When the books just pile on…

all-the-books-all-the-lifeEach Sunday, I bring you a wrap-up of my week in books and life and then ask you to share what you’ve been reading and what’s happening in your life. Here we go…for this past week.

All The Books!

There is a time in every reader’s life when the books just pile on, one on top of the other, and don’t seem to stop. This past week has been such a time for me as I checked out 10 books from the library:

  1.  An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson: I read earlier in the week and shared my short, short review via Litsy, now on Android!!! Yay! I’m stillunfinished over there too.
  2. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth WARE: I checked out from our library’s ebook system, eBranch2go, and started reading Thursday.
  3.  The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen
  4.  Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  5.  The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris
  6.  River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
  7.  Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker: I checked out on ebook via Free Library Library of Philadelphia after seeing a later one in the series at our library and wanting to start from the beginning.
  8. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: Checked out because I have heard so much about.
  9. The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
  10. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: I had looked at this one previously, but now with all the hubbub about The Woman In Cabin 10, I might actually read it.

All The Life!

No life for last week’s post, and pretty much the same this past week until this weekend. Tonight (Saturday as I’m writing this post) we’re going to a campfire/cookout at some friends of my wife. I’m not going to lie that I didn’t want to go, but…

Then tomorrow (today as you’re reading this), I’m going to watch NASCAR as usual with my neighbor Mike, but then later we’re going to watch the Steelers game for his birthday and play cards…and oh, yeah, free food too!


Update on campfire/cookout: The food was very good, barbecued chicken, hot dogs and the highlight, a bread pudding with white chocolate. It was good for Kim to get together with her friends, but for me, to be honest, I’m not used to kids and there were about 20 of them there, which is about 20 too many for me. 😉

So that was my week in reading and life? How about you? What were the highlights of your past week – in reading and life?

Reading 1, Life 0

all-the-books-all-the-life Each Sunday, I bring you a wrap-up of my week in books and life and then ask you to share what you’ve been reading and what’s happening in your life. Here we go…for this past week.

All The Books!

All one of them: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. I started reading this last week, but didn’t know if I’d continue it, to be honest. Then yesterday morning, I picked it up and finished it in one sitting. I don’t know if it was great, but it was good enough, definitely in the tradition of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I loved. I almost gave up after a lot of sentences that began with “And,” but stuck with it and am glad that I did. It was a nice, quick read. I might try another of Abbott’s at another time, but I don’t feel rushed to read all of her books.

I have a few possibilities for my next read, including but not limited to the following:

  1. The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen
  2. The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris
  3. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
  4. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

The last three are all the first part of series that looked intriguing to me after seeing other parts in the series at the used bookstore at our library. The only one I know for sure that I’ll get to out of the four is Bruen’s since I’ve already invested myself in the rest of his Jack Taylor series.

All  The Life!

Hmmm. Life? Not much to report on this front. I wish there was, but not much here…I guess I need to get one.


…well, at least this week. I guess there is always next week. 🙂

So how about you? Whatchya reading and whatchya doing lately?

All The Books! All The Life! – The Postponed Edition

All The Books!


Except for me it’s been all last week, in terms of my reading:

  1. Had grand plans Labor Day Weekend to reread Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, but after learning of the death of an online acquaintance’s boyfriend, I didn’t feel up to it.
  2. Started Megan Abbott’s book, You Will Know Me, later last week, but I don’t know if I’m committed to it. Have on hold: The Forsaken, the fourth Quinn Colson, after telling a patron that it was a good series and it was one that was available and unlike me, he doesn’t care if it’s in order. I didn’t realize it was the next one in the series for me to read when letting him know about it (dang).
  3. Planned to read the next Jack Taylor, The Emerald Lie, on Friday, which I had off, but took a nap, went for wings, and continued watching Criminal Minds on Netflix.

No reading Saturday because of work and watching last NASCAR race of regular season. No reading Sunday because I just didn’t feel like it. Felt like chilling with music, napping with windows open as temperatures begin to get cool, and Netflix with The Wife.

All The Life!

Week began with Labor Day picnic with the neighbors, ended with me having Friday off and working Saturday.

Postponed regular Sunday Salon/wrap up post Sunday until today, put up repost of 9/11 post from previous blog instead on Sunday.

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After a couple of weeks with Fridays off, I’m back to the normal five-day in a row weeks until first week of October. Will miss the Fridays off, but hey, I’ll have the weekends.

How has your reading been? Life in general?

Above us only sky

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This is a post from Sept. 11, 2009 from my original blog, an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe):

I’m judging from the photo with my sister in the photo (with the hood pulled up over her head) that I was about 10 or 11. The year must have been 1979 or 1980. [Since this post was first published, we now believe it might have been later than that, in 1981 or 1982, possibly.]

Our friends, the Van Dykes, lived in New Jersey and that day they took our family to New York City to see the sights. Tom, or Tommy, with the curly hair. Kari Rose, their daughter. A friend of Tom’s, Tim Jeltes.

I remember we didn’t go up the Twin Towers that day because it cost more than we were able to afford at the time for all of us. So we were content to look up at the twin skyscrapers from below.

The photo that strikes me the most out of these is the one of the towers from below. The blue sky. The sun shining. I am reminded of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, to what heights men can aspire, to how our dreams are dashed, sometimes with back-to-back blows to our collective solar plexus.

However, we couldn’t see more than 20 years into the future then. Oblivious to what was to come, we lifted our heads and smiled at the camera. In fact, the future was so bright that I had to wear shades.

Does the future look so bright now eight years later? I don’t know. I like to imagine it is.

And now does the future look so bright 15 years later? Again, I don’t know, but I still like to imagine it is.

Fabulous Friday – another Friday off

Fabulous-Friday-680x680Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That’s What She Read shares what makes that Friday a Fabulous Friday for her and has a Mister Linky where you can share your own post of what makes your own Friday fabulous. Click on the image at right to be taken to Michelle’s post for today. 

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for me?

For the second week in a row, I have a Friday off…


…but I do have to work tomorrow.


Still, it’s fabulous to be off as I can catch up on some reading, probably The Emerald Lie, the 12th Jack Taylor, by Ken Bruen, and go out to my favorite place for wings, which I haven’t had in a while. I’ve missed wings as I’m sure have you with the photos I usually put up all over social media. I also took The Bridge on the River Kwai on DVD out of the library so I might watch that later or Kim and I might watch it together (after she gets up/she works night shift and will wake up later).

Also although it’s next month and then again in December, I have two wine tours to look forward to that I’m going on with my wife for our 20th anniversary, one to Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in New York and the other on Seneca Lake, another of the Finger Lakes. The first one includes a fancy dinner at the end of the day; the second one, a fancy brunch in the middle of the day.

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you? Share in the comments and/or on Michelle’s original post or both.