Ok, I know I’ve been pretty inconsistent with the Tuesday quizzes this last month and I would like to say I’ll do better, BUT I won’t.  I worked on a quiz last night (a fun one I’ve never done before) and I couldn’t get it to work on the blog.  I’m going to play around with it this week and see if I can figure it out, but I don’t have any more time to devote to it today.

Carry on with your Tuesday 🙂

Answers to last week’s quiz here.

Mailbox Monday – May 12

mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

It’s been over a month since I participated so I have a few things (and probably more than a few that I forgot already).  Before Easter, this wonderful surprise arrived from Cheryl & Co.  I definitely like to receive free books, but maybe yummy cookies just as much 🙂  Thank you to the authors who sent the cute cookie.


I pre-ordered the new Christopher Moore book so that I could get the special signed edition.  It’s a beautiful book.

IMG_6364The Serpent of Venice

I picked up these at local bookstores from the clearance shelves, all for a dollar or two.




Oh, I almost forgot that I received The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell from She Reads.  I’m reading it now and really liking it.

So, what arrived in your mailbox this week?


The End of Everything by Megan Abbott w/ giveaway

The End of Everything: A NovelThe End of Everything. Finished audio 4-19-14, rating 3/5. fiction, pub. 2011

Unabridged audio 8 1/2 hours, read by Emily Bauer

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power as the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

from Goodreads

Once I finished this book, the one word that kept coming to mind was creepy.  Our narrator, Lizzie, perhaps most of all.  Her reaction at the disappearance of her best friend was puzzling to me, mainly because there didn’t seem to be one.  Her almost-casual willingness to help find her was all about spending time with Mr. Verver.  There were a lot of damaged characters in this book, but none so more than Lizzie.

The writing was good and the mystery surrounding Evie kept me reading, so I’d consider checking out another from this author, but the over-sexualized barely teen girls of this one will probably leave a bad taste in my mouth for awhile.

I know lots of bloggers loved this one, so I do wonder if the narration led to some of disappointment.

I own the hardcover book (even though I listened to the audio) and since it’s not something I want to keep, I’m offering it to one of you free of charge!

Leave a comment with your email address and I’ll throw your name in to win.  I’ll draw a winner on May 15th!

All packed and ready to go Quiz – guessing closed

It’s May and the sun has finally shown up here.  It’s time to start planning an August trip.  Are you guys going anywhere fun?

Just tell me which covers you recognize.  You get and extra few points if you know the author too.

Take your best guesses, be entered to win a prize.  No cheating (using the web to help find answers) or copying.  You have til Sunday to enter.  All extra details can be found here.

Leave your guesses in the comment section.  

You only need to guess one to be eligible for a prize.



1. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin   2. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole   3. Playing for Pizza by Jogn Grisham   4.What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen   5. The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison   6.The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons   7. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer   8.In the Bag by Kate Klise    9. Panorama City by Antoine Wilson    10. Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian Dolan

Answers to last week’s Digned Books quiz here.   Details and Leaderboard here.

Sundays with Gage – Learning to read

stickersGage has known his letters by sight since before he was two and now at 3 1/2, he’s learning sight words.  He knows around 20 or 30 and sometimes he’ll surprise me with one I didn’t know, like this week he had an old book titled ABC Book and pointed to the word book and said, “that is book”.  Yep, sure is.   Yesterday during his private swim lesson he pointed to his instructor’s swimsuit and asked, “What’s that say?”  and when she didn’t answer him fast enough he said “Speedo” and he was right (I’m sure this has more to do with his incredible memory than anything else, but she was impressed :)).

sheetsWe’re doing worksheets where he circles pictures that start with a particular letter (left) and having him go through a pile of stickers and put only ones that start with a particular letter on the paper (above).  He is well above 90% accuracy for both of these exercises.  The kid is smart. I’ll have him reading books in no time 🙂


April’s movies with $ for charity

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $19

The Grand Budapest Hotel Poster.jpgGrand Budapest Hotel, 2014  (Cast-Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, F Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton)     Grade   B

Fun romp, dragged in middle

Hugely enjoyable romp; that’s all.  (Tony)

Draft Day poster.jpgDraft Day, 2014 (Cast-Kevin Coster, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary)      Grade B-

I’m ready for some football!

The Place Beyond the Pines Poster.jpgThe Place Beyond the Pines, 2013 (Cast-Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendez)         Grade C

Ambitious, rambling take on fatherhood.

Friends with benefits poster.jpgFriends with Benefits, 2011 (Cast-Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson)       Grade C

Hot Leads Have Much Sex

Light, chick lit and fun!  (Veens)

Eye candy and lovepanky 😉  (Sheree)

Nine armed men dressed in black standing shoulder to shoulder, Sylvester Stallone front and center.The Expendables, 2010 (Cast-Sly Stallone, Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis)     Grade D+

Free plastic surgery for everyone!  

Many haven’t aged well – eek!  (Kay)

Lots of action, little substance  (Wendy)

They all are, turns out.  (Tony)

I started using Letterboxd this year thanks to Sandy.  If you are interested in rating your movies and keeping tabs on your friends, check it out (sort of like Goodreads).  I’m stacybuckeye if you want to follow me and get a few more than 5 words about the movies I watched.