Category Archives: Books

My Favorite Books of 2017

 It’s always fun to go back and pick out the books I’ve enjoyed the most this past year. Before I present my list, there are a couple of things I should mention first. Only a few of my favorite books … Continue reading

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Book Review: Red Leaves by Paulina Simons

A few weeks ago, a fellow book-lover and I were having a conversation about how we’ve each gotten into a “reading rut” – each of us reading only our favorite genres. We tried to describe what kind of book we’d … Continue reading

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My Week In Review

Welcome to my weekly review. This week I read what are for me “major” reads. That means they are long and intridate stories with lots of details, either character-wise or plot/activities. They are the kind of stories I become totally … Continue reading

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My Week . . .

Hi everyone! Welcome to my weekly review. What I Read This Week: This was a high reading week for me because I treated myself to two of my favorite authors: Ivan Doig and Agatha Christie. The Last Bus To Wisdom … Continue reading

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My Week . . .

The weather here is terrible, but I’m having a good reading week. Sometimes bad weather makes me want to snuggle in and just read. Do you have the same reaction? Here’s what I’ve been reading: The Likeness by Tana French … Continue reading

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My First Book Of The Year, Plus A Few Others

As you may have noticed, Joyfully Retired is having a slow start to the new year. My husband and I went to Portland for the holidays, but we extended our stay to see our eldest granddaughter’s high school dance performance. … Continue reading

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One Set of Characters In Two Different Books

Once upon a time there was a girl named Emma Woodhouse. And, once upon a time there was a girl named Emma Woodhouse. The first story was created by Jane Austen in 1816 and the second story by Alexander McCall … Continue reading

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What Am I Reading? Cherry Cola Christmas

I always like to read a Christmas related novel each year. This week I’m reading a book that was a recent “daily deal” on It turns out this is part of a series – the Cherry Cola Bookclub series. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

So many of my book-loving friends have told me about how much they enjoyed this book. Now I finally see what they were talking about. I actually came to the author through his Cork O’Connor mysteries. Those are quite delightful. … Continue reading

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