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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

Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
Donna Andrews
The Overton Window
Glenn Beck
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 %

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. 



F For Effort!

F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers - Richard Benson

Funny answers to questions on tests given by kids who blanked or just didn't study enough. Very funny and my favorite was the octopus with the 8 testicles. 


Knitting Socks

Socktopus: The Knitter's Guide to Designing Socks - Alice Yu

I love to borrow books from my local libraries. I love that I can go to different libraries and borrow knitting and crochet books as they don't all have the same. I found this book at the Mary L Cook Library in Waynesville, OH. 


Another thing, I love to knit and crochet and I do enjoy making socks, but I like to stay home to work on them or sit somewhere quiet to knit on them. So I borrow Sock books frequently. 


This book was fun to look at and read the patterns. There were some that could be generic (male/female), but mostly they were for women/girls. This book had many different looks to the socks and one showed a fun pinwheel heel. I would love to try that. I do copy the patterns from the book in order to make some of them. It is always a good idea to copy the pattern from the book so you can mark on it as you are making the pattern. You really don't want to mark up a book you buy or a book you borrow. 


I recommend this book to anyone who knits and loves to make socks. If you look at it what was your favorite pattern? 

Chocolate Cakes

A Chocoholic's Chocolate Cake Cookbook: 30 Indulgent and Diverse Sweet & Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes for any Chocoholic (secret or otherwise!) - Gordon Rock

I was able to get this book for free when it was being offered that way, it now costs $3.95. I was not as enthused about these recipes as many required Items that I had not heard or seen before. There were a few recipes that I felt we would try, but not as many as other recipe books. 

Do You Like Chocolate?

200 Chocolate Recipes - Cookies, Cakes, Desserts, Etc.. - Anna Wade

This book of recipes starts with a history of chocolate and how it is healthy. This information was very interesting. The recipes were very interesting and many of them looked delicious and were marked to be made. 

Drawing Books

Drawing Made Easy: Dragons & Fantasy: Unleash your creative beast as you conjure up dragons, fairies, ogres, and other fantastic creatures - Kythera of Anevern

I homeschool and I help my children find books to their liking and levels (and they are high levels). I help them to find books through the library and for free on Amazon. 


This is a library find. She loves to draw dragons and is very talented. So we found this in the library collection of books and I just went through it to see what exactly it taught and how ti taught. 


I found it very interesting and I felt that it would be good for her (a more advanced learner) than for someone just beginning. 

Did Gustavo Do What He is Accused of?

Chocolate Frosted Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery - Book 5 - Susan Gillard

While celebrating with 2 of her employees and their family, she is warned that their cousin, Gustavo, was found murdered in a park with a gun and drugs. The family doesn't believe this of their cousin and have asked Heather to work her magic and find out the truth of Gustavo's death. 


Heather with the help of her boyfriend giving her inside information finds out some information that helps solve the death of Gustavo. 


I have issues with this as there is the constant giving of information to a civilian by a police detective. I don't care that this civilian is his girlfriend. I know that it helps to move the story along. 


If you want a quick read, I recommend the story, but do suspend your disbelief or questioning to get through it. 

Stopping Before I start

The Eye of Moloch - Glenn Beck

I am not saying this book isn't good and won't be okay as a stand alone, but I am just a little tired (I have been cat sitting for a friend and losing sleep as the cats fight) and so the book isn't working for me. I read that this is book two with "Overton Window" being book one, so I am going to stop where I am, return the book to the library and borrow book one and start again. 

Series Easily Read in Any Order

Cockatiels at Seven - Donna Andrews

I am rereading Donna Andrews "Bird" Cozy Mysteries. It took me over a year to read all that she had and I read them out of order at that time, too. I thoroughly enjoy the stories. I picked up the first one ("Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon") because of the picture on the cover and the title. It just made me laugh and I had to read it. It was fun from beginning to end. So I had to read the rest of her books. She has 2 books coming out, one in August and one at Christmas and I am just rereading to remember some of the things from past books. 


This is a good series, but also can be read as a stand alone. She is good for learning vocabulary, she loves her $10 words and also good for learning other things as well. You learn about different phobias, you learn about poaching or illegal trade of animals (wild and exotic) and many other things (sorry lots of lost sleep). There are many laugh out loud moments and many moments where you just feel what the MC is feeling (remembering when my kids were little). 


Meg and Michael are back from their honeymoon and she is wanting to work on her stock (she is a blacksmith and sells at craft venues all over the area) and she keeps being interrupted and the biggest interruption is when an old friend, Karen, shows up with her baby, Timmy. She needs someone she can trust to watch Timmy for awhile, but when awhile, goes from hours to days, Meg starts trying to track Karen down and along the way finds all kinds of things that are happening in the small college town of Caerphilly, VA. 


I highly recommend this book (book 9) and this series (Meg Langslow Cozy Mysteries). The titles are all bird related and once you starting reading into the books you understand why the birds.