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The Collection Must Go

While contemplating spring cleaning, I have decided that I need to get rid of a lot of the collections I have including books, audio books and dolls.  Down-sizing will free up some space and cut down on my dusting which is always a good thing!!!

I have been a collector of beautiful dolls for over 25 years.  All of my dolls were expensive dolls with porcelain bodies and dressed in beautiful costumes.   Before we moved to this farm we had a huge farm-house in the county with about 20 acres. I dedicated one entire room to my collection of Georgetown, and other collectible dolls of all sizes and shapes.  I kept them in covered cases and displayed them on all four walls of the “doll room”.  Most of the dolls are 16″ – 24″ tall and some are 32″ – 36″ tall.

I’ve always been an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction and kept all of my hardcover books even after they’ve been read.  The audiobooks were mostly read when I was working and drove 45 minutes each way five days a week.  Listening to the books made the ride home more interesting! One room held most of my books and audio books in our old home.  In our present home the dolls are wrapped up and placed in sealed totes to keep them nice.  The books and audiobooks are all over the house and I’m not exaggerating.

This bookcase is in my dressing room off the guest room and is filled with gardening, homesteading, crafting and sewing books.

Third shelf in my sewing room.

Second bookcase in my sewing room.

This bookcase is in the guest room.

This shelf is in our guest room.  The bottom shelf is where all of my audiobooks are shelved along with a bookcase in the dressing room.

This shelf in one of three in my sewing room.

These shelves are in our upstairs foyer.

Now I MUST downsize and find a new home for these dolls.  Here’s a preview:


Book I’m Reading

Nineteen Minutes is the book that has my attention at the moment.  When I found it on Amazon the story line said “Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult reminds me of all of the horrid school shootings of the last few years.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult reminds me of all of the horrid school shootings of the last few years.

There are times when I’m reading the book that I feel more and more that our world has gone to “hell in a handbag”!!  Kids with guns in a school setting, what’s that all about????  When did parents lose sight of what is going on in the life of their children?  What and why bullying?  Why are there jocks versus nerds, parent versus child, teacher versus student?  Why is our world full of violent computer games, tv shows and movies?  You might say it’s what the public wants, BUT WHY???  It reminds me of the Columbine shootings and yet different.

This is book is a look at both the victims’ world and that of the shooter (who is also a victim, in his own way),  This book is a hard book to put down because the entire time you’re seeking answers.  The writing is riveting and poignant.  The reality of a typical American school environment for students who suffer to stand out in the crowd and to those people who feed in to gain their desires.  I’ve  come to sympathize with everyone in the book as a victim, each experiencing loss of different degrees.  It is absolutely coercive and  constraining buta a scintillating read.  I’m anxious to finish and update it on my blog.

The Weaver’s Girl

The Weaver's Girl by Gracie Ayers, based on life on Maryland's Eastern Shore and a small village call Furnace Town.

The Weaver’s Girl by Gracie Ayers, based on life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a small village call Furnace Town.

I just finished this new book while sitting in my deer stand last week. The book is by Gracie Ayers and I was given the book by my best friend, Margaret Tongue, when I was visiting her a couple weeks ago.
Margaret took me to visit a museum in Maryland that she used to make costumes for. It was wonderful and the name of it is “Furnace Town”. The book is based around this museum and begins with a young woman taken back in time after an upset with her boyfriend. It’s a heartwarming adventure in this small village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Gracie Ayers has written three other books about the area and I can’t wait to get my hands on them too!

I want to thank my best friend, Margaret, for a delightful visit to her home and we are both looking forward to getting together again real soon for more laughter, tears, good food and more adventures in her world!

Margaret and I heading into the Blacksmith Shop at Furnace Town.

Margaret and I heading into the Blacksmith Shop at Furnace Town.

I’ll post more about Furnace Town in a future blog post.

Love you, Margaret!!

Books, books, everywhere!

My library is so full!  Next rainy day project is organizing all of my books.  I do have a few because I collected them over the years for my retirement and now I’m retired.

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Quilting magazines

Quilting magazines

Quilting, crafting and "other" books

Quilting, crafting and “other” books

Library in the upstairs foyer.

Library in the upstairs foyer.

More in the upstairs foyer.

More in the upstairs foyer.

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I do love to read, craft, quilt, crochet, garden, decorating, and so much more.

Another Win

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The week before Christmas I won another book through my Read It Forward site and their contests. The title is Angela’s Ashes and the book is based the author, Frank McCourt’s childhood and adult life. It is a New York Times bestseller and a Pulitzer Prize Winner. I’m really looking forward to reading it and suggesting it to my book club.

There’s nothing finer than curling up with a good book and float away into another life and time, don’t you think!!

You can find books that I have read on my Goodread’s site and my reviews.  Here’s a few books that I read in 2015 and are on the site:

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EastofEden_JohnSteinbeck

FernMichaels_Blindsided

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GapCreek_Robert Morgan

GrayMountain_John Grisham

HeadmistressofRosemere_SarahELadd

TheChoice_NicholasSparks

ToKillAMockingbird_HarperLee

Home by Toni Morrison

Home by Toni Morrison

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Some of the books are audio and I listen to them when I travel to and back to visit my brother since it takes a little better than an hour to get to him and some I read when I was traveling back and forth to work.  Now most of my actual book reading occurs at night while hubby is watching TV.  I tune out of the TV and into my Nextbook.

 

Book Contests-Reading it Forward & Goodreads

Being an avid reader, I have lots of books and belong to one book club with some friends at Virginia Tech.  We are currently reading “The Color Purple”  and “The Language of Flowers” and hopefully we’ll meet again very soon.  I finished the latter night before last and started the first one last night.  I love books and my collection is constantly growing with paperbacks, hardcover, audio and now my Kindle.

I also belong to two internet sites where I look for new books and review books that I read.  One link is GoodReads which I have listed on my blog and anyone can see the books I’ve read, become friends on the site, compare reviews and much more.  The other link is “Read It Forward” which has a weekly giveaway and all I have to do is enter which only takes about two minutes.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I've put together for the last 15 years.  I really need to go through them and clean out.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I’ve put together for the last 15 years. I really need to go through them and clean out.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

 

I get lots of free books from entering contests on the sites I mentioned.  I usually receive at least once a week notices from these two sites about free book contest I can enter.  So far over the last year I’ve won ten books and I can’t remember how many from the year before.  These are new books and all have been hardcover books.  Here’s a few I’ve won this year:

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What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

Books by Pamela Clare. I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

GrayMountain_John Grisham

John Grisham is always a hit!

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A new author for me but one I will definitely look for in the future.

These books would have probably cost me around $200 – $250 if I had bought them new at a bookstore.  That’s a lot of money at my house!!

I also have friends that bring me books by the bag full after they have read them.  When I was working at Virginia Tech I listened to audiobooks to and from work and now I listen to them when I travel to and from Covington to visit my brother.  I also read a lot while I’m in my deerstand waiting on that big buck and Eddie says it may be the reason I haven’t killed the “big one”!!  😉

Anyway, reading it great entertainment and it keeps the old brain busy!  I have plenty of books to keep me busy and lots of books with pretty pictures and ideas.

Goodreads -What I’ve been reading

I’m retired now and miss the audiobooks that I listened too each morning going to work and traveling home each evening.  Since I don’t go off the farm that much now about the only time I get to listen to them is when traveling to and from  visiting my brother in Covington or going to my monthly trips grocery shopping or going to the feed store.  The following are are a few I’ve listened to this past year and recommend to anyone that likes a good book.

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EastofEden_JohnSteinbeck

FernMichaels_Blindsided

FernMichaels_EyesOnly

GapCreek_Robert Morgan

GrayMountain_John Grisham

HeadmistressofRosemere_SarahELadd

PretendYouDon'tSeeHer-MaryHigginsClark

TheChoice_NicholasSparks

TheWedding_NicholasSparks

ToKillAMockingbird_HarperLee

UntilWeReachHome_LynnAustin

Now, I MUST review them in my Goodreads account and recommend to some of my followers.  Hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

I Won These Books

I love to read!  I read at night while hubby watches TV. I read at my deerstand and Lord only knows what slips by me while I’m there!    I belong to a bookclub formed when I was working at Virginia Tech and haven’t been able to attend a meeting since July but think I only missed one.  We are a very busy group of ladies.  Prior to my retirement, I won a whole arm load of books from Crown Publishing.

I won!  I was so excited!!  Can you tell?

I won! I was so excited!! Can you tell?

Books by Pamela Clare.  I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

I’m also a member of Goodreads  (https://www.goodreads.com/) and the Reading Room which send me an email when authors and publishers have a new contest to enter.  This was the third time in the last two years that I’ve received new and sometimes used books.

Pamela Clare is a new author to me but the books I won are Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence, Unlawful Contact, Naked Edge, Breaking Point and Striking Distance.

I have an Android that my husband got for me last year for my birthday and I can read lots of free books on it but there’s just something about holding that paper book in your hand that draws me into the storyline that the Android can’t.

I won another book back in June of this year by Samantha Hayes called

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

If you are an avid reader like me you should become a member of Goodreads and enter some of their contests.  It’s also a great tool to get background and storyline on books other readers can’t put down.

There’s absolutely nothing to compare on a cold winter day to curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea in front of a warm fire!!

The Gift That Guilts Me

Do you ever get caught up in something that you just can’t seem to stay away from and then it seems to take up all your “free” moments???
My hubby got me an Android tablet in 2013 for my birthday and I’m absolutely addicted to it.

Android Nextbook 2013

Android Nextbook 2013

So much so that I’ve neglected my blog and my quilting and my HUSBAND.  We watch TV together at night but now I read while he watches TV.  Android is the name of my “kindle” and I add new books to it every week while my “paper” books are gathering dust on the shelves upstairs.

Easy to charge and quick.

Easy to charge and quick.

There's over two hundred  books on it currently.

There’s over two hundred books on it currently.

Thanks hubby for my wonderful gift and I’ll try very hard not to neglect and ignore you from this moment on.  I’ll also devote more time to my blog and my quilting before I forget how!!!

DARK WITCH

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

 

Nora Roberts does it again. It’s a wonderfully romantic, thrilling and grab you by the seat of your pants book. I’ve read the entire  trilogy and couldn’t put them down!! Love, romance, witches, fantasy, it’s all in this book!!

Check out my GoodReads list to see more of my favorites and lots that I want to read.

The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Nora Roberts

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I’ve just recently finished this series of Nora Roberts books and as always loved them all.  Love, mystery and lots of humor in all three make them a treasure!

I’ve also in the last few months read and love Karen Whites, “The Girl on Legare Street”, “House on Tradd Street”, and “The Strangers on Montague Street”.  Just recently a fourth book in the series has come out called “Return to Tradd Street” but I haven’t started it yet because I’m two-thirds into “The Atlantis Gene” and three-quarters into another Nora Roberts goody called “The Dark Witch”.

 

 

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Our bookclub is reading “The Mermaid Chair” and I’ve got to get started on it as well.  The Atlantis Gene and Dark Witch are the last two the bookclub read.  As usual, I’m so behind that eventually I’ll catch up to myself 😉 !  All of these books are good reads but my problem is finding time to read and if I read at night I get through a few pages and fall asleep!

It seems the only time I really get to read a lot is when I go to my deer stand and take the books with me.  I can read a whole book in a couple days in that quiet, serene setting and not fall asleep and get to watch wildlife at the same time.

New trilogy finished and followup book on the way!!

I have recently become a big fan of author, Karen White and have read the Legare Street Trilogy.  I’m patiently waiting for what will be a fourth book in the series and at which point it won’t be a trilogy anymore, I guess.  Karen White keeps her readers enthralled in a story of love, mystery, supernatural and lots of humor mixed in.  I would give them a rating of 10 out of 10.  The first book is “The Girl on Legare Street”, second is “House on Tradd Street” and the third is “The Strangers on Montague Street”.

Karen White Legare St Trilogy-1st two books.

Karen White Legare St Trilogy-1st two books.

The Strangers on Montague Street

The Strangers on Montague Street

The fourth book “Return to Tradd Street” came out on January 7th and I pre-ordered it but it hasn’t arrived as of yet.

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This is probably a good thing because I haven’t finished reading our book club selection and our meeting is sometime next week.  I highly recommend Karen White and all of her books and here are a few more of her titles that are on my list to read.

More titles authored by Karen White.

More titles authored by Karen White.

Read, it soothes the soul and ignites the imagination!

 

New Book Club

Eight ladies that I work with have become members of a newly organized book club about a two months ago and we will have our second meeting the second week of May.  I’ll be expanding friendship with some of the girls, getting to know some ladies that I’ve met but don’t know well, and meeting ladies I don’t know but hope to add to my friends group.

When we first met we each were to bring a list of books that we would like to read.  Those books were put on slips of paper, folded and put in a hat to draw the name of the first book to read.  The first book in my opinion was fantastic and the name of it is “Love Lies Bleeding” by Jess McConkey.  I highly recommend it for all women!!  It has a great story line, not too many characters and a strong woman as the main character.

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I’ll blog each month about the books we read and hope it’ll give you some choices for your reading enjoyment.  My list of books to read is constantly growing as you can tell if you hook up to the “GoodReads” link on my blog page.  I love to read and have a very hard time finding the time to do it.

Hooked On a Book

I am so enthralled with the new book I’m reading that I wish the evening to fly by so I can have an excuse to go to bed and read myself to sleep.  It would be hard to convince most of  my friends that a quilting book could have love, mystery, suspense, history and comedy all rolled up in one book.    The Quilter’s Legacy is a combination of present day and early 1800’s and the time of the slaves.  Old quilts and a journal tell the story of slavery and quilting.  The story revolves around a family that comes to America to find a new life and . . .

Oh well, I don’t want to spoil the mystery so I’ll stop there but Jennifer Chiaverina is a wonderful author and the quilts described in the book are gorgeous!

Jennifer Chiaverini is a wonderful writer and she keeps me enthralled with everyone of her books.