Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Roundup!

I finished 3 books this week and took much pleasure in picking out my next 2 (usually I try to read 1 non-fiction and 1 fiction and a magazine).......

This is the second book in the Candy Holiday series of mysteries set "in the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine.  Candy Holiday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or 2."  I enjoy these cozy mysteries and B.B. Haywood provides a good one!  The first book in the series is Town in a Blueberry Jam.

Oh, Beth are SO good!  Her first book, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was one of the best books I have ever read and may be my all-time favorite.  This second book is totally different but just as good but her first book will always hold a special place in my heart.  Looking For Me is a "lyrical, almost magical story that reflects life on a Kentucky farm, the wilderness of the Red River Gorge, and the genteel South of Charleston, South Carolina." - Pittsburg Post-Gazette
 I would highly recommend it!  What's next Miss Hoffman?  You just can't write fast enough for this fan!  Thank goodness there are other books out there to read while I wait! LOL!

 I loved this book!  What a charmer and so wonderfully written.  Originally a newspaper column that appeared in The York County Coast Star, a weekly newspaper in southern Maine, it eventually turned into a book.  Pages From A Journal is about life in Maine and the activity of the Butler family.  It includes family life but also community life and some of the history surrounding the area. I want to find other books by her....that's how much I enjoyed it.  This is an older book, published in 1976 but the articles were written in the 60's. 

I'm enjoying the heck out of this magazine although I do not subscribe nor do I want to simply because I have plenty of magazines from past subscriptions to read so I can divest myself of them.  But this was a lovely surprise and a wonderful issue full of 60 "no fail" plants for all kinds of climates and environments and also it contains information on how to attract certain birds to your yard.  Both articles contained information I will definitely use.  I took a picture of the front and the back as it was so pretty.  Do any of you subscribe to this magazine?  How do find it month after month?  I haven't finished it yet but probably will tonight so you can take this as my review of it.  Great issue!

Here are the books I've chosen to read next.............this is my non-fiction and since it is summer I thought this would be a perfect time to read it.  I am becoming a person ruled by the moon and the tides and the seasons especially.  I decorate, cook, read and live daily by the seasons and I feel like I get more enjoyment out of them that way.  Do you let the seasons dictate to you?  Is it part of our DNA?
This book is the "spellbinding account of a journey on foot from one end of California to the other - from Mexico to Oregon - taken by the author in 1958, 2 years after he moved to the United States.  I can't wait to read it as it sounds similar to Wild by Cheryl Strayed which I loved.

For the fiction, I am going to read Orphan Train which was given to me by my friend, Sue, "the book fairy".  Have any of you read this?  If so, what did you think?  Judging from the cover, it looks good and I have been able to pick out many a good book and movie (not NYBS's even) looking at the cover.....maybe as you age you just become better familiar with your own tastes regardless of what societies tastes are.
Well, that's it for The Book Roundup!  HappyTrails!
P.S.  Stop by tomorrow when the new list for YOP (year of projects) 2014-2015 for bloggers on Ravelry will be published. It's never to late to join our group which includes crocheters, spinners and knitters and even a few quilts and cross stitch items have made their way into Ravelry on my posts! LOL!
I know...I'm such a rebel! Ha! Ha!  I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend wherever you are.


  1. These books looking so lovely
    Happy reading x

  2. I like cozies, too. I'll have to check out Haywood.

  3. We leave on vacation in just 2 weeks and I am looking for books to have on my iPad. I love mysteries so I will look for the series you mentioned.

  4. Thank you so much for the suggestions. I'm always looking for new authors

  5. I used to subscribe to Birds and Blooms, it is interesting but when they added ads I got discouraged with them so I cancelled my subscription. :)

  6. I tried to locate a copy of that Butler book at our library, but no luck. You have some nice choices.

  7. Ooh! I added the first two books to my to-read list. They sound great. I like reading about a town full of characters and secrets. Are you on Goodreads, BTW?

  8. This was a terrific surprise! Thanks so much for your kind words about both my novels. I'm delighted that you've enjoyed them both. I was raised on a farm surrounded by dense woodlands, so Looking for Me holds a special place in my heart.


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