Monday, July 11, 2016

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

I finished this book and as always James Van Praagh is sensitive, insightful and full of wisdom and spiritual goodness.  I always feel so good after reading his books.

I also finished A Man Called Ove which had been recommended to me and it did not disappoint.  It started out slow and I wasn't sure but as each chapter evolved so did Ove's story and it was a good one!  Connie, my friend in Minnesota...I think you would like this one and Far Guy too!  Maybe you could take turns reading it aloud to each's funny too!
   I finished this old magazines are old like!
Saturday I went to the library and I was so proud of myself getting both books read in the 2 week time span until the librarian told me I owed $1.00 as they were due last Saturday!   Where does the time go?  I could have sworn I had just taken them out but alas, I paid up and was no longer so proud of myself.  I did get some more books though and this time I put the slip on the frig so I won't be late.
You can renew over the phone which is nice if I could only remember when to renew!
My audio book is still this one but it is funny and I am getting used to the English accent.
My non-fiction is a library is very interesting so far and goes back to my history of the 60's and beyond as women ( I always knew this) began to realize that marriage wasn't for every female and that was not how all women became "fulfilled".  I probably should have never married as I was "too independent" as some would say but my theory is everyone needs to be able to stand on their own 2 feet...married or not, male or female!  I am not fond of women who are needy or dependent or manipulate men to get what they want.  It's really embarassing to me as a woman.  But then not a lot of men liked my free spirited wisdom either except younger men.  Anyway, I digress, but this book is very well written and I am enjoying reading about that period up to the present by a young and intelligent journalist.  I'm so proud that I stood up back then so these women could move forward.  Oh, did I forget to tell you I was a not so popular feminist.....and will be until the day I die!  I have always been for the underdog, regardless and there are so many across our world today.
For my non-fiction I am reading my wonderful 4th book in the Maisie Dobbs series...another independent woman...I'm seeing a pattern here! LOL!  I love this series and the time period of shorlty after the first World War.  It takes place in England a very favorite setting.  If you haven't read her yet you really should.....her books are extremely well written and not your usual mysteries.
My magazine is Mental Floss which my daughter got me a copy of for Mother's Day as it featured female heroines.  I am enjoying it and I may want more of this magazine as it does keep one's brain "engaged".  In my generation there was no such thing as "Women's Studies" even when I went to college and there were few females in the history books back then...Clara Barton and Madame Curie were about all I remember.  But there were loads of unbelievable women in all fields.....not as many but they were there!  Of course, most never got credit and they were certainly not entered into history but now they are coming out of the wood work!
Some other books I got at the library were next fiction........
Another non-fiction that may give me a leg up into selling my house....or not.......

The library also has an area with books for sale; paperbacks are .50 and hardcovers $1.00.  I got this book as I think I've read all of Nicholas Evans...the man who wrote The Horse Whisperer which of course I loved being a huge horse person.  I still have the book in hardcover and per usual it was much better than the movie.
Years ago, this gentleman wrote a series of books called Conversations with God and I had them on tape and listened to them as I drove up to Canada through the wilderness to go fishing.  I will never forget those tapes or that trip as nature and God really do go together.  I haven't heard much about him but I ran across this book and had to get it.  I still have those tapes and it would be nice to revisit them as they were wonderful.
That's all for this week!  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  As for watching t.v....I have not missed my satellite at all and I have been binge watching Little Bobbins podcasts and have finally caught up with Inside #23 and I'm caught up with Stitched in Sweden.  I am still catching up with the Heartland series on Feeln channel (love the channel and the series).  They are now featuring Christmas movies which are great for those of us who start making Christmas presents in July! LOL!  Really gets you in the spirit.  Of course, I'm still making birthday gifts but after my family comes and goes in August I will be gearing up for Christmas gift making and I will be watching those Christmas flicks!  What have you been reading and watching and listening to this summer?
Please share!
Happy Trails!


  1. WOW, you have a wide variety of reading material. I finally finished the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber. I had several other of her books that I had not read, so am reading those now. After that, my mom has been giving me her paperbacks that I buy for her and telling me which ones I will love and which I won't. So I have plenty of books to last. Although, I do love going to the library and perusing their books and finding something that just jumps out at me.

  2. Sound like some great reads!!! Do knitting and crochet patterns count for reading?? :)

  3. You have quite an eclectic reading taste! A little of everything. :-). Thise are three of my favorite podcasts and I have enjoyed watching them the past month or so along with a few others. I' pave been r-reading for the third or fourth time Debbie Macombers Blossom Dtreet books. I never tire of them.

  4. Goodness, that's a whole lotta books. I finally just finished one I started in November ... and have begun one now that I bought a few years ago in Durango, Colorado at a cozy bookstore in historic downtown.

    I love that you are strong, independent, outspoken, always cheering for the underdog and allowing your moral compass and your heart to guide you. That's what makes you wonderful!

  5. I will see if the library has A Man Called Ove, my husband doesn't read anything without pictures. I am reading a book about Jackie O . I watched a movie on Netflix called Lovely disturbed me..I cannot quite get it out of my mind. All girls ages 10 and up should watch it...just not old ladies.
    I am also enjoying The Bachlorette on TV...silly show but sometimes I just need silly:)

  6. My sister, Mom and I have just discovered the Signed Sealed and Delivered series! (I know we are always behind the times! Lol! But we don't have any tv service so have to wait until it comes out on Netflix of Amazon.) Have you watched them? So good and so cute and funny! The third movie was just released on dvd and we can't wait to watch it!


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