Sunday, July 24, 2016

TSS - July 24, 2016

I've taken a few baby steps toward healing this week. I can now drive in a limited capacity (one-handed, so I tend to stay within a five mile radius) - I can now bathe and dress myself - and I can type and write with my right hand (although I have to take multiple breaks). I feel as though I have my life back.

However... with triple-digit temperatures all week, I must admit I have not felt like leaving the air-conditioned house.


While I spent more time reading Kindle Unlimited books and listening to podcasts this week, I'm still working through my cozy mysteries and enjoying every minute. My goal is to read 1-2/week. My current read is a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Manhattans and Murder. I suppose the weekly television series, Murder She Wrote, was my first foray into the cozy genre, and I am enjoying the nostalgic return reading this novel.

My next cozy will be Maggie Dove: A Mystery by Susan Breen. The author was a recent guest on one of my favorite writing podcasts, DIYMFA, where she addressed the topic - Creating Compelling Characters.


For some reason I'm having a difficult time choosing my first Audible book. I feel this pressure to choose wisely and make it one I will adore. Obviously I have issues...

I spent some time this week listening to samples of those I have put on a wishlist, and I think I am going to opt for the light-hearted, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train. I love the British monarchy, and the idea of the Queen running away for a day is appealing. Have any of you read the book? Do you recommend it?

Kindle Unlimited:

Since becoming a member of this program about ten days ago, I have downloaded and read (skimmed) 29 e-books in the following categories:
  • Writing (craft) - 8
  • Writing (prompts) - 10
  • Social Media - 5
  • Photography - 3
  • Fiction (cozy mysteries) - 2
  • Spiritual - 1
Most of the books I would categorize as mediocre (or less), but I did rate 7 of them 4 out of 5 stars and will probably purchase them for my personal library. So far, I am pleased with the program and continue to add to my wishlist every day.


This forced three-week hiatus reinforced my love of writing. In fact, I think writing is almost as essential for me as breathing. The world somehow makes more sense when I have a pen in my hand or my fingers poised over the keyboard.

To that end, I have decided it is time to stop dabbling with writing and start treating it with more respect. I have several ideas percolating and many projects on the horizon. I will share more as time goes on.

In the meantime, I look forward to developing a regular blogging routine again. I will still focus on reading and writing, but I will also add travel (more than just French Friday - although Paris will always be at the forefront), as well as photography (a return to Wordless Wednesday posts), Totoro family recipes, and a few personal notes.

I also hope to reconnect with many of you via social media (on Twitter and Instagram - @MyCozyBookNook) as well as engage in blog conversation.

I didn't hear about the 24-in-48 readathon until it was half over (thanks to Brian's Instagram photos). Did many of you participate? How did you fare? Now that I am aware of this event, I will be sure to participate next time.

I hope you are staying cool, enjoying a relaxed summer, and anticipating lots of bookish love this week.



  1. I'm glad you are slowly getting better. I can't imagine what it must be like to have the use of only one arm and hand.

    1. a little limiting... I'm not gonna lie. But I keep telling myself, it could be much worse, so I'm grateful :)

  2. I'm glad you're recovering and can perform some normal activities. That must be such a relief!

    1. Indeed, Joy! It really is the simple things in life that matter most.

  3. I'm so glad to hear you're on the road to recovery!

  4. I am glad you are healing well and are making progress. It can aggravatingly slow sometimes. I hope to read Maggie Dove one of these days. It sounds like it will be good. If I remember correctly, my first audible book was actually my husband's choice--not even one I picked out for myself. I hope you settle on a good one!

    Our air conditioner decided to give out this weekend, and so we had to break out the fans to keep cool in the house. I hope you have a great week, Molly!

    1. OH NO .... I hope your air conditioning is fixed shortly! This summer has been beastly hot all over the country.

  5. I'm glad the healing is going well and pray it continues for you. I'm completely with you in not wanting to leave the air-conditioned house. It hasn't been triple digits here, but still hot and humid and feeling almost like triple digits. Today actually seems to be a bit of a break after a rain last night. The good thing about the readathon is that you could read as much or as little as you want. It's called 24 in 48 but the idea from what I read on the "About" page is to read at all during the 48 hour period. I ended up reading for 10 and 1/2 hours, and while short of my 12-hour goal, I did finish two books, both of which were good.

    1. Two books in one weekend? I'd say that is a successful readathon :)

  6. Good news on the healing front! Hope your audiobook was great.

    1. Thanks :) I'm still focused on podcasts... but I will get to the audiobooks soon, I promise!


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