R & R…

Relaxation and reading…

Our summer vacation is coming up and we’ve decided to finally do the relaxing beach vacation that we’ve been talking about for all of these years.  Our hotel is within walking distance to the beach and we are ready to spend several days enjoying the sand, surf and the much cooler weather.  

You can’t plan to relax on the beach without a good book or two, or three.  I figured I would throw a few paperbacks from my TBR pile into my beach bag and I’d been talking to Boo about what she would like to bring to read.  In the meantime, Sully has been singing the praises of his Kindle.  It’s a second generation Kindle that Sully’s mom actually gave Boo when she got a newer model.  Boo wasn’t using it so Sully borrowed it to take to work.  It’s been a few months and Sully has really enjoyed using it.  Boo was looking at different books, she reads several series, and then found out that John Barrowman from Dr. Who and Torchwood has written a young adult book with his sister, Carole Barrowman.  At the time, Hollow Earth was only available in hard cover which to my mind is not the most beach friendly format.  It recently came out in paperback but a second book, Bone Quill,  just came out in hardcover.  Boo talked to Sully’s mom who is also a big John Barrowman fan, Gramma agreed that hardcover was not the best choice for the beach and suggested getting it for her Kindle.  It’s the logical choice but I didn’t see Sully giving up his new toy anytime soon.

Later that day, Boo and I cornered Sully and he gave us nice walk through of the Kindle.  I’ve been reading books through the Kindle app on my iPhone and iPad for years but I didn’t have much experience with the Kindle.  Sully’s main selling point for the Kindle compared to the iPad is the fact that the Kindle is much easier to read in bright light.  Clearly this is a major selling point when you are planning trip to the beach.  After much discussion between the three of us it was decided that we would buy two more Kindles so that all three of us could read on the beach.

I looked at the current Kindle on Amazon and compared it to Sully’s Kindle 2, and I decided that I liked the Kindle 2 better.  I took a couple of spins through eBay and as of Friday we are now a three Kindle household.  I am quite happy with how things worked out, the price of the two Kindles averaged out to about $40 each.  They both came with chargers, cables and cases*.  I am amazed that we got two Kindles plus the extras for the price of a single new Kindle with an inexpensive case.  All in all, it turned out to be a great idea.  Thanks Gramma!

I’ve already read two novellas and I am several chapters into a new book.  Boo is excited to read hers and to get the Hollow Earth books and Sully is glad that he gets to keep possession of his borrowed Kindle.


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*It was a funny coincident that all three of us have the same black Amazon Kindle case.  It’s a good solid case and I like how the Kindle clips in on the side.



This has been a crazy week and today’s post will reflect the time and energy that I have left.

Nathan Fillion and books

I had already been leaning towards loving Nathan Fillion and then we watched the Firefly series.  So, now it’s definite, I officially love Nathan Fillion.  I plan on getting caught up on ‘Castle’ as soon as I possibly can.

I saw this pic of Nathan on Facebook last week and decided I should share.  It’s from an article in Parade magazine.  You can read it here.  It’s a great article about Nathan, his love of reading, his work on ‘Castle’ and about Firefly.

I also found at that Fillion is a cofounder of Kids Need to Read, an organiation that provides books for schools, libraries, and literacy programs.

Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.

*Serenity seemed an appropriate title.  🙂


Phase 2:  Day 10

I am doing my best.  No walk, but I got my strength exercises done and I am on track with my routines.


Series revisited…

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something to read and realized I had never finished reading a series of books.  I had gotten the first book when I worked at Borders in the late 1990’s.  The author had visited the store and I had gotten an  autographed copy of her book.  The autographed book disappeared, I think my sister borrowed it and then lent it to someone else.  Slightly disappointing but not a huge deal in the whole scope of life.   A couple of years ago I found book two and three on Amazon but book four was out of print.   Last year, Sully bought me a few books off of my Amazon wish list after some fairly stressful weeks.  Book four was one of the books that he ordered, he’d found a like new copy from a third party seller but fulfilled by Amazon.

I just finished the last book in this series and decided I would share them with my peeps here.

You can find these books on Amazon.  They are currently out of print but a lot of out of print books have popped up recently on Amazon, Alibris and eBay.  I am not going to add detailed reviews, just my own short description.


Set in Scotland, this book is a great combination of romance, mystery, and legend.  Although it is a regency romance, there is very little fussing and gossiping of the ton.  Most of the story is spent in the highlands of Scotland.  I enjoyed the book, even on the second run around.







White Magic is the second installment of the White Series.  This story is about the brother of the main character in book one.  Another regency romance, this time set in London amongst the watchful eyes of the ton.  This story has romance, of course, but mystery, mistaken identity and some small touches of feminism and science.  Overall, this was another entertaining read.





This book is connected to the first two by the friendship of the main character in book three to the brothers in the first books.  This book is set in both London and Scotland, the story is almost more mystery than romance.  This story also leads right into the last book of the series.






This story actually begins at the end of book 3, with the sister of that book’s main character.  This book is filled with mystery, romance and centuries old Scottish legend.  There are a few unexpected twists and turns that pay off well at the end of the book.




Shhh, reading…

Since I am still not feeling well, so I thought I would share something cool from another blog.  I saw this posted on the Changing Hands Facebook page.

According to the Words on Paper blog it all started with this tweet…

In the conversation that followed the original tweet Sarah EnniTracey Neithercott, and Erin Bowman came up with a great idea.  (Click the names for links to their blogs.)

These awesome book covers…


The covers are made to fit the traditionally-sized YA book.  You can download PDF’s of the various designs. Printing instructions say take the PDFs to your local FedEx or Staples and get them printed on tabloid paper (11x17in). Matte cardstock is recommended rather than glossy so that the Go Away message is easily read.  A 60-80lb paper is perfect, lighter paper will make the page too thin and heavier will make folding bulky.

 I love the colors all together, so very pretty.  I get overly excited about things being uniform like this.  I get annoyed when a book series changes the book cover design mid series.  This makes me think I can fix that problem.

“Go Away” Dust Jacket Series by Erin Bowman, Sarah Enni, and Tracey Neithercott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  Based on a work at www.embowman.com