I had ordered this trilogy quite some time ago and had forgotten that they were actually YA (young adult – or teenage) books.  And that’s fine because I have loved such books as the Twilight series and the Hunger Games books, etc., and apparently was intrigued enough to buy these when I did.  However, when I first started reading this I found myself a little annoyed to find it written in the viewpoint of a silly teenage girl, and a bit concerned that I would find the story just silly.  I mean, angels – really?

But as I began to read it, I found myself sometimes giggling at the teenager’s… well, “teen-ness” and began to realize that I was beginning to really enjoy the story.  The writing is good, the pace is tight – and I soon found myself completely gripped; I could not put the book down!  Some of it is completely frightening!  I quickly finished this book and went on to read the next one.  I will be done with that one very soon and will likely finish the last book before the end of the month.  A very good escape during this difficult time and I am pleased.  🙂

Angelfall, by Susan Ee

(Penryn & The End Of Days Series Book 1)

From Publishers Weekly

In Ee’s gritty debut, which stars a heroine with backbone, angels of the apocalypse seek revenge against humans for killing the Archangel Gabriel, and street gangs have taken over Silicon Valley. Seventeen-year-old Penryn lives with (and cares for) her wheelchair-bound sister, Paige, and their paranoid schizophrenic mother. While attempting to escape their apartment to find safety, Paige is kidnapped by an angel. At the moment of the abduction, Penryn meets Raffe, an angel whose wings have been cut off by the angels who take Paige. Hoping Raffe might know where Paige is, Penryn reluctantly nurses him back to health, and the two join forces, traveling to the angels’ “aerie” in San Francisco to recover Paige and repair Raffe’s wings; along the way, they are captured by a dangerously anarchic army of the human resistance.

World After (Book 2)

End of Days (Book 3)


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January 2017

Well, I did it – actually managed to get a “31-point-plan” done for January.  Didn’t get it done until halfway through the month, but at least I did it!  I am crawling along here, trying to get back into my “swing.”  Hopefully better days are ahead!


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Oops, forgot one:

Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative by Eric Maisel

This was a great book!  🙂


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2016 books (catch-up)

I suppose if I am going to try to re-start/continue to keep my blog up to date, I should record the books I read and never included here.  I have recorded nothing since last April.

And, interestingly enough – to me anyway – I read very few books the greater part of this past year.  I was in a strange phase/funk and could not seem to focus on wanting to read anything.  That has happened very few times in my life!

I have no idea of start/stop dates; I only know that I did read these books – and I do remember that I very much enjoyed them at the time:

Tana French:

In the Woods

The Likeness

Louise Penny:

 A Great Reckoning

And then after a very long break…. starting in December and on into the beginning of January 2017, I read this:

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley


I am now reading…..

Angelfall, by Susan Ee

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2017 Goals & Resolutions

 – First Draft –

  • Stop Smoking – by February 4 (?)
  • Re-start “31-Point-Plans
  • Re-start blog posting (1 per week?)
  • Keep up with my reading (and logging)
  • Organize closet/clothes
  • Establish a (new) exercise routine
  • more to come…..
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2016 – My Year of Living Precariously

December 31, 2016

To begin to summarize 2016, I think that I first need to revisit 2015. I neglected to ever summarize that year or do anything of the kind.

I did manage to keep up my normal tasks of monthly blog posts, “31-point-plans” and such in 2015 but by the end of the year I was feeling rather lost and overwhelmed.  I kept myself very busy but was frequently stressed out with worries about my son and I was not particularly happy.  I think I can sum up 2015 as being “LOST IN BUSYNESS.”  Enough said.

2016 started out with a bang, full of hopes and dreams as usual but I soon succumbed to total overwhelm.  With my son’s failure to get on with the business of school, I began the process of pursuing an IEP including hiring an advocate and going into debt to pay for it.  Thus began a year of working with the school district, trying to get him placed in a residential school but instead having to go through all the bells and whistles of trying first one thing and then another only to watch him fail again.  This process is still happening.  It has been difficult, frustrating, and at times completely overwhelming and sucking all creativity out of my soul.

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Update 4/10/16

I decided it’s high time I explain here why there has been so little activity here lately. So far, this year has just been flying by for me and it is hard to even know what I’m doing these days.

I have not done any of my “31-Point-Plans” since January.  I have not been doing any of the usual stuff that I’ve been doing for the past 3 years or so.  But what I HAVE been doing is working diligently on my current picture book with a determination to try and get it published.  In addition, my best friend, Jennifer, has been working on a wonderful book of her own and I have felt inspired to help her with her project because it is so very good and I would love to see her find success with it.  My project is also nearly done and I am now facing the “scary” part.

In the meantime, I have been thinking about trying to do my “31-Point-Plans” for the past couple (soon to be 3) months and already have drawings in mind for them.  But we shall see.  There is always so much to do.

I am still reading of course.  But I’ve lost track of when I finished The Rosie Project and started reading something else.  I just know it was sometime within the last 2 or 3 weeks.  And what I chose to read next was this:

Temeraire series by Naomi Novic

His Majesty’s Dragon: Book 1
Throne of Jade: Book 2
Black Powder War: Book 3

As of this date, I am halfway through Book 2.  This is an interesting series; it is sort of a historical novel set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, but with a twist:  In this history, dragons are alive and well and are assisting in the war to fight Bonaparte.  Pretty clever, all in all.

So, that’s about it for now.  With luck, the next time I post here I will have some exciting news about my children’s book.


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