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I’m On a Sewing Binge and I’m Listening to Great Audiobooks

The last three weeks I’ve been on a sewing binge and, for me, a sewing binge means audiobooks. What am I sewing? What am I listening to? I’m primarily sewing things for an upcoming camping trip in the mountains. I made two sarapes, one for my husband and one for my youngest daughter. They are […]

Book Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Minotaur Books 2008 I just discovered C.J. Box’ books last year. This is already my third book. I really love the action, characters and the storylines. Best of all, they are set in the part of the U.S. that I love – the West, primarily Wyoming. So far, this one is my favorite, even though […]

Book Review: Moving Target by J.A. Jance

Publisher: Simon & Schustee, Feb. 18, 2014 Fellow bloggers, particularly Barbara at Views From the Countryside, have been singing the praises of J.A. Jance. They love her mysteries, especially those in series format. I promised myself I would read one in 2014. Then I learned that Ms. Jance was about to publish her 50th novel. […]

Book Review: Shock Wave by John Sandford

Putnam – 2011 Virgil Flowers is my favorite character from all of John Sandford’s long line of character-rich novels. Lucas Davenport is good, but Virgil is just plain fun. In Shock Wave Virgil’s assignment is to figure out who is building and setting off bombs. Pye-Mart (think WalMart) is a new big-box store coming to […]

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

 Ballantine Books – January 2014 Summary from the  publisher: At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a […]

Book Review: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson

William Morrow – February 2014 Book Desription from the publisher: An atmospheric tale of romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock about a man who is swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears George Foss, a forty-year-old employee of a Boston literary magazine, has passed the age when […]

Book Review: The Racketeer

Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, 2012 Genre: Legal Thriller Source: Public Library My Rating: B+ Attention all old John Grisham fans: The Racketeer is a book in the the old Grisham form. It’s complicated, with lots of twists and turns. It took me down one track only to make me wish later I’d taken another […]

Book Review: Bad Blood

Author: John Sandford Publisher: Berkley, 2011 Genre: Crime/Mystery My Rating: B+ Last week my husband and I drove to the High Sierras to camp. It was about a five hour drive one way. Half of the trip was interstate/boring highways, so I took along this audiobook I’d just picked up from the library. It was […]

A New Series From David Baldacci

My husband and I have been David Baldacci fans since the 90s. We checked an audiobook of his from the library and have been reading/listening ever since. A couple of his books have been disappointing, but I always like to come back and try every new one. For some reason I really like this new […]

Book Revies: Starting Now

Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2013 Genre: Women’s Fiction My Rating: B+ For me it all began in 2004 when Debbie Macomber introduced The Shop on Blossom Street. The owner is Lydia Hoffman, a cancer survivor and an excellent knitter. In her new shop Lydia starts a class for begining knitters. It attracted women […]