Time for the first snow pic of the 2008-09 season

Fall went out like a lion this year. The snow (12.6 inches) fell on Friday Dec. 19th. There were 4 inches on the ground already. I think this season could bring more than last year’s record-setting total. The photo shows our mailbox at the end of our driveway looking toward the neighbors’ homes.

November Books

Tied to the Tracks (Lippi)
Seven Up (Evanovich)
Austenland (Hale)
Rocket Man (Hazelgrove)
Sweet Life (King)
The Whore’s Child and Other Stories (Russo)
The Uncommon Reader (Bennett)
Mystery Ride (Boswell)
Dockside (Wiggs)
On A Snowy Night (Macomber)
Heart of Texas Vol 1 (Macomber)
Heart of Texas Vol 2 (Macomber)

Tied to the Tracks was my favorite book this month.

October Books

At Home in Covington (J. Medlicott)
Bubbles in Trouble (S. Strohmeyer)
Two Days After the Wedding (J. Medlicott)
Broken (D. Clay)
But Come Ye Back (B. Lordan)
Good Things (M. King)
Dollar Days (K. Gillespie)
Engaging Father Christmas (R. Jones Gunn)
Testimony (A. Shreve)
The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square (R. Lippi)
Bubbles Ablaze (S. Strohmeyer)

September Books

September was a good reading month:

The Book of Joe  (J. Tropper)
8 Sandpiper Way (D. Macomber)
The Sugar Queen (S. Addison Allen)
Run (A. Patchett)
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (L. Viera Rigler)
Keeping the House (E. Baker)
High Five (J. Evanovich)
Hot Six (J. Evanovich)
Skylight Confessions (A. Hoffman)

You’re getting hungry, very hungry

I’ve been thinking about this topic all summer.  Have you noticed how many novels include recipes?  When did that start?  I’ve been known at times to use reading as a way to avoid eating!  I picked up a beach read a few months ago and found it offering scrumptious sounding Italian recipes.   Made me want to toss the book and find the nearest pasta palace!  I’m not against recipes in books (you should see my cookbook collection) but I’m wondering when it became so popular?  What’s next – should I expect Ina Garten to try her hand at chick lit??

The pic of Comfort Food was just for show.  I reviewed it here earlier this year.

August Books

Stone Creek  by V. Lustbader
Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth (ARC) by B. Teitell
Breaking Dawn by S. Meyer
Horseplay by J.R. Singer
Lakeside Cottage by S. Wiggs
The Winter Lodge by S. Wiggs
Bridge of Sighs by R. Russo
The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society by M.A. Shaffer and A. Barrows

That’s 8 for the month and 60 for the year.  I enjoyed each book and the favorite was Guernsey.

March Books

Wife for Hire (Evanovich)
Then We Came to the End (Ferris)
The Pornographer (McGahern)
74 Seaside Avenue (Macomber)
The Barracks (McGahern)
Bet Your Bottom Dollar (Gillespie)
The Hill Road (O’Keeffe)

January 2008 Books

World Without End (Ken Follett)

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One For the Money (Janet Evanovich)
The Manning Sisters (Debbie Macomber)
16 Lighthouse Road (Macomber)  
204 Rosewood Lane (Macomber)
311 Pelican Court (Macomber)
44 Cranberry Point (Macomber)
World Without End was ok and, like Pillars of the Earth, I think the story could have been told in about half the pages.
I read the other books along with the Follett.  I needed a break from the 1300s (and a 1000+ page book).  I enjoyed my first Evanovich (Thanks Lynne!) and also the Macomber Cedar Cove series.   The Manning Sisters is a reprint of 2 Macomber books from the 1990s.   

A Royal Experiment by Janice Hadlow

  • a royal experiment (H.Holt 11:14)Title:  A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III
  • Author:  Janice Hadlow
  • Genre:  Biography
  • Published:  November 2014 – Henry Holt
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  To Americans, King George III has long been doubly famous – as the “tyrant” from whom colonial revolutionaries wrested a nation’s liberty and, owing to his late-life illness, as “the mad king.” In A Royal Experiment, he is also a man with a poignant agenda. He comes to the throne in 1760, at age twenty-two, determined to be a new kind of king, one whose power will be rooted in the affection and approval of his people. He is equally resolute about being a new kind of man, a husband able to escape the extraordinary family dysfunction of his Hanoverian predecessors and maintain a faithful, companionable marriage and domestic harmony.

… His wife, Queen Charlotte, shares his sense of moral purpose, and together they can raise their tribe of thirteen sons and daughters in a climate of loving attention. But in a rapidly more populous and prosperous England, throughout years of revolution in America and in France, the struggle to achieve a new balance between politics and privacy places increasing stress on George and Charlotte as their children grow into adulthood. The story that roils across the long arc of George’s life and reign is high drama – tragic and riveting.  (from the book flap)

My take:  If you’re a fan of books about anything royal you’ll want to read A Royal Experiment. Author Janice Hadlow’s meticulous research of the Hanoverians is obvious and presented in a way that the reader feels she is missing no detail about their lives. You’ll get an insider’s look at the ups and downs of being one of the family. I was dismayed and, at some points, even felt sympathy for all involved.

At 600+ pages this is a big book and the print is not large (think textbook) – so be prepared. For that reason alone it’s one to consider for the eReader. I was glad to see a section that included portraits of all the principals. A Royal Experiment is an interesting work that almost begs for its own cable series. I would definitely tune in!