Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Blink & Caution - Tim Wynne

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it's OK as long as he's smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She's also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won't let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he's an easy mark. But there's something about this na�ve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst - along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption. 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
Publisher: Candlewick Press (March 8, 2011) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0763639834 
ISBN-13: 978-0763639839

MY THOUGHTS:  I didn't really like the way this book was written.  It's like someone is talking for the characters.  I guess it would be 3rd person.  Which was kind of confusing at times.   The plot of the story is Blink's side of the story.. which is a fake kidnapping that leads to trouble for Blink and Caution.  But the plot falls a part and so confusing you don't know what's going on.  I give this book 3.......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Canadian  Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Sunday, November 26, 2017


R is for Ricochet - Sue Grafton

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege. Abandoned by her rebellious mother when she was an infant, she was the only child of a rich man already in his mid-fifties when she was born, and her adoring father thoroughly spoiled her. Now, at thirty-two, having had many scrapes with the law, she is about to be released on probation from the California Institution for Women, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence for embezzlement. Though Nord Lafferty could deny his daughter nothing, he wasn’t there for her when she was brought up on this charge. Now he wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.
It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the niceties of her parole. Maybe a week’s work. Nothing untoward—the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good.
But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round. 
Series: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (Book 18) 
Hardcover: 352 pages 
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (July 8, 2004) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399152288 
ISBN-13: 978-0399152283

MY THOUGHTS:  All though this is book 18 of the series, it is just as good as the previous 17.  Kinsey's new client, Nord Lafferty, wants Kinsey to go to pick up his daughter, she is getting out of prison and Kinsey's new job is to babysit her for a few days until she gets back into the swing of living on the outside.  But Reba has her own idea on what is normal on the outside.  But this time she has some really BIG trouble Kinsey needs to keep her out of.  An old boyfriend and the FBI wants Reba to testify against her old boss, the one Reba stole 350,000 dollars from.  But Reba wants something else and Kinsey doesn't know what it is.  Does Reba get what she wants?  Can Kinsey keep her out of trouble?  I give this book 5.......

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Hi, I'm back to say I got all my November goals done!!  What where my goals?  You can see my original  post here....

Circle Quilt - my goal was to get July & August done, but I also got September done.

Warning.........I have no pictures of the current projects. My camera decided to NOT WORK.  So I'll just be posting what I already had done.

 Circle Quilt - January through June

Pillow Case - This is also done.  Again no picture.  This is what it looked like before I finished it.
Christmas Quilt - is tied and I've got the binding cut.  I also finished tying the other 2 quilts I had ready and cut the binding.  No Current Picture
The other two quilts I've tied and ready for binding.
Thanksgiving Quilt.....No Current Picture
Dots Quilt - No Current Picture
That was my goals for November.....I got everything done, plus a little extra.    Want to join in with OMG - One Monthly Goa, head over to Elm Street Quilts and check out all the goals and finishes.  
Hopefully I'll have a new camera soon.  I'll post my pictures when I do.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Just wanted to wish everyone......

Monday, November 20, 2017


The 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge is up and taking sign ups.  It's being hosted over at Escape with DollyCas Into A Good Book.  Hop over and check it out.
Have a great Reading Monday!


Sapiens...A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Product Description(Amazon.com)
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?
Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem. 
Hardcover: 464 pages 
Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (February 10, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0062316095 
ISBN-13: 978-0062316097

MY THOUGHTS:  The book starts 13.5 Billion years ago with the Big Bang and ends with with the question.....Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsponsible who don't know what they want?  That sentence officiously doesn't make sense, but if you read the book, you will fully understand the question.  In my opinion I think this book should be required reading for high school.  If you read this book, you will understand where we came from, what makes us happy, and where we are headed into the future.  Awesome book!  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Into Non-Fiction Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Thursday, November 16, 2017


The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

Product Description (Amazon.com)
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back? 
Hardcover: 384 pages 
Publisher: The Dial Press; First Printing edition (July 19, 2005) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0385338686 
ISBN-13: 978-0385338684

MY THOUGHTS:  I really enjoyed reading this book, it was funny, romantic and a little bit of a mystery thrown in.  The Funny, was Samantha trying to cook the first few days, The Romantic, meeting Nathanial, reading how this romance came about, the mystery, what happened to her old job, did someone set her up or did she really make a mistake?  I give this book 5....

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.....
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


as if I need a new project. lol  But I'm making them for my sister.  I bought these a Wal-Mart a few months ago.  Not knowing at the time what I was going to do with them. Since my camera has taken nose dive, I had to search around the internet to find a picture of them.  So keep in mind these are not my actual pillowcases.
As for the price tag on this, that is what I paid for them.  I'm also still working on my Circle Quilt.  I've gotten January through July done. 
July is done and I've started August.  I'll be linking up with Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.  Hop over and see what everyone is working on.

Monday, November 13, 2017


A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. 
Series: Hemingway Library Edition 
Paperback: 352 pages 
Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (July 8, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1476764522 
ISBN-13: 978-1476764528

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book clubs choice for November.  Although I've wanted to read classic books, I have a hard time staying on task and finishing the book.  I don't really like the way the classic books are written, they totally different from the way books are written now.  This story is about a man  remembering  a woman he was in love with.  But he's also dying and telling the story to someone.   The author weaves a beautiful love story from  the first world war.  I give this book 3.....

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017


The Boundless - Kenneth Oppel

Product Description(Amazon.com)
The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!

When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.

In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead? 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 22, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 144247288X 
ISBN-13: 978-1442472884

MY THOUGHTS:  This book is listed as Junior Fiction at my library.  I've found some really good books in this section.  This is one of them.   This Boundless is a train, but not just any train.  It's a super train and it's carrying 109 cars and a double decker engine to pull it.  It has 1st, 2cd, 3rd classes, the colonist class, a full circus, with animals, equipment and people, plus the are lots of freight trains.  Will is holding the key to the funeral car that's carrying the man who build the railroad.  Inside is a treasure of items.  And someone wants them at any cost.  They are after Will, but the circus people hide him from them.  As they make their way towards the engine, where Will's dad is, they have to fight off brakemen that are chasing them.  Will they make it in time?  Read this book it's great.  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
11th Annual Canadian Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Friday, November 10, 2017


  Epistolary Reading Challenge

(Challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2017.  Books must be started on or after January 1 to count.  Re-reads will be allowed as long as they are read during the specified time period
Fiction (all genres and subgenres) and nonfiction that fit the challenge description may be read. 
There will be no levels.  I will let you choose how many books to read.)

I will be reading 12 books for this challenge.  They will be listed in my 2018 Reading Challenge Tab at the top of the page.   This challenge is being hosted by Jamie over at Whatever I Think Of!  Hop over and check it out.
I've also found at Jamie's place another reading challenge to join.  

(Books must be read on or after January 1, 2018 to count.
Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.
Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.)
I will be reading 12 books for this challenge.  They also will be in my 2018 Reading Challenge in the Tabs at the top of the page.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Got another I want to join.  This one is Read The Rainbow Challenge hosted by Mia Sutton.

The Challenge....
Read books each month of the year with covers that correspond to a color in the rainbow. For example, in January, I'll read a book that has a red cover.
I'll have all the info and keep track of the books I read in my 2018 Reading Challenge Tab at the top of the page. 
You may ask what the colors of the rainbow are......

Here they are in order.....


Hope you all join, it will be fun finding the books you need for this challenge.
Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Q is for Quarry - Sue Grafton

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Quarry, n.  An open excavation.
Quarry, v.  Transitive: To dig or take from. Intransitive: To delve into.
Quarry, n.  An object pursued or hunted; prey.She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved.

That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to help with their legwork and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued and agrees to the job.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer. 
Series: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (Book 17) 
Hardcover: 385 pages 
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (October 14, 2002) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399149155 
ISBN-13: 978-0399149153

MY THOUGHTS:  Even though this is the 17th book in this series, it is just a good as the first book.  It amazes me Sue Grafton has linked the letter perfectly with the story line.  This book is based on a true story of a missing girl, but all the characters and some of the info is fictional.   Kinsey joins up with Lt. Dolan and Lt. Epilat, retired from the Santa Teresa Police Department.  This was Lt. Epilat's cold case and he wanted another crack at it.  Kinsey, Dolan and Epilat start digging for clues, linking up old clues with new clues.  What they dig up brings the murderer out into the open.  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


The new reading challenges for 2018 are starting to pop up.  I've found one I'd like to join.  Found this over at A Novel Challenge.  They have a lot of challenges if you want to check them out or list your challenge there, just click on the link.

hosted by Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think of!

(This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life. )


1. Begins January 1, 2018 and ends Dec 31, 2018. 
2. I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want.
3. Books may be nonfiction, memoir, how to, self help, coffee table books, instructional, picture books, and even fictional if they are about people who are creative.  
4. you may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks or audiobooks.
5. You may reread books. 
6. Books may count towards other reading challenges in which you are participating 

Monday, November 6, 2017


It's Monday, What are you Reading?  is hosted by Katheryn over at The Book Date.  Hop over and check it out.  You could find your next book to read.
I finished a great book, Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson.  The book is all about the hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas.  The year is 1900, Galveston is fast becoming the New York of the Gulf. 
Q is for Quarry - Sue Grafton
This is my own personal challenge this year.  To read the Alphabet Series.

UP NEXT.....
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway

I'm not fond of the classics.  But I'm going to do my best to read this book.  It's my book club's pick for November.  Hope everyone has a great.......

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Isaac's Storm - Erik Larson

Product Description(Amazon.com)
At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.

That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.

In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.

In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (August 24, 1999) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0609602330 
ISBN-13: 978-0609602331

MY THOUGHTS:  I don't usually read Non-Fiction books.  May 3 or 4 a year.  So I've taken up a challenge over at Good Reads/Wacky Challenges.  The challenge is called Strolling Through Non-Fiction.  So far I've read 4 Non-Fiction books and all of them have been awesome books.  They held my attention throughout the book.  Which is a good thing.  This book was really great, I had no idea of the ordeal or damage a hurricane can do.  Oh yes, I've seen the news on T.V., but that doesn't really give you the scope of the damage and lives lost like this book did.  It follows several families that lived in Galvestion, Texas at the time.  It describes all the issues with the Weather Bureau at the time, the families daily routines, the weather, and then destruction and loss caused by the hurricane.  If you want to read about this, I strongly recommend this books.  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non-Fiction Challenge
Library Love Challenge

Friday, November 3, 2017


Patty over at Elm Street Quilts is the host for One Monthly Goal.
Select ONE of your quilt-related goals for the month and describe it in a:
    blog post complete with a photo(s) of your project and a link back to One Monthly Goal. (link to this main event page or to the actual linkup page)
My goals for November.......
I've been working on my Calendar Quilt.  I started it in 2016.  Audrey over at Quilty Folk was hosting a Quilt Along....making circles.  Every month we picked the colors we wanted for our circles and worked on them for the month.  I've started putting mine together.  I know, I'm a little behind, but I've started working on it again.  I've got January through June all done.....
I'll be putting July together for November and maybe August....Everything I need is in my Quilt Bucket....
I'll also be finishing up the other pillowcase I started a couple of months ago.  I've just got to finish the ribbon and put the lace on it.
I may also work on my Christmas Quilt...It just needs a few more blocks tied and then the binding put on.  So we'll see what happens on this one......

Hope everyone has a great November.......

Thursday, November 2, 2017


I was blog hopping yesterday and ran across a new to me reading challenge.  It takes place over at Bea's Book Nook and the challenge is called Library Love Challenge....

  1. Runs: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. You can join any time.
  2. Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  3. The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  4. Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook, or audio); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  5. Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  6. Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  7. Write a review - 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, "The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me." 
Dewey Decimal:  read 12 books
Thrifty Reader:  read 24 books
Overdrive Junkie:  read 36 books
Library Card on Fire:  read 50+ books

Since 99% of my books come from my library, I thought I would sign up.  I will be going for the level Library Card on Fire.   Want to join, just click on the link and you'll be there.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


I totally forgot today was the 1st of November.  This is when I post about all the books I read for October.  So here goes......

"O" is for Outlaw - Sue Grafton
Leonardo Da Vinci - Don Nardo
Cross The Line - James Patterson
"P" is for Peril - Sue Grafton 
I Survived True Stories - Lauren Tarshis
The White Feather Murders - Rachel McMillan
My Sister's Bones - Nuala Ellwood 
Dimestore - Lee Smith 
Those Girls - Chevy Stevens   
(I posted this review today, but finished the book on Monday October 30th)

Nuala Ellwood
Lee Smith
Chevy Stevens

My Sister's Bones - Nuala Ellwood
Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

The People Vs. Alex Cross(Due out November 20)

I'm linking up with Kathryn over at The Book Date for.......
Reading Month in Review

Hope you all have a great reading month in.....



Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

Product Description(Amazon.com)
Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.
Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there's nowhere left to run.
With Those Girls Chevy Stevens presents her most visceral thriller yet: an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil. A story of survival...and revenge. 
Hardcover: 384 pages 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 7, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1250034582 
ISBN-13: 978-1250034588

MY THOUGHTS:   New author for me.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  Sometimes it was hard reading about what happened to these girls.  But I kept going, if for no other reason than to find out if they got justice for what happened.  I haven't read any of this authors book's, but I'll be watching for them.  Really good book!  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
11th Canadian Challenge