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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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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Needlecraft Mystery Series

A nice long weekend and it looks like it is going to rain on Sunday all day, and maybe Monday too.  DH and I had planned a hike, but I think it will turn into a couple of days of sewing and reading.  Actually, those are wonderful days in my opinion!  Now is a good …

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Catching up on Book Reviews

In the last two months, I have caught up with several good books from three good authors, and one in the not so much category.  In each case, I picked up new titles, at least new to me, from authors I have enjoyed in the past.  I have already put abbreviated reviews on Goodreads for …

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Shopping Wilmington

Next to last day of vacation, and I had it in mind to visit two really special shopping areas.  I read about these in a review of Wilmington shopping so I had to visit.  The Cotton Exchange is a downtown shopping area of eight restored old buildings connected by walkways and stone paths with a …

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NC Quilt Symposium Gift Baskets

With the NC Quilt Symposium so close by, I thought I'd make up some gift baskets to use as door prizes for the guests.  Naturally, I am hoping they will come visit my blog.  There were a couple of retailers that graciously provided some of the goodies. If you come to Symposium, you might win …

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Book Review – A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

Sometimes I'll pick up a book to read expecting one thing and get an entirely different story. Such was the case with A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff. The book jacket describes this story as centering around a woman, Phoebe, who opens a vintage clothing store. She likes to think about the woman that owned …

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Bread Alone by Judith Hendricks – A Book Review

Is there anything more cozy than the aroma of baking bread? No matter if it is wheat, sourdough, white or whatever your favorite, that wonderful scent of rising yeast and browning crust makes my mouth water.  I really love sneaking the end piece as soon as the bread can be sliced, crusty and crackling. Just …

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Gone Girl, The Hundred Foot Journey, and Mark Lipinski

A book and a movie, not even close to the same genre, but I recommend both for different reasons.  Plus, a neat surprise from Mark Lipinski! Gone Girl is a psychological thriller, one of the better ones I have ever read.  I put on Goodreads that it was one of the most diabolical plots I …

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More Decorating with Books

Here are additional interesting ways to hide your book stash decorate with books. They can be put in lots of places, not just on shelves.  I used this set of Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mysteries as a display in my sewing room on the mantle over the fireplace. A tiny quilting book is in the lap …

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Decorating with Books

I love to read, and I have a huge To-Be-Read pile.  To keep the ones I have read and want to keep, along with all the ones I want to read under control, I use books to decorate.  They are literally all over the house.  Here are some of the ways I use books as …

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The Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry

Foodie books are a real delight for me.  I enjoy reading the stories behind the scenes, especially for places I will never go, like Le Cordon Bleu.  I particularly enjoy books that teach me something as I am reading about someone’s adventures in the food world.   The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry is …

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The Book Club Cookbook

Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors This wonderful book contains chapters on 100 bestselling books, mostly novels, some I have actually read.   The introduction is quite interesting, giving the rationale behind the choice of books to include.  Popularity for discussion with book clubs, and ability to provoke discussion …

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Elegance of the Hedgehog – Review

A lonely concierge in a French apartment complex, a young girl with suicidal thoughts and a Japanese gentleman could hardly have anything in common, or could they?  The Elegance of the Hedgehog explores this premise intensely in an absorbing character study, devoting much of the book to the character’s thoughts. Renee, the concierge, has spent …

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