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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 %

Pie Cookbook

Pie Cookbook: Delicious Homemade Pie Recipes You Can Easily Make! (Baking Recipes Book 1) - Linda Harris

My fil loves pies and so does my dad. I got this book for free when it came out, but now is about $2.99 and is worth every penny. The book starts with some simple pie crusts and then goes straight into all types of pies, mostly fruit pies. Perfect! 


Cake Recipes

Cake Recipe Cookbook: 50+ Delicious Cake Recipes You Can Easily Make At Home in 15 Minutes (Quick and Easy Natural Food Book 28) - Teresa Moore

This book is listed as being published in the US, but some of the terms are definitely foreign to me. For instance, 3 egg parts (egg parts?) or 1 glass (how much is a glass?). The other thing was that there was a mixture of terms 6 g in one place in another 2 cups. There needed to be continuity of measurements. I will probably keep the book, but I don't know if I will ever make anything out of it as the terms are definitely not used in my household. 

Fudge, Fudge, Fudge!

FUDGE: 60 TOP RECIPES (fudge cookbook, fudge recipes, fudge, fudge recipe book, fudge cook books) - D. A. Wheeler

Every Christmas, since we started homeschooling, we do a form of Kitchen Chemistry with baking and candy making. We recently added fudge to the mixture because it does require precision. This book starts with tips to make the fudge and things that can affect the fudge and how to fix these issues. This book had so many recipes that I wanted to try that it is bookmarked on almost every page! Fantastic book! 

Halloween Cookies (photos)

Halloween Cookies (Photo Gallery): (Photo Books,Photo Album,Photo Big Book,Photo Display,Photo Journal,Photo Magazines,Photo Story,Photo Traveler,Travel Books,Travel Photos,Travel Photography) - ๋John Parker

When I got this book for free, I was thinking that while it would contain photos of cookies, I also believed that there would be recipes. I was disappointed and the cookies didn't look all that appetizing. They looked like cookies I would make with my children. 

Potato Recipes

Potato Recipes : 50 Delicious of Potato Recipes (Potato Recipes, Potato Salad Recipe, Potato books, Potato ebook, Potato for beginners, Potato diet, Potato ebooks) (Easy Cookbook Book 4) - Denny Levin

This one had a lot of recipes that I marked to try. I also got this one for free when it first came out. 

Scottish Recipes Including Haggis

The Wee Scottish Recipe Book: 25 Scottish Dishes to Cook at Home (The Wee Scottish Recipe Books Book 1) - Margaret Mochrie

I found this book about 4 years ago and for free and just now got around to reading it. It was definitely fun and I found some recipes that I want to try and I know my friends would love to try also. 


Now I did have fun teasing my family by saying I would make Haggis and there were about 5 recipes using it or making it (from scratch). Love the picture on the front as I love those shaggy cows. 


Vegetarian Slow Cooker Cooking

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipe Book – Vegetarian Cookbook for Busy Women (Diet Recipe Books – Healthy Cooking for Healthy Living 3) - Julia Cussler

I am constantly on the lookout for something I can make in a slow cooker and that my family with love and there were many recipes in this book that I marked to use in the future. 

Fathers Listen to your Daughters

2 Chairs The Secret that Changes Everything - Bob Beaudine

"Young girls aren't like boys. They need you to listen to them. Listening builds their self-esteem. From my experience with my three amazing daughters, I promise that if you will make time to listen, it will pay great dividends as years go on. Don't forget, always finish by giving them a hug and telling them how proud you are of them. And make sure you tell your daughters they are beautiful...or someone else will."

Going, Going Ganache

Going, Going, Ganache - Jenn McKinlay

Back to the cupcake bakery in AZ and the women and the bakery have been chosen for an article in SWS magazine. The owner of the magazine arrived just in time to see a cupcake fight between Angie and Mel and their adversarial bakery rival, Olivia. He noted that when the cupcakes were being thrown, Mel and her friends were all in together, but his team was throwing each other in the way of the melee while trying to get out unscathed. He wants that for his team and so he makes a deal with Tate and Mel that they have a cupcake boot camp where the team from SWS has to work in the bakery making cupcakes for the gala on Saturday with Mel and her team. His hopes are ruined when his team continues to fight in the bakery ruining Mel's business and one of the team members actually punches Mel in the eye. The next day, Mel finds Sam dead outside her business and she feels the need to find the truth.


While all this is happening, there is the Tate and Angie drama (Tate quitting his job and leaving his apartment to find himself to see if he is good enough for Angie), the Mel and Joe drama (they are engaged, but she doesn't want anyone to know) and the Mel and Detective Martinez drama (he wants to date her and she feels drawn to him but loves Joe). 


I used the audio version of this book more as I was driving and the girls were with me and got hooked on the story. It was definitely a fun story and there were moments that we were all laughing at things from the book. Fun summer read. 

The Book Stops Here

The Book Stops Here - Kate Carlisle

Brooklyn complained that she was running out of work and her friend, Ian, tells her about being a specialist on "This Old Attic" that helps people learn about the things they have and how much they are worth. Her first book is an old friend to her. It Frances Hodgson's "The Secret Garden" and she values it for more than the woman thought it would be worth. Suddenly after a blurb on the local tv news, she is being hunted by some very large men who want the book. Also, the host of the show is under attack by a stalker and some of the attacks on him have put her in danger. Derick is afraid for her safety and starts trying to stay close to her. Her new friend and neighbor, Alexandra, is also afraid and teaches her some things she can do for herself to keep safe while these men are trying to get her. 


Fun story, there were moments that I was laughing out loud and other places where I felt that something was off, but the story did have me guessing until the end. 


Sprinkle with Murder

Sprinkle with Murder - Jenn McKinlay

This is book one in the series and I used the audio to get it started and to finish (I am knitting socks) and I really wanted to read, but I needed to work on the socks and drive my kids to different things. 


It was a fun read/listen. Mel and Angie have opened a cupcake bakery (why cupcakes? Because you feel better about buying a cupcake over a whole cake) and have run into some issues. 


1. Their competition keeps driving by the store and doing things to try and ruin their business. Olivia runs her own bakery selling cakes, cookies, and cupcakes and she spends the day driving back and forth past the shop. When their friend and financier's fiancee is found murdered by Mel, she uses it to help push her own business forward. 


2. Their friend, Tate, is a wealthy man who is engaged to an evil, pushy woman who makes everyone unhappy. Mel and Angie don't like her at all, but Tate wants them to make the "cake" or cupcakes for the wedding. But she wants a contract that won't allow them to use anything that has been made before and cannot be used ever again. It seems she has done this to all the people working on her wedding (the dress and the photographs). She claims other people's work as her own and makes them sign contracts that are unfair and hard to break. 


3. Tate's fiancee is found by Mel the morning after her cupcakes are delivered by two of her assistants (not Mel's assistants). Mel was ordered to arrive early to discuss changes and does not respond to the calls and knocking of Mel. Mel is originally looked at as the suspect because she made the cupcakes and arsenic was found in a cupcake, but none in the bridezilla. Then it is believed that Tate murdered her. Mel feels that she needs to find the truth and get the real murderer arrested. 


The story was fun and there were recipes at the end. I think the only thing I found was that I knew by the middle of the book who had murdered the bridezilla and that at one point I think I heard that she used oil instead of butter to make her cupcakes moist, but then the recipes use butter over oil (keep in mind I listened and read at same time) and I didn't have time to go back and look to see if that was the way it was written. 



Calico Joe

Calico Joe - John Grisham

A phone call, a father who is dying. The family is broken and will never be completely healed. The father had been an abusive father and husband and when the wife finally gets it together to take the children away, the damage is done. The father has little to anything to do with the children and the son, Paul Tracy, wants little to do with his father and celebrates that all his children are girls and won't feel the need to play a sport, like their father. 


Warren Tracy is a former Big League Baseball player who was known for being a "headhunter" for throwing balls at the heads of players that he felt were being too showy when they got a home run hit off of him. One of his last plays, he throws the ball with such force at the head of a very popular rookie player for the Cubs, Joe Castle, aka Calico Joe. His ball almost kills and does so much damage to Joe that he is never able to return to the game. Paul growing up has to reconcile what happened and how to even have a relationship with his father, who feels that he needs to make sure that his son also becomes a headhunter. 


Paul, on the other hand, doesn't want to be like his father. After some seriously angry times with his father, he gives up playing baseball at all. He doesn't even follow the game anymore. But with the call that his father is dying, he decides that it is time for his father to own up to the truth and make peace with Joe Castle. He goes to Joe's hometown and then works on getting his father to come to the hometown. 


The story does follow baseball in a way, but it is more about relationships and healing. I liked this side of the story the most. Healing of the father and son relationship and healing of the baseball players, so that hew as able to write a story in remembrance of the two men and the ends of their careers. 

The Christie Curse

The Christie Curse - Victoria Abbott

The story has a woman named Vera, who lives in a mansion, with a staff and collects first editions and rare editions of books. She hires people who love books (preferably men) to find the books for her. Her last hire, Alex, was killed at a train platform in NYC and she hires Jordan to do the work to find a rare Agatha Christie play, written during the time she disappeared to make it look like she had been kidnapped. Jordan, while loving books and knowing quite a bit about them, does not really have much knowledge about Agatha Christie and uses the help of her friend Lance, a librarian at the library. She also starts going to the same places that Alex had gone to find the play. As she is going, she learns some things and then starts going to Alex's parents and his fiancee. When one of the booksellers is found beaten in her store, by Jordan, she starts to search for the truth. 


There were some things that I didn't enjoy at the beginning of the story that seemed to make the story drag along, but I guess are part of what was needed to set it up and all the future stories up, at least I am hoping. After I got to the middle it seemed to move along better. I didn't enjoy the constant talk about the outlaw uncles who raised her and taught her to protect herself from all law enforcement. 

Life's Little Instruction Book Volume II

Life's Little Instruction Book Display: Volume II - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I found this book at the library book sale and have been trying to wade my way through the books that I found. I saved some of the quotes to pictures on my FB page so that I would always remember them. If you have time and inclination, take a few moments and read this book (and the first one). What advice would you share with your children? At the start of the book, the author says he wrote these down to give to his son as he headed off to college. I think I might need to start a list as well. 

The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas - John  Stephens

Book One in the Series and just a mishmash of other stories it felt...felt a little like Harry Potter (orphans Kate, Michael and Emma taken from their parents and raised in orphanages where they are transferred around because they don't want to be adopted because they believe that their parents are still alive and coming for them), with a touch of magic (Wizards and Witches and a giant named Gabriel all working to either destroy the children or save the children). With a touch of "The Chronicles of Narnia" with a wicked witch hunting special children who are prophesied to help save the world. 


The story was read by Jim Dale and we listened to this story in the car while driving to Point Clinton and Cedar Point in Ohio. The girls and I enjoyed some of the scenes of the story and others were comparing to the other stories. I don't think I will be reading or listening to the others (even though Jim Dale did a remarkable job as always), but I just didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the other stories. 

Truly Devious

Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is set high on a mountain in Vermont. It is an exclusive, free school for those deemed to be the best. Every student is either a Junior or a Senior in their school and they are given all the core subjects for their grade, but others in the field of interest. Stevie is new to the school and had entered on a lark to get away from her parents and to study the mystery from 1936 involving the disappearance of Iris and Alice Ellingham. 


This book was assigned to my girls in their book club and while one thoroughly enjoyed the story and cannot wait for the 2nd book to come out. The other two were not as enthused by this book. I know that I too am interested in book two as there did not seem to be an end to the first book.