Monday, April 15, 2013

A Reading Life--Home is where the library is, or IS the library

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and also by The Sunday Salon.

Listening To:  Yup, still The Stand. I am SO loving this book! Stephen King creates some of the most interesting characters. My favorite in this book is Nick Androse. Whether you've read it or not, it won't be a spoiler to say that he's a deaf mute, but even though he can't talk, he's the most interesting and sweet character. And his companion, the developmentally impaired Tom Cullen, is a hoot and also a sweetie. 

Book finished: Unfortunately, nothing.

Reading: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau, The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry, The Waste Lands by Stephen King, Silk Road by Colin Falconer. I'm really beginning to wonder if I'm going to be able to finish all these.

Coming Up:  Wildish by Robert Parry, Night Demon by Lisa Kessler...was hoping to start Wicked by Gregory Maguire this month, but that may not happen. I'm still planning on reading The Exorcist for my Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon at the end of the month. And coming on April 26, my review of Lifetime of Achievement: 7 Goal Setting Strategies that Work by Jordan Maylea Ramirez.

Watching:  Tonight is the premiere of Defiance on the SyFy Channel. I have really been looking forward to it. Hope it's as good as it looks. Of course, still loving Doctor Who, but the new show over on BBC America, Orphan Black, is off the hook! I recommend it. Tonight is the series finale of Top of the Lake on Sundance Channel. I wish I would have known it was only one season. It's so good...I can't believe that's it. Game of Thrones is terrific. I'm really loving this season so far. Stand outs for me so far this season are Daenerys and Brienne of Tarth.

Making:  The Bacon Cheeseburger casserole I talked about making last week was okay. It was kind of a novelty dish and so we were all kind of 'meh' about leftovers. The Mexican Pizza in a Pan was outstanding. I will definitely be making it again. Still have yet to make the Crab and Spinach Casserole. These recipes are from the book 35 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes - The Quick and Easy Casseroles Collection.

I got this delicious looking recipe off Facebook last night...
Lazy Cake Cookies -1 box of yellow or white cake mix, 2 eggs beaten, 1 stick melted butter, 2C chocolate chips. Mix together and bake in 9X13 pan on 350 for 20 min. When cooled, cut into squares. **Edit Spray the pan with cooking spray for easy cutting and clean up. I used Butter Flavored Pam. (image and recipe credit)

Grateful for: Really just grateful to be alive. Grateful for my sons. Grateful for my new life. I'm feeling like the possibilities are endless.

Looking forward to:  

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon is coming the week of April 22 - 28. Have you signed up? You can do so HERE.

Join me for two weeks of writing our hearts out. Whether it's to work on your novel or other creative writing, or to catch up on reviews, this is the write-a-thon for you. Sit Down and Write 3 is coming May 1 - 14. You can find out more and sign up HERE.

Picture(s):  My room at my mom's is finally done! I took pictures today (they're not very good because it's a cell phone camera...sorry). It's my own private book nook! We opened the window today (fresh air) and the cats are both sitting in it, of course. I so wish these pictures were better. Oh well.

The view from the doorway. You can see Alice
in the window, Arya is blending in.
My desk
Non-Fiction shelves and Videos and DVDs on closet door.
There are books on the tops of the shelves too.
The start of the fiction books, just the top portion.
Fiction continued and Alice in the window
Fiction continues on...
The rest of the fiction (pretty much) with some
large edition non-fiction books. (terrible pic!)
These shelves literally are from floor to ceiling!
Behind my chair--in the small case, my journals
Other shelves--top shelf, self help, poetry, cat books--lower shelf, my Christmas books.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is being hosted by MariReads this month. (You can click the book covers in the BookBox to read book descriptions on Amazon)

BookBox: embed book widget, share book list

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Parma...from the Chunkster Reading Challenge blog

The Vampire Diaries: The Return #2--Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
Conspirata by Robert Harris
I, Victoria by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (no image, but link is there)
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans
The Second Mrs. Darcy by Elizabeth Aston


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  1. Hoping you do get around to reading Wicked as I'd be interested in what you though of it.

    I'm Loving your desk by the way.

  2. I hope you aren't trying to sleep in that room - the books mighttopple over on you!

  3. ENJOY your books.

    I love your book area. Lovely spot.

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  4. Don't feel bad. I only finished one audiobook last week and it was a novella (hides head in shame). I'm hoping this week is better but so far I continue to do everything but read.

    Your book nook looks like my room. My biggest fear is it toppling on one of the dogs. I have books layered three piles deep in there!

  5. Holy Smokes! That's a lot of books. I'd get lost in there and you'd never find me How'd you like Defiance? I have it in my queue, but haven't watched it yet.

  6. wowee! thanks for sharing pictures of your amazing library!

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