Sunday, February 12, 2006

Up to Date...Reading...and Sharing

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
And the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When funds are low and debts are high,
And you have to smile, but you want to cry,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if your must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When
he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't
give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

– Author Unknown

 

I got the above in one of the many newsletters I received daily and thought it had a message for all of us!

My reading for work versus my reading for pleasure are two parts of the day. I figure if I am retired, then I decide what to do with the day…right? Well, I admit the last few weeks have been busier than usual. But I can’t say I didn’t enjoy my work!

My favorite personal time reading was Death Benefits by Thomas Perry. I’ve enjoyed Perry’s Jane Whitefield novels, so I naturally picked up Death Benefits, thinking it would be similar. Published in 2001, this was an interesting twist…a fictional book on insurance! Hey, it is a great book and, because I’d never seen one on insurance, I enjoyed it all the more since it brought a level of learning along with it. Highly recommended!

While I was in the midst of Noonan’s Trilogy, I happened to pick up Wings of a Dove by Elaine Barbieri. When I say picked up, I mean that literally, since it had been knocked off my bookshelf by one of my cats. As I bent over to pick it up, I noticed "Orphan Train" on the back cover! This writer also used the historical trains to bring together two young people who formed a bond through their chance encounter while trying to be adopted. This was a wonderful romance story and made my expanded knowledge of these historical rides even more enjoyable!

I finished the Truth series by Mariah Stewart…highly recommended books from this well-known author!

Iron Orchid by Stuart Woods was part of my holiday reading…This was good, but not up to par in my opinion.

Four more mysteries rounded out my personal reading: Alone by Lisa Gardner; While Angels Sleep by Judith Kelman, Dark House by Theresa Monsour, and Mists of Fernhaven by Amanda Stevens, the latter was a bit of a gothic which I especially enjoyed! Yes…I can wholeheartedly recommend all of these for those who enjoy suspense and mysteries!

Jeanie London, In the Cold, was probably my second favorite! The main character, Claire de Beaupre had been captured, tortured and hung (and lost her memory) by the enemy during a covert mission. And then Claire, a new author, begins to write stories that are rapidly becoming best sellers, but which are dangerously close to revealing what was happening on missions in which she participated. A major search to find this woman, determine who she is, and what actually occurred to the supposed dead agent is undertaken by the leader of Excelsior. Highly recommended!

Sandra Brown, one of my favorite authors, came through again with Chill Factor! In the midst of four women’s disappearance, a young woman is caught in her cabin in a snowstorm…Could he be the man who has been abducting women? This page-turner was one I didn’t read at night! LOL, just kidding…but the snowed-in cabin did hit a little too close to home!

And what have you been reading?!