Tea-Tastic!

Over the weekend I stopped into our local tea shop.  So posh!  It is the nicest little store with very helpful people that run it.  That makes all the difference!  I love small local shops where the people are so pleasant.  A rarity these days.

Images are from the Quintin’s website.

They have walls and walls of tea!  And canisters of each one that you can pluck off the shelves and smell.  They will brew anything for you to try!  It’s tea- heaven.

 

It’s been rainy and dreary which is great for both tea drinking and reading!  I started a new book – yeah me – so far it’s good!

So25814204 far it’s about a woman’s husband who disappeared five years ago and has legally been declared dead.  She was tried for his murder but not convicted.  The charges were dropped? There is sort of a lingering question that maybe she DID have something to do with it…it’s suspicious.  His mother, Daisy, is kind of an evil thing. Maybe she did her son in because she THOUGHT she was the beneficiary of his life insurance.  Turns out she was wrong about that one.

 

 

 

I was put off from initially requesting this title because, like SOOO MANY, it’s billed as ‘the next’ Gone Girl.  That’s such a put off and publishers should stop making this comparison.  Gone Girl was fantastic…but every third book on the shelf is now stacking itself up to it and it’s just a mess.  Most don’t deliver the goods.  So far this one is good…but let’s face it…there will never be another Gone Girl.

It publishes tomorrow so you can check it out for yourself right away.

Hope you have a “tea-riffic” afternoon!!

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Fabulous Friday…

It’s Friday!  Yeah for those of you who have a weekend to look forward to!  Sadly, when you work from home or you are a home maker Friday’s are just not the same.   Though I try to get as much stuff done as I can so that I do have two days without piles of laundry and dishes to do.

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At some point in my future I see a day of deep scrubbing.  A Spring Cleaning day.  Today  is not that day.  I’m going to have to prepare for that mentally.

Today is more one of those walk around and knock the dust off the tops of things and vacuum up the cat fur tumbleweeds.

Except for bathrooms.  I hate cleaning bathrooms.  Those require effort.

 

The sassy cats are all napping in windows today.  It’s a quiet and peaceful day.  Except for Simon – he’s up and chatting up a storm.  I opened a can of tuna for him hoping that if his mouth was full then he’d be quiet.  I think this is similar to giving candy to a screaming kid.  Not that you really intend to reward bad behavior, but as long as the noise stops you are willing to do anything.

Yes.  I try and bribe the cat to be quiet.  No judgement.

Hopefully this weekend brings books – and reviews!  I have a few to get finished so you can select something wonderful to read!

The hubs helped me make a few changes around here in the bloggosphere.  Some more may be coming.  Nothing too drastic, but hopefully improvements.  For now the new addition is the ability for you all to follow on Twitter.  Yeah!  Hit the follow button on the side bar and stay caught up.

Happy Reading, Napping, Cleaning…whatever it is you’re up to on this Fab Friday

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Crack Rack Day…

Somehow I just realized that this post from last week never updated to the blog.  So here is last weeks lost post.

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Yesterday, my little corner of the world had its first Crack Rack open.  For those unfamiliar, this is the fond nickname loyal shoppers have bestowed upon The Nordstrom Rack store.

I can say that I attended the grand opening day. I can’t say I was crazy enough to stand in an over hour long line (at one of three registers) to purchase anything.  There was a stupid amount of people there and I am not the most patient shopper – especially clothes.

To all the moms and nannies I ask a public service:  Please, please stop carting baby strollers into packed stores!  This includes any opening day events or Black Friday shopping.  OMG I was bumped and run into so many times I felt like I needed to be wearing combat gear!

I understand people with children have to shop and drag the kids, but good lord.  Timing people!!  Who would even want to slug kids in that mayhem?  Needless to say all the kiddos were THRILLED to be looking at women’s clothing!  Not so much.

My weekend plans are reading and finding something to do to enjoy the warm weather.  I think a stroller ride is on tabs for this afternoon for Simon.

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The hubs is planning a date night.  We are going to dinner tomorrow and he’s picking the place.  I always have to pick so I’m excited to go wherever he chooses.

 

 

That’s all for me – hopefully I’ll be back from the weekend with book reports!  The pile continues to grow!

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Are You Green??

76e69083b1256b4d1770d69c8f2f8abaAre you wearing green today?  I am disgracing my hubby’s Irish-ness by not participating in St. Pat’s Day.  I can’t say he cares too much.  I don’t do green.  Green is NOT the new black.

I do think all the St. Patrick’s day “stuff” is cute, shamrocks and pot’s O’ gold,  but this holiday is really one that just whirls by me without a thought.

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If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have to confess that I’m a procrastinator.  A big one.  If something hasn’t started causing me to panic and pull out my hair in impending doom then it just isn’t worth doing yet.

I purchased a white board to mount next to my desk.  I thought that a visual way to keep my lists of book tasks would keep me on target.  I underestimated myself.  I simply keep adding to the lists and watch them grow.  I need an intervention.  I’ve had to put myself in book-time out again.  No new books until I get some more reviews done and make some progress on that TBR pile.  I’m beginning to accept that this is just the life of a book blogger and reviewer.  The pile will always be there.

Simon and I had a lovely stroll today.  I think some chilly weather is headed our way next week so we took advantage of today.  We took a longer walk than usual and he did well.  I’m trying to build up his tolerance to a decent walking distance.  He’s just such an on the go guy that an hour in the stroller is taxing for him.  But he’s happy to get out and see the sights and smell the smells.

Yesterday we practiced relaxing on the deck.  I’d love to be able to have him lounge outside and read with me.

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Have a Happy St. Pats celebration!  Drink a green beer for me…

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Springing Up…

IMG_20160221_135206The Daffodils are up and some of the early spring trees are starting to bloom.  I’m missing my pear tree right now as it was a welcome sign of spring.  I may have to get a new one for where we are now.

My body has not adjusted to the recent time change.  It usually takes awhile.  I just don’t understand why we do this!

The weather is just on the cusp of staying warm and bringing in summertime.  I think spring is my favorite time of year.  I love that it’s not quite hot out yet but the warm breezes and new flowers are so wonderful after the winter cold.

The kitties are always happy when the weather turns.  They are tired of chilly feet and long for open windows for afternoon napping.

We are lucky enough that where we live we have lots of opportunity to join in outdoor events.  There are wine festivals, beer festivals, strawberry festivals.  Festivals involving food are big around here.  I love the beer fests and my favorite event is the BBQ fest but that’s usually in the fall.  It’s nice to spend the day outside on the water or at the ocean front soaking up the sun and the goodies.

Books…

I have finished this one – It was a requested review by the author and published last fall.

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These two are new to the pile.  Fragile Brilliance published last fall and is a requested review.  Armadillos came from Net Galley and hits shelves April 1.

 

Today’s chore is laundry.  I think laundry is an endless endeavor.

Have a great day and enjoy whatever it is you’re up to!

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A Reviewer’s Dilemma

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Being a book reviewer and blogger is no doubt a fun hobby for anyone who loves to read and share opinions.  I’m lucky enough that some of my reviews even appear in a newspaper.  But sharing your opinions about a book does come with a down side – or at least a lingering question…

When faced with writing a review about a book you just didn’t like – what do you do?  Write an unfavorable opinion or just let that book fall off the map and pretend it never happened?

For any responsible reader/reviewer this is a dilemma.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, no matter how much you disliked a book, that it was someones hard work that you are challenged with giving an opinion of.  Someone agonized over each page.  To summarily dismiss it is  harsh – especially when, at heart, it’s merely YOUR opinion.

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That book you hated?  The one you trashed completely? Well, someone else loved it. That’s also hard to swallow as a reviewer.  Hating something that others found a lot to love about or vice versa.  We just can’t fathom everyone won’t feel the some way we do about a book.

Regardless of your love or hate for a book, I think it’s most responsible to share your opinion. You can’t love everything you read.  I try to give the benefit of the doubt and hope others will like what I just could not.

Be charitable and give that extra half star in your rating.  Don’t lose sight that someone worked very hard on that novel you may wish never landed in your pile.

May you find some love for all the books you read!

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Let’s Talk Clubs….

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Being the huge reader that I am, I have a few fellow close book nerd buddies.  Several of my bookish friends are online friends some are “real”people friends. Some of us share in what we enjoy reading, some of us read from totally different ends of the library spectrum.

None of my friends are in any “book clubs”, though I  know some people who do enjoy participating in these.

To Club or not to Club???  This is my question.

How many of you are in a book club?  Have you participated in one before and opted out? Are you dying to be a part of a book club and just haven’t found one yet?

Do you (or would you) prefer a physical club that meets up at a local place or an online club?  These online groups of book lovers are growing quickly. Good Reads offers several.

For me, I could never get my mind around reading a book that someone assigned me.  Too reminiscent of school homework maybe.  Though I’m less picky now than I used to be, I still like to select for myself.  I can’t imagine slogging through a book that I just couldn’t get into.

In Book News:

Lots of requests are rolling in for me to review books from authors or agents.  This is so great and thanks to all of you who would like me to read and review your book!

I finished Lilac Girls last night.  It comes out in April so expect a pub day reminder on that one, but honestly, just pre-order it now.  It was truly, truly amazing.  I have so much love for this one!  Martha Hall Kelly did a super fantastic job in this piece of historical fiction.  Love Love Love!!

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Enjoy any warm weather you are lucky enough to have!  Get outside and prop up your feet and open up something amazing to read!

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