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May reading

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

My list is pitifully small right now, but I haven’t felt like reading much lately and what I am reading is rather light fare.
1. Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell
2. For Everything a Season by Philip Gulley
3. The Hanging in the Hotel by Simon Brett
4. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (reread)
5. Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery (reread)

don’t forget

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The Newberry challenge officially starts today!

For Everything a Season

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

I. love. Philip. Gulley. When I can manage to read this past week, I’ve been enjoying his book For Everything a Season – Simple Musings on Living Well. It is a collection of vignettes based on the verses in Ecclesiastes – “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
I love his droll sense of humor. Gloria Gaither calls him part Mark Twain, part Garrison Keillor. I agree. Those are two other authors I love with a passion that is holy.
Just to give you a taste of his writing if you’ve never read him, here is a quote from the chapter “A Time to Hate.”
“…ever since then I’ve been trying to find a way to hate certain people and walk close to Jesus, but without success. If you’ve found a way to do that, let me know. There are several people I would love tohate if I thought I could get away with it.”
His non-fiction essays are simply lovely and his Harmony series is a hoot. Any one who has been a pastor or a pastor’s wife should enjoy his witty insight on being a pastor.
I’ve not read his other non-fiction works (If Grace Is True & If God Is Love) because I don’t hold with all his theology. That doesn’t mean that his other works aren’t fantastic! He lives here in Indiana. I’d love to meet him and pick his brain some time.
Mr. Gulley, can I sit on your stone porch some time and talk about black maple trees?

How do I read so much?

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Someone commented on my April Reads post and asked how I could read so much. Well, the reasons are threefold (any one who watched Friends should find that amusing)…
1. I have no life. Well, I do, but right now I don’t have a car so I spend less time doing superfluous things in le car. I am much more organized in my errand running since I have to walk there.
2. I always have a book with me. Seriously it is a disease. I cannot not read. I will read cereal boxes if I don’t have a book with me so it is just easier to always have a book with me.
3. I suffer from insomnia. I’m a night owl anyway so once my kids are in bed I frolic in the land of book mania. I can get more read in 2 hours after dark than the same 2 hours when the kids are running around.
And that my friends is the secret to my madness…er…success.

April 2007 reads

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

1. Evanly Bodies by Rhys Bowen
2. Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson
3. We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry read review here
4. Glitter of Diamonds by N.J. Lindquist read review here
5. Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
6. Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
7. Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke
8. Miss Julia Strikes Back by Ann B. Ross
9. The Quilter’s Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini
10. A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton
11. Chamomile Mourning by Laura Childs
12. Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke
13. Light On Snow by Anita Shreve
14. Of Ice and Steel by D. Clayton Meadows – review here
15. The Stormy Petrol by Mary Stewart
16. Blood Orange Brewing by Laura Childs
17. Still Life by Louise Penny
18. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
19. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
20. Tumbling Blocks by Earlene Fowler
21. Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
In progress:
The Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell
The Five Love Languages of Children by Smalley & Trent

Of Ice and Steel

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

my review is up on armchairinterviews.com. Check it out – here.

Forgot to post this challenge

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

The Spring Reading Thing. List forthcoming.
I just pulled a bunch of books from my stacks that I’ve been meaning to read, but got called away from by other…books. Can you tell what my favorite genre is?
1. Between Friends by Debbie Macomber
2. Jane & the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
3. Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman
4. North of Tomorrow by Cindy Martinusen
5. Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle
6. Mrs Jeffries On the Ball by Emily Brightwell

‘Nother day…’nother challenge

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

I joined another challenge, but I’m having a hard time coming up with my list. I’m trying. It is just so hard to choose. I will post it as soon as I narrow it down.
Here it is. I spent some time researching what my library had and what amazon reviewers said –
1. Digging to America by Anne Tyler
2. The Keep by Jennifer Egan
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
4. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
5. Brookland by Emily Barton

Classics Challenge

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Classics Challenge
1.Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
2.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
4. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
5. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Something About Me Challenge

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Something About Me
1. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel
2. Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins
3. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
4. Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott
5. Fool’s Puzzle by Earlene Fowler
Now, try to guess what these books say about me. Hee Hee.