Book Date


It has been a while since I joined Book Date, Yarn Along and The Caffeinated Reader.

Since my last join, I gave up on The Favorite Sister and gave it to  my cousin.

I finished How to Find Love in a Bookshop and really enjoyed it!

I tried to read The Gunners, but returned it to the library.

This was not due to the book being bad or unreadable.

As life became harder, I decided to not read any books that involve bad things happening children…it makes my stomach hurt and I get really upset.

Now, I’m not saying that is the plot of the book, I just had that impression from the first 30 pages…I had to return it.

So, doing a complete 180, I picked up a book for meant for kids.

I am happily reading The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden.

Return to Harlem’s “wildly entertaining” family in this funny, heartwarming sequel. When catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbors, the Vanderbeeker children set out to build the best, most magical healing garden in Harlem—in spite of a locked fence, thistles and trash, and the conflicting plans of a wealthy real estate developer.

While Isa is off at sleepaway orchestra camp, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are stuck at home in the brownstone with nothing to do but get on one another’s nerves. But when catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant as the Vanderbeeker children band together to do what they do best: make a plan. They will create the most magical healing garden in all of Harlem.

In this companion to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, experience the warmth of a family and their community as they work together to bring a little more beauty and kindness to the world, one thwarted plan at a time.


I really enjoyed the first book and am enjoying book two.

A sweet read is just what I needed!

I also finished Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales.

In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks’s splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine’s ultimate responsibility: “the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject.”


Read only because I find this type of thing fascinating.

I finished listening to Kristan Higgin’s Good Luck with That.

An audio book that hit all the emotions-I laughed and got teary.

The narration was great-three different narrators.

I also finished listening to Janet Evanovich’s Look Alive Twenty-Five.

Any new Stephanie Plum book I get on audio-the narration is top notch and makes the ridiculous stories fun!

I read and listened to Carolyn Brown’s Small Town Rumors.

Everyone is talking about Jennie Sue Baker and the mess she made of her life in New York. The former high school queen bee—and wealthy darling of Bloom, Texas—has returned home after all these years, riding on a common bus and bearing two bounced alimony checks. In a town that thrives on gossip, Jennie’s fall from grace has shamed her mother, set the town buzzing, and caused old, jealous enemies to whisper in delight. They say she’s taken a job as a housekeeper, gotten a garage apartment, and might be crushing on Rick Lawson, a simple farmer with modest dreams.

As romance starts to bud, Jennie relishes what it means to follow her heart, find real new friends, and finally be herself—regardless of all the lying town chatter. But fate has another twist in store. Rumor has it that Jennie now stands to lose what matters most…unless she can convince Rick of one true thing—and that’s love.


I purchased the Kindle edition for (I think) $1.99 and was able to get the audio book for $1.00 more (I took advantage of this with several Kindle books).

The story was fun and I really enjoyed the book in both audio and kindle.

So, heading into the last month of 2018, I have surpassed my Reading Challenge goal of 45 books and am currently at 63 books for the year!

I think I have my reading mojo back!




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