"... that I began to feel stirring of anxiety that was unconnected to the story itself. I was distracted: my thumb and right index finger were sending me a message: Not many pages left. The knowledge nagged more insistently until I tilted the book to check. It was true. The thirteenth tale must be a very short one."

(The Thirteenth Tale) Diane Setterfield

I always have more than one stack of books of want to read soon going. I've been clipping right along this past month, as in April I had been sick, then hurt my back, and so was sort of not my usual busy self. I was able to read more or listen to audio books.

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield was my all time favorite for the year so far. A complex store with a few surprises alone the way. Really well done. The story is about twins, books, writers. The writer, Vida Winters, within the story, said, "Every story has a beginning, middle and end, it just depends on whether you get them in the right order, if the story is to live and breath, or not."

This author got them in the right order. I really enjoyed this book. It was rich with the five senses.

I finished a small book by the Dalai Lama, which I really loved. A paper back that was mildly intertaining, and bits and pieces of interesting looking books that crossed my work table at the store.

Right now I'm reading a young adult book by an author I've not been aware of until now, I'd never seen any of his titles before. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, by Obert Skye. It has an ominously dark and shinny, attractive cover with a young boy and a little critter of some kind. (Have I mentioned, I'm like the crow in the Secrets of NIHM, Oooh, shinny, sparkley).

The young adult or junior readers really have some wonderful authors to choose from these days.

With "Leven Thumps" I'm only a few chapters in so far so don't really have much to say as yet, but it has intrigued onto the next page.

I'm also listening to Shelter of Stone, by Jean Auel. When the first of her books came out, Clan of the Cave Bear all those many years ago, I read it and the second one, but she spends some real time writing her books, so, I sort of moved on to the other things and never got back to them, this one is the latest one she's done and it is a few years old now. I like to listen to story's when no one is in my store, while I'm cleaning, pricing and putting books away. It makes that work go faster. Although lately, the store has been so busy, I've been listening in the car, more than at the store.

What has been your favorite book this past month, or year?


  1. I'm here to steal your http thingy so I can link you to my feeder, that way every time you post I'll see it and then come right over to read and comment. Sorry, since I've been using the reader I've neglected my old blog roll. Never again. This week I put all my favorite but neglected bloggers on the feed.

  2. Hi Utah, I've been out of town this past week, sorry I missed you. You may be tired of checking here to see if I've posted my http for you. I'll come to your site too, and post it there also, just in case. I went to Portland again to visit my kids and do some business.
    I had a great time. I rented a PT Cruiser, I've always wanted to drive one. But now I know I don't want to own one.
    My http is http://latitudeslassitudes.blagspot.com

  3. Oh, sorry Linda, like a crow I just help myself to whatever I want and be on my way. So while you were gone, I took you http thingy home and now I will see whenever you post your newest thing, it will rise to the top of the feed. Keeps me up to date on all you busy bloggers.

    Thanks for the compliment on the hat. I think it's funny that you were the only female to stop by today. It seems the guys like the old broads in the hats.