The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son)

When I first picked up The Giver to read I didn’t realize there was an entire series of four books. The way The Giver is talked about I always assumed it was a standalone story. If you haven’t read this book or series yet, I want to warn you in advance that it’s not really a standalone story. Well, at least in my opinion it’s not. (And when I’m done here you may well want to throw things at me, because my opinion of this book isn’t as high as the popular consensus seems to be.) [Read more…]

Too Deep to Fall Free on Kindle for Five Days

Too Deep to Fall on KindleToday’s post is a bit off topic, as it’s not about stitching but about reading. This is my husband’s poetry book and it’s free on Kindle for the next few days. (We actually just celebrated 19 years since our first date yesterday – gees I feel old.)

The Kindle version is free from July 20 through July 24, but it’s always free to borrow on Amazon Prime if you’re subscribed. I’d be so very grateful if you picked a copy up in the next few days and read through a few pages. Reviews on Amazon are always appreciated 🙂

No worries if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read the book via the Kindle app on you computer, tablet, or even sync it up to your phone.

Thanks so much ~ Have a great week!

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles [Book Review]

I needed something lighthearted and entertaining, but I wanted a little mystery too. I had read some reviews and seen a few people mention Nearly Departed in Deadwood on Facebook, plus the Kindle version of this book was reasonably priced, so I gave it a shot.

Personally I could have done without some of the sexual visual descriptions because cheesy romance on a whim novels aren’t really my thing. I think the time could have been better spent developing some of the other parts of the story. However, that didn’t stop me from finishing the book. I found Violet Parker and her twin children to be very down to earth realistic characters for the most part. Although, I decided not to purchase the second and third books, I just wasn’t that drawn into the overall story.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book if you’ve read it. Leave a comment below. Or tell me what you’re reading, my book list could always use some new additions 😉

Four Christmas Cross Stitch Books

I’m sure by now you have the music of the 12 Days of Christmas playing in your head… “four Christmas cross stitch books,” three french hens, two calling birds and a partridge in a pear tree.

Today I hopped onto (it’s an addiction, I think I need a 12 step program,) and on a whim I decided to see how many Christmas cross stitch books there were available. I knew there were a few, as there are at least three on my bookshelf behind me here, but I wondered what else was available. I was surprised to find that there are actually a lot of Christmas cross stitch books out there.

Here are four that managed to make their way to my own personal wish list…
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