I finally can do it

In all my years of working, both as a mom and secretary, one thing I always wanted to do was attend a book club/reading/author signing.  Of course, all the times I found them they were always held in the afternoon.  Working all day made it impossible for me to attend one.  There were some that were held in the evening, but that would mean getting home from work, feeding the family and rushing off to the meeting.

And so it was on my bucket list.

And then I retired.  My days have been busy but this month I decided I was going to attend a book club discussion and finally do what I longed to.  And of course it was in the afternoon at 12:30 pm.  Leaving hubby home, because he doesn’t read books; newspapers and magazines are his things.  The book in the club was The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich and the turn out for the discussion was over 70 women (there was one man thrown in there also).  The book was a historical fiction centering on Ida, the daughter of the artist, Marc Chagall.

The discussion took off and before you knew it we all threw in our opinions and love of the book.  Then lunch was served, (we were in an Italian restaurant) which was delicious and we got to mingle and talk with the other members of the club.  I really enjoyed this type of gala and am looking forward to the next discussion

That discussion will be on the book The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman, which I have already finished, and will be held in a mediterranean restaurant.  I am really enjoying my retirement, and doing whatever I want and also, things on my bucket list…..


Review: The Success Principles

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to BeThe Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now; and received it as a gift for my birthday. The basic idea in this book is to give you confidence to run your business, no matter what it is, and to succeed in the right direction.

Needless to say, it has helped greatly. The words have inspired me to put into practice many of the ideas…..and I am happily doing great and on my way to President’s Club in my business!

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This entry was posted on May 17, 2018, in Book Review.

Review: The Good Widow

The Good WidowThe Good Widow by Liz Fenton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacks and her husband had a good marriage, or so she thought. Unknown to her, he decides to have an affair….which ends up with a trip to Hawaii with his mistress. Thinking her husband was away on a business trip in Kansas, she is shocked to learn of his death in Hawaii.

In order to deal with this shock, she is approached by the fiance, Nick. He suggests they go to Hawaii to the scene of the accident in order to have some closure – and she agrees but only after a few days in Hawaii does Jacks find out more information than she wanted to know.

And only after they both return from Hawaii, does she find out the real truth. Amazing book, keeps you turning the pages – many surprises.

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This entry was posted on May 15, 2018, in Book Review.

Book Review: Her Last Tomorrow

Her Last Tomorrow


Her Last Tomorrow by Adam Croft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first book I read by Adam Croft was TELL ME IM WRONG and loved it. So thought I would try another one of his books. This one hooked me from the beginning – Question: Would you kill her wife in order to save your daughter?

Not a question we often ask ourselves, but then again why would we. And so we find ourselves with a kidnapping of Ellie, daughter of Tasha and Nick. Their marriage isnt going too well as it is and when Nick straps Ellie into the car and then runs into the house for something, leaving his daughter alone, he isnt expecting her to be gone when he returns. But then again it only takes a minute – or seconds for a child to be kidnapped.

And so the story begins with many mind boggling thoughts and insightful theories as to what to do to get his daughter returned. The cops do what they have to, even as far as suspecting the father….but not until Nick gets an email stating his daughter will be returned if he kills his wife.

Do they get their daughter back? Does Nick kill his wife? And who was the person who kidnapped little Ellie? Read the book, you will be happy you did!

This entry was posted on May 12, 2018, in Book Review.

Book Review: The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

The Flight Attendant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagining waking up in a hotel next to the man you just slept with – who is also dead. Someone slit his throat. But then imagine that you were also drunk, having been drinking all night with this man, and dont remember what happened or if in fact you were the one who killed him.

This is the life of Cassandra, flight attendant, on her flight to Dubai. And so she runs, away from the man, away from the woman who was with them the day before, but not away from her troubles. They do catch up to you. This begins a series of lies to keep herself out of this disaster, only to dig herself deeper into the maze. This is not only a story of murder, but also addiction and the lengths we go to in order to be one step ahead of the inevitable.

Just when you think Cassandra cant get any worse….she pulls another antic that does not help her. Great read….keeps you sitting on the end of your seat.

Book Review: The Good Liar

The Good LiarThe Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie
My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is a book about three women….when an explosion occurs in a Chicago building, their lives are changed completely. A year later there is a memorial, a documentary and a surprise about the lives of the people on that day. The lies and secrets dominate this book and while it was good, I found it a bit confusing trying to keep track of everyone.

I stayed with the book because I knew there was something about it not being told….some secret that would explain what started it all. Kaitlyn who runs away letting her family believe she died in the blast; Cecily who lost the husband she was thinking of divorcing and Franny, the long lost child who surprises us at the end….

What about magazines?

I love books and can read all day (except I do have chores and a business to run) but I recently decided in all that there is something missing in my reading.  Although I prefer a long reading time, life gets in the way and well, there is dinner to be done and doors to be answered and of course stopping for my grandchildren.  So what way was there to do quick reads?

Magazines…I havent read any in a long time…in my teenage years there was Glamour and Cosmopolitan; then I graduated to Good Housekeeping when I married and had babies.  But now I enjoy a good book so recently I subscribed to a few magazines…I went back to Good Housekeeping because there are a lot of good articles and recipes…..speaking about recipes, I also got AllRecipe and then added Martha Stewart’s Living (maybe I will decorate a bit)

Do you read?  Books?  Magazines?