This is a Good Book Thursday, August 31

Welp, there goes August and the summer. And here’s your last chance to talk about beach reads, assuming anybody is brave enough to go to the beach these days. I’m finishing up the rewrite on Vermillion–why, yes, it is really late to be doing that–and cannot wait to read Excellent Oddities again because I’ve forgotten so much of it. September is my favorite month, so nothing but good reads ahead.

What did you read this summer?

120 thoughts on “This is a Good Book Thursday, August 31

  1. I am reading Rest In Pink slowly. I just got to the swim lesson. Isn’t Crystal Lake the setting of a horror movie where lots of teenagers die at summer camp? Poor kid.

    And I listened to P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harman. Tammy, you are right, it feels similar to Charlie Adhara. I’m enjoying the series a lot and have moved on to the second one.

    1. The second one even better than the first! And I’ve downloaded Kit Sawyer although haven’t started yet.

  2. Still reading all of theundiagnosable’s hockey stuff on Ao3. Here’s a terrific one – Depending How You Feel About Baseball – hockey player gets hit by bus and loses six years of memory, wakes up to find he’s become the GM of the Leafs and his conceptual bisexuality has become fully realized with a boyfriend. Is only gimmicky for about five minutes and then becomes an exploration of a genuine dilemma:

    Very little on-page sex. There’s a prequel but read Depending first.

    And also – Burn the Straw House Down – best friends with benefits MC’s one of whom retires abruptly from hockey and confesses his true feelings. Lots of on-page sex:

    I could go on but I’ll contain myself.

  3. Right now I am reading Rest in Pink and loving every minute of it. It’s going slowly because of a lot of the times I just have too much pain in my leg and all I want to do is scream. this is day four surgery and supposedly I will be transferred to rehab soon. Things happen slowly in this hospital. People are very nice but things do happen slowly. I am so grateful for Rest in Pink because when I’m reading it, I forget about the pain. I brought with me Amanda Quick’s the Bride wore White. I had been saving that one for knee surgery too. And of Cours I am looking forward to September, my favorite month and one in Vermilion.

    1. That doesn’t sound right, Susan. Aren’t they supposed to be managing your pain? I don’t see how rehab is going to help with that. Damn.
      Glad Pink is helping some, but drugs would be better.

    2. Susan – my mother is having a parallel experience with you. She had knee surgery Monday & is still in hospital. Her other knee she was up & about & recovering the next day.

  4. Looks like I’m going to have a busy Labor Day weekend reading. Before checking Argh Ink link, notifications came in from libraries, plural, two books I have on hold that are ready. The Guncle by Steven Rowley and The Lost Husband by Katherine Center. I finished reading In the Likely Event by Rebecca Yaros yesterday about two people who meet on an airplane on their way to their future. The plane goes down within the first minutes, they are rescued and over the next ten years they meet sporadically first by chance and then planned until meeting up in Afghanistan, he Nate, a ranger and her Izzy, a congressional aide. In the meantime, I started The Woman in the Scope, a mafia – lite story by Jessica Gadziala all while waiting for Rest in Pink to come in. I’m gonna have to make some brownies.

    1. I’ve also over the past two days have been watching 1923 on dvd with Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. Three episodes a night. I tell you my husband misses the best parts as he goes off to bed. Nephew Spencer, in Africa, receives a letter from Aunt Cara telling him about the troubles that are happening at the ranch. Between leopards, elephants, lions and hyenas his wanderlust should be well and truly over. But not before he gains a British socialite. And it looks like more adventures are in stock before he can reach home. One of the underlying stories that are upsetting is the treatment of Indian girls at the hands of feral nuns and priests. Makes me wish I never was sent to Parochial school.

    2. What did you think about “In the Likely Event”? I got it as a Prime freebie but haven’t looked at it.

      1. I liked it. I got the measure of the man of who he would become by the way Nate took care of Izzy during the plane crash. At nineteen you got the feeling of how he would turn out at 29. They came from different backgrounds he was a farm boy and she came from money. Towards the end another thought popped in my mind, was he using her and meeting at prearranged locations between deployments and deployment was the thing. It seems that was the only time he saw her. I thought he was going overseas too much. He definitely did not want to go home. And Izzy had an agenda all her own by being in Afghanistan during the evacuation. Normally I don’t like the back-and-forth of journeying to the past, but it worked well in this book.

  5. I’m rereading the Murderbot books, and also completing my deep dive into Vanessa Nelson’s back catalogue. I found her this summer, and I’ve really enjoyed her books. Although you can see her writing progress, so starting with the most recent series was maybe not the best idea. But they’re good fun, if anyone likes urban fantasy. And looking forward to the next installment of the Crusie-Mayer books, of course!

  6. Still reading French Fancy and getting distracted all the time. By excerpts of other books, by Netflix series 9-1-1 (thanks, dear daughter!) and 9-1-1 Lone Star.
    I guess I’m just not in the mood for sassy twinks and sexy Frenchmen (yuk, what’s wrong with me? I guess I simply veer towards grumps like myself…).

  7. I finished Rest in Pink and Four Kings. I have Deb’s Wonderfully wicked Wickedly Wonderful in progress, and I may start that Bratty Baby book. The serial is still in progress (Chapter 150 due out tomorrow.)

    I also read the lab report from my visit Monday with my Urologist. My PSA is down, slightly. Not good but better.

    I also read in the WashPost7 that the heart med, Entresto (over $500 out of pocket for a 30 day supply), was on the list of meds they’re trying to make affordable. I’m crossing my fingers. It’s supposed to be the Next Big Miracle Drug, able to cure heart disease, wind your clock, put out the cat, scratch the dog. That would make it the best thing since moldy sliced bread.

    I cooked. Most recent is My Chili, which used poblano peppers, jalapeño peppers, green bell peppers, and a red fire pepper, all harvested from the gardens. Also onion and lean ground beef harvested from Food Lion. Plus spices. I had some this morning, mixed with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese on small tortillas. Including an Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale milkshake, it all came in under 500 calories and negligible carbs.

    1. I am glad I got Rest in Pink, I loved it! It took me 4 1/2 to 5 hours to read (my patience was impaired, so I zipped through it). That may mean a re-read sooner instead of later, oh darn…
      Looking forward to Vermillion, (also not quite patiently), I am a bookaholic who is not looking for a cure!

  8. I read Witch King by Martha Wells. It’s new, fantasy, and I think a stand-alone book. I’ve only read her Murderbot series, this is very different, and I enjoyed it too.

    1. If you liked Witch King, you might like some of her earlier books, especially the Ile Rien stories. They have a similar feel to them. And the Raksura books (although, for reasons I don’t understand, I never got into them as much as her other books, but plenty of other readers love them, so it’s most likely a me problem, not a book problem).

      1. It’s not a you problem, it’s an us problem. I loved the Raksura books the first time I read each one, but I cannot reread them. My mind sort of slides off them. I love the Ile Rien books, too, different as they are from Murderbot.

        1. I can’t find the Ile Rien series on Amazon UK in ebook form. There only seem to be the odd foreign translation or audiobook. (I sent Amazon some frustrated feedback: I’m so tired of not being able to filter for English-language editions.)

          1. Martha Wells back catalogue (excluding the Raksura books) is being republished by Tor. So she’s taken her self-pubbed versions down.
            City of Bones is released next week, and The Book of Ile-Rien (the first 2 Ile-Rien books) at the end of Feb.

        2. Interesting that it’s not just me with the Raksura books. I read the first two (?) and liked them okay, but just wasn’t interested enough to pick up the rest. Sort of like not being particularly re-readable. But I have heard other readers rave about the series and be disappointed when it ended. Always fascinating how subjective reader taste is!

          1. I read them all, and like them but wouldn’t rave about them. They are a much quieter tone than the Murderbot series, that’s for sure.

  9. I read The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis and loved it (although I twitched at a couple of mistakes that made it through, and there was one bit where a character phoned someone he shouldn’t have had a contact for, which makes me crazy). But generally very satisfying.

    Also finished reading the manuscript one of my friends wrote and has out on submission, and damn I hope someone publishes it. (She’s another “hit the best seller lists years ago, then her career tanked because publishing” author.)

  10. My good book for the week: Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge). She really is amazing at romance, characters you want to see live happily ever after and enjoy spending time with.

  11. I DNFed a reread that wasn’t what I thought it was. I started Good Omens. That was it. I was too busy dealing with medical issues, which may finally be resolved, soon.

  12. I’ve been trying to post a comment for the day but it says my Comment is Awaiting Moderation. I’m not sure if that’s because I used the word sex in there or because I have links?

    1. Probably the links. Is it shoes? Cuz it better stay in moderation if so. My wallet can’t take anymore lust.

      1. No I sent you those a few weeks ago – I think they also got moderated so you didn’t see them. This time it’s to Ao3 so you’re off the hook. It’s LN and Cristie and other hockey readers who are going to be annoyed with me.

        1. I think multiple links in a single email will go to moderation every time. Just shoot a single puck at a time, that’s what I say….

          1. You are funny! Is it because it is somehow skanky to leave multiple links in a comment? Is that a practice that only internet trolls would do??

          2. Yep. It’s always the links or that you haven’t posted before. Which is not Tammy, so . . .

            I got you out of moderation hell, Tammy. And your little links, too.

          3. Thank you! I am so grateful not to be in Moderation Hell anymore. It truly makes me antsy. I will never double link again, I promise.

        2. I usually catch the stuff in moderation and post it. There’s nothing in there now, nor in Spam or Trash (we run a clean blog here).

    2. I got you out of moderation. I think it was your links; that’s usually the reason.
      Trust me, mentioning sex on here will not get you moderated.

      1. I didn’t even say anything sexy! No tentacles, no let me handle your stick double entendres – nothing.

        1. Since Jenny said, the mentioning of s*x wouldn’t send me to moderation 😉 my sidenote of yesterday’s book reading (not in French Fancy):

          In the current book I got distracted to read, there was a scene where one MC sketched an octopus with knobs for tentacles which the other MC then turned into a tatttoo (on himself) … now I’m VERY curious how on can tattoo oneself on the pectoral and how this tattoo would look like (I guess much better in my imagination than in real).

          1. Prison inmates do it all the time. It just requires one or more mirrors and some eye-hand coordination and some sort of apparatus. It’s amazing what a convict can turn into equipment from their limited accessible inventory.

          2. Thanks, Gary!
            In this case, the tattoo was done by an tattoo artist who probably had all the tooks necessary at hand anyway.

            And I agree with Tammy and find it fascinating how much you know 🙂

          3. Replying to Tammy, before his retirement, Gary used to post about the boredom and general crappiness of his job as an administrator in a prison system. So he’s an expert but not in the way you might be thinking about his expertise.

          4. Tammy, Jinx, I was not an Administrator, I was a Department of Corrections Power Plant Operations Lead Worker for over 25 years. The first few years were at St. Brides Correctional Center, where the power plant was located inside the fence and employed inmates to assist and in an apprenticeship program. The rest of my career was at the Sussex I & II State Prisons power plant, outside the fence, but again with inmate labor.

            I might mention that my Supervisor was an ex-boiler technician in the US Navy, who had more and better professional tats than any inmate I ever met. 🙂

        2. I know, honey, it was the links.

          That’s there to catch spam, you know the ones with a zillion links for viagra and hot women.

          1. Since I can’t stand the taste of Gatorade, I’m more than happy to send it all to Mercury!
            Thanks for the laugh!

        1. Gatorade! I mix Gatorade with Sprite because I don’t like the heavy taste of Gatorade and Sprite smooths it out.

  13. This was the week I took Monday off for dental hygiene appointment which I then cancelled because I was sneezy (99% certain I’m not ‘sick’ but allergies have been weird along with our weird weather and it was hot and frankly I wanted to finish writing a book more than I wanted to leave the house). Is that relevant to my reading for the week? Probably not.

    1. *Mistletoe & Mishigas* by M.A. Wardell, his 2nd, now available for pre-order and recommended if you are building a holiday-season list and want an M/M contemporary featuring 1st-grade teacher and the school’s custodian. As with his first book, the MCs each have mental health issues; in this one, those kind of drop offstage rather than being truly resolved. But it’s still a satisfying romance.
    2. *Assassin By Accident* by E.J. Russell, her entry in ‘Carnival of Mysteries’ multi-author series (each stands alone). M/M set in her Mythmatched world, well crafted and entertaining.
    3. *Apprentice’s Luck* by K.L. Noone, a pleasing novel-length M/M entry in her ‘Magician’ world, with familiar elements & relationship beats and plenty of plot; good balance of romance, intrigue, and magical self-discovery.
    4-6. re-read three of my own things.
    7. *The Ethical Slut* by Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy, two relationship counselors who specialize in poly, kinky, and otherwise non-mainstream adult behavior.
    8-10. *To Find Him and Love Him Again* vols 1-3 by Harper Fox, books 9-11 of the Tyack & Frayne mysteries. All full-length novels and must be read together. Fox explodes all the landmines she laid in books 1-8, explores the repercussions to time, place, and personal history, then gradually reweaves the reality to give our heroes a solidly happy ending. This trilogy put me strongly in mind of The Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly in its structure and themes. Well worth reading, with cautions for physical and emotional violence, grief, betrayal (real & perceived), death, and other forms of loss.

      1. I’ve been reading Translation State by Ann Leckie and it’s brilliant! Same universe as the Ancillary books. Honestly, I don’t know how some of these sci fi/speculative writers manage to combine first rate writing with extraordinary world/character development. I highly recommend reading and listening to this novel.
        Also, rereading Foxglove Summer (Aaronovitch). Who was it on aargh who said that Aaronovitch was coming to Boston? I think he’d be a treat to see.
        Finally I listened to an old audible of The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie). Somehow I missed it during my reading of her (almost) entire oeuvre fifty five years ago. It was fun, despite being thoroughly dated.

        1. That was me! I’ve heard a few interviews he’s done, and he was both fun AND insightful, so I’m really looking forward to hearing him at Boskone in February.

  14. I finished The King’s Watch series, by Mark Hayden, that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. It is urban fantasy and consists of 11 novels, starting with The 13th Witch, and 8 short stories/novellas. And even after all that I still want more.

    I read a few other things since, but nothing worth mentioning. I did discover that they had republished Janet Neel’s Francesca Wilson and John Macleish mysteries in an omnibus, which is both free via Kindle Unlimited, (and therefore Kindle only), and only 99 cents to buy. I know several people here really liked those. I really enjoyed them as well, they were some of my favorite mysteries ever, at least through the first three or four books. I think it was in book five that something happened that completely threw me off, and I’m not sure I ever read books six or seven. But for 99 cents I now own them all and I will enjoy rereading the first few and hopefully enjoy the last couple as well.

    1. I think I need to just go ahead and buy whatever you recommend in UF, since we seem to have strongly overlapping tastes. I read the beginning of 13th Witch (sample pages) and meant to get it, but got distracted, but now you’ve reminded me, so I know what I’ll be reading this long weekend.

    2. My husband and I are both on book 3 of the King’s Watch series – thank you for mentioning them!

  15. I read Rest in Pink and loved it even more than Lavender.

    Listening, intermittently, to Lucy Parker’s Codename Charming. Excellent story but poorly cast narrator whose vocal range is not up to the challenge of the main male character. I’m struggling to finish. I definitely recommend reading instead of listening for this one.

    Jumped to Murder Most Fowl, half reading, half listening and loving every minute. Donna Andrews is just hitting my sweet spot these days.

    1. Well stink. I have been looking forward to Codename Charming and listening is my preferred method.

    2. That’s a pity abot Codename Cahrming. In the sample – focusing on the female voice – the narrator seemed to do a good job to me. But if she’s not up to the male voice, that’s a no go.

  16. After you guys recommended Miss Buncle’s Book years ago, I read and loved it. But Goodreads reviews warned me that the follow up books — Miss Buncle Married and The Two Mrs. Abbotts — weren’t as good as the first. I don’t usually like series, so I didn’t seek them out.

    But a friend who read Miss Buncle’s Book on my recommendation went on to read the other two. She urged me to read them, and I just finished Miss Buncle Married. It was lots of fun.

    Now I’m going to order the third.

  17. Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy was an OK historical romance. It featured deep emotions and sympathetic protagonists, which are always a plus for any book. On the negative side was the heroine’s militant feminism, her fanatical conviction that noble principles of suffrage are more important than love or happiness – hers or anyone else’s. I dislike fanaticism of any kind, and the heroine’s rabid adherence to the women’s rights movement poisoned this book for me. On balance: so-so.
    Ann Aguirre’s The Only Purple House in Town/b> was a warm and gentle urban fantasy. I tried this author (another title) years ago and couldn’t finish that book. So I was wary when I heard about this novel, perhaps on this forum, I don’t remember. But the review was good, so I decided to try again. I wasn’t disappointed. The novel was charming. It was partly a love story and partly a ‘found family’ story. There were also crumbs of the paranormal sprinkled throughout the narrative, but until the very end, the paranormal wasn’t the focus. Generally, I don’t mind the paranormal. In fact, fantasy is one of my favorite genres, but it didn’t seem relevant to this tale until the denouement. Then, suddenly, the paranormal aspect sprang forth and delivered the deus ex machina that solved all the protagonist’s problem in one fell swoop. This ending didn’t fit the rest of the story. It seemed alien, jarring. But even despite it, I enjoyed the book.

    1. I read the Purple House book too, Olga. I liked many things about it — the protagonist was sensitive, smart, and introverted, with a bad family history that suddenly got resolved as part of that Ending ex machina. I had no quarrel with the fact of it, but I think that and several others of the paranormal bits of this book weren’t really handled well, or maybe edited well, because they felt to me as if they were introduced too suddenly and tied up too quickly and easily. The book gave me many good feelings, but I ended up with a mixed reaction.

      Before that I read Cat Sebastian’s “We Could Be So Good,” an M/M love story that had an interesting way of delaying the consummation of the characters’ mutually developing crushes on one another. This is the first of Sebastian’s novels that I’ve been able to get from my library, and her skill in plotting and focusing on interesting aspects of her characters’ personalities will mean I’ll try for more of her work.

    2. Such a different take on My Dearest Enemy. I liked that the conflict was created by factors external to the characters, was specific to the historical period, and their strong feelings in both cases were built on personal experience. I don’t think the heroine thought feminism and suffrage was more important than love or happiness — she thought they were essential for love and happiness and she thought that because her mom’s happiness had been destroyed by her husband taking away her children as was his legal right .

  18. I was away for two weeks visiting schools for Book Week, so it was all comfort reads. I reread Wild Country and Lake Silence, then I thought I’d branch out and try Quarter Share, because a number of people had recommended it. Nope. No plot, no conflict, and the protagonist is way too good at everything. I felt a faint temptation to read the next one just to see what happened to these people, but it wasn’t hard to resist.

    I read Rest in Pink, and loved it even more than Lavender. I’m loving the development of the relationship between Liz and Vince, and also loving the longer arc we get with a trilogy.

    Also loving CS Poe’s Memento Mori series, which Tammy recommended, and which has become an auto buy for me. I’m waiting for the next one, so I’m going to try her Frost and Winter series in the meantime.

    So then I came home and pretty much immediately got sick. I haven’t had a cold since 2019, and this one is knocking me around horribly. I keep thinking I’ve got covid because I feel so awful, but I’ve had two negative tests, so maybe not. Anyway, it’s making reading hard, I keep starting books and throwing them away. But Don’t Look Down seems to be hitting the spot and keeping me interested.

    1. I tried the first Snow and Winter book and was disappointed so didn’t continue with that series. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    2. I hope it is just a cold. If your home tests are negative but you are still having symptoms, you might want to go to convenient care and get an official test. For some folks, the home tests don’t seem to pick up on the latest version as well, although I know plenty of people they worked for. (When I had it in April, the two home tests I did were negative. My official test the next day come back positive. If I had done a home test that day, maybe it would have too? I don’t know.)

    3. About the covid tests: When I went down with Covid last year, the first tests showed negative results, too. I wouldn’t rule out that particular virus.
      That said, the Influenza virus is not nice either.

      Have you tried listening to books while ill? Usually, my eyes don’t really want to cooperate when the sinuses are under attack, and listening to a story is soothing.

      Anyway: I hope you get better very soon.

      1. Thanks for your good wishes everyone. I’m still testing negative, and I know there are some particularly nasty non-covid infections going around this year, so I’m guessing it’s one of those. Yesterday I thought I was feeling a bit better. This morning I woke up with no voice, and my throat feeling as if someone has attacked it with an angle grinder. I’m keeping a very close eye on this, as one has to do when living alone.

        Dodo, the weird thing about this cold is that it is entirely throat and lungs. A couple of sneezes at the beginning, but nothing else, so reading isn’t an issue. Thankfully.

        1. Wow, please continue to keep a close eye on this nasty one!
          The usual kind of colds (not influenza) usually takes me down like an avalanche (nose acting up like crazy) which makes the eyes water and reading difficult.
          With Covid though it was coughing, fever and weak lungs. At least I was able to mainly sleep through it.
          Keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

        2. Watch out for a secondary infection. Sometimes after having “that bug that’s going around” for a while, something far nastier can creep in while your resistance is down

          May your recovery be quick and complete.

          1. You are probably right that it’s not Covid but I hope you are using an oximeter to make sure your oxygen level stays over 94….just in case. Apparently that’s key in getting help fast when you need it if it is Covid.

  19. I just treated myself to a long, slow, indulgent re-read of Lavender, loving every word and nuance, and now I’m planning to do the same with Pink. I can’t wait for Vermillion. And then there is Excellent Oddities to look forward to. Bliss.

      1. It’s the one we’ve been calling Rocky Start until we decided to use that for the series. Although you know us and titles, it could change back to Rocky Start again.

        The trilogy is (as of now)
        Excellent Oddities
        Very Nice Funerals
        The Honey Pot Plot

        Expect changes.

  20. I am definitely not annoyed Tammy, just disappointed there were only 2 links since I have a long weekend coming with lots of reading time available.

    1. Search all of theundiagnosable’s other hockey stuff, Cristie – it’s all good. These are only the gems.

  21. Y’all – I tried. I really did try. Someone said the tentacles weren’t sexy so I thought – here’s my chance. I got about halfway through Connie Willis book Road To Roswell & thought – life is too short. So I skipped to the end & read the finish.

    Lavender’s Blue was good. Rest In Pink was better. I have every confidence One In Vermillion will be best. I loved the first two!

    Back to my Amanda Quick rereads.

    Also – I have been sweating over an essay for an essay contest for Writers Digest and it is finally finished, footnoted, etc. I read it for critique the first time & made major changes. I read the revised version & one of my fellow Pinellas Writers took the group to task a little because they were basically asking me to dumb it down. For Writers Digest. No.

    If anyone is looking for something good to stream – we really liked Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. I haven’t read the book but the mini series of 7 episodes was really good.

  22. I am enjoying Rest in Pink. Some great lines. Like she’s ok with her life being an open book if people would quit reading out loud from it.

  23. First World Problems create a vacuum. (They suck, y’see.)

    I purchased a too-large supply of Land O Lakes Mini-Moos, the Half&Half liquid coffee creamer. I bought them because I adore/like/love/crave Half&Half in my decaf coffee. Powdered creamers are full of crap. My body has enough crap.

    Had I seen this review, which perfectly describes my problem, I might have continued buying the pints, instead.

    I bought two boxes on sale for $1.49 for 24, great deal, yes. Loved it. Then I purchased a 24 pack and every one I’ve opened has pieces and clumps and undissolved chunks floating in my coffee making it gross, who wants white stuff floating in the coffee, not me. I would go back to the powder, but that’s way too expensive. I see lots of the same complaints… what is the reason or explanation for this??

    This stuff is supposed to be shelf-stable and not require refrigeration. Wah!

    This morning I am enjoying a cup of coffee lightened with Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale protein-rich Shake. Also, a squirt of SweetDrops caramel flavored stevia sweetener. After throwing out 200 Mini-Moos, this is improving my day. See what I mean about first-world problem? I mean, start with having clean potable water to make coffee from, and slap me for whining.

  24. Just read K. J. Charles’s latest blog: The Magpie Lord is currently free in ebook form (all sellers, I believe). Highly recommend if you’re into m/m historical romance with supernatural elements.

  25. I’m reading Pink. I just finished the first Fethering mystery by Simon Brett. A real hardcover book! It would have been easier in an ebook format. I have gotten so spoiled being able to look up characters in the ebooks.

    But my sister fell and broke her hip. The surgery was yesterday and successful. But she tested positive for covid! I’m not managing her care (she is not local). But trying to keep up is crazy. Besides never knowing when they might transfer to rehab, now the covid means that is also up in the air. Also she has Alzheimer’s.😣

    Read on.

    1. I am still reading Pink, but there are a couple of burning issues I need to share with you all and Jenny – 1 – last year I saw a card in a bookshop in Fort Collins that said “Don’t ask me out if you don’t vote.” I had to take a picture. Now I know I was channeling Liz, for a t-shirt (because when would you hand someone that card???).
      2 – last week on PBS there was a one hour documentary about HIGH NOON!! Now, like Liz I have never seen the entire movie, although I am familiar with it from partial viewings, etc. But when I reached the High Noon references in Pink I was all up on the movie themes because of this program! It was great and I would recommend it for those who don’t want to watch the movie. Just one of those weird things they show on PBS. 😉

      1. My sister’s wedding almost started horribly late because she was sitting in a bathrobe watching the end of High Noon and refused to finish dressing until it ended.

  26. I listened to the young adult version of Mary Poser. I hated it. Mary had no agency and behaved poorly. There were SO MANY unnecessary details that it was boring. Hard to skip ahead in an audio book past the drivel. I listened to the whole thing as I got it through Netgalley and wanted to fairly review. I mean, there was a point where it could’ve turned around. Sadly, it didn’t.

    I’ve been savoring Rest in Pink by reading a day per day. I’m hoping to binge the rest of it over the weekend. It was a refreshing cleanser after listening to the other book that was just depressing.

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