I did some good reading this week.

I finished Dinner with Buddha, the Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias and Virgin River, and a poetry collection, When You Ask Me Where I’m Going.

I am continuing to read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore–nearing the end; I am slowly reading and thinking about Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living, and I am close to finishing Redhead by the Side of the Road.

This is WHAT I have finished and WHAT I am reading currently. As far as what’s next–anything goes!


img_1384-0WWW Wednesdays originally started by MizB at Daily Rhythm is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It answers the following W questions:

WHAT are you currently reading?

WHAT have you finished recently?

WHAT will you read next?

I will add, WHAT have you watched?

I am currently reading The Splendid and the Vile shopping-1.jpeg by Erik Larson. I am pretty sure it will have to be returned to the library by May 4th, so I may have to request it again. It has been great, Brazoria County Library System, to have this book for so long, but grading final papers has arrived, so I may have to let someone else have their turn before finishing it.

I am re-reading Bob Goff’s Everybody Always and finding good advice I totally missed the first time. Also I am still savoring the quotable “pieces” in Mark Nepo’s Things That Join the Earth and the Sea. I have used some of the more poetic sections as the day’s poem (on PWR and Literacy and Me) during April, National Poetry Month.

I have finished shopping.jpeg  as well as my “I” selection for the 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge, Robert Inman’s Old Dogs and Children, which will be reviewed on this site shortly. I have also finished blogging friend, Ritu Bhathal”s Marriage Unarranged, which I will also review soon.

Carla at Carla Loves to Read recommended a new author with whom I have fallen in love,  Kristan Higgins, and I have just finished her Good Luck with That. I am scrambling to meet my goal of reading 20 books recommended by fellow bloggers in 2020.

I am so far behind on grading (This happens at the end of the semester every time because I am a soft touch when it comes to granting extensions on due dates.) and behind on reading (There simply are not enough hours in the day!) that I have no expectations on what to read next.

I am adding the category of what I have watched to recommend the film, The Zookeeper’s Wife and the PBS series A World on Fire. Both are outstanding entertainment.

Until next time, HAPPY READING!



img_1384-0The Three Ws are WHAT are you currently reading? WHAT have you just finished? and WHAT are you looking forward to reading soon? Let’s start with books finished:


Flow was a book chosen last year (and set aside )aimed at the 2019 goal of reading more non-fiction. It turned out to be much more of a study than a “read,” and the pandemic gave me enough time to complete it. Although it was published in 1990, it deals with the current obsession of “living in the moment” and “making every moment count”, or as the subtitle calls it,”Steps Toward Enhancing the Quality of Life.” This book refers to them as “optimal experiences.”

A goal set for obtaining “sometime during my lifetime” is to read all seven of Susan Vreeland’s novels. Clara and Mr. Tiffany.  Like Vreeland’s other books, it is art-related, telling the story of Clara Driscoll, the true creator of the famous Tiffany lamps. Another novel, Gilbert’s City of Girls, satisfies the letter “G” in Dollycas’s 2020 Alphabet Soup (author edition) Challenge. I had so much fun doing the title challenge in 2019, I had to participate in this one.

Currently I am reading Old Dogs and Children by Robert Inman to satisfy the “I” part of the challenge, the “H” being satisfied out of order by 61lkiZmMBvL-1  a book also selected for National Autism Awareness Month by Naoki Higashida, reviewed elsewhere on this blog and on Literacy and Me, my other blog on WordPress.

I have also been savoring and slowly reading the “notes” in Mark Nepo’s Things That Join the Earth and the Sky, using it similarly to a devotional. I rarely read more than a page or two a day.

I was fortunate to have just received Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile (” A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz,” which is an enormous, non-fiction book just before the libraries closed, so my due date has been extended until the libraries reopen, something I count as an unexpected blessing.

I have begun (mainly because it was in Large Print) a “novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, titled Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King. I haven’t read far enough to determine whether I will finish it or place it on my DNF (Did Not Finish) shelf.

I Am Looking Forward to Reading two whole shelves of my TBRs and a book that came in the mail yesterday. More on those another day.


The three W Wednesday is a meme originated by Miz B of Daily Rhythm and continued by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It asks three questions: WHAT are you currently reading? WHAT have you recently finished? and WHAT will you read next?

Currently I am reading Clara and Mr. Tiffanyshopping.jpeg by Susan Vreeland, which I checked out (in large print) before the library closed.

I just finished todayUnknown.jpeg Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls. This was in the top five novels I’ve read in 2020.

I have a book, Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, that was started as a Continuation of a 2019 goal–to read more has been a long, slow haul, but the end is in sight, and I would like to finish it up soon.

Let me add WHAT I am watching. I am binge watching The Grand Hotel, a historical romance/mystery in Italian  with subtitles (on Netflix.)  The actors are all beautiful, and the scenery and costumes are magnificent. It is my “guilty pleasure.”

Wednesday’s Words/The 2020 Alphabet Challenge

ALPHABET-SOUP-2020-AUTHOR-EDITION-BE-820Today’s post is a mishmash of many memes.

61lkiZmMBvL-1 I want to tell you first why I ordered a copy of this particular book. First, one of my students read it for her Memoir Assignment, and her review made me want to read it. Second, in April I’m going to start a meme, “All Things Autistic” for the month, participating in National Autism Awareness Month; and third, because the author’s name begins with an “H.”

It is an easy read, done in the form of Questions and Answers, and it is written by a thirteen-year-old, autistic author. So far it is a great read.


What are you reading?   61lkiZmMBvL-1


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What will you read next?


I will finish City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert .


Wednesday Word of the Day


Audacious is my word for 2020, and it means  “bold” / ” courageous” / “outspoken.  This is something I want to learn–to speak up for myself, to speak up when something is not right (I just finished watching the movie, The Hate U Give on Amazon. I highly recommend it.), to try new things: foods, techie skills, teaching on line; maybe you CAN teach an old dog/woman/professor new tricks! LOL

Let me know YOUR word for 2020. Write a comment in the reply box below.

AND…AS ALWAYS…KEEP ON READING. Books are cheap in a time when libraries are forced to close.


Several of my blogging friends participate in WWW Wednesdays where the post tells WHAT you have just finished reading, WHAT you are continuing to read, and WHAT you are looking forward to reading. Here are my three Ws for 2/12/2020.

WHAT I have just finished is Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor’s Traveling with Pomegranates, a mother-daughter story of musings on travel and familial

WHAT I am continuing to read is Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls, one of several books I’ve read set in old New York of g.jpg

WHAT I am looking forward to reading (and finishing this weekend since it is due Monday at my local library) is th-1.jpegThe Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett, billed as ” a novel of obsession” and another of my own choices to read as many Books about Books as I can.

What are you reading? List the titles and authors in the reply box below and let us know what your three Ws are for this week.

WWW Wednesday

Several bloggers I follow participate in WWW Wednesdays which answer the questions:

WHAT are you reading currently?

WHAT have you just finished?

WHAT are you looking forward to reading soon?

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This is what I have just started reading and am enjoying immensely. I am not reading it for a specific challenge, nor is it a book club selection, but a novel by the author of Eat, Pray, Love was tempting enough for me to purchase it. So far, I consider it money well spent.

shopping-1This YA novel is one I recently finished as letter “A” (for the author, Avery) of my Alphabet Soup 2020 Challenge, author edition. I recently reviewed it on PWR.

A book I am looking forward to reading is Miles Moreland’s A Walk Across France . I don’t know where t came from, but there it sat on my TBR shelf, and one of my goals for 2020 s to clear, or at least make a dent in, my TBR shelves. When I will get to this promising memoir, is anyone’s guess.

WHAT are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What are you looking forward to reading? Give us your answers in the reply box below.

WWW Wednesday

What have you finished reading? / What are you continuing to read? /What are you likely to read next?

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I am undertaking a Middle Grades reading project, where I will read many books before Christmas. My Better Half picked up 30 at the library today after I’d brought home 19 yesterday. So far I have read two books in one day.  I am continuing to read middle grade books and

I also am continuing to read:


I have a big week of reading ahead. How about you? What have you finished? What are you continuing to read? What will you read next?


On Wednesdays, one is supposed to answer the following three questions:

WHAT are you reading now?

WHAT have you finished?

WHAT will you read next?

I am reading currently   Americanah by Ngozi Adichie  I have this one on my laptop, and I always love an immigrant story./ Lovesick by Jacqueline L. Sullivan  This is another on my iPad, and it is an old-fashioned high school romance set in the 50s./ The Shadow of the Wind by Zafon  This is a “classic” that I am reading for my “Books about Books” challenge, which is set in Barcelona./ AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman is a book I purchased at Half-Price Books and have barely started.

I have just finished   This Is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors, and I gave it away to one of my students today. After all, it is aimed at young writers./ God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch by James W. Moore is a book I checked out from my church library./ Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming was my First Lady choice for a book club meeting that was rained out by Tropical Storm Imelda last week./ The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was a selection for my book and film book club. I saw the movie and thus, knew the ending beforehand. LOL/ The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison  This book is the third in the Dave Tillman series, one of my best-funniest books of 2019./ Sea Scope by Debbie De Louise was featured by J. Cudney on his blog, “This Is My Truth Now. I read it on my iPad.

I am looking forward to reading The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates.

Eclectic choices, yes. Electric choices, in some cases, maybe. Effective choices, I like to think so.


This meme was formerly hosted by Miz B at “A Daily Rhythm,” and more recently revived by Sam at “Taking on a World of Words.” It is called WWW Wednesday, where one answers the three “W” questions:

WHAT are you currently reading?

WHAT have you recently finished? and

WHAT will you read next?

Post the answers to these three “Whats” on your blog or simply type them into the Reply box below.  It will expand to fit. LOL

WHAT I am currently reading:

You Are a Special Heaven put out by the Conception Abbey Press, a book of memes and sayings to meditate and think on throughout the day.  I am copying many into my quotes notebook.

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg, a large print book I picked up from our local library.

WHAT I recently finished:

Aftermath by Suzanne Morris, a novel about the tragedy of the London School in New London, Texas and its aftermath (set in the late 30s)

Coffee Poems, editited by Lorraine Healy and including a poem, “Measuring Water by Sound” by Jen Payne, fellow blogger and poet extraordinaire

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischevious Kids and Immature Grownups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith

WHAT I am going to read next:

The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney

What are you reading now? Has anyone read The Nest? It is a book club selection, so I am going in blind. Please advise.