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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things encountered during the week, etc.) Head over to her blog to link-up.

1. I played in the Alumni Band at the high school football game on Friday. It was a lot of fun. Here’s a picture of me hanging out on the sideline (I’m the short one wearing boots) during practice and one of the alumni and the high school band on the field.

2. I had to get tires on my car this week. It’s particularly annoying because my lease is up in December, but I just couldn’t put it off. One of them had a bulge in it and David thought it might blow if I took it on the highway.

3. We’re going back to visit Kenyon again this week. This time we’re touring the art department and Amber’s going to have lunch in the cafeteria. It’s a pretty selective (and expensive) school, and I think she’s really hoping to get in. I hope she doesn’t get disappointed. Does anyone know anybody who went to college there? Any advice?

4. I’m trying a 30 Day Paleo Challenge that started Aug 26. I’m doing really well during the week and blowing it every weekend. Pasta is my downfall, and no, spaghetti squash or “zoodles” will not cut it.

5. I’m listening to Glass Houses by Louise Penny. This is one of my favorite series, but I haven’t fallen in love with this particular book yet. I’m enjoying it, but not as much as I had anticipated.

How was your week? Any plans for this week?

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday

It’s certainly feeling like fall today – and the Pirates are still playing baseball! It’s been 20 years wince we had October baseball here. I don’t have any tickets to the games :(, but I’m watching them on TV. At least the ones that aren’t on the MLB channel.

Alright, most of you probably could care less about baseball, so let’s move right on to the books that found their way to my house over the month (or two). Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued.  Gina of Book Dragon’s Lair will be hosting the meme for the month of October.


Leaving Annalise by Pamela Fagan Hutchins (review) – from the author and Pump Up Your Book

A Cruise to Die for by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins –  from Thomas and Mercer

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott – from Thomas and Mercer

Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden – from the author and Pump Up Your Book

The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival by Stephanie Osborn (review) – from the author and Pump Up Your Book

The Case of the Displaced Detective: At Speed by Stephanie Osborn – from the author and Pump Up Your Book

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice – from Gallery Books via NetGalley

    secrets and lies  

The Bear Pit by Jon Cleary – from AudioGo via the Audiobook Jukebox

The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen – from AudioGo via the Audiobook Jukebox

The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin by Chris Ewan (review) – from AudioGo via the Audiobook Jukebox

First Time Killer by Alan Orloff – from the author

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen (review) – from AudioGo via the Audiobook Jukebox

Five Ring Circus by Jon Cleary (review) – from AudioGo via the Audiobook Jukebox

bear pit   french power   good thief   First time killer The roman hat mystery   Five ring circus



Top Ten Books I’d Love to See as a Movie or TV Show


top ten tuesday

There are some books I would love to see as movies or tv shows, assuming that they do it it right and don’t ruin the story or cast totally inappropriate people. Then there are some books that might actually work better as movies than they did as books. Now if some of these have already been made into movies or shows, I haven’t seen them – and they were probably disappointing anyway.

Top Ten Books I’d Love to See as a Movie or TV Show

  1. The Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny – Awesome characters and good plots. Actually, I think they’re working on the first one.
  2. Missing Barbados by Willem Pain – with the tropical location and all the explosions/crashes, it seems like it might make a better action movie than it did book.
  3. 1222 by Anne Holt – the setting is rather small, a hotel, and the time a matter of days, but I think the atmosphere, being trapped with a killer might work well.
  4. How to Date a Henchman by Mari Fee – Superhero romance, and not another Batman/Superman remake.
  5. The Yard by Alex Grecian – I’m a sucker for historical mysteries, in books or movies.
  6. Whiplash River by Lou Berney – Alright, maybe I have a thing for quirky crime stories, but they translate well to the screen, too.
  7. India Black  by Carol K. Carr – James Bond, except a woman in the Victorian Era. Spy fun in gorgeous clothes.
  8. The Salvu Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri or the Brunetti series by Donna Leon- Yes, I have a thing for detective stories. And Italy.
  9. Any Way You Want It by Kathy Love – Music and Sexy vampires. I think it would have an audience.
  10. Have Gun, Will Play by Camille LaGuire – I felt like I needed a Western to round out my list.
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