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not comin’ home to you…


I bought Not Comin’ Home To You from a “Kindle Daily Deal” email for 99 cents.  It looked interesting enough to spend a buck on it.

This book was a quick read.  I did not put it down and go on to another book (which I have done twice lately) and I read it in two days.  So, there is something to say for that.

The book switched perspectives at the end and it was hard to continue.  More than 80% of the book was written from the views of the main characters and then it changed at the end… I could have done without that.  The author intended the book to become a movie (but someone beat him to the punch, he said).  I’m assuming the switch in perspectives was because it was supposed to be a screenplay.

This book was interesting.  It was loosely based on the real-life killers of Charles Starkweather and Caril Anne Fugate of the 1950’s.

If you want a quick read and the book is still available at a discounted price – go for it.

Goodreads description:

He is Jimmie John Hall, “free and white and 22”. Her name is Betty Dienhardt, plain, friendless, and oppressed by a bleak home life. In each other, they find a chance for love and fulfillment. But they are doomed. For Jimmie John has already embarked on a killing spree on the backroads of the Southwest that will leave 14 innocent people dead.


the paris wife…


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain was a wonderful book.

This is a fictional book written from the perspective of Hadley, Ernest Hemingway’s wife.

I actually felt as if I was in her shoes and feeling her ups and downs with her.  This is a beautifully written book and I highly recommend it!

*** On a side note… I prefer to write very short book reviews.  Basically, if I recommend reading it (or not).  I often read book reviews that give too much of the story away.  I would like the story unfold as I’m reading.

Goodreads describes the book:

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

just finished…


I’ve been busy reading.

I read three very different types of books recently and enjoyed all of them.

1) The Poisonwood Bible – This is a story about a husband and father who is a Southern Preacher.  He decides to move his wife and four daughters to Africa on mission work.  The book is written from the perspective of the wife and the daughters…  each telling their own view of their life after the preacher moved them to the Congo.  This was a great book.  It was also chosen as part of Oprah’s Book Club.

2) The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – This was actually a quick read written by a very humorous author from the UK.  I read it in two days.  It’s an odd book, not fictional.   It was very interesting and I now find myself trying to pick out possible psychopaths.  I am armed with a checklist (ha!).  I would recommend this one as well.

3) Basketball Junkie – I bought this book because I saw Chris Herren interviewed on ESPN.  He has a very interesting story.  He was a high school basketball superstar and went on to play basketball in both college and the NBA.  He also turned into a heroin addict along the way.  It’s his story about his life, his addiction and ultimately, his recovery.  He looks like a movie star.  It was intriguing to read about someone you think “had it all” but really didn’t.  This book will not win any literary awards, but it was interesting and I read it quickly.  Chris Herren is a success story in regards to addiction and I am glad I read the book.

favorite wife…


I just finished reading “Favorite Wife: Escape From Polygamy.”

I couldn’t put this book down.  When I wasn’t reading it – I was talking about or thinking about it.  It was haunting.

The girls in this cult were raised to marry and bear children as teenagers.  They were raised to be part of polygamist marriages.  They didn’t know any differently.

This the story of Susan Ray Schmidt.  Her story, in her own words, of her marriage (sixth wife), her life, and her escape from the polygamist lifestyle.

I’m so glad I read this book.  I would highly recommend it.

Goodreads describes the book:

She had no choice in the matter-none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron- one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult engaged in a blood feud with his brother that, from 1972 to 1988, claimed up to two dozen lives and led one prosecutor to call their descendants a Lord of the Flies generation. In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt tells the story of growing up on the inside and of her ultimate escape. Delving more deeply into this mysterious underworld than any previous work, Favorite Wife is a powerful account of the affairs of the heart, coming of age under exceptional circumstances, and the tough choices that are sometimes painfully necessary to preserve human dignity.

If you’ve read this book I’d love to hear your comments.

Check out “reading now…” to see what’s next on my reading list.

better to fold and put away…


The book I am reading now just made me laugh out loud (lol-literally)!

This is the title of the chapter that made me crack up:

Laundry: Better to fold and put away than to take only what you need from the dryer.

I don’t normally stop in the middle of reading a book to make a post – but this book is turning out to be quite good. And, quite funny!

Completely unexpected.

I need a little sign to hang above the washer and dryer. Or, more specifically – the dining room table, where the clean laundry ends up until I fold it and put it away.

Instead of helping me with the laundry duties… my entire household picks what they need out of the dryer (or the dining room table) and goes about their day. Nobody stops to think about helping fold and put away the laundry.

While I know I have a slightly messy house (read about it here) I am willing to wager that I am not the only mom and wife that encounters this laundry issue.

If you keep a to read list please add “The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband.”

I think every husband should start a Journal of Best Practices.

And, let’s start the journal with…

Laundry: Better to fold and put away than to take only what you need from the dryer.


josephine, anyone?


As I mentioned before I am thoroughly enjoying my new blog life.  I have enjoyed writing my blog and I have also enjoyed looking at all the other blogs out there.

While I was perusing the other blogs I ran across one called “Melinda McGuire Writes ” and she is an author!  I always feel so excited to run across a great blog.  And this was one of them.

I downloaded one of her books for my Kindle called “Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey” and I just finished reading it.

This was a great book.  I can’t stop thinking about Josephine.  She was a lonely Southern girl married at 17… and so her story begins.

I have had trouble even starting a new book because I don’t want to let go of Josephine just yet.

I really hope you read this book and enjoy it as much as I did.


Goodreads describes the book:

It’s the Great Depression in rural northeast Texas, and not much has changed, except in the life of Josephine Killian. After losing her mother and her aunt, Josephine finds herself alone and independent. Loneliness leads her to sacrifice her freedom for the bonds of marriage, and life becomes routine. But, when a mysterious stranger, Ethan, appears, he draws out what Josephine fights to keep hidden. Ethan opens up the doors to lust, secrecy and addiction that could lead to Josephine’s self-destruction. Will the people she knows from church, her neighbors in Hefner Falls, and her own desire to turn away from evil be enough to overcome the temptations Ethan offers? Or, has Josephine gone too far to turn back?


I am officially done with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy!

I would absolutely recommend these books.  They are fun and easy to read!

Several states here in the US actually banned the books from public libraries (see article here).  In my opinion, this is only going to publicize the books more and draw in additional readers… if nothing more than to see what all the hype is about (like me!).

So glad I found out about the hype!

Your turn…


I am keeping my original posts about each book (below) and adding something new to my “reading now…” page.


April 16, 2012

The next book on my list is “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James.

I am hosting a book club at www.happyhourmom.com and this is the book we are reading this month.  We’d love to have you join the Happy Hour Mom Book Club too!  Check out the link above to read more.  Once there, click on “Join Our Book Club” on the right of the page.


Here is a portion of my thoughts about “Fifty Shades of Grey” as posted on the Happy Hour Mom website:

Recently, I have heard a lot of people talking about the book “50 Shades of Grey.”  I have seen the book featured the Today Show and have heard people talking about it at work and around town.  This is the book that people are whispering about.

I always try to “keep my finger on the pulse” of the book world.  I love to read.  If someone recommends a book… I will, at the very least, do my research and check it out.  If it seems like the type of book that will interest me… I will dive right in!  I get excited because when I finish the book – I know I will have someone to discuss it with me.  ”5o Shades of Grey” is getting a lot of great press and even more great reviews. So like a must-read to me!

I did not think this would be a book I’d be drawn to… but, even the readers (thousands!!) at http://www.goodreads.com gave it 4.13 out of 5 stars!   In addition, I really want to know what all the hype is about. While I am not typically influenced to read a book simply by the chatter hitting the airways, there is just something about the “50 Shades” series that has pulled me in. If for nothing more than to know what all the fuss is about, I am beyond anxious to read the that everyone is whispering about…”50 Shades of Grey.”

Apparently, this book is not for the faint of heart and has extreme sexual content.  Goodreads describes the book as “erotic, amusing, and deeply moving.”

I’d love to have you sign up for the book club and join in the fun!  This should be a great book to discuss.

April 21, 2012

Fifty Shades Darker

Okay, I finished Fifty Shades of Grey (the first book in this trilogy )and am now reading the second book.  I am actually really enjoying the books!  I guess I am a sucker for a love story (even if it comes with “extra stuff”) and I am really hoping for a happy ending.

I am also very thankful that I bought myself a Kindle recently.  I finished Fifty Shades of Grey late last night and “needed” (ha ha) to buy the next book immediately!

I hope I enjoy the second (and third) book as much as I did the first.  It’s light, easy reading and a nice change from my most recent books.  I love a deep, thought provoking book – but it’s also nice to read something you don’t have to put a lot of thought into.

The author, E.L.James, has written a great trilogy that will keep a person reading!

April 25, 2012

Fifty Shades Freed

I’ve started Fifty Shades Freed and so far, I love it.  It still has a lot of sex, but it also has a little mystery in this one.  It also has a lot of sex, did I mention that?

I am still glad to be reading this trilogy.  I have tried to get others to read it, but some have a preconceived notion that its only about sex.  Really, if that was all there was, I would not keep reading it.  There was enough in the first book…

I like the characters and the story line… the sex is just an added bonus.

fifty shades, anyone?