Hi everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
Let me start my post today with a couple of small collage pages I recently made. I was thinking spring, but more of a natural spring, with birds coming back to nest and things greening up when I made these.
I used some ink and a stencil with some modeling paste on the backgrounds. I also added some images, some die cut rings left over from cutting tags. And then I finished them off with some metal bits from my stash.
I have a few more of these that I will share another day.
And since it is now May, it's time to do my April book post. And as I say every month, I write this for me, and for those of you who like to read about books.
So first I have to say April was a better reading month than March. It was a month with books of an eclectic nature.
This first book (The Light Years) was one I started in March (and mentioned in my last book post). It's the first book in a set of 5, and this book takes you through 1937 and 1938 with a large extended family in England. I really enjoyed the story as the family talks about and prepares for a possible war with Germany. This book ends with Chamberlain signing what he believed was a treaty (maybe that's not the right word) with Hitler to end the chance of war. And of course, we all know how that turned out, so I am curious about book 2 as that must take us with the family into the war. Maybe that will be on this month's book list.
I've been listening to the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series this year. This is book 4. I've actually read this whole series several years ago, and I am enjoying this second visit. My goal is to get through all 13. This time we have a vampire with amnesia and some evil witches out to get rid of the vampires.
The Chess Men is the third book of a trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides Islands. This is a mystery series where the main character, Fin Macleod, helps solves murders and revisits parts of his life. This is a good book but I wish it had been more about the murder and less about revisiting Fin's life. But it was still worth the read to wrap up the series. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, which I read a couple of years back. Overall it is a very good series.
And this (below) is my latest mystery read. I've been wanting to try out this author as I have heard good things about her various book series. So far so good. This is the first one in the series set in the Shetland Islands.
And here's something different. I enjoyed listening to this book. I definitely liked the earlier history better than the more modern history, and who knew there was so much history that a whole book could be written?
And I also read this cookbook. I actually ordered a few books off of Amazon that have been on my wishlist for a while a few weeks ago. This one is a new release (and not on my wishlist) but I ordered it anyhow. Maida Heatter wrote some great cookbooks back in the 1980's and 1990's ( and maybe later also), and she had a chocolate one which I did not have but have always wanted. So when I saw this come out I decided I would pick it up. Now I have some recipes I want to try. Too bad the hubby isn't a chocolate guy. Oh well, more for me-ha-ha-ha!
And this cookbook (below) about the Shetland Islands is more than just recipes. It also has some fabulous photos and interesting reading about the islands. I haven't finished this one yet, but I guess this is my couch traveling for the time being. And since food is such a integral part of travel, all together this makes a great travel story.
And I listened to this fascinating book about insects. I know many of you may say, no thank you , I am not into bugs, but from a biologist perspective, insects really are fascinating.
And this, The Cloudspotter's Guide, was one of my wishlist books. I really enjoyed it. I knew a bit about clouds and could identify a few, but I learned a lot of new things from this volume. And the author was actually quite funny and I had several good laughs as I read. I can say I will never look at clouds the same way.
Two more to go.
A Keeper is a quirky story that I actually quite enjoyed. It is set in Ireland and written and read by Graham Norton who is a British television host. I've watched his show on BBC America, and you may know it. This book is about mother and daughter, and it jumps back and forth between the mother when she was a thirty something woman and then goes to modern times when the daughter is a forty something woman. And there were some definitely unexpected surprises in this story.
And lastly I listened to this biography, Comfort Me with Apples. It is book 2 of a 3 part story (although the author has many more books written) about Ruth Reichl. She was a food writer for many years, and has (at least so far) led a very interesting life. You know that person who seems to meet famous people and be in the right place at the right time to witness events? That is the author. She also reads the book so listening to it was a nice treat.
And I want to say Jeanie had mentioned this book awhile back and that reminded me I needed to continue the series, and that spurred me to continue my listen.
And that was April's reading. Let's see what May brings off the bookshelf.
Hope your weekend is going well (or was a good one).
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