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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

Murder With Peacocks
Donna Andrews
The Overton Window
Glenn Beck
Finding Moon
Tony Hillerman
The Devotional Bible: Experiencing The Heart of Jesus
Max Lucado
Progress: 33 %
Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 Days
John A Carroll
Progress: 42 %

Algebra Books

Algebra the Easy Way (Barron's E-Z) - Douglas Downing

Every summer I borrow books from libraries near me to see if they would be good for us with the girls for school in the fall. This book is always brought home and I do enjoy Algebra. It is fairly well written and easy to understand. 

Fun Saturday Science

Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects. - Neil A. Downie, Jim Wilkinson

I am a homeschooling mother and my husband works 3rd shift so I am constantly looking for ways for him to do things with our children that will encourage them to work on something together, learn something together and build a bond that will last a lifetime. Creating memories. 


I loved this book and I gave it to him and he enjoyed it, too. I think this will make it into the school year, with school on weekends. 


Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet Encore: New Stitches, New Techniques, New Patterns - Sheryl Thies

I have been working on my first ever Tunisian piece and loving it. I love how it looks and how quickly it works up. I found this book at Mary L Cook Library in Waynesville, OH (I love my local libraries) and found only 2 patterns in it that I really enjoyed and want to make. They are Ruffled Interlude and Six Part Harmony. 



If you like to crochet, check out the book there may be something for you in it and it does have a tutorial for how to do Tunisian Crochet in the beginning and some of the patterns do have explanations, too. 



Liberating Knitting

Knitter's Lib: Learn to Knit, Crochet, and Free Yourself from Pattern Dependency - Lena Maikon

This book helps beginner knitters to begin to design their own work, teaches them a little crochet and helps them to feel more comfortable making things. They use a variety of materials and tools. It is actually quite interesting, but I was not fond of some of the patterns. 

How to Save Money on College

Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2016 Edition (College Test Preparation) - Princeton Review

I am trying to do as much AP work with my homeschool crew as possible to help them save money on college. I borrowed this book because I wanted to see how it breaks down. It is interesting as it shows explanations for answers and the girls know how to research and can find more if they have questions, or I can help them find the answers. I do think this will make our list of books for school. 

Home School and First Aid

Acep First Aid Manual - Gina M. Piazza, American College of Emergency Physicians

At the beginning of this month, we were staying in Virginia in a hotel (we were visiting family) and on the last morning of our stay, the fire alarm went off and taught us that our Fire Plan was good for the house, but not for a 6 story hotel with fire alarms blaring at an ungodly hour ("I only recognize on 5 o'clock a day" Hawkeye from M*A*S*H) and the kids were just unable to function...they went on remote to the elevators with us yelling at them (to be heard over alarms) to come to the stairs and then to the nearest exit (they were headed for the main exit). We made a plan for traveling and have followed it since. 


So when I was at the library checking out books for my summer of books (I start planning school for next year over the summer) and I found this book. I remember that every time I go to get my certification from the Red Cross, there have been changes. Most things stay the same, but there are many things that are changed, so I think this book is going to be part of our school this year. 

So Many Super Cute Things for Kids

Amigurumi on the Go: 30 Patterns for Crocheting Kids' Bags, Backpacks, and More - Ana Paula Rimoli

I wish I had found this book years ago. My kids would have loved a lot of these things to carry with them for school or just on a trip. I will remember this book and know that I borrowed it from Mary L Cook Library and make these for littles when there are more in the family. 

Using Up Stash When Cold Sheeping

Stashbuster Knits: Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn - Melissa Leapman

Here are some fun words for knit/crochet words:

Stash - All our yarny goods

Cold Sheeping - That is where your spouse (or you) decide that you have too much yarny goodness and you are not allowed to bring in new stuff unless it is a gift or for a special item that can not be found in said Stash. 

SABLE - Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy


Right now I am SABLE, but I do have a daughter who likes to knit, too. I also have started my nieces on the path, as a result I have allowed them all access to my stash, so I am uncertain for how SABLE I will be once they start knitting crocheting full time. 


This book has patterns that help to use up the stash so that you can decrease the amount and maybe go shopping for all the new yarns. It has some fun patterns and teaches some color work. 

Christmas Stockings

Knit Christmas Stockings: 19 Patterns for Stockings and Ornaments - Gwen Steege

I know that I mentioned that I knit and crochet. I do like to look at books that show things that I would like to make for my girls (and maybe one day my grandchildren). Yeah, I am looking ahead. I found some fun patterns and that make small stockings so you can make a new one every year. 

Book 2 Mostly Used for Movie 1

This Old Homicide - Kate Carlisle

Definitely, a case of Book is better than the movie. There was a lot that happened in Book 1 that should have been its own movie and there was a lot in Book 2 that was enjoyable and really added to what you know about Shannon and her friends and the mean girls who never seem to grow up. It brings in Althea, so if you watched the movie before you read this book, it takes care of all the questions and is a really good book. It would be okay to read first since it gives background information on the previous book without being too much or too little. I did enjoy this book and finished reading it while my husband drove us home from Indiana. 

Definitely Due A Pulitzer Prize

The Underground Railroad: A Novel - Colson Whitehead

I did not read this because it was a Pulitzer Prize winning book, I read it because it was a book club read for a library near us and I was curious. I grew up in Newport, Kentucky, also known as Northern Kentucky. Northern Kentucky has a lot of homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. My parents would point out the houses that were part of the RailRoad and I paid attention. They were grand homes that had secret rooms or how secret hiding places in walls or on the roofs. When I was in high school some of the houses started showing signs in front that identified them as part of the railroad. So seeing this book I was interested. 


It follows one girl from her grandmother's capture in Africa to her mother's escaping and then her own escape, following her through the Railroad and all the problems that happen along the way. 


I do recommend this book, but it is graphic in the violence, but that cannot be helped as slaves were poorly treated, but it is very interesting. 

College Read

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I read this book in the long ago and far away. I was in college and had it as an assigned book. I enjoyed it at the time. We discussed the possibilities of it happening. I know that I will be rereading the book again, as I didn't sell my Literature books back at the end of a year and I still have them....moving them from house to house to house. 

Funny and Fast

F in Exams: The Funniest Test Paper Blunders - Richard Benson

I am loving some of the answers to the questions. It shows that the kids are thinking, they are just not thinking of the answers for the test. I am thinking of writing down the questions and using them for school next year with the kids. I think they will learn more from these and having to find the answers than if I lecture on the subjects. I am also using the I teach you, you teach her, she teaches her and then the last teaches me. I read that writing with blue ink and having to be able to teach to another works best for remembering. 

24 Hours Projects for Knitting

24-Hour Knitting Projects - Rita Weiss

I like quick things to make because it breaks up the bigger things like afghans, but I was not thrilled with this book. Some of the things use fun furs and the like. While they looked cute, I wouldn't make them. 

24 Hours Projects to Crochet

24-Hour Crochet Projects - Rita Weiss

There were a couple of items that I would enjoy making, but there were some that looked like something I would not be interested in making. I know that doesn't always hold true for many. I also know that if I love the person I am making for, I will make that which I don't like.


Tic Tac Toe Baby Blanket in White

Like an all white blanket for a baby, while trying to keep my all black cats off of it. 




More Socks

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook - Lynne Vogel

I borrowed this book from the Mary L Cook Library in Waynesville and while I enjoyed it, it was more in-depth than I was prepared for. It covered how to dye the wool, how to make the yarn for socks and then went into different types of socks: basic, sandal/thong, and toes. While that proved fun, I was hoping for something different. It did have a lot of good information in it for making socks to fit different feet, measuring and how to figure stitches and also an afterthought heel.