March Review of Books

The long winter has been great for reading, with rainy afternoons sometimes spent curled up with a good book. After a few bad ones on my last book review post, I was lucky to have a winning streak of novels, most I can recommend.  Two of them even got 5 stars which is an unusual …

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Winter Reading

It has been an up and down winter for reading.  If you visit my blog on the internet, you'll see my Goodreads reviews on the sidebar.  Some have been good, but there were several just 'meh', and there was one true wall banger.  A wall-banger is where you are so bored/disgusted/irritated with a book that …

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Autumn Jubilee Books and Reading

One of the nice things about cooler weather is curling up with a quilt and a good book.  Although we don't have a real cool-down yet, I am looking forward to reading this fall and winter next to a cozy fire.  While I've read several books in a row over the summer that I wouldn't …

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In Gratitude

With the landfall of Florence, I was deeply touched by all the concern for our welfare.  The emails and comments were simply amazing and heart warming.  We came through the storm with no damage and little inconvenience, another thing to be grateful for.  I've talked about Gratitude before in this post, and I am truly …

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Catching up on Books and Movies with a giveaway

It has been a while since I talked about the books I'm reading and movies to recommend.  For those getting my posts via email, you might not know that I link my Goodreads reviews on the sidebar so you can see my latest reviews.  I like to read a variety of books, lately becoming bored …

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Catching up on Books

Scoring big again at the library sale, I came home with a stack of books.  I swore I was only going to get what was on my list, but naturally found a bit more.  I've started working my way through these interesting books and want to share some with you.  Amazon affiliate links are provided for …

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Having Fun in Lexington, Kentucky

Last week, DH had to go to Lexington, Kentucky to do some work, so once again I packed a bag and tagged along.  I had a fun time shopping and sight seeing while he was working. Lexington says it is the horse capital of the world, with much in the town being about the horse. …

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Chocolate! A Tasting, Recipes and a Book Review

I'll admit to being a card carrying chocoholic, I love the stuff.  Most of the time I go for the dark varieties, but I won't turn down milk chocolate if it is offered.  I like it best in its pure form, just chocolate, unadulterated with any other flavor.  Chocolate French Silk Pie is my favorite …

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Three Good Books

Three recently read books have really caught my attention, two fiction with culinary themes, and a non-fiction cookbook.  After doing the sewing/quilting book review series last September, I had a couple of marginal reads to one truly bad read (reviews are on Goodreads) interspersed with quick cozy mystery reads. Then I picked up Delicious by …

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Designed for Drama – A Biltmore House Event

This week I went with friends to the Biltmore House for their Designed for Drama Event, a collection of costumes worn in movies based on George Vanderbilt's favorite books.  This is the third time the Biltmore House has done a costume exhibit.  The first one, Dressing Downton Abby was spectacular!  This exhibit is a collection …

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Sewing Fiction Magic and Ghosts

Supernatural occurrences are abundant in these books with a sewing theme, and I've linked the Amazon listings to make them easy to find. My favorite of all the writers of ghostly themes is Barbara Michaels. In fact, it was the book Stitches in Time that hooked me on her writing many years ago. Who doesn't …

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Sewing Fiction Stories About Life

Continuing the series on sewing fiction,  I received an advance reader copy of Birds in the Air from the author.  I think Frances could tell by my blog that I am a quilter that reads, and asked if I would like to read her new book.  Of course, I said yes, as it was set …

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Sewing Mysteries

I really enjoy the genre of cozy mysteries, nice easy to read stories without gore, overt violence, sex or foul language. Even the obligatory murder for a murder mystery happens "off camera", and only the body is found. Arlene Sachitano writes such a series with a quilting theme called the Loose Threads Mysteries. The books …

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Quilting Fiction

Continuing the series on fiction with sewing and quilting themes, today we look at books with quilting as the main theme. These books are in the genre of women's fiction, kind of a catch-all category of stories about real life, life challenges and family dynamics. One of my favorite series in the genre of women's …

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Celebrate National Sewing Month – Sewing Fiction

September is National Sewing Month, and this year I am going to take a different approach to the celebration.  Oh, not to worry, there will still be plenty of sewing this month, projects and quilts, but this time I am going to do several book reviews for fiction with a sewing or quilting theme.  When …

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