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Mary's Books

I have loved to read since I was little. I would borrow many books from the library and still borrow to this day, but I also purchase books (mostly for my kids) and freebies on Kindle. I read as much as I can daily. Sometimes I read several books at one time. I don't have a preference of paper book over an ebook, I just love to read. Keeping lists of what I have read is a good way for me to remember. 

Currently reading

The Firm
John Grisham
All You Need is Fudge
Nancy CoCo
Progress: 90/352 pages
17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
Andrew Morton
Thirteen Chocolates (A Chandler's Chocolate Box Mystery Book 1)
agatha chocolats
A Catered Wedding
Isis Crawford
All Fudged Up
Nancy CoCo
The Devotional Bible: Experiencing The Heart of Jesus
Max Lucado
Progress: 51 %
Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 Days
John A Carroll
Progress: 60 %

Tales of the Weird

National Geographic Tales of the Weird: Unbelievable True Stories - David Braun

A long time ago there was a cartoon of Calvin and Hobbes and Calvin says to Hobbes, "I have a thoroughly useless command of knowledge." Or something along those lines. This book will add to that knowledge. It had some weird, some interesting and some downright disgusting, don't eat while you read this, entries. 

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay

This book starts with the first ever library return where you could return your books without a fine, no matter how late they were. The library ends up being filled with books being returned after weeks, months and years. Lindsey, the library director, asks her usuals at the "Crafternoon" to help check books back into the library and arrange them for placement back on shelves. She even offers prizes for the book that was returned after being gone the longest. The ladies find a book that was checked out 1 day before the person who borrowed it was murdered. Lindsey takes the book to the police and then starts her own investigation with Robbie, an old English actor with a crush on her, to find out who really murdered the lady, an English teacher at the local high school. 


This also has Lindsey "talking" about her relationship with Sully and then the two of them coming out and letting the whole town know. 


It was a cute story and there were some moments that were too crazy to be probable, but still a fun story. 

Know Your Bill of Rights

The Know Your Bill of Rights Book: Don't Lose Your Constitutional Rights--Learn Them! - Sean Patrick

This was a fantastic addition to our history class. It gave background on why the framers were interested in putting so many things into the Bill of Rights and making sure that if they forgot something it would be covered. It was a great read and good info for any wanting to know more. 

Classic Knits

Classic Knits: More Than 100 Beautiful Projects - DK Publishing

100 patterns with fantastic photos. I even found a pattern that I want to make. 

Kid's Knitting Workshop

Susan B Anderson's Kid's Knitting Workshop - Susan B. Anderson

I had taken my girls to the library and while I was waiting for them to find books and fill out paperwork for the reading program and playing a game, I saw this book on a shelf and decided to borrow it (what can I say, for every 5 I borrow, I get an entry into a prize, too). I flipped through the book and saw something new to teach my daughter. Then I found another thing that I wanted to make and marked it. Then I started teaching my daughter how to make the items (bracelets). The projects are well photographed and the directions for new techniques are very easy to understand and good for learning. 



Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

A mystery inside a mystery. A story written by an author who is supposed to have committed suicide. It made things a little confusing at first, but once you get into the one story, then the other story comes along. I do feel that this is a book that is best judged by each person on their own. I was interested in one story and felt that I was reading a story that was a cross between Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. The other story was definitely different. I did enjoy it somewhat, but at the same time, I was not thrilled with the story within a story. 

The Red Cat Cookbook

The Red Cat Cookbook: 125 Recipes from New York City's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant - Jimmy Bradley, Andrew Friedman

I loved the title and had fun with some of the recipes. My children are groaning at some of the ingredients. I am pretty sure I won't make many of them, but I did have fun with this. 

Cake Pops

Cake Pops: Delightful Cakes for Every Occasion - Francis van Arkel

This was a fun book explaining how to make cake pops. It has recipes for cakes and icing and explains in detail how to make some fun cake pop decorations for different occasions. 

Budget-Friendly Meals

Better Homes and Gardens Budget-Friendly Meals - Better Homes and Gardens

I love to read cookbooks and find meals to make for my family. I found quite a few recipes I am looking forward to making. 


Entrelac Knitting

Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting - Rosemary Drysdale

I loved this book. It starts with a very good explanation of how to make entrelac and then it gives a variety of patterns for entrelac to make the squares different and then gives patterns for entrelac. I even marked some to try and make. 

Pages of Sin

Pages of Sin - Kate Carlisle

Good short story. Brooklyn is back in her hometown, staying with her parents and giving a program at the library to teach people simple fixes of special books. Her mother asks her to help clean out a friend's house after her death. When she is using some of the books to teach her students, they find some records that show some of the secrets of the woman who died and her family. When they are brought together and the items are brought out at the memorial the whole truth starts to come out. 


While not a murder mystery, it is still a cute story showing some things that people keep hidden. 

Creating a Space to Converse with God

2 Chairs The Secret that Changes Everything - Bob Beaudine

This book just helps to remind us that we need to stop daily and talk with God. Telling him our troubles and fears and trusting that he has a plan for us and trusting that this is a good plan. He tells personal stories and helps us to realize we need to change our own views. He talked to his dad one time about an episode of "Magnum, PI" where Magnum is trying to get into his place before the dogs saying, "Don't look at the dogs! Don't look at the dogs!" So whenever he and his dad were traveling and he started to stress over things he couldn't control, his dad would get him to look forward by reminding him of this line. 


It is a good book to read, it gives some good tips just to get through life. 

Delicious and Suspicious

Delicious and Suspicious - Riley Adams

I would start and stop on this book as I came across other books and I just felt the pressure to read what my girls were reading and just trying to find something to get them excited about the reading. I also could not find an audio version of this book, so I was stuck with hardback or Kindle borrows from the library. 


Lulu is the owner of Aunt Pat's, an old BBQ place in Memphis, TN. It used to be her aunt's place and then it became hers. Her oldest son, Ben, helps run the kitchen, while her dil, Sarah, and others help with waitressing duties. Her youngest son, Seb, has returned to the family business but is unreliable at best and uncaring at the worst. A food channel has sent some people to look at the two BBQ places in town to showcase on their show. The person sent to meet and greet is Rebecca and she is not a very nice person and wrecks havoc all around as she goes around the town. When she ends up dead in her room following a tasting at Aunt Pat's, Lulu feels the pressure to find out who really killed her and made it look like her family is to blame. 


There were some moments where there seemed to be too much happening in the story and yet the story didn't seem to be going anywhere. There are lots of people in the story who come in later that will help the story move along. I did enjoy the story once I was able to just sit and enjoy the story. 

A Bat in the Belfry

A Bat in the Belfry - Sarah Graves

I picked up this book originally about a year ago from the library because of the title and then the picture on the cover and I just haven't found much time to sit with the book. I finally realized that in order to get through books a little faster (while school is in session) I really needed to use audio (for while I am driving) so that I could make some progress. I started listening in the car and had to restart a few times as people (mostly my children and husband) kept talking to me and I felt they were more important to listen to. 


I think the other reason that I had trouble getting into the book was that it had so many different threads going on and I was having trouble keeping them straight. It also didn't help that it was the middle of a series and I feel that I may go and get the first in the series and see what happens. 


Jake, is a woman who moved her family to an island in Maine to get her son away from the drugs and alcohol that was ruining his life and a place where she could start again away from her ex-husband. She bought and fixed up an old house. She found her father and his current wife and they live with her, her current husband and her son. 


Chip is an old friend of the family and comes to visit and he has trouble with his life, his girlfriend/partner and with the police trying to get them to look at what he had found and use that information to stop the real killer of young people. 


A young girl goes up into the belfry of the church to get the money from the local drug dealer so she can leave town and create a good life for herself as she wants to get as far from her father as she can. Only when she gets up in the belfry, there is someone waiting for her and she is murdered. When she is being tied up, the bell in the belfry starts ringing, this brings the sheriff to find out what had happened as the bell hadn't been rung in many years. 



Baking Cookbook

Baking Cookbook: 100 Easy and Popular Donut and Pancakes Recipes to Bake at Home - Jane Willan

Yeah, this was just as bad as the cake book, or maybe worse. What is a kefir? How much is a glass? Why would I extinguish soda with vinegar? When did I light it on fire? 


I just left this book with more questions and really did not like this book at all. I am thankful I found it for free, it is currently $2.99. I did start with the introduction and none of these items are explained and so to call it a Baking Cookbook is devious. It is recipes for pancakes and the like. 

Cakes for Festive Tables

Cake Cookbook: 100 Cake Recipes for a Festive Table - Jane Willan

This book was also published in the US but uses terminology that just is not familiar with the area where I live. Again, what is a glass? What makes up an egg piece? How is cognac measured in grams? I thought it was a liquid and would be measured in ml or l. Not sure how I feel about this book and may have to research what they really wanted to be used.