Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday Reads

I almost forgot about this since it's Labor Day here in the states and it's a holiday.  But I have finished one book and started several others so I have some reporting to do!  First off.......I finished Runaway....
definitely a good book.  She was VERY honest and explicit and certainly lived fearlessly and I admired her strength of character as many in her situation could have gone down the wrong path numerous times.  I do want to read her bestseller, Castaway.  I would give this book a 6 out of 10.
I'm listening to Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams.   It's a little strange but I just realized probably because I did not read the first book, Watership Down; "one of the best-loved works of imaginative literature".  Tales From Watership Down tells the lives of the rabbits after their defeat of General Woundwort.  See what I mean?  I think I needed to read the first book which I will indeed!  I love books about animals that talk and have their own societies and I try to see things from their perspective.  I picked this audio book up at the Thrift Store.  I think I'll check out Thrift Books to see if I can get the first book.  Always free shipping in the U.S.!
I'm STILL slogging through this one and really can't wait until it's over!!!  I'm on page 435 of 538 and it's only a slight bit improved but still makes no real sense.  There must be a cult following of a different generation than mine as I see no plot, no sense, nada.  It's like the author was on a "trip"...a drug trip, as it's all over the place and to think I thought I was the Queen of the run-on sentence! LOL! 
Maybe I'm missing the point or something?  If anyone has read this and has some insight please share it with me.
Just so you don't think I don't care for any books.....I am "over the  moon" for the next 2!  I was watching PBS and there was a guy on that had a show about his memories on a farm growing up in Wisconsin.  His name was Jerry Apps and for some ungodly price I could buy his book.  I used to support PBS until I retired but now it's not in my budget so I went on Amazon and found the book and many more by Jerry Apps.  I ordered this one and it takes me back to my little farm that I had and all the farms I've loved and visited in my life.  This is a keeper for sure and there will be many more books on here by Jerry Apps.  This particular book is one of his  most recent.   "It is the story of his land from the last great glacier that dug out it's valleys and formed its hills to his own family's forty-year relationship with the beloved farm they call Roshara."  I'll be sad when this book ends.  There are also beautiful photos of the farm and it's inhabitants taken by his son.

I have wanted this book/books for ages but only saw it once and couldn't quite remember the name.  All I knew was that it had the most beautiful drawings of little mice dressed up and living  in a world all their own so cozily!   This book is the entire collection as far as I know.  I read a book a night and had hoped to read to my grandson when he came but that didn't come about.  But I am thoroughly enjoying the stories and the artwork is simply amazing.  I want to live in their "tree houses"!  There are other items related to Brambly Hedge such as china, fabric and tins and patterns for knitting the characters.  I'm smitten!!!
I was forgetting about my magazine reading so here I go again.....attempting to stay on top of them!  Or else I won't allow myself to renew!  There, I said it!  Listen up Farmgirl Sam!
This one looks interesting though as I LOVE me a good makeover and these are speedy so they say.  I'll let you know.  Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend for those in the U.S. and for the rest of you I hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

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  1. I do love reading and that Brambly Mice book and the Old Farm book sound charming. I started "The Game" by Laurie King yesterday, I like that series about Sherlock Holmes and his wife! Also I am reading "McCarthy's Bar" about rambles in Ireland.

  2. The Old Farm book sounds good, glad you got a lot of reading done. I need to find another good book. I finished "Letters of a Woman Homesteader" now.

  3. I am lost without something to read and have just finished reading " The Magic " by Rhonda Byrne. It really is a life changing book and utterly brilliant. Marion x

  4. Well, I don't think I will be picking up Little, Big anytime soon. I had never heard of it until today and when I looked it up on Amazon, it has received some very mixed reviews--and the negative are pretty negative. I give you a point for finishing the thing!
    I am reading, A Week in Winter, by Maeve Binchy and am thoroughly enjoying it--just like all her other books. I am also reading a book called, He's Gone, and I am not sure I like it, although I really want to finish it so I can see how the mystery ends. The story is a bit slow, but interesting in its own way as it shows the negative impact affairs and divorce have on all involved.
    Have a great week...

  5. Page 103 of County Living takes place just about 8 miles north of me. The old guy in the canoe is our retired Doctor. I loved all the makeovers in that magazine, in the end I guess I like the yellow one the best so cheerful. Wouldn't it be fun to have a job like that putting together the perfect room..of course I would never use as much white as they do:)


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