Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's Thursday and I have finished some books!

As an aside.......this fall  has been so lengthy and warm that my forsythia started blooming again!
I have finished a bunch of books and in my Good Reads Challenge which was 50 books in 2016 I am at 48!  Next year I'll go big or go!
This was my Halloween read on my Kindle (on sale) and it was good as she is a powerful writer but it wasn't as good as her first book but maybe that is because it is hard to write a second book when your first one is so good and people's expectations are high.  But she writes like no one else and her uniqueness means I will probably always read whatever she writes.....her stories are intriguing.
AMAZON:  "From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” (Booklist) ghost story that will haunt you to your very core.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget…

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born."

I stopped reading this one to read my Halloween book so I will now be getting back to this absolutely fascinating true story!
 and this one also which I am almost finished be honest after Halloween I sort of forgot aobut my Kindle books.  It's new for me to have books on a tablet so I have to remember! Crazy huh?  That's what old age does to a person! LOL!
 This one is more of a reference book and so I have been carrying it around with me as I do my "deep cleaning".
 I finished this one which wasn't very long but I need to go and find her blog as I used to follow her and really enjoyed her posts.
I also finished this book....are you seeing a theme here?  It's the cleaning I've been doing and still working on and trying to rid myself of so much stuff that has accumulated over a lifetime.
This is a FREE Kindle book on Amazon and although I was familiar with her ideas it was good to have a refresher course and it reminded me of my Aunt Bernice who practically raised me.

 I also finished All Creatures Great and Small and I highly recommend!!!!  It was a joy to read and 400 some pages of joy!  I haven't started the next one yet..........
 Amazon states:  "Contains memoirs of Scottish veterinarian James Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories perfectly depicting the wonderful relationship between man and animal. His wonderful stories make us laugh and cry, as we marvel at the everyday miracles he creates."

Okay, I know this is famous and was on PBS but I just don't "get it" is very boring and maybe I'm missing something.  In this case maybe the movie is better than the book.  If anyone can enlighten me as to what is so fantastic about it I am all ears.  I will forge ahead as books have surprised me in the past but so far this one has it's work cut out for it!
Amazon states: "The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire.
Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity."
I'm still listening to this audio........there are 11 sides in all on tape....very good and funny....really enjoying it.
I finished my O magazine but haven't picked up another and I am also reading a book on "prepping" for disasters of any kind but I forgot to take a picture.  As for watching and listening: I am still loving Knitting Pipeline audio podcasts...I think I'm on about 90 now of over 200 some.  I'm trying to catch up watching The Gilmore Girls before the new season starts on Netflix the 25th of this month and I have watched Inside Number 23 video podcasts and her Vlogtober which was great!  She came to the U.S. and was at Disneyworld on Halloween and shared it neat as she went through the Harry Potter park also at Universal Studios?  Since I will probably never get there it was so awesome to see it!  She's a gem and so talented in knitting and sewing.  
I think that about wraps up my reading this week and last.  Tomorrow I will show you my "porch progress"!  Moving right along!
Happy Trails!  
P.S.  Still trying to catch up with everyone!  I have missed you all!


  1. You got some good, productive reading done this week Sandra.

  2. Silly Forsythia...plant it in the ground! :)

  3. 50 books in a year! Oh my, what a luxury to have the time. It's nice to see what other people have been reading and what they think about the books. I'm slow, but always looking for a good recommendation.

  4. I read a lot while I was off the computer...several Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie. They are always so good. I would enjoy the J. Herriott books again too. Enjoy your week sweet friend. Happy Thanksgiving!


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