Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift buying

Dear Readers,

As if any of us needed an excuse to give a book as a gift.

Happy Reading,

P.S.  These can also be great hints as to why you want/need a book off your wish list.

Books Makes the Best Gifts

Gift Giving Season is now upon us and, while we might be a little biased, we think books make the best gifts and here's 5 reasons why!

1. They're the gift that keeps on giving. People love to re-read their favorite books and a pretty book doubles as decoration!

2. They won't break the bank and don't we all love that?

3. You have thousands upon thousands of options to choose from. At first that might sound scary, but if the person is an old soul, maybe a classic is just the trick. Is your friend into what's new? There's a New York Times Bestseller for that. Into sports? We have books for that too.

4. They can take this gift anywhere! To the beach, on a plane, on a train or on a cozy couch in the house.

5. You will help your friend or family member relax. Books have a way of doing that. As C.S. Lewis once said, "We read to know we are not alone."

"A book is a gift you can open again and again."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fredrick Backman

Dear Readers,

I meet a very interesting man this past week.  He was not always the most pleasant of men.  He is kind of set in his ways and had just lost his wife 6 months ago.  Most of his neighbors had no idea who he was.  He was 'retired' from his job.  He was having a hard time finding a reason to go on.

If this sound familiar to you, you have probably already meet Ove in Fredrick Backman's delightful book, A Man called Ove.  I know I am way behind in reading this little book, but am so glad I had the chance to get to know and fall in love with him.

There really isn't much to this book.  It is a quirky, funny, compelling story about a man who has given up on life and yet seems to be, as one of the characters says, "very bad at dying."  In a very gentle way, this book reminded me that I should get to know someone's story before I make judgements on who they are and why the act the way they do.

Not only did those who surrounded Ove in the neighborhood make those judgements about him, he actually was guilty of it also.  No preaching, no making the character feel bad because of those choices, Fredrick just gently lead us in the direction we should have gone while make the judgement.

As I listened to this book back and forth to work this week, it kept reminding me that I know people like Ove and I need to make sure I reach out to them.  It was a refreshing way to be reminded.  No judgements, just corrections in my thinking. We just never know when we will make a huge difference in one person's life.

Happy Reading,

P.S.  Yes there is language in the book.  To be honest it fit Ove's character so well I had a hard time being offended by it.  Besides the laughter it caused really made it all the more entertaining.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Melody Carlson

Dear Reader, 

Melody Carlson Christmas books are a tradition in many families.  Readers eagerly wait to see what delightful tale she is going to share with us.  One grandmother shared with me that she gets her hands on a copy as soon as possible so she can get it read more than once and then when her family gathers together for a Christmas weekend, she reads a bit each night.  The year she thought she would try something new, there was so many protest she never did that again.  

I love Christmas books for that reason alone, they have a way of bringing people together. 

Cover ArtHappy Reading, 

The Christmas Angel Project - Melody Carlson

Abby Wentworth is the glue that holds her book club together. So when she unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the rest of the women in the group are stunned, saddened, and sure that, without her, the group can't continue.

They gather "one last time" to open gifts Abby left behind, little knowing how it will change each of their lives--forever.

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Releases - November 21-26

Dear Readers,

The Holidays are upon us.  I am not ready, but that doesn't really matter does it.  :-)   Hopefully you are more prepared as it turns out that Christmas is less than a month away.  Yikes!!

Happy Reading,

Conspiracy of Silence - Ronie Kendig - #1 The Tox Files - Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Beast - Chawa Schroeder - For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master's dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master's favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire.When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners. They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she?

The Time Before you Die - Lucy Beckett - A Novel of the Reformation - A powerful, beautifully written novel of loss, finding and being found, set in a very traumatic time in European history--the Protestant Reformation. The turbulent sixteenth century saw the disintegration of medieval Christendom as it was split into sovereign states. This was particularly destructive in Tudor England, where rapid switches in government policy and religious persecution shattered the lives of many.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving fun

Dear Readers,

Just incase you did not have enough turkey yesterday here are some fun facts for your Black Friday enjoyment.

Happy Reading,

Thanksgiving Fun 
  • Your tax dollars at work: The first turkeys to earn a trip to Disney World were named May and Flower.  After being pardoned by President George W. Bush, they were flown to Florida to serve as honorary grand marshals in the Disney World Thanksgiving parade.
  • The first cat balloon to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade was Felix the cat.  (Sorry Garfield)
  • File this under things you didn't need to know: Black Friday isn't just for shopping.  It's also the busiest day for Roto-Rooter.
  • The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876.  It was  not televised.
  • Buckles didn't appear on pilgrim hats until the nineteenth century.
  • Don't ever accuse a female turkey of gobbling.  Only males gobble.  Females cackle.
  • What?  No green bean casserole? Not only were pilgrims deprived of this Campbell soup standard, they also missed out on turkey and cranberries. Bummer.
  • This should go over big: Tired of guests texting during Thanksgiving dinner?  A cell lock-up might be the answer. It's a "jail" for phones and can be purchased on line.

What does a turkey eat on Thanksgiving?  Nothing.  It's already stuffed.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Dear Readers,

One of the local church librarians shared her display for Thanksgiving she made.
I love it and may think of making one myself.  Or maybe I should just ask her to make me one. :-) 

Happy Reading, 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Release - The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill - Julie Klassen

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill - Julie Klassen - #1 Tales of Ivy Hill 

Welcome to the English village of Ivy Hill, where friendships thrive, romance blossoms, and mysteries await. . . .
The lifeblood of the village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant landlady. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to overcome her losses and find purpose for the future. As she works with Jane, two men from her past vie for her attention, but Thora has promised herself never to marry again. Will one of them convince her to embrace a second chance at love?

As pressure mounts from the bank, Jane employs new methods, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place, including a mysterious newcomer with secret plans of his own. With the help of friends old and new, can Jane restore life to the inn, and to her empty heart as well?