It’s been awhile!


It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged on what I’m reading and here’s why!  This Christmas our son and daughter-in-law bought me Books 4-8 in the Outlander series.  I already had Books 1-3 either in hard copy or on my Kindle.  This was such an awesome gift that I’ve delved into the series and am bound and determined to complete the series before picking up something else.  Thing is that each book is so long that it takes forever and a day to finish one.  Right now I am on Book #3.  So many twists and turns, each one gets better as the story goes.  I can imagine in my mind what it is going to look like when the TV series comes back on, but I only hope I’m not creating any spoilers for myself!  So, to all those reading this out there- if I’m not back for a while you’ll know where I’ll be.  Sitting somewhere with my nose in my kindle or one of the books, losing myself in the world of Jamie and Claire somewhere in Scotland or wherever they may roam!  See y’all later!


Update on Outlander!  I just finished “Breathe of Snow and Ashes” book #6!  I couldn’t put it down, but had to once in awhile to get other things done!  I can hardly wait until the TV series catches up to the books.  Two more to go and then I’ll officially be in Outlander bookworm withdrawal!  Thanks B&H for keeping my nose in a book!



My Year in Books!

My Books

via Goodreads | Cheryl’s Year in Books.

The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants

This book intrigued me when I first saw the title and read the description of the book.  I’ve not ever been a  big reader of Russian writers, but like most bookworms the names of those Literary Giants are forever ringing in my mind.  This was really an interesting read.  It brought the writers to life and invited the reader into their lives, their struggles, their joys and their successes.  But, as so many great people that were influential in the course of history, their successes were not really realized and appreciated until after their deaths.  It was absolutely amazing the role that their wives played in their success and the preservation of their writing.  I would love to see this made into a 6 part documentary.

The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants

Books are….

Barbara W. Tuchman

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

Barbara W. Tuchman

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The Ludwig Conspiracy

The Ludwig ConspiracyThe Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full of history, suspense, intrigue! If you love books with all of these intertwined with each other then I certainly would recommend this read. It does make me want to find out more about King Ludwig!

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I’ve gotten behind!

Wow! I didn’t realize how behind I’ve gotten in my Bookworm postings!  It’s not because I haven’t read anything because as usual my nose is pretty much in a book most of the time.  Guess, maybe it’s been in a book so much I haven’t looked up to get something posted.  But, I’ve been reading some really great books and some that haven’t been too great!

I think the biggest disappointment was “The Book Thief“.  I’d heard so much about this book from seeing trailer’s for the movie that I was really expecting something that I wouldn’t be able to put down.  It was quite the opposite for me.  I found myself putting it down way too much and therefore it took me quite a while to finish the book.  I’m one that has to finish one once I start it so I trudged along to the very end actually starting to skim as I neared the last few chapters.  And I was so looking forward to it!  Right now I’m reading ” Thin Slice of LIfe” by Miles Arceneaux.  It’s set in Rockport/Fulton and so is interesting to see my hometown incorporated into the first of his two books.  I had already read the 2nd book written by him- “LaSalle’s Ghost”, which was an absolutely awesome book.  “Thin Slice” is just about every bit as good, but not quite as “can’t put it down” as “LaSalle’s Ghost” was.  One I definitely would recommend is “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children“.  Strange sounding yes but certainly one that was tough to put down!

I’ve read tons of other books and I’d love for you to check out my Goodreads!  Not sure what’s next on the list but I’ll be back with more updates!

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More Must Reads

As usual, I’ve read several books this summer.  There are definitely a couple “must reads” to pass along!  One of them is “The Kitchen House” and the other is “Freshwater Road“.  No spoilers, no reviews here, just recommendations!

If you’re looking for a couple of great reads….

I love the fact that our family loves to read and it has certainly opened up my reading list to some books that I normally would not have chosen.  I’ve really learned to enjoy reading some fantasy books that I normally would not have chosen years ago.

A while back Brett & Heather bought me “The Magicians” and most recently lent me the sequel “The Magician King“by Lev Grossman.  Both books take you into a world similar to Harry Potter and Narnia with so many twists and turns that it really captivates you and brings you right into a world of fantasy, magic, danger, intrique and even a little romance.  If you love Harry Potter and/or Narnia I would highly recommend either of these books.  You really don’t need to read “The Magicians” in order to enjoy “The Magician King”, but I would highly recommend that you do!

The second book is “Let The Great World Spin” by Colum McCann.  Remember the man that walked a wire strung between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974?  With this event as the core of the novel it intricately weaves the lives of several different families together, bringing alive the voices of the people of New York City in the 70’s &  intertwines the events in each of their lives to unexpectedly bringing them together in the end.  Hope, despair, love, frustration, courage, and fear are all brought together by this acclaimed award winning writer.  Leave it to an Irishman to tell a great story!

More Summer Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my reading list and for some reason, sad to say, Bookshare Books on Facebook seems to be having some issues.  So, as a result I’m a little behind!  But, my summer reading has continued and is now turning into my fall reading list. The summer days have cooled down and now there’s nothing better than some time on the patio, book (or kindle) in hand, a glass of ice tea and my ipod!  I’ve got some really awesome books that really stand out that I’d like to share with y’all.

I’m not normally a big historical novel type person, although I do have a keen interest in the Civil War period of our country and having lived in Illinois an interest in Lincoln.  Bill O’Reilly’s new book “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever” peaked my interest.  A little slow to start with a lot of historical background about the Civil War made it a little hard for me to stick to the book.  But, as I read further into it I could understand how this set the stage for what was to come.

I’ve been looking for something inspirational and with some depth to it, but have had a hard time finding something that was different from what I’ve read in the past.  “The Well: Why Are So Many Still Thirsty”? by Mark Hall, lead singer & songwriter of Casting Crowns really gave me something to think about, touched my soul and my heart in so many different ways.

I love murder, mystery, detective stories.  Last night I cracked open a new book given to me by a friend.  “Three Bodies Burning” by Brian Bogdanoff is already hard to put down.  What makes it even more intriguing is that it takes place in Omaha in 2005 during a time when we were living there.  What’s disturbing to me though is that I truly have to say that I very vaguely remember this happening.  As usual, as so many other books do, it has peaked my interest to delve further into these murders and the investigations.  Guess I’ll have to check out the archives of the Omaha newspapers!

So that’s my updated list right now.  Happy reading everyone!