Yearly Reading Wrap-up at Moonshine and Rosefire

Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading year for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter’s blog, Emeraldfire’s Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! 🙂

Anyway, I started out January with about 1,047 unread books lying around the house and ended December with books unread. All of the books that I acquired this year came from authors, Bookmooch, Paperback Swap, Library Book Sales and friends. Quite a number of my books that I read this year left my house to go to new homes so that’s something I guess. 🙂

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Rereads
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Changes to the TBR pile 

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
– A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
Come Walk With Me by Joan Mendlicott
Vinegar Hill: A Novel by A. Manette Ansay

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! 🙂
The History Major: A Novella by Michael Phillip Cash

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
Vinegar Hill: A Novel by A. Manette Ansay
– Alone Yet Not Alone: Based on the True Story of Barbara and Regina Leininger by Tracy Michele Leininger
Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown

Well, there it is…the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading year for me. Here’s a further breakdown:

Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 1,406
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading year that was 2016! I hope that you all had an equally good reading year; if not a little better. 🙂 See you all next year! 🙂

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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Reading Wrap-up For July at Moonshine and Rosefire

Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter’s blog, Emeraldfire’s Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! 🙂

Anyway, I started out July with 1,069 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,065 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Bookmooch and Paperback Swap.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
Fortune’s Rocks: A Novel by Anita Shreve

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
– Charming Billy: A Novel by Alice McDermott
Unholy Fire by Whitley Strieber
– Sweet Salt Air: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky
More Than You Know: A Novel by Beth Gutcheon

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
The Bloody Countess: Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory by Valentine Penrose
While we Were Watching Downton Abbey: A Novel by Wendy Wax
Next, After Lucifer by Daniel Rhodes
Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
The Castaways: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
December 6th by Martin Cruz Smith
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Well, there it is…the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me. Here’s a further breakdown:

Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 1,427
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was July. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. 🙂 See you all next month! 🙂

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

The Forest Movie Review

The Woman in Black: British theatrical release poster. Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Liz White, PG-13, Released on February 3, 2012 in the United States and Canada, and on February 10, 2012 in the United Kingdom.

So, back in February of 2013, I read The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill – here is my review of the paperback. Mareena had downloaded this ebook for herself in January of 2012, although she then grabbed the paperback at a Library Book Sale that she and I went to in February of 2013. Mareena let me read this book first, and I started it immediately after we got home from our visit to the Library.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I actually picked it to be my Book of the Month for February. It only took me a day to read the book and I’m thinking of rereading this book sometime very soon.

Back in February of 2013 – actually six days after I finished reading the book, the DVD starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds arrived in the mail. It has literally taken Mareena and I over a year to finally watch the movie! Our DVD player had somehow burned out, and since we don’t watch DVDs all that frequently, we didn’t know that we needed a new DVD player until we tried to play this DVD. 🙂

Mareena received a new television for her birthday, and while I had hoped to get our new DVD player hooked up to be able to watch The Woman in Black on her birthday – everything took just slightly longer than we expected it would. Anyway, we started watching the movie at about 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday night -or perhaps it was closer to 10: 45 P. M. By 1:00 A. M., the movie was over and we went directly to bed.

The Woman in Black was released in February of 2012, and is rated PG-13. It is a horror movie that runs approximately 95 minutes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe (as Arthur Kipps), Ciarán Hinds (as Sam Daily), Janet McTeer (as Elisabeth Daily) and Liz White (as Jennet Humfrye). This film was directed by James Watkins, and was produced by Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver.

Who Plays Arthur Kipps – A Young Lawyer From London?

While he made his acting debut at age 10 in BBC One‘s 1999 television movie ‘David Copperfield’, followed by his film debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama, Daniel Radcliffe rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter movie – 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He went on to star in the series over the next ten years until the release of the eighth and final film of the franchise – 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Daniel Radcliffe began to branch out into stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of the play Equus, and in 2011’s Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2008, he revealed that he suffers from a mild form of Developmental Coordination Disorder – also known as developmental dyspraxia or ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’. This disorder is a chronic neurological disorder beginning in childhood, which can affect the planning of movements and motor skills coordination. This is as result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body. 

For Daniel Radcliffe, his Developmental Coordination Disorder causes such poor motor skills that he sometimes has trouble doing simple activities such as writing or tying his shoelaces. Many sufferers of this disorder have memory problems, typically resulting in difficulty remembering instructions, difficulty organizing one’s time and remembering deadlines, increased propensity to lose things or problems carrying out tasks which require remembering several steps in sequence (such as cooking). Whilst most of the general population experience these problems to some extent, they have a much more significant impact on the lives of dyspraxic people.

Despite having poor short-term memories, many sufferers generally have excellent long-term memories. They benefit most from from working in a structured environment, as repeating the same routine minimizes the difficulty with time-management and allows them to commit procedures to long-term memory. Because sufferers sometimes have difficulty moderating the amount of sensory information that their body is constantly sending them, these people are also prone to panic attacks.

Many dyspraxics struggle to distinguish left from right, even as adults, and generally have an extremely poor sense of direction. Moderate to extreme difficulty doing physical tasks is experienced by some dyspraxics, and fatigue is common because so much extra energy is expended while trying to execute physical movements correctly. Some (but not all) dyspraxics suffer from low muscle tone – know as hypotonia – which like Developmental Coordination Disorder, can detrimentally affect balance.

Who Plays Sam Daily – a Local Landowner in the Village of Crythin Gifford?

Born and raised in North Belfast, Ciarán Hinds is the only son in a family of five children. His father was a doctor and his mother was a school teacher and an amateur actress. Ciarán was an Irish dancer in his youth, and was originally enrolled as a law student at Queen’s University, Belfast, but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen’s to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. 

He began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre in a 1976 production of Cinderella. While he remained a frequent performer at the Citizens’ Theatre during the late 1970s and 1980s, Ciarán continues to act on stage up to the present. He made his feature film debut in John Boorman’s 1981 movie Excalibur, and has since built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series ‘Rome’, DCI James Langton in the series ‘Above Suspicion’, Bud Hammond in the series ‘Political Animals’ and Mance Rayder in the Emmy Award winning ‘Game of Thrones’.

Ciarán Hinds lives in Paris with his long-time partner Hélène Patarot; they met in 1987 while in the cast of Peter Brook’s production of The Mahabharata. The couple have a daughter named Aoife, born in 1991. Ciarán is also a close friend of fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson and served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Liam’s wife, actress Natasha Richardson in upstate New York on March 22, 2009.

Who Plays Elisabeth Daily – Sam Daily’s Wife?

Janet McTeer made her professional stage debut in 1984, and since then has won a Tony Award, an Olivier Award and a Drama Desk Award. In 1986, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Newcomer for The Grace of Mary Traverse, although she actually won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for her role as Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in 1997. She is also a two-time Academy Award nominee.

Janet McTeer has starred on television in the title role of Lynda La Plante’s ‘The Governor’ from 1996 to 1997, has received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers – the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of King Edward IV – in ‘The White Queen’ and starred opposite Glenn Close in the final season of the television show ‘Damages’.

She made her film debut in 1986’s Half Moon Street – based on a book by Paul Theroux called Doctor Slaughter. In 2009, she portrayed Clementine Churchill – the wife of Sir Winston Churchill – in the HBO movie, Into the Storm. This was the role for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination. Further film roles include: Hawks, Wuthering Heights, Carrington, Songcatcher and As You Like It. Janet McTeer also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1999 movie Tumbleweeds and another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Hubert Page in the 2011 movie Albert Nobbs. She was appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for her Services to Drama.

Who Plays Jennet Humphrey – The Woman in Black?

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ White is perhaps best known for her role as WPC/WDC Annie Cartwright in the British version of the television series ‘Life on Mars’ – which was broadcast from 2006-2007. She also appeared in four episodes of the television series ‘Teachers’ which was broadcast in 2003. Her other prominent television roles include: Jess Mercer in six episodes of the British television series ‘The Fixer’ in 2008; and Caroline in BBC‘s 2011 adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White.

Liz White has also had increasing success in films; making her film debut in 2004’s film short Ten Minute Movie. This was followed up with her appearances in Mike Leigh’s 2004 movie Vera Drake and in the 2005 television movie Angell’s Hell. She also played Laura in Gerald McMorrow’s debut film Franklyn and Alice Kelly in the independent film New Town Killers in 2008. She was featured in the music video for Bush’s final single Inflatable – off their fourth studio album, Golden State, which was released in 2001.

My Review of the Movie Adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story:

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. Something that I never realized was that the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe, was actually a remake of a 1989 television drama adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel. Nigel Kneale, who died in 2006, was the screen-writer of the 1989 television movie; and is perhaps best known for his creation of the fictional character Professor Bernard Quatermass – a heroic, intelligent, highly moral British scientist – and a pioneer of the British space programme, heading up the British Experimental Rocket Group. 
Well can I remember gathering round the television with my mother, brother and sister every Saturday night (my father would usually be out) – and the four of us would watch ‘Quatermass’. To properly set the mood, my mother would make us all snacks, start a fire in our fireplace, and turn out out all the lights. I was never really all that interested in science fiction television shows as a child, but ‘Quatermass’ was definitely the exception! 
Anyway, the 2012 version of The Woman in Black was excellent; at least in my opinion. Daniel Radcliffe has certainly shed whatever remnants of Harry Potter that were left. While I noticed that there were some slight differences between the book and the movie, I thought that overall the movie turned out to be a very faithful adaptation of the book. The movie plot ultimately stayed as true to Susan Hill’s book as possible, and I now have the strongest desire to reread The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill after seeing the movie. 
As I may have said before, I’m usually very wary of watching any movies that are based on books I’ve read. I find that so many movies turn out to be very poor adaptations of otherwise terrific books. However, this is not the case with The Woman in Black
Both the book and the movie are equally outstanding; I enjoyed the movie just as much, if not more, than the book. It was thrilling and gripping, and was absolutely worth the year-long wait that Mareena and I went through in order to watch this movie. I whole-heartedly give the movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill an A+! 
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

The Ides of March Movie Review

The Ides of March: Theatrical release poster. Stars: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood, R, Released on August 31, 2011 in Italy, Israel and Canada and on October 7, 2011 in the United States.

So, back in February of 2013, I read The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill – here is my review of the paperback. Mareena had downloaded this ebook for herself in January of 2012, although she then grabbed the paperback at a Library Book Sale that she and I went to in February of 2013. Mareena let me read this book first, and I started it immediately after we got home from our visit to the Library.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I actually picked it to be my Book of the Month for February. It only took me a day to read the book and I’m thinking of rereading this book sometime very soon.

Back in February of 2013 – actually six days after I finished reading the book, the DVD starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds arrived in the mail. It has literally taken Mareena and I over a year to finally watch the movie! Our DVD player had somehow burned out, and since we don’t watch DVDs all that frequently, we didn’t know that we needed a new DVD player until we tried to play this DVD. 🙂

Mareena received a new television for her birthday, and while I had hoped to get our new DVD player hooked up to be able to watch The Woman in Black on her birthday – everything took just slightly longer than we expected it would. Anyway, we started watching the movie at about 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday night -or perhaps it was closer to 10: 45 P. M. By 1:00 A. M., the movie was over and we went directly to bed.

The Woman in Black was released in February of 2012, and is rated PG-13. It is a horror movie that runs approximately 95 minutes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe (as Arthur Kipps), Ciarán Hinds (as Sam Daily), Janet McTeer (as Elisabeth Daily) and Liz White (as Jennet Humfrye). This film was directed by James Watkins, and was produced by Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver.

Who Plays Arthur Kipps – A Young Lawyer From London?

While he made his acting debut at age 10 in BBC One‘s 1999 television movie ‘David Copperfield’, followed by his film debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama, Daniel Radcliffe rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter movie – 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He went on to star in the series over the next ten years until the release of the eighth and final film of the franchise – 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Daniel Radcliffe began to branch out into stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of the play Equus, and in 2011’s Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2008, he revealed that he suffers from a mild form of Developmental Coordination Disorder – also known as developmental dyspraxia or ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’. This disorder is a chronic neurological disorder beginning in childhood, which can affect the planning of movements and motor skills coordination. This is as result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body. 

For Daniel Radcliffe, his Developmental Coordination Disorder causes such poor motor skills that he sometimes has trouble doing simple activities such as writing or tying his shoelaces. Many sufferers of this disorder have memory problems, typically resulting in difficulty remembering instructions, difficulty organizing one’s time and remembering deadlines, increased propensity to lose things or problems carrying out tasks which require remembering several steps in sequence (such as cooking). Whilst most of the general population experience these problems to some extent, they have a much more significant impact on the lives of dyspraxic people.

Despite having poor short-term memories, many sufferers generally have excellent long-term memories. They benefit most from from working in a structured environment, as repeating the same routine minimizes the difficulty with time-management and allows them to commit procedures to long-term memory. Because sufferers sometimes have difficulty moderating the amount of sensory information that their body is constantly sending them, these people are also prone to panic attacks.

Many dyspraxics struggle to distinguish left from right, even as adults, and generally have an extremely poor sense of direction. Moderate to extreme difficulty doing physical tasks is experienced by some dyspraxics, and fatigue is common because so much extra energy is expended while trying to execute physical movements correctly. Some (but not all) dyspraxics suffer from low muscle tone – know as hypotonia – which like Developmental Coordination Disorder, can detrimentally affect balance.

Who Plays Sam Daily – a Local Landowner in the Village of Crythin Gifford?

Born and raised in North Belfast, Ciarán Hinds is the only son in a family of five children. His father was a doctor and his mother was a school teacher and an amateur actress. Ciarán was an Irish dancer in his youth, and was originally enrolled as a law student at Queen’s University, Belfast, but was soon persuaded to pursue acting and abandoned his studies at Queen’s to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. 

He began his professional acting career at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre in a 1976 production of Cinderella. While he remained a frequent performer at the Citizens’ Theatre during the late 1970s and 1980s, Ciarán continues to act on stage up to the present. He made his feature film debut in John Boorman’s 1981 movie Excalibur, and has since built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series ‘Rome’, DCI James Langton in the series ‘Above Suspicion’, Bud Hammond in the series ‘Political Animals’ and Mance Rayder in the Emmy Award winning ‘Game of Thrones’.

Ciarán Hinds lives in Paris with his long-time partner Hélène Patarot; they met in 1987 while in the cast of Peter Brook’s production of The Mahabharata. The couple have a daughter named Aoife, born in 1991. Ciarán is also a close friend of fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson and served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Liam’s wife, actress Natasha Richardson in upstate New York on March 22, 2009.

Who Plays Elisabeth Daily – Sam Daily’s Wife?

Janet McTeer made her professional stage debut in 1984, and since then has won a Tony Award, an Olivier Award and a Drama Desk Award. In 1986, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Newcomer for The Grace of Mary Traverse, although she actually won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for her role as Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in 1997. She is also a two-time Academy Award nominee.

Janet McTeer has starred on television in the title role of Lynda La Plante’s ‘The Governor’ from 1996 to 1997, has received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Countess Rivers – the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort of King Edward IV – in ‘The White Queen’ and starred opposite Glenn Close in the final season of the television show ‘Damages’.

She made her film debut in 1986’s Half Moon Street – based on a book by Paul Theroux called Doctor Slaughter. In 2009, she portrayed Clementine Churchill – the wife of Sir Winston Churchill – in the HBO movie, Into the Storm. This was the role for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination. Further film roles include: Hawks, Wuthering Heights, Carrington, Songcatcher and As You Like It. Janet McTeer also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1999 movie Tumbleweeds and another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Hubert Page in the 2011 movie Albert Nobbs. She was appointed ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for her Services to Drama.

Who Plays Jennet Humphrey – The Woman in Black?

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ White is perhaps best known for her role as WPC/WDC Annie Cartwright in the British version of the television series ‘Life on Mars’ – which was broadcast from 2006-2007. She also appeared in four episodes of the television series ‘Teachers’ which was broadcast in 2003. Her other prominent television roles include: Jess Mercer in six episodes of the British television series ‘The Fixer’ in 2008; and Caroline in BBC‘s 2011 adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White.

Liz White has also had increasing success in films; making her film debut in 2004’s film short Ten Minute Movie. This was followed up with her appearances in Mike Leigh’s 2004 movie Vera Drake and in the 2005 television movie Angell’s Hell. She also played Laura in Gerald McMorrow’s debut film Franklyn and Alice Kelly in the independent film New Town Killers in 2008. She was featured in the music video for Bush’s final single Inflatable – off their fourth studio album, Golden State, which was released in 2001.

My Review of the Movie Adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story:

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. Something that I never realized was that the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe, was actually a remake of a 1989 television drama adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel. Nigel Kneale, who died in 2006, was the screen-writer of the 1989 television movie; and is perhaps best known for his creation of the fictional character Professor Bernard Quatermass – a heroic, intelligent, highly moral British scientist – and a pioneer of the British space programme, heading up the British Experimental Rocket Group. 
Well can I remember gathering round the television with my mother, brother and sister every Saturday night (my father would usually be out) – and the four of us would watch ‘Quatermass’. To properly set the mood, my mother would make us all snacks, start a fire in our fireplace, and turn out out all the lights. I was never really all that interested in science fiction television shows as a child, but ‘Quatermass’ was definitely the exception! 
Anyway, the 2012 version of The Woman in Black was excellent; at least in my opinion. Daniel Radcliffe has certainly shed whatever remnants of Harry Potter that were left. While I noticed that there were some slight differences between the book and the movie, I thought that overall the movie turned out to be a very faithful adaptation of the book. The movie plot ultimately stayed as true to Susan Hill’s book as possible, and I now have the strongest desire to reread The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill after seeing the movie. 
As I may have said before, I’m usually very wary of watching any movies that are based on books I’ve read. I find that so many movies turn out to be very poor adaptations of otherwise terrific books. However, this is not the case with The Woman in Black
Both the book and the movie are equally outstanding; I enjoyed the movie just as much, if not more, than the book. It was thrilling and gripping, and was absolutely worth the year-long wait that Mareena and I went through in order to watch this movie. I whole-heartedly give the movie adaptation of The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill an A+! 
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

July’s Book of the Month

 
Hello Everyone! I chose the picture posted above because it reminds me of reading to my daughter Mareena when she was little. Every afternoon until she was about eight or nine years old, we would take one of her books that she wanted to read or that she was reading and we would curl up together on my big bed. 
We would spend an hour or so reading a chapter of her book, and then take a nap together. Her absolutely favorite author at that time was an English author named Enid Blyton. Ahh, nice memories… 
My picks for ‘Books of the Month’ will be decidedly more adult these days, but they will be from almost any genre. June’s Book of the Month is:

The Castaways: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand   
 Published as: The Castaways in July 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company


Birth Name: Elin Hilderbrand
Born: in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Canonical Name: Elin Hilderbrand
Pseudonyms: None

The Castaways: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand was the thirty-second book that I read in 2016. I have had this book on my TBR shelf since June 7, 2016 and it took me six days to read. This book is currently on several book swapping sites waiting to go to another good home.
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Barbara Delinsky – Sweet Salt Air: A Novel

36. Sweet Salt Air: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky (2013)
Length: 404 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 13 July 2016
Finished: 18 July 2016
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 11 July 2016
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

On Quinnipeague Island – just off the coast of Maine – hearts open up under the summer stars and secrets float in the sweet salt air. Nicole and Charlotte had once been the best of friends. Spending summers together at Nicole’s island home off the coast of Maine was an idyllic time for both of them, but sometimes memories – no matter how sweet they are – cannot last. Too many years and too many secrets have begun to color the women’s friendship and have succeeded in keeping them apart.

Charlotte is a successful travel writer who spends most of her time on the road. She is single, but is happy living as she does – on the road and out of a suitcase. Nicole is a food blogger who keeps house in Philadelphia; and she has been happily married to her surgeon husband Julian for the past ten years. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she decides to invite Charlotte back for one final summer, to the place where the women had spent so many idyllic summers together – Quinnipeague, Maine.

To Nicole’s mind, this could prove to be the perfect partnership between them. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for engaging people – talking to them and making friends with everyone she meets. Nicole could use her own expertise to interview the locals. So, dearly missing a genuine connection with her former best friend, Charlotte eagerly accepts Nicole’s invitation.

Yet what both women don’t realize is that they are each holding on to secrets that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could possibly destroy her marriage, but it could also help save her husband’s life. For Charlotte, the truth could ultimately cost her Nicole’s friendship, but the revelation could also give her a second chance to find love again. And Charlotte’s second chance for love may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.

First of all, let me say that I genuinely enjoy reading anything by Barbara Delinsky – she certainly can write an intriguing story and creates well-developed, sympathetic characters. Having said that, I must also admit that Ms. Delinsky has a tendency to be a bit of a hit-or-miss author for me. Perhaps I have mentioned this before, but some of her work seems slightly over-written and tremendously – if minutely – detailed.

This particular story was certainly interesting and an enjoyable reading experience for me. However, I would also say that it was slightly longer than I thought that it needed to be to tell the story. In my opinion though, this story was still well worth reading. I would still give this book a definite A!

A! – (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

My Spring/Summer Cleaning Spree Went Fairly Well!

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re all just fine this morning – I certainly am! 🙂 Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I’m doing so far.

So, once again I find myself culling some books. On Monday afternoon, June 11th, I spent an hour or so trying to clean out my bedroom closet. I don’t think that I got very far, but I did manage to cull some books that were stored right at the back. I actually wound up posting eleven books altogether – including my original copy of My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. Who knew that I had put that book in the back of my closet? – obviously not me – LOL!!!

Anyway, as I said I culled a total of eleven books – two of them were actually doubles of books that I already have. Out of the eleven books that I posted, three of them were snapped up right away. Although, I mailed out a total of four books on Thursday afternoon, July 14th!

One book was actually Mareena’s, that she acquired from the latest Library Book Sale that we went to on Tuesday afternoon, June 7th! She read and posted a contemporary mystery called Stranger in the Looking Glass by Jan Fields. Someone actually requested the book right away.

As regards my own reading, the last book that I read was Fortune’s Rocks: A Novel by Anita Shreve. Since it only took me a total of six days to read, I was looking for something else to read by Wednesday afternoon, July 13th! I finally settled on reading Sweet Salt Air: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky, which I started on Wednesday night, July 13th! This was a book that arrived in the mail on Monday afternoon, July 11th!

The book had apparently been on my wish list for about three years or so, and since it just recently became available; Mareena requested it for me as her ‘just because’ gift for July. As I said, the book arrived on Monday afternoon, July 11th and I started reading it on Wednesday night, July 13th!

According to Goodreads – as of today, Saturday, July 16th – I’m currently on page 237 of 406; or approximately 58 percent into the story. Since my own copy of Sweet Salt Air: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky actually has 404 pages; reading 237 of 404 pages means that I’ve read approximately 59 percent of the story.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight