Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday - Book Date

I have good news to report!  My reading schedule kept me on task and I finished 2 books this past week!  I could hardly believe it myself!  But, they were good books which really helped.  I finished Outlander (627 pages); the first in the series.
There was a lot of sex and gruesomeness but I managed to get through it and the writing is so good and her characters and descriptions of the countryside were fascinating.  She has a degree in botany along with several others and it showed throughout the book.  Her knowledge of plants was very evident and totally interesting.  The plot and adventures were like nothing I had ever read before and despite the gruesome aspects I am definitely going to read the next one!  I give it 4 stars and I would give it 5 except for the sex and the gruesome parts.  Actually, someone said that the male hero is someone no real man could live up to....really?  I think they should at least try! LOL!  Plus, the female characters are strong....thank you!
Have any of you read this series or watched the t.v. version?  I'd be interested in what you thought.  I have not watched the video version and should I wait until I am done with all the books or do the seasons match the books?
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I also finished Aunt Dimity and the Duke (290 pages); another 4 star!  I really enjoy a cozy mystery set in the English countryside in either a cottage or an old manor home and this mystery did not disappoint!  It was a good one!  Good writing and interesting plot for sure and there was gardening!  You can't beat the English for their gardens. 
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This week I have already scheduled my reading and although it may be a bit much I will try.....I will be reading/finishing The Mysteries of Udolpho...yes, I know it has been a drag on my reading but maybe if I read more and focus on it the story will reveal itself to me! LOL!   Too much 'lead up' for my impatient mind....this was my Halloween book and so far nothing scary, just hints but it does seem to be getting somewhere finally!  I will be able to finish it this week if I read 63 pages a day.
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I'm also going to finish up The Purpose of Christmas..........12 pages a day
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and the  Wapsipinicon Almanac at 12 pages per day..............this is actually a book on Goodreads.....who knew?
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I am trying to develop other 'systems'  for getting things FINISHed this year....after all...it is my word for 2018!
I watched Season #1 of Red Water about an Irish Village and mysteries going on.  It's on Brit Box and it is good but not sure I will be keeping my subscription.  I watched some knitting pod casts, tiny house pod casts and  that was the extent of my video watching.  I finished Granchester and When Calls the Heart and Father Brown so now maybe Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries?  Any suggestions?  I like series better than movies.  It gives me something to look forward to each evening especially if it's good plus there's binge watching which I like if I am doing handwork!  But I'm not averse to a good movie recommendation either.
Oh, I am still reading the Bible and I'm into Samuel II now and I need to get back to listening to Daily Hope.  
I think after Craft Saturday and YOP Sunday...Monday is pretty much catch up.  Today was bills, laundry,  filled my water bottles, cleaned litter boxes, the tub and actually that was about it.  Oh, I brushed Nitty and Grace....the 2 shedders in the house.  It doesn't seem like I did much when I put it out there. I did do some researching on Rain's blog for her pizza dough recipe and her cheese making as I need to make some feta.  I use it a lot and it is expensive!  Rain said she's going to try it too....she's the expert....not me! LOL! 
I hope you had a good Monday.  It snowed all day but just flurries that never amounted to anything.  But it was pretty coming down.  I'm a blizzard lover though.....wind and drifts and white outs are more my style!   As long as I'm home and not on the road!  LOL!
Happy Trails!!!

19 comments:

  1. You amaze me on how much you get done. Your list sounded pretty long to me. I’ve had a very busy Monday too but that always seems to happen when you’ve been away from home for a while. I hope you have a lovely relaxing evening my friend. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. I fall behind when I'm just gone for 1 day! LOL! I hope your week goes smoothly for you...it's always nice to come home.

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    2. I fall behind when I'm only gone for the day! LOL!

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  2. Your reading list is impressive! I don't like to read more than one book at a time. Enjoy your snow! :)

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    1. We got nothing for snow but all around us got 5 inches!!! Go figure? Just 6 miles up the road got 5 inches...not fair!

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  3. You do a whole heck of a lot even when you think you are doing nothing. I am basically queen slug at the moment. :/

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    1. But your house is probably in better shape than mine....it's a monster!

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  4. Does the Aunt Dimity books have recipes in them? I used to read those books.

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    1. Yes, there's one at the end of the book.

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  5. Hi Sam :) Trust me, I'm not an expert with the cheeses, just getting lucky lol! :) I'll share my Feta adventure when I make it. Likely sometimes at the end of January or in February. The pizza dough I make is lovely, nice and thin so you can focus on the toppings...i.e. the CHEESE lol! :) Congratulations on your book reading! I'm a blizzard lover too, as long as the power doesn't go out!!

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    1. Yes, the power must stay on otherwise what fun is it? I'm going to make your pizza dough this afternoon and then a breakfast pizza recipe I want to try. I was telling my daughter about how you make your own dough and then make your own frozen pizzas with toppings to have on hand. We both agreed we need to clean out our freezers to make room! LOL!

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    2. The frozen pizzas come in VERY handy when you don't feel like cooking!!! :) Hope the dough is as good for you as it is for me lol...btw, yes, Alex is 30, we have a 20 year age difference, but it makes no difference to us! At first I was a bit freaked out about it...you know, how to compete with women his age and all that nonsense, but once we spent our time together, age is just a number. :)

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  6. My question to you is how do you choose your books? There is such a variety and I've never heard of several of them. I'm interested to know.

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    1. Oh Alicia...I actually look at The Cozy Mystery blog.....Google it and you'll find it. Also, there is this really neat program that maps new books based on past books that you enjoyed. https://www.bustle.com/articles/20500-10-websites-to-help-you-find-your-new-favorite-book
      I hope this helps. I liked MyMap but I haven't tried the others. Just in case you don't come back and read this reply...I will post about it Monday on my next Book Date.

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  7. I read the first Outlander book; it was good but heavy on the historical fiction end. I think I would like the show more. I have Aunt Dimity on my TBR for this year.

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    1. The history and the 'flora and fauna' were my favorite parts of Outlander. I think you'll like Aunt Dimity plus there's a recipe at the end!

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  8. I love the Outlander series. Outlander is a tv series also and keeps pretty much to the books. I got antsy to find out what happened next so started the books. Now I know pretty much what will happen but still enjoying the series but it takes so long for a new series to come on tv. Never read Aunt Dimity but will do so as I love a good mystery. Hugs, lj

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  9. I think you would like 'Call the Midwife'.

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    1. Sorry, meant to say it's a tv series based on the books of the same name.

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