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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

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 %

The Candy Bomber

Candy Bomber - Michael O. Tunnell

This was a great book. It says that it is written for a younger audience. I didn't even know that there was an adult version of the book. I had heard about the dropping of candy during the Berlin Airlift following WWII, but I didn't know that it was started because the children would rather go without than give up their freedoms. The stories of some of the kids holding onto parachutes because to them it represented freedom. What an awesome story and such an uplifting story. Definitely good for the children, but also good for adults who just want a quick read on what happened that might prompt them to read the adult version. 



I came away with questions

Murder in the Courthouse: A Hailey Dean Mystery (The Hailey Dean Series) - Nancy Grace

While the story was a good one, there were areas where you knew that the deaths were all connected, but you couldn't be certain of how. I really wanted to know how she got her things back so many times when she walked away leaving them someplace or in one case where she is forced in front of a bus, her items go flying out into the street, but no where does it say that they survived being flung out (possibly run over), it just mentions that they were left or flung. I know silly things, but given that they had information on them for the court case and Ms. Grace makes a point of saying how everything for the case is on her Ipad and Iphone and her papers. 


The book also seemed a bit autobiographical at times and also fictional at others. I was interested in this book compared to the movie version that had been shown on Hallmark. This book has some like the movie, but not much. I know that I will probably read the other books by Nancy Grace. 

""What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?""
The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories - Agatha Christie

About 15% into the book, the 3rd Chapter story. 



Best Meal of the Day

50 Recipes For Breakfast Crepes  – Crepe Recipes To Serve For Breakfast or Brunch (Breakfast Ideas – The Breakfast Recipes Cookbook Collection 15) - Pamela Kazmierczak

My girls love crepes! They will order them for breakfast if it is on the menu somewhere, but I didn't know how to make them. This book was great about providing many different recipes and things to add to the crepes and how to make them and set them aside. I loved that information. I will be trying to make these sometime in the near future. 

Thanksgiving Is Coming

25 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes: Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes Cookbook (Simple and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes) - Hannie P. Scott

Every year, while growing up, I heard how I had ruined Thanksgiving. How did I do this? By being born. It was my parent's first married Thanksgiving and I was born on that very day. My dad got a great meal at his parents' house and my mom was only allowed what they would give her in the hospital. 


Flash forward 39 years and my youngest is born, 2 days before my birthday and 3 before Thanksgiving. I was asked what I was going to do for my birthday the next year. I told the nurses, no offense (they were the best ever) I was staying far away! 


Now, for Thanksgiving, we celebrate my daughter's birthday and my birthday on Thanksgiving Day with a full Turkey meal and other things. We love this and day and all that comes with it. My father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law will be here for the day and we will have a lot of fun and food. 


I am always on the lookout for something new and different to add to the meal. 


I did like the book, but I didn't see anything I could add that we didn't already make or that we could actually have. 


It was a free purchase from Amazon and I do recommend getting a copy, maybe there would be something you would enjoy. 

Rob Lowe and His Life

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography - Rob Lowe

This was a really good biography. I grew up watching him and I loved "The Outsiders" and a few of the other movies from the 1980's. Some of the movies I had not heard of or even watched. He started out not far from where I live currently and was just another kid who liked to act and participate in the local theatre scene. After his mother's 2nd divorce, she drags Rob, his brother Chad and his half-brother to CA, where they start living with her 3rd husband, her former allergist (doctor). I was surprised to learn that the opportunities for kids in shows were so minimal, but then I thought back on all the shows from that time period and realized that most of the shows were geared towards adults, not kids and as a result they didn't have a lot of kids in them or they were just little side notes. 


I was not surprised at the drug usage or the drinking he talks about. It was par for the course for so many of those kids to be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. I was surprised about his going to therapy and that he made up his own mind to never go back. I did see him with a new eye and have started looking at some of the other movies and shows he has been in and watching them. 


I noticed that he didn't name names, just to be naming names. He would mention the Sheen (Estevez) family because they were neighbors. He mentioned Tom Cruise and Andrew McCarthy, more because they were all part of the "Brat Pack" era. 


I found the book interesting and fun to read and at the same time, a good book to read if you like biographies, especially for those who grew up in the eye of the public, while you were growing up. 



GAPS cookbook

GAPS Introduction Diet Cookbook: 100 Delicious & Nourishing Recipes for Stages 1 to 6 - Andre Parker

This cookbook is supposed to help people who are having to change their eating habits. While I would probably follow this if I was alone, it would not work in this family or house. Just like other diets, I have tried, having to cook 2 or 3 meals for every meal would make it an impossible task and would not be followed. If you do have to follow this diet, I would recommend the book. 

Computer Dates with Animals, Con Men and Murder

Mission Impawsible - Krista Davis

We are back in Wagtail and the town is hosting an event to meet the "perfect" match using a computer-generated match with a matchmaker and the people's pets. People are supposed to fill out the forms truthfully, but many fudge the truth (or downright lie) and then Macon makes a match for them. The problem is that two of the participants have mothers who are overprotective and they both are fighting to find someone. A psychiatrist who professes that love is not a true thing and that feelings for animals is neurotic shows up and insults people. He is known for being a horrible psychiatrist that is very controlling and not very caring of the patients. 


Holly is still working at her grandmother's inn and loves being there. "The Ben" is coming up to the inn again for the weekend, he has requested a dog to "try out" and is shocked when the dog is not what he imagined it would be. He wants a small dog that is calm, showing just how much he doesn't know about dogs. He is trying to convince Katie that they belong together. Holly's grandmother does not like Ben and has signed Katie up for the matchmaking. When her match shows up, she states that she didn't sign up and then finds out about her grandmother's actions. Eventually, John and Katie go out together and as they are walking, her dog finds the body of the psychiatrist, but he has no identification and has a letter from Holly's grandmother in his pocket. To confuse things, when the real person shows up, Holly's grandmother is confused and admits to Holly that she was trying to find someone for herself. 


While all this happens, Zelda's ex-husband, Hank shows up and starts causing problems, too. Dave is trying to do his best, but he suspects Holly and Zelda of murdering Hank, he thinks that Hank murdered the psychiatrist and the confusion continues. 


All of this just pushes Holly and Zelda into trying to find the true murderer so that neither one is charged and the real person is caught and brought to justice. 


Fun story and a fast read (running out of time on the library loan). I did find it hard to put down and was getting testy with all the interruptions (kids) because I wanted to finish this book. Wagtail seems like a place that I would love going to visit, but I don't think I would take my cats with me, my dog, yes, but my cats, no. 



Catering, Book Signing and Murder

Spells and Scones - Bailey Cates

Lucy, Ben and Katie are catering a book signing for a self-help guru, Dr. Dana, at their business neighbor's bookstore. As the author arrives, there are a few people who have shown up to contest that the guru is what she says she is. Her "Radical Trust" philosophy has proven detrimental to many relationships. Her sister and her husband help to usher her to the back of the store when it seems all that were present to get an autographed copy of her book have been taken care of. She is found laying on the floor with a scent of almonds. 


The woman accused of the murder turns out to be a witch and Mungo's former owner. She had stopped practicing magic and was divorced following the advice of Dr. Dana. Mungo convinces Katie to help her and prove that she couldn't have murdered Dr. Dana. As Katie delves into the mystery she finds many other suspects, including Dr. Dana's sister, husband, a bar owner and his wife. 


Fun read. Declan and she are moving closer to being together and have been together for a year. Steve has returned to town and has broken ties with his father and the Dragohs. He is also wanting to be with Katie again. 



Good Halloween Read

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Large Print Classics) - Washington Irving

A few years ago, I re-read this book with one of my girls for school. Yesterday, I reassigned the book as a one day read and discussion with the girls. I figured Halloween subjects should be fun. This was a fun read and we watched an old cartoon version of the story as well and discussed how it was similar or dissimilar to the story they read. It was a fun day and fun read for the day. 

Murder with Recipes

A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes, No. 1) - Isis Crawford

I'll start with I loved the recipes. I did make copies of the cake recipe. My kids loved it. This was the first book in the series and there were moments where I felt like looking at the end to see who did it. Lots of suspects, lots of "sisterly" nonsense and just seemed longer than it needed to be. I did continue and it was a pretty good story. I am going to try another book from the series and see how I feel after it. 

Kindle App Update

My Kindle App updated yesterday and since then I cannot keep the app open long enough to read a book. I open the app wait 30 minutes (or more) for the app to work and then it crashes and I reopen and try again. Frustration is my middle name with this upgrade. Hoping that Amazon gets it fixed quickly, I have a few books there that I am trying to read. For now, I will just finish the book books I have laying around. 


Is anyone else having problems? 

Missing Young Woman and Questions

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti

Lizzie Lovett was popular when she was in school, but it seems her life was not all it seemed. The story revolves around the disappearance of Lizzie, but it only focuses on the life and feelings of Hawthorn Creely. A senior in high school who had known Lizzie and had wanted to be her friend, hoping that it would help her tread water in high school only to be thrown to the sharks that circled Lizzie. 


I was expecting something different in this story and then when it came to the finding of Lizzie it tore me up. I began skipping through the book and not wanting to finish it. It hit too close to home and made things harder for me to read this book. 


If you have dealt with the loss of a family member to suicide, do not read this book. 

Knit Bears

Easy Knitted Bears: Knitting patterns for bears and outfits - Fiona Goble

My sister-in-law requested that I make a bear in boxer shorts with boxing gloves for a Christmas gift for a friend of hers. So I am constantly on the lookout for bear patterns and clothing options. It was a cute book. Patterns seemed simple, but I prefer crochet toys over knit toys. 

"Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library. "

Henri Frederic Amiel

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. "



I always chuckle when I read this quote. I guess because my husband is always able to look at our middle and knows she is his.