My Online Library


I’ve been a bit frustrated with my on line library.  The waiting list for books is INCREDIBLY long.  Too long.

Not long ago I was reading Mary of Country Threads’ blog.  She recommended the book Before the Fall.

Cover image for Before the Fall

I checked my on line library.  UGH.  I am now #72 on the list and there are 3 copies of the book.  Mary recently recommended two more books, The Woman in Cabin 10.  My online library has it…I am now #75 on 3 copies.  Another she recommended The Couple Next Door…I am #51 on 2 copies.  Wait, there’s more…. [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The Rivers Run Dry


I just finished up the audio book The Rivers Run Dry: A Raliegh Harmon Novel by  Sibella Giorello.

A couple months ago I put a hold on my Audible account.  I had bought three extra credits when I got laid up with my foot and my daughter Kayla gifted me some credits just a few days after I bought them.  I had an abundance of credits.  Then I got a message from Audible that I could only have a few credits at a time or I’d forfeit them. (that seems dumb to me) So I went on my online library and put a bunch of books on hold and started listening to Audible books for awhile.  I quickly saw that I couldn’t use up the credits fast enough so I put my credits on hold.

Well I’m caught up…but my account was still on hold.  I took the hold off but the new credits don’t start for a bit.  That left me book-less unless I bought credits.  Well I didn’t want to do that so that left me searching the on line library for books that were available immediately.  This one was one of them.

I was happy to find something different.  Everything I’ve been reading lately was pretty heavy so this was a treat….

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What I’m NOT Reading….


Have you noticed that I started giving up on books a little easier lately?  I really have-especially when the books are library books and I don’t have money invested into them.

The first book I gave up on was The Summer Before the War: A Novel  by Helen Simonson.

All of you who know me and my reading taste are likely shocked that I’d give up on this…It’s historical fiction that happened over the time of WWI.  I should have loved the book.  I didn’t though.  I am 3/4 of the way through and there is no plot….nothing interesting.  Nothing caught me.  It’s so slow and frankly boring.  There are no hints…no nothing that is making me care about any of these characters at all.  I gave up.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.”

Amazon readers say the book gets a 4 star rating…ugh.  No.  Don’t bother with this one!

The next book I gave up on is LaRose: A Novel    by Louise Erdrich
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What I’m Reading: You are One of Them


I took some time and added some books to my audio library.  It was a great thing to do over break.  I had time to peruse the selections and hopefully find some good ones.  I’ve been reading quite a bit of heavy things lately..Holocaust storied, sex trafficking stories.  I was ready for just a story that didn’t make me think.  I ended up picking up You Are One of Them: A Novel About Secrets, Betrayal, and the Friend Who Got Away by Elliot Holt.

This book had an underlying theme of Russia and the Cold War and what growing up during that time period would have entailed.  I very much enjoyed that part.  The story then takes the readers to Russia where a bit of a mystery lies.  Is the girl in Russia the same girl that grew up as a neighbor next door?  Sadly, we never know for sure.  I had really-really enjoyed the book and then in the last chapter when the author could have told us the truth…the author drops the ball.  So annoying especially when all along I thought it was a good book…it just ended.  The mystery, is still a mystery.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Sarah Zuckerman and Jennifer Jones are best friends in an upscale part of Washington, D.C., in the politically charged 1980s.  Sarah is the shy, wary product of an unhappy home: her father abandoned the family to return to his native England; her agoraphobic mother is obsessed with fears of nuclear war.  Jenny is an all-American girl who has seemingly perfect parents.  With Cold War rhetoric reaching a fever pitch in 1982, the ten-year-old girls write letters to Soviet premier Yuri Andropov asking for peace.  But only Jenny’s letter receives a response, and Sarah is left behind when her friend accepts the Kremlin’s invitation to visit the USSR and becomes an international media sensation.  The girls’ icy relationship still hasn’t thawed when Jenny and her parents die tragically in a plane crash in 1985.

Ten years later, Sarah is about to graduate from college when she receives a mysterious letter from Moscow suggesting that Jenny’s death might have been a hoax.  She sets off to the former Soviet Union in search of the truth, but the more she delves into her personal Cold War history, the harder it is to separate facts from propaganda.

You Are One of Them is a taut, moving debut about the ways in which we define ourselves against others and the secrets we keep from those who are closest to us.  In her insightful forensic of a mourned friendship, Holt illuminates the long lasting sting of abandonment and the measures we take to bring back those we have lost.”

Amazon readers gave the book 3.8 stars.  Ugh.  I sure wish I had looked before I invested the time into the book as typically if Amazon readers don’t give a book 4 stars, I skip the book.  So I guess that might be what I’d suggest…skip it.