The Last Couple of Weeks . . .

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by. We are back from our fun trip to Portland for our eldest grandchild’s high school graduation. We had such a great time celebrating Q’s success.

We’re so proud of this young woman. In the past I’ve shared with you her great love of reading, writing and the arts. In addition to writing on this blog (here’s one), Q has written a very popular novel on a well-known fan-fiction site. I’m hopeful that at sometime in the future I can tell you about one of her published books.

We took the fast highway route on our way to Portland, but on the back we cut over to the coast and took the scenic route home. I love that route, but this year it had the additional challenge of numerous road-repair stops. This was especially true along the far-northern California coast area where there was so much rain this past winter and thus numerous mud slides. In many cases whole roads were covered with mud and then some hillside roads simply washed away. In the photo you see above we were stuck for about 30 minutes. The nice thing about being stopped in the mountains is that there is always something beautiful to see out the window.

I was able to do a little reading while I was away from home. I read a total of five books — all fun, easy-reading books. My youngest granddaughter, Lou, now 12, shared with me a new skill she learned this year. Her teacher required them to give short verbal book reports in 60 seconds or less!! I find the whole idea fascinating since I love to ramble when I talk about books. The first book I’ve listed below is one that Lou recommended I read. When she gave her book report on that book she did it in 61 seconds. I say “Impossible!” but she did a good job of telling me the basics of the book. I’m going to give it a try. Here’s my attempt at short reviews. See how I did:

 Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan is a middle-schooler’s story of Esperanza, a wealthy girl living in Mexico in the 1930s. When her father died, she and her mother had no choice but to move north into California to work as farm laborers. This was an amazing story that read like an adult novel. I loved it and want to read more. (35 seconds)

They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie features my favorite detective, Miss Marple. With her wise people skills Miss Marple figures out how someone she suspects could have shot a person in another room while still being in the same room with her and the other guests. Very clever! 30 seconds)

Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen is the story of an Irish woman who kills the man who is trying to rape her. She escapes and finds herself on a boat to th U.S. A man she met on the boat is murdered while they wait overnight in Ellis Island. Molly is persistant and thoughtful and able to solve the mystery. Great story and character. (42 seconds)

The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown: After attending her aunt’s funeral, Trudy was in the church’s ladies room when she overheard her cousins talking about the wide-ranging philandering of Trudy’s husband. This set off a whole list of changes that Trudy makes in her life. Learning the contents of her aunt’s will helps too. Very heartwarming story that made me laugh. (52 seconds)

The Poet by Michael Connelly is NOT about Harry Bosch or the Lincoln Lawyer. It features Jack McEvoy, a reporter for the Denver Post. Jack does not believe it when his twin brother commits suicide. His brother, a police detective, was despondent about an unsolved murder of a young child, but Jack knows he would never kill himself. Jack begins his own investigation which leads to working with the FBI. There’s a whole list of cops killed under similar circumstances. The author is a former a journalist and I felt I saw that side of him in this story. Lots of twists and turns. (70 seconds)

I didn’t do too bad on my 60-seconds or less challenge, if I do say so myself. But, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back next week to tell you about our visit with my sister and herhusband. I hope you have a great  week and Happy Reading.

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7 Responses to The Last Couple of Weeks . . .

  1. Vicki says:

    Congratulations to your graduate! I love that Lou’s (that’s my middle name) teacher had them give 60 second reviews. You did a great job!

  2. Vicki says:

    By the way, I read The Ladies Room and LOVED it!

  3. It sounds like a wonderful trip! Congratulations to Q – it sounds like she has great things ahead of her!

    I love your quick book reviews and would really like to read The Poet.

  4. Congratulations to Q… and I love the 60 second reviews!

  5. Nan says:

    I think your little reviews were great! I’ve read two of them and think you described them perfectly!

  6. Great – 60 second reviews (or less) certainly concentrates the mind. I think I may try it too.

  7. I love the 60-second recaps! Great idea.

    Congratulations to your granddaughter – sounds like it was a good trip.

    I really loved Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan – will have to read Esperanza, too now.
    My husband and I both love Michael Connelly’s novels. Have you seen the TV show Bosch on Amazon Prime yet? It is an excellent adaptation of the novels.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    2017 Big Book Summer Challenge

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