It's book week 5 in our 52 Books Quest and our fictional librarian is Aurora Teagarden created by Charlaine Harris.
It's book week 4 in our 52 Books quest and this week begins our 52 Books readalong of The Count of Monte Cristo. I didn’t know what to expect about the Count of Monte Cristo. All I knew was that it was about a man in prison and it was a classic. While putting together the 52 Books post, enjoyed learning about the story and now I’m even more eager to begin reading it. Plus watching and comparing the two different movies.
A placeholder to remember this vibrant young woman and her encouraging poetry.
“The Hill We Climb”
When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect, we are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.
So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew, even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one should make them afraid. If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in in all of the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. That would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can periodically be delayed, but it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us, this is the era of just redemption we feared in its inception we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves, so while once we asked how can we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us.
We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath from my bronze, pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one, we will rise from the golden hills of the West, we will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked South, we will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful, when the day comes we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.
I was industrious today. Did four loads of laundry. Cleaned out bookshelves in my bedroom, packed up two boxes of books from the shelves I know I probably won't read again, plus I finally got rid of two long plastic storage totes filled with books that have been taking up floor space all so I could replace with two boxes of Nora Roberts books. Oh, and alphabetized them as well. LOL! At least the shelves and my room looks neater. Defrosting hamburgers for dinner.
I finished Dragons in Dorcastle and don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series. The dragon finally showed up in the last chapter, but it was an evil dragon so didn't last long and I didn't particularly like the characters. Good premises but oh well.
It's book week 3 in our 52 Books quest and the beginning of exploring stories and books influenced by the Nine Muses of Greek mythology, the Goddesses of the arts and sciences, who loved to sing and dance.
Happy 2021 Sonic fans, the newest issue of IDW Sonic is out and the first storyline of Evan Stanley's run as main writer for the series has wrapped up and a lingering plot point from the Metal Virus saga has been resolved: Fixing Omega.
Evan did a great job with this storyline and she's pretty good with the characters, especially with Shadow. Yes, Shadow the Hedgehog's characterization has improved for the most part, its not entirely there yet but its still a long way to go until he fully changes. Evan did her best.
Starline being the bad guy was interesting and he sure was a force to be reckoned with, outside of Eggman's employ, the doc knows how to be a villain. Will we see Starline again? Of course we will, will we get more of Shadow in the future? Of course, and yes, Shadow may improve more.
And so Year 3 of IDW Sonic ends as Year 4 begins and just in time for Sonic's 30th anniversary, what's in store for the comic with the 30th anniversary of the blue blur around the corner? Who knows, we just have to wait and see. May SEGA and their collaborators continue to impress us.
I look forward to the future of IDW Sonic and I have my hopes for what's to come with the characters, especially with Shadow. I'm so happy SEGA and Sonic Team are realizing, "Hey, we're making mistakes with this character, fans don't like it."
My score for this issue is a 10/10, a solid finale to a fine four part story arc. We sure do need a nice breather after the madness of the Metal Virus saga. Lets hope we get more awesome breather episodes and not dive into any crazy story arcs for a good long while.
May 2021 be the best year for Sonic in comics and the whole franchise.
Note: Sorry if the review was short, but I'm good.
Well this is timely and I'm a huge believer in synchronicity: Currently reading Fathers of the Church by Mike Aquilina and the Apostolic father I'm reading about this week is St Clement of Rome who wrote the Letter to the Corinthians. I highlighted a few things but the entire text of the letter can be read on New Advent
In it he writes:
"Owing, dear brethren, to the sudden and successive calamitous events which have happened to ourselves, we feel that we have been somewhat tardy in turning our attention to the points respecting which you consulted us; and especially to that shameful and detestable sedition, utterly abhorrent to the elect of God, which a few rash and self-confident persons have kindled to such a pitch of frenzy, that your venerable and illustrious name, worthy to be universally loved, has suffered grievous injury.
We Should Obey God Rather Than the Authors of Sedition: It is right and holy therefore, men and brethren, rather to obey God than to follow those who, through pride and sedition, have become the leaders of a detestable emulation. For we shall incur no slight injury, but rather great danger, if we rashly yield ourselves to the inclinations of men who aim at exciting strife and tumults, so as to draw us away from what is good. Let us be kind one to another after the pattern of the tender mercy and benignity of our Creator.
Let us cleave, therefore, to those who cultivate peace with godliness, and not to those who hypocritically profess to desire it.
For [the Scripture] says in a certain place, This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And again: They bless with their mouth, but curse with their heart. And again it says, They loved Him with their mouth, and lied to Him with their tongue; but their heart was not right with Him, neither were they faithful in His covenant. Let the deceitful lips become silent, [and let the Lord destroy all the lying lips, ] and the boastful tongue of those who have said, Let us magnify our tongue: our lips are our own; who is lord over us? For the oppression of the poor, and for the sighing of the needy, will I now arise, says the Lord: I will place him in safety; I will deal confidently with him."
And if you made it this far and are still with me, what this says to me is it time to put all the vitriol behind us, let go of the past, quit paying attention to the negative, seek the good, pray for the future, and have faith. It's time to move on and see what the future brings with optimism and hope. Of course I've always been the gal who like the story about the boy in a roomful of crap, grabs the shovel and starts digging, saying 'there's a pony in here somewhere.' Credit goes to Ronald Reagan for that little gem.
Knight of Night
A friend gifted me with Baking Bad by Kim M. Watt at Christmas; a different kind of mystery she said. It certainly is. It's a cozy mystery with a twist set in a little fictional town called Toot Hansell in England somewhere between Shipton and Leeds. The vicar is poisoned and the ladies of the women's guild, the Women's Institute take it upon themselves to investigate with the help of special friends, the High Lord of the Cloverly Dragons, Beaufort Scales, and his sidekick Mortimer. Yep, dragons.
The story is told from multiple points of view including the two dragons. The foursome get themselves into all kinds of trouble when the Detective Inspector who arrives to investigate. She can't exactly see the dragons but keeps seeing something strange that makes her vision wonky and reminds her of a past experience she'd rather forget. There's plenty of mayhem and misdirection before the mystery of the murder is finally solved. Baking Bad is humorous and sweet as well as mysterious and well worth reading. I'm looking forward to reading more in the Beaufort Scales Mystery series.
(Ebook category: Dragons, mystery Setting: England - Leeds/Shipton. New to me author)
Jane Christmas has a fiancée who knows her well and is full of patience. Perhaps because he's known her so long, it's the reason he waits for her to decide what she wants to do with her life. For she has had a life long desire to become a nun. A cloistered one at that. She desires to spend her days in contemplation and prayer, listening to God. Or so she thought. Was she seeking fulfillment and faith or something else.
Little did she realize that falling into silence and routine would awaken the trauma of a past sexual assault, buried so deep, it'd become part of her soul and she needed to face it and work out the pain of the past. As Jane battles her personal demons and tries to fit into the life of a cloistered community, she learns quite a bit about herself.
While developing a closer relationship with God, she learns about the needs within a religious community, the differences between the Anglican and Catholic church and what religion and faith really mean. The cloistered convents guest houses and cells (bedrooms) reflected the beauty or ugliness of each, a visual representation of each religion. The Anglican nuns were open and nonjudgmental versus the Catholic who were strict, by the book, and not open to allowing a divorced woman become a nun.
Jane learns she couldn't fit into anyone's box. Her story is one of faith, forgiveness, friendship, redemption, and trust. Add in church politics, history, the needs and wants of the religious community which made for a very interesting story indeed And Then There Were Nuns is full of inspiration, inspiration, humor, tears, and well worth reading.
"That’s what faith is to me, a grand adventure of the soul, at times exhilarating, at times disappointing. Sort of what Chesterton was saying. Faith is not the surrender of the mind, as some have characterized it, but the expansion of it, and of the heart and spirit as well. It is head-scratching, yes, weird at times, nonsensical, but also brilliant and moving in its simplicity and in the good it succeeds in doing."
“Pay attention to yourself. Life is about our willingness to change and take risks, and we get those cues from our hearts and our intuition. Likewise, and this is just as important, pay attention to your overreactions: when someone gets under your skin, ask yourself why that is. What have they stirred up?"
"God, not the church (any church) is the goal. Or to put it more crudely: if God is the destination, churches are the gas stations along the route. Then again, to some, God is the destination and churches are the bureaucratic city works department that erects roadblocks and sends you on frustrating detours that eventually force you to throw up your hands and say, “Oh, to hell with it; there’s got to be a better route.” As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once opined, people come to church in a spirit of hope and openness but leave as if they’ve staggered from a maze of mind-boggling bombast."
"Here’s the thing about prayer: It doesn’t require fancy words, or a theology degree. It doesn’t even require you to be articulate on any level. Sometimes my own prayers are so scrambled and banal that I wonder whether God thinks English is my second or third language. But therein lies the beauty of it. Vocal articulation is unnecessary. You can sit in silence and sputter out your thoughts telepathically."
10 x 10 categories: nonfiction, nunnery, silence
"#25 Failing Better - There's no clear path, no road without potholes, toward a piece of writing that says exactly what you mean to say in language that's clear and fresh. A couple of writers I know have a quote by Samuel Becket about failing better hanging over their desks. My personal favorite failure quote is by Thomas Edison. 'I didn't fail one thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with one thousand steps.' What we need to do is think of all our failed drafts as simple steps toward the final one, the one that works." Year of Writing Dangerously.
111 books which included 10 Nonfiction and 101 fiction. My intent to read from my physical shelves went by the way side and I ended up reading38 physical, while my Ipad and I were joined at the hip and read 70 Ebooks.I did manage to listen to 3 audiobooks. I think my son and I also listened to 2 or 3 star wars books which I forgot to list. Statwise, 53 female, 15, and 25 were new to me authors.
- A.J. Jacobs: It's All Relative - (352)
- Barbara Abercrombie: Year of Writing Dangerously (410)
- Francine Prose: Reading Like a Writer (273)
- Hyeonseo Lee: Girl with Seven Names ( 322)
- Matthew McConaughey: Greenlights ( 304)
- Michael Card: Luke ( 272)
- Molly Manning: When Books Went to War - ( 288)
- Ray Bradbury: Zen and the Art of Writing - ( 176)
- Trevor Hudson: Pauses for Lent - ( 64)
- Madeleine L'Engle: Walking on Water - ( 224)
- A Study of Silk - Emma Jane Holloway (#1 Baskerville Affair, Steampunk, e)
- Alix Harrow: Ten Thousand Doors of January - (Historical Fantasy, e)
- Amanda Lee: Witchin USA - (#1 Moonstone Bay, Paranormal, e)
- Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew Too Much - (#1 Burning Cove, Mystery, e)
- Amanda Stevens: No Less Days - (Christian Fantasy, e)
- Amy Meyerson: The Bookshop of Yesterday (Mystery, 384)
- Anne Hackett: Edge of Eon - (#1 Eon Warriors, space opera, e)
- Anne Hackett: Touch of Eon (#2, e)
- Anne Hackett: Heart of Eon (#3, Sci fi Romance, e)
- Anne Hackett: Kiss of Eon (#4, Sci Fi Romance, e)
- Anne Renwick: The Silver Skull - (#2 EC, Steampunk, 492, e)
- Anne Renwick: A Trace of Copper - (# Elemental Steampunk, e)
- Anne Renwick: Golden Spider - (#1 Elemental Chronicle, Steampunk, e)
- Anne Renwick: Iron Fin - (#3 EC, Steampunk, e)
- Banana Yoshimito: Kitchen/Midnight Shadow - (LOF, Japan, e)
- Becky Chambers: A Closed and Common Orbit - (#2 Wayfarer, SF, e)
- Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - (#1 Wayfarers, SF, e)
- C.J. Archer: Watchmaker's Daughter - (#1 Glass and Steel, Historical Fantasy, e)
- C.J. Darlington: Thicker than Blood - (Mystery, 336)
- Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Angel - (#1 Infernal Devices, Steampunk, e)
- Christine Feehan: Judgement Road - (#1 Torpedo Ink, Thriller Romance, e)
- Cleo Coyle: Brewed Awakening - (#18 Coffee House, Love and Mystery, e)
- David Baldacci: Long Road to Mercy - (#1 Atlee Pine, Thriller, e)
- David Baldacci: The Innocent - (Thriller, e)
- David Wingrove: Son of Heaven - (#1 Chung Kuo, Dystopian SF, England/China, e)
- Debbie Macomber: 12 Days of Christmas (Romance, e)
- Deborah Crombie: A Share in Death - (#1 Kincaid/James, Mystery, LOF)
- Deborah Harkness: Shadow of Night - (#2 All Souls, L and M, e)
- Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches - (#1 All souls, L &M, e)
- Deborah Harkness: The Book of Life - (#3 All souls, L & M, e)
- Diana Xarissa: Aunt Bessie Assumes (Mystery, e)
- Elizabeth Hunter: Suddenly Psychic - (#1 Glimmer Lake, LOF e)
- Faith Hunter: Blood Cross - (Audiobook, fantasy)
- Faith Hunter: Junkyard Cats - (Sci fi/Fantasy, e)
- Faith Hunter: Spells for the Dead - (#5 Soulwood, Paranormal, 384)
- Faith Hunter: Cat O Nine Tales - (Jane Yellowrock, audiobook, fantasy)
- Fiona Quinn: Survival Instinct - (#1 Cerebus Tactical, military romance, e)
- Fiona Quinn: Weakest Lynx to Gulf Lynx - (Lynx series, KU, e)
- Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page - (#3 Invisible Library, Dragons, 368)
- Greg Keyes: Godzilla - (Audiobook, Sci Fi, dragons)
- Gwen Hunter: Delayed Diagnosis - (#1 Rhea Lynch MD, Mystery, e)
- Ilona Andrews: Iron and Magic - (#1 Iron Covenant, Fantasy, e)
- Ilona Andrews: Silent Blade - (World of Kinsman, Fantasy, e)
- J.D. Robb: Shadows in Death - (#51 In Death series, futuristic detective, 368)
- J.D.Robb: Golden in Death - (#50 In Death, futuristic suspense, 400)
- J.R. Ward: The Jackal (BDBrotherhood Prison Camp #1, Paranormal Romance, e)
- J.R. Ward: The Sinner - (#18 BDB, Fantasy, e)
- J.R. Ward: A Warm Heart in Winter (#18.5 BDB, Fantasy, e)
- J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit - (Dragons, 288)
- James Rollins: Last Odyssey - (#15 Sigma Force, mystery, 624)
- Jessie Mihalik: Polaris Rising (#1 Consortium Rebellion, Space Opera, e)
- Jessie Mihalik: Aurora Blazing - (#2 Space Opera, e)
- Jessie Mihalik: Chaos Reigning - (#3 space opera, e)
- Julie Ann Walker - Ride the Tide (#3 Deep Six, Romance, e)
- Karen Robards: The Fifth Doctrine - (#3 Guardians, thriller, mood, 406)
- Keri Arthur: Unlit - (#1 Kingdoms of Earth and Air, Fantasy, e)
- Keri Arthur: Cursed - (#2 KoEaA, Fantasy, e)
- Keri Arthur: Burn - (#3 KoEaA, Fantasy, e)
- Kim Michelle Richardson: Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Historical fiction 320)
- Kylie Scott: Stage Dive series (KU Romance, e)
- Lee Child: Running Blind - (#4 Reacher, Thriller, 519, mood/dusty)
- Louise Penny: All the Devils are Here - (# 16 Armand Gamache Detective, 443)
- M.L. Buchman: At the Slightest Sound #1 Shadowforce psi, Military paranormal, e)
- M.L. Buchman: At the Quietest Word (#2 Shadowforce, e)
- Mary Stewart: The Crystal Cave - (# 1 Arthurian Saga, Historical Fantasy, 288)
- Menna Van Praag: Patron of Lost Souls - (Romantic fantasy, 352)
- Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen (#1 Heralds of Valdemar, Fantasy, reread)
- Michelle Diener: Dark Horse - (#1 Class 5, SF, reread, e)
- Michelle Diener: Dark Deeds - (#2 Class 5, SF e)
- Michelle Diener: Dark Minds ( #3 Class 5, SF, e)
- Michelle Diener: Dark Matters - (#4 Class 5, SF, e)
- Miranda James: Murder Past Due - (Mystery, e)
- Murphy Lawless: Gladiator Cheetah - (KU, paranormal romance, e)
- Nalini Singh: A Madness of Sunshine - (Thriller, e)
- Nalini Singh: Alpha Night - (#4 Psychangeling/Trinity, Fantasy, e)
- Nalini Singh: Archangels Sun (#13 Guild Hunter, Paranormal Romance, e)
- Nora Roberts: Northern Lights - (reread, Romance)
- Nora Roberts: Hideaway - (Thriller, 464)
- Nora Roberts: Night Shift to Night Shield - (Night tales romance series, e)
- Nora Roberts: The Awakening (#1 Dragonheart legacy, 448)
- Patricia Briggs: Dead Heat (#4 Alpha and Omega, reread, fantasy, e)
- Patricia Briggs: Burn Bright - (#5 A and O reread, fantasy)
- Patricia Briggs: Dragon Bones - (#1 Hurog Duology, Dragons, 304)
- Patricia Briggs: Smoke Bitten - (#12 Mercy Thompson, Fantasy, 351)
- Rachel Hartman: Seraphina - (#1 Dragons, e)
- Rachel Hartman: Shadow Scale - (#2 Dragons, e)
- Rae Carson: Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker - (SF, 272)
- Robert Jordan: Knife of Dreams - (#11 WOT, Fantasy, 880)
- Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson: Gathering Storm (#12 WOT, 800)
- Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson: Towers of Midnight (#13 WOT, 1264)
- Roxanne St. Claire: Man's Best Friend - (Dogmother, Contemporary Romance, e)
- Samantha Shannon: Priory of the Orange Tree (Fantasy, Dragons, e)
- Seanan McGuire: A Killing Frost - (#14 October Daye, fantasy, e)
- Seanan McGuire: Rosemary and Rue (#1 October Daye, Reread, Urban Fantasy, e)
- Seanan McGuire: The Unkindest Tide - (#13 October Daye, mood, e)
- Shona Husk: Kiss of the Goblin Prince (Paranormal romance, e)
- Shona Husk: The Goblin King - (Paranormal romance, e)
- Steve Berry: Venetian Betrayal - (#3 Cotton Malone, Thriller, 576)
- T Hammond: Blind Seduction (Team Red #1 - 6, e )
- Thea Harrison: Dragon Bound - (#1 Elder Races, Dragons, e)
- TJ Klune: The House in the Cerulean Sea - (Fantasy, dragons, e)
It's book week one in our 52 Books quest and I'm excited this year since our armchair travels are taking us around, over, and across the world again as we fly above the seven seas, through the infinite, clear blue sky on the good ship Pumdeg Dau o Lyfrau airship, for another round of read 52 books in 52 weeks. We'll be taking advantage of Hermione Granger's Time Turner, Well's Time machine as well as Doctor Who's Tardis, all without upsetting the space time continuum of course, in our travels to go hither, thither, and yon.