Sunday Summary – Jan. 31

Books reviewed:
Saving Ceecee Honeycutt: A Novel Angel's Peak (Virgin River, #10)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr
Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life Eggs Benedict Arnold (A Cackleberry Club Mystery, #2)
It was another good week with books. I really enjoyed Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – what a wonderful novel! I also liked the latest book in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series: Angel’s Peak. I can’t believe this is the last day of January. Here’s my list of books read this month:
Forbidden Fallsby Robyn Carr
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Challenge)
Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong
East Hope by Katharine Davis (2010 RFMSP)
Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall
Sundays at Tiffany’s by J. Patterson & G. Charbonnet (2010 RFMSP)
Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr (2010 RFMSP)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Sunday Summary – Jan. 17

In the woods near my childhood home

Books reviewed:

Countess of Scandal (ends Saturday)
The Secret of Everything (ends tomorrow)
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The people of Haiti have been on my mind all week. My heart goes out to all who’ve been touched by this disaster. My thoughts are with all the survivors, volunteers and relief workers. If you can, donate to a legitimate relief organization.

I found two simple ways to donate to the Red Cross:

Text the word “Haiti” to 90999. A $10 donation will be made and then charged to the next cell phone bill.

While checking out at Costco yesterday we were asked if we wanted to add a donation (to the Red Cross) to our total. Costco sends 100% of donation to the RC.

Sunday Summary – Jan. 10

The road to my hometown
Our kids always knew we were a half-hour from Grandma and Grandpa’s house when they saw this tree.

I managed to read and review one book this week: Robyn Carr’s Forbidden Falls (review). Outlander is taking most of my reading time – and I’m enjoying the adventure!

Last week I asked readers:

When you leave a comment that may prompt a response, do you check the “email follow up comments” box ?

The answer was almost a unanimous NO. I’ll continue to reply in the comments box so if you leave a question, don’t forget to come back.
Robby at Once Upon a Book Blog gave me the Honest Scrap award. Thanks Robby! Here’s a link to the list I made a few weeks ago for the same award.

I was inspired the past few days by all the Bloggiesta activities. Even though I didn’t join in the fun I’ve made another goal for 2010: go back to my 2008 and 2009 book lists (sidebar) and link to the reviews. Not sure why I didn’t do it from the start but better late than never, right?

Sunday Summary – Jan. 3

In my backyard

Last week was a review week and a yearly wrap-up.

Books reviewed:

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
The Secret of Everything by Barbara O’Neal
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2009 Challenges wrap-up is here.

2009 Favorite Books post is here. All in all, a wonderful year of books.

My main goal for 2010 is to read mostly from my own bookshelves. You can see my first tbr list here. I think I have enough to read for a few years but I’ll aim for – say 60% from my own shelves. What are some of your reading goals for the new year?
I have one more question:
When you leave a comment that may prompt a response, do you check the “email follow up comments” box ?
I ask this because not all comments on my posts link back to the person who wrote the comment. For some strange reason many of the comments left at my blog link to one particular blogger (a wonderful blogger, at that) when I know it wasn’t she who left the comment. So, if there’s a way for me to fix this I’d appreciate any help! Otherwise, I’ll continue to answer comment questions, etc. in the comment box of the particular post instead of a direct email.

Sunday Summary – Dec. 27


There was very little reading over the past week. We shared wonderful Christmas celebrations with relatives and friends. Santa left me a new Scrabble game (Scrabble Scramble) and Lost in Austen (dvd). Our daughters will leave for their city this morning and the house will be very quiet. I think everyone is looking forward to getting back to their routine. I know I need to get back to regular exercise – did I really eat all those cookies???
Check out the giveaway of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It ends on Dec. 28th.
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Nely awarded me the Beautiful Blogger award. Thanks for thinking of me, Nely! This award asks the recipient to tell 7 things about myself and to pass it on to 7 bloggers. Here’s a link to another post where I wrote a similar list. I want to leave the award open to any blogger who’d like to participate.

Sunday Summary – Dec. 20

What a week! Sadly, not much reading. Good thing the one book I read was good! The review will be posted later. I’ve been baking Christmas cookies – several of the neighbors exchange, love that. Shopping is mostly done but the gifts need to be wrapped. I’ll do that over the next few days. One of my daughters helped get the Christmas card created yesterday so I’ll be getting them ready for mailing today. I took iTunes up on their gift of free holiday tunes. It’s a great mix. Anyone else get them?

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick was Paganini’s Ghost by Paul Adam and my Friday Find was Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen

I suspect that there won’t be much in the way of reading next week. Maybe a book that came in the mail yesterday – Truly, Madly by Heather Webber.
Paganini's Ghost: A MysterySearching for PemberleyTruly, Madly: A Novel

Sunday Summary – Dec. 13

The view from my back door
(click on photo to enlarge)

Books reviewed:


Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson
Jessica James stopped by for a guest post about what we can learn from historical fiction. Jessica is the author of Shades of Gray – it’s one of my favorite books read in 2009.
Thanks go toPolishOutlander for the Honest Scrap award:
The rules of this one is to list ten honest things about me
and then pass the award on to ten other book bloggers.
So here it goes:
I’m one of 8 siblings (one brother, six sisters)
I have three children (all in their 20s)
I have a degree in music education – piano concentration
I’ve visited Ireland twice
I climbed (hiked?) Croagh Patrick once
My favorite colors are blue and green
I have green eyes
I love really good chocolate
I almost never say no to a Manhattan cocktail
I named one of my daughters after a character in Little Women
I hope to live part of each year in a warmer climate in a few years
So that’s a little about me.
I’m going to leave the award to anyone who’d like to participate. It’s fun!

Sunday Summary (Holiday Swap edition) – Dec. 6


Books reviewed last week:

I also read That Holiday Feeling (3/5 stars)
It contains three Christmas romances by Debbie Macomber, Sheryl Woods, and Robyn Carr.
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The big excitement for the week was the arrival of my Holiday Swap gift on Friday. It was in a box from Amazon so I didn’t realize it was the HS gift until I opened it and saw the wrapped books. I thought I’d share how gifts are handled by Amazon since I’ve never tried it. After receiving this, I would have no problem sending gifts from them (I’m not an Amazon associate).

wrapped goodies

envelope containing itemized list
small print says:
unwrap your present before opening this envelope

gift card on each wrapped gift

the gifts!

Stephanie from reviewsbylola sent me

Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Thank you so much, Stephanie.
I’m thrilled with the books you chose!
Book Blogger Holiday Swap

Sunday Summary – Nov. 29


I reviewed one book last week – Bed and Breakfast by Lois Battle. It is one of my picks for the Holiday Reading Challenge. I thought it was a bit different from the usual holiday books but I liked it. You can read my thoughts here.
We’ve had company for the long holiday weekend so I haven’t had time for reading. It’s been nice to have everyone home. A few of us saw New Moon and we were split with our reviews. I didn’t enjoy it as much as my niece and one of my daughters. I didn’t hate it. I just want to know why they talk. so. slowly.
I bought a few books for Christmas gifts – that’s all the shopping I did on Friday (after the movie). I’m not an early bird shopper – are any of you?

Thanks to Justine at A Bookful of Thoughts for the One Lovely Blog Award

Sunday Summary – Nov. 22



Bill Walker, author of A Note from an Old Acquaintance, stopped by this week to guest blog. If you missed his post you can find it here.
I listed three books in Friday Finds.
I’ve reached my self-imposed limit on Challenges for 2010. Here’s my list:
That’s it. I know the Holiday Challenge is 2009 but it’s new so someone stop me if I try to add to the list!
Perfect On Paper by Maria Murnane was my Show Me Five Saturday post.
Here’s to a great week ahead. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate the holiday.

Sunday Summary – Nov. 15


I was happy to be a stop on the blog tour of White Picket Fences. You can read my thoughts here about Susan Meissner’s latest novel.
A new novel by Anne Tyler (due out in January) was my Waiting On Wednesday pick.
My Friday Finds highlighted 3 books that are now on my TBR list. In fact, one is on its way to me for review.
I managed to read ONE book: Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews. You can read my very brief thoughts in the Show Me 5 Saturday meme – it’s the first time I’ve joined in the fun and I may do more “reviews” using this form.
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My youngest daughter is home right now while she has H1N1. She’s on Tamiflu and getting a lot of sleep. We’re hoping for a quick recovery. Since she lives and works in another city 90 minutes away, I’m relieved we could bring her home to give her TLC.
That was my week. I wish you all good health and good books.

Sunday Summary – Nov. 8


Books reviewed last week:
Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh
Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt
All the Right Angles by Stef Ann Holm
I’m hosting a giveaway of To Desire a Devil. It ends on Nov.11 so enter soon!
Sign up for the Book Blogger Holiday Swap ends on Nov.12. Click the button if you want to know the specifics.
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris was my pick for Waiting on Wednesday. I liked his first novel Then We Came to the End.

Sunday Summary – Nov. 1



I read a few books this week:
Chosen By Desire (review)
Chocolate: A Love Story (review)
A Highlander’s Temptation (review)
To Desire a Devil (review to be posted this week)
The Waiting On Wednesday pick this week was Forbidden Falls – you can read about it here. It’s the newest addition to Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and I’m really looking forward to that.
I hope my Friday Finds pick will be as good as it sounds. The Three Weissmanns of Westport is due out in February, 2010.
I changed the background on the blog – which I’ve been doing almost monthly. Can you believe November is here already? Daylight Saving Time is over in the US. The holidays are almost upon us and I’m looking forward them.
Happy reading!
October books:
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham
To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt
Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh (Book #100)
To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs
White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner
Chosen By Desire by Kate Perry
To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt
A Highlander’s Temptation by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Sunday Summary – Oct. 25



Where did the week go? Thanks to the rainy weather I was able to read a few books. Reviews were posted for Lakeshore Christmas and To Seduce a Sinner. I don’t usually read a Christmas book before Thanksgiving, much less Halloween, but the library called to say my reserve copy had arrived so I made an exception.
I spotlighted Barbara O’Neal’s upcoming novel The Secret of Everything in my Waiting On Wednesday post. My Friday Find was The Second Date: Love Italian-American Style.
I didn’t participate in the Read-a-thon because we had company visiting this weekend but I managed to pop in and cheer for a few readers. I’m always amazed and impressed by how much everyone reads in such a short time. Well done, all!

Sunday Summary – Oct. 18



It was a quiet week. I read and reviewed my kindle edition of To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt. I also read Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh (review will be posted in early November for a blog tour). Leaving Carolina has the distinction of being the 100th book I read this year.
My “Waiting on Wednesday” pick is a book by Susan Higginbotham (author of Hugh and Bess).
I found a book that looks really good and posted for Friday Finds.
How was your week?

Sunday Summary – Oct. 11



I read Hugh andBess. Click the title for my thoughts. I also read Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber – you can click the title for the Amazon link. The movie version will be on the Hallmark Channel in early December.
Polish Outlander gave me with the Lemonade, Super Comments, Humane, and Heartfelt Awards. Wow, I’m truly honored! Take a moment to visit her blog – have pen and paper ready to write down book titles.
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on Tuesday and then yesterday we celebrated the wedding of our son and his lovely bride. Perfect ending to a great week.

No photos of the bride and groom (or my husband) yet but this is one of me with my daughters before the wedding.

Sunday Summary – Oct. 4


Last week was very busy but I managed to read:
Vision In White by Nora Roberts
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Nigella Christmas was the pick for the Waiting On Wednesday post. It will be in stores the end of October.
My Friday FInd was While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty.
Velvet from vvb32 reads gave me the Lemonade Award as well as the Super Comments Award. I’m so honored and have added her name to these awards in my sidebar post. Thank you so much!


And the big news of the week is that I found shoes to wear for my son’s wedding next Saturday – Yay!
September books
Bird in Handby Christina Baker Kline
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber
Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts
Viola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis
Vision In White by Nora Roberts

Sunday Summary – Sept. 27



I reviewedViola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani.
I read Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis. It is the second in a series and I thought it was a pretty good romance.
My review for Angel Lane will be posted on Oct. 5 for Sheila Roberts’ blog tour.
My Friday Finds were two books by Barbara Bretton.
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We went to our final baseball game of the season – our boys lost. There’s always next year!
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All in all, a quiet week. That’s all about to change since the countdown to my son’s wedding has started. Less than two weeks to go. I still need to find shoes – wish me luck!

This photo is from last year. Right now the tree is just beginning to change color.
Autumn – my favorite season.

Sunday Summary – Sept. 20



I read and reviewed only one book last week – that’s unusual for me. The weather has been great (sunny and 70s) and I’ve been outside soaking it all in so that once the cold and snow arrive maybe I can remember these days and feel the warmth *smile*.
The book I read is 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber. My review is here. I’ve also been reading Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts. Review will be up in early October for the blog tour.
I highlighted Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro for the Waiting On Wednesday meme.
A new award (Dragon’s Loyalty Award) arrived on Friday from its creator: Carter. And then Missy passed it to me today. Thank you so much, ladies!
The photo is the clematis around my patio. It started to bloom this week. Click on the photo to make larger.