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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

A Catered Costume Party (Mystery With Recipes)
Isis Crawford
The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories
Agatha Christie
Crowned and Moldering
Kate Carlisle
Mint Chip Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery - Book 6
Susan Gillard
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 %
"In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. "

Robert Frost

"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."

Mark Twain

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. "

Charles Darwin

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. "

Henry Ford

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. "

John Locke

"For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. "

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. "

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. "

Arthur Conan Doyle 



Playing with the Past

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II (English)(Hardcover) - John Tiffany & J K Rowling Jack Thorne

Harry and Ginny are married and have three children together. The middle child is having a hard time adapting. He feels like he doesn't really belong and where he fits in, he is the Slytherin House. He has a friend in Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius. Scorpius also doesn't feel like he belongs. He is rumored to by Voldemort's child. One day before their third year, Albus overhears a conversation between Cedric Diggory's father and his own father, begging for Harry to use an illegal Time-Turner to go back and save his son. 


They are prodded on by Delphi who claims to be Cedric's cousin. She keeps getting them to go back, in hopes of changing the past so much that she can make a prophecy come true. 


Scorpius points out that because it is predicted, doesn't mean it has to happen. The boys go back in time twice together and Scorpius 2 more times without Albus and once more with Delphi. 


This book looks at teens going through life changes, trying to figure out who they are and where they fit. The relationships between the teens and their parents, in this case, the sons and fathers. It also looks at the relationship between Draco and Harry. They come together and learn how each felt about the other and help each other with finding their sons. 


I loved the Harry Potter books when they first came out and I have reread them many times. It was fun to see how things continued after Voldemort died and how the main characters grew and changed themselves. 

"Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint . . . and memory . . . and love."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

I love this thought that someone never leaves us. 

"People say parenting is the hardest job in the world —they’re wrong —growing up is. We all just forget how hard it was."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II (English)(Hardcover) - John Tiffany & J K Rowling Jack Thorne

I am reading this on the Kindle and can give an approximate page - about 41%.  


This is is Draco to Harry and Ginny. Growing up is hard, trying to find your way. Figure out who is a true friend and who would take you out as soon as they can. 

The Zoo is Foreclosed

The Penguin Who Knew Too Much - Donna Andrews

Caerphilly has a zoo. A small zoo, but a zoo. The owner has run into money troubles and has been selling his animals and then is found dead in the basement of Meg and Michael's recently renovated home. He is found on the day that they are starting the move into the house. Things come to a grinding halt when they have to wait for the investigation. 


They call the chief and let him know that a body has been found in a recent hole dug by Meg's father to allow for a pond for the penguins he has been caring for because of the foreclosure. As the day progresses, more police show up, her cousin shows up and many other characters start showing up. People are dumping animals at her house for her to care for and she meets the great Dr. Montgomery Blake. He has come to town to see if he wants to be financially responsible for the zoo. 


The family has started to show up and the Sprockets (the family Meg and Michael bought the house from) start showing up, digging holes in Meg's yard on the premise that the body they found is their missing uncle. 


I already shared one of my favorite moments, from pages 86-87 where someone who was not invited to stay at her home finds a snake in the bathroom, the coroner (who has too many phobias) is terrified in the yard by Meg's brother, Rob, and all the animals being kept on her property and her father's neighboring property. 


Meg gets involved in finding out who murdered and buried the zookeeper in her yard and finds out all the weird things that were happening, even learning about canned hunts. I had never heard about this, until this book. This is where hunters pay to hunt rare animals in a small area where the animal cannot get away so that it is an easy target for them. I don't agree with trophy hunting, but I understand the need for food hunting from any other levels. 


Good story. Lots of funny moments. 

"I was almost asleep when a bloodcurdling scream jolted me wide awake. “What the hell was that?” Michael asked. “I think someone found the snake I put in the hall bath,” I said. “Why did you—never mind. That came from the backyard, not the house.” The screaming had subsided into muted wails, and I could also hear voices, and someone laughing. I stumbled over to the window overlooking the backyard. Rob, wearing a black cape and a smear of stage blood around his mouth, was sprawled on the ground just outside the cellar doors, laughing hysterically. The wailing appeared to be coming from a small cherry tree. Dad, Horace, and Rose Noire were standing beneath the tree, saying soothing things to it. The Adirondack chair was empty. “Ah,” I said. “Rob was helping Dr. Smoot relive childhood memories.” “Serves him right for telling everyone about his damned trauma all day,” Michael muttered. Rob’s laughter died down—not that he’d stopped, but he’d reached the point where he only had the breath to utter an occasional, barely audible squeak. But just about then, the hyenas kicked in, more than making up for his silence. Chief Burke burst out of the back door, strode over to the cherry tree, and stood looking up at it with his hands on his hips. “Get a grip on it, man!” he bellowed. I heard another scream at closer range. “Now that was definitely the snake in the hall bath,” I said. Michael groaned, and pulled a pillow over his head. I followed his example."
The Penguin Who Knew Too Much - Donna Andrews

"The Penguin Who Knew Too Much," by Donna Andrews pigs 86-87


Laugh out loud moments. This was a favorite of mine. 

Well, That Was a Surprise

Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Monsieur Hercule Poirot is on a train traveling with the train owner, a doctor and 12 other people. Sometime during the night, before the train is trapped due to snow on the tracks, a man is murdered. He is thought to the be the man who murdered a baby during a kidnapping and escaped justice in the United States. He is asked by the train owner to help solve the mystery of who would murder this man on the train. 


I listened to this on Audio because I have been trying to get many things accomplished and it was hard to listen to the story (people talking, noise from a house being rehabbed). I regretted trying to do this, but at the same time wanted more time to listen and accomplish other things. 


The 12 other passengers give alibis to or claim not to know any of the other passengers. Hercule also notes prior to the murder that the victim does not speak French fluently and yet during the time of the murder, is said to have spoken fluently. 


I did enjoy the story and will probably go back and read the book format to see what I may have missed while trying to listen to the story. 


Overall a good story from Agatha Christie. 

Kelly Pregnant

Only Skein Deep - Maggie Sefton

Okay, so the protagonist is 9 months pregnant and not allowed to snoop or even to wander around as much as she would like. This one was more about the anxiety of the last month, the need for the black tar coffee and the obsession with keeping the baby at home more than out and about. Also, there was more time at the cafe and knitting shop than usual. She was there mostly to keep her out of trouble and closer to the hospital so that she had many available to take her to the hospital and also to help her should the need arise. 


She complains about not having coffee and having to drink tea and gives "faint praise" to a tea that someone offered her that was better than her "weak" coffee. 


I reflected back on my first baby. While she was a spring baby, I didn't keep her wrapped in blankets when we were out, because it was too hot to keep her wrapped. Another thing was keeping ill people away from the baby. Generally, in the summer months, people are not ill. I was more compulsive about hand washing with the babies and wanting people to wash their hands before they touched my babies, but I did get them out and about and anyone (that I knew) who wanted some baby time could have some baby time. 


Also, many of the friends volunteered to babysit for her, but she talks about hiring student nurses to care for the baby because she wants the best for her baby Jack. I would have been ecstatic if I had had that many volunteers to watch my baby after I had her, I also didn't hire student nurses to care for my babies. 


The story does focus on Kelly and her coming baby but also throws in the story of a woman murdered on the golf course and because there were no witnesses to the murder, it is hard to prove who did it. Kelly does her thing, sitting and listening and talking with people and giving the information she learns to Burt, who shares with his detective friend, Dan. 


I thought for awhile that the story was more going to be someone was going to show up in Kelly's life claiming to be her long-lost mother or some other maternal relative and some kind of drama with the baby, but there wasn't. It all involved Kelly and her pregnancy. 


It was an okay story and a quick read, I guess because I kept hoping that there would be some drama, but there really wasn't. 

Con Man and Hurt People

Close Knit Killer - Maggie Sefton

Rizzoli has returned to Ft Connor and people are up in arms over this man returning and seeming to take up where he left off. He conned good people out of their money with a Ponzi scheme. One man lost all he had and became an alcoholic living on the trail near the golf course, another man lost everything and killed himself, leaving his wife and daughter to rebuild their lives, alone. The next man, lost his mother to cancer when her life savings were depleted and she was left with nothing. 


Barbara, a friend of Kelly and her friends, confronts Rizzoli at the Lambspun and has a heated exchange with him. Then goes and confronts him again at the seminar he was giving, having to be escorted out. 


Malcolm, the recovering alcoholic, also confronts Rizzoli at the Lambspun. He is shoved to the ground by Rizzoli and called names. 


Nelson, who lost his mother, confronts Rizzoli the night that Rizzoli is murdered. 


Kelly and her friends have a hard time accepting that any of these people would kill Rizzoli, but she is determined to figure out who had murdered Rizzoli. 


The ending of this book leads directly into Book 12 "Yarn Over Murder," as it follows the forest fire that happened in Colorado the year that Book 11 was being written. 


Cassie becomes a new character in the series and lives are changing. The friends are all moved into homes that Kelly's boyfriend had built, but was unable to sell. They all live close to each other and continue to help each other and provide support when it is needed. 


Pete's grandfather has a heart attack and Pete has to go and take care of him and his niece, Cassie. When it is found that Cassie's mother is unwilling to return to care for her daughter, Pete brings her back to Ft. Connor, where the "gang" help her settle into life and help her get involved in many things. 


These are books that I enjoy reading and re-reading. They have a recipe and a pattern in the back of the book and can be read out of order (with the exception of 11 and 12). They give enough back detail that you can skip around.