Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday... and Teasers...

This Weeks Top Ten....Author's I've only read one (the one I read) of their books, but need to read more.

1.   Markus Z|ukas (The Book Thief)
2.   Will Wiles (The Care of Wooden Floors)
3.   Linwood Barclay(Trust your Eyes)
4.  Edith Pattou (East)
5.  Persia Woolley (Child of the Northern Spring)
6.  Beth Kephart (You are My Only)
7.  Elizabeth Wein (Rose Under Fire)
8.  Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake)
9.  Rachel Joyce (Perfect)
10.Leslie Pietrzyk, ( A Year and a Day)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
and here's the Teaser

I realized right then, in my first support group meeting, the essential difference between family caregivers and myself.  It was like the difference between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  You know the joke - she had do everything he did, but wearing high heels and dancing backwards. In caregiving,  I'm Fred Astaire and family caregivers are Ginger Rogers.

from: Alzheimer's 911, Fena Gray-Davidson (pg. 12)

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Monday what are you reading...

 It's Monday What are you reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

from the back cover:
She kept her secret for a lifetime...
A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household.  Before World War I casts it's shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman (not sure about that statement).  but her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace. 

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic.  When she can't figure out the meaning...

It's Monday already.  I finished reading The Forgotten Seamstress ,Liz Trenow.  It's a neat little story,I found the historical facts quite interesting.  I also loved learning about the different fabrics used in Royal garments, not sure that still happens.  I was also heartbroken at the treatment of Maria, what a sad turn of events.    I didn't continue in the back of the book with book club questions for discussion.  I think the only thing that ticked me off and is still ticking me off is the "jumping into bed" with men you've just met, and after the recent medical issue.  I found that part not only in poor taste, but very unnecessary, it added nothing to the storyline, and if I were the editor... relationships aren't built in bedrooms, as we should have learned from Maria and the King.

A great little read for those of us who love a  little Royal  mystery

What's next... Alzheimer's 911, Frena Gray-Davidson.  I'm reading this book to decide if it should be on the shelf for the caregivers of the residents, in who's library I volunteer.  I sure could have used more available resources when my Mom was changing.  This is a MYSTERY that is ever evolving.

Photo of the book I own.

I read this book to tie off my War Through the Generations Challenge WWI and WWII combined. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Salon...

my eldest with Optimus Prime

Sunday Salon finds me a little more than thankful, thankful the summer is over.  I always look forward to having free time in the summer to play in the garden and the sewing room/painting room, but this summer, much like last year was stolen from me.  It's all mother natures fault.  Well Mother nature has given us a COLD weekend.  Too cold for the beach, too cold for outdoor adventures, like painting my much needed painting porch railing, just too cold.  BUT, we have spent a few days visiting with lost family members.  I think my MIL was very happy, exhausted, but happy.  I felt for her yesterday, how hard it must have been to say good bye to a son she hadn't seen for TOO many years.  What happens to seemingly normal kids, that go off to college and loose their way home.  I don't know, but my boys sure got a talking to. A mother wonders "will this parenting never end"?

When my eldest, pictured above, moved out,  I thought part of my heart was cut away, you get used to the absence, but never the emptiness,  although I'm packing up his lego and sending it off to his place.  He claims he loves his new digs so much, he may never move again.  Maybe I did something right? He lives in a century home, or part of it,it's been divided up into flats.  Yesterday he ripped up the kitchen, asked if I had any spare wall board, so that's getting packed up too.  I hope I've instilled the appreciation of History in my boys.  So as you can see Sunday Salon finds me packing... after mass and a quick visit to Marks Work Warehouse.
Hopefully the temps will rise and I'll be getting to that porch railing in the a.m.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Books that caught my eye...

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and Vicki from I'd rather be reading at the beach will each share 2 books that grabbed their attention from  Mailbox Monday post. I decided to join them, and share the books that caught my eye.

 and here they are:

 Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong by Susan Blumberg-Kason (saw the review on Trish's blog and thought Hmmm) and then again on Vicki's. ( so in fact it caught both my eyes)

The Bee Keepers Ball, Susan Wiggs, spotted this on a number of blogs, but Nise at Under the Boardwalk recently read it and ... the TBR pile grows

The month of September I'd decided to read from my shelf, so hopefully these will somehow find their way there,  just sayin'.

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Monday What are you reading?

It's Monday again, it seems to come so quickly.  I'm just starting to feel better, after some kind of stomach bug.  Let's just say toast and tea are my diet stand bys. 

I'm still reading The Forgotten Seamstress, Liz Trenow.  I thought I'd read off my shelves, (notice the plural, shelf)  and I had further thought I should inpire myself to sew, so hence the choice of book.  WELL, I had not expected to read yet another story line of mental health and how we/they dealt with unfortunately ill individuals, not to mention women. 

I'm not done, unfortunately not feeling well curtailed my reading adventures, but, it's a seriously moving storyline... where will it end?  I'm not disappointed yet.

It took me a while to get into opening it, it's the book hangover thing from Perfect. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014