Strangers Among Us

Hello dear reader.

I’ve started working with a program called Net Galley. This cool organization lets me read books before they get published and give my opinion on them. The cool part for you guys is that you get a heads-up on the awesome ones before they hit the shelves.. See, I have to give my opinion, good or bad, to Net Galley. But I will only talk about the good books on here. (Wink)

So here is my first review for you. The book is called Strangers Among Us and is due out in August of this year. It’s a book of short stories by different authors. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, of course. But I didn’t dislike any of them. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book as soon as it becomes available.
The review I wrote for Net Galley goes as follows:

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Strangers Among Us is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! Most books of short stories have a few good ones, but mostly ones you rush through hoping that the next one will be better. That was not the case with “Strangers Among Us.” Every story stood on its own and was a pleasure to read. Many of the stories had me wondering if my reality is real. Many of the stories gave me hope. All of the stories made me see things in a different light. A truly enjoyable and thought provoking book.

This is something I will be posting on my blog from time to time. Not to worry though, most of my posts will continue to be my usual ravings.

Let me know what you think about this. Would you like to hear about the books that I didn’t like as well as the ones I did? Did you like the post? Did you hate it?

Until next time…..

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Random

Hello dear reader.

Today’s post started out being about going to the doctor, actually many doctors.  I wrote about a paragraph, read it, and promptly deleted it.  Sure, I could throw a couple of cutesy (yes that is a word.  I looked it up) little things in there to make it less depressing.  I could tell you about the new medications (with horrifying “possible side effects”) to make it more informative.  But to be perfectly honest, I’m almost as tired of talking about doctors as I am of going to them.  The “delete” button is one of the most important parts of a computer, maybe the most important.  Could you imagine if it wasn’t there?  I’d be terrified to touch a keyboard.  Who needs spell check?  Okay, I’ve gone off on another tangent. 

Yesterday was an absolutely incredible day.  I have to give you a little bit of back story for you to understand the incredibleness  (also in the dictionary) of it for me, but it won’t be long. I promise. I have been a part of St. George for more than 11 years. I love helping at the meals when I can. I've been on the vestry a few times. I met and became friends with my husband there. He proposed to me there during the Christmas Eve service. And of course we were married there. I’ve always loved the services there. I come away from them feeling refreshed and with something to think about. A few years ago, St. George’s began having the services on Sunday evening instead of in the morning. Unfortunately, that made it very difficult for me to attend. Everyone gets tired as they go through their day, but for me it’s worse. As the day goes on, my energy levels drop drastically and my pain levels increase. By late afternoon (3 or 4) I’m done. I’ve desperately missed being able to go to services. It’s been extremely difficult to stay on track with my spirituality, which is something vital for me. I promised this explanation wouldn’t be long and it’s almost done. I had made it clear to the priest of St. George, who’s also a wonderful friend of mine, how difficult this situation was for me. She got the idea to have “brunch church” once a month. St. George’s is very much about food. Once a month the service is in the late morning (11ish) and it’s a pot-luck. The service is held around the table. Yesterday, for the first time in a very long time, I was able to go to services at St. George. I left feeling refreshed and with things to think about. I cried tears of absolute joy. It was like coming home after a long journey. So now you know why yesterday was such an incredible day for me. The best part? This is going to keep happening. I get to have more days like yesterday! I am more appreciative and happy than I have words to express. Me without words! Crazy, right?

On a completely different note, I’m dying to tell you about a book I just finished. It was so awesome! I have a new favorite author and her name is Caroline Kepnes. The book is titled simply You. I listened to it on audiobook and I had earplugs in as often as possible, while I was doing housework, laundry, cooking, crocheting, knitting, and laying down to rest. This book had me hooked from the first sentence and I was so sad when it ended that I immediately got the sequil Hidden Bodies and started it. The first sentence I was yelling, “Oh my God! No way!” and I am again hooked. I do have to warn that there is a lot of rough language and a lot of sexual content. So if either of those things bother you then ignore my rantings. But I would truly be doing my readers a disservice if I didn’t tell you about this. Don’t take my word on it. I found an article from the Huffington Post . I told my daughter about it last week and she devoured it in like 3 days. The whole time she kept calling me freaking out about it. It was kind of funny. I feel a little bit bad because she doesn’t have Hidden Bodies yet, but not bad enough to wait for her to get it!

Speaking of my daughter, she is coming up to visit me on Thursday. I’m extremely excited! She lives about three hours away from me, but it’s amazing how hard it is to get to see her. I’ve been so sick the last month or so that I can’t even make that trip. But she’s making the trip in just a few days and I can’t wait to see her!

This kind of became a random rambling, but that happens with me. It sure was better than talking about doctors and medications, right? I don’t know about you, but I needed good positive stuff today. I hope you enjoyed it too.

Until next time…