Sunday, October 29, 2017


Dimestore - Lee Smith

Product Description(Amazon.Com)
For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy’s dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the store’s dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some “culture,” she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and it’s a place that she never left behind.

Dimestore’s fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving personal portrait and a testament to embracing one’s heritage. It’s also an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished. 
Hardcover: 224 pages 
Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 22, 2016) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1616205024 
ISBN-13: 978-1616205027

MY THOUGHTS:  I love reading about other people's lives.  The places they travel, the homes they have and their place of birth and growing up.  This is a wonderful book about Lee Smith.  She is from the Appalachian South.  She is from Grundy, Virginia.  A tiny place where everyone is related some way or another.  Everyone knows everyone.  She is a writer, but above all else she is a story teller.  She helped her dad out at the Dimestore when she was little.  Listening to all the stories that everyone told.  She even made up her own for the dolls.  Even after leaving Grundy, she always remembered the place where she grew up.  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non Fiction/Good Reads

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


My Sister's Bones - Nuala Ellwood

Product Description(
Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she’s always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations. When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door—a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children—Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong. As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up—and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister’s insistence that all was not as Kate remembers—she begins to wonder what is actually true…and what is just in her mind. 
Paperback: 416 pages 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 11, 2017) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0062661965 
ISBN-13: 978-0062661968

MY THOUGHTS: This is my book clubs choice for October.  This is also a new author for me.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  The main character, Kate, seems so real you get involved from the beginning.  Mostly you want to find out if what Kate is seeing is real or all a figment of her imagination.  Kate is home after her mother passes away.  What she finds is her sister drinking, her niece is missing .  The neighbor has something going on, but refuse to admit it.  There is a lot of mystery to this book and yes, I would call it a physiological thriller.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next shoe to drop.  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges.......
Outdo Yourself Challenge

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Well, it's Sunday, one more day of Fall Break for the Grandkids, then back to school.  Bella has enjoyed her vacation, but Bub has been sick the whole time.  He's got a tooth coming in and one that is wiggly. 
What the heck has been going on around here?  Books, Books and more Books.  That's the only thing I've got around to posting this week.

The main reason is my whatchamacallit, that allows me to download my pictures to my computer, decided to not work, so had to get a new one.  Finally got my pictures downloaded.  These are the Crazy Quilt blocks I've been working on.  One more to go and I'll be able to put the whole thing together.
Block 20
Block 21
Block 22
Block 23
Block 24
Books I've read this week and posted reviews....
"P" is for Peril - Sue Grafton
I Survived True Stories - Lauren Tarshis
The White Feather Murders - Rachel McMillan

I will be finishing up the matching Pillowcase I started a few months ago.  So this will be one item off my loooooong list of projects to finish.  This is the first one all finished.
I got these pillowcases and lace trim at a rummage sale.  I think both only cost me a couple bucks. They had some yellow stains on them and was hoping it would come out when I washed them. Most of the stain came out, just a couple spots were left.  But I can live with it.  Well that's it from me.  Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

I'm linking up with.....
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching
Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer for Sunday Post

Friday, October 20, 2017


The White Feather Murders - Rachel McMillan

Product Description(
Toronto, 1914. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts never could have imagined their crime-solving skills would set them up as emblems of female empowerment in a city preparing to enter World War I at the behest of Great Britain. Yet, despite their popularity, the lady detectives can't avoid the unrest infiltrating every level of society.

A war measure adopted by Mayor Montague puts a target on Jem and her Italian husband, Ray DeLuca. Meanwhile, deep-rooted corruption in the police force causes their friend, Constable Jasper Forth, to wonder if his thirst for upholding the law would be best quenched elsewhere.

In spite of these distractions, Merinda, Ray, and Jasper join with other honorable and courageous city leaders in the Cartier Club, which exists to provide newly arrived residents of Toronto with a seamless integration in the city.

When a club member turns up dead, bearing a slanderous white feather, will Merinda, Jem, and those they hold dear be able to solve the high-stakes mystery before they're all picked off, one by one?

MY THOUGHTS:  This is book 3 of the series.  I've enjoyed traveling back in time with this series.  Jem and Merinda are after a murderer.  The only clue they have is a white feather left at scene of each murder.  World War 1 is about to start and the city is physicked up.  The Mayor has issued a law that anyone with ties to the countries that have declared war have to report.  While Constable Jasper is starting to question his life as a policeman.  Does Jem and Merinda solve the crime?  I give this book......5

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges.......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
11th Canadian Challenge

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I Survived True Stories - Lauren Tarshis

Product Description(
From a group of students surviving the 9.0 earthquake that set off a historic tsunami in Japan, to a boy nearly frozen on the prairie in 1888, these unforgettable kids lived to tell tales of unimaginable destruction -- and, against all odds, survival.

Read their incredible stories:
The Children’s Blizzard,  1888
The Titanic Disaster, 1912
The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 1919
The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
The Henryville Tornado, 2012 
Hardcover: 176 pages 
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (September 30, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0545782244 
ISBN-13: 978-0545782241

MY THOUGHTS:   Have you ever been in a Tornado?  I have, it's a scary thing to experience.  This little book has about 140 pages packed with incredible stories of survival.  From a Blizzard to a Molasses Flood.  I give this book 5....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges.......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non-Fiction/Good Reads/Wacky Readers

Monday, October 16, 2017


"P" is for Peril - Sue Grafton

Product Description(
She's every lover's feisty girlfriend.
She's every father's courageous daughter.
She's every woman's tough, vulnerable, and spirited alter ego.
She's Kinsey Millhone, familiar to millions of readers around the globe, and she's back in full stride in P is for Peril, her latest venture into the darker side of the human soul. Mordant, mocking, and deceptively low-key, hers is a voice we know we can trust, from a character we've come to love.
Through fifteen novels, Sue Grafton has gone from strength to strength, never writing the same book twice. So it's no surprise that she has taken on new territory in her sixteenth, this time entering the world of noir. It's a world cast in shades of black amid shafts of steel and silver, a shadow land in which the mysterious disappearance of a prominent physician leads Kinsey into a danger-filled maze of duplicity and double-dealing as she taps into the intricacies of a cunning Medicare fraud.
P is for Peril: the novel in which Millhone stakes her life on a thin thread of intuition because the facts glint elusively out of reach and only guesses offer any shot at the truth. 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam; 1st edition (June 1, 2001) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399147195 
ISBN-13: 978-0399147197

MY THOUGHT:  Although this was a totally different book than usual, it was very good.  Kinsey is looking for clues to find a man who has been missing for 9 weeks.  The police have all but given up.  It like he just dropped off the face of the earth.  But Kinsey keeps digging, collecting clues, and asking questions.  Does she find the missing man?  What happened to him?  I give this book 5.....

This book is for one of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Cross The Line - James Patterson

Product Description(
After shots pierce the tranquil nighttime calm of Rock Creek Park, a man is dead: what looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister. But Alex has only just begun asking questions when he's called across town to investigate a new murder, one that hits close to home: Washington's own chief of detectives. And Alex's former boss, beloved mentor of Alex's wife, Bree.

Now there's a killer on the loose, a long list of possible suspects, a city in panic, and nobody in charge of the besieged police force.
Until Bree gets tapped for the job.

As Bree scrambles to find her footing and close two high-profile cases, new violence stuns the capital. What should be a time for her to rely on Alex for support and cooperation is instead a moment of crisis in their marriage as well as their city when their investigative instincts clash and their relationship reaches a breaking point.

And the fiendish mind behind all the violence has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, with a terrifying master plan he's only begun to put in motion. To beat him at his own game, Alex and Bree must take the law back into their own hands before he puts them both out of commission...permanently. 
Series: Alex Cross 
Hardcover: 400 pages 
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (November 21, 2016) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0316407097 
ISBN-13: 978-0316407090

MY THOUGHTS: This is book 24 of 25.  Almost done with this series.  This has been a personal challenge for me, to read the whole Alex Cross series.  Every book starting at 1 through 24 has been rated a 5 by me.  All of James Patterson's books are great reads.  If you haven't read one, pick one up and you will be sitting on the edge of your seat, and you can't seem to put the book down for any amount of time.  Cross The Line is full of suspense and murder for Alex to figure out.  But they have to did deep for all the clues.  This one also puts a strain on Alex's and Bree's marriage.  Will Alex and Bree discover who is behind this?  Can their marriage survive?  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge

Friday, October 6, 2017


Leonardo Da Vinci - Don Nardo

Product Description(
The Eye on Art series is intended to assist readers in understanding the various roles of art in society; each volume offers an in-depth exploration of a major artistic movement, medium, figure, or profession.; This biography of Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci provides details of his personal life along with a close examination of his contributions to the world of fine art.; The creative impulse is an ancient and enduring feature of human expression. Art serves many purposes: to beautify, record, reflect, enlighten, and celebrate our existence. 
Publisher: Lucent Books; 1 edition (March 5, 2012) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1420507354 
ISBN-13: 978-1420507355

MY THOUGHTS:  I've always been fascinated by artists.  How they think, the process they go through to get what's in their head to a frame.  Even though this book is only 139 pages, it's crammed with lots of info about Leonardo Da Vinci.  His most famous painting if of course The Mona Lisa.  But he's also know for all the early inventions he done.  Also his complicated drawings of the human body.  I give this book 5....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non-Fiction/Good Reads/Wacky Challenges

Thursday, October 5, 2017


O is for Outlaw - Sue Grafton

Product Description(
Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now.
The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last week he bought a stack. They had stuff in them--Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he'll sell her the lot. Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter.
It will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of that first marriage, about the honor of that first husband, about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril."O" Is for Outlaw: Kinsey's fifteenth adventure into the dark side of human nature. 
Series: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 15) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (October 1999) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0805059555 
ISBN-13: 978-0333741450

MY THOUGHTS:  We finally learn more about Kinsey.  Her first husband, Micky, has been shot and is in a coma.  The cops come calling at Kinsey's place, asking questions.  Kinsey hasn't heard from Mickey for 15 years.  Kinsey's interest is up and she's not doing anything at the moment, so Kinsey starts an investigation.  Her investigation leads her to Los Angels, CA and Lexington, KY.  Where something links all the players.  It all revolves around a moment in time in Viet Nam, when 4 of the players were all together.  With this info Kinsey's life is at stake.  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge