Mystery Book Group

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hadn’t been able to make it to the last two meetings of my mystery book group due to schedule conflicts so I was definitely looking forward to the discussion last week. We met to discuss Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Aside from discussing the story, which we all thought was engaging although not necessarily a mystery, we also talked about King’s writing style and books. I’ve read some of his earlier works, like Cujo, Pet Sematary, etc. but after I read The Tommyknockers I stopped reading King.

So my overall thoughts on Mr. Mercedes were that it had good pacing, a good set up and a couple of characters I quite liked. But, there were a couple of scenes that I just found disturbing. I guess I would recommend this if you are a Stephen King fan. If you like more cozy type mysteries you’ve been warned. Would I pick up another of his books. Sure, and while I hope it doesn’t take me 20 years to do so again, I don’t think I’ll be running out anytime soon for another one.

Next month we’ll be reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I just ordered this one because I looked on my libraries website and there are 96 holds on that book. Yikes. I know this is the book of the moment and I’m afraid I’m already feeling a bit negative about it. Hopefully it won’t disappoint. Now the book I’m really looking forward to reading is Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. That is our September choice.

So now to move on to a true mystery, I picked up The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths. I’m getting closer to the end and as usual Elly Griffiths does not disappoint. What about you, what mysteries are you reading?

Happy Mail Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had such a sweet surprise waiting for me in my mailbox this weekend. My dear friend Christine sent me this cute bookish journal and a lovely card. Best friends are truly the best! I haven’t written in my journal yet but I’m thinking of what I’ll use it for. By the way, isn’t the tissue paper great too? I’ll have to work that in to some art journaling.

Speaking of journals, I think I’ve mentioned before that I work in several journals but I don’t think I’ve shared a post on my ongoing journals. Would you like to see those? I’ll try to do a post on that.

Overall I had a pretty good reading weekend. I made lots of progress in my book for book group. I still need to finish it for tomorrow. I read a graphic novel and I dipped into some poetry by Maya Angelou. And, I continued to color in the Secret Garden.

So now I’m off to continue reading Mr. Mercedes so I’ll be ready for tomorrow’s discussion. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Happinez is…

Are you ready for the weekend? I definitely am. No major plans other than reading, relaxing and home stuff. So I thought I’d share some things that are bringing me joy lately:

Happinez the magazine. Just discovered this monthly publication and I loved the photography and variety of articles. A very soothing read.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new pen. I also bought some new ink which I was excited to show you until I discovered they sent me the wrong ink. I’m sure I can easily exchange it and can’t wait to show you the one I wanted. I only use black ink in my text-only journal but I have been thinking of branching out. Oh and I now have five Lamy pens. I’m seriously addicted to these.

Chocolate Daisies and Rock Roses. We planted a few this Spring and have finally seen some blooms. They are so pretty and just make my day.

Hearing the news that next year there will be non-stop flights to Germany from Austin! Of course I wonder what the fares and times are like. Well, there’s plenty of time before our next trip.

Finally, wearing a pair of red heels. I do love these vintage inspired shoes.

Have a wonderful weekend you guys and more bookish talk soon.