Friday, February 24, 2017

February Book Review


Faithful by Alice Hoffman did not disappoint. If you like Hoffman's books, you'll like this one. I enjoyed it so much! I found myself cheering for the main character and cringing at the moments when she proved to be her own worst enemy. I liked all of the characters, actually and was really glad I read the story of a girl who survived a traumatic event as a teenager, and went on to pull herself through some difficult times, eventually learning that she could depend on herself. 


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley was highly recommended all over social media in the past few months. I was really curious about it and have enjoyed reading it. It's the story of  a painter who survives a plane crash against amazing odds. The story follows the investigation of the crash as well as the roles each of the passengers may or may not have played in the crash. It's a fast paced story with some interesting and some irritating characters. Overall, I would say it's worth the time to read.


News of the World by Paulette Jiles was my favorite book this month! It was the story of a man in Texas during the days of the 'wild west'. He rode from town to town to read the news to folks who would pay to hear about events far away from their struggles. He was asked to return a young girl to her family, after she had been rescued from the 'indians' that had captured her. The old man and young girl had quite the adventures along the way and it was completely interesting at every turn. I would highly recommend this book!


Frog Music by Emma Donoghue is the book I am currently listening to on CD while I drive to and from work. First, I should warn you that there is a LOT of explicit sex in this book. So if you are listening to it on CD like I am, you might want to be aware of your surroundings. It could be a little awkward if someone overhears this. LOL That being said, it's a wonderful story of a woman in San Francisco during the city's early days. She is not easily intimidated and certainly makes her own living (you can guess her profession by the amount of sex that is referred to.) It's a good story and involves some rather odd characters but they are interesting for sure! I can't wait to see how it turns out in the end.

I really enjoyed the recommendations you shared in the comments last month (Frog Music being one of them) and look forward to any more you might have to share. I hope to share a list of books the last friday of each month. Fingers crossed I stay organized enough to do that!

Enjoy every page!
Diane

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Winner of the Book is...

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I never have but I do love butterflies. I was Just looking at some hand towels a friend had embroidered. To use or not to use. I was told they wash up nicely.

Congratulations Dora! Please send me your mailing info. I can't contact you as your profile has no contact information available. If I don't hear from you by Friday, I'll choose another winner. Thanks for joining the fun and enjoy The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest by Felicia T. Brenoe

Diane

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Planning My Escape


My daughter and I are going to take our first ever 'girls only' trip for her Spring Break next month. She wanted to go on a road trip with friends but those plans fell through so I offered to take her anywhere that Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta. Being the avid Harry Potter fan that she is, she chose London almost instantaneously.  I haven't been there since before I had her, so I am due for a return trip for sure! We have the hotel booked (and it's only blocks from Liberty!!)


We plan to do the Harry Potter studio tour, of course, and we plan to visit all the necessary historical sights (I'm slightly delirious about this because I have spent YEARS reading everything I can about Henry the 8th and various other historical figures!)


And we plan to do the typical touristy things, as well as the things my horse-loving girl will enjoy.


There will obviously be a visit to Liberty...


I would welcome any suggestions you may have for two girls who love history, quilts, horses and Harry Potter. You can leave info in the comments or click on the 'contact' tab on the website and message me personally.

Thanks in advance!

Diane

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest Blog Hop



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Welcome to my stop on The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest by Felicia T. Brenoe blog hop. When asked if I wanted to participate, I really felt like there was no way I couldn't play along given the name of the book and the name of my blog...it was like karma and fate all rolled into one!

 I've enjoyed spending some time reading the delightful stories Felicia shares, and the patterns are so appealing to me in ways that may not be as obvious to others. I found myself fascinated by her use of fabric in the borders and the creative sashings that really set the blocks apart in a way that lets them shine!
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And these placemats are so charming, I just may have to stitch up a few of these!

 C&T is giving away a copy of this beautiful book to a lucky winner at each stop on the blog hop. So be sure to check out all of the other posts about this book on these blogs:

Friday February 10th  C&T Publishing   http://www.ctpub.com/blog/




Thursday February 16th Janome  http://www.janome.com/en/blog/



Monday February 20th Pat Loan  http://blog.patsloan.com/

Tuesday February 21st – Felicia’s World www.feliciasworld.com

Leave a comment telling me if you've every put a butterfly on one of your quilts, and I'll choose a winner on the 21st. This is open to winners world wide but those outside of the US will get an ebook version.

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG!

Good luck!
Diane
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