“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”

-Austin Phelps

Right now I have 394 books on my Amazon Wish List.  So um, my coat would be pretty threadbare if I followed the above quote for my entire list.  But I do buy from it, on occasion (my husband and I differ on our definition of occasion).  Mostly I use my Wish List to refill my hold queue at the library.  Also, I must admit I’m hoping for that breathtaking tiara  moment when Amazon emails me to say I have won everything on it (which is why I’ve made sure a MacBook, Scrivener software and a Cuisinart ice cream maker are on my list too).

Anyway, here are a few new books that I’m excited about:

Available November 14th

I first started reading the Kinsey Millhone mysteries twenty years ago.  I can remember walking through the stacks at the library where I worked and picking up A IS FOR ALIBI.  I loved it immediately.  I know some readers don’t like that Kinsey is still “stuck” in the 80s (the first book was published in 1983, but each subsequent story takes place shortly after the other even though the books come out about once every two years), but I love it when Kinsey pulls out her trusty index cards to begin her detective work–instead of relying on computers, cell phones and the internet.

Available November 1st


CROSSED is book two in the MATCHED trilogy.  The first one highlighted arranged marriage dystopian style and I can’t wait to see how the main character Cassia deals with her desire to rebel against a society that does not believe in free will.



Available October 11th


This book had me at dork.  Oh and diary.  All you need to know is Nikki Maxwell is living her worst nightmare after she loses her diary.  I completely identify with it all.  One of these days I will have to post some exceptionally dorky things from my own tween diary.


Available now!

We buy this book every year.  I love the photos, the trivia and just the general oddities.  According to the review on Amazon, in this edition you can find out how much time you spend watching TV, playing video games, laughing, breathing and um, well farting.  Who knew?


And then I found the novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO..  The book promises savory intrigue and family secrets, spiced with Creole flavor.

I just added pralines to my Amazon Wish List.


What books are you wishing for?




Do you ever have one of those days where you just cannot think?

You read the same sentence over and over, but it just doesn’t compute. You walk into a room only to forget why you went there. You sit through an entire lecture or conversation only to realize it’s over and you don’t know what happened.

That was me this past week. My brain was zombified mush.

I felt like Dory, the little fish in Finding Nemo who has short-term memory loss:

Marlin: I’m miles from home with a fish who can’t even remember her name.
Dory: Boy, I bet that’s frustrating.


For instance, I picked up a book at the library yesterday– How Pleasure Works: the New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom.  However, I could not remember why I’d put the book on hold.

Sometimes I think my brain just needs to reboot every now and then.

Luckily there was something sparkly in the book to get my attention–chapter six.


You gotta love it, whether it’s daydreaming or spending time in worlds created by other people’s imaginations, it can offer our tired minds a chance to start over.

According to the author, “Imagination is Reality Lite — a useful substitute when the real pleasure is inaccessible, too risky, or too much work.

Why not?  In an instant we can get caught up in a romance with a vampire, sing along with a high school glee club or run around virtual worlds shooting aliens.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of gray matter. . .or something like that.

Books, TV, movies and video games allow us to tag along on the journey.  We experience the story.

 “We enjoy imaginative experiences because at some level we don’t distinguish them from real ones.”

In fact the best ones are the stories that we get so engrossed in that we forget for the moment that they aren’t real.

And the fact that we can cry or laugh at a story, simply because our brains recognizes the emotion?  Well, it shows how powerful those mushy brains can turn out to be.

Imagine what we can accomplish when we simply put our minds on it.

“Imagination is everything.

It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

–Albert Einstein


What stories are you imagining for your life?

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“Outside my window a new day I see, and only I can determine what kind of day it will be.

It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay, or boring and cold, unhappy and gray.

My own state of mind is the determining key, for I’m only the person I’ll let myself be.

I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help, or be selfish and think just of myself.

I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun, or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.

I can be patient with those who may not understand or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.

But I have faith in myself, and believe what I say, and I personally intend to make the best of each day.”

-Author Unknown

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This week marks both the Jewish new year and my daughter’s seventeenth birthday.  My children always learned in school that the Jewish New Year– which begins on Rosh Hashanah– is the birthday of the world.  Renewal, fresh starts and inspiration immediately come to mind when I think of a new year or a birthday, but we don’t have to wait for the big moments to start over. Every day is an opportunity.

What kind of day will it be for you?

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Have a great week!