Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Entertainment and Arts > Books
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 06-03-2014, 02:17 PM
 
12,270 posts, read 11,311,067 times
Reputation: 8066

Advertisements

Just starting Skin Game by Jim Butcher!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-03-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
17,330 posts, read 32,960,202 times
Reputation: 28902
May was looking to be a good month -- I was busy enjoying good weather outings with a great boyfriend, I turned 49 with a lot of fanfare (which I didn't think I'd like, but I did), and I was busy with work (good busy; not "OMG! I can't take this" busy). I didn't have time to read but I was happy to be enjoying life.

Then May 24 happened. My father died unexpectedly and I became an orphan (I know, dramatic, but it deserves its drama -- I'm nobody's daughter anymore) and so I was busy with that and all that that entails. And the work now feels "OMG! I can't take this" busy because my concentration skills are close to nil.

I needed a short book to be my Calgon -- to take me away. I found Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed as an Amazon monthly deal. I didn't want to start any of the books that I really want to read because I find that when my life feels unhappy, I often toss the book prematurely, and then it's tainted as "the book that I was trying to read when THAT happened" and I never try it again. So I've left the goodies until life normalizes again.

In the meantime, I hope that Things We Set on Fire is somewhat decent and can get me out of my own head when I'm alone with my thoughts.

My takeaway from the end of May and one that I want to share with you: He had turned 73 just 10 days before he died. He had a heart attack in his sleep. You just never, ever know. So live in the moment. Enjoy life. We've only got the one.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-03-2014, 03:00 PM
 
3,493 posts, read 7,913,982 times
Reputation: 7237
Quote:
Originally Posted by DawnMTL View Post
My takeaway from the end of May and one that I want to share with you: He had turned 73 just 10 days before he died. He had a heart attack in his sleep. You just never, ever know. So live in the moment. Enjoy life. We've only got the one.
Dawn, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. It is good to know that you are in a good place otherwise in your life right now so you can really devote the emotional time to your sadness. I will honor your dad by reflecting on your advice.

Take care,
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-04-2014, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
20,549 posts, read 30,342,663 times
Reputation: 88950
Dawn…(((HUGS)))

and Happy belated Birthday!!




I finished Orphan Train and loved it Now I am reading Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-04-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
13,384 posts, read 28,670,654 times
Reputation: 12027
Quote:
Originally Posted by fromupthere View Post
I loved [i]Orphan Train[i]. It is one I will definitely re-read.
I loved it too
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-04-2014, 09:42 AM
 
1,833 posts, read 3,342,130 times
Reputation: 1795
Quote:
Originally Posted by DawnMTL View Post

Then May 24 happened. My father died unexpectedly and I became an orphan (I know, dramatic, but it deserves its drama -- I'm nobody's daughter anymore) and so I was busy with that and all that that entails. And the work now feels "OMG! I can't take this" busy because my concentration skills are close to nil.


My takeaway from the end of May and one that I want to share with you: He had turned 73 just 10 days before he died. He had a heart attack in his sleep. You just never, ever know. So live in the moment. Enjoy life. We've only got the one.
Dawn,

I am so, so sorry!! My dad passed away May 23, 2001, and he died of sudden cardiac death. I remember trying to go back to work a couple days after his funeral and just not being able to do it. I needed another day to prepare for that. My grandpa died the same way, May 25, 1996. So I understand the shock of someone just all of a sudden being gone like that. I know time will heal your sadness and your ache, but it will never go away completely. There will always be an empty spot in your life where your dad should be.

If that book doesn't work (which is funny in that I just bought that one too!), try some cheesy romance novel or something, something that requires no thinking really and just takes you away.

You are in my thoughts and prayers!! <3

S


I decided to listen to Nicholas Sparks [i]True Believer [i] as I was crocheting. Since that project is done, we'll see if I actually finish listening or pick up something else to read since I'm not much of a listener when it comes to audio books.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-04-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
13,384 posts, read 28,670,654 times
Reputation: 12027
Sweetwater by Christina Baker Kline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-04-2014, 12:00 PM
 
9,238 posts, read 22,849,145 times
Reputation: 22693
Dawn! So sad to learn about your Dad. I hope you're doing okay. I know he's cuddling Artie now, and they are both watching over you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-05-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
42,579 posts, read 86,799,994 times
Reputation: 36644
Seth Kantner's "Ordinary Wolves" has some wonderful chapters in it, but some ordinary ones, too. I'm about 100 pages in, I hope it doesn't turn out to be one of those books that run out of gas. But what an amazing gift, that from the tiny number of people who knew such a life, one turned out to be such an extraordinary fine author to tell us about it..

Last edited by jtur88; 06-05-2014 at 11:11 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-05-2014, 04:45 PM
 
4,380 posts, read 4,442,233 times
Reputation: 4437
Dawn-I'm sorry to hear about your dad.


I really need to add "The Goldfinch" to my TBR list and see what all the fuss is about.

I finished with "How to Eat a Cupcake." Three friends all rated it on Goodreads and each gave it 4-stars. I only gave it 3. I've been in a weird reading rut lately where I just don't seem to like anything. For this one, throughout most of the book I just wanted to smack the two main characters and tell them to get over themselves.

Now I'm reading "Anne of the Island" from the "Anne of Green Gables" series. I didn't read these as a kid. I'm actually enjoying this one. I found her as exhausting as Marilla did in the first book but she's grown on me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Entertainment and Arts > Books

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top