Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #80 -- COMING SOON to my Shelfari Shelf (at left)


I got almost half of the books that make up my TBR (to be read) pile from the recent library book fair. The majority are light summer reads, yet Labor Day is less than a month away! Can you please see what you can do about getting summer extended so I can finish my reading?

1) The Cat Who Moved a Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun. Further adventures of Koko, Yum Yum and their human, Qwill. I like reading about the good, gentle people of Moose County more than I enjoy the mysteries.

2) The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lillian Jackson Braun. Even MORE adventures of Koko, Yum Yum and Qwill.

3) Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline. A mystery thriller built around lady lawyer “Bennie” Rosato, a character I met and liked in another Scottoline book.

4) Lord of the Flies by William Golding. A classic that I read during my own turbulent adolescence; wondering if I’ll still enjoy it now.

5) Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot Chick lit, trying a new author. (At she's new to me. I know she has many best-sellers under her belt.)

6) Blonde Ambition: An A List Novel by Zoey Dean. Chick lit, trying a new author.

7) Jemima J by Jane Green. People who love Jane Green (and so far, I’m not one of them) point to this book as her best, so I’m giving her one last chance.

8) Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner Chick lit, trying a new author. Jennifer Weiner has many fans out there, and perhaps I shall end up among them.

9) The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes. She’s my favorite chick-lit author. I loved Angels, Last Chance Saloon and Sushi for Beginners, so I’m looking forward to this.

10) Mary, A Historical Novel by Janis Cooke Newman Promises to be a compassionate look at the much-maligned Mary Todd Lincoln. (But it’s more than 700 pages! I should have waited for the paperback and avoided the hernia.)

11) Lily by Paulina Simons. A waitress who lives a quiet life on the sidelines suddenly finds herself embroiled in an NYPD missing person’s case.

12) Accessory to Murder by Elaine Viets. A mystery shopper becomes involved in a designer’s murder; looks like fun – “the mall moll is back.”

13) Till the End of Tom by Gillian Roberts. Another in the entertaining Amanda Pepper mystery series, love the Philadelphia setting.

As I begin each book, I'll put it on my Shelfari shelf. We'll see if I stick to my TBR ile or if a new book seduces me.

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5) Sandy Carlson brings us along on vacation
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7) Lori gets ready for fall
8) Lilibeth teases us with 13 odd-looking items from around the house
9) Meju takes us back in TV Time
10) Journeywoman has a very imaginative TT
11) Lisa is working way her through the alphabet and she's reached W
12) Adelle has a taste-tempting TT
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14) Go check out Danielle's first TT
15) Nina's TT is a scrapbooker's dream
16) Yasmin shares her favorite summer memories
17) Chris has a funny, revealing gay-themed TT
18) Lori tells us what Lori needs.
19) Heather takes us to the zoo
20) JC's TT is about a subject JC is THE expert on
21) Storyteller touches on grief and letting go
22) Yummy tells you what NOT to look for in a fitness coach

P.S. MAJOR APOLOGY FOR LAST WEEK! Sorry I was unable to visit many TTers. First things got mega-busy at work. Then the Blogger Bots locked me away from my own dashboard! But this week I promise I'll do better.

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DAY 06 -- August Happiness Challenge

That I can. This morning, when I was moving into my new wallet, I realized how much nickels annoy me. They don't belong in my penny piggy bank, I can't use them for the coin-operated laundry machines downstairs, they are often rejected by the vending machines at work … You see my point. So I moved the offensive coins from my wallet to my jeans pocket and dropped them into the cup of the homeless man I always see next to the newspaper vending machines. "Blessings to you, young lady!" he smiled. I made him happy. With just 30¢ or so, I made another human being happy.

Today at lunchtime I'm going to swing by CVS and pick up some crayons or maybe a glue stick to accompany the packet of #2 pencils and the ruler I have here for the school supplies drive my office building is having this week. I enjoy thinking of the backpack they are going into as some enthusiastic kid starts a NEW school year with NEW supplies.

There are many reasons to give. As Bruce Springsteen says, "Nobody wins unless everybody wins." There's the old Golden Rule. Karma and/or Christian faith. But there's also the sheer joy you can get, thinking about the impact your little act of kindness can have on another person. It's the cheapest high you can get.

Also, it reminds me to be grateful that I can give.