Saturday, March 11, 2017
kay's week - 3.11.17
Did you know that tonight is the night to 'spring forward' into Daylight Savings Time (well, unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii or some US territories)? Does it mess up your inner clock? I think it does for me a bit, but not too horribly. My husband is always delighted because this means that there is more daylight at the end of his work day and he can stop and hit golf balls or even play a few holes. So remember, 'spring forward' tonight!
I've been reading...
I had a good reading week - 2 books in print and 1 on audio. All were enjoyable.
The Widow's House by Carol Goodman and I was pleased with it. This book was published this week, but I had an advance copy. I read Goodman's previous book River Road earlier in the year and liked it well enough, but her latest was full of Gothic goodies. Set in the same area as the previous book, The Widow's House tells of a young couple, Jess and Clare, who move from New York City to be caretakers of Riven House, owned by their former college professor. The house has a history of being haunted and the family is said to be cursed. There are cries in the night, spooky apparitions, and the weather plays a big part in the story. The reader isn't sure if Clare, who is telling the tale, is quite right in her mind or if there are indeed supernatural goings-on. I had a good time with this one and plan to read more of this author's books.
The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home. This is the 2nd in The Sea Detective series and it was narrated by David Monteath. Set on the Northwest coast of Scotland, this book was lovely. Cal McGill is an oceanographer and a unique investigator. He studies sea currents and is able to predict where they might take anything that finds its way into the ocean. This could be oil spills, other things dumped into the water or even a body. In this book, Cal meets a young woman named Violet. She has come to this area to discover what she can about her mother, Megan Bates, who abandoned Violet as an infant and then walked into the sea. There is more going on in the small village of Poltown and secrets abound. Someone or several someones have a vested interest in hiding what actually happened to Megan Bates. I read the first book in this series last year and, though this one doesn't have a storyline that is as personal to Cal's life, I found it very interesting. I look forward to trying the next in the series, The Malice of Waves, soon.
Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger. This is the latest in Unger's loosely connected series set in an upstate New York town, The Hollows. And this continues the story of investigator Jones Cooper and renowned psychic Eloise Montgomery, who have helped many people find their 'lost' loved ones. Ink and Bone introduces us to Finley Montgomery, Eloise's 20-year-old granddaughter, also gifted with the ability to see things that others can't. A young girl, Abbey Gleason, has been taken from her family and her father and brother shot and left on a hiking trail. Months pass with no clue as to what has happened. Other girls have gone missing in the past and Finley finds herself connected to these tragedies in a way that her grandmother is not. Is it time to pass the torch from Eloise to Finley? Everyone that lives in this area knows - what The Hollows wants, it gets. I've loved this series - part mystery, part supernatural, but not always in a way the reader expects. As long as Lisa Unger keeps writing about The Hollows, I'll keep reading.
A little project...
I decided to start a little project this week that I'd been thinking about. I've shared that I've kept notebooks with almost all my reading choices detailed since 1993 - 24 years now. I used to have a spreadsheet that I was able to update, manipulate and sort, but when my computer hard drive died late last year, my spreadsheet was gone. I thought about recreating it, but decided it was too much work. However, I have had occasions to wish that I could check where I left off in a series or determine if I had indeed read a book that I was thinking of. I had not joined Goodreads in the past, as it seemed like just one more 'social' thing to keep up with. However, this week, I joined and have started marking all those books 'read' and 'date finished'. It will take me a while, but I can do this at my leisure and it's been very interesting actually seeing the covers of the books I read in 1993, 1994, etc., and not just a column in a spreadsheet. I've found that I didn't even remember some of the authors, much less the books. Do you 'do' Goodreads? I think I'll like being able to sort and check what I've read again.
My husband returned from his trip to Arizona last week having sat next to a guy who coughed all the way back to Texas. And, yes, it was a cold that gentleman shared and we both were 'lucky' enough to get it. Happily, it hasn't lasted too long. I was able to attend a 'Friends of the Library' meeting on Monday and take the picture below before I went inside. I've shown this little sculpture before. It's a great one. The kids who come to the library for storytime love it and you can often find moms standing around visiting and kids sitting near and crawling all over it. I think that the flowers are wisteria and I also believe it's blooming earlier than usual. Love the purple! Have a great week - wishing all lots of reading and relaxing!
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I also thoroughly enjoyed The Woman Who Walked into the Sea. I think, possibly, slightly more than the first book but both were excellent. Must grab a copy of The Malice of Waves soon.ReplyDelete
As you know, I do Goodreads. I think you'll find it's not a madly 'social' thing. It *can* be but it can also be a quiet corner where you keep track of what you're reading and pick up some really good book recs. It's up to you really. I like the site as I'm a natural list keeper and enjoy all the shelves you can create. Good luck with all your listing.
Yes, I'm liking the fact that I can create shelves for each year. I'm a strange one in that I actually like data entry - always have. I don't tell too many people that. Odd looks from them. LOLDelete
The time change does mess with me a little bit.ReplyDelete
I'm glad to see Ink and Bone is good because I hope to read it soon.
I've been on GoodReads for a while but have never gone back to update books I've read in the past.
I hope y'all are back to normal!
We are much better and if storms would quit moving through, my sinuses would feel a lot more normal. Ah well. Storms come here in the spring.Delete
I do an intricate spreadsheet and Goodreads. And I would be devastated if I lost m spreadsheet! I store mine in the Cloud so it's not at risk for a hard drive crash.ReplyDelete
I should have done that with mine. All I can say is that my computer was older (in computer life) and that spreadsheet had been moved from a computer even older than the one that died. I have actually enjoyed going through the old notebooks and entering the books I've read. Nice memories. And I'm very happy they now have a rereading feature.Delete
It usually takes a couple of weeks for me to adjust to the time change. You wouldn't think an hour either way would, but it does. And I swear I get sick a week after flying every single time. Hope you feel better soon. I had to check my GR profile to see how long I've been recording my reading. August 2007! Didn't realize it had been that long. I like it as a way to keep track.ReplyDelete
Yes, airplanes are full of icky air and germs or at least I think so. My husband sat next to a woman a year or so ago that had a mask on (surgical) and pretty much covered her whole head. She was a little odd. LOLDelete
I'm not quite ready to spring forward, but will have to adapt. Again! I joined GR in 2007, but didn't really use it until 2012. It does help to keep track, although I don't always record the books I read. Duh.ReplyDelete
I'm enjoying entering these old books. Good memories. Of course, I'm an odd one that actually likes data entry. Ha!Delete
Even though we're retired I still find the time change affects me. I belong to Goodreads. Even though I keep book journals I find Goodreads a good way to track my reading.ReplyDelete
Yes, that time change, even an hour, is a bit tough. We find that when we vacation in New Mexico. Happily, we are early risers anyway and for me, somehow that helps.Delete
Now I'm even more excited to read THE WIDOW'S HOUSE! I'm #1 on the reserve list at the library -- now the book just needs to actually come in. The Sea books sound excellent. I'll have to look into those. I've had INK AND BONE on my radar, just haven't had time to get to it. Glad it's worth the read.ReplyDelete
I love Goodreads, although I'm not all that active on there. I'd love to be friends on there -- I'm Susan Jensen :)
OK, I went and sent you a friend request, once I figured out how to do that. Hope you like THE WIDOW'S HOUSE when you receive it. And I think you'd like the Sea Detective books. They are not thrillers, but good solid mysteries.Delete
We don't change this weekend in the UK - it's on 26 March. It does take me some time to adjust. I liked The Woman Who Walked into the Sea but preferred the first book. However, The Malice of Waves is my favourite of the three - I loved it.ReplyDelete
I'm on Goodreads too and as Cath said it's as social as you want it to be. I'm still bringing my reading dates up to date for the years before I joined - an enjoyable task.
I'm so glad to know that THE MALICE OF WAVES is worthwhile. I'll have to read it soon. And I love the fact that you think bringing your lists up to date is enjoyable. Think it's a former library staff thing? LOLDelete
I expect so, Kay :) I love making lists and indexes too, left over from when I was a cataloguer!Delete
I love Mark Douglas-Home's books! The Carol Goodman books sound good too. I am on Goodreads. I so need to 'clean up' all my book lists on there��. I've had the Read Scotland group there for several years now. I'm glad your colds didn't last too long!ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm glad about the colds too. I ought to do Read Scotland some year, but I've kind of avoided challenge type things because of being in book groups.Delete
I use Goodreads. Helps to keep track of what you read and how you liked the books if you choose to add a review. I have been offered several good books from authors on there also. I HATE the time change. I am tired until we fall back.(not really but it takes a long time to adjust). And if you have pets, they don't know the time changed. They stay on standard time. I am in favor of leaving it one way or the other.ReplyDelete
I know you and so many others have used it. Decided just to try and see if it would work to keep my lists. Think it will be very useful.Delete
Sorry to hear you imported a cold but it sounds as though you've got some good reading done. The Lisa Unger looks particularly good.ReplyDelete
In the UK we have a couple of weeks to wait until the clocks go forward - I tend to get used to it quickly but when we are out of sync with the US it means I have to remember when I contact my colleagues there.
I do wish I'd kept a log of all the books I'd read, I do use goodreads as a logging mechanism too and occasionally I see an older book that I've read so I can add it roughly to the year too.
Yes, I'm very happy that I've kept notebooks of all my books for that period of time. I really wish I had done it all my life. I knew a lady once who had notebooks from when she was 8 years old and forward. Wouldn't that be fun to see?Delete
We all used to say 'spring forward' and 'fall back' but now the powers that be have chosen to put the clocks ahead while it is still winter. Could they not have waited a week?! So, around here we are now saying 'march forth.' I put a quote by Gladys Taber on the blog a long time ago, and I still believe it. "I do wish the government would have one time all year and keep it."ReplyDelete
Well, winter is a relative term (know that the calendar and moon tell us when winter ends and spring begins), certainly here. I just know that my hubby is much happier living in Daylight Savings Time. Wish we could just stay on it. He dreads when we switch back - calls it 'the dark time'. LOLDelete
And, as you well know, that is my happy time!Delete
Okay so I'm just adding ALL of the books that you read this week to my TBR (well besides Ink and Bone which is already on there). I'm a fan of Goodman- you should try Arcadia Falls by her which is also very good. I'm excited for the longer days but the time change always messes with me. Have a great week Kay!!ReplyDelete
I'll put ARCADIA FALLS on my list too. We really all are enablers of each other aren't we? LOLDelete
LOL....we certainly are, but isn't it wonderful what we enable each other about? :)Delete
Ooooo....I am almost done with THE WIDOW'S HOUSE. It had a slow start for me, but it has me turning the pages quickly now. :) You commented about it on my blog a few Monday's ago.ReplyDelete
I am worried about Clare right now.
THE WOMAN WHO WALKED INTO THE SEA sounds VERY good.
Thanks for sharing, Kay.
Yes, hope you enjoy the rest of THE WIDOW'S HOUSE. From the two books I've read by Goodman, it does seem that she writes stories that have a slower start. However, once all the 'things' start, watch out! LOLDelete
Oh yeah on the "watch out."Delete
I only have a few pages to go and can't turn the pages fast enough. :)
Great books on your list. I'm not used to daylight savings time, but I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of it :)ReplyDelete
Oh, yes, after a few days, it's always fine for me. I do enjoy the evenings with more light.Delete
The Widow's House sounds intriguing!ReplyDelete
I don't keep any book updates so Goodreads is the best place for me not only to keep records but also seeing what my GR friends read/review. :) And thanks for adding me as a friend there, Kay!
My pleasure, Melody! I think you might like THE WIDOW'S HOUSE.Delete
I detest Daylight Savings Time. I would MUCH rather have more daylight in the morning than in the evenings. It takes me way too long to recover from the hour shift, and I suspect at times that I never do recover. I feel much more awake and alert in the winter months during standard time. Go figure.ReplyDelete
I do Goodreads for books I have read only. I use LibraryThing for all of the books I own but still need to read. I also have a workbook that I keep on Google Docs. Of course, I am a spreadsheet geek, so I know I am going overboard.
Yes, I know not everyone agrees with my hubby. However, he's all about the light. He leaves for work in the dark and hates the time when his coming home is also in the dark. He was pretty miserable about that when we lived in Oregon.Delete
I attended our Friends of the Library board meeting tonight. It's fun to be more involved. Almost makes me want to work there again :)ReplyDelete
I know exactly what you mean!Delete
Sounds like another good week - except for those colds. I'm loving the sound of the Mark Home book. I love books set in Scotland for one thing. Good luck with your project. It sounds like a big one. I hope this week is good for you too.ReplyDelete
Margot, I think you'd like that Sea Detective series. It's a bit different. I'm enjoying my 'project'. Fun to remember all the books I've read (and some I'd forgotten!).Delete
The Spring ahead day always means I am sleepy the whole week. *yawn* After being really behind on so many things, this week is not off to a great start for catching up. lol But it is worth it when we start seeing more daylight. :)ReplyDelete
I agree. I like more daylight in the evenings.Delete
Late in commenting - but I think those are mountain laurels (said the daughter of the woman who had a really really green thumb that I didn't inherit!) I hope you're well now - I'm not! Sore throat - I don't have tonsils, so I hardly ever get sore throats! Hope your week is going well.ReplyDelete
It's probably the weather. All this up and down and cold and warm and then the pollen! You're probably right about the purple blossoms. I have no skill at all with plants - just like how the flowers look. LOLDelete
Kay I hope you are feeling better. That is one of the worst parts about air travel - sharing those germs! When I first heard about Goodreads I was also thinking I couldn't keep up with another "social" thing but I like it as a backup to keep track of the books I'm reading. Hope you enjoy it! In the meantime I'm adding all those three books to my TBR list!ReplyDelete