Friday, July 26, 2013

The Winnowing Season review....

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I received a free copy of this book The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall for my review, and am under no obligation to give a positive review. This book is the second in a series, I reviewed the first book here. I was really excited for this book to come out. It continues with Rhoda and the lives of the King brothers and her family, in all trying to start a new Amish community in Maine. Rhoda is with Jacob King, but for this book most of the time he isn't in the same location as her, so she is stuck with her brother and his family along with Jacob's brother and sister living in one house. I never understood Jacobs character in this book and what kind of a hold that Sandra and Casey had over him, I get that he wanted to help but never understood how he felt responsible for them. It always felt that there was more to the story, than what we know. But I could tell that Sandra wasn't who she said she was, but perhaps we will find out more later. The whole thing also with the police investigation and Rhoda felt that it was just thrown in. I am interested though in how Leah and another potential suitor for her will go and about the English neighbors they have. I think Rhoda made a good choice at the end of this book though, and at this point I don't really want her to be with Jacob. I guess we will just have to find out in the final book, but I think in the end it will be Samuel. After all they knew each other first and seemed right for each other, but then who knows?
Ranking: 3 out of 5

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What's on my Nightstand?

I finally decided to start participating in this to share the books that I have been reading every month.
I have been doing a lot of reading this month, although unfortunately it is not my type of reading, textbook reading isn't my idea of fun unless it includes history. But here are the books that I have enjoyed reading so far this month:
To Kill A Mockingbird-This is part of a read along that I joined, and am currently behind but will end up finishing the book later on this month. Only on chapter 5 so far, but enjoying it a lot better than when I was a kid trying to read it.

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The Winnowing Season- I need to finish this book and due a review for my copy of the book. So far I am not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.
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Sunshine: I got this book in a swap, and did not know what book I was getting. I really enjoyed that and while I normally don't read books on vampires and such I really enjoyed this book. I only wish it was either longer or that there was a sequel.
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Here is my goal for the next month for What's on My Nightstand:
  1. Finish reading Winnowing Season and To Kill A Mockingbird
  2. Read Driving with Dead People - I also got this book from a swap
  3. Emma - Part of Austen in August read along/classic club book
  4. Sense and Sensibility - Part of Austen in August read along/classic club
  5. Finish reading Heart of Darkness - Classic Club book
  6. Finish reading The Railway Children- Classic Club book

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Behind on Classics Club and other things....

I have gotten really behind in reading books that are on my classics club list. I was unable to finish or even get halfway into my Spin List book of The Railway Children by time the event ended. I hope to get more books read in the next month though.
Lest you think it is just reading that has gotten behind, it is also my crafts and love of writing as well. While in some ways I have gotten better in feeling better in others not as much or at all. I made this quilt block about a month ago. It only took me about a half hour or a little more with the sewing and cutting, but unfortunately paid for it afterwards by being in pain in my hands and arms that lasted for hours. Love this block though and hope to make lots of them sometime in the coming months. Enough typing for today as my hands are causing me problems now.

Join me in an Austen Read Along!

Adam over at is holding his annual Austen in August, where the goal is to read anything Austen related during the month. Not sure what all books I will read, but already thinking of those on my classics club list that I need to read; Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. I also have recently gotten a copy of Mansfield Park as well to read. I also have several spin-off related Austen books I might read, such as The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and others.

To Kill A Mockingbird Read Along

I am joining Adam's read along of To Kill A Mockingbird over at Like him I had tried reading this book before when I was younger in Junior High, but couldn't get into and didn't get very far. I never understood why Scout called her dad Atticus, as I never knew anyone who called their parent by their first name. Fast forward more than 10 years later, and since then I have seen the movie. I really enjoyed it and it is one of my husband's favorites. That was a couple of years ago in watching the movie, but never did go back to try to read the book. Now, I am hoping that I will enjoy rereading this book.