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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top 10 Tuesday - Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018



I used to do Top Ten Tuesday off and on a while back.  It was hosted up until today at The Broke and the Bookish and they did a really good job.  However, they are stepping back from that blog and going on to different things.  One of the blog members, Jana, at That Artsy Reader Girl, will be the new host.  So, this seemed an appropriate time for me to jump back in.  And today's topic is 'Bookish Resolutions/Goals'.

I will admit that I am not a big 'goal setter' for my reading.  I tried that in the past and it felt like pressure and a lot of work.  I will often say 'I plan to read...' or 'My goal is to read...', but I don't formally set goals or join challenges or aim for a certain number of books read - stuff like that.  However, I've come up with 10 'sorta resolutions/goals', in the spirit of the topic.  Here's 'kay's 2018 bookish resolutions/goals'


1. Read a bit outside of my 'go-to' crime/thriller/suspense books.  No pressure, just try something else now and then - like my recent read of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE.

2. Keep up with the current book of several mystery series that I love - i.e. Louise Penny, Linda Castillo, Elly Griffiths, Jane Casey, Nicci French, Anne Hillerman, Donis Casey and a few others that I won't list.



3. Attend Malice Domestic 30 - a mystery book convention that is held annually.  Since I'm already registered for this, it's a goal likely to be met.  Ha!



4. Continue to use books on audio as a great incentive for my daily walks.  I do this mostly at my local rec center and you can see in this picture of the walking/running track, it's a very nice facility.  Not too hot in the summer - not too cold in the winter.

5. Continue to moderate/lead the mystery book group that I started 10 years ago at the branch library that was my workplace at the time.  I do this as a volunteer now and love it.  And also attend another book group at the same branch as my interest in the book and circumstances allow.  I'm scheduled to moderate a discussion of Noah Hawley's BEFORE THE FALL with that group today. (Update - Austin Public Library locations are closed today because of winter weather.  Sigh.)

6. Read one book a month from my new Classics Club List.  I tweaked this to suit my own interests and selected books that fit the crime/thriller/mystery/horror/Gothic books that I love.  Also, share a bit about the author when writing my thoughts on that month's read.  I like making sure that the authors I've enjoyed are not forgotten.

7. Continue to be adventurous in my crime/mystery reading.  This genre is made up of so many types of books.  It's more than the books that one sees on the 'best seller' lists.  I also love venturing out to unique locations for my mystery reading.  I'd like to read a few books set in Iceland this year. 

8. Make a point to contact the authors of books I've really loved reading this year and share with them my joy in their creation.  I've done this in the past and made some friends.  An author's books are like their children in some ways.  We all love to hear people praise our children.  Many will respond and be so happy that you've contacted them.

9. Try to read a few non-fiction books in 2018.  This one is tough for me.  However, some of the books that I recommend to others most are non-fiction - like BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande.  Great book, by the way.  Everyone should read it.

10. Last but certainly not least - HAVE FUN WITH MY READING!!!  Have fun with my blog and my book groups and talking about books with others.  This is not a job.  It is a very satisfying and necessary hobby for me.  My wish for everyone who has made it this far in the post - HAVE FUN WITH YOUR READING!! 


 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bookish Nostalgia - January 2018



It's been a long time since I did a 'Bookish Nostalgia'.  I'm going to revive this monthly post where I look back at my notebooks to see what I was reading 20, 15, 10, and 5 years ago this month.  I've kept the notebooks pretty consistently since 1993 - 25 years - wish I'd done it my whole reading life.  So, for 2018, we'll visit 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013.  Let's see what I remember about the books I read in January of those years.



January 1998 - Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris is the first book in this author's 5-book series featuring Lily Bard, a housecleaner in Shakespeare, Arkansas.  Harris herself is from Arkansas and this was her second series after her Aurora Teagarden, librarian, series.  I read all the books about Lily and always wished there were more.  It's considerably darker than the Aurora books, but I think it has been recently republished after the author's fame for her Sookie books and TV series and also the Midnight, Texas series and the Aurora movies.  Amazing that Charlaine Harris has kept on going with so many creative books.




January 2003 - 'I have no idea!' - Actually, this is one of the few times when I took a break from keeping track of my reading.  Apparently, from August 2002 until February 2003, no book entries.  Wow.  I'll have an entry next month for 2003.




January 2008 - At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon, the first in the gentle series featuring Father Tim and the small town of Mitford.  There are now 14 books in this series.  It is charming and not overly religious at all.  In 2008, my life was quite stressful.  I had parents that were both living in care centers - separate ones - and was working full time at the library.  My own health had some major problems that year as well.  Nan from Letters From a Hill Farm suggested this book for me as I was having trouble focusing on reading at all.  It was perfect for me and I went on to read the next 2 or 3 books in the series.  I'm grateful to her and also grateful to the author for providing some much-needed distraction at that time. 




January 2013 - The Lewis Man by Peter May, the 2nd book in a trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and featuring Fin MacLeod, a former policeman, who has returned home to Lewis Island and a new life.  The first book in the series is The Blackhouse and the 3rd is The Chessmen.  All are highly recommended.  The Lewis Man concerns a body found in a peat bog and the father of Fin's former girlfriend, Marsaili.  It is very, very interesting as Tormod MacDonald is a victim of dementia and doesn't remember anything about the body.  I love books set in this area of the world - stark, windy, bleak, and amazingly beautiful. 

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Well, that's it for January.  Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them?  Come back around next month and see what I remember about February of the years included. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


First Paragraph (it's a long one):

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer:  how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.  All spring the gossip had been about little Mirabelle McCullough--or, depending which side you were on, May Ling Chow--and now, at last, there was something new and sensational to discuss.  A little after noon on the Saturday in May, the shoppers pushing their grocery carts in Heinen's heard the fire engines wail to life and careen away, toward the duck pond.  By a quarter after twelve there were four of them parked in a haphazard red line along Parkland Drive, where all six bedrooms of the Richardson house were ablaze, and everyone within a half mile could see the smoke rising over the trees like a dense black thundercloud.  Later people would say that the signs had been there all along:  that Izzy was a little lunatic, that there had always been something off about the Richardson family, that as soon as they heard the sirens that morning they knew something terrible had happened.  By then, of course, Izzy would be long gone, leaving no one to defend her, and people could--and did--say whatever they liked.  At the moment the fire trucks arrived, though, and for quite a while afterward, no one knew what was happening.  Neighbors clustered as close to the makeshift barrier--a police cruiser, parked crosswise a few hundred yards away--as they could and watched the firefighters unreel their hoses with the grim faces of men who recognized a hopeless cause.  Across the street, the geese at the pond ducked their heads underwater for weeds, wholly unruffled by the commotion.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be quite, quite good.  Sometimes, the second book by an author has a hard time living up to the first, especially if a reader was a big fan of the debut book.  I did indeed like Celeste Ng's first book, Everything I Never Told You, and led a group discussion of it.  It made for great book talk among the group, but I'm thinking that Little Fires Everywhere might be even more discussion-worthy.  What did I like?  Most of the characters, though all were flawed and made decisions that had repercussions and consequences.  I was happy that we saw each character grow and change - they all learned something.  The Richardson family was comfortable and privileged and rather entitled, whether they realized it or not.  When Mia and Pearl came into their lives, all were affected.  The issues presented were complicated in many ways and simple in others.  Mothers and daughters - adoption and the rights of birth mothers - should you always follow the rules and will doing so make your life 'perfect' or are rules meant to be broken - what is art and how about artists that 'color outside the lines'.  Lots to think about as this story, set in a town in Ohio that considers itself the 'perfect' community, unrolls and unravels.  I think that Celeste Ng is a very talented writer and I very much look forward to reading whatever book she shares with us next.   

Blurb:

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Force of Nature



I'm posting a 'soon to be released' book on Wednesdays.  These will always be books that I am particularly looking forward to.

The book I've chosen for this week is the second book in Jane Harper's series featuring Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk.  I read this author's first book, The Dry, last year and enjoyed the Australian setting and the story so much.  In fact, our mystery book group will read and discuss The Dry for our March meeting.  Can't wait to see how the second in the series plays out.




Publication Date:  February 6th

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Six Degrees of Separation - From No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency to Into the Black Nowhere

I going to try doing Six Degrees of Separation, a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. She chooses a book as a starting point and then links to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.  I have seen other bloggers participate in this monthly event and when I read Margaret's post today (BooksPlease), I decided now is the time to begin, though this will go live a little late in the day.

The starting point of the chain this month is Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.  I haven't read this one (can't believe that, actually), but I have watched the TV adaptation.  So, here we go - and don't be surprised if my chains are mostly mystery/thriller/suspense related.  Ha!



This is the first book in the series featuring Precious Ramotswe and her assistant, Grace Makutsi.  Set in Botswana, this is a long-running series (18 books?), that is filled with humor and charm.  I need to read or listen to this one - maybe listen - bet the narrator would be great.


 
From Botswana, we move to Ghana in the northern part of Africa.  My next link is Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey.  This is the first book in this author's Detective Inspector Darko Dawson series.  I read and discussed it with the mystery group several years ago.  There are now 5 books in this interesting and unusual series.
 


Since Darko Dawson is a Detective Inspector, I decided to feature another person with this job title and settled on the first Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope mystery, The Crow Trap, ably written by the lovely Ann Cleeves.  I love Ann Cleeves' writing and also her passion for helping libraries when she can.  Vera is quite a character - a woman of a 'certain age' and not terribly warm and fuzzy, but canny.  I really liked this book when I read it last year.  I look forward to meeting Ann again when I attend the Malice Domestic Mystery Conference at the end of April and am excited that Brenda Blethyn (who plays Vera on the TV adaptations) will also be attending.



The Crow Trap has an environmental issue in the story and so that's my link to the next book, The Poacher's Son - the first Mike Bowditch mystery.  Mike is a Game Warden in the wilds of Maine and this series is created by Paul Doiron.  I have not read this book, as yet, but my husband has enjoyed it.  Love the setting of Maine and I look forward to starting this series at some point.



Maine is the tie-in for the next in the chain, Murder on the Rocks, also set in that state.  This is the first Gray Whale Inn mystery, penned by Karen MacInerney.  I have loved this series, but am a bit behind on it - 6 books so far.  It's sort of a cozy mystery and includes some tasty recipes.


 
Karen MacInerney has set her Gray Whale Inn series in Maine, but she herself resides here in my area of Central Texas - Austin.  Meg Gardiner, author of many thriller books, also resides in Austin.  Unsub is the first of her Caitlin Hendrix series, set in San Francisco, and inspired by the Zodiac Killer.  I'm really looking forward to reading this one soon.


 
And our last link is one that I hope is not a cheat.  Meg Gardiner's second book in the Unsub series is coming out on January 30th.  It is Into the Black Nowhere and is inspired by serial killer, Ted Bundy, and his crimes.  Again, I need to read Unsub, so I can go on to this one.

We come to the end of my first chain - Botswana to Ghana to Detective Inspector to Environment to Maine to Austin authors to 2nd book in a new series.  Wow.  This was fun and a bit hard.  I'll look forward to doing it again next month (February 3rd), when our starting place is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.   

Friday, January 5, 2018

Catching Air - Sarah Pekkanen

Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen


First Paragraph:

Dawn Zukoski was scared of lots of things--spiders, lightning bolts, the way New York cabbies drove--but only once in her life had she known true terror.

My Thoughts:

I've read two or three of Sarah Pekkanen's books over the years.  They are fun for me, especially if I'm a bit distracted by life - like lately.  I rarely say a book is 'light' or 'frothy' or 'brain candy'.  I just don't like those terms and feel that each book has a reader out there and a purpose.  That being said, while Catching Air was not the most complex of stories, it worked perfectly for what I needed it to.  A book that I could read in short spurts.  I liked the setting of Vermont, liked the idea of two related couples running a B&B, liked the fact that the characters changed and learned a bit about themselves over the course of the story.  I related pretty well to Kira, a maker of lists and a worrier.  I'll be reading more of Pekkanen's books - in fact, I read an advance copy of The Ever After, to be published in June.  She also is a co-author with Greer Hendricks of The Wife Between Us, coming out in a week or so.  I hope to read that one soon.

Blurb:

A chance to run a B&B in snowy, remote Vermont—it’s an offer Kira Danner can’t resist after six soul-crushing years of working as a lawyer in Florida. As Kira and her husband, Peter, step into a brand new life, she quells her fears about living with the B&B’s co-owners: Peter’s sexy, irresponsible brother Rand, and Rand’s wife, Alyssa…who is essentially a stranger.

For her part, Alyssa sees taking over the B&B as the latest in a string of adventures. Plus, a quiet place might help her recover from the news that she can’t bear children. But the idyllic town proves to be anything but serene: Within weeks, the sisters-in-law are scrambling to prepare for their first big booking—a winter wedding—and soon a shy, mysterious woman comes to work for them. Dawn Zukoski is hiding something; that much is clear. But what the sisters-in-law don't realize is that Dawn is also hiding from someone…

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Joining the Classics Club, but...tweaking it to fit me...



I've noticed over the years that several of my blogging friends are members of The Classics Club.  And I have never or certainly rarely thought of myself as a 'Classics' reader.  There were a couple of things - a truly obnoxious high school English teacher (that man....), a bad and very tiresome experience with a William Faulkner book (ah, the endless length of the sentences), and having the same teacher tell me that I basically couldn't write my way out of a paper bag.  Seriously?  In any case, despite the fact that I loved books by Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen and the Brontes, I thought that 'Classics' just weren't for me.  Mysteries, crime, thrillers, suspense, horror and also romance, a bit of fantasy/sci fi, Gothic historicals - you know, the genres, those were my places.

However, I have decided, after reading some of those same blogging friends' updates and posts on their 'Classics Club' experience and after checking out the website here, yes, I've decided to join in.  With some special 'kay' tweaks.  The books I'm putting on my list of 50 to read in the next 5 years or sooner are all mysteries, crime, horror, Gothics - my kind of books.  All were published before 1990, so are at least 27 years old.  Some I got from the list at The Classics Club, some are on my shelves now, some I read in the past and loved and want to reread, and some are new to me - many gleaned from Mystery Book Award lists.  I'm really excited about this and hope you'll come around and check out my posts about the special 'kay's Classics Club' offerings.

OK, what are the books?  They are listed below - not with links, but are easy to find.  The publication year is detailed and they are in date order.  My aim is to read these in some manner, still working on a random thing, in the next 5 years or basically before the end of 2022 (my word, I'm old).

kay's Classics Club List

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (1817)
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (1847)
Collected Stories and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe (before 1849)
The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (1859)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving (1875)
Turn of the Screw – Henry James (1898)
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle (1902)
The Circular Staircase – Mary Roberts Rinehart (1908)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (1926)
The Secret of the Old Clock – Carolyn Keene (1930)
Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (1934)
Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie (1937)
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (1938)
The Red Carnelian – Phyllis A. Whitney (1943)
The Crucible – Arthur Miller (1953)
Death in Kashmir – M.M. Kaye (1953)
A Kiss Before Dying – Ira Levin (1954)
Wildfire at Midnight – Mary Stewart (1956)
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson (1959)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (1960)
Mystery of the Haunted Pool – Phyllis A Whitney (1960)
Bride of Pendorric – Victoria Holt (1963)
This Rough Magic – Mary Stewart (1965)
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (1966)
Ammie Come Home – Barbara Michaels (1968)
Waiting for Willa – Dorothy Eden (1970)
The Blessing Way – Tony Hillerman (1970)
A Clubbable Woman – Reginald Hill (1970)
Last Bus to Woodstock – Collin Dexter (1975)
Crocodile on a Sandbank – Elizabeth Peters (1975)
Where Are the Children? – Mary Higgins Clark (1975)
Sleeping Murder – Agatha Christie (1976)
A Judgment in Stone – Ruth Rendell (1977)
The Stand – Stephen King (1978)
The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin (1978)
The Mirror – Marlys Milhiser (1979)
The Cater Street Hangman – Anne Perry (1979)
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (1980)
A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton (1982)
Indemnity Only – Sara Paretsky (1982)
When the Bough Breaks – Jonathan Kellerman (1985)
The Dark-Adapted Eye – Barbara Vine (1986)
Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow (1986)
The Ritual Bath – Faye Kellerman (1986)
Strangled Prose – Joan Hess (1986)
Death on Demand – Carolyn Hart (1987)
Gallows View – Peter Robinson (1987)
A Great Deliverance – Elizabeth George (1988)
The Killings at Badger’s Drift – Caroline Graham (1988)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Forty Dead Men



I'm planning on posting a 'soon to be released' book on Wednesdays.  These will always be books that I am particularly looking forward to.

The book I've chosen for this week is the 10th book in Donis Casey's series featuring Alafair Tucker and her extended family.  Set in early 20th century Oklahoma, these historical mysteries are addictive to me.  I'm always delighted to see the next part of this family's story.  Each of the books has sort of focused on one of Alafair and Shaw's children.  This is Gee Dub's book.




Publication Date:  February 6th

Some people who have experienced a shocking, dangerous, or terrifying event develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is recognized today as a debilitating but potentially treatable mental health condition. Military veterans are a vulnerable group. But PTSD can deliver a knockout blow to anyone, as the remarkable unfolding of the tenth Alafair Tucker Mystery, Forty Dead Men, shows.

World War I is over. Alafair is overjoyed that her elder son, George Washington Tucker, has finally returned home from the battlefields of France. Yet she is the only one in the family who senses that he has somehow changed.

Gee Dub moves back into his old bunkhouse quarters, but he's restless and spends his days roaming. One rainy day while out riding he spies a woman trudging along the country road. She's thoroughly skittish and rejects his help. So Gee Dub cannily rides for home to enlist his mother in offering the exhausted traveler shelter.

Once made comfortable at the Tucker farm, Holly Johnson reveals she's forged her way from Maine to Oklahoma in hopes of finding the soldier she married before he shipped to France. At the war's end, Daniel Johnson disappeared without a trace. It's been months. Is he alive? Is she a widow?

Holly is following her only lead - that Dan has connected with his parents who live yonder in Okmulgee. Gee Dub, desperate for some kind of mission, resolves to shepherd Holly through her quest although the prickly young woman spurns any aid. Meanwhile, Alafair has discovered that Gee Dub sleeps with two cartridge boxes under his pillow - boxes containing twenty "dead men" each. The boxes are empty, save for one bullet. She recognizes in Gee Dub and Holly that not all war wounds are physical.

Then Holly's missing husband turns up, shot dead. Gee Dub is arrested on suspicion of murder, and the entire extended Tucker family rallies to his defense. He says he had no reason to do it, but the solitary bullet under Gee Dub's pillow is gone. Regardless, be he guilty or innocent, his mother will travel any distance and go to any lengths to keep him out of prison.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!! And, opening the blog back up...



Hello blogging friends - maybe there are a few of you still around.  Ha!  First, may I wish everyone a very Happy 2018!  Hope it will be filled with love, joy, peace, good health, and, of course, books of every sort. 

Well, I think I'm back.  Stepping away from blogging and other social media for a few months has been very good for me.  I have been reading your blogs, but I have not been on any kind of schedule in that regard - therefore, no comments.  Just checked in now and then to see what's up.  I will probably comment again now and then, but don't be surprised if it is sporadic.

We've had an 'interesting' Christmas season here in Central Texas.  Earlier in December, my husband had a 'minor' cardiac event that led to further testing.  That, in turn, led to some serious heart surgery.  He is recovering well, but this was unexpected for us.  And it has been a major blessing because it could have been much, much worse.  We are very grateful.

Another big plus has been that my quest for better health has been successful and continues.  At this point, I've lost around 45 pounds since early July.  I've walked all over creation (including hubby's hospital), participated in two 5K charity events (plan to do more of those), and have gotten much stronger physically.  It's been probably 30 years since I weighed what I weigh now.  Again, major gratitude because I have been able to handle all these ups and downs better.

We will have a few more weeks of recovery time, some cardiac rehab, and I'm not sure what else at this point.  Many of our habits will change or be tweaked.  Again, happily, some had already started.  2018 is going to be a great year! 

As to books and reading, I'm not going to do stats, but suffice it to say that I have read a lot this year - 143 books.  I've done lots of audio books and also many read/listen combos.  I plan to continue those in 2018.  I'm still moderating the mystery book group, as well as volunteering at that branch library once a week shelving books.  I attend a couple of other book groups sporadically and will be leading a discussion at one of them later in January (hopefully). 

I'm excited to be attending the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention again in late April.  Hope to be able to share again about that event - the 30th year this convention will be held.  We have plans for a trip to Oregon in July (hopefully) and will get to see Les from Coastal Horizons, as well as another longtime book friend.

So, I'll share here about what I'm reading and doing now and then.  No schedule, just as the 'spirit' moves me.  Nan (Letters From A Hill Farm), you said I'd be back.  You're right, sweet friend.  My 'One Word' for 2017 was 'Breathe'.  We'll continue with that word for 2018 - 'Breathe'.  It's served me well this year.  Take care everyone and I'll be around to say 'Hi' to you soon.


         

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Closing it down...'and they all lived happily ever after'!

Hello everyone...I hope that everyone has had a nice summer.  Since today is the last day of the 'traditional' summer, I decided it would be a good day to post my future intentions.  First, may I say that I have had a great time getting to know everyone and sharing my love of books here on 'kay's reading life'.  As most of you know, this was not my first blog.  I finished one a few years ago and then deleted it entirely.  Then I missed it and began again.

This summer has been a good one for us.  We've traveled and enjoyed family and friends.  We've visited our favorite part of New Mexico - the Ruidoso area.  We've watched a nephew get married and marveled at how time has flown.

In early July, I decided that it was time for me to get serious about my health and weight.  I rejoined Weight Watchers and have been very happy doing so.  I have also gotten very, very serious about my quest to move more.  So much so that I'm finding my focus turning from books and sitting to activity.  This is long overdue in my life.  I am very, very pleased with my progress.  And I know my doctors will be pleased with it when they see what I've accomplished.  I have a lot more work to do, but I'm determined to make these changes in eating and movement permanent parts of my life.

I know that I could do 'book focus' and 'health focus'.  I know this intellectually.  However, at least for now, I seem to need to continue with my 'health focus'.  I'm still reading some, but I am listening to audio books all the time because I am up and doing.

So, I am going to say goodbye to 'kay's reading life'.  I'm going to leave it up (for a year or so at least), but don't plan to post again at this time.  If I should change my mind in the future, it will still be here for a time.  My blog reading has been sporadic and my commenting has been nil.  I suspect that will not change either.  You know, our lives go through stages and seasons.  Mine seems to be changing to a new season.

Much love to you all.  You've been great friends.  I wish you happiness, joy, and lots and lots of good reading.  God bless.  I plan to live 'happily ever after'!