Have you ever missed a stop/train/appointment – or been stuck in a library – because you couldn’t stop reading?

In London, a man so absorbed in his book that he didn’t realize the library was closing, was trapped for over an hour before being rescued. The poor guy was so upset he suffered a panic attack and had to be taken to the hospital.

Pennywise the Clown - stephen-king Photo

I happen to love libraries and don’t think I’d mind if that happened to me (although now I say that, I’m remembering horripilatingly scary flashes of Pennywise, the clown in the library in Stephen King’s book, It).

Anyway, let me just get this out there.

I read.

A Lot.

I get lost in my alphabet world and read into the wee hours.

Stedman-Light Between Oceans

I just can’t put a good book down. I read The Light Between Oceans twice. Like the song says, it’s lovelier the second time around, just as wonderful with both feet on the ground… or on the table at book group.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L Stedman

An Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife decide to keep a baby who has washed ashore. “ You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things…we always have a choice.”

Right.  Wrong.  Sometimes they look the same.

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary.  Marriage can be a real killer.  Rosamund Pike has signed on to play Amy in the movie adaptation, with Ben Affleck as Nick. Pencil this in your calendar for September 2014.

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Part literary mystery and part love story, about the expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers. Parallel lives connect present-day Claire to older Vivien. An emotional eggbeater.

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

A Twenties-set novel features a drunken car crash, a case of mistaken identity, bottomless champagne cocktails, and an obsessive poisonous relationship between two women.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Another dangerous relationship, this time with a family. A lonely teacher’s fixation on the lives of her apparently glamorous neighbors leads her on a path to frustration, anger and disaster.  An addictive page-turner that kept me up late. Very late.  The ending?  Tectonic.

On my iPad today ~ Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

I’m reading letters ~ from David Graham, a student in Illinois, to Elspeth Dunn, a fisherman’s wife/poet in Skye. They are “just an envelope away” from each other and fall in love through correspondence, sharing their wildest hopes, favorite books and deepest secrets. This novel takes the form of their letters – although as the story unfolds, they are not the only letter writers involved.  A litter of letters from the heart.


On my iPhone today ~ Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh (audio)

Each chapter begins with a brief explanation about bees/beekeeping and parallels the plot of that chapter.  Literary fiction veers into murder mystery territory.  It’s a honey of a story.

On my nightstand ~ Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall 

Here’s an excerpt ~


I’m ready to fall in love with this spunky 9-year-old spitfire. 

What book can’t you put down?

Or couldn’t put down?

Or Wouldn’t?

You know, the one you practically swallowed whole? 



Meet you here next Sunday.

Toni 8/25/13



  1. Eight more books to add to my list of must reads! Books have been an obsession for me since I was little and I use to get into trouble every time I was caught, flashlight in hand, reading after bedtime. Usually I have read at least one of your recommendations but this time I will have to find all of them. Yummy!


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