Friday, August 16, 2013

# books

Time for reading!


You know in our busy lives, one of the things that I really need to do is read.  It is my safe haven, my go to when I start getting too stressed.

Maybe it's the fact that the fiction takes me away to a completely different world, or it might be that I just need my brain to disconnect from the everyday stresses.

But most of the time, it's really just that I love reading and love having books around me, and can't imagine my life without bookshelves and gorgeous books to dive into.

I went to the library a few days ago, by myself, everyone was still asleep or just getting up, so I wandered around in there for a long time, just browsing, running my fingers through the books on the shelves, grabbing this one and that one that caught my attention and then placing them back into that little spot that never quite seems to fit once they're out.


Leaving with one book is out of the question, that never happens....I'm usually asked if I want a bag for all the books I'm balancing between my arms.

I don't know what it is, but walking out of the library I always seem to have the goofiest smile on my face.  It just makes me that happy.

One thing is for sure, I love my Kindle Fire but it will never come to the same level that holding a real book in your hands, does...and that is the reason why I will never get rid of my books, it's also the reason why I can't stop myself from buying more even when I have some on the shelves waiting to be read.


I think I have enough books to keep me busy for a few weeks.  A little bit of everything on this stack:

Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
Sisters of the Confederacy - Lauraine Snelling
A Simple Winter - Rosalind Lauer
When will this cruel war be over:  The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson Gordonsville, Virginia 1864
Tapestry of Fortunes - Elizabeth Berg
The Judas Field - Howard Bahr
Return to Beauty...Old world recipes  - Narine Nikogosian
Homemade Root beer, soda and pop 
The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency used by the Mormons

AND I still have the two cookbooks in the basket too.  I think that tomorrow I'm going to take a few moments to sit outside on the deck and read, or I may just set a quilt down under one of the big trees in the back and lay with a book.

What are you reading lately, anything interesting?  And are you more of a fiction or non fiction fan?

Is there a book that you think I would love, cause I'm always open for suggestions :)


  1. Oh my, when I saw the title for the book about homemade root beer and other pop, it took me back a-ways.. when I was 11, a favorite show on pbs was, Hodge Podge Lodge. It was a show about nature and crafting, I just loved it.

    On one episode the host, Miss Jean showed the audience how to make homemade root beer, and I had to give it a whirl. Well, I enlisted my grandpa's help, and after buying the supplies we made a batch... that started exploding in it's bottles in the basement either the same night or the next day. The cleanup was enough to put me off ever trying to do that again.

  2. Almost forgot, what I'm reading right now is Brad Thor's Hidden Order, Longmire mysteries.

  3. This was a great book,_my_sweet loved it...Oui Madam'

  4. Hmm the library was my spot.. if anyone ever wanted to find me.. they knew to look there.

    I love books and can't imagine being without them. Sadly these days with two little ones I don't get much reading done save for Kipper and Fancy Nancy. I can't wait to introduce my daughter to some classics.

  5. I am stuck in a non-fiction loop this year. I just finished "Parenting Teens with Love and Logic" which was good and I would recommend it to any parent of teens. I love Sophie Kinsella - her books make me laugh outloud and I sure enjoy that! Will look for this new one. Hoping the wildfires in your area are under control very soon! Enjoy your books and have a peaceful and pleasant Sunday!

  6. I love mysteries and detective or spy thrillers. I too have always felt at home in a library, and as a child would go there and gather up new treasures to while away my spare time in. I enjoy all sorts of subjects, including non-fiction ones, I used to love horror and sci fi, but back in 2006, when my husband passed away, and I went out to Michigan to stay with my daughter for a time, I picked up an English detective novel, and got hooked. I just don't have it in me to read horror any longer. Brad Thor's thrillers revolve around a character named Scot Horvarth who is a former Navy Seal who works for a security company. The Longmire mysteries is written by Craig Johnson and revolve around a Wyoming sheriff and the crime cases he solves in the small, but interesting town he lives in. A tv series, has been made of the novels. The most recent cookbook I took out, is titled Delicious Dishes for Diabetics, now, I"m not a diabetic, but was fascinated when I read about the cookbook, which is comprised of mostly Mediterranean inspired recipes, by the English actor Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in the BBC's Poldark saga, set in the late 1700s in Cornwall England.

    Hope things are improving out there in Idaho, I read that the fire services are getting more of the upper hand on the fires. Hope all are well.

  7. We have that soda pop one - I really like it, though we haven't actually made the recipes yet. I got another one from the library last week and disliked it. Too "fancy" for me.

    I will have to look for the Mormon self-sufficiency skills one - looks good!

  8. We have that soda pop one and I really like it. I got a different one from the library recently and didn't care for the recipes.

    I will have to look for this Mormon self-sufficiency one you found; looks good!

  9. Oh, you and me are so alike in this regard. I love the library and can totally get lost in there for hours browsing through everything. I can never leave with just one and usually take way more than I can finish in the allotted time.

    I am definitely a fiction gal. I rarely make it totally through a non-fiction unless it's an autobiography. Right now I'm reading "The Chance" by Karen Kingsbury. One of my favorite authors is Charles Martin but his are definitely more contemporary stories and I know you like historical. Sandra Dallas writes wonderful historical fiction usually set in Colorado. She's another favorite author of mine. "Prayers for Sale", "Tallgrass" and "Whiter than Snow" are some of my faves from her. I've really like Rosslyn Elliot's Saddler's Legacy Series. I think you might like that, too.

  10. I love the books. I went to a used bookstore the kids and I love here called Dusty Bookshelf. The have a cat in the store which the kids love and I love the prices, and the smell of books. I bought a bunch of books. 4 of the 5 were from the Dear America series but mine are the Royal Diaries. The one I'm devouring right now is called Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine, about a daughter of a Duke in France in 1136. It's so interesting.

    I love Sophie Kinsella. I've read and own many of her books. I haven't read the book you got though. You'll have to let me know if it's any good.

    Happy reading!

  11. I can never leave the library with just one book either :) I still love reading on my Kindle, I do that about 98% of the time. I get best sellers and random books at the library that I can't download from their digital system. A month or two ago, I downloaded Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. I always thought her Shopaholic books were cute and had enjoyed one or two other of her standalone books too. But, this one, I hated. Absolutely hated. I don't think I will read another one by her now. I hope it works out better for you! Oh, and I'd be happy to hear how you like Tapestry of Fortunes. I've read, and enjoyed, a couple of Berg books in the past, but haven't read that one yet.

    Happy Reading Sandra!


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