Donna Reads: Where We Belong


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wherewebelongIn Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, we meet Marian and Kirby. Marian gave a baby up for adoption 18 years ago. Kirby is that baby, and she is now 18 herself. She shows up at Marian’s door one day, and Marian is not prepared.

Did I like this book? No. Why did I read it? I read it for my book club. I got 90% of the way through it (after struggling along with it for weeks), and then I finally gave up and skipped to the last chapter to figure out how it ended (I had already pretty much deduced the ending). It’s hard for me to slog through a book when I don’t like the characters in it. It was a painful read. The pacing was slow, and the events in the book were just dull. The ending didn’t turn out how I wanted it to either.

Would I read another book by Ms. Giffin? No. Would I recommend this book? No. It’s rare when I give up on a book that I’ve almost finished, but I didn’t see any point in reading those 40-some pages that I skipped. I just wanted it to be over!

Happy Birthday, Old Man


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Sammy would have been 23 today (if he were still with us). Sam was a wonderful cat. We lost him to old age 6 years ago.

Sam on chair 2Sam was the “child” of divorce. He had been raised by a family with children, other cats, and dogs. He found himself up for adoption when the family split up and couldn’t keep the pets. He was tolerant of everything. He introduced us to the world of cat ownership gently. He was our first cat, and because of him there have been five others.

Sam and Zo in sunHe wasn’t much to look at. When we went to look at cats waiting for adoption, we had gone to see an elderly but beautiful long-haired cat. The adoption folks discouraged us because the cat we had admired had kidney issues. They didn’t recommend we take a sick cat for our first experience. They turned to motion towards a cage on the floor and said, “how about Sam?”

Sam begs MomHow about Sam? I remember looking at him and thinking, “THAT is a cat?!” My oldest son was almost 6 at the time, and he was with me. He looked at Sam and said, “OK!” He wanted him, and Sam (who was also 5 at the time) would become “his” cat for the next 12 years.

Sam w Mom 2Sam’s favorite “toy” was a plastic drinking straw. He had several, and he “buried” them all over the house. I was still finding them years after he’d gone. There are probably still some buried under the bedroom rugs. He’d wait until we’d all gone to bed for the night. The house would be dark, and we’d be just settling in when he’d come walking up the hallway, straw in mouth, yowling at the straw. It cracked us up every time. He’d draw the syllables out. Sometimes it would sound like he was saying, “wohhhhhhhhhh, noooooooooooo.” I miss hearing him. He was so funny.

Sam w feetSweet-tempered, patient, loving Sam. He was a big cat (22 pounds at one time), and he always wanted to lie on your chest. He didn’t realize that he made breathing difficult. Happy, friendly Sam who loved to lie on his back in the window sills so that the sun could reach his tummy.

Sam on chairHappy Birthday, old man. We miss you.

Stacking the Shelves #4


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STSmall_thumb[2]Stacking The Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared.  The original webpage is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews (

It’s been a while since I posted a Stacking the Shelves post.  I’m so short on time lately between work, school and reading for book club.  I don’t have much time for reading for just me.  Here’s the first batch of what I’ve downloaded to my Kindle since August 28th.  I’ll post the rest soon.


The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva – It sounded interesting, but it’s #12 in a series.  I have yet to start it, and no, I did not download the other 11 books.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty – I picked up this one because I liked “What Alice Forgot” by this author.

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam – I downloaded this one after reading a review.  I started it, but it didn’t hold my attention. I may go back to it.

Unteachable by Leah Raeder – I downloaded this one after reading a review.  This is about a student who falls in love with a teacher.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty –  I picked up this one because I liked “What Alice Forgot” by this author.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – because it’s always nice to have some of the classics on hand.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – because it’s always nice to have some of the classics on hand.

Happy reading, everyone!



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It passes fast when seasons change

One minute warm, and then it’s not

Leaving work in the dark is strange

Not my fave, but it’s all I’ve got

I miss my squirrels the most, though

By the time I get home, they’ve gone

Back to their nests and where they go

Not to see them, it seems so wrong

Morning – no birds to waken me

It’s dark and quiet, seems so odd

The little birds are fast asleep

Tucked up safe in the land of nod

The garden looks so brown and dry

As the plants get ready to rest

The trees all kiss their leaves goodbye

Growing time done, they did their best

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