Friday, December 4, 2015

It's Friday...what are you reading?

I am so overwhelmed with all that I have to do and the time is rushing by me!  That is why I haven't blogged much but I need to slow down and remember the reason for the season.  Remind me next year to not wait until November to make Christmas presents! LOL!
I have also been disheartened by all that has been going on in the world during this season of supposed "JOY" which has certainly not helped the Christmas spirit to embed itself in my soul.
But on the good side, I have been reading some really good books!  And here they are.........
This is my favorite author of the moment and I will be reading all of her books for sure!  I rate it 5 Stars!  This was her first book and although the stories she writes are each individual novels I still like to read them in order to see how an author develops.  I highly recommend her!  A synopsis of the story can be found here

Next was my audio book..........with audio books the story is important but so is the person who reads it and Richard Thomas does an excellent job!  Another 5 star read!  Synopsis here
This is really for children but not young children...maybe older children....it is very sad and gruesome in parts.  I would like my grandsons to read it someday but they're a bit young for it now.
I finished this one last night and it gets a 4 star.  It's a great story but there's more sex and bad language than I usually like so that's why I marked it 4 stars.  It's probably for a younger crowd but the story was good and kept you interested and she's a good writer.  The synopsis is here
I'm slowly reading this one and trying to incorporate some of their methods on cutting the grocery bills and their budgeting system so it's going to take awhile but it's good so far.
For my audio, I am listening to a "dear old friend", Garrison Keillor.  I used to listen to Prairie Home Companion on NPR on Saturday nights on my farm in Iowa.  What fond memories I have of those wonderful evenings on my little farm shared with the Prairie Home Companion radio gang. Synopsis is here
My new book of fiction that I will be starting tonight is this one......another highly recommended author and her first book although she has many more.  I'm looking forward to it!  I'll be sending in another book order soon as I am loving these recommendations!  I used to be such a non-fiction girl and I still do love true stories and history and nature books but there is some great non-fiction out there too!
That's all folks!  Please let me know what you're reading and especially those good ones!
Happy Trails!






18 comments:

  1. I am re-reading some of my favorites for December. Charlotte Macleod has several Christmas books in her series. Rest You Merry is one of my favorites. I have several cozy mysteries that have a Christmas book in their series. Re-reading means I don't have to think very hard to follow the story with so much holiday to-do on my mind!

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    1. Miss Merry, that is a great idea! I do like to read holiday books at holiday times. Thank you!

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  2. A couple of these books interest me, especially the Violets of March.

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    1. I actually started and finished Garden Spells last night and this morning.....excellent. I just have to get used to these young writers "putting it all out there" but the story is well worth it!

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  3. Good books! Our middle son especially enjoyed "Where the Red Fern Grows" when he was younger and I believe my grandchildren , (his kids), have so read it. I'm interested in "America's Cheapest Family". Saving pennies is always important. Have. A lovely weekend!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. Looks like some good books. I'm reading Unplug the Christmas Machine right now, along with The Simplicity Primer. I hope to get time to read more this winter.

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    1. I need to get some holiday themed books maybe that will help my lack of Christmas spirit. The Simplicity Primer sounds interesting

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  5. Don't overtax yourself. I think it's important to take breaks. I don't think I read Where the Red Fern Grows in high school. I'll look into an audiobook. I'd like to listen to books I had to read in high school. I finished a book in the wee hours of the morning since I couldn't sleep.

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    1. You should have called me! LOL! I'm always up early lately. The girls would like it but if they're old enough. I would listen to it yourself first. My imagination is so vivid the audio is probably worse than a movie would be. I remember being affected at a young age by a movie that I still remember and there are a few scenes from movies that affect me even at my age. I have a low tolerance for violence of any kind.

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  6. You have a few of my all time favorite books on your list. I used to teach 4th and 5th grade and read "Where the Red Fern Grows" every year. It is such a moving book and the children loved it, although there were always some tears. Sara Addison Allen's Garden Spells will have you getting all of the rest of her books. If you are just starting to read her, what a treat you have ahead of you!!!!

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    1. You are SO right! I started and finished Garden Spells the same night! Yes...more of her, Sarah Jio and Kate Morton! I need to go order from Thrift books now! LOL! Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Sandra, Thanks for stopping by my blog as well! I'm glad you enjoyed your stop. I am on Goodreads and just added you as a friend. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you've been reading. I'm glad you like my little matryoshka doll pattern and hopefully your daughter will love it!

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  7. I just wrote you an email but it came back so I will copy and paste it here! lol
    You always leave such sweet comments. I truly believe we are kindred spirits and if you lived close by we would enjoy doing things together. I KNOW we love the same books....we love to stay busy....and we love to
    sew and craft! I hope you have a beautiful holiday season. I started a giveaway today
    so stop by again soon to ENTER!!! Lots of hugs, Diane
    PS I just finished The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring and it was very good....right to the end!

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    1. I'm so sorry about the email. I'll check what I have here on my blog but it is slicher@centurytel.net I do get other emails from people but I do hate email anymore and I have to logon to a separate account...FB is the easiest but not everyone is on it. I'll send you an email with my FB id in case you're on there. Thank you for YOUR sweet comments and I will be right over!

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    2. Don't email from my blog...it has the right address but it's that dang Window's 10.....so disgusting!

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  8. I've just finished writing and now have time for reading! I appreciate all the suggestions.

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    1. Hi Leigh....it's been awhile! How are those 5 Acres and that dream? I need to stop by and see how you're doing. So glad you stopped by!

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