Sunday at Barnes and Noble: A Very Different Grouping

The first Jack Reacher novel, a reason mention of a classic favorite, and the story of one who survived an otherwise Christian apocalyptic cult. Can’t get more different than that.

What’s your choice for Barnes and Noble browsing on Sundays?



Currently Reading: A Good Year

by Peter Mayle

Happy Saturday to all you Readers, writers and fellow travellers in the Journey of books and bookish things. Today’s Currently Reading post is, despite my previous posting on the Last Book of 2018 after which I finished an additional two, really WILL be the last book I read this year.

We aren’t unfamiliar with Peter Mayle in our home. We’ve got seven of his books on the shelf, of which I’ve read three. This will be my fourth by the author who is well known for glimpses and adventures in French food, wine and culture in his stories. Sadly, he passed early this year in January. He will be missed and yet will live on in his novels. Great stuff. Go out there and Grab a Spine, any one of his books would be an enjoyable starter for the as yet uninitiated Mayle reader.

This one, A Good Year, published in 2004, was made into a movie with Russell Crowe playing the lead. They took some liberties with the original but overall it was a wonderful movie and ultimately what got me into his other books. That and my English major wife who’s also a Francophile.

Max is a deal maker for a large financial institution in London who suddenly finds himself out of a job and in debt. But his fortunes may have just changed when he receives a notice of inheritance from a long lost uncle in France who’s recently passed. The city boy reaches back to his roots and forward to the roots of another kind, a farm house and vineyard that he must decide to sell… or allow to change his life and his future. Alons-y!!

The Adventure Continues. Thank you

On a personal note, this has been a Good Year for us too. I started the year with two blogs, one a Books and Reading blog very much like this one started just in October, and the other… well let’s just say it was very different, and that I had to “let it go” as they say, in order to move forward. Now my blogging is more books and reading than every before. I read and sometimes review the books I’ve read, with occasional departures to write posts about life and other stuff. But rest assured, Grab a Spine will always be more about books, reading, reviewing and living. Thank you to all the readers, writers and book lovers out there who have joined us in the journey.

How about you? What are you reading? What will your last book of 2018 be? If you’ve read this book, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below. And have a safe and wonderful New Years Celebration with family and friends.


The Best Message of Christmastime

Is to Love and Serve others

Whatever your particular persuasion is, my opinion is that in a crisis, Hands that Help beat Lips that Pray any real day of the week. So please consider the words of Padre Piper and go out and find someone to be the Hands that Help today.

The traditional Christian Christmas message is about a Baby born to Serve and Free humanity. Even if you aren’t a believer in Jesus, you can still get with that message to Serve and Free others around you today. Make it one of your New Years Resolutions for 2019.


Currently Reading: Yes… Another one too!!

Keep Charles Dickens in Christmas!!

I’m sorry and yet not sorry. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I guess I just couldn’t resist the urge to read not just another book before the end of the year, but another Christmas themed book. And this one again about Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. The one I read before, The Christmas Carol by Patricia K. Davis, was a fictionalized retelling of how the now famous and much loved novel came to be, but this one is non-fiction and will be more true to history and the actual facts. I’m looking forward to finishing this book by Les Standiford before the end of the week, and maybe having time for one more… to round out my Fifty Books Read in 2018. But again… It’s not about the numbers.

If you’ve read this book, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below. Have a great Sunday.


It’s that Time again…

Not my fireplace by the way

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our home to yours to all the lost bookish souls who still follow this sad bookish blog. 😉 May life bring you all the fullness, health and happiness that you can possibly stand… and then just a bit more.


Well… maybe just One More…

Just finished the Richard Paul Evans book The Gift. Amazing story and quick read. Quicker than I imagined, so I’m going to try another, maybe just one more, before the Holidays are done and over. If I’m lucky, I might be able to finish a couple more to fill out 50 books read in 2018. Although it’s not a numbers game for me.

Now on to The Autobiography of Santa Clause by Jeff Guinn. It’s a book I read last Christmas and even reviewed on my previous book/reading blog Paging Me. Why not read along with me.