Lori (thornton37814) reads and stitches in 2024 - thread 1

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Lori (thornton37814) reads and stitches in 2024 - thread 1

1thornton37814
Dez 29, 2023, 8:42 pm

I'm Lori Thornton, a librarian, genealogist, and cross-stitcher, residing in beautiful East Tennessee. My favorite genre is the mystery. I also enjoy historical fiction, although I'm not a huge fan of dual timelines which seem to be overused. I sing in my church choir. My 2023 books read total will be at least 121 and possibly another one or two. I've participated in this group since 2011.

I also participate in the category challenge so you may see the categories listed in my posts. I always include them in the opening thread for your reference. My categories are cross stitch design companies.

My 2024 categories are:

1. Country Cottage Needleworks - Cozy mysteries
2. Plum Street Samplers - Police & Detective mysteries
3. Rosewood Manor - History & Genealogy (or historical fiction)
4. Shakespeare's Peddler - Classics
5. Prairie Schooler - Children's Literature
6. Shepherd's Bush - Christmas books
7. Heartstring Samplery - Amish & Christian Fiction
8. Praiseworthy Stitches - Christian Non-Fiction
9. Blue Flower - Food & Garden
10. Sweet Wing Studio - Needle Arts
11. Blackbird Designs - Other fiction & literature
12. Ink Circles - Other non-fiction

Abandoned reads will go in the "My Big Toe" category.

2thornton37814
Dez 29, 2023, 9:43 pm

2023 Year-End Meme:
Describe yourself: Read or Alive
Describe How Your Feel: Dangling by a Thread
Describe Where You Currently Live: The Glass Room
If You Could Go Anywhere, Where Would You go? Intrigue in Istanbul
Your Favorite Form of Transportation: Taking Flight
Your Favorite Food Is: Lemon Curd Killer
Your Favorite Time of Day: Morning by Morning
Your Best Friend Is: The Librarian Spy
You and Your Friends Are: The Bookstore Sisters
What's the Weather Like: In a Dry Season
You Fear: The Square Root of Murder
What Is the Best Advice You Have to Give? So Shall You Reap
Thought for the Day: There's No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush
What Is Life for You? The Lost Ancestor
How You Would Like to Die: Dark Chocolate Demise
Your Soul's Present Condition: God Sees Her
What Was 2023 Like for You? Embroidering Her Truth
What Do You Want from 2024? Small Things Like These

3thornton37814
Dez 29, 2023, 9:55 pm

2023 Party Meme

What would you call the event: Winter Study
How did the guests find their way? The Light Over London
How did they know they had arrived? Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
Any special activities? We're Going to the Farmer's Market
Did Your Guests Stay Over? The Black Tower
Were There Servants to Help? Death Below Stairs
Was There Turn-Down Service? Premeditated Peppermint
How Were the Guests Greeted? Five Little Kittens
Was Dinner Held for Latecomers? The Farm Stand
And Dinner Was? A Birthday Lunch
Afterwards? Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas

4cyderry
Dez 30, 2023, 4:14 pm

Love the memes!

5Familyhistorian
Dez 30, 2023, 4:37 pm

Dropping off my star, Lori. Hope your New Year is a happy one!

6Berly
Dez 30, 2023, 5:24 pm

7thornton37814
Dez 30, 2023, 8:43 pm

>4 cyderry: Thanks! It's the annual tradition!

>5 Familyhistorian: Thanks. I hope it is too.

>6 Berly: Great star graphic!

8drneutron
Dez 30, 2023, 9:04 pm

Welcome back, Lori!

9PaulCranswick
Dez 31, 2023, 1:08 am

Lovely to see you back Lori and I hope you will have a less hectic year in 2024.

>2 thornton37814: I must go and ponder that one. I love that your pals are The Bookstore Sisters and death by chocolate would be a decent demise, I suppose.

Star dropped and I will be with you virtually for another year, dear lady.

10richardderus
Dez 31, 2023, 7:25 am

Happy 2024's reads, Lori!

11lindapanzo
Dez 31, 2023, 12:41 pm

Hi Lori, nice to see you back here. Happy New Year!! Have a great reading year in 2024.

12thornton37814
Dez 31, 2023, 6:35 pm

>9 PaulCranswick: Thanks! I hope 2024 is less busy too. I'd be enjoying a "dark chocolate demise" at any rate!

>10 richardderus: Thank you, Richard.

>11 lindapanzo: I'm glad to see you online. I hope it is a great year.

13quondame
Jan 1, 12:08 am

Hi Lori!

Wishing you a great one!

14SirThomas
Jan 1, 8:42 am

All the best for 2024 and many good books!

15mitchma
Jan 1, 9:26 am

Happy New Year, Lori. Hope 2024 is wonderful to you!

16SilverWolf28
Jan 1, 8:38 pm

Happy New Year!

17BLBera
Jan 1, 11:24 pm

Happy New Year, Lori.

18FAMeulstee
Jan 2, 6:28 am

Happy reading in 2024, Lori!

19foggidawn
Jan 2, 3:38 pm

Happy New Year! Love your meme answers!

20Carmenere
Jan 2, 3:39 pm

Happy New Year, Lori!

21figsfromthistle
Jan 2, 9:10 pm

Happy new year!

22Whisper1
Jan 2, 10:01 pm

Hi Lori. I am stopping by to say I hope you have a great year of reading, and doing all the things that make you happy.

May 2024 be happy, productive in reading, and I wish you good health!

23thornton37814
Jan 4, 10:00 am

>13 quondame: >14 SirThomas: >15 mitchma: >16 SilverWolf28: >17 BLBera: >18 FAMeulstee: >20 Carmenere: >21 figsfromthistle: Thank you for the New Year's wishes.

>19 foggidawn: I did the best I could with Meme answers. Some of my categories just didn't have great fits this year.

>22 Whisper1: I hope I don't get myself overextended. I do know what will be the first thing to go if I find myself too stressed, but I'm trying to stick it out for the rest of the year if I can.

24johnsimpson
Jan 4, 5:00 pm

Hi Lori my dear, Happy New Year. I will be visiting throughout 2024 dear friend.

25alcottacre
Jan 4, 5:05 pm

>2 thornton37814: Love the meme answers!

>3 thornton37814: Oo, another meme I need to steal!

Happy New Year! Happy New Thread!

26thornton37814
Jan 4, 5:47 pm

>25 alcottacre: I think the second meme hasn't been around quite as long, but it is fun too!

27thornton37814
Jan 4, 8:44 pm

I finally determined my top 5 for 2023. The first four all got 4.5 stars from me. The second one only got 4 stars, but I did knock it down to 4 from 4.5 because of the blind end notes. I added them to LT's "top 5" list.

1. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
2. Foster by Claire Keegan
3. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
4. The Taking of Jemima Boone by Matthew Pearl
5. Embroidering Her Truth by Clare Hunter

28SilverWolf28
Jan 4, 9:25 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/356840

29ronincats
Jan 4, 11:04 pm

Happy New Year, Lori. My three boys greet your three boys!

30PawsforThought
Jan 5, 7:25 am

Happy new year Lori! Hope 2024 is treating you well so far.

31thornton37814
Jan 5, 8:29 am

>28 SilverWolf28: Thanks. I might finish one or two this weekend.

>29 ronincats: Meow! Meow! Meow!

>30 PawsforThought: So far, so good. I'm heading to the cross-stitch shop soon. There's a possibility of snow/ice tonight up where they are so I figure I better go today instead of tomorrow and get home before it begins. I think we aren't supposed to get it here but I plan to be home before dark.

32cbl_tn
Jan 5, 11:34 am

Happy new year! I love your meme answers.

I don't think we're supposed to get snow here. Just rain. Naturally, Adrian has a grooming appointment in the morning so I'll have to get out in whatever we're having!

33thornton37814
Jan 5, 6:09 pm

Yes. No snow predicted for Morristown, but Johnson City was in a zone that could get some, so I thought it safer to head to the cross stitch shop today. I'm glad I did go. "All the gang" was there, so we enjoyed catching up as well as stitching. I took my Cincinnati piece to Nelson's there to get framed. It's in walking distance of the shop. Sandra had a piece to go, and Katie had a couple to pick up. Mine will be ready in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping that it will align with a Sunday I'm working so I can go on the Friday. If not, I'll save the off day to use so I can pick it up since Nelson's is only open weekdays. I thought their pricing was very reasonable.

34BLBera
Jan 5, 7:24 pm

>27 thornton37814: That's a great list, Lori. Claire Keegan is becoming a favorite of mine as well.

35thornton37814
Jan 5, 8:25 pm

>34 BLBera: I really did enjoy both of those novellas. I think I've either just ordered or will soon order a new one from her for the library. (I think I placed the order before I left for the semester. If not, I'll place it when I get back.

36thornton37814
Jan 6, 9:20 am

Before I begin posting books read, it might be useful for you to see my 2024 Category Challenge categories.

My 2024 categories are:

1. Country Cottage Needleworks - Cozy mysteries
2. Plum Street Samplers - Police & Detective mysteries
3. Rosewood Manor - History & Genealogy (or historical fiction)
4. Shakespeare's Peddler - Classics
5. Prairie Schooler - Children's Literature
6. Shepherd's Bush - Christmas books
7. Heartstring Samplery - Amish & Christian Fiction
8. Praiseworthy Stitches - Christian Non-Fiction
9. Blue Flower - Food & Garden
10. Sweet Wing Studio - Needle Arts
11. Blackbird Designs - Other fiction & literature
12. Ink Circles - Other non-fiction

Abandoned reads will go in the "My Big Toe" category.

37thornton37814
Jan 6, 9:20 am



Book 1. The Girls Who Fought Crime: The Untold True Story of the Country's First Female Investigator and Crime-Fighting Squads by Mari K. Eder

Date Completed: 6 January 2024

Source: Knox County Public Library e-book

Category: Rosewood Manor

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: The title of this book misleads a bit because it really is the story of one woman in context. The loss of many NYPD records which lie at the bottom of a river somewhat hampered the story. The museum closure in 2019 also hampered the search for information. The author did piece together the story of Mae Foley, one of the early women to serve and protect on the NYPD. While we know a little of what she encountered, I know there are many more stories that were not uncovered through available sources which would have given more insight into her work. We see as much of the real life of the woman as we do her police life--her concern for her children, her love of travel, her love of Broadway and film, etc. We learn of one undercover operation in which she engaged during the war years that she very much disliked, but I'm sure this is one that she talked about with her family after the war. She retired at age 57, having served for 27 years. One other theme in the book is the inequity between men and women in the NYPD, particularly in pay, but also in the opportunities offered to them. Even in 2020, women only comprise 20% of the force. I would have liked to know more of Mae's work because I feel we heard very few details of "fighting crime" and more about NYPD politics.

38richardderus
Jan 6, 10:12 am

>37 thornton37814: I don't quite get why the museum closed...and the records thing sounds like criminal activity...so I'll let this one pass me by because it will likely make me too furious to learn of the misdeeds and skulduggery!

39thornton37814
Jan 6, 11:09 am

>38 richardderus: I could tell you why the records ended up in the East River, but it would infuriate you. I wondered why the museum closed in 2019 too. It seems the records there might have passed to some other repository if it was intended as a permanent closure. I haven't had time to investigate though.

40Donna828
Jan 9, 5:10 pm

>3 thornton37814: Hi Lori. Love the Party Meme!

>27 thornton37814: Great list. I am another Claire Keegan fan, except I couldn’t relate to her recent story collection.

I’ve dropped a ⭐️ and will be stopping by occasionally.
Have a good year of reading in 2024.

41paulstalder
Jan 10, 5:19 am

hej Lori, love the memes - I haven't read enough books last year to answer all the questions ...
wish you a good start into 2024

42BLBera
Jan 10, 4:50 pm

>37 thornton37814: I love that cover.

43thornton37814
Jan 11, 7:21 pm

>41 paulstalder: Even with as many as I did, it was hard this time.

>42 BLBera: It is a nice cover, even if it really was more about one woman than all those women.

44SilverWolf28
Jan 11, 9:44 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/357120

45atozgrl
Jan 12, 11:56 pm

Hi, Lori! I'm slowly working my way around the threads, and now I've arrived at yours. I hope the new year is treating you well so far. I'm dropping a star, and wishing you a great year of reading!

46thornton37814
Jan 13, 2:29 pm

>44 SilverWolf28: Thanks.

>45 atozgrl: I'm still making my way around as well.

47thornton37814
Jan 14, 4:28 pm



Book 2. Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber

Date Completed: 12 January 2024

Source: Tennessee Reads audiobook

Category: Country Cottage Needleworks

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Verity's friend Ada brings a gun to dinner with a household of guests. A male servant pockets the gun to return it to its place. However, later that evening Ada's husband, Lord Rockham, is murdered. The time is shortly after the Great War ended, and secrets from the war come to play in the novel. Verity and her husband Sidney investigate this one as well as the death of a woman who served as a redactor during the war. The police see nothing suspicious in this case, but Verity sees potential. Could the two seemingly unconnected crimes be related? While Verity trusts DCI Thoreau to an extent, she believes external pressures could result in the wrong person being convicted or the case remaining unresolved. Some loose threads remain dangling at the end, probably to set up a future installment. I listened to the audio version of the book.

48tymfos
Jan 14, 6:01 pm

Hi, Lori! Just stopping by to say hello. I hope you have a great year of life and reading in 2024!

49thornton37814
Jan 14, 6:58 pm

>48 tymfos: Thank you very much!

50thornton37814
Jan 14, 7:14 pm



3. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

Date Completed: 14 January 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Plum Street Samplers

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In this installment, we learn the story of Armand and Jean-Guy's first encounter with one another and the way Jean-Guy became part of the Surete. However, it also features a current problem where the most evil prisoner Armand ever encountered managed to escape prison and get into Three Pines. There is a link between the vile criminal and the early case that brought Jean-Guy into the Surete. The story is perhaps too dark for me, and I really did not enjoy this installment that much although it was well-crafted. I hope the next installment is not so dark. The escape seems improbable although Penny did set up a scenario where it seemed somewhat possible if only the chief warden had been privy to the prisoner's danger. It's just a little too much of a stretch for me. Definitely not my favorite in the series.

51cbl_tn
Jan 14, 7:47 pm

>50 thornton37814: I have a couple more to read in the series before I get to that one.

52thornton37814
Jan 14, 9:36 pm

>51 cbl_tn: There were a lot of 5 star ratings, but there was at least one review with a lower rating than mine.

53thornton37814
Jan 16, 10:01 am



Book 4. The English Village: History and Traditions by Martin Wainwright

Date Completed: 14 January 2024

Source: SantaSwap 2023 (Thanks, Carrie!)

Category: Rosewood Manor

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Wainwright's look into English villages, while containing glimpses of everyday life, seems to be heavily focused on political implications. The writing is very academic although inclusions of sketches and lack of footnotes or end notes (although there is a bibliography) make its intended audience seem to be the public. The book is peppered with other book recommendations, particularly in the latter chapters, which may add a lot to one's to-be-read list. While I enjoyed much of the content and gleaned information that might be valuable to me in writing up narratives of ancestors, I found the author's approach and writing style boring.

54cbl_tn
Jan 16, 10:39 am

>53 thornton37814: At least it wasn't a complete disappointment! Too bad it was more political history than social history. You'll have to let me know if you find any gems in the recommendations.

55thornton37814
Editado: Jan 16, 11:23 am

>54 cbl_tn: I think he's just a mainstream historian who was trying to write for a popular audience but couldn't get past the directions academics take when writing. Not sure when I'll get around to any things he mentioned. There was one book focused on the 19th century mentioned several times that sounded interesting. I'll have to see what it was.

56thornton37814
Jan 16, 11:33 am

>54 cbl_tn: The ones that sound most interesting from the bibliography (and I hope all the ones mentioned in the chapters are included) are:

Parish Churches of England by Charles J. Cox (although LT shows J. Charles Cox) (1935)
The English Country House by Ralph Dutton (1935)
Country Voices: Life and Lore in Farm and Village by Charles Kightly (1984)
Country Girls in 19th Century England by Jennie Kitteringham (1973)

There are a few others that might be good, but I'd want to browse them first.

57cbl_tn
Jan 16, 11:35 am

>56 thornton37814: The country house book might be a good read for those of us who read a lot of those English country house mysteries!

58thornton37814
Jan 16, 4:46 pm

>56 thornton37814: It might be.

59thornton37814
Jan 17, 10:58 am



Book 5. Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

Date Completed: 17 January 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Blackbird Designs

Rating: 4 stars

Review: As the pandemic begins, William calls Lucy, tells her to pack a suitcase, and the two head out of New York City to Maine to be safer during the pandemic. They rent a home on the coast. Readers who went through the pandemic will relate to many of their experiences in the early days of the pandemic. It goes on to explore the lives of their daughters and more. While Lucy sees many of the same flaws in William he had during their marriage, as a maturer person, she sees another side to him as well. The book shows the importance of family and friendship even in a time of social isolation. I believe Strout could have included the plot elements in the story of Lucy's sister and Charlene without the commentary on Evangelicalism insinuated by her wording. At least she was less overt than many authors in their prejudice against conservatives. Strout's writing excellence shines in this novel. Olive Kitteridge is known and discussed by one character. While many people do not want to read about the pandemic, I am glad I read this one.

60SilverWolf28
Jan 19, 3:57 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/357476

61thornton37814
Jan 19, 11:05 pm

62Copperskye
Jan 20, 2:02 pm

Hi Lori!

I loved your meme answers and I haven't seen the "party" meme before. I may add it to my thread next year. I love how the memes lead you to review everything you've read the previous year.

The Verity Kent series is one I've been eyeing but there are just so many books I can read. Speaking of which, I still have to get to the latest Penny.

63thornton37814
Jan 21, 9:35 am

>62 Copperskye: The party meme has been around a few years. So many series, so little time! I'm at least trying to stay up with the series that I'm caught up with . . . and if I'm only a book or two behind, I'd like to catch those up and keep current. I've said that the last couple of years. It's easier said than done.

64thornton37814
Jan 22, 7:31 pm

It's a finish!

Design: Town Church
Designer: Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks
Series: Hometown Holiday
Fabric: 28 count natural linen
Fibers: DMC, Classic Colorworks
Completed: 22 January 2024

Note: This was a January WIPGO call. (I only had to do 3 days, but I had time to finish it so I did.

65cbl_tn
Jan 22, 7:32 pm

66thornton37814
Jan 22, 7:33 pm

>65 cbl_tn: I should have ironed it, but I'll do that before I finish it.

67thornton37814
Jan 22, 7:36 pm

I also realized I didn't post my earlier WIPGO call on here.

Design: Cats in Love
Designer: CrossStitching for Fun (free download)
Fabric: a heart brought to me from my friend Hildegard from the Zweigart store in Germany
Fiber: Weeks Dye Works Camellia
Completed 9 January 2024

I will probably turn this into a pillow although some of my friends think it ought to go onto a project bag. This little chart was a WIPGO call for January. I'd put about 5 stitches in the night before thinking it would be nice to have a start on it when I stitched on it at lunch. As it turned out, the Internet was out all day at work. I managed to finish it before noon. I had a reception to attend that afternoon. I did get started on another chart, but this was my main accomplishment that day!

68laytonwoman3rd
Jan 22, 9:34 pm

>64 thornton37814:, >67 thornton37814: Lovely handwork! (I especially like the cats, of course.)

69BLBera
Jan 23, 12:37 am

I agree the Penny was not one of the best, especially after the excellent THe Madness of Crowds.

Lovely embroidery.

70thornton37814
Jan 23, 11:56 am

>68 laytonwoman3rd: I'm fond of the cats myself. It was a really simple project from a free chart that fit perfectly on that fabric.

>69 BLBera: I hope the next one is better.

71thornton37814
Jan 23, 12:19 pm



Book 6. A Sampler View of Colonial Life by Mary Cobb; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Date Completed: 23 January 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Sweet Wing Studio

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Samplers were part of a young girl's education from the colonial period through the 19th century. Taking a look at marking samplers and more decorative ones, the author discusses their importance and provides projects today's children can do to create things similar to the samplers. Most of these are done with paper or computer rather than with needle and thread, which I find a little sad!

72thornton37814
Jan 23, 12:36 pm



Book 7. The Quilting Bee by Gail Gibbons

Date Completed: 23 January 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Sweet Wing Studio

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Children are introduced to the art of making quilts, specifically in the setting of a quilting bee. The author includes sample blocks from several types of quilts to discuss the different meanings and reasons quilts were created in the past, but explaining that they were now quite popular motifs. The illustrations are okay but not the greatest.

73mitchma
Jan 23, 3:42 pm

>67 thornton37814: Love, love, love it!!!

74magicians_nephew
Editado: Jan 24, 9:00 am

Checking in late to say Hi and welcome and happy new year and happy new thread.

I will be looking forward to hearing about any books in the "Shakespeare's Pedlar" sub genre

75richardderus
Jan 24, 9:08 am

>64 thornton37814: It is lovely!

>67 thornton37814: Less so to my ailurophobic eye...

Have a great slide into the weekend, Lori.

76thornton37814
Jan 24, 3:55 pm

>73 mitchma: Thanks!

>74 magicians_nephew: Yes. I need to get to reading on one of those. I had good intentions of reading one this month, but it didn't happen.

>75 richardderus: I suppose cats are not for everyone, but they are for me!

77Donna828
Jan 25, 3:25 pm

Lori, I love your latest stitching projects. I notice that even your reading has the same vibes...samplers and quilts.

78thornton37814
Jan 25, 5:47 pm

>77 Donna828: Well, those were a couple that intrigued me, so I decided to peruse them. They were from the juvenile collection so they were fast reads.

79SilverWolf28
Jan 25, 9:11 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/357793

80atozgrl
Jan 26, 5:28 pm

>64 thornton37814: >67 thornton37814: Wonderful needlework! I really like the layout on the cats; very pleasing aesthetically.

81thornton37814
Jan 26, 7:35 pm

>79 SilverWolf28: Thanks.

>80 atozgrl: Thanks! I probably should have figured out a way to enlarge it and still fit the space, but I everyone seems to think it needs to be appliqued onto a project bag, so if I can figure out how to sew a zipper, I'll see about doing that.

82thornton37814
Jan 26, 8:01 pm



Book 8. Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini

Date Completed: 25 January 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Rosewood Manor

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Several women unlikely to encounter one another under usual circumstances find themselves working together at a munitions plant housed in a former sewing machine manufacturing facility. Those assigned to the "danger building" find their skin turning yellow. It was due to working with TNT. Because the male soccer players were in the war, the women of the various plants formed teams and competed in a league. I found the story of their work and health problems more entertaining than the soccer sections, but I grew up in an era when soccer was something "they played in other countries." I did, however, find the bits that told how it once again became "unacceptable" for women to participate in sports once the war was over to be interesting. I felt there was a lot of repetition of some things without moving the story forward that much in places. While I'm sure the reality of life in that time would be much that way, it made the book drag in places. I'm glad I read the story. It tells about a part of World War I that I'd never considered that much.

83thornton37814
Jan 26, 8:34 pm

Is anyone else having trouble getting the Flickr embed code to work for adding photos to our threads? I tried a couple of times to add photos tonight, but ended up having to add to my LT gallery instead. LT just wouldn't let me save it with the embed code. It's worked fine until now.

84thornton37814
Jan 27, 5:54 pm



Book 9. Vanishing Cornwall by Daphne DuMaurier

Date Completed: 26 January 2024

Source: Mount To-Be-Read

Category: Rosewood Manor

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Daphne DuMaurier, longtime resident of Cornwall, shares her passion for the area by taking a look at how things have changed over the years. She discusses how it figures in the Arthurian legends as well as in her own books. She takes a look at industry, religion, social classes, geography, the sea, trade, and much more. She also looks at the connection the Bronte sisters had to Cornwall. It's fascinating, and the author's love for Cornwall shines in the narrative. The book includes many photographs that help readers unfamiliar with the area visualize it.

85cbl_tn
Jan 27, 6:05 pm

>84 thornton37814: I didn't know that the Bronte sisters had a connection to Cornwall! Now I'm curious!

86thornton37814
Jan 27, 8:11 pm

>85 cbl_tn: It's a slight one, but it is a family one. I'll pull the book to loan to you.

87magicians_nephew
Jan 28, 10:22 am

Pat Barker's Regeneration has a bit to say about the girls whose skin turned yellow working in munitions factories during World War I.

88thornton37814
Jan 28, 11:47 am

>87 magicians_nephew: Thanks for the recommendation.

89Familyhistorian
Jan 28, 7:02 pm

Lovely stitching up thread, Lori. The Canary Girls book looks interesting.

90thornton37814
Jan 28, 8:30 pm

>89 Familyhistorian: I found it rather interesting. It might be interesting for the book club, but most of the members prefer non-fiction to historical fiction.

91thornton37814
Editado: Fev 4, 12:23 pm



Book 10. Praying God's Will for Your Life by Stormie Omartian

Date Completed: 28 January 2024

Category: Praiseworthy Stitches

Source: Kindle

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I remember Omartian's songs (with her husband) from early Contemporary Christian music radio. She shares her journey to Christianity and her growth process in the book and discusses how prayer plays an important part in spiritual growth. The book offers an introduction and chapters designed to be read daily for almost three weeks. The book will be of most benefit to someone new to the faith. Each daily section ends with a daily prayer prompt and relevant Bible verses.

92elorin
Fev 1, 7:43 am

>67 thornton37814: I love the cats! Simple and lovely. May I ask where you got the pattern?

93thornton37814
Editado: Fev 1, 5:13 pm

>92 elorin: I'm not finding it for free. Maybe I did pay for it, but I don't remember doing so. It was in the cross stitch patterns folder on my computer. I do download paid and free charts both there. I found the link here: https://www.inspireuplift.com/Variegated-Cats-In-Love-Cross-Stitch-Pattern-Pdf/i... (but it does cost money now).

94SilverWolf28
Fev 1, 8:56 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358016

95Whisper1
Editado: Fev 1, 9:02 pm

>50 thornton37814: I recently acquired A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny.

Congratulations on reading ten books in January!

I hope I like it better than you do. I find she is a hit or miss author. Some of her books were really good, but th laer ones are not. I like the setitting of Three Pines.

96avatiakh
Fev 2, 3:39 am

>84 thornton37814: I have a copy of Vanishing Cornwall, an old tatty paperback but sounds like it's worth reading.

97thornton37814
Fev 2, 8:33 pm

>95 Whisper1: I actually read one more, but I haven't added/reviewed it yet. It's entirely possible you'll like the Penny better than I did. Three Pines just didn't feel quite as cozy this time.

>96 avatiakh: I enjoyed it. Mine was hardcover.

98elorin
Fev 2, 10:48 pm

>93 thornton37814: Thank you so much!

99thornton37814
Fev 4, 12:05 pm



Book 11. Cold Threat by Nancy Mehl

Date Completed: 30 January 2024

Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers e-galley

Category: Heartstring Samplery

Rating: 2 stars (barely)

Review: River and Tony help Tony's dad pursue an arsonist nicknamed the "Snowman" because he strikes in December and leaves a snowman ornament near the crime scene. Both River and Tony used to work for the FBI but are now private investigators. Their present task is to build a profile of the arsonist. The crimes took place is Iowa, and the current situation is in Burlington although the crimes began earlier and took place in other places in the state. The writing failed to keep me engaged. Readers have no doubt about River and Tony's faith in Christ because the author makes sure to incorporate it constantly. I would not call it preachy, but I do think a non-Christian reader might be turned off by it rather than continuing to read it. (I am a Christian and appreciate their faith, but I think the author sometimes relied on the faith aspects of the novel rather than her writing to build a bridge to the readers.) I did not read the previous book in the series so it's possible that also affected my opinion on the book although I did not really feel I lacked backstory. I thought the writing was substandard. I received the book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. I see other reviewers loved the book, but I only continued to read the book because of the commitment to review it honestly. I did not feel I could be completely honest without finishing it.

100thornton37814
Fev 4, 12:28 pm



Book 12. Painful Passage, Joyful Journey: A Memoir, the Story of God and Me by Susan A. Cooper

Date Completed: 1 February 2024

Source: Kindle

Category: Praiseworthy Stitches

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Orphaned at a young age and sent to live with relatives who did not want her and did not treat her with respect, Susan Cooper tells how her faith in God managed to get her through some rough times in life. She later earned a doctorate in children's literature. A friend who knew I my connection to the author told me about this book. Susan taught a young adult literature course I took while pursuing my master's degree in library and information science. She tells how she lost that position as the university move more in the direction of the IT side of library and information science--even though she was tenured. She went on to teach at other institutions before retiring in Maine. I learned a great deal about her back story, and, as the title says, it was painful. However, her faith in God caused the journey to be one full of joy as she saw God working in her life.

101thornton37814
Fev 4, 12:47 pm



Book 13. Murder at Half Moon Gate by Andrea Penrose

Date Completed: 3 February 2024

Source: Knox County Public Library audiobook

Category: Country Cottage Needleworks

Rating: 4 stars

Review: After Lord Wrexford and his friend Sheffield stumble upon a murder scene in a park, he becomes involved in another investigation and seeks Charlotte's assistance. Thanks to a generous friend, she's moved to a better location where she and her wards Raven and Hawk can live a little more safely. The murdered man was a well-bred man on the verge of patenting an engine that would be revolutionary for its time. I love the way the author makes street urchins useful in her plots. I loved the inclusion of mathematics in the plot. I wondered how long we'd have to wait for Raven to be the one to solve the puzzle. We see the relationship between Lord Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane deepening. The mystery was well-built and kept the reader interested. I listened to the audiobook read by J. C. Stewart. I'm enjoying this series very much.

102richardderus
Fev 4, 2:17 pm

>99 thornton37814: Oh dear, that does sound like a misfire of a read...something tells me that you knew it was a dog long before the end, so what was gained by all that extra suffering through substandard writing after all?

>101 thornton37814: This sounds much more like a good investment of your energy!

103thornton37814
Fev 4, 7:44 pm

>102 richardderus: It actually did improve. I gave it barely 2 stars. I probably would have given it 1 star if I'd stopped earlier. Other people enjoyed it far more than I did. Several years ago I tried a book in a different series by this same author. It had caught my eye. It was bad too. I guess I hoped she'd improved when I requested this one via Early Reviewers. Not so.

104SilverWolf28
Fev 8, 8:37 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358237

105magicians_nephew
Fev 9, 11:25 am

>100 thornton37814: Sounds like an interesting book.

There is a Susan Cooper who wrote the The Dark is Rising series but surely this is not the same author?

106thornton37814
Fev 9, 4:41 pm

>104 SilverWolf28: Thanks.

>105 magicians_nephew: No. They are not the same. I wondered for some time if she was the same, but I was told back then she was not the author.

107SirThomas
Fev 11, 3:48 am

Hello Lori, I wish you a wonderful time today! - All the best for you.

108thornton37814
Fev 11, 7:14 am

>107 SirThomas: Thanks. Heading out to church. Then I have a Walmart order to pick up. Then I plan to go out to eat lunch. I have soup ready to reheat tonight. I made it last night so it would be extra good today. (Soup is always better the second day. I don't know why unless it has to do with the flavors having a longer time to combine in the fridge overnight.) I've got two stitching projects I plan to work on today. First up will be my "birthday start" which is The Lord's Prayer by Lila's Studio. I'll be using silks on it. The second is Parliament of Owls by Kathy Barrick. I'll be stitching on it during the Superb Owl Stitching Event. Should be a good one!

109Familyhistorian
Fev 12, 12:15 am

Hope you had a good day at your stitching retreat, Lori!

110Whisper1
Fev 12, 2:49 am

Book 11. Cold Threat by Nancy Mehl

It sounds like this book is one you could not recommend. I smiled when I read 2 stars (barely.) I'll pass on this one, but I'm sure there will be many more I'll add.

I hope you had a good time at your retreat.

111thornton37814
Fev 13, 7:54 pm

>109 Familyhistorian: It wasn't as good as the Jingle Ball, but it did have its moments--such as watching the husbands trying to thread a needle! LOL

>110 Whisper1: Linda, I read another one by the same author years and years ago. When I requested it, I was hoping she had improved over the years. She had not.

112thornton37814
Editado: Fev 13, 8:00 pm

I'm having a "senior moment." I can remember some of the books I read, but I'm forgetting one that goes before the ones I'm remembering. Hopefully I'll think of it soon so I can post books read updates!

ETA: I think I know. I'll try to post updates tomorrow. I want to finish another one this evening. The cats are being snuggly, and I want to take full advantage of that!

113thornton37814
Fev 15, 10:45 am



Book 14. A Love Discovered by Tracie Peterson

Date Completed: 8 February 2024

Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Category: Heartstring Samplery

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Orphaned and with a younger sister, Marybeth is in danger of losing her younger sister to a childless family wanting to desperately adopt a child. Marybeth is the only mom her sister has ever known since the mother died in childbirth. Edward, having returned from the Civil War, wants to join his commanding officer on the Wyoming frontier keeping law and justice. However, they really want "family men" out there. He proposes a marriage of convenience to Marybeth--a solution that will help both of them. The author does a good job creating the atmosphere of old Cheyenne as she tells the story of Marybeth and Edward. I find the contrast between the leadership in the Methodist Church in Indiana and in Wyoming interesting as we see the importance of a relationship with God. It's been a long time since I've read a Christian western romance, but this one exceeded my expectations in writing quality. The author knows how to tell a story and keep readers engaged. I received this through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

114thornton37814
Editado: Fev 15, 12:33 pm



Book 15. The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

Date Completed: 13 February 2024

Source: Tennessee Reads audiobook via Morristown-Hamblen Public Library

Category: Heartstring Samplery

Rating: 4 stars

Review: After Seth dies in a work accident, Jason blames himself for not being there to catch him, and Veronica his girlfriend is grieving in her own way. When Jason spots Veronica at the funeral, he knows he wants to spend time with her and share the grief they both experience. When Veronica finds an old family recipe, she begins baking raspberry pies and making jams and jellies to sell at a stand. When Jason visits the stand, he can't find a way to share he knew Seth because his attraction to Veronica is so strong. With the help of their families, the two struggle through their grief and the awkwardness of the situation. I listened to the audiobook, and it was easy to follow and a great way to spend time while commuting to and from work.

115thornton37814
Fev 15, 12:33 pm



Book 16. Cat's Paw by Roger Scarlett

Date completed: 13 February 2024

Source: Santa Swap 2023

Category: Plum Street Samplers

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Dating to the "Golden Age of Mysteries," this book, written by Dorothy Blair and Evelyn Page under their pseudonym Roger Scarlett, features a "locked-room" mystery. Divided into three parts, the first and longest part, called "The Evidence," occurs before readers are introduced to the crime. It seems to largely be designed to become acquainted with the characters, although some evidence is clearly presented in it. The second part, called "The case," includes the murder and investigation. The last section is called "The solution" and shows the logic used by the detective in determining the perpetrator. The book included a diagram of the sleeping quarters of the home although it had little bearing on the mystery. It was a strange arrangement for the mystery and became a little tedious at times. Still the mystery itself featured enough red herrings to make it interesting although I suspected the perpetrator from the beginning.

116magicians_nephew
Editado: Fev 15, 4:51 pm

Romance / Christian / Western / (historical?) is an interesting categorical drill down.

There was recently at the New York Historical Society a very interesting exhibit about faith moving West in 19th Century America . I learned a lot

Acts of Faith - Religion and the American West

117SilverWolf28
Fev 15, 9:33 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358508

118thornton37814
Fev 16, 9:00 pm

>116 magicians_nephew: That does sound interesting.

>117 SilverWolf28: Thanks

119Berly
Fev 16, 11:36 pm

Hi Lori! I lost you there for a while. Sorry. Wishing you a happy weekend and more books!

120thornton37814
Fev 17, 7:55 pm

>119 Berly: Thanks! I spent today at the the cross stitch shop. They had an event featuring three designers, and I was there to help as needed. It was not as busy as some of the previous events, but I did write up a ticket or two to help out. It was mostly a good day to visit with fellow cross stitchers.

121thornton37814
Editado: Fev 21, 7:15 pm



Book 17. Hidden Scars by Mark De Castrique

Date Completed: 21 February 2024

Source: SantaSwap 2023

Category: Plum Street Samplers

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Sam and Nakayla are hired by an 80-year-old woman to investigate what she thought might be a suspicious death of her brother some 70 years ago. Although the woman was told it was a hiking accident, she doubted that because of her brother's familiarity with the trails. Every where they turn the official records seem to be gone so Sam suspects a cover-up. The brother was enrolled at Black Mountain College at the time of his death. The college's setting is now being used for a movie set in the 1940s based on a local writer's work. Could there be a connection between the two? When people connected to the movie begin turning up dead, Sam begins consulting with Newly the detective investigating the modern crimes. It all comes to a satisfying head, but the wrap-up in the final chapter was a little too straightforward and anticlimactic.

122SilverWolf28
Fev 22, 8:53 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358715

123thornton37814
Fev 26, 3:32 pm

>123 thornton37814: Thanks. I did read, but I forgot about logging it.

124thornton37814
Editado: Fev 29, 7:13 pm



Book 18. Balladz by Sharon Olds

Date Completed: 26 February 2024

Source: University library book

Category: Blackbird Designs

Rating: 2 stars

Review: While the book may have been longlisted for the National Book Award, this is not a book I would recommend. She writes a lot about COVID-19 and the quarantine, the George Floyd situation, and problems in her upbringing. The Amherst ballads section is written in an unusual form (which is probably why it was longlisted for the award). My biggest problem with the book is in crude verbiage. As my mom would say, "She needs to wash her mouth out with soap." Ms. Olds will go on my "Do not read" list.

125PaulCranswick
Fev 27, 8:33 pm

>124 thornton37814: She is much lauded, Lori, but I haven't always gotten along with her writing although she definitely is talented.

I do think that the expletives are too often and pretty gratuitous as well. The "f" word is not particularly poetic in my view especially when overused.

I will say though that the cover is lovely.

126Donna828
Fev 29, 1:22 pm

Just catching up here, Lori. I can relate to that senior moment upthread. I have to write my book titles down when I complete them or I'm in a muddle. I usually don't start another book until I've shared my thoughts either here or in my book journal.

Happy Almost March! Enjoy lots of "cat snuggles". Sure sounds like a fun way to keep warm.

127richardderus
Fev 29, 1:29 pm

>121 thornton37814: That one sounds tempting to me...my February had lots of reads I really liked, luckily, but that does mean I am very, very picky about adding stuff these days.

Enjoy March's reads, Lori.

128thornton37814
Fev 29, 7:18 pm

>125 PaulCranswick: I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking she needs to "clean it up."

>126 Donna828: I highly recommend cat snuggles as both a way to keep warm and de-stress.

>127 richardderus: I've enjoyed the Sam Blackman series. It's somewhat local in that it's set 1.5 hours away on the other side of the mountain! I think that's why I initially tried the series. I think I have already read the one after this so I only have one more to read until I'm caught up.

129SilverWolf28
Fev 29, 9:46 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/358903

130thornton37814
Mar 1, 1:45 pm

>129 SilverWolf28: Thanks. I'll probably mostly listen this weekend as I'm traveling.

131thornton37814
Mar 1, 1:56 pm



Book 19. The Great Disappearance: 31 Ways to Be Rapture Ready by David Jeremiah

Date Completed: 28 February 2024

Category: Praiseworthy Stitches

Source: University Library

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Well-known Christian pastor and author Dr. David Jeremiah offers insights into the Rapture. He explains the differences in the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ and the confusion offered by different approaches to end times prophecies. He explains the need to be ready at any moment because we already see many of the signs of the second coming--and the Rapture comes before this. Dr. Jeremiah uses a story in each of the 31 chapters to help convey the message of the chapter. These work well. He discusses the timeline for the Rapture, Tribulation, Second Coming, etc. while acknowledging that we need to be ready because no one knows the hour.

132thornton37814
Mar 1, 2:09 pm



Book 20. Murder, Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan

Date Completed: 29 February 2024

Category: Country Cottage Needleworks

Source: Tennessee Reads audiobook

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: When quilt shop owner Angie finds township trustee Wanda Hunt dead at the auction, suspicion falls to her friend Rachel and her husband when the death cause appears to be from consuming a scone Rachel had given her earlier. Angie knows Rachel would not do that, but a zoning issue with a factory her husband plans to build presents a motive. Angie feels obligated to help Sheriff Mitchell with his investigation. Wanda's nephew, a troubled teen, had been living with Wanda and working at the auction yard. After the murder, he goes to stay with Sheriff Mitchell until his mother can come from California to pick him up. This creates problems with Mitchell's ex-wife and his custody rights. The antics of Angie's dog Oliver and Petunia the goat create some comic relief. I listened to the audiobook version of the book. The narrator drove me crazy with her mispronunciation of some of the Holmes County places such as Berlin. (It's pronounced differently than the place in Germany.)

133Familyhistorian
Mar 3, 8:35 pm

>121 thornton37814: You reminded me of the Sam Blackman series, Lori. I started reading those but the library I go to doesn't have any more of them. They do have some more recent books by the author that sound interesting. I put the first one Secret Lives on hold. The sleuths in this book are Ethel Crestwater, a 75 year old who runs a boarding house and her distant cousin, Jesse.

134thornton37814
Mar 4, 5:26 pm

>133 Familyhistorian: I've never heard of that series, so I'll see what you think of it.

135thornton37814
Mar 4, 8:13 pm

I need to go see how far I make it towards finishing a book tonight. I think I'll finish either tonight or at least in the next couple of days. (I need to go by the post office to complain in person about a package. I called a week ago, and it still has not been delivered, and I did not receive the promised follow-up phone call.) I also need to go vote. Our cross stitch group has a meeting tomorrow afternoon, and I'm supposed to be picking up another of the Boy Scout discount cards for a colleague. (You get discounts on several local restaurants (or a free hot fudge cake at one) and other discounts that will make it worth the $10 price. Then there are a few one time use things such as $5 off $100 at the grocery store. There's a similar version for Dick's Sporting Goods and a local pottery studio (although it's a smaller purchase at it). Then while I'm awaiting election results to come out, there's a Genealogy Feud (like Family Feud but with teams of professional genealogists). A couple of my really good friends were on the winning team last time they did this, and I look forward to watching them again.

136thornton37814
Mar 6, 6:48 am



Book 21. Chenneville by Paulette Jiles

Date Completed: 5 March 2024

Category: Blackbird Designs

Source: University library book

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: When Union army veteran John Chenneville returns to his St. Louis home after recovering from a head injury in a military hospital in Virginia at the close of the Civil War, he discovers his sister and her family was murdered by a corrupt law enforcement official who worked in Ste. Genevieve. Chenneville sets out seeking revenge. He follows the man through Missouri to Fort Smith, through Indian Territory where he has a couple of encounters--one with young Indians and another with a federal official based out of Fort Smith soon after the man he seeks commits another murder. Fleeing the agent out of Fort Smith and pursuing the man, he goes into Texas. He meets Belle, the telegraph operator who has been helping him gather information on the whereabouts of the man he pursues. After recovering from a fever, he sets out, gathering information that sets him on course for the encounter. I loved the way the story was built which brought just enough action and excitement along the way, but the ending fell flat for me.

137SilverWolf28
Mar 7, 9:45 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359104

138thornton37814
Mar 8, 7:45 am

139BLBera
Mar 13, 10:40 am

>136 thornton37814: I loved Chenneville, Lori. The ending worked for me.

140Carmenere
Mar 13, 6:47 pm

Just stopping by to see what you've been reading.
Hmm, think I'll take a pass on Chenneville.

141thornton37814
Mar 14, 1:58 pm

>139 BLBera: I'm glad it worked better for you. I liked it otherwise.

>140 Carmenere: I've got a couple of things that I need to review. I'm hoping to get a chance to do it tonight.

142thornton37814
Mar 14, 5:54 pm



Book 22. Borderline by Nevada Barr

Date Completed: 9 March 2024

Category: Plum Street Samplers

Source: Knox County digital audiobook

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Still recovering from the nightmare at Isle Royale National Park, Anna is on leave and seeing a psychiatrist. She and her husband go on a float trip down the Rio Grande at Big Bend National Park with a guide and some college students. They find a pregnant woman caught in some vegetation, and while they are unable to save the woman, Anna performs an emergency C-section with her husband's pocket knife. They encounter a starving cow, and one of the college students insists they must rescue the cow. The guide is shot, and the person doing the shooting seems to be targeting their party when a second member is shot. With the river rising and the loss of their raft, they must try to climb (with a baby in arms), but it puts them in danger. They don't know who they can and cannot trust. The book was written sometime after 9/11 made it more difficult for Mexicans to enter the United States. Barbara Rosenblat does a good job narrating the story.

143thornton37814
Mar 14, 6:06 pm



Book 23. Murder on Mustang Beach by Alicia Bessette

Date Completed: 13 March 2024

Category: Country Cottage Needleworks

Source: University library book

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Callie Padget works in an Outer Banks bookshop and is about to have her first date with Tony Dodge, owner of a martial arts studio on the fictional Cattail Island. They find a body in his studio. There's also a pregnant wild mustang missing from the local sanctuary which Geri-Lynn asks Callie to help investigate quietly. I like the setting. I even like the characters better than I thought I might. I have not read Smile Beach Murder, the first book in the series, but I didn't feel I'd missed too much by accidentally missing the first one.

144thornton37814
Mar 14, 6:27 pm



Book 24. The Battle Plan for Prayer: Bible Study by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, with Travis Agnew

Date Completed: 12 March 2024

Category: Praiseworthy Stitches

Source: My personal copy

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This Bible study is intended to be used with the DVD. Our group met a couple times a month with a little more time off around the holidays until we completed the study. The Kendrick brothers and their guests discussed the importance and effectiveness of prayer while giving participants some great pointers on revitalizing their prayer lives. I especially loved the emphasis on praying Scripture over the enemy just as Jesus did. Using Scriptural prayers as models, participants could see examples of how to pray.

Editorial note: Actually, this one is 23 and the previous book was 24, but it's close enough.

145thornton37814
Mar 14, 8:00 pm

I've been processing a gift collection at work. There is a lot of stuff we already own; some is in too poor of condition to add; some is not worthy of adding; but this collection is better than most because the person had a pretty unique focus that will benefit many of the courses we offer so I'm going through it book by book. Sometimes the books are from smaller presses, but they fit the collection and will be useful.

Today I ran across a book that caught my attention. I do not know how this person achieved what this book depicts, but one of our librarians decided to read the preface and try it. We told her to report back.



I only wish you could see the "air cat" on page 77 (which is the random page to which I turned).

146SilverWolf28
Mar 14, 9:57 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359262

147thornton37814
Mar 15, 5:41 pm

148thornton37814
Mar 20, 8:43 am



Book 25. Bramton Wick by Elizabeth Fair

Date Completed: 18 March 2024

Category: Blackbird Designs

Source: Kindle

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Set in mid-century England mid-20th century, the novel recounts the village of Bramton Wick's inhabitants and their lives. People are still suffering war effects and the economic issues resulting from it. Readers also see all the drama of everyday life. A certain amount of humor is present in the story, but it did not find it as charming as other stories written in this genre and period. Published as part of the publisher's "Furrowed Middlebrow" series, the story focuses on ordinary people rather than the upper class.

149thornton37814
Mar 20, 8:58 am



Book 26. Skirts: Fashioning Modern Femininity in the Twentieth Century by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

Date Completed: 19 March 2024

Category: Ink Circles

Source: Interlibrary Loan

Rating: 3 stars

Review: The author's fascination with dresses led her to study the history of 20th century women's clothing, but particularly that of dresses. Rather than a chronological approach, the author devoted chapters to particular styles of dresses and discussed how they evolved. Each chapter included a black and white photo, and there is a section of color plates near the back. I found myself disappointed in the book, mainly because the author really only looked at a certain level of fashion designers and movie stars, presidential wives, and other wealthier classes of people. While these were certainly the influencers of fashion design, it would have been interesting to see how these things filtered down to the working middle class so we could see and read about examples of what the everyday person wore. I also think the book needed more photos, including color photos, with each chapter--more like a coffee table type book would offer. It's a quick read, but I think it missed some opportunities to tell a richer story.

150Familyhistorian
Mar 21, 8:18 pm

>134 thornton37814: I enjoyed Secret Lives, Lori. The best part of it was that the main amateur detective was in her 70s and her side kick was her 2nd cousin once (or maybe twice) removed.

151SilverWolf28
Mar 21, 10:15 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359476

152thornton37814
Mar 23, 4:25 pm

>150 Familyhistorian: Sounds interesting.

>151 SilverWolf28: Thanks.

153BLBera
Mar 25, 11:02 am

I really enjoyed the Nevada Barr books; they made me want to visit various National Parks, without the murders of course.

154thornton37814
Mar 25, 1:49 pm

>153 BLBera: Definitely sans murders! I know I'll miss my visits after I finish the series.

155SilverWolf28
Mar 28, 8:12 pm

Here's the Easter readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359643

156thornton37814
Mar 29, 7:47 pm

>155 SilverWolf28: Thanks. I listened to quite a bit today and read a little last night.

157paulstalder
Mar 30, 4:16 am

hej Lori, just came to say hello

>91 thornton37814: my wife liked Omartian and has read those books which were translated into German

>131 thornton37814: we are reading Revelation in our house group, we finish next week. It was a tough but very rewarding reading - we quite some discussions about the end times but we all agreed on the goodness and righteousness of God.

158magicians_nephew
Mar 30, 10:33 am

Just popping up to recommend Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels.

Cast light into many dark places in the book for me.

159thornton37814
Mar 30, 7:26 pm

>157 paulstalder: There is a lot of difference of opinion when it comes to end times.

>158 magicians_nephew: Thanks for the recommendation. I believe I would have a difference of opinion with the author based on what I know of her other works, but I'll at least look at reviews.

160thornton37814
Abr 1, 7:14 pm



Book 27. 5-Ingredient Air Fryer Recipes: 200 Delicious & Easy Meal Ideas Including Gluten-Free & Vegan by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Date Completed: 30 March 2024

Category: The Blue Flower

Source: Morristown-Hamblen Public Library (print book)

Rating: 2 stars

Review: I was seeking a cookbook with a little more imagination and creativity when it came to air-fryer cookery. This is the only air fryer cookbook I saw at my local library so I decided to give it a try. While it offers a few ideas, overall there is not much here one cannot come up with on their own (and probably come up with a version seasoned more to their own taste and palate).There are a handful of color photos scattered throughout the book but the lack of photos with each recipe, while probably making the book more budget-friendly, ultimately takes away from its appeal. I'll keep looking for a better option.

161thornton37814
Abr 1, 7:27 pm



Book 28. The School at the Chalet by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Date Completed: 31 March 2024

Category: Prairie Schooler

Source: Kindle

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Needing to support herself and her sister Josephine "Jo", Madge Bettany decides to open a school in an Austrian chalet in a location she and her sister enjoyed visiting in the past. A lot of time in this first installment was spent introducing readers to the girls attending, but readers are alerted to potential problems brewing when a couple of students show disregard for rules earlier in the book. Most of the big problems occur near the end of this installment, and readers know they'll be introduced to a few more students in the next installment. I don't think this book will translate well for 21st century girls, but older readers will appreciate the reminders of simpler times.

162thornton37814
Abr 1, 7:52 pm

Saturday was my 17th Thingaversary which means I'm eligible to come away with 18 new items. So far I've only acquired 6.

1. Bramton Wick by Elizabeth Fair (Kindle) - I read it last month.
2. Amish Houses and Barns by Stephen Scott - Library sale
3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - Kindle
4. Above the Fire by Michael O'Donnell- Kindle
5. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore - Library craft exchange
6. All the Women of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer - Kindle

I'll keep adding to my list as I purchase things, but I'm not rushing since I'm overall trying to downsize the book collection.

163richardderus
Abr 1, 8:05 pm

>162 thornton37814: Six is a very decent start on such a haul, Lori. I hope we're here for at least this many more!

164thornton37814
Abr 2, 9:13 am

>163 richardderus: I'm trying to get books from the library as much as possible these days. No sense in spending money on books I will only read once. I will spend money on Kindle books sometimes because they don't take up physical space, but I want them at a bargain price usually. Now, if I included cross-stitch charts in my haul, I'd be closer, but I will only consider the book ones there--and I haven't purchased any of those (yet).

165alcottacre
Abr 2, 9:47 am

>27 thornton37814: I have read 3 of the 5. I will have to see if I can locate the Pearl and Hunter books. Thanks for the recommendations, Lori!

I am not even going to mention how many books from your thread I have added to the BlackHole. I am sorry that I have missed you up until now. It just does not seem possible. *sigh*

166richardderus
Abr 2, 9:57 am

>164 thornton37814: Very much my own technique for acquisition, though the library is supplanted by the DRC aggregators in my constellation.

167thornton37814
Editado: Abr 2, 4:41 pm

>165 alcottacre: I hope you enjoy those. It is easy to miss and fall behind on threads. I probably started mine later than some did. I was so far behind at the end of last year.

>166 richardderus: I've cut way back on requesting DRCs and ARCs. I'm not reading as many as I used to read, and I'm just keeping up with series through library means for the most part. I had to request this month's book club book through ILL though. It was available at Knox County, but I'm waiting on my renewal to come through. I suspect it got delayed with spring break and Easter all being last week for many. I'll probably receive a letter tomorrow or the next day, but the ILL arrived today.

168cbl_tn
Abr 2, 9:10 pm

I'm glad your ILL came in! That gives you nearly 2 weeks before the book club discussion.

169thornton37814
Abr 3, 9:11 am

>168 cbl_tn: I started it last night but didn't get too far because I was tired. The ironic thing is that it came from the same library that sent the previous month's book.

170alcottacre
Abr 3, 9:32 am

>167 thornton37814: It is easy to miss and fall behind on threads. Sadly true. I just cannot keep up as I used to do, especially now that Kerry has retired and I spend quite a bit of my day with him. I guess we will just plug along as we can - right, Lori?

171magicians_nephew
Editado: Abr 3, 9:43 am

>161 thornton37814: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer sounds like a pen name. Wonder if it is.

I read a lot of those "girls books" when i was growing up at my grandfathers house in Connecticut. Books my aunts read when they were girls

172richardderus
Abr 3, 10:07 am

>171 magicians_nephew: I was curious enough to go look...her birth name was Gladys Elinor May Dyer. Ever so English a name, eh what?

Hi Lori!

173magicians_nephew
Editado: Abr 3, 10:14 am

>172 richardderus: And she married a bloke named Brent and went on.

So many of those series books - like the Nancy Drew Books or the Hardy Boys Books in the States - were written by an army of authors ("The Syndicate") and published under a common pen name.

Sounds like she was a real person then - and wrote a heck of a lot of books. Good on her.

174Whisper1
Abr 3, 10:20 am

Hi Lori

As usual, you are reading at a fast clip. I hope your day today will be a good one.

175whatthesigma
Abr 3, 10:22 am

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176thornton37814
Abr 3, 10:32 am

>170 alcottacre: Definitely. We do the best we can and don't worry about it.

>171 magicians_nephew: According to Wikipedia (that great fount of knowledge - ;-) ) she was born Gladys Eleanor May Dyer. I came across a Reformation era name the other day that sounded like a pseudonym: Wolfgang Musculus.

>172 richardderus: You checked too, Richard!

177thornton37814
Abr 3, 10:34 am

>173 magicians_nephew: CDVicarage has read a lot of those Chalet School books, and I picked up the book bullet from her. When the book was on sale at Amazon a while back, I purchased it (and at least one more in the series).

>174 Whisper1: It's really slow in comparison to the old days. I do need to review one more book that I finished on the way home yesterday. I'll get it added in the next couple of days.

Feel free to flag #175.

178sigmamale
Abr 3, 10:38 am

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179BLBera
Abr 3, 10:39 am

Happy Thingaversary, Lori. You must have signed up at the very beginning.

180Owltherian
Abr 3, 10:39 am

Hiya Lori! how are ya?

181CDVicarage
Abr 3, 12:54 pm

>172 richardderus: >173 magicians_nephew: No, she never married but re-arranged her given names for her writing name, changing the spelling of Eleanor to Elinor, May to Mary, abandoning Gladys and hyphenating her surname with another family name

182johnsimpson
Abr 3, 4:55 pm

>177 thornton37814:, Hi Lori my dear, the Original Chalet School books in hardback are very collectable, i have seen quite a lot on sale at the PBFA book fair held at York Racecourse every September and prices are around £45 to £80 depending on condition and rarity.

183SirThomas
Abr 4, 2:11 am

A belated Happy Thingaversary, Lori!

184thornton37814
Abr 4, 8:12 am

>179 BLBera: It was close to the beginning.

>180 Owltherian: Okay

>181 CDVicarage: I suspected you would know more about her than just about anyone here.

185thornton37814
Abr 4, 8:13 am

>182 johnsimpson: I'm sure they are collectible. I suspect the originals of some of the American children's classics are collectible also.

>183 SirThomas: Thanks.

186thornton37814
Abr 4, 7:50 pm



Book 29. Cold Is the Grave by Peter Robinson

Date Completed: 2 April 2024

Category: Plum Street Samplers

Source: Tennessee Reads Audiobook

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: After a reorganization, Annie Cabbot is now assigned to work out of Eastvale with DCI Banks. It is no secret that Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle dislikes Banks, so when Banks is summoned to the man's home, he is surprised. Riddle wants Banks to track down his missing daughter in an unofficial capacity. Banks locates the girl hanging with the wrong crowd in London, but things take some interesting turns from there. I'll leave it at that so I don't spoil the plot for anyone. Shortly after Banks returns, a night watchman with a criminal past ends up dead. Banks sends Cabot to do the initial interviews but with other things happening of more importance, he ends up passing that one off to DS Hatchley. Banks calls on his old friend "Dirty Dick" Burgess to help with some aspects of the major crime. I thought a few things might be left unresolved to come back in a future episode, but they ended up being resolved at the very end. I enjoyed this one, and I can't wait to see who the new chief constable will be. I listened to the audiobook.

187SilverWolf28
Abr 4, 10:40 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359825

188thornton37814
Abr 5, 8:13 am

189Berly
Abr 9, 1:07 am

Found you again! So far behind, but hoping to stay current. That's my plan anyhow. : )

190thornton37814
Abr 10, 7:27 am

>189 Berly: It's hard to keep up. I'm not doing a very good job myself.

191Berly
Abr 11, 4:55 pm

It's a nice problem to have though. : )

192SilverWolf28
Abr 11, 11:14 pm

Here's the next readathon: https://www.librarything.com/topic/359999

193PaulCranswick
Abr 13, 6:55 am

>186 thornton37814: The Banks series by the late Peter Robinson was very consistent and I couldn't help liking the main character.

Have a great weekend, Lori.

194thornton37814
Abr 14, 2:00 pm

>191 Berly: Indeed.

>192 SilverWolf28: Thanks.

>193 PaulCranswick: I mostly like him, but there are moments I'm less enamored of him.

195thornton37814
Abr 14, 2:06 pm



Book 30. Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain by Margaret Willson

Date Completed: 13 April 2024

Category: Rosewood Manor

Rating: 4 stars

Source: Interlibrary Loan

Review: In the late 17th and early 18th century, Thuridur, a female fisherwoman, captained one of the many fishing boats that worked out of Iceland. She had a great reputation as a sea captain, but men of the men in power disliked her. For a short time, she was able to acquire a leasehold, but when she took a chance on a larger one, she failed to maintain it. Her lowered economic status led to lesser positions in the fishing industry, particularly as she aged and others, including some who worked for her, began to achieve in the fishing industry. I'm amazed at the amount of documentation the author was able to find to tell Thuridur's story. She tells you up front how she approached things documented and things that were generalizations based on research into the time and community. This is an outstanding work of narrative non-fiction, and I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated I would. I truly feel sorry for women who lived in Iceland during this time period, especially single women and widowed women (with or without children). Iceland was under control of the King of Denmark during this period. I also want to comment on the number of times Thuridur went to court to fight for better treatment of herself and other women--with minimal success. She was especially unsuccessful in earning a pension because of her conflicts with the men in power in her community.

196richardderus
Abr 14, 2:38 pm

>195 thornton37814: Why the heck are so many men so existentially threatened by successful women?

197thornton37814
Abr 14, 4:48 pm

>196 richardderus: In the afterward, the author stated that she was lucky she was a captain when she was because if she'd come along a few years later, she would not have been allowed to fish at all.

198SilverWolf28
Abr 18, 10:57 pm

199thornton37814
Abr 19, 6:44 pm

200PaulCranswick
Abr 19, 8:47 pm

>196 richardderus: & >197 thornton37814: I have never understood that either.

201BLBera
Ontem, 10:15 am

>195 thornton37814: This sounds interesting.

202thornton37814
Ontem, 7:38 pm

>200 PaulCranswick: It happened.

>201 BLBera: I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try. It's one of the better-written and researched pieces of narrative non-fiction I've encountered.