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Welcome to a Monday for Musing…Jenn, at A Daily Rhythm leads us with her special topics, listed below:


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you read any horror, or something scary, in honor of Halloween? Why, or why not?


I just downloaded a book today from NetGalley…I have been ogling it for a while.  It will be released on 1/26/16, but I plan to start reading it in December.

I read another book by the author, Melanie Benjamin, and I am a big fan of the characters in this book, The Swans of Fifth Avenue.






Blurb:  The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends—the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman—a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller—even when the stories aren’t his to tell.

Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.


Doesn’t it sound delicious?  I may not be able to wait until December to start savoring this one.

As for Halloween, I don’t read anything for the occasion, but I have a few little figurines I bring out, like these:





My trusty Disney collectibles.


I spent some of my weekend working on this blog, getting ready for 2016.  I added pages for Books Purchased, Books Read, and Review books for the new year.

While I was at it, I changed the theme here.  That’s what I love to do when I’m bored…LOL.

What are you musing about today?





October was a cozy month, but I didn’t read as many books as usual.  However, there were several 400 + page books, so that might account for some of it.

In picking favorites this month, I faced a challenge.  There were so many contenders!

Here’s October in Review:



1.    Afterwards – Rosamund Lupton – 383 pages – (suspense/family drama) – 10/30/12

2.    An Order of Coffee and Tears (e-book) – Brian Spangler – 280 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 10/23/12

3.   Barbra:  The Way She Is – Christopher Andersen – 412 pages – (nonfiction) – 10/4/12

4.   Blackberry Winter – Sarah Jio – 286 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/19/12

5.   Bodyguard, The (e-book) – Christy Tillery French – 316 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/27/12

6.   Curiosity Killed the Kat (e-book) – Elizabeth Nelson – 122 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/17/12 (Review will be posted on 11/13 during blog tour)

7.   Dangerous Affairs Diana Miller – 361 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/11/12

8.    Dead on Ice – Lauren Carr – 226 pages – (romantic suspense) – 10/28/12

9.   Heir, The – Barbara Taylor Bradford – 464 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/14/12

10.  More Than You Know (e-book) – Penny Vincenzi – 608 pages – (historical fiction) – 10/9/12

11. Probable Future, The – Alice Hoffman – 322 pages – (contemporary/historical fiction) – 10/2/12

12. Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan – 321 pages – (literary fiction) – 10/17/12

13. Things That Matter, The – Nate Berkus – 315 pages – (nonfiction) – 10/15/12

14.  Tuesday’s Gone – Nicci French – 448 pages – (suspense thriller) – 10/21/12




TOTAL BOOKS READ YTD:                        160

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK:  Blackberry Winter, Sarah Jio

FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOK:  The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus