Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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

I'm sorry I wasn't blogging last week or even around at all.  I started watching Pope Francis on MSNBC and I didn't stop until Sunday night when his plane flew from view.  I am not catholic but once I started watching the coverage I couldn't stop.  I have no doubt that this man is holy.  They even have a name for it..."the Francis Effect".  I couldn't take my eyes off of him and his words and his interactions with people.   He expressed many things that have been on my mind but he's a much better communicator.  In fact, I have a St. Francis of Assisi statue in my backyard.  So, I'm back now and yesterday I had to do a lot of "catching up" here on the home front.  You'd think I'd gone to see him in person the way I ignored everything around here! LOL!
 This man is a gift to all of us...........
Look at the crowds he drew!
I attended more masses in the week he was here than I have my whole life.  If you didn't watch any of it or aren't aware of this man then you owe it to yourself to read up on him.  If not a book, of which there are many, then google for more information.  I personally am ordering a biography but I probably won't stop there!  But right now here are some books I finished............
#1 - The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brockett 
I am such a non-fiction girl.  I love real people and their real lives and this woman covers the gambit of a life at home.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and there are books she recommends, movies that have a domestic bent to them, recipes, gardening, quilting and all the joys of loving and living in your home.  I highly recommend it if you are a "home body" like I am and enjoy all the aspects of homemaking, well, maybe not all! LOL!  I plan on getting more of her books.
 #2 - The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
Remember I got this as a cd collection from the library?  Well, about 85% through the cd's they started skipping so I had to buy the book on my Kindle.  I had no choice!  I was almost done with the book and I was caught up in it.  You can't help but get caught up in Kate's books.  In my opinion, she hasn't written a bad one yet.  They are just my cup of tea!  Only 2 more of her books to read....I might have to stretch them out a bit in order to savor them.
 #3 - Country Living Magazine - October 2015
 This was a great issue as it was not only Fall but also log cabins and rustic interiors.  I think this is my last issue and they've already sent me an $8.00/year offer but then they hike it up to $28 the next year.   They also do that "subscription thing" where if you don't contact them they keep sending it plus the bill which just so happened to triple since you subscribed.  I don't like being "tricked" or manipulated so they lost me as a subscriber....so did a few others because of this method.  A lot of their decorating and recipes, etc can be found on Pinterest too or visit their website.  I do that a lot with magazines now a days.  It's a great magazine but their sales department is a little to tricky for my taste.
#4 - Maisie Dobbs - (book #1) Jacqueline Winspear
I read this before years ago but want to read all of her books so I decided to start over and I'm so glad I did!  The first book really gives you her history and how she got to the point of having her own detective agency.  She's a great writer with such interesting story lines and I love that time in history; the early 1900's.  Another "winner" and now on to Book #2 - Birds of a Feather  which unfortunately our library doesn't seem to have....back to the Kindle!
Remember last Monday when I discussed the 2015 Reading Challenge and gave out that list?  Well, the first item is a book of over 500 pages.  I picked a "doozy"!  How about 817 pages?
 I've had this book in my possession for several years but never read it.   I read the introduction as I like to get a feel for the history or life of the author leading up to the writing of this classic especially since it was written so long ago and was a newer translation.  Well, they should have had a "spoiler alert" because they told the beginning, the middle and the end of the story!!!!  Who does that in an introduction????  Are they so arrogant to assume we've read it and this is just a re-read of a new translation?  So, WARNING, if you have this particular copy of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
 DO NOT READ THE INTRODUCTION!!!  I'm forging ahead with it though so please wish me luck! LOL!
I'm backtracking on my next magazine.....it's the June Issue of Country Living with Miranda Lambert on the cover.  It's got a country western style to this issue as in music and Nashville.  
 I'm still reading this one......for my non-fiction..........it is dark, gloomy and sad and I should know better....it's a "prize winner" and although I am learning a lot about falconry, I have also come to the conclusion that it is another one of those "hobbies" where man (or in this case, woman) tries to subjugate a wild animal.  I told you it was dark.  I haven't finished it yet but I'm close.
As soon as I am done with the hawk book I will be choosing a new non-fiction from the following.  The books that aren't about Pope Francis are people he mentioned when he addressed congress telling them they were Americans he most admired (not congress...heaven forbid!).  I'll probably read the ones about Pope Francis first but they are all on my "list" now and I hope they fit into some categories on the Reader's Challenge.
 No wonder I love this man....he's a rebel!
I've had Team of Rivals on my list for a while now....
Dorothy Day I had never even heard of before........
I grew up around the time of this history making individual so I guess I sort of felt like I didn't need to read about it.  But on further thinking and more time to read these days I want to learn more.
I had heard of Thomas Merton but didn't really know much about him so I am looking forward to reading more about him
If anyone knows of any other books that are good involving the above individuals please let me know.  I'm always up for recommendations from my friends!
Happy Trails!


  1. Wow, you have a lot of books going on right now. I hope to get some reading time in soon.

  2. Most of them are "future" reading as I am really only reading one fiction and one non-fiction and a magazine....but that may change! LOL!

  3. You have a lot of reading happening. I'm reading a lot of Karen Kingsbury books right now. Someone donated about 30 books to the church library so I'm working my way through them. I don't like that magazine trick either and I'm slowly whittling down the magazines I subscribe to for that very reason.

    1. I've never read any Karen Kingsbury.....I'll have to look her up.

  4. I didn't listen to the Pope, but saw him on the news the news seemed taken with the Fiat he rode in.
    Our Library will order in any book you want you should ask them! Our Library also has a Kindle lending section not sure how that works:)

    1. Ours can't or won't do that.....this is Arkansas.....they only work within their counties. I'm sure if they could partner with Little Rock then we might. You are fortunate and I know when I lived in Iowa we could get any book it seemed. Now that I'm retired I have to buy them if I want them. I'll try again but it seemed like I've done that in the past and it didn't work. I wish they had a Kindle or Ebook lending section but they don't have that either and no magazines and few newspapers other than local. I need to move somewhere more "mainstream" and a bit more culture! LOL!

  5. I don't have cable but I like that Pope. If I were to choose a religion to join, I'd go Catholic. I went to college at USF and I loved the church. The Fathers were so nice and cracked jokes during services.

    1. I do too. He really walks his talk and he is a Jesuit and they take a vow of poverty which is part of the reason he lives in a small apartment within the vatican, drives the Fiat, won't wear the "ruby slippers" or fancy vestments. He's "no-nonsense" and I really love that about him!

  6. Wow! You have enough reading to keep you busy all winter. I did not really pay attention to the Pope--I guess I am just such a Protestant. :) I have no doubt he is a devoted man of God. We need more men of God like him in the world! I am so happy Fall is here and it sure sounds like you are busy prepping for the season change--I loved your battery organization post, and think we need something like that at our house. Batteries are everywhere! I love Maisie Dobbs and have thought about re-reading them all again while I wait for a new one to be released. I even own them all in hard back, except the first one!


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