Who Has The Key To Your Happiness?

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Busy, busy reading and writing day today. So of course the Sun is shining brightly through my office window practically begging me to come sit in the sunshine.

The mess from the storm has been picked up and I made my bed so it’s a good day.

This has been one of those weeks where I needed to take stock, as my Grandpa says. Take stock of the people and things that have inched their way into my world. Not necessarily bad although some have been a bit scary.

I like being alone. I’m not lonely. I just prefer to be alone. My therapist asked me if I thought it was because I can better control my anxiety alone. But that’s not it. I just have a long list of things I want to do, read, experience and I don’t like having to check in with people to make them feel better. I come, I go. I talk, I don’t talk. I am very comfortable alone.  Someone sent me a quote recently that said ” You come home, grab a book and a cup of tea. You decide if that’s lonely or perfect.” It is perfect. For me and this girl I am in love with, who looks a lot like me!

 

xx Good Reading!       thespy2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cleaning up the damage🌏🌏

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Today is Earth Day. Which seems wrong as Mother Nature opened up the gates of Hell yesterday! It rained and blew and there was no power for hours. Flooding roads out and rearranging. If your neighbor’s trampoline is now in your yard, is it yours now? Or the carport just installed now covering the neighbor’s house? What a mess we have to clean up today.

Happy Earth Day 🌏

The Legend of the Silver Skinner by John Mowbray

The Legend of the Silver Skinner by [Mowbray, John]

A pirate’s life is one of constant peril, it changes a man in many ways. It can twist and darken their soul beyond recognition. Haroway was no exception, his whole world was transformed the day he stepped aboard the infamous Captain Black’s ship.

He travels through strange kingdoms and treacherous seas. Unbeknown to Haroway, his life is silently governed by one witch’s dark premonition, leading him to his destiny.

Unlikely friendships are made, morals are compromised and heartbreak is inevitable in this journey of the Silver Skinner.

I saw this book and loved the cover. Also it was about pirates so how could I not read it?

Haroway has left his home. A quiet out of the way land of green beauty. When he lands on board Black’s ship, his life will never be the same. All of the characters were so well developed you either loved them or hated them. Of course I’m always rooting for the pirates. Although these pirates had no trouble siding with the government to take down a mutual enemy.

The respect they showed one another and the honor they showed made this book even better.

This isn’t a very long book, but it was one I didn’t put down until I finished it! A great pirate story and I can’t wait to see what is next for this author!

Check it out

xx Patricia

On The Bookshelf This Week!

Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) by [Schmitt, Gerry]  The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree…

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage…

Grief Cottage: A Novel by [Godwin, Gail]  The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin.

After his mother’s death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she’d moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it “Grief Cottage,” because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that–an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.

Watch Me Disappear by [Brown, Janelle]   A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

“Tantalizing and twisty . . . a spider’s web of a thriller. You won’t be able to put it down.”—Megan Abbott

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

Who Is Rich?: A Novel by [Klam, Matthew]  A provocative and hilarious satire of love, sex, money, and politics in our new gilded age—the long-awaited first novel from the the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It’s a place where, every year, students—nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time—show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars—a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. One of the attendees is a forty-one-year-old painting student named Amy O’Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund and commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again. Now they’re back.

Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family’s nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival, or his own very real desire for love and human contact. He can’t decide whether Amy is going to rescue or destroy him.

Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and adultery, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humor and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.

 

These are the books I’m reading this week from Netgalley. I also am getting on that Beta thing Leanne!  Then I get a message from the library that one of my research books is in so it’s going to be a busy week here at the Pirate Nation!

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?  Let me know and Happy Reading!!

 

 

Lovebirds

 

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Because this made me feel happy. And that is good!❤

Holiday weekends are so packed that I am not posting book reviews. Just sharing things that make me happy. Also I ran into the cupboard door this morning and got a whack right under my transplant eye so Anxiety snuck in along with her nasty sister Fear. Not sure if the double vision is from that or just more cornea healing so I’m going to cover it and wait for the good doctor to tell me. In the meantime I will try and be calm and send out lots of good juju!🌸

xx Patricia

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

 

Phantom Limb

Once I picked up this book, there was no putting it down.
Twins, Emily and Elizabeth have not had a great beginning in life. Their mother has at least one screw loose. She is neglectful, abusive and sells her own tiny daughters to very bad men. Once rescued, they are adopted by a warm and caring couple, but somethings can’t be repaired and the demons that haunt the girls are not so easily left behind.

When Elizabeth wakes up tied down to a hospital bed she has no idea how she got here or why. The last memory she has is of finding her sister dead on the bathroom floor.

With her therapist she will have to face her worst fears to find out who she is and what has happened to her sister.

I did not see that ending coming! Whoa! What a shocker. Now I need to find the other books by Ms.Berry and get busy catching up with this talented writer!

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