Pawnography! “License to Pawn” by Rick Harrison

Quite often my sweet husband takes a nosedive into the unknown and takes up with a new adventure/obsession with something “strange.” I found this serendipitous oddity a very attractive characteristic when we first met (I know…red flag??), and frankly, it’s had its ups and downs on my last nerve over the years. All in all; however, there’s never a dull moment with Anthony if you just sit back and brace yourself.

The show is mind-boggling. As I sit in my little apple green recliner writing reviews while DH watches “his” shows, I’m wont to look up once in a while to see what’s going on.

Against my better judgement, sometimes I’m captured by the absurdities of men: Men in the greater outdoors hunting with lots of equipment (guns, bows & steel tipped arrows, whistles, bright florescent suits, misshapen, weird hats & assorted other “gear”), excavating big mountains with equipment they don’t know how to maneuver & in icy weather, clambering about and becoming lost without food in crumbling old caves with their teen aged daughters, panning for gold in muddy streams and gleefully coming up with minute particles which value is less than the cost of the pan, or pulling up by hand man-eating fish in mosquito infested jungles… Recently, I’ve been pulled in by pawn shops on the Tube! Ugh! This wars against every bone in my WASPish, DAR body, and would disgrace my family.  It’s really tantamount to watching a strip show!

Primary among such shows is Rick Harrison’s straight from Las Vegas “Pawn Stars.” Pawn Stars is a fabulous program! I love it, and it’s become my latest dirty little secret…now out in the open! We’ve agreed it’s the only pawn show we’ll watch.

Rick is an intelligent, witty and well-informed guy who actually makes wise choices about some seriously fabulous items brought to his shop. The experts Rick brings in to evaluate some of the items are so learned they add a dimension of knowledge and intelligence that rivals experts I’ve seen and heard from auction houses and museums in Boston. A couple of them are experienced in museum collections and authentic documents of early America and England…so interesting to hear and watch. I have learned a good deal from Rick, his dad and these experts.

One of the most fetching (did I use that word?) and hilarious things about the show is Chumly, Rick’s doofus nephew. Chum is a complete novice at pawn, and life, it seems. He has no idea what’s “good” and what’s “fake,” what are stolen goods, what’s trash and what’s treasure. He is a guy whose life is chockful of accidents and mishaps; i.e., nearly everything he touches falls apart, breaks down, or costs the shop money. In fact, Chum nearly costs his grandad more money than the shop brings in on some days! In the latest episode, Chumly test flies a valuable, antique kite and snags it on a highwire electrical tower…you flew it–you can’t get it down–you bought it! And, poor Chum is always shocked by these manifistations of Murphy’s Law in his life.

Chumly is the fall guy for the show, and makes it all worthwhile to watch…just for the hilarity of it. Rick’s dad is also sooo funny as he glumly and stoically mumbles his way through all the trials and troubles of the shop and Chum. And, Big Hoss, Rick’s son, who is assigned to watch over and teach Chum, as well as to be the Ass’t Mgr., lumbers along making a couple of wise choices on the way, but mostly watching Chumly mess up and telling on him. Honestly, Chum is the best comedic character on tv.

All this to give you some kind of intro. into Rick Harrison’s new book “License To Pawn” which I wholeheartedly recommend for your sweethearts and you when you want a different ride on the wild side.

Books I’m Anxious To Read Before 2011

I simply cannot believe we’re fast approaching a new year and I’m way behind in all the books I wanted to read this year!!   Now I have to make a list of those I want to finish before January 1st, 2011:

1)   The Iron Duke  by Maljean Brook

2)   The Widower’s Tale     by    Julia Glass

3)   Mothers & Other Liars   by   Amy Bourret

4)   Dark Origins ~ Level 26      by   Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski  (NEW! Access digital cyber-bridge videos..immersive storytelling experience)

5)  Look Again      by   Lisa Scottoline

6)   Adam and Eve        by   Naslan

7)   The Windup Girl      by   Paol Bacigalupi     (a steampunk novel….Hugo & Nebula prize winner for 2010)

8)   33 AD by David McAfee

  *I’ve begun this great book and will soon be writing my review on it.  It’s a fantastic Vampire novel with a bizzare twist that’s not to be missed!  David was kind enough to send a copy to me with a personal note.   I’ve been slightly afraid to read this book, though…        You’ll see why when you search for it!!!

See  www.amazon.com    for link to these books above……

There are several more that I’ve started and need to finish quickly, but the above are the ones I simply have to read before it’s too late! 

Let me know what’s on your “Before the New Year List.”     I’ll be busy making my “Books I Have to Read This Winter List!”

Your Very Bookish Dame

“Game of Thrones..” Pre-review

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I’m actually pretty well into this fabulous book by George R.R. Martin.  Recommended by my favorite bookish boy at our local B&N bookstore, I was very hesitant at the beginning, but within minutes it had me on the a fantasy trip that I never wanted to put away. 

 Mr. Martin is a genius of fantasy writers. I love his descriptions of the world he creates, the creatures, the beings, and also (for an interior designer and artist like I am) his wonderful descriptions of clothing, architecture and interiors.

This is a book not to be missed.  Martin is absolutely the pinnicale of writers in this genre.  And, the added bonus is that this is only the first in this “Thrones” series.

One word of caution, here…. these books are fat, big volumes (thank God!!) and are not for those who want a quick read.  I personally love that about them.  :]   Please do yourself a favor and try a sample on your Kindle!

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New Deanna Raybourn Book!

Review: Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT

http://luxuryreading.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/dark-road-to-darjeeling.jpgReviewed by Jenna A.

Deanna Raybourn submerses us in a world of ball gowns, Rajahs, mystery and death in the 1889 setting of Dark Road to Darjeeling. Set in India, the story begins with a series of small introductions to the Marchs, a predominant family stretched across continents and time. At a time when gowns were seen commonplace, private investigators flourished and mystery in the world still abounded, the story finds us at the honeymoon of our most notorious and elusive characters, Brisbane and Lady Julia.

On their world travels, the newly married Brisbane and Lady Julia are suprised to find in their dining parlor Plum and Portia, Lady Julia’s siblings, beckoning them to India.

Upon arrival, Portia tells a story about her once lover, Jane, who had ran away to India to marry Portia’s distant cousin; the cousin died shortly after under mysterious circumstances. Begging Brisbane and Julia to accompany her to India, they embark unknowingly on a trip of disaster, and deeply hidden secrets. Slowly and reluctantly, Portia reveals to her sister that she indeed fears the worst: that Mr. Cavendish, Jane’s husband, was murdered and Jane may be next. Quietly and without arousing suspicions, Lady Julia must find the truth in a family tree where secrets rule lives.

Thoughtful and whimsical, Dark Road to Darjeeling has the air of a classic 19th century exotic mystery. With an airy yet solid plot and strong subtext, the story allows the readers to think outside the box, and explore their thoughts, feelings, and suspicions in the fantastical world of The Marchs and Cavendishs.

The story was entertaining, however, what it gained and achieved in plot and flow, it lacked slightly in climactic tones and suspense, leaving readers in a monotone pattern of satisfaction. Written with a feminine undertone, Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia is definitely appealing to the more romance taken, unfortunately leaving the book less as a craving for the male and dark mystery infatuated readers.

Raybourn has created another successful addition for fans of the series who were left wanting more after Lady Julia and Brisbane’s last appearance. I would not recommend this novel to those who find interest in darker or more thriller-type mysteries; however, I would highly recommend this story to those female readers who crave just a little bit more romance and intrigue in their everyday lives.

Please visit Deanna Raybourn’s website to learn more about her books.

Jenna lives in a small town in Ohio with her fiance and cat Osiris. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also a painter, poet, fiction writer, and amateur photographer.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Mira Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

Bookish Dame turns 60 and talks Readers

 

It's good to be bookish!

Ahhh, it’s been a long and fruitful 55 years of reading and stacking beloved books in my arms, around myself,  on my tables, in my bed, on my bookcases, and in my dreams, etc….   Now, with the new age of darling “readers,”  I’m enjoying just another way to love my books and to carry them with me in stacks and multiples.   Yes, I’m a Kindle-lover….as you know, my Kindle – Miss Stella – is one that practically never leaves my side.

I have to say, it’s also a sheer wonder to be able to have Amazon.com give us their free online reader and the option to have our ebooks sent to it so we can read from our laptops when we’d like to.  I love the size of text I can get there, and that I can store even more books, don’t you know!  :P    ‘though I believe you have to have a Kindle or two to be able to access this option.

The best new find I’ve made this year has to be the ability to download ebooks free from my public library and other libraries across the Nation onto my laptop.  I’m so thrilled to have this new (to me) resource for the latest ebooks and audio books without charge.  What a treasure trove.   The downside to this is that Amazon does not include this feature on our Kindles at this time.  Rats! 

Barnes & Noble,  allows one to download their  online reader and actually purchase B&N ebooks, and get free samples of books; and, one does not have to own a Nook reader to do this.  The Nook is fast becoming the “new girl in school” with its capacity to purchase ebooks, to download audio books, and to download books for free from local and national libraries.  In addition, it offers its own awesome, designer covers  to carry it in (I love the Kate Spade cover, myself).  Those nookish babies seem to have it all.   The Nook’s audio book option comes in handy for getting those free audios from libraries, as well.  Sigh….   It makes one think of having a sister for Miss Stella.  Maybe we could call her Newella…I wouldn’t want to call her Cinderella, just because her inventors gave her a name that’s used and abused in a nookie-ish way.  :[     Until we had this new library access, the step-sister of readers, The Nook, was just a shadow of her sister, Kindle!   ;0

We can’t move on without discussing the Sony Reader, can we?  I don’t know much about this one.  I hear it’s quite similar to the Nook.  Can somebody give it a rating in comments here?    My  son gave my daughter one for Christmas, and she’s just getting around to using it.  Those who have formerly lacked the cash to purchase ebooks on Kindle and other readers, now have that library downloading option which Sony also enjoys….so this has made a difference in peoples’ lives.   I think we’ll see more of this  Reader out there very soon.   

My only question is this— if Dell and Apple can make their computers and laptops in such yummy colors, why can’t the eReaders make theirs appealing in this way, too?    Are you listening Amazon????

Now, finally, let me get to my Book List for the early Summer. 

In the category of Vampirish Books I have the following lined up for Summer reading:

Halfway to the Grave;   At Grave’s EndDestined for an Early Grave;  and One Foot in the Grave:  Night Huntress Novels  by Jeaniene Frost    These novels tell the story of a young woman who is half human and half vampire….she hunts vampires for a living with her lover, Bones, who is a vampire hunter, himself.  Go figure.  I love the first book, so far.

Skin Trade; Bullet; and Burnt Offerings:  by  Laurell K. Hamilton     This really should go into a sex and the vampire/werewolf/masochistic/sado/hunter/shape shifter/nuvo- syfy/ mystery category.   Get my drift?  ( That’s a ’60’s saying, Children)

SyFy, Psychic Mystery/Thrillers of a Strange Nature:     Through Violet Eyes  by Stephen Woodworth   There is a series of these books about the Violet Eyed people which I’m anxious to get through.  The violet eyed ones have the capacity to channel dead people and are used by the Gov’t to hunt killers and such.   Great reads by a good author.

Novels of the Straight and Narrow Sort:    “Rush Home Road”  by Lori Lansens    She also wrote “The Girls,” which I very strongly recommend to my bloggish readers!  It’s a fabulous novel about conjoined twin girls growing up.  Thus, anything Lori writes is on my reading list.  This “Rush Home…” has gotten great reviews from my daughter and friends.

“Lion’s Gate” and “Lion”  by Nelson DeMille    Nelson the Great    Nelson the Man Writer…..I love Nelson.  I hope there’s not a lonely, illiterate soul out there who hasn’t read a Nelson DeMille book.  If so, please start with “Charm School.”    Please don’t tell anyone if you haven’t read any of his books, yet.  It will be scandalous.

A Novel of Unusual Taste:  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.    All I can say about this one is go quickly….I can’t think of a more urgent word at the moment….just rush…to a library website and download this book.   It is so fabulous, so funny and so avant garde that you’ll stay home from work to read it.   Be quick about it….OMG, you’re going to love me for this recommendation.   I was laughing through the whole thing!   It’s a sort of humor with a skeleton attached that you’ll die for.   Does that make sense?   You’ll just have to see for yourself.

City of God, a Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York, by Beverly Swerling.   And I quote the LA Times here, “A whopping saga…whose every strange chapter–teeming with bizarre medicine, slave uprisings, executions, thriving brothels, and occasional cannibalistic Indians–brings forth shocks of recognition.”       I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to ” recognize”  any of those things just about now; however, I’m willing and hell-bent for leather to find out about them!!!

Books I Need To Read and/or ReRead for My Continuing Education:     “Tree of Smoke,”  a National Book Award Winner, by Denis Johnson;     “Matterhorn:  A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Malantes;   Columbine by Dave Cullen;  “To The Lighthouse,”  by Virginia Woolf

Classics:    “The Tenant of Windfell Hall,”  by Anne Bronte;    Selected Stories by Edith Wharton

So, that’s my Summer Reading list at this time.  You know I’m adding as I go along and not listing things, I’m sure.  I have my little M&M chocolate peanut sins like the J.R. Ward Brotherhood vampires to keep me warm, and others like it.   And, I love the ocassional Georgette Heyer or the like, Regency romances with a touch of mystery to loosen things up a bit around here.    Also,  who can resist anything new from the greatest forensic and women detective authors like Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter?

I have to go now….have to watch the new episode of  “True Blood,” that I’ve recorded for tonight.  Can’t wait to see what Sookie Stackhouse is up to. 

Tell me all about your new reads and what you think of mine….and vampires….and Sookie….and Edith Wharton, etc.    I’m listening.

Your Bookish Dame

60th Birthday

You're only as old as your library card!

Runaway Books and Lost Bookish Friends!

I’ve been away most of the last 4 months, so I’m sure I’ve chased off my readers and blogging bookish friends! Come back, I pray!!!  Where I’ve been is a long and boring story, so let me get right to the books.

Here’s a list of the latest ones I’ve been reading, and some that are finding their way into my bedside stacks:

Mrs. Lincoln  by Catherine Clinton – a very readable and interesting insight into America’s true First Lady

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith – what a writer Mr. G-S is!  I was nearly believing this story and had to catch myself several times!  If you’re going to read any of these type of classics to monsterish books, please do yourself a favor and try this excellent writer.  He also wrote:  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Kitchen House-  Katharine     :  OMGosh!  If you haven’t read this book, go quickly to your nearest bookstore or get on your Kindle and buy it!  I’d never say this unless I meant it…and coming from me, a die-hard Southerner, you can take it as gospel – this is the best book I’ve read about slavery and the connections of white and black Southerners since  Gone With the Wind.   This is a must read this year…I’m telling you.  The author isn’t from the South, so I’m sure she had to have been led by the spirits of the land to have written this with such insight and knowledge.

Look Me in  the Eye- John Elder Robison:  Mr. Robison is the brother of Augusten Burroughs whom you may recognize as the author of Running With Scissors.  This book tells his story of a life with Asperger’s syndrome.  My daughter works privately with a child with Asperger’s and I’ve been so curious about what it means to have this syndrome having heard that the founder of Microsoft, possibly Einstein, and other extraordinary men of history are thought to have it.  John Elder brings us along his childhood into adulthood in such a fascinating way that I soon forgot that I was thinking like he was and experiencing a sort of aggitation at his writing…until it dawned on me that I was experiencing the actual ways it felt to be and deal with Asperger’s people!    This is one of the most interesting books of this genre I’ve read.

Secrets of Eden- Chris Bojalian-  Well, what can I say except that this was a light-weight book for Chris.  It was a good idea that didn’t quite make it.  Had very little impact and ended with a “pffftt” instead of a bang.  I don’t know…it’s a paperback buy at best.  A poolside, beachy book that you care if it gets wet.  This is the story of a priest in a small New England town who gets himself embroiled in the life and death of a lady parrishner.  The lady ends up being killed by her abusive husband.  I won’t give away the story…..   :]

The Boundless Deep- by Kate Brallier:   I’ve just started this really fascinating book about a young woman who has dreams of whaling and an old lover….  She wonders if it’s reincarnation…Some of the story takes place in Nantucket so far.   I love this sort of gothic, mysterious, whaling, story….

The Forgotten Garden- by Kate Morton:  This is a book I’ve just started.  What drew me to it was the cover review which offered, “A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913.  She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book–a beautiful volume of fairy tales.”

The Story Sisters- by Alice Hoffman:  Alice Hoffman is one of our best authors of this generation for her genre.  I’ve been reading her books and loving them since the 1970’s….and she never fails to please.  This book was another of her best.  The story sisters are three magical, mysterious sisters who divide their time between the US and Paris.  They have their own “twin-type” language and a “world” created in the finest detail that they spend hushed moments in for  hours.  The older two sisters have an ominous secret that they share, but we only get hints of until the end of the book.  Here, though, we are introduced to the most beautiful and interesting girls, their amazing grandmamere, neighbors and animals.  Ms. Hoffman is known for her human stories with just a pinch of the magical, and this book is a “hold it to you chest,” and love it book.  You might remember her for “Practical Magic” which they made into the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.    Everyone,  go read this book this Summer.

The Swan Thieves- by Elizabeth Kostova:  There were lots of  mixed reviews on this book.  Mostly people who had read “The Historian,” were disappointed in Ms. K’s second attempt.  I wasn’t at all dis-appointed.  I thought this story of an apparently deranged man slashing a famous painting in a museum, and the psychiatrist who tried to help him by solving the mysterious intricacies of his life and past was a great read.  I’d give this book a strong 4 on a scale of 5.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood- by J. R. Ward:   I’m completely hooked on these Blood Brothers as many of my reading friends are.  Sigh…..  If you haven’t tried one, all I can say is you’re missing out on something……  :]

Roses- by Leila Meacham:  Thoroughly enjoyed this book as a no brainer, easy to read, old fashioned historical, and generational novel with a mysterious twist.   I came to really like and enjoy the characters.  This is a good book.

Waiting to Read:     Jane Slayre,  another Brotherhood book,  Cutting for StoneThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Postmistress, Hunger Games

Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to write reviews, but I hope I’ve given you some ideas on books to take a look at in the next weeks.  When you comment, please be sure to leave me some suggestions of books you’ve liked, as well.  I’m really interested in your books, too!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Your Bookish Dame

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Latest Reads January 19, 2010

I’m already picking up and reading things off my list because I unfortunately left my Kindle Stella in Las Vegas when I was visiting my son week before last.  We had a great visit…and I got to see my darling little grandson, Jack, who is about 2 1/2 yrs. old. 

Anyway, without my Kindle and the latest downloads of books, I was forced to forage among my own unread books and came up with these:

“Blackbird”    by   Jennifer Lauck        

 This memoir was even more striking and absolutely absorbing than any I had ever read.  The horrors of Jennifer’s childhood are startling and so astonishing, one wonders how she had the inner strength to endure and survive.  I loved this book and highly recommend it to all of my bookish friends.  It’s a book that will stay with you a very long time.   I’m trying to find her sequel now, which Barnes & Noble didn’t have last night….  On a quest… !

“Glass Castles,”  by Jeanette Walls   

I’ve just started this memoir again.  I think I had read the beginning of it some time ago and put it down.  Anyway, it’s the continuation of “Half Broke Horses,” and it’s another relentlessly good page-turner.  I can hardly put it down to go to bed at night!   Even if you haven’t read, “Half Broke…,”  do yourself a favor and get this book in paperback.  You can always read to prequel later….  It’s sooo good.

I’m continuing my reading on, “..Swans.”   Another wonderful book.  For those of my friends who listen to audible books while you stitch, this can only be great that way, too.  But, readers, you’ll really love curling up with this one.  Right now I’m on a section where the psychiatrist visits the home of our psychotic artist to interview his exwife….  very interesting!!!    I’m telling you..this is a gooood  book!

When shopping at Barnes & Noble and Books a Million:     I wasn’t planning on new books, but there was a big sale….

3 of these and 1 free–someone I haven’t read and thought was interesting in our vampire hunting genre: Kim Harrison, a new author for me.   We’ll have to see how these go….

“White Witch, Black Curse”        “A Fistful of Charms”     “The Outlaw Demon Wails”    “For A Few Demons More”

And a few more Laurell K. Hamilton:  “Blood Noir”   “Harlequin”    and  “Narcissus in Chains”

So goes your Bookish Dame.   I love your comments and appreciate hearing from you with your current reads and lists and your blogs.  So, please let me know who  you are!

Thanks for visiting me…   Deb

 

Kindle Katches and New Books

New books downloaded from Kindle:

Skeletons at the Feast”  by Chris Bohjalian.    WWII character perspectives, with new and powerful insights that will live in my mind forever.

The Big Girls”  by Susanna Moore.  A woman psychiatrist and her female patient who are both suffering from loss and guilt….  Moore is an awesome writer.

 New books from Borders trip:

Free Food for Millionaires”  by Min Jin Lee.  This one has been on every bestseller’s list across the country!  An Ivy League girl with a Korean family background, who has a secret obsession for reading the Bible, loves expensive clothes and has a hunky white boyfriend…etc..?  I’ve got to read this one!!!

Open Me”  by Sunshne O’Donnell.  Seems like I’ve been waiting forever to hear a story like this one.  A young girls lifelong secret training in the ancient, forbidden art of being a funeral mourner…an illegal profession, but one which has been passed down mother to daughter for thousands of years.

Human Traces”  by Sebastian Faulks.  Two young boys with an interest in science and psychiatry grow up in France and England, then come together to found a clinic in Austria.  A female patient whom they each want to treat in different ways comes between them. 

All of these are fabulous reads!  I took the time today to write reviews of each of them, but the entries got erased somehow.  I can just tell you that it’s too demoralizing to write a third time!! :[    But, suffice it to say that the above books are varied, but wonderful.  Please go to Amazon.com to see the covers and read reviews for yourselves.

I’m having alot of trouble putting “Skeletons,” and “Human Traces” down at the moment.  I’m afraid to start “Open Me,” more than an intro. first chapter, because I know I’ll be up all night reading it!  And, I can’t wait to start “Free Food…”

Please leave comments and your blog addys so I can visit you and see what you’re reading, too.

Your Bookish Dame,    Deb

Amazon’s Kindle Means I’ve Been To The Bookstore…ish

I’ve been down and out this past 3 weeks, shifted from ER to hospital to home with a horrible bout of stuff worse than I want to talk about…and we don’t need to go there! 

On the bright side, this left me some small space of time for foraging with STELLA my Kindle “bedfella” in the Amazon bookstore.  I have to say that “Stella” was a priceless sidekick in my hospital bed.  She was lightweight and easy to maneuver with one hand while the other was stuck with IVs and such!  I always knew where she was and could easily reach for her or sleep with her!  She took me on trips to the “bookstore,” to archives, to browsings, to samples of books I might want to read, to a couple of new mystery magazines I subscribed to for fun, and to searching the stacks for books and reviews.  I never felt alone or bored!  I really hadn’t thought about my Kindle as a hospital companion….but “Stella” was the best I could have hoped for!  One book would have been too bulky for me with my issues, I would have had trouble with it, and it would have bored me in the amount of time I was there.   I can’t say enough about my “Stella!”

Here are some of my new purchases found while book-skimming with Stella:

  • The Madonnas of Leningrad      by  Debra Dean
  • North and South                        by  Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • The Death Dealer                       by  Heather Graham
  • Down River                                by  John Hart
  • The Big Girls                              by  Susanna Moore
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party   by  Susan Vreeland
  • Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine!   Subscription
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine!  Subscription

Some of the books I was able to sample (this consists of at least a chapter of each book or more…) and to archive in Stella are:

  • The Rain Before It Falls              by  Jonathan Coe
  • Mistress of the Revolution        by  Catherine Delors
  • The Luxe                                   by  Anna Godbersen
  • The Jewel Trader of Pergu          by  Jeffery Hantover
  • The Third Angel                         by  Alice Hoffman
  • Child 44                                     by Tom Rob Smith
  • The Sociopath Next Door           by  Martha Stout PHd

All in all…for one who was otherwise miserable with medicine and no food…I had alot of fun in the hospital with my bookstore visits and reading.   I read several of the short mystery stories and just loved them.  They actually reminded me of when I was a teenager and we couldn’t watch tv, and had to read…my brothers and I collected comic books or mystery-type magazines and spent hours with them…losing track of time and place just like with books.  I’m delighted to now have these mystery stories on my Kindle.

All of the books I sampled are now on my wishlist.  It’s amazing how you can really get into a book when you actually have time to read a chapter of it. At the book shops I find I’m overwhelmed by the flashy covers and glamour of the whole thing.  And, I’m so bookish, of course,  I want to buy everything without even testing it!  I can’t test it!  I’m bedazzled and in a trance!   Whereas with my “Stella,” I have a small distance that actually gives me what I really, truly want which is the choice of books I would love if I read them. 

In the old days they used to repeat relentlessly, “You can’t tell a book by it’s cover!”   (With the proverbial depth of hidden meanings, naturally)  But, in truth, it used to plague me as a child while I devoutly worked my way through libraries like a nun entranced.  I was choosing several books based on their covers!!  A heresy!!  I tried to hide the fact like the heretic I was with every mumbled excuse I could muster…”Well, it has a great story…don’t look at the cover…you can just..we’ll take that cover off…it’s just…”   In truth, we are all bedazzled by the artwork, the covers speak to us, the guilding on beautiful leather makes our bookish hearts beat faster, the book itself is gorgeous and we love it for its looks.

With my Stella/Kindle I’m taken back to a place where I’m able to choose because of the context.  And, I’m finding my reading experience is becoming enriched by this.  I’m finding that I’m reading faster with my Kindle.  I can’t even believe I’m saying this because I continue to love my books and will always continue to buy them, though I know I will be able to pay a third the price if I just use my Kindle.

With all that said.  Reading is wonderful.  It’s a joy to have our books in whatever form.  Isn’t it amazing that God chose to leave us with a special gift throughout the Ages…His Word.  The Bible.  A Book.

Don’t leave home without one.  Hugs,  The Bookish Dame

A Trip to Bountiful!

I love a trek to the bookstore.  I call it a trip to Bountiful, don’t you?  Tonight, I decided to venture into the Psychology section, which is a new place for me….or at least one I haven’t visited for a while.  I started to find a book on Sigmond Freud, then realized I had already read and owned the classic volume on his life and writings.  So, my eyes fell to the lower shelf and I found this title:

The Art of Seduction

by Robert Greene

Here are some intriguing notes from the back cover:

“Get what you want by manipulating everyone’s greatest weakness: the desire for pleasure.  Seduction is the most subtle, elusive and effective form of power.  It’s as evident in  John F. Kennedy’s hold over the masses as it is in Cleopatra’s hold over Antony.  … The Art of Seduction takes us through the characters and qualities of the ten archetypal figures of seduction (including the Siren, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Charismatic, and the Star) and the 24 maneuvers by which anyone can overcome a victim’s futile resistance to the practice of this devastating and timeless art form.”

Wow!  I had to have this one!!  I’ll let you know how it is when I get a chance to read some of it.  Gotta go try it!!