Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell

Perfect Stranger

Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed almost everything about this book. I had to suspend belief that a writer could completely forget about her phone and laptop for several days. Also, I was not thrilled about the ending. I had no choice but to get the next book in the series. I needed to know what happened. If you’re willing to invest in the whole series, then I’d recommend this mostly romance, somewhat suspenseful mystery book. 

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Books to Read Once In Your Life

Thirty books to read once in your life

Here are the books listed in the above linked article. The author of the article thinks that everyone should read each of the books at least once in their lives. I have read 10 of them. More if you count the whole series of Harry Potter.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

2. 1984, by George Orwell

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

4. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

7. The Diary Of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank

8. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

11. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

12. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

16. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

17. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

18. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

19. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

20. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

21. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

22. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

23. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

24. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

25. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

26. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

27. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

28. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

30. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum

This is not your fault

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a palate cleanser between bookclub books. It was included with my Audible subscription, and it was short. It was the perfect time to read it. 

This was a light epistolary book about a couple going through a divorce during Covid times. It addresses many of the difficulties with life in during this time, along with general difficulties of time management. 

I think that it was well written and hit many points that I hadn’t thought of. Plus it kept my interest for the whole story. 

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The Watermelon Woman

This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.

The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.

I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.

Jackie Robinson:A Lion in Winter

Jackie Robinson: A Lion in Winter

These aren’t my words, but the film and the post are worth sharing. Jon Leonoudakis is sharing this along with his friend, Ron Rapaport, who interviewed Jackie Robinson toward the end of his life. The above short video is worth watching. Below is the post from Facebook, announcing that viewing will be free for the rest of the month of February, 2021.


For the rest of the month, I’m presenting free access to my 2017 film about Jackie Robinson near the end of his life in a story told by my good friend, writer/journalist Ron Rapoport, who initially wrote this story for the Los Angeles Times in 1972.

The film runs 9 minutes and shares a poignant and insightful story about an American pioneer and warrior for social justice.”

Sleeping in with Pets

The pets are used to a regular schedule. Around 7am, the cats are kicked out of upstairs and take their positions in the kitchen, waiting to be fed. Around 7:30 am, the dogs are brought down, separately, to empty bladders and return to bed, or join the school session, depending on the day’s plan. On the weekends and holidays, the pets don’t seem to remember that they don’t need to make sure we are ready for work.

One weekend, I was attempting to sleep in. Between my bladder and the cats, I managed to get to 8 am. At least with my bladder, I can get to the bathroom and back half awake and can sometimes manage to get back to sleep.

I was sound asleep and I felt one of the cats climb onto my bed and onto my chest. I reached out to pet the cat and found out that it was Mini. She accepted the pets and ear scratches and went away. She came back several more times before she decided that I needed motivation. I got a nip on the elbow and I decided to get up.

Who needs alarm clocks when you have pets?

What’s Your Bookstore Cat Name?

Many bookstores have cats in them. If I owned a bookstore, I wouldn’t have a cat, though. Too many people are allergic to them. Plus, with the store door opening and closing all day, it might be difficult to keep a cat indoors.

If I had a cat in my bookstore, what would I name it? According to the chart below, it would be Almighty Catnip. I guess that’s a unisex name, so it would work in that sense, but can I see myself using two names to talk to my cat? Nope. It’s a cute little chart, but pretty useless for me.

Now, naming my bookstore is a different story. I’ll have to think about it. Any ideas?

10 Benefits of Reading Every Day

Benefits of Reading Every Day

The above linked article goes into more detail, but here are the 10 benefits that it lists. Reading every day to me is just part of my day. I look at it as accomplishing something, also, but that is not on the list. When I finish a book, I feel like I can check it off of my list. The other things listed below are part of what I am getting out of daily reading, but they aren’t the main thing.

1. Mental Stimulation

2. Stress Reduction

3. Knowledge

4. Vocabulary Expansion

5. Memory Improvement

6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

7. Improved Focus and Concentration

8. Better Writing Skills

9. Tranquility

10. Free Entertainment

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a well-written, well-researched book about RBG. It covers mostly her professional life, but it also covers her family life. I enjoyed the story and was never bored during it. 

RBG was a remarkable woman and this book shows many of the things that she did in working toward making human rights more equal. I recommend the book highly. 

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