Monday, April 05, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

                                            I will be happy when we can travel overseas again! 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March: Books I read


Leave the World Behind by Alam Rumaan (library) creepy little book about a family isolated during a storm....or is there really a storm? 
Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter (library) The story of morning TV news, the Today Show and Good Morning America and their rivalry. 
Food Rules by Michael Pollan Quick little read that is just a consolidation of the things you learn when reading Pollan's books. Things like "shop the perimeter of the grocery store and stay out of the middle" and "leave something on  your plate" etc
Hawker Denver Strike by Randy Wayne White I am a fan of Randy Wayne White and I had not seen this book before. It is part of a series of books about a vigilante sniper that take place in different cities all over the USA. He wrote these early in his career as a writer, under a pseudonym. 
Heroes by Stephen Fry (library) He takes the Greek stories and makes them understandable for a modern reader. 
In A Dark Dark Wood by Tana French (audiobook) unreliable narrator? Or victim? I had read this before, but had totally forgotten it and was caught up in the reading as an audiobook. Looking back, I read the book in 2016, so looks like after 5 years, I can just go back and reread everything!! LOL
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (library) About a couple who walk the South West Coast Path in the UK after losing their home. Very good. I recommend. 
Death In Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (library) nice short thriller, unreliable narrator AGAIN, I am still not sure what happened in this one, I might need to read it again to get a handle on it. Was there a murder? was it all in her head? Was she the one murdered? Did she murder her husband? So many questions!! But in a good way. Very intriguing. 
Grown Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth (library) a fun look at a woman obsessed with social media and how it affects her relationships in real life with her friend, her mother and her boyfriend. 
Jean and Johnny, Fifteen and The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary In honor of Beverly Cleary, I read these 3 books. Some of the teenage books by Cleary I realized that I had not read them as a child so I really enjoyed them now. 
Funereal for  Friend by Brian Freeman (library) This is part of a series of mysteries by Mr. Freeman. I did not enjoy it coming into it in the middle. Maybe if I had started his books with the first one, I might have cared more about the characters and enjoyed it more. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

I asked for postcards from friends and Kimberly M. sent me a whole bunch of antique cards from Vermont, I went through them and picked out all the covered bridges!

Monday, March 22, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

So many states represented from my friends! 

Monday, March 15, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Thank You to all my friends who have been traveling the USA and sending me postcards along the way

Monday, March 08, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

How cute is that Rhode Island postcard??!! 
Just the most adorable artwork 

Monday, March 01, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Big Thank You to my friends in Pennsylvania who send me postcards!!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

February: Books I read


Death Without Company by Craig Johnson One of the Walt Longmire mysteries. 
Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry (library) I enjoyed this one a lot more than his other book that I read last month. 
Bachelor Brother's Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson such a fun and sweet little book, I liked it and it gave me another list of books to read! (It is a literary B&B)
Killer Riches by Chassie West  Chassie West once was a ghostwriter of Nancy Drew books. She also wrote some mysteries in her own name and this is one of them. Very good. 
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron I really loved it, so much fun to read. Reminded me of Pest Control by Fitzhugh or some of Carl Hiaasen's stuff. A regular joe kind of guy (the repo man) gets caught up in weird and unusual circumstances (there is a murder) 
The Body by Bill Bryson (library) Learn a lot by learning along with Bryson. 
Shooting to Kill by Christine Vachon an Independent film producer talks about how to get a movie made and her adventures making movies. 
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kensey (library audiobook) I really enjoyed the pictures of the PNW that he painted with words. The trees, and rivers and ocean, the geese, and the rain. 
Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham  After reading, I found out that this is book 8 in a series of books featuring this protagonist. I enjoyed the book on its own, but everything I read about it now says you should start these books from the beginning to get the most out of them. So I found it entertaining as a stand alone book, but fyi, you might want to start reading these from the beginning. 
So Many Steps to Death by Agatha Christie Espionage, aliases, secrets and a touch of romance. 
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder (library) Different from the movie in that it concentrates on Linda May most of the time. The Fern character from the movie, seems to be made up. And I thought the book was more hopeful. 
Repo Madness by W. Bruce Cameron I loved the first book so much, I immediately was able to get the sequel from my library! 

Monday, February 22, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Thank you to all my friends who send me postcards from their travels. I hope everyone will be able to travel more in the future. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Ryan always sends me cards when we are apart. These are from Poland. 

Monday, February 08, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Most everyone knows that I love to read as well as collect postcards, so I especially love to get postcards related to books and reading. 


Monday, February 01, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

A Big Thank You to everyone who has sent me postcards from their hometowns or from their travels! 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

January: Books I read


Mudlark by Lara Maiklem  A wonderful book about the author's finds mudlarking on the Thames. I only wish that there had been photos of her finds. 
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia by Steven Stoll (library) This might be my favorite of the Appalachian books I have read lately. It is basically the history of the area and how it became synonymous with poverty.
The Best of Me by David Sedaris (library) a compilation of David Sedaris stories, there were a few that I had not read before or maybe I had just forgotten. Jesus Shaves is still a favorite. I crack up every time!!  The bell flying in from Rome to Paris on Easter gets me every time. 
The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry (library) okay, so I am gonna have to go out and buy this book. I am a fan of poetry although I do not read it a lot (I stick with the classics)  and this book basically teaches you how to read and write poetry. Loved it. 
The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion (library) Similar to the latest Jodi Picoult that I just read. This time, it is a man, who leaves his settled life to see what it would be like to be with the woman he was obsessed with when he was young. The gimmick here is a musical soundtrack/playlist. Some great tunes though.
Dead Stick by Megan Mallory Rust Fun murder mystery with a female pilot protagonist in Alaska
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (library) They hooked me with the plane crash, but lost me along the way---I thought it was just okay. 
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Stay Awake Fun selection of creepy stories, so easy to read and I can pick it up and put it down (so easy to read while I am at work) 
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot by John Callahan Callahan became quadriplegic after a car accident when he was drinking. He transformed his life and became a successful cartoonist. This is his memoir. 
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (library) I really really enjoyed this one. The protagonist is a book store proprietor and he had a blog listing eight perfect murders from books. (like Strangers on a Train, etc) the FBI comes calling when these murders start happening.  
When She was Good by Michael Robotham (library) Thriller about a girl stolen and human trafficked and the search for her abductors/attackers. 
Nothing Remains the Same by Wendy Lesser Love love loved it!! A listing of books that the author (critic and journalist) rereads. Books she had read as a younger woman and how her perspective and appreciation of the books differs with age and experience. 
The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry (library) I wanted to like this better than I did. I am not a fan of the PG Wodehouse stuff and this is in that vein, so maybe that was it. 
The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child (library) The latest Jack Reacher, it was okay
The Cruise of the Rolling Junk by F. Scott Fitzgerald (library) Scott and Zelda take a road trip from Connecticut to Alabama back when traveling by automobile was still new and daring! Originally a collection of articles for a magazine, they have all been collected together in one volume. 
The Golden Thread by Kassia St. Clair (library) The history of fabric and how it has changed over the years. Loved it
The Night Ferry By Michael Robotham  I've been enjoying this author's books and will keep reading him. This one involves coming to the aid of an old friend and drama across Europe. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Thank You to everyone who sends me postcards, I love to get mail! 

Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Postcards from all my friends are the highlight of my postcard blog this year

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

2021 is a celebration of all the postcards sent to me by my friends! Thank You!

Monday, January 04, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

Happy New Year and Let's hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020. I am highlighting all the postcards that my friends have sent to me the past couple of years. Thank You to everyone who has sent me a card.