to make the gift receiver feel more special.  Now I have to get some pretty gift sacks and tissue paper.  

 

So, I asked my husband to pick up some clothes I ordered and I expected him to get mad at me for spending money.  We just had to replace our dryer and I'd placed this order just before it broke.  I sent him another funny text with an eggplant emoji hoping it would forget about the money I spent.  He comes in with his arms full of bags of clothes and groceries and this surly look on his face but when I started taking out the clothes there were 2 dresses I didn't order.  He bought them for me because he knew I liked the colors.  One is a turquoise blue and with a floral print and the other is more of a green with floral print but full length and spaghetti straps.  I've been having hot flashes so I have been living in summer dresses.  Then, when I was unpacking the groceries there was this huge eggplant lol  Now I need to look up some recipes.  I don't know what to do with it.  

 

So, what has everyone else been up to?

Review
2 Stars
Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? - Steven Tyler

So, I actually finished it.  I know, I'm a glutton for punishment.  I just wanted to count it toward my reading goal since I had already read half of it.  I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I actually finished it.  If I hadn't been able to finish it and it ended up in the trash, or the street (close) I would have given it only one star.  

 

---------------------------

 

Terrible.  So I knew they were crazy, did a lot of drugs and I assumed a lot of crazy sex but I didn't not expect that to be pretty much the whole book.  I did enjoy the first few chapters about his childhood.  I looked up the people and songs he mentioned and listened to some of them online.  Then, he starts talking about doing drugs and sex and fighting with his band mates and he sounded like a whiny child.  He truly only thinks about himself and justifies his actions while at the same time acknowledging he was wrong and sorry.  This book was a rambling mess and unfortunately there are things you can't unknow.

 

Omg, so I was reading reviews other people wrote and this one is so funny because it is exactly what I was thinking.  Only this person writes it like a letter to Steven Tyler.  

Review by Jennifer

Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 390 pages.
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? - Steven Tyler

Terrible.... complete waste of time.  

 

I was hoping for some cool music stuff but I only semi-enjoyed the first chapter or two about his childhood.  I finally looked up the audio book and let it play while I did other things.  It is not really worth any time and some of the stuff I've heard I'll never be able to unknow.  I'll probably just flip through the rest looking for anything worth my time.  

Review
4 Stars
The Shack
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young, Brad Cummings, Wayne Jacobsen

I read this book several years ago but I couldn't remember much about it. I came across another copy so I read it again. I remember hearing other people talk about it and it seemed there were three camps. There are those that loved it, those that hated it, and those were afraid to say what they thought about it. 

Many of those that hated it had a problem with God being depicted as a black woman. I thought this was very clever because it brings out the prejudges of people. God is not black or white or male or female. Anyone who believes in God knows that God is not limited to any one of those things. 

I really enjoyed the story, although it was very sad, but I enjoyed the way things were wrapped up. I got a lot out of the chapter A Morning of Sorrows which talked about forgiveness.

I have to admit I didn't like everything about this book and what was said and some things I will have to continue to chew on for a while. I do plan to go back to this book later and think about these things some more. I have ordered a hardcover copy for my permanent library.

Quote
Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young, Brad Cummings, Wayne Jacobsen

Chapter 13, page 187-188

Review
4 Stars
Be Buried in the Rain
Be Buried in the Rain - Barbara Michaels

I enjoyed this story. It was a lot better than Black Rainbow. I liked that the poetry mentioned in the book was real. I looked up the author and I plan to read some of her other poems. There was one detail that I figured out early but not too early to make the book enjoyable. I just wish the ending could have been better.

 

Justice Denied In Massachusetts

 

Let us abandon then our gardens and go home
And sit in the sitting-room
Shall the larkspur blossom or the corn grow under this cloud?
Sour to the fruitful seed
Is the cold earth under this cloud,
Fostering quack and weed, we have marched upon but cannot
conquer;
We have bent the blades of our hoes against the stalks of them.

Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.
Not in our day
Shall the cloud go over and the sun rise as before,
Beneficent upon us
Out of the glittering bay,
And the warm winds be blown inward from the sea
Moving the blades of corn
With a peaceful sound.

Forlorn, forlorn,
Stands the blue hay-rack by the empty mow.
And the petals drop to the ground,
Leaving the tree unfruited.
The sun that warmed our stooping backs and withered the weed
uprooted—
We shall not feel it again.
We shall die in darkness, and be buried in the rain.

What from the splendid dead
We have inherited —
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued —
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children's children the beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe. 

 

Source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/justice-denied-in-massachusetts
Review
4 Stars
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith

I enjoyed my visit to Africa and reading about Precious Ramotswe and how she came to start her detective agency. I loved reading about her father and was sad to hear about her marriage to a man who wasn't good to her. She drank a lot of "bush tea" so I looked it up and ordered some. I enjoyed trying something new.

 

There were just a few things that annoyed me.  The story about the doctor was obvious to me from the beginning and it isn't that I'm especially clever.  I think it was probably obvious to everyone who read it.  Also, when she assumed that the boy was dead because she found a bone from a boys hand.  Things like that drive me nuts because then I know the reverse is true.  I still enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series while drinking my bush tea.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Donna has read 1 book toward her goal of 80 books.
hide

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Donna has completed her goal of reading 40 books in 2017!
hide